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Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing the investigation into an accidental shooting incident earlier this week at the Lake Norman Quarry.

The victim, 47-year-old Jerry Lee Burnette, of Marshall, NC was operating a crane Wednesday (March 20) at the quarry when he was struck in the leg by a piece of shrapnel. He was able to climb down from the crane and deputies assisted him to the main gate of the facility to be treated by Lincoln County EMS. He was then transported to Atrium Health–Charlotte.

Workers on site said the incident occurred around 7:50 p.m. when the shrapnel glanced off a piece of equipment hitting the victim. The caller advised the Lincoln County Communications Center that it sounded like multiple weapons being fired.

A check of the area turned up a location in the 6800 block of Glover Lane where several individuals had been shooting at targets with semi-automatic weapons. Several people have been interviewed and weapons were seized.

Detectives will take their findings to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be filed in the case.

31-year-old Rodriquez Darius Griffith of Hickory, was given an active prison sentence of 15 to 23 years following his conviction for multiple sexual offenses with a child during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (March 21).

The Honorable Louis A. Trosch, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the prison term for Griffith, who pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree statutory rape, two counts of incest with a child younger than 13 and first-degree statutory sex offense.

Griffith also will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. He will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The offenses took place between January 2015 and August 2016, and they involved a seven-year-old female victim. According to investigation by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the victim told her mother in August 2016 that the defendant would “stick things inside her.” Another family member said he saw the defendant do such things to the victim on several occasions.

A forensic interview of the victim revealed that Griffith sexually assaulted the child on several occasions and had sexual intercourse with her at other times during a period of more than 18 months.

Russ Boger handled the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Catawba County Department of Social Services and the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams prosecuted the case for the State.

25-year-old Christian Dior Sifford of 17th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 21) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sifford was taken into custody without incident just before 2 a.m. today at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,000, secured. He has since been released. No court date is currently listed.

39-year-old Wesley Patrick Fulbright of June Bug Drive in Stony Point was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I, III, and IV controlled substance, maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Fulbright also had outstanding warrants for failure to appear on previously filed drug charges. Fulbright was one of Iredell County's most wanted suspects.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received information about a possible location for Fulbright in the Stony Point Area. They contacted narcotics detectives with the information, and for additional assistance.

The deputies went to 423 East Lackey Farm Road. As they were walking to the front of the home, Fulbright ran out the back door. A short foot chase took place, then deputies caught and arrested Fulbright. Warrants stemming from a search at Fulbright’s residence at 171 June Bug Lane last week were served.

He was given a $622,500 dollar secured bond on all of his charges. A District Court date is scheduled for April 1.

Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:48

Event Scheduled To Benefit Wilson Creek

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A Clean Wilson Creek Benefit, hosted by Food Factory Craft Diner in Hickory will be held Saturday, March 30, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of great socializing and music with Musician Jamie Trollinger, Sweet Green Society and DJ Tim Moose. A Clean Wilson Creek is a non profit organization dedicated to keeping Wilson Creek, a National Wild and Scenic river in Northwestern Caldwell County, clean and beautiful for future generations.

The event will include a brief information session about the organization. There’s no cover charge, donations are encouraged. For more information email acleanwilsoncreek@gmail.com or call Betsey's Store in Mortimer, N. C. (828) 758-5051.

 

Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:46

Hickory Woman Jailed on Meth & Heroin Charges

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49-year-old Deven Kirby Ward of River Road in Hickory, also known as Deven Kirby Deal, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before three o'clock yesterday afternoon (March 20) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin.

Ward was taken into custody without incident at another address on River Road (not her residence). She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

35-year-old Neal Raymond Audet of Bonneau, S.C. was arrested yesterday (March 20) by Lenoir Police Officers on two misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and driving with license revoked. He’s also charged with one felony count of aggravated death by a vehicle.

According to published reports, Audet was responsible for a January 2013 accident near Zacks Fork Road that resulted in the death of 30-year-old Brian Christian Carroll. Audet was initially hospitalized with serious injuries, but left the hospital before he was charged. Six years after the accident, Lenoir Police Officers arrested Audet near Charleston, S.C.

Audet was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for April 29.

One person suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg while working on a crane tower at the Lake Norman Quarry.

Lincoln County Communications took a call around 7:50 last night (March 20) regarding shots fired in the area. The caller said there seemed to be two weapons and it sounded like someone was doing target practice. Deputies checked the nearby roads in an attempt to locate the shooter.

Deputies transported the injured person to the main gate at the quarry where they met Lincoln County E.M.S. No additional information regarding the victim's current condition or identity has been released.

Detectives are interviewing a person of interest in the case. The investigation is ongoing.

30-year-old Michelle Nicole Mathis of Waters Street in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (March 20) by Granite Falls Police Officers on three felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and obtaining property by false pretense.

Mathis was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for April 29.

45-year-old Jeffery Allen Stevens was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. He was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday an address on Rainhill Drive in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 21).

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