The North Carolina Department of Information Technology says AT&T experienced an outage late this morning (April 3).

The outage occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m., affecting multiple states and companies throughout the country, including North Carolina’s government phone systems.

The Department of Information Technology was in contact with AT&T throughout the day as they monitored the situation.  The outage may have affected citizens’ ability to conduct business with state government.  

Acting Secretary & State Chief Information Officer Danny Lineberry recommended that North Carolinians utilize agency websites, email and social media to contact the State until the situation is corrected.

To access a list of agency and office websites, visit

56-year-old Omus Jermerl Napier of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 p.m. Friday (March 31) on one felony count of failure to appear in connection to a charge of discharging a firearm into occupied property.

The arrest come is connection to an incident dating back to September of 2015.  At that time, Officers responded to Napier’s residence where a subject that had fired a Daisy Powerline air rifle into the residence.  There were three occupants in the residence during at the time.  No one was injured.  Warrants were issued and Napier was initially arrested three days after the incident.

Napier was reportedly uncooperative during the booking process and was not photographed or fingerprinted until he arrived at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  He is being held there under a $45,000 secured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 5.

22-year-old Sulton Jaleel Jones of 29th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:10 Friday night (March 31) on one felony count of trafficking in cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police received anonymous information regarding drug trafficking.  Officers responded to the area of 2830 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory where they found four male subjects.   

During the incident, Sulton Jones resisted an Officer and fled the scene on foot.  He was detained after a short foot chase.  As Officers chased Jones, the other three subjects left the scene.  During the incident, Police found digital scales, 32.7 grams of crack cocaine and over $1,000 in U.S. currency.  

Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $51,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  Jones was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 3) in Newton.

17-year-old Tyreke Shyborn Holmes of Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police yesterday (March 30) on charges of robbery with a Dangerous weapon and assault by pointing a gun.

His arrest stemmed from an incident the previous day (March 29) on Bristol Road.  The victim reportedly agreed on Facebook to sell his Sony PlayStation 4 and games.  The victim and a friend met the would-be buyer at a pond at Bristol Park.  The victim handed the game system to a person later identified as Tyreke Shyborn Holmes.  Holmes then produced a black handgun and pointed it at the victim, saying “this is ours now”.  Holmes then got into a white passenger car driven by an unknown black female

Following his arrest yesterday, Holmes was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

16-year-old Sebastian Christopher Ginestri of Otis Dellinger Road in Lincolnton is facing a number of charges following a vehicle chase last night (March 30) that started on Ritchie Road, north of Lincolnton.

At about 9 p.m. Thursday, Detectives went to a residence on Ritchie Road in connection to their investigation into a missing juvenile.  When they arrived on the scene, a white vehicle occupied by three people left the residence, ran through a ditch and fled toward Startown Road.  Detectives and Deputies gave chase and followed the vehicle down Startown Road onto Reepsville Road.

Deputies set up stop sticks on Reepsville Road near the intersection with June Bug Road, damaging the vehicle’s right front tire.  The pursuit continued down Reepsville Road to the area of Union Elementary School with the vehicle running on a right front rim and no tire.

The vehicle pulled off the road into a field near the school on Hoover Elmore Road, almost hitting a Detective.  The car stopped when it reached a wooded area.  The occupants, a 16-year-old male, a 14-year-old male and a 14-year-old female, exited the vehicle and fled on foot.  Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspects.  

The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day in Lincolnton.  The male juvenile is a habitual runaway from D.S.S. custody.

At about 9 a.m. today (March 31), Deputies responded to a call regarding a suspicious male and female in the area of Howard’s Creek Mill Road.  The female was released to her parents’ custody.  The male, Sebastian Christopher Ginestri, was taken into custody and interviewed.  He will face multiple charges, including operating a motor vehicle while fleeing to elude law enforcement, possession of a stolen vehicle, no operator’s license, damage to property, resisting a public officer and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

In a separate incident, Ginestri was charged in connection to the theft of vehicle from a residence on Keener Road.  On March 29, the victim told Deputies she went outside to warm up her vehicle to take children to school.  When she went back inside, the vehicle was stolen.  It was recovered the next day in Lincolnton.  Ginestri was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and conspiracy.  

He is being held under a $52,300 secured bond.  No court date is currently listed.  Ginestri will also face charges from the Lincolnton Police Department.

50-year-old Anthony Towan Roberson of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Newton and his son 23-year-old Al-Malik Asad Saalik of St. Louis, Missouri were arrested yesterday (March 30) by Newton Police and Officers with the Conover Police Department’s Municipal Narcotics Enforcement Team (MNET).  Both men were charged with trafficking opium or heroin, trafficking schedule II narcotics, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver controlled substances within 1,000 foot of a daycare and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

At 12:20 yesterday afternoon, Officers executed a search warrant at Hewitt’s Rooming House, 105 South College Avenue in Newton.  Police received numerous complaints from the public regarding possible drug activity in a room at the boarding house.  That room was rented by Anthony Towan Roberson.  During the search, Officers seized 29 grams of cocaine with a street value of $12,000, 30 grams of heroin with a street value of $12,000 and 70 grams of marijuana with a street value of $375, along with a large amount of cash.

Roberson and Saalik were arrested and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Roberson’s bond was set at $75,000, while Saalik was given a $100,000 bond.  Both men were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court this morning in Newton.

The investigation is continuing.

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.

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.

27-year-old Matthew Scott Laws of South Main Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 this morning (March 30) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed gun and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken into custody when a 1994 Chevy Blazer was stopped on the 700 block of Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory.  According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Laws had a handgun in possession and an unspecified quantity of crystal methamphetamine was also seized.

Laws was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

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