The investigation is continuing into the discovery of a man's body in Catawba County over the weekend. The body was found Saturday morning (April 1) at approximately 9:30 at the edge of a wooded area in the 4200 block of River Road.
Sheriff Coy Reid told WHKY's Ralph Mangum the victim is an Hispanic male in his early 20s. The victim's name has not been released. The body was likely dumped Friday night (March 31). The victim was discovered by the owner of the home nearest to where the body was found.
It was not known what caused the man's death, published reports say the Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death as a homicide. An autopsy will be conducted.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (April 4).
Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, council will vote on an item amending the traffic ordinance to reduce the speed limit on Main Avenue SE from 17th Street SE to 21st Street SE from 35 mph to 25 mph. The item was approved unanimously on first reading.
Hickory City Council will also vote on the consent agenda, which includes the approval to close the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Branch Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday May 19 for staff in-service training.
Under new business, council will vote on the approval and acceptance of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Project Agreement for the pedestrian signal upgrade in the amount of $402,500, along with the associated budged revision. This affects approximately 40 signalized intersections throughout the city.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
35-year-old Jennifer Christine Dunlap of Shangri-la Lane in Conover and 35-year-old Edwin Lawrence Lawing of Old Conover Startown Road in Newton were both arrested Saturday (April 1) by Claremont Police Officers. They're each charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dunlap and Lawing were both jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond apiece. District Court appearances for both suspects were scheduled for today (Monday, April 3).
The body of a man was found Saturday morning (April 1) in Catawba County. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told WHKY the body was discovered at the edge of a wooded area in the 4200 block of River Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Sheriff Reid told WHKY's Ralph Mangum the victim is an Hispanic male in his early 20s. The body was likely dumped Friday night (March 31). The victim was found by the homeowner. It was not known what caused the man's death, published reports say the Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death as a homicide. An autopsy will be conducted. No other information was available.
Check whky.com for updates on this story as more details are released by authorities.
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.
31-year-old Michael Allen Montanez of Dixie Avenue SW in Valdese was arrested today (Friday, March 31) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and failure to appear on a felony probation violation. Montanez was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $350,000 bond. A District Court appearance on the meth charge is scheduled for Monday (April 3), a Superior Court date on the failure to appear charge is scheduled for June 19.
Repairs to the sinkhole on N.C. 127 at First Avenue NE in Hickory were scheduled to get underway today (Friday, March 31). The intersection was closed Tuesday night, March 28, when the sinkhole was discovered.
To speed up repairs, crews will be working around the clock in shifts to replace the existing rock culvert with reinforced concrete pipe. Crews spent Wednesday and Thursday preparing the area for repairs, including the removal of debris from the failure, temporary removal of overhead signal lines, and installing a pumping system to help storm water bypass the sinkhole.
A signed detour is in place for motorists: N.C. 127 South: Follow to Second Ave. NE. Turn left to Main Ave. NE, which turns into Eighth St. NE. Turn left to Seventh Ave. NE and follow to Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. Turn right to First Ave. SE back to N.C. 127.
N.C. 127 North: Turn right to Second Ave. SE, then turn left on Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. Follow to Seventh Ave. NE and turn left. Turn left to Eighth St. NE, which turns into Main Ave. NE. Follow to Third Ave. NE, then turn right. Stay left to remain on Third Ave., then turn right to N.C. 127 North.
Transportation officials remind motorists to drive safely, obey all posted speed limits, detour signs and work-zone postings.
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.
Hickory Police and the Hickory Fire Department, along with E.M.S., responded this morning (Friday, March 31) to a reported hit & run on N.C. 127, near the Windy City Grill.
Hickory Police report a two-vehicle hit & run accident with no indication of injuries. According to preliminary reports, a Honda Accord hit a Honda van.
A witness on the scene reported that a Police Officer was holding a small child wrapped in a blanket. Another witness told WHKY that the child was okay.
No further details are available.
43-year-old Daniel James Coffey of Shoe Craft Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 30) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods or property. Coffey was given a custody release. A Superior Court date is set for May 1.
27-year-old Lauren Molita Anderson of 19th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested Thursday (March 30) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny, possession of a stolen automobile and misdemeanor larceny.
Anderson was initially arrested in August of 2015 following the theft of beer from the Kangaroo Express store on Highway 70 S.E. The suspect and two other subjects were stopped in a silver Jeep in the parking lot at Barnes & Noble on Highway 70 S.E. Officers learned that the Jeep had been reported stolen out of Greenville, S.C. Anderson was taken into custody. The other two individuals were not arrested.
Anderson was taken into custody without incident at about 3:10 p.m. yesterday at the Catawba Co. Social Services office on 11th Avenue Drive S.E. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for June 5 in Newton.
22-year-old Markeemeious Deshaun Morgan of 3rd Street Place in Conover was arrested Thursday (March 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony intentional child abuse with serious bodily injury. Morgan was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Friday, March 31).
25-year-old Dylan Lee Furches of Green Road in Hudson was arrested Thursday (March 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, and breaking and entering. Furches was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 3).
It has been determined that the body found earlier this week in a makeshift burial site in Statesville is in fact that of a missing person who was being sought. The victim died as a result of gunshot wounds.
Investigators with the Statesville Police Department went to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Thursday (March 30) and attended the autopsy of the victim in this case. The victim was positively identified as the missing person, Darwin Lewis Turner Jr. The family of Mr. Turner has been notified. It was determined that Mr. Turner succumbed to injuries sustained from gunshot wounds.
A makeshift grave site was discovered in Statesville Monday afternoon (March 27). The burial site was found in a wooded area behind the 1100 Block of Mahogony Road in East Statesville. Investigators with the Statesville Police Department were acting on information acquired during the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Darwin Turner”.
The case is currently an active, ongoing investigation. Investigators are conducting interviews, processing evidence, as well as attempting to locate individuals related to the case. The names of any suspects or persons of interest are not being released publicly.
Again the Statesville Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding this homicide case please contact Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.
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.
19-year-old Jehiel Adarie McGowan of Dutch Avenue in Mount Holly was arrested Wednesday (March 29) by Concord Police on warrants from Lincoln County. McGowan is charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods.
On March 7, McGowan and another male entered the AT&T Mobility Store inquiring about purchasing two phones with service plans. The employee brought two i-Phone 7s to the counter that the suspect had inquired about and the suspect said he would purchase one of the phones.
Detective Kelly Paris said the man presented the employee with his identification to be scanned into the store system but the sale was declined by AT&T. The man grabbed both phones, valued at $1,500, and he and the other unidentified male left the scene in a vehicle.
Warrants were issued for McGowan's arrest and he was apprehended by Concord Police yesterday. He was placed in the Cabarrus County Jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 3).
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.