Danville Police respond to stabbing, make drug trafficking arrest, multiple DUI arrests
Published 10:32 am Sunday, April 9, 2023
BY LANCE GAITHER
On April 7 at 12;45 a.m., Danville police were dispatched to an alleged altercation near Fox Run Trail. Upon arrival, officers saw no sign of an altercation, but were soon summoned to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for a male stabbing victim. Upon investigation, the officers concluded that victim, Stephen Austin, and his fiancé, Camren Barnes, were meeting with Brandon Murphy, the ex-boyfriend of Barnes New Horizon Church to speak. During the meeting, Murphy is alleged to have pushed Barnes to the ground resulting in physical altercation between the two in which Murphy stabbed Austin in the back with a folding knife before fleeing the scene, police said. Murphy was located in his home shortly after and arrested on charges of assault first degree and assault fourth degree without incident. Investigation is ongoing and police have not disclosed the purpose for the meeting at the church.
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• On April 6, just before 5:30 p.m., police located a pickup parked at Inter County Energy with the driver asleep. After the police awoke the driver, he was identified as Jonathan Greer of Kings Mountain. A K-9 unit was called to the scene and indicated that narcotics were inside the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle, police located methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Greer was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• On April 5 at 7:30 a.m., police were called to the area of West Broadway in response to man claiming he had been chased by another person. When they arrived, officers found Nathan Griffin waling along North Third Street and determined that he was under the influence of narcotics. Police say Griffin was in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.
• At 6:42 p.m. on April 5, a Danville officer patrolling the area of Thoroughbred Drive observed a vehicle stuck in a ditch. The driver was identified as Dyland Hundley of Lancaster. He is alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol and was arrested on charges of driving a motor vehicle under the influence. It was later learned that he was fleeing from a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend before driving into the ditch. He was additionally charged with assault of the 4th degree.
• At 7:32 p.m. on April 5, police responded to a single vehicle collision on Stanford Road. Police located a white Chevy Silverado that was overturned and that had collied with a parked vehicle. Police made contact with the driver, Terrance Masterson of Stanford, and determined he was under the influence after administering field sobriety tests. He was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center for treatment and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.