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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and SBI are continuing to investigate the death of a man in a shooting incident that occurred early yesterday morning (Thursday, June 2) off Jamestown Road in Morganton. The victim's name has been released and warrants for arrest have been issued for two suspects.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight Thursday morning.  Deputies responded to a mobile home park off Jamestown Road and to CMC Morganton where the shooting victim had been taken. The victim was identified in an updated news release as 35-year-old Christopher Eron Williams.  

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has issued two warrants for arrest. The warrants are for 29-year-old William Chase Pate, whose last known address was 5203 River Road in Morganton, and 27-year-old Cordero Louis Thompson, whose last known address was 617 Lincoln Avenue NW in Valdese. Pate is charged with murder and Thompson is charged with accessory after the fact of murder. 

Both of these suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information should contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations at 828-439-4065, 911, or Burke County Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.

Friday, 03 June 2016 05:00

Hickory Man Killed In Gastonia Wreck

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A Hickory man was killed in an accident in Gastonia Thursday night (June 2). The Gastonia Police Department is investigating the wreck, which occurred just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the 2500 Block of North Chester Street.

According to published reports out of Gastonia, 43-year-old Joseph Robert Bazzle of Hickory was driving a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage south on North Chester Street when he crossed the center line and crashed head on into a 2015 Hyundai Sonata driven by 54-year-old Kevin Walters of Atlanta.

The reports say Bazzle died on the scene from his injuries. Emergency crews took Walters to CaroMont Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, however they are not believed to be life-threatening according to Gastonia Police.

Police are reportedly investigating whether any medical condition or impairing substance contributed to the crash. The wreck blocked all lanes of northbound traffic for about 30 minutes before police were able to re-open one lane of traffic.

Anyone with additional information on the wreck is asked to contact the Gastonia Police Department Traffic Enforcement Bureau at 704-866-6702.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 15:19

Fatal Shooting in Morganton Under Investigation

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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the death of a man in Morganton. The incident, which involved a firearm, occurred early today (June 2), just after midnight.

Deputies responded to a mobile home park off of Jamestown Road and to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Morganton where the shooting victim had been taken. The victim has been identified, but his name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

Investigators temporarily closed down a section of Jamestown Road later in the morning as they searched for any potential evidence. The road has since been reopened.

Investigators are still interviewing witnesses. As of 3 p.m. today, no arrests had been made.

The investigation is ongoing. No additional information has been released.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 11:39

Man Sentenced in Boone as Child Predator

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20-year-old William Francis Grubb was sentenced Tuesday (May 31) in Watauga County Superior Court for one count of abduction of a child, two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, one count of attempted first-degree kidnapping and one count of indecent exposure.

Superior Court Judge Alan Z. Thornburg sentenced Grubb to serve a minimum of five years and four months and a maximum of 11 years and five months in prison. Judge Thornburg also designated Grubb as a sexually violent predator. After his release from prison, Grubb will be required to register as a sex offender and he’ll be subject to G.P.S. monitoring for life. Additionally, the Court issued a permanent “no contact order” between Grubb and the victim.

He was convicted in connection to a December 2014 incident in which Grubb lured a five-year-old girl into the bathroom at the Michael’s store in Boone. Grubb then exposed himself to the victim and asked her to perform a sex act. When she refused, Grubb then asked the victim to undress. Before Grubb could take any further action, the victim’s mother was heard calling for her daughter and the victim was released.

Grubb was apprehended in the store’s parking lot by Boone Police Officers as he tried to flee the scene.

District Attorney Seth Banks praised the victim and her family for their courage and expressed his appreciation to Assistant District Attorney Matt Rupp and Boone Police Detective David Osborne.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 11:09

Hickory Man Arrested on Weapons Charges

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20-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night (June 1) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun.

He was arrested after a 2008 Ford Fusion was stopped for speeding on South Center Street. A search of the vehicle turned up a .380 handgun. A female in the vehicle was not charged.

Tucker was arrested without incident and taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

27-year-old James Wesley Bare of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bare was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 1).

41-year-old Jonathan David Lynn, Jr. of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police today (June 2), shortly before 1 a.m. He was charged with two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny.

The warrant for his arrest was issued on April 20. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is a Long View Police Officer.

Lynn was taken into custody without incident on the 300 block of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:08

Another Run Away Teen Sought in Lincoln County

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Matt Burgess is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teenager, 14-year-old Dylan Lee Gates.

Gates was allowed to visit his aunt’s house on the 400 block of Victory Grove Church Road on Monday (May 30). The teen left that location, traveling toward Tin Mine Road with two other juveniles, one male and one female. The female is Gloria Marie Castillo, who is also a runaway, as previously reported on WHKY. The male is a 15-year-old friend.

Gates is described as a white male, 5’3” tall. His hair is brown and shorter than in the photo shown here. He has a birthmark on his left arm.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either teen should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 09:08

Lenoir Man Indicted On Several Charges

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24-year-old Vincent Gavin Osborne of East Flat Church Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with breaking and entering, larceny, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of stolen property. Osborne was jailed under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.

53-year-old Annette Feimster Heaggans of Chestnut Grove Road in Statesville was arrested last Friday (May 27) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with five counts of embezzlement.

According to a news release issued today (Thursday, June 2), the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of embezzlement from a local business. The crimes were committed in 2013 and 2014. Detective Sgt. D.R. Getz with the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case.

The business owners discovered their former bookkeeper was embezzling funds from the company. The reporting party told authorities while he was reviewing the financial records for 2014 he noticed a discrepancy in the amount of payroll checks the bookkeeper had received. It appeared she had received too many payroll checks for the time period in question.

Upon further review he discovered the bookkeeper was also paying herself vacation and holiday pay that she was not entitled to. In addition, he located some unusual activity in the 2013 records. During the investigation, Detectives worked closely with the business to retrieve the bank and payroll records for 2013 and 2014 and determined the suspect had embezzled over $16,000 from the company.

Heaggans received a $20,000 unsecured bond and was processed and released from the Iredell County Detention Center. She has a District Court appearance scheduled on June 13. 

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