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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:47

Murder-Suicide Reported in Morganton

Two people are dead in Morganton in what is believed to be a murder-suicide. Preliminary reports suggest that James “Jim” Young was shot to death Monday night (June 29) by his wife, Laura, who then turned the gun on herself.

Mr. Young’s stepson was home when the shooting occurred, but he was not injured.

Mr. Young was a former oboist with the Western Piedmont Symphony and owned a piano tuning business on Starmount Circle in Morganton.

The Morganton Dept. of Public Safety is investigating.

21-year-old Matthew Allen Hartley of Henderson Street in Denver has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of larceny of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule V controlled substance and larceny.

On June 28, Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person call near the Denver Fire Department on Highway 16 Business. Upon arrival, Officers found Matthew Hartley, who appeared to be under the influence. Hartley’s father had called 9-1-1 earlier regarding the theft of his medications and a nine-millimeter handgun. Matthew Hartley took Deputies to a location off of Wexford Lane where they found a bag containing the medication and the firearm, hidden under some leaves.

Hartley was arrested and placed in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond.

The next day, Detective Matt Lykins charged Hartley with breaking into a truck in the 3300 block of Loop Road in Lincolnton. Hartley allegedly took electronics equipment and a GPS unit with a total value of more than $600. The break-in occurred on June 23 and the stolen items were returned to the victim by a third party the next day.

Hartley confessed to the vehicle break-in and was charged with one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate where his bond was raised to $120,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for today (June 30) with another court date coming up on July 16.

55-year-old Sharon Carver Davis of Cruz Lane in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 11 a.m. Friday on one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

The indictment comes in connection to a November 2014 incident at CommunityOne bank. Davis and Heidi Danielle Hall allegedly opened an account. They deposited $600 from a closed account and then attempted to withdraw $500. Davis and Hall were initially arrested in November and charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

Davis was taken into custody by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers at the Taylorsville Probation Office and then turned over to Hickory Police. She was processed at H.P.D. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. No court date is currently listed.

22-year-old Kimberly Jeanette Sutherland, who is listed as a homeless person from Dante, Virginia, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 Friday morning (June 26) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Sutherland was wanted in Russell County, Virginia, for a probation violation. She was on probation for forced entry or burglary of a residence. She will be returned to Lebanon, Virginia.

Sutherland was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (July 1) in Newton.

32-year-old Sandra Dawn Hicks of Todd Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (June 27) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

She was arrested after Officers on patrol saw a vehicle roll through a stop sign. They ran the vehicle tag number, which came back to a vehicle owner whose license had been revoked. Officers also checked for outstanding warrants on the driver, Sandra Hicks, and found two warrants issued on June 23 on drug charges.

A search turned up 0.4 grams of marijuana in Hicks’ purse and 0.3 grams in the vehicle. She was arrested on the outstanding warrants and cited for the marijuana and for driving while license revoked.

Hicks was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 29) in Newton.

A 56-year-old woman is in critical condition after an accident this morning on Morris Creek Road, just east of Lenoir. The accident occurred at approximately 10 a.m.

First responders worked for about an hour to free the victim from the wreckage of her silver station wagon. She was airlifted from the scene.

According to published reports, the woman was weaving across the roadway for approximately two miles before crashing. The Highway Patrol is investigating the possibility that a medical incident might have contributed to the accident.

Monday, 29 June 2015 10:39

Hickory Woman Busted for Crack Cocaine

29-year-old Antonia Yvette Wilfong of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 29) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested as Police performed a property check at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex on 1st Street S.W. Officers were given information that led them to approach Wilfong. A subsequent search led to the discovery of 3.3 grams of crack cocaine on her person.

Wilfong was taken into custody without incident at about 3:40 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

The Hickory Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who attempted to pass fraudulent currency at the Goodwill retail store, 1877 North Center Street in Hickory. The incident occurred on June 22. The woman used money labeled “for motion picture use only” while making a purchase at the store.

The suspect may have been seen in a gold, four-door Chevrolet Impala or Malibu.

The investigating Officer is David Leeper. Anyone with information regarding the case should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

29-year-old Bradley Wayne Miller of Lackey Mountain Road and 54-year-old Glendine Crum of Fence Road, both from Stony Point, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. They were both charged with possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

While conducting surveillance in western Iredell County on an unrelated matter, an undercover Narcotics Investigator saw two vehicles meet at a business on Highway 90. Both vehicles then moved to a location on Tarlton Road.

The two vehicles met again and the drivers spoke briefly. The Investigator then observed a hand-to-hand exchange. A vehicle stop was then executed and -- after speaking with both drivers and obtaining consent to search -- controlled substances were located in both vehicles.

Both suspects were taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where Miller was given a $5,000 secured bond. Miller was out on bond on other felony charges at time of his arrest. Crum’s bond was set at $2,500, secured. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (June 26) in Mooresville.

19-year-old Jason Markantony Towers of Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and larceny of a firearm. He was also charged on an outstanding fugitive warrant.

At about 11 yesterday, Deputy Sergeant C.T. Smith and Deputy E. A. Johnson responded to a break-in in progress near Mooresville’s Templeton Road area. As the Deputies were responding, they received information regarding a suspicious person in the same area.

When Officers arrived, they were notified by victim and other witnesses that suspect was armed with a pistol. Deputies then went to the residence to which witnesses saw the suspect flee. There, they took Jason Towers into custody without incident.

Detective Sergeant W.G. Hayes responded to the scene and spoke with victim and other witnesses. Towers reportedly confessed to the break-in and to the theft of items, including a handgun, from the victims’ residence.

In the course of the investigation, Deputies found that Towers had a warrant from another state. Towers was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center was a $28,000 secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court Monday (June 29).