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Monday, 22 May 2017 03:54

Claremont Man Arrested On Weapons Charges

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24-year-old Bradley Michael Swink of Chevy Drive in Claremont was arrested Saturday (May 20) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Swink was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (May 22).

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Caldwell County, 73-year-old Raymond Arthur Stewart.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Stewart, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Raymond Arthur Stewart is a black male, 6' 4", 160 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen at 2701 Sparks Drive in Hudson. The vehicle involved is described as a Burgundy 1997 Ford F150 with a North Carolina license tag reading PBN3832.

Anyone with information about Raymond Arthur Stewart should call Detective Dupell at the Caldwell County Sheriffs Office at 828-758-2324.

21-year-old Austin Tyler Cotton of Sanford, N.C. has been arrested by Boone Police on a charge of misdemeanor breaking & entering.  

According to a press release issued today (May 19) by the Boone Police Department, shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, Officers responded to a reported home invasion on Green Street in Boone.  On the scene, Officers found a man suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  

Following an investigation, Cotton was arrested and charged.  He was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was given a $5,000 unsecured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court in Boone on June 2.

Investigators and the District Attorney’s Office are continuing to collaborate on the investigation.

United Church Homes & Services (UCHS) Board Chairman Ray Deal recognized UCHS President & CEO Lee Syria for 20 years of service to the organization at the Spring Board Retreat.

Syria began her career with Abernethy Laurels, a UCHS senior living community, in 1997 as Personnel Manager.  In 2000, she became Vice President of Human Resources for UCHS and in 2008 she was selected Senior Vice President of Operations.  Syria was named the organization’s first female President & CEO in 2012.  

Syria holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University and Appalachian State University.  Syria is a licensed nursing home administrator in North Carolina and Virginia.  She serves on a number of Boards of Directors, including the board for the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.

UCHS serves over 2300 senior adults annually and employs approximately 850 team members at 11 locations across North Carolina and Virginia.

50-year-old Kelly Jean Berry of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 19) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested in connection to an incident that was reported on April 6 of this year.  The victim told Police that a male suspect, Harold Edward Berry, failed to return a chainsaw.  Officers learned that Kelly Jean Berry pawned the chainsaw on March 29.  Warrants were issued for both suspects.  Kelly Berry was initially arrested on May 1.  Warrants for Harold Berry are still outstanding.

Kelly Berry was taken into custody without incident shortly after 3 a.m. today on 13th Avenue Drive S.E., a few blocks off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured.  An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

24-year-old Adam Kyle Ramsey of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:40 last night (May 18) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

He was arrested after Hickory Police conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 127 and 1st Avenue S.E.  The 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo was driven by Adam Ramsey.  Officers reportedly found two grams of methamphetamine on Ramsey’s person.

Ramsey was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

32-year-old Cory Andrew “Lucky” Hartness of Weidner Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (May 18) on one felony count each of possession of a counterfeit instrument and uttering a counterfeit instrument, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to Kickback Jacks on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in reference to a subject passing counterfeit money at the restaurant.  The suspect, Cory Hartness, was arrested on the scene.  During the booking process, two Xanax pills were found on his person.

Hartness was taken into custody without incident at about 11:35 last night.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,500, secured.  He’ll make a first appearance in District Court Monday (May 22) in Newton.

55-year-old Ellis Eugene Anderson of Oxford School Road in Catawba was arrested today (Friday, May 19) by Conover Police Officers.

He's charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance along with single counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, fictitious or altered title, registration card, or tag, no liability insurance, and driving a motor vehicle with no registration.

Anderson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

34-year-old Jeremy Wayne Miller was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with five counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a child.

On February 15, 2017, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to child pornography. The report was assigned to Detective Patrick Dixson of the Special Victim’s Unit. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a cyber-tip which stated that Jeremy Wayne Miller, had several files of what was believed to be child pornography saved in an account.

Detectives reviewed the files and verified that they did, in fact, contain child pornography. A search warrant was obtained for Miller’s Dropbox account. The search resulted in the discovery of hundreds of files of child pornography. Iredell Sheriff Detectives, the NC SBI Computer Crimes Unit, and Homeland Security then searched the residence of Miller and gathered further evidence.

Miller's bond was set at $100,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 9.

Friday, 19 May 2017 05:41

NCDOJ Warns Of Scam Targeting Veterans

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The North Carolina Department of Justice is warning citizens of a scam that targets veterans.

According to a news release issued this week, this scam exploits the Veterans Choice Program, a government initiative that allows some vets to use health care providers outside the VA system. The program has a toll-free telephone number that vets and their families can use to check their eligibility. Crooks have set up a telephone number that is almost identical, which they are publicizing in a letter to veterans.

Vets who call the fake number are told they are entitled to a rebate if they provide a credit card number. There’s no rebate, but charges will be made against the credit card account. The family of a North Carolina veteran received the letter and contacted the NCDOJ about this scam. Fortunately they did not fall for it.

Scammers commonly utilize look-alikes (logos and fonts that are similar to those used by real companies, agencies, and charities) and sound-alikes (names that are similar to the real thing) to trick us. In this instance, the “hook” is a telephone number that is very close to the actual number.

If you are a vet, or you are helping a vet access health care, remember:

Dial carefully. The real Veterans Choice Program number is 866-606-8198.

If you are not sure you are on the line with the actual Veterans Choice Program, hang up and start over.

Be skeptical. No government agency, including the VA, will ask for your personal financial account information in this way. If the person on the phone does, they may not be who they say they are.

If you are contacted by a scammer, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online.


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