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Friday, 22 August 2014 11:14

Probation Absconder Held on $20K Bond

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29-year-old Tod-Ja Dazu-Juan Tilley of Polk Street in Taylorsville was arrested late last night (August 21) by Hickory Police on warrants out of Lincoln County for one felony probation violation and one misdemeanor probation violation.

Tilley is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following an April 2013 conviction in Lincoln County on misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.

Tilley has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on August 28 in Lincolnton.

57-year-old Terry Russell Cooke of Brandy Michelle Lane in Collettsville was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (August 21) on charges of fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag; driving while license revoked, providing fictitious information to an officer, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and a violation for an open container after consuming alcohol. Cooke was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on October 7 in Lenoir.

51-year-old Jeffrey Keith Prevatte of the Grace Chapel community in Caldwell County escaped serious injury in a single-vehicle accident in Granite Falls at about 8:30 this morning.

According to an eyewitness, the accident occurred on Falls Avenue as the gold, 2001 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Prevatte ran off the right side of the road and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to overturn before coming to a stop on its roof.

Prevatte was the vehicle’s only occupant. Emergency personnel used the “jaws of life” to extract him from the wreck. He was wearing a seatbelt. Prevatte was cut and bruised and was examined by E.M.S. personnel on the scene, but he refused transport to a local hospital.

Prevatte will be charged with D.W.I., careless & reckless driving and an expired license tag. He was given a custody release.

The Granite Falls Police Department is the lead agency in the investigation.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed a motion to have a sexual harassment lawsuit against District Attorney Jay Gaither thrown out. In his capacity as attorney general, Cooper represents all of the state’s district attorneys. Gaither represents the state’s 25th Prosecutorial District, which includes Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.

Former Assistant District Attorney Whitney Nicole Shaffer filed the lawsuit against Gaither in June of this year. Shaffer claims Gaither made unwanted sexual advances towards her and sent her inappropriate text messages. She has filed the lawsuit against Gaither both in his official capacity as district attorney and individually.

Cooper filed the motion Wednesday to dismiss the lawsuit claiming that the allegations do not warrant Gaither being sued in his official capacity. Cooper says the text messages show that Gaither and Shaffer socialized outside of the office and had a mutual personal relationship in addition to a work relationship. Cooper says Shaffer’s responses to Gaither's text messages show that his advances were "welcomed."

Shaffer’s suit was filed in the state’s western district in Statesville. It accused Gaither of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and defamation. She has requested a trial by jury.

27-year-old Dorian Roshad Ferguson of S.W. Bradford Street in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday for violating a house arrest order. He was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. Ferguson is currently scheduled to appear in Superior Court on September 22 on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods and in District Court on August 25 for B&E and larceny, both in Lenoir.

The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro has announced that Reggie Helton will be its new Director of Development.

Most recently, Helton served as Executive Director for the Western Piedmont Symphony, where he reduced the organization's financial deficit by more than 50% and doubled fundraising results. Before that, he served as Executive Director for the 80-year-old Newton-Conover Auditorium, overseeing its transition from a community theater to a showplace for the arts in Catawba County and raising financial support to underwrite the renovated facility's first two presented seasons.

The theater is located on South Greene Street in downtown Greensboro. For more information, visit www.carolinatheatre.com.

31-year-old Scott Christopher Angove of Hedden Place N.W. in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 19) by Lenoir Police on charges of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor carrying a concealed handgun. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond with his next appearance in District Court scheduled for September 9 in Lenoir.

A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night (August 20) in memory of three Burke County residents who were murdered earlier this month. 21-year-old Freddie Thompson, 54-year-old Barbara Johnson and 75-year-old Zakiya El Bey were all found dead at Thompson and Johnson’s residence on West Concord Street early on the morning of August 10.

Friends and family of the victims gathered on the lawn of the old Burke County Courthouse to celebrate and remember the lives of the deceased.

56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid has been identified as the suspect in the case. Authorities say the three were killed as the result of an apparent domestic dispute.

32-year-old Joseph Edward Morin of Lawton, Michigan was served a felony indictment yesterday (August 20) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers for manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiring to traffick in meth and possession or distribution of meth precursors. Morin has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 06:59

Gasoline Thieves Sought in McDowell County

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The McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person or persons of interest in the theft of 95 gallons of gas that was stolen from three trucks at the Riverside Food Mart on U.S. 70 West.

An employee at Rector Distributing of Rutherfordton reported Monday (August 18) that someone stole the gas from three Little Debbie work trucks that he left parked at the convenience store between noon on Friday, August 15 and 5 a.m. on Monday. The fuel was valued at $100 and damage to the three trucks’ gas tanks was estimated at $1,500.

McDowell Co. Detective Andy Manis said he believes the suspect vehicle is either a GMC Jimmy or a Chevrolet Blazer.

Anyone with information concerning the vehicle or the suspects should call Detective Manis at 828-652-2237 or call McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME (828-652-7463). Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.