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Valdese Police Chief John Suttle
Valdese Police Chief John Suttle is retiring April 30, but will return to part-time duty for a transition period starting June 1. Suttle, 60, said he has a lot of things he wants to do. He said his retirement will be a gradual one. He said the town has been good to him and working with the people in the town has been great. The chief said it's his understanding that the door will remain open if he finds retirement isn't for him and he wants to return full-time. If he decided to come back full-time, however, Suttle said he would have to give up his retirement from the state. Suttle retired as an State Bureau of Investigation agent in September 2000. He went to work as a lieutenant with the Burke County Sheriff's Office and then took the job as Valdese police chief in September 2004.
John Suttle of the Burke County Sheriff's Office.
Epley worked at Baker Furniture in Icard and failed to show up for work the past two days, which was unusual, Suttle said. Suttle described the truck as being bluish/gray in color and having a white camper cover. The license tag number is believed to be RPY-5604. An all-points bulletin was issued for officers in neighboring counties to be on the lookout for the vehicle. Suttle would not disclose a motive for the homicide or a possible cause of death. "At this point, we are early into the investigation and I will not compromise the integrity of the case by making speculations, or releasing too many facts about the crime scene," he said.
Detective John Suttle with the Burke County Sheriff's Office. But that doesn't mean that anyone, male or female, should let their guard down when out alone. "Everyone should use caution when they are out at night," Suttle said. Suttle said the Sheriff's Office is still investigating the case of a 44-year-old Hickory woman who was found naked with a broken hip in the Henry River Mill area July 24. Suttle said a man picked up the victim around midnight on July 23 near the Budget Inn in Hickory. The woman told police the man took her to the Henry River Dam, raped her and forced her to walk naked in the direction of the drop-off near the dam. Shortly into the investigation, Burke County law enforcement officials were investigating the possibility of the case being related to three other rape and assault cases in Hickory and Catawba County. Suttle said the Burke County Sheriff's Office will continue to work with the FBI, SBI, Hickory Police Department and Catawba Sheriff's Department.
John Suttle of the Burke County Sheriff's Office, emergency personnel at the scene immediately requested an airlift to a trauma center for the boy while rushing him to Grace Hospital.However, the boy died at the hospital at 3:45 p.m. before the airlift was carried out.The Harrises were not home at the time of the incident.Suttle said the Harrises' 13-year-old son was left at home alone while his mother ran an errand.Suttle said it was not clear whether the victim ran to the back porch after he was shot and then collapsed or whether someone helped him to the back porch, which was the only usable entrance to the mobile home."The Harris child was on the phone calling 911," Suttle said.He also said both boys were very upset and unable to tell much about the incident."It's an absolute, total tragedy," Suttle said."This child's death is the result of negligent acts on the part of several people," he added.
Ecliserio's back was broken as a result of the accident, Valdese Police Chief John Suttle said.
He was transported to Valdese Hospital. Triplett was traveling south across a bridge on Hoyle Street S.W. when he noticed a car traveling in the opposite direction, according to the Valdese Police Department's report.