Three-year old Virginia “Ginny” Grace Walsh passed away Friday (October 23) due to injuries sustained in a September 26 accident. According to a statement released by the family, the child died of massive head trauma.
Rebecca Walsh and her daughters, Tori and Ginny, were on their way to a pageant in Burke County when their SUV flipped on Highway 321, near the Catawba County line.
A celebration honoring the life of Ginny Walsh will be held Thursday (October 29) from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church on Bird Street in Rock Hill, S.C.
Tori Walsh has been released from the hospital. Rebecca Walsh continues to receive treatment for her injuries.
29-year-old Nathan Ryan Hendrix of 2nd Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (October 24) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested when Officers conducting a property check at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. saw a vehicle with its engine running in the back parking lot. Officers approached and saw in plain view a black case containing syringes.
The vehicle’s sole occupant, Nathan Hendrix, was asleep. Officers woke him and conducted a search, leading to the discovery of 0.9 grams of heroin, syringes and a spoon.
Hendrix was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (October 26) in Newton.
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High Country Crime Stoppers and the A.S.U. Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a case that involved the theft of an ambulance.
At about nine o’clock Thursday night (October 22), a Watauga Medics ambulance was taken from Kidd Brewer Stadium on the Appalachian State University campus. The incident occurred during Appalachian’s nationally televised football game versus Georgia Southern.
The ambulance was seen traveling south on N.C. 105, near Poplar Grove Road. A short time later, Officers located the ambulance, abandoned at The Cottages of Boone.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125, or call the A.S.U. Police Department at 828-262-2150.
31-year-old Chase Cameron Crossley of Bolic Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (October 25) on one felony count each of second-degree burglary and larceny after breaking & entering. He also faces charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, going armed to the terror of the people and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The burglary and larceny charges come in connection to an October 2 break-in at an apartment on the 300 block on 10th Street Drive N.W. The break-in occurred while the male victim was at work. Items taken included three jackets, a sweatshirt and a jar full of change.
At about 4 a.m. yesterday (October 25), Officers responded to an overdose call at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Some of the stolen property was found in the hotel room.
Crossley was taken into custody without incident at the hotel. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton with a Superior Court date coming up on November 23.
Several undercover drug investigations concluded in the early morning hours Tuesday (October 20) as multiple suspects were arrested by the Iredell County Narcotics Investigation Unit and the Sheriff’s Warrant Squad. Arrests were made in Harmony, Statesville, Troutman and Mooresville in Iredell County and in Hiddenite in Alexander County.
The warrants originated from numerous undercover purchases of illegal narcotics and prescription medication, along with surveillance operations that were conducted by Narcotics Investigators over the last several months. Several of the investigations were initiated by citizens’ complaints and from information that was received from individuals who spoke to Deputies regarding issues in their communities.
Those arrested include:
34-year-old Brian O’Neil Dobbins of Old Mountain Road in Hiddenite. He was charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of conspiracy to sell cocaine. His bond was set at $300,000, secured. Dobbins has a criminal history that includes possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon.
42-year-old Franklin Bernard Green of Indian Hill Road in Olin was charged with two counts each of sale & delivery of marijuana and two counts of possession with intent to sell marijuana, plus one count of trafficking heroin. Green was given a $100,000 secured bond. His criminal history includes possession of drug paraphernalia a prior charge of possession of cocaine.
49-year-old Tonya Yvette Turner of Absher Road in Statesville faces charges for two counts of conspiracy to sell cocaine and one count each of possession with intent to sell cocaine and sale & delivery of cocaine. Turner’s bond was set at $15,000, secured. Her criminal history includes obtaining property by false pretense and a prior charge for possession of cocaine.
27-year-old Christopher Lee Blair of Bailey Road in Mooresville was charged with one count each for possession of heroin and possession drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $10,000, secured. Blair has a criminal history that includes possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and larceny.
25-year-old Megan Kelly Hartline of Treebark Road in Statesville was arrested on two counts each of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. The controlled substance in this case is Opana, which is an opioid pain reliever. Hartline was given an $8,000 secured bond.
39-year-old Rachel Marie Boland of Vegas Lane in Troutman faces two counts each for possession with intent to sell a schedule III controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule III controlled substance. Boland’s bond was set at $7,500, secured. She is currently on probation for selling a schedule II controlled substance.
22-year-old Michael Anthony Miller of Shumaker Road in Statesville was arrested on One Count each of Possession with Intent to Sell a Counterfeit controlled Substance and sale & delivery of a Counterfeit controlled Substance. Miller was given a $5,000 secured bond.
25-year-old Lindsey Rae Mills Blair of Bailey Road in Mooresville faces One Count of Possession of Heroin and One Count of possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Blair’s bond was set at $3,000, secured.
42-year-old Paul Howard Luffman of Stagecrest Drive in Harmony was charged with One Count of Possession of Marijuana. He was given a $1,000 unsecured bond.
The suspects will appear in District Court on November 2, with the exception of Green & Turner, who have court dates on November 9; Miller, who will appear on November 10; and Luffman, who has a November 23 court date.
The following individuals are wanted on outstanding warrants: Larry Benson Sherrill of Ostwalt Amity Road in Troutman; Daniel Scott Musick of Seven Springs Loop in Statesville and Sarah Brichelle Smith of Polly Drive in Statesville.
Anyone with information regarding their location should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call 9-1-1.
50-year-old Richardo Camacho of 20th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday (October 21) on one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.
He was arrested after a 41-year-old female driving in the area of 2nd Street N.W. and 17th Avenue N.W. saw a man urinating in public. The man, later identified as Richardo Camacho, turned to face the woman as she drove by, exposing himself in the process.
Based on the witness’ description, Officers located Camacho on foot a short time later. He was taken into custody without incident and then released under a $500 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for November 18 in Newton.
21-year-old Brittany Leann Huffman of Carolina Avenue in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 last night (October 20) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.
Events leading to her arrest began as Burke County Sheriff’s Officers responded to Hickory Pawn & Gun on Highway 70 S.W. to recover a crossbow and two rifles that had been stolen in Burke County. Hickory Police located and arrested Huffman, who had pawned the items, at the Arby’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W.
Huffman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
27-year-old Harley William Clinton of Vale, 24-year-old Andy Allen Clinton of Vale, 34-year-old Charles Thomas Alexander of Blacksburg, S.C. (formerly of Casar, N.C.) and 48-year-old Allen Todd Cliché of Vale have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were all charged with trafficking methamphetamine by possession, transport, sale and delivery. Andy Clinton was also charged with resisting a public officer and he was served with several outstanding orders for arrest. In addition, Alexander was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, while Cliché faces one count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
The four were arrested yesterday (October 20) following a surveillance operation in western Lincoln County. Narcotics Detectives observed what appeared to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction near the intersection of David’s Chapel Church Road and Highway 27 West. When Officers approached the vehicles involved, one person, later identified as Andy Clinton, fled the scene on foot, but was quickly apprehended in a nearby soybean field. The others were arrested without incident.
A search of the vehicles turned up more than an ounce of methamphetamine and several thousand dollars in cash. Detectives seized the meth, the money and one of the vehicles.
Harley Clinton was given a $65,000 secured bond. Andy Clinton’s bond was set at $61,215, secured. Alexander was jailed under a $53,000 secured bond, while Cliché was given a $55,000 secured bond. No court dates are currently listed.
50-year-old James Allen Lane, Jr. of 20th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock last night (October 20) on one misdemeanor count each of hit & run with property damage and driving while license revoked. In addition he was arrested on felony warrants from Asheville for 19 counts of credit card fraud and one count of financial transaction card fraud.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a hit & run call on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. A 44-year-old female victim’s vehicle was hit while it was stopped on the roadway. The victim was able to provide Police with a tag number for the suspect vehicle.
Officers went to the registered owner’s address and learned that the owner’s brother, James Lane, had been driving at the time of the incident. A routine records check turned up the outstanding felony warrants. Lane was arrested at his residence.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,500 secured bond. Lane will appear in District Court on December 10 in Newton. No court date in Asheville is currently listed.
Operation Stop Arm is taking place throughout the state this week as the N.C. Highway Patrol continues to aggressively enforce stop arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones. Operation Stop Arm will run through this Friday (October 23). Throughout the week, Troopers in marked and unmarked vehicles will be stationed in school zones, while others will follow school buses.
According to the N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction, on an average school day in North Carolina, 3,000 motorists disregard bus stop arms. Passing a stopped school bus is a Class One misdemeanor and a Class “I” felony if the driver hits someone. If the violation results in death, it becomes a Class “H” felony.
For more information, visit ncbussafety.org.