Police are investigating the murder of 23-year old Octavis Geter, he was found lying in the road due to a gunshot wound. This was the second murder to occur in Hickory in less than a week, and both homicides happened in the same neighborhood. WHKY reporter Fentress chestnut went to the scene, and spoke with family members to get more information today (June 8).
WHKY is learning more about this homicide. Fentress Chestnut spoke with the victim's family members, and they believe this was all an incident over a mistaken identity. (SoundBite)
Around 2:00 police found Octavis Geter near a wooded area on 2nd st in hickory. There was a party for one of the residents' children, and it apparently got out of hand after a fight began downstairs.
Anita Sherill says it was just supposed to be a party for her goddaughter, but more and more people started to arrive, and that's when the trouble started..
There was about 50 people standing in the road when police got to the scene, Geter was still alive, but passed away just moments later. Witnesses say a man came up to Geter, shot him and took off in his car. Police have been trying to identify and locate that person since Saturday.
Geter's uncle Jaquevous Geter and his friend Caine Morrison spoke with Fentress today (June 8) and told her more about the victim...(Soundbite)
Last night a candle light vigil was held at the bus stop just around the corner from where Geter lived. Dozens of people were there to pay their respects, Jaquevous revisited that stop earlier today, reminiscing about his nephew.(Soundbite)
Fentress Chestnut heard from mulltiple witnesses including Geters family members who were saying that they knew who was responsible for the shooting, and they planned on meeting with detectives this afternoon to discuss that person.
WHKY will keep you updated as we receive details about any arrest in this case. Police don't believe the homicide on June 1st is connected to this incident. The investigation is still ongoing.
For more information on this investigation, go to our website WHKY.com or follow reporter Fentress Chestnut on Twitter @fentresswhky14 for continuous updates.
20-year-old Austin Daniel Bjerg of Falling Creek Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday afternoon (June 6) on one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bjerg was arrested after Police stopped a vehicle for an expired tag as it traveled south on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. A search of the vehicle turned up 19 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bjerg was the vehicle’s only occupant.
He was taken into custody at about 3:25 p.m. Saturday and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 8) in Newton.
23-year-old Jessica Marie Hua of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:40 Saturday morning (June 6) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and shoplifting. She was also charged on outstanding warrants from Burke County with felony breaking & entering and felony obtaining property by false pretense.
She was arrested after Police responded to the Walgreens store on North Center Street where a suspicious subject was reportedly asking people to purchase cold medicine for her. Officers identified the subject as Jessica Hua and found the outstanding Burke County warrants for her arrest. A subsequent search led to the discovery of one gram of crack cocaine, eight Oxycodone pills and one Xanax pill, as well as a pill container that had been stolen from Walgreens.
Hua was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for today (June 8) and June 10, with a Superior Court date coming up on July 27.
61-year-old Roger Douglas Widner of Henry Falls Drive in Hickory was arrested today (Monday, June 8) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with indecent liberties with a child. Following the arrest, Widner was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 12).
45-year-old Melissa Dawn Torrence was arrested Saturday (June 6) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Torrence was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 8).
37-year-old Bridget Nicole Logan was arrested today (Monday, June 8) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail. Logan is also facing a probation violation charge. Following the arrest, Logan was jailed in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (June 10).
33-year-old David Allen Sigmon of Hot Rod Road in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 Sunday morning (June 7) on charges of felony assault inflicting serious injury, kidnapping and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested when Police went to serve a warrant at the residence. Sigmon refused to exit. Officers made entry where Sigmon did not comply with verbal commands. A Taser was used to take the suspect into custody.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $41,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 12 in Newton.
57-year-old Barron Jerome Loritts of Rifle Range Road in Conover was arrested today (Monday, June 8) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with three counts of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Loritts was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for next Monday (June 15).
The City of Newton recently welcomed Nikki Gregory-Pruett as the city’s new information systems director. According to a news release from the City of Newton, Gregory-Pruett joined the city’s team Monday, June 1. She came to Newton from Gastonia, where she was the information technology support services manager at Partners Behavioral Health Management for the past three years. Prior to her time at Partners Behavioral Health, Pruett served for 13 years as the city of Morganton’s information technology director.
She said her logical and analytical way of thinking, as well as a dedication to teamwork, will allow her to effectively oversee Newton’s systems. Gregory-Pruett’s responsibilities include professional and technical work in the procurement, installation, configuration and maintenance of the city’s network systems, hardware and software. She also oversees the city’s telephone, radio and other communications systems.
During her first week on the job, Gregory-Pruett met city staff, attended a Newton City Council meeting, and begun to familiarize herself with the city’s networks. Gregory-Pruett lives in Granite Falls with her husband and their three dogs. She and her husband have four grown children.
34-year-old Austin Charles Davis was arrested Sunday (June 7) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Following the arrest, Davis was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in court was scheduled for today (Monday, June 8).