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21-year-old Devin Tyler Turner of Shoupes Grove Church Road in Hickory was arrested May 29 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Turner is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a news release issued Tuesday (June 5) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, in May, the Burke County Criminal Investigations/Narcotics Division initiated an investigation into an eastern Burke County residence, 7839 Shoupes Grove Church Road in Hickory, in reference to drug activity. During the investigation detectives seized two pounds of marijuana. On May 29, Devin Tyler Turner was arrested in connection with this investigation.

Following his arrest, Turner was confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $25,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate as of today (June 6). His next District Court appearance is scheduled for June 13 in Morganton.

24-year-old Christian Raenard Carter of Concord Chase Circle in Concord, 19-year-old Rondarius Arnod Redfear of Rebecca Jane Drive in Mooresville, and 21-year-old Joshua Dewone Wilson of South Main Street in Troutman were all arrested Saturday (June 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. All three suspects were charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Saturday, a call was received by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office from a caller stating a group of young people were shooting in a wooded area off of Carolwoods Drive in Mooresville. When a deputy arrived at the end of the cul-de-sac he noticed a red GMC truck parked there. He walked into the edge of the woods and noticed six people walking towards him. When the deputy identified himself, the group scattered and ran away from him. After shouting commands for the group to stop, three of the individuals walked back to him.

Additional deputies arrived in the area and established a perimeter. The three people were questioned as to why they ran and who the other three people were. A description of the three was put out and a perimeter was established in the area. A search of the red GMC was also made and an Identification Card for Rondarius Redfear was located. All three original witnesses identified Carter as one of the three who ran.

A short time later three men matching the descriptions given out were located walking near Coddle Creek Highway. After being identified and interviewed, all three admitted to being in the woods and shooting, they also admitted to being convicted felons. A criminal record check verified the validity of the felony convictions. Carter, Redfear and Wilson were taken into custody. Bond for each suspect was set at $20,000 secured. Redfear and Wilson have District Court dates June 25. Carter was scheduled to appear in District Court June 27.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 04:03

Authorities Issue Phone Scam Warning

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Some Lincoln County residents have reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that they have received phone calls from someone claiming to be an officer with the Sheriff’s Office and that they had a warrant for their arrest. According to a news release, this is a scam.

The callers, manipulating the caller ID to make the number appear to come from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, tell potential victims they have an outstanding warrant for their arrest and that a fine is due. The caller then demands money to prevent the arrest. The callers then try to convince people to make the payments by wiring it through a prepaid credit card and registering it online or giving them the identification number of your prepaid card.

The Sheriff's Office urges citizens to be aware of the following: If there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest you will not receive a phone call first. If you are really in trouble with the law you will know it, a deputy will knock on your door or you will receive a certified piece of mail informing you of any legal action being taken against you. If the caller refuses to give you a mailing address or phone number or if the caller asks you for personal financial or sensitive information these are signs that the caller is not legitimate. Another sign is if the caller threatens to have you arrested or to report you to a law enforcement agency.

If you are contacted by someone who claims to have a warrant for your arrest: Ask the caller for a name, company, street address and telephone number. Contact your local law enforcement agency if you feel you are in danger from the threat. Never give out your personal information over the phone such as date of birth, bank account, credit card information or Social Security Number. These types of calls are simply scams and the best way to take care of them is to hang up on the caller.

 

Tuesday evening, (June 5) Hickory City Council met in regular session and held a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 recommended budget. City Council approved the recommended budget, which totals $103,801,956 for all City operations, capital improvements, and debt service requirements for the upcoming year. The property tax rate remains the same for the coming year, while utility rates increase 2.1% in accordance with the Consumer Price Index, and the monthly sanitation rate increases $2, from $20.50 to $22.50. The approved budget will be available for viewing on the City of Hickory website, www.hickorync.gov.

Also during the meeting, two items were added to the agenda, resulting in City Council approving acceptance of a Non-Warranty Deed from Norfolk Southern Corporation, regarding property along the north side of Main Ave NE, as it relates to the City Walk project, and approving a resolution to amend N.C. House Bill 947 to include the City of Hickory supporting a referendum to levy a one-quarter cent municipal sales and use tax.

31-year-old Kevin James Green and 32-year-old Nicholas Richard Rodman, both from Syracuse, New York, were arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Monday (June 4). Both suspects were charged with felony trafficking MDA/MDMA by possession and by transport. Rodman was also charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, misdemeanor resisting a public officer and misdemeanor possession of schedule VI controlled substance.

They were arrested when Officers with the Sheriff’s Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team were working Interstate 77 northbound at mile-marker 65 when they noticed a 2017 Ford passenger car with New York tags, speeding. Deputies stopped the Ford and spoke to the driver (Green) and a passenger (Rodman).

A K-9 arrived and gave a positive indication for the presence of narcotics. A search turned up 520 grams of MDMA “Molly Rocks”, 1,000 Ecstasy pills and a small amount of marijuana inside the passenger area. A .357 caliber handgun with ammunition was found in the trunk. The narcotics seized have an estimated street value of $115,625.

Green and Rodman were taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center where Green was given a $250,000 secured bond. Rodman’s bond was set at $300,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed.

The City of Morganton Electric Department donated four utility poles to McDowell County as part of the effort to help the region recover from recent disastrous flooding.

According to a news release from the City of Morganton, the McDowell County Emergency Operations Center contacted City of Morganton Electric Services Director Brooks Kirby last week and requested assistance. They asked for utility poles to build foot bridges in washed out areas that were damaged during the event.

The bridges will provide emergency responders a way to access families who have been trapped and isolated by the damage.

49-year-old Reginald Eugene Jones was arrested Monday (June 4) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony first degree burglary and misdemeanor domestic criminal trespassing. Jones was arrested just after 7 a.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $79,000 total bond. A District Court date is June 25.

32-year-old Cheri Elizabeth Hall of Buff Avenue in Morganton was arrested today (June 5) by authorities in Burke County on charges filed in Catawba County. She's charged on bills of indictment with breaking and entering and habitual larceny. In addition, Hall is charged with second degree trespassing. Following the arrest, Hall was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,500 total bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 8) and a District Court date is July 25.

43-year-old Matthew Brian King of Spencer Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 Monday morning (June 4) on two felony counts of disclosure of private images and one misdemeanor count of injuring or tampering with a vehicle. The warrant for his arrest was issued on May 31.

King was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was processed and released less than an hour later under a $5,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (June 5) in Newton.

26-year-old Nickey Shane Coffey of Lake Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after Hickory Police initiated a traffic stop on the 200 block of 12th Street Drive N.W. During the traffic stop, Officers found 2.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Coffey was taken into custody without incident at 1:50 a.m. today. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. He’ll appear in District Court on June 7 in Newton.

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