The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and SBI are continuing to investigate the death of a man in a shooting incident that occurred early yesterday morning (Thursday, June 2) off Jamestown Road in Morganton. The victim's name has been released and warrants for arrest have been issued for two suspects.
The incident occurred shortly after midnight Thursday morning. Deputies responded to a mobile home park off Jamestown Road and to CMC Morganton where the shooting victim had been taken. The victim was identified in an updated news release as 35-year-old Christopher Eron Williams.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has issued two warrants for arrest. The warrants are for 29-year-old William Chase Pate, whose last known address was 5203 River Road in Morganton, and 27-year-old Cordero Louis Thompson, whose last known address was 617 Lincoln Avenue NW in Valdese. Pate is charged with murder and Thompson is charged with accessory after the fact of murder.
Both of these suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information should contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations at 828-439-4065, 911, or Burke County Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
A Hickory man was killed in an accident in Gastonia Thursday night (June 2). The Gastonia Police Department is investigating the wreck, which occurred just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the 2500 Block of North Chester Street.
According to published reports out of Gastonia, 43-year-old Joseph Robert Bazzle of Hickory was driving a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage south on North Chester Street when he crossed the center line and crashed head on into a 2015 Hyundai Sonata driven by 54-year-old Kevin Walters of Atlanta.
The reports say Bazzle died on the scene from his injuries. Emergency crews took Walters to CaroMont Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, however they are not believed to be life-threatening according to Gastonia Police.
Police are reportedly investigating whether any medical condition or impairing substance contributed to the crash. The wreck blocked all lanes of northbound traffic for about 30 minutes before police were able to re-open one lane of traffic.
Anyone with additional information on the wreck is asked to contact the Gastonia Police Department Traffic Enforcement Bureau at 704-866-6702.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the death of a man in Morganton. The incident, which involved a firearm, occurred early today (June 2), just after midnight.
Deputies responded to a mobile home park off of Jamestown Road and to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Morganton where the shooting victim had been taken. The victim has been identified, but his name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.
Investigators temporarily closed down a section of Jamestown Road later in the morning as they searched for any potential evidence. The road has since been reopened.
Investigators are still interviewing witnesses. As of 3 p.m. today, no arrests had been made.
The investigation is ongoing. No additional information has been released.
20-year-old William Francis Grubb was sentenced Tuesday (May 31) in Watauga County Superior Court for one count of abduction of a child, two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, one count of attempted first-degree kidnapping and one count of indecent exposure.
Superior Court Judge Alan Z. Thornburg sentenced Grubb to serve a minimum of five years and four months and a maximum of 11 years and five months in prison. Judge Thornburg also designated Grubb as a sexually violent predator. After his release from prison, Grubb will be required to register as a sex offender and he’ll be subject to G.P.S. monitoring for life. Additionally, the Court issued a permanent “no contact order” between Grubb and the victim.
He was convicted in connection to a December 2014 incident in which Grubb lured a five-year-old girl into the bathroom at the Michael’s store in Boone. Grubb then exposed himself to the victim and asked her to perform a sex act. When she refused, Grubb then asked the victim to undress. Before Grubb could take any further action, the victim’s mother was heard calling for her daughter and the victim was released.
Grubb was apprehended in the store’s parking lot by Boone Police Officers as he tried to flee the scene.
District Attorney Seth Banks praised the victim and her family for their courage and expressed his appreciation to Assistant District Attorney Matt Rupp and Boone Police Detective David Osborne.
20-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night (June 1) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun.
He was arrested after a 2008 Ford Fusion was stopped for speeding on South Center Street. A search of the vehicle turned up a .380 handgun. A female in the vehicle was not charged.
Tucker was arrested without incident and taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
27-year-old James Wesley Bare of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bare was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 1).
41-year-old Jonathan David Lynn, Jr. of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police today (June 2), shortly before 1 a.m. He was charged with two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny.
The warrant for his arrest was issued on April 20. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is a Long View Police Officer.
Lynn was taken into custody without incident on the 300 block of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Matt Burgess is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teenager, 14-year-old Dylan Lee Gates.
Gates was allowed to visit his aunt’s house on the 400 block of Victory Grove Church Road on Monday (May 30). The teen left that location, traveling toward Tin Mine Road with two other juveniles, one male and one female. The female is Gloria Marie Castillo, who is also a runaway, as previously reported on WHKY. The male is a 15-year-old friend.
Gates is described as a white male, 5’3” tall. His hair is brown and shorter than in the photo shown here. He has a birthmark on his left arm.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either teen should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
24-year-old Vincent Gavin Osborne of East Flat Church Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with breaking and entering, larceny, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of stolen property. Osborne was jailed under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.
53-year-old Annette Feimster Heaggans of Chestnut Grove Road in Statesville was arrested last Friday (May 27) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with five counts of embezzlement.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, June 2), the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of embezzlement from a local business. The crimes were committed in 2013 and 2014. Detective Sgt. D.R. Getz with the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case.
The business owners discovered their former bookkeeper was embezzling funds from the company. The reporting party told authorities while he was reviewing the financial records for 2014 he noticed a discrepancy in the amount of payroll checks the bookkeeper had received. It appeared she had received too many payroll checks for the time period in question.
Upon further review he discovered the bookkeeper was also paying herself vacation and holiday pay that she was not entitled to. In addition, he located some unusual activity in the 2013 records. During the investigation, Detectives worked closely with the business to retrieve the bank and payroll records for 2013 and 2014 and determined the suspect had embezzled over $16,000 from the company.
Heaggans received a $20,000 unsecured bond and was processed and released from the Iredell County Detention Center. She has a District Court appearance scheduled on June 13.
33-year-old Jason Lee Self AKA "Lumpy" of Flay Road in Lincolnton was arrested last Friday (May 27) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with trafficking opiate by possession, possession with intent to sell and deliver controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and identity theft. Additionally, Self was served with an outstanding warrant charging him with being an habitual felon.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (June 1), last Friday, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Officer Derek Thom of the Lincolnton Police Department was on routine patrol in the Boger City area of Lincolnton. While on patrol, Officer Thom was doing a routine business check of a convenience store on East Main Street noticed a white male in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle acting in a suspicious manner. The man attempted to hide his face as Officer Thom passed the car.
Officer Thom initiated contact with the man. Upon speaking with the suspect, Officer Thom noticed that he was acting in a way to conceal his identity. The suspect gave Officer Thom a name that did not check out as being accurate. Officer Thom continued to investigate and it was discovered that the suspect gave Officer Thom a fictitious name. Upon further investigation, the true identity of the suspect was determined to be Jason Lee Self, AKA “Lumpy”.
Self had an outstanding warrant for Habitual Felon. Officer Thom arrested Self on the outstanding warrant. Upon investigating further, Officer Thom located several types of controlled substances in Self's possession. The controlled substances included methamphetamine, hydrocodone, subutex, oxycodone, clonazapam, alprazolam, and marijuana. Also located were several items of drug paraphernalia.
There was also a female with Self who was in the store at the time of the arrest. She was checked for warrants and was found to be not wanted for anything nor in possession of any narcotics.
Officer Thom transported Self to the Lincoln County Magistrates Office where he was formally charged. He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $37,500 secured bond. Self is scheduled to appear in District Court June 14.
After 30 years of service, Captain Paul Holsclaw Jr. has retired from the Hickory Fire Department. Holsclaw Jr. began his employment with the City of Hickory on July 28, 1986, when he was hired to work as a firefighter. Through the years he served as firefighter, senior firefighter, apparatus operator, and was promoted to Captain on January 16, 1996.
Throughout his years, Holsclaw has obtained several certifications including Firefighter Level II through the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission and Emergency Medical Technician through the North Carolina Office of Emergency Services. During his time with the department, he completed training as an Operation level Hazardous Materials Operator and in specialized courses including Fire Service Instructor level II, Technical Rescuer, Emergency Vehicle Driver/Operator, and Rapid Intervention Team training.
As a state certified Level II Fire Service Instructor through the North Fire & Rescue Commission, Holsclaw specialized as an Emergency Vehicle Driver instructor and in the areas of Pumps and Aerial training and trailer towing instructor, where he teaches for the Community College system.
Through the North Carolina Code Officials Board, Holsclaw is also certified as a Level I fire inspector. As well as his job with the fire department, Holsclaw has served the city as a member of several committees.
A minimum seven year prison sentence has been imposed in a case involving the robbery of a Catawba County convenience store late in 2014.
33-year-old David Allen Page of Conover, was sentenced to serve seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections after pleading guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Page was sentenced by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (June 1).
Page entered the Kangaroo Express convenience store in Conover on December 28, 2014, and threatened the clerk with a knife before taking $97 from the cash register.
He fled the scene in a vehicle but was located by deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office traveling at a high rate of speed along Murray’s Mill Road. The defendant made his way down N.C. Highway 16 traveling south toward Lincoln County before wrecking the vehicle and being taken into custody.
Kristy Towery investigated the robbery for Conover Police Department, and Bruce Jones investigated the flee to elude arrest for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Melanie Earles and Sean McGinnis handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
23-year-old Travis Michael Monroe of Pyramid Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. In addition, Monroe is charged with misdemeanor counts of injuring utility wires or fixtures, injury to personal property, and injury to real property. Monroe was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 2).
An Ashe County man will spend at least eight years in prison following his guilty plea to obtaining property by false pretense and admitting his status as a habitual felon. The guilty plea was entered during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (May 31).
50-year-old Johnny Brett Ollis of Jefferson, was sentenced to serve eight to eleven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, after entering his guilty plea.
Ollis’ sentence was enhanced by his status as a habitual felon. He had prior felony convictions in Forsyth County (January 2003) and Ashe County (March 1995 and September 1993).
In December 2013, Ollis provided a counterfeit check in the amount of $250 to pay for 10 holiday Barbie dolls at a local thrift store in Hickory. When the clerk attempted to cash the check, she was informed by the bank that it was counterfeit and drawn on a non-existent account.
The case was investigated by Officer Soua Vang of Hickory Police Department and prosecuted by Michelle Lippert of the District Attorney’s Office.
A Claremont man accused of murder will not face the death penalty for the January 2016 shooting death of Jefferson Lee Heavner.
Prosecutors for the State announced Wednesday (June 1), they will not pursue capital punishment in the murder case against 28-year-old Marvin Jacob Lee. However, Lee still faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.
Victoria Jayne represents Lee, who also faces charges for attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill as well as discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.
Lee allegedly shot and killed Heavner on January 22, 2016. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case.
48-year-old Lisa Gant Turner of Brim Lane in Denver was arrested Tuesday (May 31) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with four felony counts apiece of forgery of bank notes and uttering a forged instrument.
Turner is charged with the forgery and uttering of checks that were stolen from a Denver woman’s office. The checks were taken from victim Janice Crawford while Turner was cleaning her home and office. A total of 18 checks were taken and cashed between October 2015 and May 2016. Turner, who, according to a news release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, gave a full confession, obtained $8,000 from cashing the checks.
Turner was released on a $3,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court June 16.
A one-year-old girl was killed in a traffic accident in Lincolnton Friday (May 27). The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. Friday as Lincolnton Police responded to South Generals Boulevard, just north of Robin Road.
A 2006 Chevrolet Equinox driven by 21-year-old Silas Hart of Westridge Lane in Lincolnton was traveling southbound on South Generals Boulevard when it was rear-ended by a 2014 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck driven by 38-year-old William “Karey” Jones, II of Bessemer City. Mr. Hart was slowing down to move over to the shoulder for a funeral procession when his vehicle was hit. Lincoln County Deputy Travis Williams was leading the procession and was the first Officer at the scene of the crash.
Also in the vehicle with Mr. Hart were his wife, Kathryn Reep, and their one-year-old daughter. The child was severely injured and was unresponsive at the scene. The girl was transported by Lincoln County E.M.S. to the emergency room at Carolinas HealthCare System-Lincoln. From there, she was airlifted to the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte where she was later pronounced deceased. Ms. Reep, 21, sustained minor injuries in the crash.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing and charges related to the case are pending.
Brigette L. Tenorio, who had been reported missing since May 24, has been located and is safe, according to a statement issued by the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office this afternoon (June 1).
Ms. Tenorio had last been seen in the early morning hours on May 24. Her son, who filed the original report, said she is staying with friends on Highway 10 in Catawba County and is safe.
Meanwhile, 14-year-old Gloria Marie Castillo is still missing. She is a white female, 5’3” tall, weighing 110 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes.
She was last seen at about 10:20 p.m. on May 21 at a residence on the 1300 block of Mirror Lake Road in Iron Station. Her last known address was on Fourth Street Drive N.W. in Hickory.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gloria Marie Castillo should contact Detective Matt Lykins at 704-268-3038, the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
29-year-old James William Jenkins IV of South Aspen Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of safecracking, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of a controlled substance on the premises of a penal institution.
Jenkins is accused of breaking into an electronic locking medicine cabinet vault in the medical room at the jail. Captain Tim Johnson immediately started an investigation after the nurse at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center reported medicines missing from the cabinet. After interviews and reviewing video footage in the Detention Center and searching several different areas by the detention staff several items were located and seized.
Jenkins had a first court appearance on these charges today (Wednesday, June 1, 2016) and remains in jail on a no bond hold.
Because of this incident several safety procedures have been changed and upgraded.