Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:15

Newton Man Jailed as Fugitive from N.Y.

27-year-old Christopher Michael Riley of Ashford Drive in Newton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 28) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.  Riley was wanted in Broome County, New York for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree and D.W.I.  He was indicted for the offense by the Sheriff’s Office in Binghamton, N.Y. in August of last year.

Following his arrest, Riley was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court this morning 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 charged in connection to an assault in Lincolnton.  Both were charged with Felony Conspiracy to Commit assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  Walker was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  McCutcheon has been arrested.  Walker has not yet been taken into custody.

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).  He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled Monday (March 27).  His next court date was set for April 10.

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.

Macy Walker is still at large.  She is described as a white female, approximately 5’7” tall, weighing 135 pounds.  She has brown hair and brown eyes.  Walker frequents the Lincolnton and Crouse areas and has relatives in Rocky Mount.  She is also currently out on bond on a variety of pending charges in Lincoln County.

Anyone with information regarding Walker’s whereabouts should contact Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

22-year-old Drafton Douglas Davis, Jr. of Grassy Court in Gastonia and 20-year-old Rakeem Deshon McCree of East 5th Avenue in Gastonia both face charges in connection to a robbery Sunday (March 26) in Lincolnton.  Davis was arrested yesterday (March 27) on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen goods.  McCree remains at large.  He faces the same charges.

At about three o’clock Sunday afternoon, Lincolnton Police responded to a reported armed robbery in the parking lot at a local business.  Officers spoke to a male victim who said he had arranged to sell a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes to a subject he met through social media.  The victim went to a predetermined location and met with the would-be buyer, who was not alone.  

While discussing the shoes, one of the subjects pulled out a handgun and demanded the shoes, money and the victim’s watch.  The victim complied and was not injured in any way.  The victim provided Police with a description of the suspect vehicle, including the license plate number.  The victim also provided Officers with specific information about the robbery that assisted in the investigation.  

The investigation led to the issuance of warrants for Davis and McCree.  Davis was taken into custody without incident yesterday and placed in the in the Lincoln County Jail under a $21,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.  

McCree is described as a black male, 5’11” tall, weighing 135 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.  McCree is also wanted on felony warrants out of Gaston County for forgery and more.  He is a member of the Bloods street gang.  

The investigation is ongoing.  Officers are working to identify the other suspects.

19-year-old Tyler Delon Bracey of Lincolnton, 25-year-old Bobby Dean McKinney of Dallas, 34-year-old David Nathaniel Neal of Lincolnton and 33-year-old Michael Shane Carver of Dallas (formerly of Iron Station) were all arrested by Lincoln Co. Narcotics Officers yesterday (March 27) on a total of 22 felony drug charges.  Bracey was charged with three felony counts each for the sale & delivery of heroin and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance.  The other suspects were each charged with the sale & delivery of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, three counts each for McKinney and Neal and two counts each for Carver.

The charges stem from several undercover investigations targeting methamphetamine and heroin sales.  According to Detectives, the suspects sold drugs at various locations south and east of Lincolnton.

Bracey was given a $55,000 secured bond.  Bond for McKinney was set at $65,000, secured.  Neal is currently serving a short prison sentence for an unrelated probation or parole violation.  The warrants for his arrest will be served later.  Carver is currently in the Gaston County Jail on unrelated charges.  He was served the Lincoln County warrants and given an additional $25,000 secured bond.  Bracey and McKinney have court appearances scheduled today in Lincoln County.  McKinney also has court dates on April 19 & 24 in Gaston County.  No court date is currently listed for Neal.  Carver has a March 29 Superior Court date in Gaston County.

51-year-old Rory Calvin Hinson of Hewitt Road in Catawba has been arrested and charged in connection to an accident that killed one person and injured two others.  The three-car crash occurred just before midnight Friday (March 24) on Keisler Dairy Road in Conover.  Hinson was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, misdemeanor death by vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

Hinson was reportedly fleeing from the scene of a burglary near Conover.  According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by Hinson crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle before colliding with a third vehicle, head-on.  The driver of the third vehicle was killed.  The deceased is 26-year-old Kristen Lawson from Claremont.

The two other people injured in the crash were transported to the hospital.  The road was closed for several hours following the accident.

Hinson was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (March 25) and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $102,500 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (March 27) in Newton.

45-year-old Cynthia Annette Mitchell of Sequoia Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police just after 3 p.m. Friday (March 24) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mitchell was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on South Center Street in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $28,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (March 27) in Newton.

Goodwill is hosting a community yard sale for vendors and shoppers on Saturday, April 1.  The yard sale will take place at the Goodwill store at 1172 Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory.

Vendors must supply their own tables, chairs, tents or other materials, and must bring their own money to make change.  Set up time is 7:30 a.m. with shopping set to begin at 8 a.m.  Placement of each vendor's sales area will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, call 828-327-3273.

46-year-old Danita Jean Love of Little Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (March 26) for felony failure to appear. The warrant for her arrest was issued on February 20. She faces additional charges for the sale of heroin, the sale of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth.

Love was taken into custody without incident at 2:10 a.m. Sunday at an auto dealership on Highway 70 in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today (March 27) in Newton.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) is investigating a trooper-involved shooting that happened Sunday afternoon (March 26) near U.S. 64 and Peter Hairston Road in the Davie County community of Advance.  

At approximately 2:20 p.m., the State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a Honda passenger vehicle in Iredell County.  The driver of the Honda failed to stop for the Trooper, initiating a pursuit that continued into Davie County.  

At the conclusion of the pursuit, an armed confrontation took place between the driver and Troopers.  The driver was transported to Baptist Hospital with serious injuries.

Troopers Courtney Richmond of Davie County and John Chapman and Ryan Goodin, both from Iredell County, have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the internal and S.B.I. investigations.  The suspect has been identified as 30-year old Steven P. Little of Statesville, who was wanted by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office on 14 pending felony charges.  

The investigations are ongoing.

The City of Hickory and its project partners have received the North Carolina Main Street program’s Award of Merit for Best Historic Rehabilitation Project.  The city was recognized for the transformation of the Lyerly Full-Fashioned Mill into Transportation Insight’s corporate campus.  Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland and Executive Director of Economic Development Susan Fleetwood presented awards last week to 15 program participants.

The former hosiery mill was vacant since the mid-1990s before Transportation Insight acquired the property in 2014 and successfully adapted 17,942 square feet of the mill and surrounding property into its corporate headquarters.  Lyerly Mill was constructed in 1930.  It is Hickory’s only remaining two-story hosiery mill from that era.  It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in August 2007.  

The property owner is OHM Holdings LLC, which developed the site to create the corporate campus.  The building contractor was Neill Grading & Construction Company.  The City of Hickory played a key role by developing a public parking area to serve the company’s employees.  

Transportation Insight president and founder Paul Thompson said the company’s goal is to create North America’s largest and most reputable provider of value-based logistics services by January 1, 2020.  The company employs more than 400 people at its Hickory location.  Transportation Insight previously occupied several buildings in downtown Hickory.  

This year’s Main Street award winners were chosen by a panel of judges from dozens of applications submitted by program participants from across the state.

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