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23-year-old Jorge Antonio Garcia of 10th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (February 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of second degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Garcia was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 11).

Monday, 11 February 2019 04:47

Missing Hiker Rescued Sunday Afternoon

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A missing hiker was rescued Sunday (February 10). Search crews from Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, along with mutual-aid agencies, successfully located and evacuated 67-year-old Frank Sanady of Charlotte, from the China Creek Trail area at 5:10 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Sanady entered the trail at approximately 12:00 p.m. Saturday (February 9) for a day hike. When Mr. Sanady did not return by early evening, Blowing Rock Emergency Services were notified and launched a search and recovery operation.

Crews worked throughout the night attempting to locate Mr. Sanady. At approximately 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Mr. Sanady, was located by searchers. Mr. Sanady was uninjured but very fatigued.

An investigation is being conducted into the discovery of two bodies in an Alexander County home Saturday (February 9). According to published reports, the incident happened at a home on Mount Wesley Church Road in Stony Point.

It appears the two men were shot and were found at approximately noon when someone went to check on them. Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputies are calling the deaths a double murder. 

 According to reports, the bodies were found in two different places in the house. Deputies say they’ve responded to the home previously due to domestic situations, however, they did not know if this incident is connected in any way. 

Investigators reportedly have leads in this case, but had not arrested any suspects.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 11:59

Update: Missing Hiker Found By Rescue Officials

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According to Watauga County Emergency Management 67-year-old Frank Sanady of Charlotte has been located uninjured. He was in a very rugged area well off the trail.Rescuers were facing challenges due to the weather and terrain.Helicopter extrication is not going to be possible.Updates will be posted when available.

The search was conducted for Sanady on the China Creek Trail in Blowing Rock. He reportedly entered the China Creek Trail at noon Saturday (February 9). China Creek Trail begins at a marked trail head on Laurel Lane in Blowing Rock and descends several hundred feet in elevation, ending on Johns River Road. 

The trail, which is extremely rugged terrain, is located in Pisgah National Forest. Sanady was said to be an experienced hiker and was thought to have some supplies.

Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue, Blowing Rock Police Department, Caldwell Emergency Management, Caldwell County Admin, Collettsville Fire and Rescue, Granite Falls Fire and Rescue, Linville Rescue, US Park Ranger were involved in the search. Linville Rescue provided a K9 team and Granite Falls Fire Department provided a drone, equipped with thermal imaging capabilities.

38-year-old Juan Carnell Miller of Atlanta, Georgia was arrested by Conover Police Wednesday (February 6) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. The Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office also charged Miller with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and resisting a public officer. Miller is wanted by Detectives in the city of Clinton in Hinds County, Mississippi for accessory before the fact to prescription forgery.

Miller was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $45,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on the fugitive warrant yesterday (February 7) with his next court date on the other charges coming up on February 28 in Newton.

32-year-old Matthew Stone Hulett of Highway 73 in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (February 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

According to a news release, the suspect was caught as he tried to haul off a pickup truck load of tools from the Cronland Lumber Yard on Highway 73. Deputies were dispatched to the business around 5:40 p.m. Thursday in response to a breaking and entering in progress. When they arrived on the scene the business owner had the suspect out of his truck and on the ground at gunpoint.

The owner told officers he was pulling into the business when he saw a white pickup truck parked by one of the buildings. He saw the truck try to leave the scene so he turned his vehicle around and accelerated to cut the suspect off before he got to the gate.

He held the man at gunpoint until deputies arrived on the scene. The man, identified as the suspect Hulett, told the owner that he had taken items from one of the buildings and the items were on the back of the truck. The owner said the suspect begged him not to call the police because he had been in prison before.

The tools found in the bed of the truck were valued at more than $3,000 and were returned to the owner. Hulett was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

35-year-old Joannie Waters Stowe was arrested Thursday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony larceny of a financial transaction card. Stowe was arrested shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday. She was not listed as an inmate in Burke County and no court dates were listed.

Friday, 08 February 2019 04:12

Woman Charged With Robbery In Iredell County

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29-year-old Summer Dawn Scott of Chief Thomas Road in Harmony was arrested Tuesday (February 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor injury to real property.

On Sunday, February 3, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to an report of an armed robbery on Starlight Road off of Amity Hill Road. Deputies arrived on scene to find the victim parked on the side of Starlight Road. The victim reported he made arrangements to meet a female friend on Starlight Road.

The victim told authorities that he met with Summer Scott, who got in the vehicle. Scott then directed him where to park. Soon after parking the vehicle, the victim told authorities that two men ran up to the vehicle, broke out the side window and assaulted him at gun point. The suspects stole money and other items from him. Scott left before the deputies arrived.

During the course of the investigation evidence was found linking the victim and the suspect, Summer Scott. Additional evidence obtained during the investigation indicated Scott set up the victim to be robbed. Scott was located and arrested Tuesday. She was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $80,000 dollars secured. This investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

Friday, 08 February 2019 04:00

Tax Season Tips Offered By The NCDOJ

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Tax season is here, and you may be considering hiring a tax preparer to help you file your taxes. Before you do, the North Carolina Department of Justice has some tips to help ensure you’re working with a qualified, legitimate professional, not a scammer.

Verify that your preparer has a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) – without one, they can’t prepare a tax return for a paying client. You can also call the NCDOJ’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM and check with your local Better Business Bureau to see whether the preparer has any previous complaints against them.

Check their credentials. Search through the IRS for preparers who currently have professional credentials recognized by the IRS or who have an Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion. Research the tax preparer’s history. Scammers will often open up a business and claim to be a tax preparer just in time for filing season. Make sure the preparer you’re working with has a credible history.

Avoid tax preparers who are getting paid based on a percentage of your refund, who claim they can get you a larger refund than other tax preparers would be able to, or who want you to pay extra for a guarantee in case of an error on your return. Get estimates and compare costs and services from several tax preparers before you hire one.

Before you submit your return, review it carefully to make sure your preparer hasn’t claimed a credit you’re not actually qualified for. Do not let your tax preparer direct your refund into their bank account. Your refund should go directly to you. Never sign a blank tax return. If you’re working with a paid preparer, they need to sign the tax return as well and including their PTIN.

If you have questions about something a tax preparer tells you about your taxes, check it out. You can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or the NC Department of Revenue at 1-877-252-3052. You can also make a complaint about a tax return preparer online with the IRS, or with the North Carolina Department of Justice at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or at ncdoj.gov/complaint.

If you make $66,000 or less, you can use the IRS’ free tax preparation software. People who earn less than $55,000 or who have disabilities or limited English-speaking skills can also have an IRS-certified volunteer help you prepare your own return. You can find one of these volunteers by using the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tool.

36-year-old Jason Keith Reichard of Peace Haven Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (February 7) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, two counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and single counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, larceny by changing price tag, misdemeanor larceny, and injury to personal property. Reichard was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (February 8) and next Monday (February 11).

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