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30-year-old Dustin Kyle Fillers of Stirewalt Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (May 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering, along with single felony counts of conspire to break and enter with larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Fillers was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 28).

43-year-old Jonathan Bonds Smith of 2nd Street Place SW in Conover was arrested Monday (May 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering to terrorize or injure, assault on a female, and resisting a public officer. The Conover Police Department charged Smith with assault on a government official or employee. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 28).

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:55

Golf Cart Accident Results In Death Of Child

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A small child was killed in a golf cart accident in Iredell County. On Sunday (May 26) at approximately 5:40 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Iredell County near Mooresville on Pintail Run Lane. The collision occurred beyond Spring Run Road where state roadway maintenance ends.

A golf cart was traveling north on Pintail Run Lane when it struck a pothole. This caused a mechanical malfunction in the steering and the golf cart overturned. There were three adults and four children on the golf cart; all occupants were family members. The driver and right front passenger were both holding one-year-old boys. An adult and two three-year-old girls were on the rear-facing seat in the back.

The occupants were ejected, except for the three-year-olds who were restrained by seatbelts. All passengers were transported by EMS to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. One-year-old Kipton Jester of Denver, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other children and adults sustained varying levels of non-life threatening injuries.

The driver was a Mooresville resident. No charges are expected.

A jury needed less than 45 minutes of deliberation to find 62-year-old Nancy Benge Austin of Lenoir guilty of first-degree murder in the December 2013 shooting death of 20-year-old Dylan Joseph Short. That guilty verdict was returned on Friday (May 24) in Caldwell County Superior Court.

Austin was sentenced to life in prison without parole by the Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, following her conviction. 

The trial ran for two weeks. Following three days of jury selection, opening statements were made by both sides on Thursday, May 16.  

Assistant District Attorneys Jamie Adams and Lance Sigmon presented the State’s case, and Defense Attorney Sam Snead laid out his client’s claims. Both sides had multiple witnesses who provided testimony during the course of five days of evidence presentation. 

Sigmon and Adams talked about the relationship between the victim and Austin’s daughter, Sarah, and outlined how the events of that December day played out, noting that they had happily been together the prior two days. They also told the jurors of Austin’s anger and disdain for Short, the father of her grandson.

Austin took the stand in her defense, giving her recollection of the events that took place at her residence on December 26, 2013, when Short was killed by her from a gunshot wound to the head.

Short went to Austin’s home to speak with Sarah on the day of his death, and they were engaged in a confrontation outside Austin’s home when the defendant used a Taurus .38-caliber revolver and shot Short, claiming she was protecting herself and her daughter.

Snead argued that his client had immunity from criminal liability and the right to defend herself and her daughter. An eyewitness for the State testified that he saw Short lying on the ground begging for his life as Austin stood over him and fired the fatal shot.

Adams told jurors that Short tried to defend himself after Austin fired one shot by attempting to take the gun from her. But when he found himself on the ground, Austin was hovering over him, pulling the trigger once with no bullet in the chamber before stepping back and firing the deadly shot.

The case was investigated by Doug Dupell of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Adams and Sigmon handled prosecution for the State.





22-year-old Austin Lee Hector of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 24) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police stopped a silver 2008 Volkswagen Jetta near a parking lot at a hotel on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. During the stop, Officers found 3.6 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Hector was taken into custody without incident at about 12:30 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court Tuesday (May 28) in Newton.

52-year-old Leroy Eugene Lineberger of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 24) for a felony probation violation. Lineberger is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following an October 2018 felony conviction in Franklin County for uttering a forged instrument. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.

Lineberger was taken into custody without incident at just before 6 a.m. today at an apartment on 2nd Street Court S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. He'll appear in Superior Court on June 3 in Franklin County.

Authorities in Gaston County are asking for the public's help in locating a missing teenager. She is 16-year-old Sarah Anne Gravley, who went missing from Gastonia on May 3.

Ms. Gravley is a white female. She is 5'2" tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sarah Anne Gravley should call the Ranlo Police Department at 704-866-3300, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678), or call 9-1-1.

28-year-old James Dewey Pennington of 9th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (May 23) by Probation & Parole Officers for one felony probation violation. Pennington is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a November 2017 felony conviction in Burke County for breaking and entering. Pennington was taken to the Catawba County Detention Facility. No bond amount is currently listed, no court date was listed.

Friday, 24 May 2019 07:12

Newton Man Charged With False Imprisonment

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49-year-old Shannon Thomas Propst of College Avenue in Newton was arrested today (May 24) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, and false imprisonment. Propst was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. No bond amount was listed. A District Court appearance was scheduled for June 10.

23-year-old Chadrick Ty-Quan McGee of Newton Drive in Statesville was arrested yesterday (May 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers on single felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. McGee was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled yesterday.

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