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Hickory Police and the Hickory Fire Department, along with E.M.S., responded this morning (Friday, March 31) to a reported hit & run on N.C. 127, near the Windy City Grill.

Hickory Police report a two-vehicle hit & run accident with no indication of injuries.  According to preliminary reports, a Honda Accord hit a Honda van.

A witness on the scene reported that a Police Officer was holding a small child wrapped in a blanket.  Another witness told WHKY that the child was okay.

No further details are available.

Friday, 31 March 2017 05:31

Stolen Goods Charge Filed Against Lenoir Man

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43-year-old Daniel James Coffey of Shoe Craft Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 30) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods or property. Coffey was given a custody release. A Superior Court date is set for May 1.

27-year-old Lauren Molita Anderson of 19th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested Thursday (March 30) by Hickory Police Officers.  She's charged with felony larceny, possession of a stolen automobile and misdemeanor larceny.

Anderson was initially arrested in August of 2015 following the theft of beer from the Kangaroo Express store on Highway 70 S.E.  The suspect and two other subjects were stopped in a silver Jeep in the parking lot at Barnes & Noble on Highway 70 S.E.  Officers learned that the Jeep had been reported stolen out of Greenville, S.C.  Anderson was taken into custody.  The other two individuals were not arrested.

Anderson was taken into custody without incident at about 3:10 p.m. yesterday at the Catawba Co. Social Services office on 11th Avenue Drive S.E.  She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond.  A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for June 5 in Newton.

22-year-old Markeemeious Deshaun Morgan of 3rd Street Place in Conover was arrested Thursday (March 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony intentional child abuse with serious bodily injury. Morgan was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Friday, March 31).  

25-year-old Dylan Lee Furches of Green Road in Hudson was arrested Thursday (March 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, and breaking and entering. Furches was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 3).

It has been determined that the body found earlier this week in a makeshift burial site in Statesville is in fact that of a missing person who was being sought. The victim died as a result of gunshot wounds.

Investigators with the Statesville Police Department went to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Thursday (March 30) and attended the autopsy of the victim in this case. The victim was positively identified as the missing person, Darwin Lewis Turner Jr. The family of Mr. Turner has been notified. It was determined that Mr. Turner succumbed to injuries sustained from gunshot wounds.

A makeshift grave site was discovered in Statesville Monday afternoon (March 27). The burial site was found in a wooded area behind the 1100 Block of Mahogony Road in East Statesville. Investigators with the Statesville Police Department were acting on information acquired during the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Darwin Turner”.

The case is currently an active, ongoing investigation.  Investigators are conducting interviews, processing evidence, as well as attempting to locate individuals related to the case. The names of any suspects or persons of interest are not being released publicly.

Again the Statesville Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding this homicide case please contact Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 17:57

Lincolnton Man Charged with Vehicle Theft; More

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24-year-old Tyler Lee Gragg of Lineberger Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count each of felony larceny of a motor vehicle and felony conversion. He was also charged with three misdemeanor counts of obtaining advances under promise to work for pay.

Events leading to his arrest began on February 27 when Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Hatchett Road in connection to the possible theft of a vehicle. The victim told Deputies that his grandson, Tyler Lee Gragg, had the victim’s truck towed to a local repair shop for work on the transmission. The vehicle was never returned and is still missing.

During the investigation, Detectives learned that two more reports had been filed alleging that Tyler Gragg took money up-front to repair vehicles, but did not do any of the work. Gragg refused to communicate with the victims to get their property or money back.

The first victim, whose vehicle had broken down on Highway 321, paid Gragg $8,500 to repair his vehicle, but the work was allegedly never done. However, Gragg drove the vehicle for his personal use, putting over 2,000 miles on the vehicle during a three-month period. A second victim paid Gragg $3,000 for work on his vehicle that was never performed. One of the misdemeanor charges was taken out by a citizen who did not file a report.

Gragg was arrested and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $13,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:34

Conover Woman Arrested on 2015 Fraud Charges

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32-year-old Ashley Shenae Flowers of Largo Court in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (March 29) on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense, food stamp fraud and public assistance fraud.

Her arrest is the result of a 2015 case in which Flowers allegedly used fraudulent information to receive overpayment for food assistance and Medicaid.  The total overpayment was approximately $5,500.

Flowers was taken into custody without incident last night at a convenience store on Springs Road N.E.  She was given a $5,000 unsecured bond and released.  An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

18-year-old Austin Shane “Cutta” McCutcheon of Oakhill Street in Denver and 23-year-old Macy Jordan Walker of George Brown Road in Crouse have been arrested and charged in connection to an assault in Lincolnton.  Walker was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  Both suspects were charged with felony conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  

At about 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, Lincolnton Police performed a welfare check on a subject with a possible head injury walking on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton.  Officers found that the victim sustained several injuries to his head after he was struck with a blunt object or weapon.  Lincoln County E.M.S. transported the victim to Carolinas Healthcare System-Lincoln for emergency treatment.  He was treated and released.  

Officers learned that the victim had been struck in the head multiple times by a female armed with what was believed to be a tire tool or baseball bat.  A white male was with the female during the assault and drove her to and from the scene.  Investigators identified the two assailants as McCutcheon and Walker and developed probable cause to obtain warrants for their arrests.  

McCutcheon was taken into custody without incident at about 7:30 Saturday evening (March 25).  Walker was arrested at about eight o’clock last night (March 29).  She attempted to flee from custody, but was apprehended without further incident.  

Both suspects were placed in the Lincoln County Jail.  McCutcheon was given a $25,000 secured bond, while Walker’s bond was set at $45,000, secured.  McCutcheon had a first appearance in District Court on Monday (March 27).  His next court date was set for April 10.  Walker was scheduled to make a first appearance today (March 30).  

According to Police, McCutcheon is a member of the “700” street gang.  At the time of his arrest, he was out on bond on other pending felony charges pending in Lincoln County, including possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.

19-year-old Jehiel Adarie McGowan of Dutch Avenue in Mount Holly was arrested Wednesday (March 29) by Concord Police on warrants from Lincoln County. McGowan is charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

On March 7, McGowan and another male entered the AT&T Mobility Store inquiring about purchasing two phones with service plans.  The employee brought two i-Phone 7s to the counter that the suspect had inquired about and the suspect said he would purchase one of the phones.

Detective Kelly Paris said the man presented the employee with his identification to be scanned into the store system but the sale was declined by AT&T. The man grabbed both phones, valued at $1,500, and he and the other unidentified male left the scene in a vehicle.

Warrants were issued for McGowan's arrest and he was apprehended by Concord Police yesterday. He was placed in the Cabarrus County Jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 3).

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