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.
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 email@example.com or call Betsey's Store in Mortimer, N. C. (828) 758-5051.
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).
41-year-old Jason Matthew Basnett was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and probation violation. In addition, Basnett is charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Basnett was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday on Morganton Heights Boulevard and placed in jail under $15,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for April 10.
A Hickory man who fatally stabbed his cousin received a minimum six year prison sentence.
54-year-old Arthur Lee Robinson was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to an active prison term of six to nine years by the Honorable George C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (March 20).
The defendant pleaded guilty to the October 2, 2016, stabbing death of 63-year-old Kester Hewitt, his cousin and roommate, a result of an argument between the two men. Officers from the Hickory Police Department responded to several calls about a civil disturbance between the two family members at the residence, but Robinson was not there each time. Officers advised Hewitt to lock the door and call law enforcement if Robinson returned.
Around 4:45 a.m. on the date of the incident, a 911 call regarding a stabbing at the residence was received. Robinson was at the residence when HPD officers arrived and found Hewitt deceased in the living room with multiple stab wounds to his head and chest.
Robinson denied any involvement in the fatal stabbing, but investigators noticed blood on his sock when they interviewed him. Executing a search warrant at the residence, they found a knife in the defendant’s bedroom, and a DNA analysis of the blood on the knife confirmed it to be the murder weapon.
The autopsy report from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center determined Hewitt’s cause of death as sharp force injuries to the head and chest. The Hickory Police Department investigated the fatal stabbing. Assistant District Attorney Nolan Hancock prosecuted the case for the State.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an early morning carjacking on Sage Court in Denver.
Shortly after 5 a.m. today (March 20), Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 3,800 block of Sage Court. The victim told Officers he was walking to his vehicle in the driveway at his home when he noticed a small S.U.V. parked on a nearby street and three black males walking around the street.
When the victim got into his vehicle (a tan 2014 Honda Accord), two of the men walked up the driveway as the third pulled the S.U.V. into the driveway, blocking the victim's car. The suspects, who had their faces covered, banged on the victim's car window. One of suspects pulled out a handgun and ordered the victim out of the vehicle.
The suspects demanded the victim's money, wallet, and the keys to the Honda. One of the suspects drove the victim's vehicle away while another suspect got back into the small S.U.V.
No one was injured during the incident.
Deputies canvassed the neighborhood and found other vehicles that appeared to have been broken into. Only one additional break-in has been reported.
The stolen Honda has a North Carolina tag number CHL-4376. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
28-year-old Tara Nicole Wood of Henry Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 20) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Wood was arrested after Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 1,100 block of 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. According to Police, Wood, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was found to have 0.4 grams of methamphetamine on her person.
Wood was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.