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A Vale teenager was killed after investigators say a vehicle crossed the center line and hit a truck head-on in Catawba County. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the accident happened along Highway 10 near Cat Square Road Thursday afternoon.

18-year-old Carrie Lynn Workman of Vale was killed in the accident. Highway Patrol reports she was driving a vehicle that crossed the center line and hit a truck. Workman was killed as a result of the collision. The accident occurred at 3:42 p.m. Thursday. 

The driver of the truck, a man from Grover, NC, was transported for treatment, but was expected to be okay. No charges will be filed in the case.

According to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, a runaway teenager has been found and has been returned to her home.

15-year-old Megan Dawn Holit was reported missing Thursday after not showing up at school She had last been seen Thursday morning before school in the Roby Martin area of Lenoir. The Sheriff’s Office reported late Thursday afternoon that she had been found and returned home.

No further details were available.

The paving project on the Catawba River Greenway in Morganton is nearly complete, and the majority of the trail is back open to the public.

Contractors working for the City put down a fresh layer of asphalt from the Greenlee Ford access at Judge’s restaurant to Catawba Meadows Park. As of Thursday afternoon (September 24), the contractors had one small section to finish between the footbridge at NC 181 and Catawba Meadows Park.

Morganton City Council awarded a $139,418 contract in June to Johnson Paving & Crushing Co., Inc., of Marion. The contractor paved 1.4 miles of the oldest section of the greenway that ranges from 18 to 24 years old.

According to a news release from the City of Morganton, people who were on the trail Thursday afternoon said the new asphalt is very smooth and makes for a much nicer walk and ride.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 17:34

Assault Suspect Sought in Alexander County

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33-year-old Christopher Dale Reavis is wanted by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a domestic assault that took place Thursday (September 23) on Center Church Road in Hiddenite.

The incident, which happened in the presence of two small children, involved a gun. Reavis is wanted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, second-degree kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

Reavis is a white male, 6’0” tall, weighing 190 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.  

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Christopher Dale Reavis should contact the Alexander County 9-1-1 Center at 828-632-2911.

20-year-old William Cody Blevins of Stony Point, 21-year-old Chelsy Lynn Combs of Stony Point, 34-year-old Matthew Scott Johnson of Taylorsville and 25-year-old Michael James Morgan of Stony Point have all been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office on drug charges. All four suspects were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts for Morgan and one count for the others. Combs and Morgan were each charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse. Blevins and Johnson each face one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Morgan was also charged with driving while license revoked.

At about 2:30 this morning, Deputies conducted a vehicle stop on Old Mountain Road in the Hiddenite community. During the initial investigation, a Deputy approaching from the passenger saw one of the vehicle’s occupants, later identified as Matthew Johnson, making suspicious movements in the vehicle. The Deputy then saw that Johnson was loading a magazine for a .380 caliber handgun.

Deputies ordered all the adult occupants from the vehicle at gunpoint. The front passenger then threw the firearm under the vehicle. All the adult occupants were detained while Officers ensured the safety of a six-month-old baby, who was also in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle was conducted, leading to the discovery and seizure of 49 grams of methamphetamine, 36 grams of marijuana, assorted drug paraphernalia, one set of brass knuckles and a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

All four suspects were jailed in the Alexander County Detention Center. Bond for Blevins was set at $45,500, secured. Combs was given a $50,500 secured bond. Johnson and Morgan were each given $50,000 secured bonds. District Court appearances were scheduled for September 28 in Taylorsville.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:19

Runaway Sought By Caldwell County Authorities

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The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in locating a runaway teenager.

15-year-old Megan Dawn Holit was last seen this morning before school in the Roby Martin area of Lenoir. She did not get to school. Holit is a white female, 5'2", 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. If you know where Megan is, call the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 828-758-2324. If you are interested in possibly receiving a reward call Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300, you do not have to give your name.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:22

Victims Identified in Yesterday's Fatal Crash in Newton

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The person killed in an accident yesterday in Newton has been identified as 18-year-old Corey Dylan Good of 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory. The crash occurred at about 5:44 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. Good was driving a 2008 Hyundai Tiberon south on U.S. Highway 321 when the accident happened. Also injured was 43-year-old Mickey Shane Bunton of Oak Tree Lane Granite Falls, who was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup truck north on Highway 321. Mr. Bunton was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A third driver, 28-year-old Courtney Marie Stone, and her passenger, 28-year-old Ryan Joseph Worden, both of Mill Drive in Catawba, were not injured.

Newton Police say Mr. Bunton was attempting to turn left onto West 15th Street when he collided head-on with Mr. Good’s vehicle in the intersection of U.S. 321 & West 15th Street. The spare tire on Mr. Bunton’s vehicle came loose and struck the hood and windshield of Ms. Stone’s vehicle. Mr. Good’s vehicle was pushed up an embankment into the parking lot at Mike’s Wholesale Cars, coming to rest against a vehicle parked on the lot.

Mr. Good was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Bunton is expected to be released from the hospital today.

The investigation is ongoing.

Newton Police, the Newton Fire Department, Catawba County E.M.S., Catawba County Emergency Management and Newton-Conover Rescue all responded to the scene.

40-year-old Johnny Ray Deyton was arrested Wednesday (September 23) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation, and misdemeanor counts of assault inflicting serious injury, assault on a female, and communicating threats. Following the arrest, Deyton was placed in jail under $105,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 12 in Morganton. 

A tractor-trailer overturned this morning (September 24) on Interstate 40 near Claremont between mile-markers 137 & 138. One westbound lane is closed as crews work to clear the scene.

The accident occurred at 7:50 a.m. today. The truck, which was loaded with shingles, is off the roadway; however, a spokesperson with the N.C. State Highway Patrol said one westbound lane will be closed for most of the day. Crews are working to get the overturned truck off the guardrail beside the roadway.

The Highway Patrol says the tractor-trailer was the only vehicle involved in the crash. Their initial report indicated that someone did sustain a “personal injury” in the crash, but no further details are available this morning.

There has been an accident resulting in a fatality on Interstate 40. The accident occurred on a stretch of road that was congested from a previous accident. According to WHKY's Fentress Chestnut, a motorcycle traveling in the westbound lanes at mile marker 138, the Oxford School Road exit, crashed into a vehicle that was stopped due to the congestion. The motorcycle rider ran into the car, went airborne and then under an 18-wheeler.

Firefighters were rerouting traffic off the Oxford School road exit and then back onto the interstate. We'll have more details on this situation as they become available.