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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 14:14

Hickory Police Name Suspect In Fatal Shooting

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The identity of a suspect in a fatal shooting in Hickory over the weekend has been released. The Hickory Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is currently attempting to locate 24-year-old Jamar Franklin Robinson. A warrant has been obtained on Robinson for one Count of 1st Degree Murder in reference to the homicide of 23-year-old Octavis Sentex Geter that occurred last Saturday, June 6.

Anyone with information reference the location of Robinson is advised not to approach this individual but contact law enforcement immediately.

Octavis Geter was found lying in the road early Saturday morning due to a gunshot wound. At approximately 2:00 a.m. Saturday, Hickory police found Octavis Geter near a wooded area on 2nd Street. There was a party for one of the residents' children, and it apparently got out of hand after a fight began downstairs. This was the second murder to occur in Hickory in less than a week, and both homicides happened in the same neighborhood. Police do not believe the incidents are related.

If you have information related to the suspect's whereabouts call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

23-year-old Jordan Craig Wilburn of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eight o’clock last night (June 8) on charges of felony making threats against an executive court officer, felony breaking & entering and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. after a caller reported that a man at the store was sick or under the influence of a controlled substance. Upon arrival, Officers located the man, who they identified as Jordan Wilburn, and checked for outstanding warrants.

As they did so, another Officer heard the Police radio chatter and, based on the description of Wilburn’s clothing, recognized the man as the suspect in a breaking & entering that occurred earlier that day. The B&E took place at an apartment on Highland Avenue N.E. where someone broke out a rear window and took a video game console and accessories.

Wilburn, who did not require treatment, was taken into custody and transported to H.P.D. headquarters where he allegedly threatened the Magistrate. In addition, a search of Wilburn’s person turned up 0.4 grams of marijuana.

Wilburn has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $80,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on June 10 and July 2.

35-year-old Roger Lee McCarter, Jr. of Institute Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of failure to notify of a change in on-line identifiers.

His arrest came about as Deputy D.C. Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit received information that a registered sex offender, Roger McCarter, was listed on Facebook under a false name. After further investigation, Deputy Price determined that McCarter was in violation of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry laws that require registered sex offenders to notify the Sheriff’s Office with all of their on-line identifiers and each time they change or create a new one.

McCarter was arrested on June 4 and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under an $8,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on October 12.

39-year-old Chadwick Shawn Presnell was arrested Monday (June 8) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, and larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Presnell was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 27.

A Junior at St. Stephens was killed in a Monday afternoon accident in Catawba County. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 17-year-old David Saine, who was finishing his Junior year at St. Stephens High School, was killed in the crash.

There were two vehicles involved in the accident. Highway Patrol reports at 4:34 p.m. Monday a Ford Mustang attempted to turn left on to Kool Park Road from 26th Court Lane NE, and turned into the path of a tractor-trailer heading in the northbound direction. David Saine was the driver of the Mustang and died from injuries sustained in the accident. The passenger in the vehicle, whose name was not released, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Highway Patrol reports say the passenger did not appear to be a student. There were no other injuries reported in the accident.

In addition to Highway Patrol, Catawba County EMS, the St. Stephens Fire Department, and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded. The wreck is currently under investigation.

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 05:27

Lenoir Man Charged With Firearms Offenses

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35-year-old Domingo Cristobal Colon of Huffman Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (June 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest, Colon was incarcerated at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, June 9).

55-year-old Gary David Hinson of Norwood Drive in Charlotte was arrested Monday (June 8) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with break or enter a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Hinson was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond.

19-year-old Aaron Rippy Jr. of Dixie Drive in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with fail to notify change of online identifiers.

On June 3 Deputy D. C. Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit received information that a registered sex offender, Aaron Rippy Jr, was listed on Facebook under a false name. After further investigation, Deputy Price was able to determine that Rippy was in violation of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry laws which require registered sex offenders to notify the Sheriff’s Office with all of their on-line identifiers and each time they change or create a new one.

Following his arrest, Rippy was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $5000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court June 17.

Two teenagers are charged in connection with a chase with law enforcement. 17-year-old Lance Vaughn Alton of East Maiden Road in Maiden and 16-year-old Zachary Robert Styers of Old Mocksville Road in Statesville were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers.

According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday (June 6), the Statesville Police Department called for assistance in reference to vehicle chase on Wilkesboro Highway. Statesville Police said they were chasing a white Chevrolet S10 pickup that was possibly involved in an attempted breaking and entering at the BP gas station on Wilkesboro highway. Statesville Police reported their units had lost sight of the vehicle on Scotts Creek Road off of Wilkesboro Highway.

A Deputy with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office saw the vehicle pull out of Scotts Creek Road and onto Taylorsville Highway traveling back towards Statesville. The Deputy then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver of the vehicle continued towards Statesville on Taylorsville Highway at speeds of over 95 miles per hour.

Another Deputy who was on Taylorsville Highway was able to deploy stop sticks, which punctured all four tires on the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop in the parking lot of Import Power Sports on Taylorsville Highway.

The driver and front passenger of the vehicle jumped out of the vehicle and ran on foot behind the business. There were four other individual’s lying down in the bed of the truck. Those subjects were detained and a K9 was dispatched to the area to attempt to locate the other two subjects.

A short time later Deputy Jody Johnson located the two subjects walking towards Statesville on Highway 64 and another foot chase began into thick brush. Deputy Johnson was able to capture one of the subjects and identified him as Zachary Styers who was the front passenger of the vehicle involved in the chase. The other subject Lance Alton managed to get away but was captured a short time later when he attempted to use a house phone at a residence on Marble Road.  

Alton and Styers were both taken to the Iredell County Detention Center for several charges that resulted from the vehicle chase.

Alton was charged with felony speed to elude, two counts of resisting a public officer and a string of traffic violations that occurred during the vehicle chase. Alton was given a $10,000 secured bond. Styers was charged with two counts of resisting a public officer and received a $3,000 secured bond. Alton is scheduled to appear in District Court June 15, Styers has a July 13 District Court date.

Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther, the missing 49-year-old pregnant woman from Salisbury, has been found in Boone, according to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was located on Monday.

According to police reports, the woman used an ATM card Monday at a CVS in Boone. Officials found her at a gas station a short time later. At approximately 1:00 p.m. Watauga County Sheriff's Office Patrol Captain Redmond, spotted a champagne-colored Mazda van with a Kansas license plate on NC-105. The vehicle went into the Wilco Convenience store on NC-105., near Homespun Hills.

Captain Redmond pulled near the vehicle, and a female exited the vehicle and said "I am Carrie." The woman was identified by the Sheriff's Office as Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther and was transported to the Watauga Medical Center for evaluation.

With assistance from the Boone Police and the Watauga Medical Center Police, her immediate family has been notified, along with the Salisbury Police.