Police investigate found body
MONROE – Officers with the Monroe Police Department responded to the 1900 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard on June 17 due to a deceased individual located beside the roadway just before Secrest Avenue.
Police identified the individual as Daphne Alvarez-Torres, 34, of Monroe, who had recently been reported missing. Torres was last seen walking out of Tyson Foods on the morning of June 15 at 3 a.m.
Police determined Torres was possibly struck by a 2018 or newer model Freightliner Cascadia Truck white in color. The truck should have damage to the right front quarter panel.
The incident would have occurred between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m. June 15 near the 1900 block of East Roosevelt Boulevard.
Call the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-4700 for details.
Man jailed on heroin trafficking charges
MONROE – The Union County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 10 grams of heroin after catching a suspect during a narcotics operation.
Officers worked with the Monroe Police Department on the operation, which led to a brief foot chase.
Jesus Vicuna-Rios, 25, was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin as well as resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.
Man shot, jailed after violating order
MONROE – A man got shot and arrested after violating a domestic violence protective order.
William Porter Howze III, 37, was outside his estranged wife’s home on Richardson King Road on June 16 and got shot in the right side of his abdomen by her, according to the sheriff’s office.
No charges have been filed in connection with the shooting.
Two arrested for trafficking in methamphetamine
MONROE – The Union County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division seized 47 grams of meth, a quantity of heroin as well as drug paraphernalia in a drug operation that concluded June 7.
Meghan Carey, 29, of Indian Trail, and Karl Kenneth Richar Jr, 40, of Wingate, face multiple trafficking methamphetamine charges as well as conspiracy to traffic in meth.
In addition, Richar is charged with possession of heroin.
Both Carey and Richar remain in the Union County Jail with a scheduled court date of June 25.
Man sentenced to life in prison for rape
MONROE – William Norris Glasson, 37, was convicted in connection with raping an elementary school girl, according to the Union County District Attorney’s Office.
A jury found Glasson guilty of two counts of first-degree statutory rape of a child under 13, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, and an aggravating factor. He was sentenced to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The evidence presented in the case showed that between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2008, the defendant repeatedly attacked and raped a 7-to-8-year-old child. Glasson then threatened to kill the child and her loved ones if she disclosed the abuse. The child came forward at age 17.
Glasson had previously been convicted in 2003 of indecent liberties with a child.
“I would like to commend the hard work of Assistant District Attorneys Mary Beth Usher and Martha Bordogna that resulted in this conviction and the courage of the victim to testify over a decade later,” District Attorney Trey Robison said. “I am grateful as well for the hard work of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, especially Deputy Pilar Nieves, who investigated this case. Our office remains united with our law enforcement agencies in the pursuit of justice for all of the crime victims in our county.”
Two-week car wash fundraiser will support USO
CHARLOTTE – All 83 Autobell Car Wash locations in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will donate $1 from every sale of its Rain Repellent Special car wash from June 17 to 30 to local USO charters.
The USO is the nation’s leading organization serving U.S. military members and their families during their active service.
“We want to help express America’s gratitude and commitment to our service members by supporting USO programs that keep them connected to family, home and country – everything that gives meaning to their service,” Autobell Chief Operating Officer Carl Howard said.
Nearby locations include 536 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe; 4416 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail; 15020 Idlewild Road, Stallings; and 1610 Providence Road S., Waxhaw.
Visit www.autobell.com for details.
Class of 2019 earns $131M in scholarships
MONROE – Graduating seniors in Union County Public Schools earned a record 2,944 scholarships this year, the highest number in district history.
This figure represents a 24% increase over the number of scholarships offered to the Class of 2018.
“This significant increase helps provide even more students with access to higher education,” Superintendent Andrew Houlihan said.
UCPS’s Class of 2019 also earned nearly $131 million in scholarships.
Six high schools received more than $10 million in scholarships: Marvin Ridge ($22.8 million), Piedmont ($21.2 million), Cuthbertson ($17.5 million), Sun Valley ($15.1 million), Weddington ($15 million) and Porter Ridge ($12 million).
Out of the 3,339 UCPS Class of 2019 graduates, 60% will attend a four-year school, 25% will attend a two-year school, 11% will enter the workforce and 4% have enlisted in the military.