44-year-old Mitchell Terrell Crocker of St. Marks Church Road in Cherryville was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of larceny of a vehicle and larceny from a construction site in connection to an incident that occurred between December 10 & 13, 2016. He's also charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle in connection to an incident that occurred on December 5 of last year.
Crocker is charged in connection with the theft of a trailer loaded with lumber from a construction site on Ernest Houser Road. Deputies were dispatched to the construction site on December 13. Travis Lawing of Travis Lawing Builders told officers that sometime between December 10 & 13 his 18 foot dual axle flatbed trailer with $600 in lumber on it had been removed from the site.
While investigating an unrelated case Detective Dan Snellings learned that a stolen truck and trailer had been sold to a Cherryville business. The bundle of 2x8x12 lumber was unloaded at the business and another person picked up the trailer to have it painted. Detectives met with a subject at a residence on Baxter Road in Cherryville and the trailer was recovered. The owner picked up the trailer then went the business in Cherryville to collect the lumber.
Crocker was also charged in connection with the December 5, theft of a 2002 Ford F350 from a customer whose vehicle was parked at the Triple B One Stop on Highway 274. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was able to recover all property reported stolen in both cases.
Crocker's bond was set at $9,000 secured. His next appearance is scheduled for March 13 in District Court.
66-year-old Sandra Kelly of Taylorsville was arrested last Thursday (February 16) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with ten counts of felony receiving stolen goods or property.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (February 21) Kelly's arrest stemmed from an investigation by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office in reference to stolen vehicles delivered to her residence from out of state. The vehicles were purchased on a fraudulent credit card, along with furniture, motors, and various electronics. The value on these stolen items is approximately $57,000.
The stolen items were shipped to Kelly’s address from across the country, where she would then re-ship the items to countries overseas. The Sheriff's Office reports all of the stolen items were obtained by various attempts of identity theft.
Kelly was placed in jail under $100,000 secured bond. She has upcoming District Court appearances scheduled for February 27 and March 13.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (February 21).
Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved unanimously. A public hearing was held to receive comments on the consideration of a vacant building revitalization grant at 26 1st Avenue SE. The Business Development Committee reviewed the proposal and they recommended approval. There were no speakers during the public hearing and council approved the grant unanimously.
City Council unanimously approved the acceptance of a grant in the amount of $671,920 to assist in the development of sanitary sewer infrastructure and entrance road development for Park 1764. The grant does require 100% matching.
Interim Public Services Director Kevin Greer presented information about North Carolina Industrial Development Grant Funds. One citizen addressed council regarding a multipurpose building in the Ridgeview community.
Seven community groups made presentations during Tuesday's City Council meeting. Annually, community groups present to City Council and explain the functions of their organizations and request funding. The groups presenting Tuesday night were the Friends of Hickory, Habitat for Humanity, the Hickory Downtown Development Association, Hickory Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, the SALT Block Foundation, United Arts Council, and the YMCA.
25-year-old Terrence Eric Andrade was arrested Tuesday (February 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Andrade was placed in jail in Morganton where bond was set at $55,000 secured. A Superior Court date is set for April 3.
44-year-old Timothy Bruce Hodge of Rock Creek Circle in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (February 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Hodge was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, February 23).
35-year-old Jason Thomas Moody of Pine Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (February 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with two felony counts of sell or deliver marijuana and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Moody is charged with failure to appear on felony counts of sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
Moody was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 1.
41-year-old Grey Alan Hester of Hemlock Court in Candler, NC, was arrested today (Tuesday, February 21) in Catawba County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony counts of larceny by employee and habitual felon. Hester was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 23).
33-year-old Jose Alberto Flores was arrested Monday (February 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Flores was placed in jail in Morganton where bond was set at $30,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for March 6.
51-year-old Refugio Antonio Reyes was arrested Monday (February 20) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Reyes was arrested at an address on Myrtle Street in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $75,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for April 3.
28-year-old Justin Wayne Singleton was arrested this morning (Tuesday, February 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Singleton was placed in jail in Morganton where bond was set at $49,000 on the drug charge and a pair of previously filed probation violation charges. A court appearance is scheduled for April 3.
36-year-old Michael Andrew Driver of 17th Street Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Monday (February 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor driving while impaired.
Driver was arrested Monday afternoon at an address on Highway 70 SW in Hickory. Following the arrest, he was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 21).
27-year-old William Eric Clark Jr. of Sheely Road in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (February 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, and obtaining property by false pretense. Clark was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for March 13.
47-year-old Cathy Diane Elders of Park Lane in Newton was arrested last Friday (February 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony flee to elude arrest and driving while impaired. Elders was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $30,000 secured bond. She has District Court dates March 13 and April 20.
The North Carolina Department of Justice reports there's a new twist on an IRS scam.
Many residents of North Carolina have received the call, which is a recorded message from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service or Treasury Department. The caller threatens you with arrest if back taxes are not paid immediately. If you return the call you’ll be instructed to use a money order, wire transfer or prepaid debit card, perhaps even an iTunes gift card, to send your payment. Sometimes the scam message is delivered by email instead of by phone.
Now the scammers are searching for potential victims via a new route: texts. The message begins “WARNING: Criminal Investigation Unit of the I.R.S. is filing lawsuit against you…”. It includes a phone number to call for more information, and continues “This is your last chance… arrest warrant will be forwarded to local police…”.
Regardless of which method scammers use to try to scare you into paying money you don’t owe, remember: government agencies like the I.R.S. would never threaten you with immediate arrest, or demand that you make payment using iTunes gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers.
If you are contacted by an IRS scammer, you can report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online. If you think you may have been a victim of an IRS scammer, file a report with the real I.R.S.