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56-year-old Donna Thomas Harris of Hudson, will spend at least 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the April 2014 stabbing death of her husband.

The Honorable William T. Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, issued an active prison sentence of 16 to 21 years for Harris during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (March 14). She will serve that prison term in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

According to the investigation by Hudson Police Department, officers responded to a reported stabbing at an apartment complex on April 22, 2014, and found William Daniel Harris III suffering from stab wounds to his chest and hand.

William Harris confirmed to officers that his wife, Donna Harris, had stabbed him, and people tending to him at the scene told officers he had told them the same thing when he came from the apartment his wife was in to seek assistance.

Investigators found Donna Harris inside the apartment and recovered numerous pieces of evidence consistent with a stabbing. Throughout their investigation, officers developed more evidence that revealed an ongoing volatile relationship between the couple that escalated into the stabbing that led to William Harris’ death.

Donna Harris previously served a prison sentence of 6 to 8 years for voluntary manslaughter in the February 2003 shooting death of Gary Wayne Hollar in Lenoir. She pleaded guilty to that crime in August 2004 and was released from DAC custody in June 2010.

Det. Richard Blevins investigated the case for Hudson Police Department with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Andrew Jennings was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.

A Lenoir man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Monday (March 14) in Caldwell County Superior Court.

63-year-old Bobby Dean Sparks was sentenced to serve seven to nine years of active prison time in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable William T. Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, following his guilty plea for the stabbing death of 48-year-old Sammy William Sturgill.

According to the investigation by Lenoir Police Department, officers responded to a domestic call at Sparks’ Bradford Street residence on June 24, 2014, and observed Sparks walking down his front steps and into the road at a rapid pace away from the officers.

Sturgill was seen lying on the ground in front of the house and was unresponsive when officers reached him. He was confirmed dead by EMS personnel moments later.

Sparks told investigators that he had killed Sturgill because he was in fear for his life after the victim had attempted to stab him. The autopsy report showed that Sturgill suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen with slashes to the face and neck, and cuts to the hands from a knife.

Det. J.D. Wesson investigated the case for Lenoir Police Department. Andrew Jennings was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 18:27

NC Primary Election Results - All Races Final

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Primary Election Results, Tuesday March 15  (Asterisks Indicates Winners)

Catawba County Board of Commissioners - Rep. (Top Two Are Winners) FINAL RESULT

*Dan A. Hunsucker                 39.63%

Troy A. Sigman                      28.77%

*Barbara Gale Beatty              31.60%


Catawba County Voter Turnout - 35.67%


Alexander County Board of Commissioners – Rep. (Top Two Are Winners)  FINAL RESULT

*Ryan Mayberry                      34.67%

*Jeffrey P. Peal                        33.39%

Larry Yoder                            31.95%


Alexander County Voter Turnout - 37.28%

Burke County Board of Commissioners – Dem. (Top Three Are Winners) FINAL RESULT

Gerald King                              10.63%

*Jeffrey V. Morse                      19.95%

*David L. Rust, Jr.                     22.24%

*Emily B. Church                     31.19%

Richard Garrison                      15.99%

Burke County Board of Commissioners – Rep. (Top Three Are Winners) FINAL RESULT

Ron Lewis                           12.99%

Pat Messick                        10.28%

*Scott Mulwee                     14.29%

*Jeff Brittain                         18.43%

Jack Carroll                         10.22%

*Johnnie Carswell                 16.52%

Rod Eckard                          6.35%

Cristy Gupton                      10.92%

Burke County Voter Turnout - 31.61%


Caldwell County Board of Commissioners – Rep. (Top Three Are Winners) FINAL RESULT

William Howard                         19.29%

*Robbie Wilkie                           21.34%

*Jeff Branch                               24.48%

*Randy T. Church                       22.53%

Ben Griffin                                 12.35%


Caldwell County Voter Turnout - 32.25%

N.C. State Senate, District 45 – Rep.    (Caldwell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Allegheny)    FINAL RESULT

*Deanna Ballard                          52.96%

Ken Boham                                47.04%

N.C. State Senate, District 46 – Dem.  (Burke, Cleveland) FINAL RESULT

Jim Cates                               46.18%

*Anne Fischer                          53.82%

N.C. State House, District 73 – Rep.   (Alexander, Wilkes, Yadkin)  FINAL RESULT

Dwight Shook                        48.52%

*Lee Zachary                          53.82%

N.C. State House, District 87 – Rep. (Caldwell County)  FINAL RESULT

*Destin Hall                                     59.74%

George S. Robinson                       40.26%

N.C. Governor – Rep. FINAL RESULT


*Pat McCrory                                81.76%

Charles Kenneth Moss                 7.65%

C. Robert Brawley                        10.59%

N.C. Governor – Dem.  FINAL RESULT

Ken Spaulding                     31.23%

*Roy Cooper                         68.77%

U.S. Senate – Rep.  FINAL RESULT

Larry Holmquist                   4.94%

Paul Wright                         8.48%

Greg Brannon                      25.18%

*Richard Burr                        61.41%

U.S. Senate – Dem.   FINAL RESULT

Ernest T. Reeves                  9.41%

Chris Rey                            16.49%

Deborah K. Ross                 62.38%

Kevin D. Griffin                     11.72%

U.S. President – Rep.  FINAL RESULT

Ted Cruz                       36.77%

John R. Kasich             12.68%

Marco Rubio                 7.71%

*Donald J. Trump            40.24%

U.S. President – Dem.    FINAL RESULT

Bernie Sanders                    40.76%

*Hillary Clinton                      54.59%


Connect  NC Public Improvement Bond - FINAL RESULT

For -  65.56%

Against - 34.44%

31-year-old Harley Tyrell Smith of Carlton Drive in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with four counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Smith was detained this morning (Tuesday, March 15) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 11:44

Lincolnton Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charges

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62-year-old Gary Wayne “Lucky” Norris, who is listed as a homeless person from Lincolnton, has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on felony warrants for the sale & delivery of methamphetamine and conspiracy to sell or deliver meth.

On Thursday, March 10, Officer Tiffany Cline encountered a person acting suspiciously in the parking lot at Hardee’s in Lincolnton. The subject was identified as Gary Wayne Norris, who was wanted on the outstanding drug warrants.

The warrants followed a four-month investigation into the sale, manufacture, usage and trafficking of methamphetamine in west Lincolnton. The investigation was the result of citizens’ complaints regarding specific residences in the area. Sgt. Dennis Harris led the investigation, which included undercover operations, physical surveillance, technical surveillance and drug interdiction techniques.

Officer Cline arrested Norris without incident. He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. His next appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for April 12.

Additional arrests are possible.

Norris has no prior convictions in North Carolina; however, he does have prior criminal convictions in at least four other states. Those charges include second-degree murder and armed robbery, among others.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 11:42

Lincolnton Police Seek Missing Woman

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The Lincolnton Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing person, 36-year-old Stacy Nicole Cadenhead, who may also go by the name of Stacy Schronce. She was reported as a missing person yesterday (March 14). Ms. Cadenhead had not been seen since Thursday, March 10.

Ms. Cadenhead is described as a white female, 5’2” tall, weighing 150 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She may be driving a 1992 Ford Van with North Carolina license tag MVM-9304.

According to a statement released by the Lincolnton Police Department, Ms. Cadenhead is known to have addiction issues. She frequents neighborhoods with known drug activity.

Det. Brandon Hunsucker is the lead detective in the case. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Stacy Nicole Cadenhead should contact Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or contact Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous. Information leading to Ms. Cadenhead’s location could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double-homicide at 6161 Rest Home Road in Claremont. The victims have been identified as Mark Wilson and Deidra Ramseur, both of the Rest Home Road residence.

The victims were found in the home, deceased. Investigators have determined there was forced entry into the residence.

According to published reports, the couple had a 10-year-old daughter who was not home at the time the bodies were discovered. Deputies said a family member found the couple after they had not been heard from over the weekend.

Anyone with information regarding the crime should call Sgt. Investigator Tyler Whisenant at 828-645-8340.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 05:57

Lenoir Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offenses

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42-year-old Wendy Lee Setzer of Grassy Knob Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Setzer was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. She made her first District Court appearance Monday (March 14).

26-year-old Brandon Michael Bolick of Beach Street in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (March 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. Bolick was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. He made his first appearance in District Court Monday (March 14).

47-year-old Michael Raye Shuping and 48-year-old Sherry A. Benfield were both arrested Sunday (March 13) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Shuping is charged with failing to notify Sheriff of address change by a registered sex offender, larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to appear, obstructing or delaying an investigation, and obtaining property by false pretense on a true bill of indictment. Benfield is charged with obstructing or delaying an investigation and harboring a fugitive.

On Saturday evening (March 12) Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to Michaels Street to investigate a disturbance.  Investigator Beaver arrived and spoke with Sherry Benfield who reported an argument with her boyfriend, identified as “Michael Evans.”  The officer saw the man walking away from the apartment complex and asked him about the disturbance. Investigator Beaver determined that the disturbance was not serious and prepared to leave.

The officer attempted to confirm the identity of Michael Evans by asking for his date of birth. He had suspicions regarding the information given by the man, but did not have cause to detain him or anyone else.

Further investigation revealed that the man the officer was speaking to was, in fact, Michael Raye Shuping. Investigator Beaver discovered that Shuping was a wanted person for failing to notify a change of address, by a registered sex offender, obtaining property by false pretense and failure to appear.

Officers returned to Michaels Street and arrested Benfield. At approximately 3 a.m. Sunday Shuping was located, near Tractor Supply at Independence Boulevard and arrested without incident.

Shuping was placed in jail under $100,500 secured bond, he made a first court appearance Monday (March 14). Benfield's bond was set at $10,000 secured and is scheduled to appear in court April 20.