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42-year-old William Henry Pitts of Bark & Purr Lane in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers this morning (March 3) on two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of failure to appear.

Pitts is accused of stabbing his wife and 18-month-old child. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the reported domestic disturbance at 9:54 last night. The injured boy was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he remained in intensive care, at last report. According to a spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office, the child was alert as he was transported from the crime scene. The suspect’s wife was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. She was last listed in stable condition. Another child present at the time was not injured and was placed in the care of a family member.

Following his arrest, Pitts was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $500,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for April 4.

36-year-old William Mckinley Lefever of Dragstrip Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (March 2) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to personal property. Lefever was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 4).

24-year-old Robbie Octavian Little of 5th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four counts of trafficking in cocaine, and single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Little was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $90,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 3).

A suspect is in custody in a fatal shooting Wednesday (March 2) in Hickory. 22-year-old Eric Terril Yount of South Main Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday night. He was charged by Hickory Police with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Wednesday at approximately 5:57 p.m. officers from the Hickory Police Department were called to McDonalds, 170 Hwy 321 NW, in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance in the parking lot.  Upon arrival officers discovered 22-year-old Richelle Scott Lail of Husdon lying on the ground suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers also discovered 28-year-old Cody William Watts of Hickory sitting in a vehicle also suffering from gunshot wounds. Lail died at the scene as a result of her injuries and Watts was transported to the hospital for treatment where he remains in critical condition.      

Yount was arrested later in the evening and charged in connection with the shootings. He's being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A first appearance is scheduled for today (Thursday, March 3) in District Court. The incident appears to be domestic in nature and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has further information is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at 328-5551.

42-year-old Stacia Lynn Greene Harvey of Granite Falls, will serve at least five years in prison after pleading guilty to larceny by employee and admitting her status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 1).

The Honorable Michael D. Duncan, Superior Court Judge from Wilkes County, sentenced Harvey to an active prison term of five to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. He also ordered that she pay back $28,421.36 in restitution to her former employer, Discount Cars, Inc. of Hickory.

Harvey took more than $53,000 from Discount Cars, Inc., during the period of January 1, 2014, to July 1, 2014. Owners of the business eventually discovered that money had been taken from the accounts receivable.

They provided video surveillance to investigators with Hickory Police Department that showed Harvey taking cash. Further investigation revealed that she posted cash payments made by customers as credit card payments, though those customers told investigators they had paid with cash when interviewed. Harvey also used another employee’s code to gain access to accounts.

She initially denied any wrongdoing but later confessed that she had taken cash deposits and used them for her own personal benefit. The amount taken tallied $53,421.36. Discount Cars was reimbursed $25,000 from insurance. Judge Duncan ordered that Harvey repay the remainder.

Harvey’s habitual felon status admission stemmed from previous felony convictions in Rockingham County (January 2008 and February 2009) and Catawba County (December 2011). Those convictions were for obtaining property by false pretense and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office, and Rob Burwell investigated for Hickory Police Department.

35-year-old Christopher John Courchesne of Hickory pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with two different child victims and was given a minimum of two-and-a-half years in prison during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 1).

The Honorable Michael D. Duncan, Superior Court Judge from Wilkes County, sentenced Courchesne to serve 30-45 months in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. Courchesne also will have to register as a sex offender for 30 years and can have not contact with the victims.

The offenses involved two female victims, both approximately five-years-old at the time, on two different occasions. The first took place between April 2001 and January 2002 and involved the defendant placing the victim’s hands on his genital area. The offenses with the second victim occurred between December 2011 and June 2012. In that case, Courchesne touched the victim’s genital area with his hands.

A forensic search of Courchesne’s computer by Hickory Police Department’s Matt Rogers also turned up numerous images of child pornography. Courchesne has pending charges of a similar nature in New Hanover County, and circumstances in those cases led to investigation of the incidents in Catawba County.

Van Buren handled prosecution of the case for the District Attorney’s Office. Lori Miller was the investigator for Hickory Police Department. The Catawba County Child Advocacy Protection Center also assisted with the case.

Victims' names in a shooting last night have been released. The incident occurred Wednesday evening (March 2) at McDonald's on U.S. 321 NW in Hickory. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut went to the scene and received information stating that the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute. A man reportedly shot his girlfriend and another person. Fentress learned from a witness that the woman killed was about to get a ride home from a manager of the McDonald's. The injured person was the manager and was transported to the hospital.

Shortly before 9:30pm, the suspect was arrested in Caldwell County. According to Hickory Police, 22-year-old Richelle Scott Lail of Hudson was the woman killed. The injured man is 28-year-old Cody William Watts. 22-year-old Eric Terril Yount has been arrested and charged with first degree murder and attempted murder. 

Check this website for further updates, and listen to 1290 AM WHKY Thursday morning for the latest. 

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:34

Statesville P.D. Seeks Missing Man

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Statesville Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding 61-year-old Michael Lee Redmond.

At 5:15 p.m. on February 25, Officers responded to a missing persons report at Iredell Memorial Hospital on Brookdale Drive in Statesville. Hospital personnel said a patient, Michael Redmond, left his room and did not return. Hospital Security completed a check of the facility and grounds and were unable to locate the patient on hospital property.

Officers spoke with a friend of Mr. Redmond’s and learned that the man might have gone to either Taylorsville or Charlotte. Agencies in those municipalities were notified. Several locations were checked, but Mr. Redmond was not found.

Mr. Redmond is a white male. He is 6’0” tall and weighs 240 pounds. He has brown eyes and gray hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt, black jogging pants and scrub shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Lee Redmond should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers may remain anonymous.

Construction on the Interstate 40 bridge over U.S. 21 in Statesville continues, necessitating a temporary closure of U.S. 21 this week while crews set bridge girders.

Work will begin at 8 p.m. tomorrow (March 3) and will continue through 6 a.m. on Friday, March 4. The work will continue each night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., as weather permits, through Friday, March 11, at 6 a.m.

During the first three nights as the girder is set, the project contractor will pace traffic on I-40’s three westbound lanes at about 8:30 p.m. and again at approximately 5:30 a.m., allowing crews to re-position the crane along the U.S. 21 off-ramp. Impact to westbound traffic on I-40 is expected to be minimal, but the procedure will be necessary each night as girders are set, allowing crews to re-position the crane.

Once all the girders have been set, crews will use the remaining nights to place bridge diaphragms and traffic protection over U.S. 21.

Detour routes will be posted and message boards are already in place alerting motorists to the upcoming work.

For real-time travel information, call 5-1-1, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow the NCDOT on Twitter.

27-year-old Jennifer Michele McMichael of Orchard Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (March 1) on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen property.

She was charged in connection to the theft of a camera and two lenses from an office in Hickory on April 13 of last year. The office was protected by an alarm system and a valid code was used to gain entry. The camera was last accounted for on April 9.

The camera was later found at a pawnshop where it had been pawned by the girlfriend of an employee at the office. She was identified as Jennifer McMichael.

She was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 a.m. yesterday at the Arby’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. McMichael was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.