46-year-old Susan Elaine Warren of Lithia Inn Road in Lincolnton was arrested Saturday (June 25) by Lincolnton Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.
On Saturday, patrol officers with the Lincolnton Police Department and patrol deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to 714 Lithia Inn Road in Lincolnton, for an investigation to possible drug related activity. The investigation at this residence was the result of information provided from concerned citizens to the patrol deputy. As part of the investigation, officers searched the residence.
Upon searching the residence, officers located an amount of crystallized substance that was identified as methamphetamine. The methamphetamine was found in the possession of Susan Elaine Warren and was seized as evidence.
The residence located at 714 Lithia Inn Road has been the scene for various arrests, investigations, and calls for the Lincolnton Police Department in recent years. The Lincolnton Police Department has arrested several suspects on various charges including drug and robbery offenses. This case is still under investigation and could result in additional charges.
Warren was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make her first appearance Monday (June 27) in District Court.
North Carolina consumers who took out loans from online fast cash lenders CashCall and Western Sky will share more than $9 million in refunds under a settlement approved by the court, that's according to a news release issued last week by the North Carolina Department of Justice.
In December 2013, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks filed suit against CashCall, Western Sky and related companies for violating North Carolina laws that ban excessive interest rates on small consumer loans. According to the complaint, financially strapped North Carolina consumers who took out personal loans of $850 to $10,000 from the defendants faced annual interest rates of 89 to 342 percent, far in excess of rates allowed under state law. In August 2015, at the request of Cooper and the Commissioner of Banks, the court banned the companies from making or collecting on loans in North Carolina.
In the Western Sky and CashCall consent judgment issued by Special Superior Court Judge Gregory P. McGuire, the defendant companies are ordered to: Stop collecting on loans made to North Carolina borrowers, cancel all loans owed by North Carolina consumers, ask the credit bureaus to remove any negative information about the loans that appears on North Carolina borrowers’ credit reports, pay $9,375,000 including $9,025,000 in refunds to North Carolina consumers and $350,000 to cover the costs of the investigation, lawsuit, and administering the settlement, and cease unlicensed lending in North Carolina, including advertising, soliciting, making, facilitating, servicing, collecting on, selling or transferring any loans.
The settlement marks North Carolina’s first successful effort to ban an online payday-type lender that tried to evade the law by claiming affiliation with an Indian tribe. The case is expected to help the state enforce its lending laws against other violators operating online. Payday and other high interest rate loans are against the law in North Carolina.
CashCall, Western Sky and related companies issued more than 21,000 loans to North Carolina consumers via the Internet between 2010 and 2013. Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division and the Commissioner of Banks’ Office received more than 300 complaints from consumers about the defendants’ loans.
For more tips on payday loans or to report one, contact the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina or online at ncdoj.gov.
We have more information on recent arrests made during a campaign in Burke County. In light of the normal rise of crime during the summer months, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office is aggressively serving warrants within the county. 45 warrants were served on 30 people within a three day span between June 20–23. We reported on two of those suspects yesterday (Monday, June 27), we've got details on two more suspects arrested as part of the effort.
28-year-old Danielle Esther Bradley of Gingersnap Drive in Nebo was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bradley's bond was set at $5,000 unsecured. She is scheduled to appear in Superior Court August 1.
34-year-old Bridget Lee Wilson of 4th Street SE in Hickory was arrested as part of the campaign. She's charged with felony larceny of motor vehicle parts, misdemeanor probation violation, and driving while license revoked. Wilson's bond was set at $10,500 secured. She's scheduled to appear in court July 12.
People who have pending warrants can voluntarily turn themselves in. Anyone who has any information on the location of suspects with pending warrants can contact the 911 Center or utilize Crime Stoppers by calling 828-437-3333, texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS and then texting your tip, or go to www.tipsoft.com and download a free TipSubmit application to submit pictures and videos.
38-year-old Bernard Arnel Patterson of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested Sunday (June 26) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Sunday, at Approximately 1:18 a.m. an Alexander County Deputy was Traveling NC 16 South and spotted a Black Honda Accord with its High Beam Lights on. The Deputy attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. When the Officer activated his blue lights and siren the car turned onto US 64 traveling east. The driver refused to stop for the officer, who then requested assistance from the NC Highway Patrol and Taylorsville City Police.
A short chase ensued East on US 64. The vehicle traveled to McClain Road in Hiddenite where the driver turned in behind a residence. The driver then exited the car and fled on foot. Officers were able to take the suspect into custody. The Suspect was identified as Bernard Arnel Patterson. The Honda Accord was reported Stolen from Florida.
Patterson was placed in jail under $50,000 bond. He's also wanted on several outstanding warrants from North Carolina and Florida. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, June 27).
28-year-old Curtis John Oliver of Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (June 26) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering with larceny, second degree burglary, and possession of burglary tools.
Alexander County Sheriff Deputies responded to an Alarm at 180 Pine Tree Road in Taylorsville Sunday at approximately 8:53 p.m. Upon arrival Officers found Curtis John Oliver hiding near the back porch. Oliver was taken into custody at the scene.
Numerous stolen items were found in Oliver’s pockets. The Sheriff’s Office had been to this same residence earlier in the day when another break-in had occurred. Authorities believe Oliver is responsible for both crimes. Following the arrest, Oliver was placed in jail under $60,000 bond. A first appearance in court was scheduled for today (Monday, June 27). The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible.
23-year-old Kadeem Jamal Albright of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight Friday (June 24) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also arrested on a warrant from the United States Marshals Service for a felony probation violation.
Events leading to Albright’s arrest began as Officers on patrol on 1st Street S.W. passed through the 900 block, where they smelled marijuana. The Officers parked and began to patrol the area on foot. They spotted three men behind an apartment building.
While speaking with one of the men, Kadeem Albright, Police noticed he had an object in his mouth that he was attempting to swallow. The object was 0.3 grams of marijuana and 1.2 grams of crack cocaine.
Albright was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a where he is being held without bond on the Federal Marshal’s warrant. Bond on the other charges was set at $15,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 27) in Newton.
26-year-old Marsha Kay Glazebrook of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 Saturday night (June 25) on a long list of charges. Glazebrook was charged with two probation violations for possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises; three other felony probation violations, one out-of-county felony probation violation, two misdemeanor probation violations, plus a misdemeanor probation violation for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with two counts of failure to appear in connection to drug paraphernalia charges and one count each for failure to appear in connection to felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. The child abuse charge and two of the felony probation violations date back to 2011. The other charges are all in connection to 2015 cases.
Glazebrook has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled for today. She also has a District Court date on July 21 and another Superior Court date on August 25.
Hickory Police are investigating at least nine bomb threats that were called in over the weekend. Three incidents occurred Friday night between 9:20 and 10:10. Three more threats were called in Saturday between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., with one more at about 9 p.m. The last two happened at about 10:15 Saturday night. Those incidents occurred at a large retail store, three grocery stores, three convenience stores and one restaurant.
According to published reports, 75 bomb threats were made over the weekend in Burke and Catawba counties. In a statement posted on its website yesterday (June 26), the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety says it is investigating 46 of those incidents, all of which occurred between Friday and Sunday. It’s not clear if the 75 total bomb threats include the nine Hickory incidents.
Nothing suspicious has been found in connection to any of the incidents and no one has been injured.
Investigations are continuing in multiple jurisdictions.
54-year-old Jeffery Dean Kirby of Sandy Acres Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Kirby was jailed at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
31-year-old Homero Javier Martinez of Parsonville Road in Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with first-degree burglary, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, kidnapping and discharging a firearm into an occupied residence.
Events leading to his arrest began when Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call shortly after 2:38 a.m. on June 24 regarding a break-in in progress at a home on Springfield Drive in Stony Point. Deputies arrived and found that the homeowners had restrained the suspect and were holding him on the floor. Officers took the suspect into custody and identified him as Homero Javier Martinez.
The victims told Police that Martinez had knocked on their door and told the victims that he was stranded and needed a phone. The victims gave the suspect a phone to use. A short time later, Martinez handed the phone back to the victims, pulled a gun and demanded entry into the home. Once inside, Martinez demanded money.
The homeowner grabbed Martinez and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the gun discharged. No one was injured and the homeowner was able to take the gun away from Martinez and hold him on the floor until Police arrived.
Following his arrest, Martinez was given a $250,500 bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 27).
The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible.