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49-year-old Bruce Wayne Swink was arrested Wednesday (November 11) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Swink was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 13).

35-year-old Jerry Richard McDaniel of McDuffy Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (November 10) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor breaking or entering. McDaniel was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Thursday, November 12).

Thursday, 12 November 2015 05:10

Most Wanted Suspects Sought In Iredell County

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The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List includes the following suspects:

38-year-old David Martin Davis is wanted on a warrant charging him with sex offender violation. The last known address for Davis was on Davie Avenue in Statesville.

28-year-old Justin D. Gillespie is wanted on a warrant charging him with fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Gillespie’s last known address was on McLaughlin Street in Statesville.

22-year-old Vernon Duncan is wanted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Duncan is wanted for felony larceny, breaking and entering, and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Vernon Duncan’s last known address was on Culbert Lane in Mooresville.

You can see the entire list of Iredell County’s Most Wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. Click the Wanted Persons link on the bottom of the home page on the left side.

If you have any information on any of Iredell County’s Most Wanted suspects contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.

Thursday, 12 November 2015 04:50

Conover Man Charged With Injury By Vehicle

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25-year-old Alexander Robert Evanega of County Home Road NW in Conover was arrested Wednesday (November 11) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with felony serious injury by vehicle. Evanega was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for Friday (November 13).

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:36

Restaurant Employee Accused of Stealing from Register

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28-year-old Crystal Dawn Bryan of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon (November 10) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

Bryan was an employee at Papa Pesto’s on Fairgrove Church Road. She is accused of taking money from the register.

A warrant for Bryan’s arrest was issued on October 30. She was taken into custody without incident at the office of Adult Probation & Parole in Hickory. Bryan was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:22

B&E Victim Faces Drug Charges

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22-year-old Bobby Lee Huffman of 6th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (November 10) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

The charges against Huffman were filed after his apartment was broken into on October 14. As Officers investigated the incident, they found 15.3 ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the apartment.

A warrant for Huffman’s arrest was issued on November 6. After his arrest, Huffman was processed and then released under a $6,000, secured.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:27

Authorities in Iredell Looking for Teen Runaway

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Authorities in Iredell County are asking for the public’s help in locating 17-year-old Shakilah Middleton, who was reported as a runaway on October 24.

Middleton went outside her residence on Barium Springs Road in Statesville to take out the garbage, but never came back inside. Responding Deputies were unable to locate her anywhere in the area that night.

After interviewing others in the home and staff members, it was determined that Ms. Middleton had planned to run away to be with her boyfriend in the Charlotte area. After speaking to her mother, Officers learned that the teen had done the same thing in the past and had been located in the Charlotte area.

At this time, no foul play is suspected.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shakilah Middleton should contact Detective Jason Lowrance at 704-878-3180.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:24

School Employee Faces Felony Drug Charge

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34-year-old Jennifer Bost Vetter of 24th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 a.m. yesterday (November 10) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Vetter, who is listed on Police reports as a Catawba Co. Schools employee, is accused of taking medication that was locked up in an office at Foothills Gymnastics. The incident occurred on September 24. The drug taken was Dexmethylphenidate, which is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Vetter was identified as the suspect on November 9. She was arrested yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters and then released under a $3,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:58

Hickory Teen Charged with Armed Robbery

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16-year-old Xzavion Rashawn Watts of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (November 10) on one felony count each of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

He was taken into custody without incident at H.P.D. headquarters. According to Police reports, Watts was armed with a knife at the time of his arrest. He was processed and released under a $25,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in district Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

No further details are available.

Scammers posing as US Treasury officials are calling North Carolinians and demanding that you pay taxes right away or face a lawsuit or arrest.

More than 500 consumers have reported these fraudulent calls to the North Carolina Department of Justice in the past week.

This scam has been used in the past. In the most recent version, the caller usually identifies himself as Steve Martin or David Gray, and many of the calls reported appear to come from the same number: 843-492-4165. The calls often begin with a pre-recorded message that you’re asked to return. Sometimes the caller says there’s an issue with your pension, and other times he says an action has been filed against you by the US Treasury.

A news release from the Department of Justice says anyone who calls to demand immediate payment for taxes is trying to rip you off. If you get a call like this, remember that Government agencies will not threaten arrest if you don’t pay taxes or fines immediately. Also, real government employees will never demand immediate payment by credit card, bank account draft, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

Caller ID can be manipulated to make it appear the scammers are calling from the real IRS or a local number, even if they’re located halfway around the world. Never share personal information such as your Social Security Number or bank account number with anyone you don’t know who contacts you, even if they claim to work with a government agency.

If you have been contacted by a phone scammer, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.