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Friday, 13 May 2016 05:55

Meth Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Man

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24-year-old Siegfred Albert Jackson of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (May 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Jackson was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Thursday.

The deadline to file income taxes has passed, but scammers posing as tax collectors are continuing to call North Carolina residents.

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice,  consumers in the state are reporting dozens of calls claiming to come from IRS or US Treasury officials who demand immediate payment. The calls include a recorded message that says you owe taxes and threatens a lawsuit or arrest if you don’t pay right away.

Around 500 consumers have reported fraudulent tax collector calls to the DOJ in the past 12 days, with most of the reports coming from area codes 919 and 252.

The Department of Justice wants to remind North Carolina residents that legitimate government agencies like the IRS would never demand that you pay taxes using iTunes gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers.

If you get one of these IRS scam calls, please report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov. Please report the number the call appears to come from and
the number you’re told to call to pay taxes or fines.

NCDOJ is working with the IRS and telephone companies to try to identify the source of the calls and stop them, and citizens  complaints can help.

20-year-old Latangela Shanea Beatty of Main Avenue Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (May 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony larceny, first degree burglary, and non-support of a child. Beatty was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, May 13).

Friday, 13 May 2016 05:19

Caldwell Commissioners To Meet Monday

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The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meets Monday evening in regular session.

The board will conduct a pair of public hearings at Monday's meeting. One is to receive comments on an amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding Solar Energy Systems. In addition, a public hearing will be held to receive comments on an amendment to section 40B of the Zoning Ordinance regarding the definition of a private club.

In addition during Monday's meeting, budget allocation requests will be presented for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and the Caldwell County Schools. Under items for decision, the board will vote on an offer to purchase property from the Caldwell County Schools.

Among items on the consent agenda Monday is the cancellation of the June 20 meeting, and the approval of a fireworks display permit for Sawmills Veterans Park.

Monday's Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administrative Building at 905 West Avenue NW in Lenoir.

A death investigation is being conducted in Catawba County. According to published reports, a 21-year-old man was found deceased in a home north of Conover Thursday night (May 12). One published report says the man was found in a bathroom at the residence with a stab wound to his chest.

According to reports, deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office received a warrant to search a mobile home on Curlee Road at approximately 7:00 Thursday night. Officers reportedly  questioned several people who were inside the home to determine if the stabbing was accidental or if foul play was involved.

The man's name has not been released. The investigation is continuing.

Granite Falls Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Murphy’s Express convenience store, 4820 Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls.

Just after 3 a.m. today (May 12), a subject armed with a handgun entered the store, pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands. The suspect then exited the store. He was last seen running on foot, southbound.

Granite Falls Police arrived on the scene at about 3:05 a.m. and found the clerk uninjured. The suspect was described as a male wearing black pants, red shoes and a white hoodie. The suspect’s face was covered by a dark colored bandana and sunglasses.

Granite Falls Police have reviewed the store’s surveillance video and are attempting to identify another person who was in the store at the time of the incident. That person left the store immediately after the robbery.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery should contact Granite Falls Detective Sgt. Joey Morrison at 828-396-3358 or Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. Callers may remain anonymous.

38-year-old Fredrick Darius Dula of Charlie Ridge Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (May 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's I.C.E. Unit Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II Controlled Substance and felony maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Dula was also served with an outstanding child support warrant.

I.C.E. Unit officers searched Dula's home at 2343 Charlie Ridge Place in the Dulatown Community of Lenoir. During the past month, agents have been conducting an undercover investigation on Dula, who was suspected of selling crack cocaine. Throughout the investigation, a series of controlled buys for crack cocaine had been made from Dula at his residence.

During the search of the home, agents seized 18.4 grams of crack cocaine and $1,300 cash. The cocaine has a street value in excess of $4,000 according to North Carolina Drug Guidelines.  

Dula was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond on the drug charges and was issued a $22,639.18 cash compliance bond for the child support. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir today (Thursday, May 12) on the drug charges.

Thursday, 12 May 2016 11:09

Boone Man Charged with B&E; Larceny of Firearm

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44-year-old Jeffrey Stuart Cashwell of Boone was arrested by Boone Police Tuesday (May 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of felony financial card theft. He was also charged with three counts of misdemeanor financial card fraud and one count of misdemeanor larceny.

On May 9, Boone Police took a report regarding a vehicle B&E and the theft of a firearm. Jeffrey Cashwell was identified as a suspect. The following day, Boone Police stopped a vehicle in which Cashwell was a passenger. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the recovery of the stolen firearm.

Cashwell was taken into custody and given a $25,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Watauga Co. District Court on May 24.

24-year-old Nichole Leanne Hilton was arrested Wednesday (May 12) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony common law robbery. Hilton was placed in jail in Morganton under $16,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (May 16).

Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:17

Lions Club Freedom Ride Set for this Saturday

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The second annual Lion Prowl Freedom Ride will take place this Saturday, May 14.

Riders will depart from Blue Ridge Harley Davidson at 2002 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory with the first bike out 11 a.m. The ride will end at about 1 p.m. at Camp Dogwood on Camp Dogwood Drive in Sherrill’s Ford.

Registration will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. There is a $20 registration fee for drivers and a $10 fee for riders. Food is included with the cost of registration. Drivers will receive a t-shirt.

Those who don’t ride are invited to come to Camp Dogwood and purchase a plate of BBQ. Those attending are encouraged to bring a chair and sit by the shore of Lake Norman for live music, provided by Mercy Heart.

Proceeds go to support the N.C. Lions Club. The event is hosted by the Long View Lions Club.

For more information, contact Eric Killian at 828-455-4936 or visit the Long View Lions Club’s Facebook page.