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The funeral for Alec Sigmon will be held tomorrow (October 7) at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont. Visitation will take place this afternoon from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The funeral for Justin Turner will take place at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the First Presbyterian Church in Newton. Visitation will be held tonight from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Willis Reynolds funeral home.

The two Bunker Hill High School students were killed in a crash Friday night.

24-year-old Keyona Shawantae Byrd of Cordia Circle in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eight o’clock Friday night (October 3) for misdemeanor larceny, felony possession of stolen goods and felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle.

Events leading to her arrest unfolded as Police responded to the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory just after 5 p.m. Friday. A Loss Prevention Officer said a female subject had concealed clothing and left the store without paying. Police viewed video surveillance footage and recognized the subject as Keyona Byrd.

Approximately 30 minutes later, an Officer heard the shoplifting report and spotted the suspect vehicle, a silver Chrysler, at a carwash on 4th Street S.W. The Chrysler left the carwash, and as it passed Police headquarters, the Officer attempted to catch up, but the Chrysler did not stop. It accelerated through at least two stoplights, traveling in excess of 75 MPH in a 20 MPH zone.

The Chrysler ran a stop sign at 11th Avenue S.W. While attempting to make a turn, the vehicle struck a building and came to rest on the roof of the Cigar Hut at 216 U.S. Highway S.W. Byrd, the Chrysler’s only occupant, was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released. She was placed under arrest at the hospital.

Byrd was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today (October 6) in Newton.

15-year-old Alex Sigmon of Claremont and 15-year-old Justin Turner of Conover were both killed in an accident Friday night (October 3). They were students at Bunker Hill High School. At last report, the driver, 18-year-old Jacob Dalton of Claremont, a Lenoir-Rhyne student, was being treated at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A front passenger was in stable condition in intensive care at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Another passenger was also being treated at CVMC.

The crash occurred at about 10 p.m. Friday when an eastbound 2002 Mercedes Benz on River Bend Road ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, went off the left side and hit a culvert at the intersection of High Water Road and River Bend Road. The Mercedes was airborne for approximately 90 feet. It hit a tree and a fence before coming to a stop in a cattle pasture. The car overturned, ejecting two of the vehicle’s five occupants, who were not wearing seatbelts.

Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash. The Highway Patrol’s investigation is ongoing.

Counselors and support services will be in place this morning (October 6) for students, faculty and staff at Bunker Hill High School.

Monday, 06 October 2014 07:08

Hickory Man Arrested for Felony Sex Offenses

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21-year-old Michael Lee Lyda of 18th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 Friday night (October 3) on four counts of statutory rape or sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15-year-old by a defendant at least six years older than the victim, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count each of solicitation by computer to commit a felony and felony dissemination of obscene material to a minor under 16.

Lyda was taken into custody without incident at his residence and jailed early Saturday in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (October 6) in Newton.


Arrested at the same time was 22-year-old Cary Allen Lyda of the same address. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Cary Lyda was given a $300 secured bond and has since been released. He was scheduled to appear in court today in Hickory.


Monday, 06 October 2014 07:05

Governor McCrory to Appear in Hickory Today

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Governor Pat McCrory will be in Hickory this morning (October 6) with an appearance at the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy Open House. The event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Hickory’s A.S.U. Center, 2760 U.S. Highway 70 S.E. The Governor’s appearance is not open to the general public.

Friday, 03 October 2014 15:44

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charge

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25-year-old Jessie Dean Frye of 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about three o’clock this morning (October 3) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of methaqualone and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Frye was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $13,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

43-year-old Victor Juan Rendon, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:40 yesterday evening on misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a government official, injury to personal property and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for December 12 in Hickory.

On September 13, The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an attempted Breaking & Entering at the All Star Gas Station on the Charlotte Highway in Mooresville. The incident occurred at approximately 10:40 p.m. Detective Sgt. Jamie Robb is asking for assistance identifying the suspect responsible. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact Det. Sgt. Robb at 704-660-9586 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

Maiden High School’s Varsity Blue Club will hold a “Knock Out Cancer Day” on Saturday, October 11 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Maiden.

All proceeds from the event will go to three cancer victims: Bandys Student Trevor Lail; Maiden High Cheer Mom Wendy Miller and Sonya Abernethy, a Bandys graduate & Maiden Booster Club president’s daughter-in-law.

“Knock Out Cancer Day” will feature a car wash at the Maiden Fire Department. Hamburgers & hot dogs will be available at Nationwide’s Bill Abee Agency. Large orders are welcome.

There will also be an antiques, flea market, & yard sale behind Rose Mill Antiques and across from Town Hall. Spaces may be rented by contacting Penny Howe at Rose Mill Antiques at 828 428-0005. A $25 donation is required for dealers & vendors or a $10 donation for yard sale spaces.

For more information, contact Coaches Parker, Robinson or Everett at Maiden High School or email Butch_Parker@catawbaschools.net.

37-year-old Kristy Kay Laws of Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (October 3) for failure to appear on charges of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (two counts), D.W.I. (two counts), prostitution and intoxicated & disruptive. She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Laws was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. She has District Court appearances scheduled for October 7 & October 20 in Caldwell County, October 13 in Alexander County and November 18 in Burke County.