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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:47

Murder-Suicide Reported in Morganton

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Two people are dead in Morganton in what is believed to be a murder-suicide. Preliminary reports suggest that James “Jim” Young was shot to death Monday night (June 29) by his wife, Laura, who then turned the gun on herself.

Mr. Young’s stepson was home when the shooting occurred, but he was not injured.

Mr. Young was a former oboist with the Western Piedmont Symphony and owned a piano tuning business on Starmount Circle in Morganton.

The Morganton Dept. of Public Safety is investigating.

21-year-old Matthew Allen Hartley of Henderson Street in Denver has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of larceny of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule V controlled substance and larceny.

On June 28, Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person call near the Denver Fire Department on Highway 16 Business. Upon arrival, Officers found Matthew Hartley, who appeared to be under the influence. Hartley’s father had called 9-1-1 earlier regarding the theft of his medications and a nine-millimeter handgun. Matthew Hartley took Deputies to a location off of Wexford Lane where they found a bag containing the medication and the firearm, hidden under some leaves.

Hartley was arrested and placed in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond.

The next day, Detective Matt Lykins charged Hartley with breaking into a truck in the 3300 block of Loop Road in Lincolnton. Hartley allegedly took electronics equipment and a GPS unit with a total value of more than $600. The break-in occurred on June 23 and the stolen items were returned to the victim by a third party the next day.

Hartley confessed to the vehicle break-in and was charged with one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate where his bond was raised to $120,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for today (June 30) with another court date coming up on July 16.

55-year-old Sharon Carver Davis of Cruz Lane in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 11 a.m. Friday on one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

The indictment comes in connection to a November 2014 incident at CommunityOne bank. Davis and Heidi Danielle Hall allegedly opened an account. They deposited $600 from a closed account and then attempted to withdraw $500. Davis and Hall were initially arrested in November and charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

Davis was taken into custody by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers at the Taylorsville Probation Office and then turned over to Hickory Police. She was processed at H.P.D. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. No court date is currently listed.

22-year-old Kimberly Jeanette Sutherland, who is listed as a homeless person from Dante, Virginia, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 Friday morning (June 26) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Sutherland was wanted in Russell County, Virginia, for a probation violation. She was on probation for forced entry or burglary of a residence. She will be returned to Lebanon, Virginia.

Sutherland was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (July 1) in Newton.

It was believed that the woods fire burning on Bakers Mountain in Catawba County could be contained by this afternoon. The fire started burning Monday afternoon. The fire is not inside Bakers Mountain Park. It started by accident due to a spark from a chainsaw used by a member of a logging crew.

Catawba County Emergency Management Coordinator Karyn Yaussy released the following statement this morning. “The woodland fire that broke out on Bakers Mountain in Catawba County yesterday afternoon at 3:45 pm has burned approximately 40 acres as of this morning. Incident leadership hopes to have total containment by late this afternoon however the weather may be a factor in that plan.

Since the fire began approximately 150 fire fighters have been involved in attacking the fire across rugged terrain. Mountain View Fire Department and the North Carolina Forest Services are the lead agencies managing the fire with support from Catawba County Emergency Services, six area fire departments including Propst Crossroads, Newton, Cooksville, Sherrills Ford, and Triple Community, Catawba County EMS and Hickory Rescue Squad. NC Forest Service aerial resources are in use with a helicopter making water drops and a spotter plan.

No residential structures are at risk but due to heavy smoke residents in the area with respiratory conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or COPD are cautioned to remain indoors with the windows and doors closed and their air conditioning running” Yaussy said.

WHKY TV’s transmitter site is on the mountain, the fire did not reach the station’s building. A Forest Service helicopter made water drops through the late afternoon and evening hours Monday. Bulldozers and utility ATVs were deployed on the ground to help the firefighters traverse the heavily wooded area.

A fire at a home on Bost Nursery Road in Maiden has reportedly resulted in a 69-year-old man sustaining extensive burns. According to published reports, the fire broke out this morning (Tuesday, June 30) when a child set bedding on fire. Emergency crews responded to the home at approximately 8 a.m. Edward Owenby sustained second and third degree burns in the fire. He was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment. Reports say firefighters had to break out a window to get to Owenby. His wife and grandchildren were at the home but were not injured.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a rash of break-ins to unlocked vehicles northeast of Lincolnton. Residents began reporting the break-ins over the weekend to vehicles parked at homes on Dove Tree Lane, Shady Brook Lane, and Springs East Road. Items stolen in the break-ins include GPS units, tools , billfolds, identification, cash and other items.

All of the break-ins were to unlocked vehicles, occurred overnight and most were discovered when residents got in their vehicles to leave home. The break-ins were in the same general area where others occurred two weeks ago on Buffalo Shoals Road, Ivey Church Road, Kinks Lane, Forest Road and Shuford Road.

Detective Lt. Tim Johnson said in a news release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, “As in previous cases deputies investigating found the vehicles have been unlocked.” He went on to say that, “So far the thieves have not shown a tendency to break into locked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible.”

The Sheriff's Office is offering these tips to prevent a break-in to your vehicle. Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short time. Don’t leave valuable items in plain view. If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before your arrive at your destination. If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave your exterior lights on at night. If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space. Residents should also document and record all serial numbers on any items left in a vehicle.

If you see somebody acting suspicious or looking into vehicles, call 9-1-1, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips will be investigated.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 04:50

Suspects Sought In Hardees Armed Robbery

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Suspects are being sought in an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant in Burke County.

On May 31 at approximately 4:30 PM the Burke County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Hardees at 324 South Center Street in Hildebran, in reference to an Armed Robbery. Upon the deputies’ arrival, the suspect had fled on foot. Detectives have connected this incident with two other robberies that have occurred in the Hickory area. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects.

One of the male suspects appeared to be the driver and was unmasked when he came inside the restaurant. It appears he was driving a silver 4 door Nissan Sentra. The Armed Suspect was described as a white male in his 20s, 5’6’’ to 5’8’’ with a slender build. The Armed Suspect was wearing a black bandanna on top of his head, sun glasses, a blue bandanna covering his face, black shirt with a navy blue long-sleeved shirt under the black tee shirt with white gloves with black on the bottom, blue jeans and boots.

Surveillance footage has been released by the Sheriff's Office. If you have any information you are asked to contact the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division at 828-764-9505 or 828-438-5500.

An accident at a Caldwell County lumber yard Monday claimed the life of an employee. According to published reports, 55-year-old Steven George Dolgas was killed when he was run over by a forklift at Jordan-Holman Lumber Company in Granite Falls. Reports say he was deceased when rescue workers arrived.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to investigate the incident. According to reports on the incident from the Granite Falls Police Department, the forklift was in reverse when it ran the victim over. The forklift was not carrying a load at the time of the accident. There were no witnesses to what happened and it is believed that Dolgas was driving the forklift.

It is possible that surveillance cameras at the lumber yard may have caught the accident, and investigators will be checking the footage. Reports say Dolgas was a long-time employee of the business.

The 56-year-old woman injured in an accident Monday morning on Morris Creek Road, just east of Lenoir, has died. The accident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. Monday.

First responders worked for about an hour to free the victim from the wreckage of her silver station wagon. She was airlifted from the scene.

According to published reports, the woman was weaving across the roadway for approximately two miles before crashing. The Highway Patrol is investigating the possibility that a medical incident might have contributed to the accident.

Published reports say Frances Coffey died at the hospital after being transported there Monday.