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18-year-old Joshua Keary Robinson of Forest Ridge Drive in Stanley has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies on a charge of felony statutory rape or sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15 year old by a defendant between four and six years older than the victim.

The incident occurred Friday afternoon (October 24) as Deputies responded to the end of Bridgeview Drive in connection to a suspicious vehicle parked near the cul-de-sac. No one was near the vehicle, but while checking the area, Deputies saw Robinson walking toward them through a wooded area.

Robinson told Officers he had been to visit a 14-year-old female. He told Deputies that he and the girl engaged in sexual activities while he was at her residence. Robinson said he was acquainted with the victim’s family.

Deputies took Robinson into custody and placed him in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (October 27).

Monday, 27 October 2014 11:47

Statesville Assault Suspect Arrested

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45-year-old Mark Baron Wilson of Statesville has been arrested by Statesville Police on two counts each of first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

He was arrested at a residence on Raleigh Avenue at about 11:35 Saturday night. Statesville Police received information through Iredell Crime Stoppers that Wilson was at the residence. He was taken into custody without incident.

Wilson was wanted by Police for allegedly assaulting two men at an unoccupied residence on the 1300 block of Fifth Street in Statesville Saturday morning, as reported previously on WHKY.

Wilson is currently being held in the Iredell County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.  

27-year-old Daniel Allen Hoffman of Hoffman Trail in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:35 yesterday afternoon (October 26) on one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device and misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police were called to the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. A Loss Prevention Officer there allegedly saw Hoffman leave the store without paying for a men’s watch, a car stereo, shoelaces, a women’s ring set, a hoodie and a phone case. He also drank a Red Bull energy drink inside the store and didn’t pay for it.

Police found Hoffman in a nearby wooded area behind Lowe’s Home Improvement. He ditched the hoodie, which was found in un-sellable condition. The phone case was not found. Three Xanax pills were allegedly found on his person.

Hoffman was taken into custody without further incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,625, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

21-year-old Uriel Arteiom Garcia of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday after he turned himself in on outstanding warrants for felony common law robbery and misdemeanor hit & run with property damage. He was also charged with reckless driving to endanger.

Garcia is accused of stealing a 1984 Audi from the Propst Mobile Home Park on September 29. The vehicle was later involved in a crash and has since been recovered.

Garcia has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,750, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 27) in Hickory.

Monday, 27 October 2014 06:49

Suspect in Statesville Assault Wanted by Police

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45-year-old Mark Baron Wilson of Statesville is wanted by Statesville Police on two counts each of first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

At about 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, October 25, Statesville Police responded to a reported assault at a vacant residence on the 1300 block of Fifth Street. Officers arrived and found one 51-year-old male victim sitting on the curb in front of the residence with several lacerations to his face and swelling to his face and head. Iredell County EMS transported the victim to Iredell Memorial Hospital. He was later taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. A 50-year-old male victim was found inside, suffering from minor lacerations to his face.

The Statesville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene. Their investigation revealed the victims were inside the vacant residence when the suspect, Mark Baron Wilson, entered and accused the two men of damaging a vehicle belonging to his brother. An altercation ensued and Wilson began using a broom handle to strike both victims in the head and face. Wilson held the men in the house for over two hours, assaulting them whenever either victim attempted to leave. At one point, Wilson struck the first victim with a wooden chair, causing the chair to break into pieces. Wilson then took a wooden leg from the chair and continued striking the first victim.

Wilson later fled from the residence. Warrants have been issued for his arrest.    

Anyone with information regarding the location of Mark Baron Wilson should contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

Monday, 27 October 2014 06:46

Morganton Man Killed in Saturday Morning Crash

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29-year-old William Heath Lathrop of Morganton was killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday.

Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to the accident near the 200 block of Reep Drive at about 5:12 a.m. Saturday (October 25). Officers believe a 2001 Pontiac driven by Lathrop ran off the right side of the roadway. Lathrop over-corrected to the left before going off the right side of the road again, colliding with a tree approximately 10 feet off the roadway.

Mr. Lathrop died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from the collision. Police say speed was a contributing factor in the collision.

The accident remains under investigation.

Frye Regional Medical Center has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

In order to earn the designation, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography (CT) in the chest module and the facility must undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.

27-year-old Angela Lynn Calloway of Laws Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (October 23) on charges of D.W.I., possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor child abuse, reckless driving and driving while license revoked. Calloway was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on December 15 in Lenoir.

22-year-old Christopher Isaiah Fuller of 5th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested yesterday afternoon (October 23) by Hickory Police on misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, communicating threats, failure to appear on a misdemeanor (two counts), a probation violation and second-degree trespass. He also faces charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for speeding, driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fuller’s arrest yesterday was the result of a domestic dispute involving a family member. No significant injuries were reported.

Fuller is on probation as he serves a 36-month suspended sentence following an April 2014 conviction in Catawba County for possession of stolen goods and injury to personal property. The failure to appear warrants come in connection to charges of injury to real property, injury to personal property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Following his arrest, Fuller was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $42,000 secured bond. Court dates were set for October 27, October 29, November 18 and January 27.

As construction continues on the Interstate 40/77 interchange improvement project in Statesville, the N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close the I-40 eastbound on-ramp from U.S. 21 to I-40 eastbound beginning Monday, October 27, at 9 a.m. The closure will remain in place until Thursday, October 30, at 6 a.m.

During the on-ramp closure, crews will work on asphalt and adding a guardrail & concrete barrier wall, as well as placing new traffic markings.

A signed detour route will be in place directing eastbound I-40 traffic to take I-40 westbound to N.C. 115 (Exit 150) and then back to I-40 eastbound.

When the ramp reopens on Thursday morning, all I-40 eastbound traffic heading to I-77 southbound must exit at the US-21/new I-77 South Exit (Exit 151). The existing I-77 southbound ramp will be closed off by a concrete barrier wall. Message boards will be placed on I-40 eastbound at the same locations as the U.S. 21 Exit signs.

If motorists miss the new southbound exit, they can take the exit for I-77 northbound, continue around the loop ramp to I-40 westbound and continue around the Loop to the I-77 southbound ramp.