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36-year-old Michael Andrew Driver of 17th Street Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Monday (February 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor driving while impaired.

Driver was arrested Monday afternoon at an address on Highway 70 SW in Hickory. Following the arrest, he was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 21).

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 06:16

Felony Forgery Charges Lodged Against Lenoir Man

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27-year-old William Eric Clark Jr. of Sheely Road in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (February 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, and obtaining property by false pretense. Clark was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for March 13.

47-year-old Cathy Diane Elders of Park Lane in Newton was arrested last Friday (February 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony flee to elude arrest and driving while impaired. Elders was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $30,000 secured bond. She has District Court dates March 13 and April 20.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 05:40

NCDOJ Reports New Method Being Used By IRS Scammers

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The North Carolina Department of Justice reports there's a new twist on an IRS scam.

Many residents of North Carolina have received the call, which is a recorded message from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service or Treasury Department. The caller threatens you with arrest if back taxes are not paid immediately. If you return the call you’ll be instructed to use a money order, wire transfer or prepaid debit card, perhaps even an iTunes gift card, to send your payment. Sometimes the scam message is delivered by email instead of by phone.

Now the scammers are searching for potential victims via a new route: texts. The message begins “WARNING: Criminal Investigation Unit of the I.R.S. is filing lawsuit against you…”. It includes a phone number to call for more information, and continues “This is your last chance… arrest warrant will be forwarded to local police…”.

Regardless of which method scammers use to try to scare you into paying money you don’t owe, remember: government agencies like the I.R.S. would never threaten you with immediate arrest, or demand that you make payment using iTunes gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers.

If you are contacted by an IRS scammer, you can report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online. If you think you may have been a victim of an IRS scammer, file a report with the real I.R.S.

20-year-old J’Shaun Emanuel Steele of North Mulberry Street and 22-year-old Steven James Morrison of Freedom Park Drive, both from Statesville, were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with single counts of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, misdemeanor larceny, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, and felony obtaining property by false pretenses.  

Last Thursday (February 16) the Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a witness who stated that there were two subjects stealing a vehicle that was parked at 159 Third Creek Road in Statesville. Upon arrival Deputies found J’Shaun Emanuel Steele and Steven James Morrison, driving a white Chevrolet pickup truck while in the act of stealing a 1992 Mitsubishi pickup truck. The two subjects had tied a heavy rope from their vehicle to the Mitsubishi truck, and were pulling the vehicle from the residence to the street. The men were detained by officers.
    
During the investigation it was determined that the two men were also identified as the two suspects who had broken into a residence on February 14. The suspects reportedly admitted to that break-in. They said they had sold the stolen items to scrap yard.

Steele's bond was set at $6,000 secured. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for March 6. Morrison's bond was set at $5,000 secured. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for March 8.

31-year-old Johnathan Andrew Mayfield of Laurel Street in Valdese was arrested Monday (February 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of uttering a forged instrument and forgery of an endorsement, along with single felony counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. Mayfield was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 21).

47-year-old Rhonda J. Teague of Lanes Road in Vale was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Teague was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Tuesday, February 21) under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 04:33

Heroin Charges Filed Against Conover Woman

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32-year-old Angela Michelle Sullivan of Section House Road in Conover was arrested Monday (February 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with three counts apiece of the sale of heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Sullivan was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 21).

Monday, 20 February 2017 18:20

Authorities Seek Runaway 14-Year-Old

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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance is locating 14-year-old Madison Gilliland.

Ms. Gilliand is 5’3” tall, weighing 115 pounds.  She has green eyes and brown hair.  She was last seen wearing a camo-colored jacket, blue jeans and survivor boots.  

Ms. Gilliland is considered a runaway juvenile and authorities believe she ran away voluntarily.  At this time, authorities do not believe she is in danger.  Ms. Gilliland is believed to be in the area of McDowell and Buncombe counties.   

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Madison Gilliland should contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.

According to published reports statewide, The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, who is assisting in the investigation, says they were contacted regarding a man allegedly soliciting someone to engage in sex acts with a six-year-old. The SBI located the suspect, who was in possession of child pornography in Catawba County.

According to the published reports, agents realized the suspect was receiving sexually-explicit images from someone a source in South Africa. Homeland Security Investigation agents traced the instant messaging activity and money transfers to a home in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and that information was used to initiate a local investigation.

A 14-year-old girl was found and interviewed by authorities. She said a couple was sexually assaulting her and producing pictures and videos. The woman confessed to her and her husband's involvement in producing child pornography and sexually assaulting the child.

The 14-year-old girl and her two younger brothers were removed from the home and placed in protective custody. The couple was charged with multiple offenses related to the production of child pornography, sexual assault, rape and child abuse. No names are included in any of the reports on this case.

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