Toddler injured in dog attack
HUNTERSVILLE – A 14-month-old child was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital-Huntersville last week after being bitten by a boxer dog.
The child and his parents went to a friend’s home on Kerns Road. Police said everyone was outside the home. The boxer was inside the house, but managed to get out.
Once the boxer ran up to the people in the backyard, it growled at the mother, and as she was picking the child up, the dog attacked, police said.
According to a statement released by the Huntersville Police Department Thursday night, the toddler “received a severe head laceration to the right side of his head, along with other minor injuries.”
Police said the child was treated and released from the hospital the same day.
The dog was turned over to Animal Control. Police said it appeared to be up-to-date on its rabies shots/vaccinations.
It is unclear if any charges had been issued in the case and if the dog has been returned to its owner.
Fundraiser to benefit fire victims
CORNELIUS – A community carnival and fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 30, for the families displaced during the April 8 fire that destroyed two homes and damaged two others along Meadow Crossing Lane.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at J.V. Washam Elementary School, 9611 Westmoreland Road, and includes face painting, pony ride, live music, face painting, as well as other games. A raffle will be held to benefit the fire victims. Items to be raffled were donated by locate businesses and included an Apple iPad, gift cards to Eez Fusion and Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, Halo Salon, Platinum Plus Mobile Detailing Service and others.
Food will be sold at the event from Donato’s Pizza and Tenders.
For more information on the event, visit www.familiesoffires.webs.com.
Huntersville men sought in car break-ins
MOORESVILLE - The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office arrested one Huntersville man and is searching for two more in connection with several vehicle break-ins and thefts.
Mooresville police arrested Joesph Paul Weikle, 23, of Hus McGinnis Road in Huntersville, April 23 and charged him with two counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of attempt to break and enter a motor vehicle, one count of possession of burglary tools and one count of first-degree trespassing.
Police are still searching for Gary David Hart, 20, of the 14000 block of Hus McGinnis Road in Huntersville, and Steven Matthew Donaldson, 19, of the 200 block of Nealy Drive, in connection with the break-ins.
The arrests began with an incident at around 3 a.m. Friday, April 22, when Mooresville police officers had stopped two vehicles, a Dodge Dakota and a Cadillac, along Interstate 77 for suspicion of driving while impaired. After both vehicles were pulled over, the Dakota sped away and wrecked near Exit 31 and the driver ran away, police said.
Police released Weikle and Donaldson, who were inside the Cadillac, after speaking with them at the traffic stop.
Police later found out the Dodge Dakota was stolen after speak2ing with the owner, who said he had left it parked in a parking lot on River Highway in Mooresville. Two other cars in that lot had been broken into when police arrived. Police later realized the Cadillac pulled over the night before had been stolen, police said.
The next morning, police issued several warrants for the men and arrested Weikle. He told police Hart was driving the stolen pickup from the night before.
Hart is charged with two counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of attempt to break and enter a motor vehicle, one count of possession of burglary tools and one count of first-degree trespass, police said.
Donaldson is charged with one count of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, one count of attempt to break and enter a motor vehicle, one count of possession of burglary tools and one count of first-degree trespass.
Weikle is being held at Iredell County Detention Center on a $5,000 secured bond, the sheriff’s office said.
Anyone with information about Hart’s and Donaldson’s whereabouts should call 911 or contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.
Jinwright begins prison sentence
(WBTV) Harriet Jinwright, the wife of convicted pastor Anthony Jinwright, has begun serving her six-year, eight-month prison sentence for tax evasion.
Harriet Jinwright, former pastor of the Greater Salem at the Lake church in Cornelius, and her husband Anthony Jinwright, pastor of the Greater Salem Church in Charlotte, both were convicted in May 2009 of breaking federal tax laws.
Anthony Jinwright is serving an eight-year, nine-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institute McDowell in West Virginia.
Harriet Jinwright is serving her sentence at the Federal Prison Camp Alderson, also in West Virginia, about an hour away from her husband.
HUNTERSVILLE – Excluding routine citations, the Huntersville Police Department reported the following charges, including the places and dates of arrests or citations, from April 20 to 26:
• Randal E. Cole, 45, assault on a female, at 9337 Twin Trail Drive. April 20.
• Brandy Nicole Brown, 27, theft, at Walgreens, 16711 Birkdale Commons Pkwy. April 21.
• Tanya Adair Martin, 25, DWI, at 7920 Sam Furr Road. April 21.
• Jeff McCall Blythe, 49, possession of marijuana, at 14910 N.C. 73. April 22.
• Angela Pearl Helms, 49, DWI, at I-77.
• Christopher Michael Smallwood, 33, DWI, at 9600 Holly Point Drive. April 24.
• Michael Ray Thorne, 19, assault on a female, at 9115 Lacross Drive. April 25.
• Khristopher Michael Knox, 30, felony theft of a motor vehicle, at 12039 .Lakehaven Drive. April 25.
• Cody Alexander Stell, 19, possession of marijuana, at 16131 Fourth St. April 25.
CORNELIUS – Excluding routine citations, the Cornelius Police Department reported the following charges, including the places and dates of arrests or citations, from April 20 to 26:
• Paul Stallings, 25, possession of drugs, at 4947 Central Ave. April 20.
• Justin Manuel Rich, 25, DWI, at 19749 W. Catawba Ave. April 22.
• Paul Dykema, 41, DWI, at 19799 Liverpool Pkwy. April 23.
• Rachel Elizabeth Gibson, 21, DWI, at 18919 W. Catawba Ave. April 23.
• Kelli Renee Iverster, 23, making harassing phone calls, at 8718 Arrowhead Place Lane. April 23.
• Kenneth Pressley Warlick, 49, DWI, at 19741 Meridian St. April 23.
• Jordan Frederick Litchko, 33, DWI, at 18405 Statesville Road. April 23.
• Christina Marie Phillips, 26, assault on a governmental official, at 20832 Catawba Ave. April 24.
• Bret Joseph Barniske-Bertolami, 41, DWI, at 17830 Kenton Drive. April 24.
• Mark Jason Laughner, 34, DWI, at 9514 Cadman Court. April 26.
• Ronnie Travis Hall, 23, breaking and entering a business, at 19517 Waverunner Lane. April 26.
• Darrell Goodwin, 25, breaking and entering a business, at 19517 Waverunner Lane. April 26.
• Terry Irving Lietz, 49, DWI, at 9500 Birkdale Crossing Drive. April 26.
DAVIDSON – Excluding routine citations, the Davidson Police Department reported the following charges, including the places and dates of arrests or citations, from April 18 to 24:
• Valerie Zachor Knight, 25, possession of drugs, at I-77. April 22.
• Matthew Brian Boyer, 17, possession of marijuana, at 601 Griffith St. April 22.
• Ridge Isaac Morgan, 17, possession of marijuana, at 601 Griffith St. April 22.