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23-year-old Brooke Danielle Reed was arrested Monday (November 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Reed was arrested at an address on Burkemont Avenue. She is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County, Reed is scheduled to appear in Superior Court January 3. A January 4 District Court date is listed for a pair of misdemeanor drug charges. 

36-year-old Joshua Alberto Florez was arrested Monday (November 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Florez was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court date is set for January 3.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 06:15

Water Shut Off Due To Water Line Break In Morganton

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City of Morganton workers planned to shut off water service to West Park Drive at 9:30 a.m. today (Tuesday, November 29), to repair a water line break. About 30 customers will be affected. Workers expect to make the repair and have service restored by 1:30 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

Morganton Water Resources Director Brad Boris said the recent waterline breaks are likely being caused by the drought and dry soil. He added that the extremely dry soil has shrunk around water lines and left voids.

The City has approximately 331 miles of water lines in the distribution system, some of which dates back to the early 1900’s. Most of the recent breaks were on old brittle cast iron pipes installed in the 1950’s.

As the area receives more rain, the soil should expand to normal and provide more support for City water lines.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 05:57

Felony Charges Filed Against Lenoir Man

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59-year-old William Keith Sanders of Corner Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony habitual felon counts and one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. Sanders was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 9.

32-year-old Shawncody Lee Hanton of Bethel Road and 32-year-old Richard James Ussery of Oakshire Circle, both from Charlotte, were arrested by Hickory Police at 1:30 a.m. today (November 29). They're each charged with three felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Ussery was also charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor counts of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, he was charged with a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation.

Both suspects were taken into custody early this morning on Highway 321 S.W. in Gastonia. They were locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Hanton's bond was set at $200,000, secured, while Ussery was given a $311,000 secured bond. Both suspects were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today. Ussery has additional court dates on December 5, 14 & 16.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says consumers who plan to shop online over the holidays should take steps to protect their money and personal information.

With more consumers than ever planning to shop online this holiday season, consumers need to be vigilant about problems like fly-by-night websites and phony mobile shopping apps.

In a news release issued by the North Carolina Department of Justice, the Attorney General shared the following tips to help online shoppers avoid frauds and misleading offers:

Shop through sites you know and trust. If you’re not sure about an online shopping site, look into it through the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and your local Better Business Bureau. You can also check online reviews to spot potential problems. Beware of lookalike websites that may pop up online or be included as links in phishing emails.

Look out for fake shopping apps. Many retailers have their own shopping apps, but scammers have also created phony lookalike apps to get access to consumers’ devices. Before you download a shopping app, check reviews, look for typos, and if possible, use a download link available on the retailer’s official website.

Compare prices on your own. If an online shopping site claims to beat competitors’ prices, don’t take their word for it. Compare prices online and at brick-and-mortar stores to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Also, look out for phony products or knock-offs that may be of poorer quality.

Read return policies carefully. Merchants aren’t required by law to accept returns. Some online retailers won’t let you return items in their brick-and-mortar locations, and others charge restocking fees or refuse to process returns on items that have already been opened. Online retailers may also require you to pay shipping fees to return or exchange an item.

Know how to contact the company directly. Get the company’s street address and telephone number and verify them before you order. Be especially careful when shopping overseas sites, since no U.S. or state agency has legal authority over business deals with companies in other countries.

Stick to secure websites. Before you enter any payment information into a website, look for a lock icon and a web address that starts with “https.”

Consider paying by credit card. If your order doesn’t arrive or isn’t what you expected, you can dispute it with your credit card company. If your credit card number gets stolen, federal law limits your liability to $50. Remember that cards with EMV chip technology aren’t more secure when it comes to online shopping.

Steer clear of pop ups. Beware of messages that appear at the end of an online purchase offering discounts on your next purchase. They could trick you into signing up for travel memberships or other services you don’t want with fees that show up later on your credit card or bank statement.

Know when your order is scheduled to arrive. Under the federal Mail or Telephone Order Rule, companies are required to ship your online or catalog order within the time stated. If you aren’t given a delivery date, the company has 30 days once your order is received. If the item doesn’t ship on time, the seller must let you know and allow you to cancel for a full refund.

Require signature for any deliveries. Thieves have been known to follow delivery trucks into neighborhoods and steal packages left on doorsteps. Opt to have your package held at the nearest service location if you expect it to be delivered when you aren’t at home.

Keep records of all online orders. Save information like the product description, price, online receipt, order number and customer service number. Archive any confirmation emails from the company.

Go over your credit card statements. Our office has received complaints from consumers about unauthorized charges billed to their account after they shop online. If you see a charge you didn’t approve, contact your credit card company immediately, request a refund, and ask for a new card.

Keep your identity safe. Guard your Social Security, driver’s license and bank account numbers when you shop online. Only share financial information on secure sites—never by email or through social media. Avoid unsolicited messages that ask for your personal information.

Act immediately if your information is compromised. If you’re notified that your information has been exposed due to a data breach, follow our recommended steps to avoid identity theft.

To check out a company or file a consumer complaint, call the Attorney General’s Office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina. Consumers can also file complaints online and get more holiday shopping tips at ncdoj.gov.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 05:08

Officer Involved Fatal Shooting Under Investigation

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An officer involved shooting in Catawba County that resulted in a fatality is under investigation.

Monday (November 28) at approximately 4:15 p.m., Catawba County Narcotics Investigators were conducting an investigation at the 1100 Block of 15th Street NE in Hickory. Officers came into contact with a person during the investigation and that individual was shot by investigators during the interaction. No other details have been provided regarding the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The man who was shot was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center where he passed away.

The Catawba County Sheriff's Office requested that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations conduct an investigation into the incident. The man who was shot has not been identified, that information would not be released until a positive ID is confirmed with the medical examiner and the man's family is notified.

The SBI is seeking information from any witnesses who have not come forward. If you have information call the SBI at 828-294-2226.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for public’s help in identifying two black females who stole money from check-out registers at the Walmart store at 7131 N.C. Highway 73 in Denver.

Investigating Officer Detective Greg Hager was told by store security that two females came into the store Saturday (November 26) at about 10:30 p.m. and were hanging around the front of the store. They then pretended to check out several clothing items, but were using that as cover as they broke into registers eight and nine.

The suspects walked out of the store, got into a dark-colored, four-door car and left the parking lot. The two women got away with more than $1,700. They may have also been involved in other thefts in the surrounding area.

Anyone with information should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. A Crime Stoppers tip leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

30-year-old Eric Todd Driggers of Gold Creek Bay and 22-year-old Kelly Ann Davis of 24th Street N.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police late Thanksgiving night (November 24). Driggers was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Davis was arrested on outstanding warrants for two counts of shoplifting and one count of failure to appear.

They were arrested after Police responded to the parking lot at McDonald’s on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. In the vehicle were a male driver and Kelly Davis, who was a rear passenger. As Officers spoke to the two occupants, Eric Driggers approached the vehicle.

Police found the outstanding warrants for Davis’ arrest. They also saw a glass pipe in the passenger side door, where Driggers had been seated. A subsequent search turned up a syringe containing 0.1 grams of methamphetamine under the front passenger seat.

Driggers and Davis were taken into the custody. The driver was not charged. Both subjects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Driggers set at $4,000, secured, while Davis was given a $10,000 secured bond. Driggers was due in court today (November 28). Davis has an appearance scheduled for January 12.

48-year-old Charles Raymond Woods of Valerie Drive in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of felony larceny and felony obtaining property by false pretense.

A press release issued today (November 28) states that Woods’ arrest stems from a case in which a piece of jewelry was taken from an elderly victim. Lincolnton Police Detective Tony Potts investigated and found that Woods had pawned the jewelry at a local pawnshop.

Woods was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. He made a first appearance in court on November 21 with his next appearance in Lincoln County District Court coming up on December 13.

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