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3 arrested, 1 sought in Davidson Co. kidnapping, assault

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Police have arrested three people and are seeking a fourth in connection with assault and kidnapping.

Officers say a man identified as Phillip Henry Terry came to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office on April 17 and said he had been assaulted, kidnapped and held against his will.

After further investigation, deputies discovered that Terry was assaulted by four individual and had been cut several times with a kitchen knife in the early morning hours of April 16.

The incident happened at a residence in the 2700 block of Swicegood Road in Linwood.

After the assault, Terry was told he was not allowed to leave the suspects’ sight until his wounds had healed.

The suspects transported Terry to another residence in the 100 block of Lambert Road in Lexington, where he was again threatened and told he had to stay with the suspects.

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Parents want renovations at Stoner-Thomas for students with disabilities

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Davidson County parents are concerned a school for special needs students is not entirely accessible for those with disabilities.

About one hundred students with special needs attend Stoner-Thomas School in Lexington, located on County School Road.

It is across the street from Davidson County School System’s central offices.

“Over the last three decades, the children at this school have gone overlooked,” said Ira Matney. His son attends Stoner-Thomas and has autism.

There are several major concerns he and other parents have about the school.

The first is the lack of accessibility on the playground and low-quality equipment that is not adapted for children with disabilities.

18-year-old accused of beating duck to death with baseball bat

LEXINGTON, N.C. — An 18-year-old is being charged with animal cruelty after deputies say he beat a domesticated duck to death with a baseball bat.

William Luke McDowell, 18, of Lexington, was charged after officers discovered that he beat the duck while at a friend’s house last Saturday.

The incident was caught on video by McDowell’s 16-year-old friend. He was not identified.

McDowell was placed in the Davidson County Jail under a $1,000 bond. His court date is set for May 19.

Lexington man killed in accident on I-85 in Davidson Co.

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — One person was killed and another was injured in a vehicle accident on southbound I-85 near mile marker 91 Thursday evening, according to police.

Highway Patrol says Linda Brank, 53, of Lexington, was attempting to move from the center lane to the left lane and started to lose control. She reportedly over-corrected and went off the road on the right side and down an embankment, striking a tree and overturning.

Her son, Charles Brank, 31, of Lexington, was the front seat passenger and was killed by the impact of the accident.

Linda Brank was taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Her condition is currently unknown.

Troopers believe the mini spare on one of the rear wheels of the car, combined with a speed of 65 to 70 mph, may have contributed to her losing control.

At this time no one is being charged in the accident.

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Lexington Police search for woman who used stolen bank card

LEXINGTON, N.C. — Police are searching for a woman who used a stolen bank card and personal ID card to withdraw money from a bank in Salisbury.

On March 31, Lexington Police responded to a breaking, entering, and larceny from a motor vehicle at 1000 Cotton Grove Road in Lexington.

Police said the victim’s pocket book, bank card and personal ID was stolen from the vehicle. The bank card and personal ID was then used to withdraw an undisclosed amount of cash from the State Employees’ Credit Union located at 1030 Mooresville Road in Salisbury.

The suspect used the victim’s identification card and her bank card to pose as the victim and withdraw money from the account. A white female was shown in the surveillance photos driving a gold Dodge minivan in the drive through teller lane making a withdrawal of cash using the victim’s bank card.

The suspect did not use the ATM.

Davidson Co. man arrested for break-in, larceny of firearm

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Police arrested a man Thursday for allegedly breaking into a residence in Linwood and stealing a firearm.

According to police, officers responded to the 400 block of Twelve Oaks Drive in reference to a breaking and entering call.

When officers arrived on scene they met with Jason Lee Ramsey, who said he had called the homeowners to advise them of their residential alarm going off.

The homeowners went into their residence and found that a 12-gauge shotgun was missing.

During the course of the investigation it was found that no alarm call was received from this address and the stolen shotgun was located in the vehicle being driven by Ramsey.

Ramsey, 25, of Linwood, was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering and felony larceny of a firearm.

Ramsey was confined under a $3,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court May 6.


Lexington man found dead in wooded area identified

LEXINGTON, N.C. — A man who was found dead in a wooded area in Lexington has been identified as 38-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Thompson.

Police discovered Thompson, 38, around 1:30 p.m. Thursday near Michael Street after searching for him since March 25.

No foul play is suspected in the incident, but the investigation is ongoing.