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42-year-old Trevor Shane Carson has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of tattooing without a license and tattooing a person under the age of 18.

At about 8:30 p.m. on July 26, Deputy Brad Stroud took a call regarding minors under the age of 18 receiving tattoos at a location on Trivette Road in Harmony. Between July 1 and July 14, Trevor Shane Carson allegedly tattooed two 12-year-old females. Authorities say Carson is not licensed by the Iredell County Health Department.

Following an investigation, warrants were issued and Carson was arrested yesterday (July 29) without incident. Bond was set at $2,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for August 31.

28-year-old Ulysses Evans was arrested Wednesday (July 29) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of burglary tools. Evans was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date in Morganton is scheduled for August 19.

Thursday, 30 July 2015 05:06

Weapon Theft Charge Filed In Burke County

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20-year-old Joshua Caleb Lester was arrested Wednesday (July 29) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Lester was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Friday (July 31).

39-year-old Christopher Larry Anderson and 32-year-old Brandy Nicole Crawford, both of the same August Street, Conover Address, were both arrested Wednesday (July 29) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility, Anderson under $30,000 bond, Crawford under $5,000 bond. They both have District Court appearances scheduled for Friday (July 31). 

Unemployment rates increased in all of the Greater Hickory Metro counties and across much of the state. According to the latest report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, the unemployment rate in Catawba County increased from 5.8 percent in May to 6.1 percent in June. Alexander County’s unemployment rate jumped from 5.3 to 5.6 percent. In Burke County the jobless rate increased from 6 percent even to 6.3 percent. And in Caldwell County unemployment rose from 6.5 percent in May to 6.9 percent in June.

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area’s unemployment rate increased to 6.2 percent, that’s up from 6 percent even in May. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 7th highest unemployment rate among 15 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the state. The Asheville MSA has the lowest unemployment rate at 5 percent even, the Rocky Mount MSA is highest at 8.9 percent.

Statewide, unemployment increased in 95 out of 100 counties, decreased in four counties, and remained unchanged in one county. Graham County has the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.3 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest jobless percentage at 4.7. The state’s overall unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, up from 5.9 percent in May. 

Thursday, 30 July 2015 04:11

Suspect In Scam Sought

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Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office are seeking a suspect in a scam reported to them last week. Last Tuesday (July 21) the Sheriff's Office learned of a scam on Friendship Church Road in Taylorsville. A black male who identified himself as Roger Lemons, made an agreement with a home owner to pave his driveway with asphalt for $3,500. Lemons received a check in the amount of $3,500 from the homeowner for the work that was to be completed.

Lemons spread approximately $300 of crush and run gravel on the drive but no asphalt was ever put down. Photos of Lemons were obtained from a local bank in Taylorsville where he and an unidentified white male cashed the check. It was later learned through bank information that Lemons full name is Roger Lee Lemons Jr., 42-years-old. Lemons has a Tennessee driver’s license and an ID card with an address in Charlotte.

Lemons is facing charges of Exploitation of the Elderly and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. Lemons is entered in the system nationwide as a Wanted man and this case is being investigated.

A teenager was killed in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning in Catawba County. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, at approximately 10:30 a.m. 19-year-old Rachel Ann Reese of Sherrills Ford, was traveling northbound on NC Highway 16 in her 1999 Volkswagen. She was driving approximately eight miles south of Newton when she overcorrected, ran off the roadway and collided with a tree.

Highway Patrol reports say Reese was wearing a seat belt. Highway Patrol does not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the crash. NC 16 was shut down for several hours following the accident for clean-up. Reese was the only person in her vehicle and there were no other vehicles involved. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:24

Police Investigate Vehicle Theft at YMCA

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Hickory Police are investigating a larceny and motor vehicle theft at the YMCA in Hickory.

At about 7:45 Monday evening (July 27), Officers responded to 701 1st Street N.W. The victim reported that someone had taken her gym bag from the workout room at the YMCA. Items in the bag included a wallet, credit cards, bankcards, a computer and car keys.

The victim went to check the car and found that it was no longer in parking lot.

Surveillance video showed a white female with brown hair in her late twenties. The suspect was seated on a bench as the victim entered the gym. The suspect followed the victim, took the bag and exited the gym.

Anyone with information regarding the theft should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

20-year-old Carlos Zavata Renteria, Jr. of Taylorsville was arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 28) on one count of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree rape.

On Sunday (July 26), Sheriff’s Investigators were called to a residence off of Old Wilkesboro Road in Taylorsville. The homeowner told Officers that two Hispanic males had illegally entered her residence during the early morning hours. She said one of the men assaulted her in her bed.

The victim went to Iredell Memorial Hospital where she was examined, treated and released. She was able to identify her assailant.

Following his arrest, Renteria was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for Monday, August 3.

The other Hispanic male is currently being sought by authorities. Investigators believe his first name is Jose.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:15

Lincolnton Man Wins $100K Prize in NCEL

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William Alvey of Lincolnton has won a $100,000 prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s Mega Bucks game. Alvey, who owns and runs Bill’s Scooters, has observed a tradition of purchasing a lottery ticket every time he stops for gas. He bought the winning $5 ticket at the Kingsway store on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton.

After state and federal taxes were withheld, Alvey received a check for $69,251.54. Alvey plans to use the money to help others and will give 10% to his church. He said he and his wife might take some small trips around North Carolina and they’ll buy a new recliner. Alvey also intends to add some new chrome to his 1983 Honda Goldwing motorcycle.

Alvey says he intends to keep playing the lottery.

As of Tuesday afternoon, three more $100,000 top prizes remain to be claimed in the Mega Bucks game.