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Monday, 12 February 2018 11:27

Card Reader Placed On ATM In Newton

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The Newton Police Department is investigating the placement of a card reader on an ATM at a First Citizens Bank branch. On Sunday (February 11), officers from the Newton Police Department responded to First Citizens Bank located at 11 South College Avenue. in Newton in reference to a fraud. Upon arrival, officers met with a customer who stated that the ATM card reader did not look right when he started to use the ATM. The customer stated he pulled on the plastic housing around the card swipe area when it popped off into his hands. Officers examined the piece that came off and discovered it was a card reader used to capture credit and debit card information when the cards were swiped. The card reader looked identical to the original factory-installed card reader. The customer immediately reported the potential fraud to the bank’s 24 hours security services.

After reporting the fraud to the bank security services, officers received a call from bank security instructing them to check the ATM again for a small camera system. Officers performed a closer check of the ATM and discovered a fake cover had been placed over the area where cash was dispensed. When officers removed the fake cover from the cash dispenser, they discovered a small camera with a battery power supply. The fake cash dispenser cover had a small pin hole on the top which was directly under the key pad of the ATM. This allowed the camera to record the pin number used in correlation with the credit or debit card once the card was inserted in the machine.

Chief Don Brown said in a news release: “First Citizens Bank customers are asked to monitor their bank statements and credit reports for any unauthorized purchases or abnormal charges for the next several months. In general, citizens should inspect all equipment that use credit and debit card readers. Citizens should also monitor their surroundings while performing their transaction. Often times card readers and cameras are placed on ATMs and fuel pumps in an out-of-the-way location. Often scammers place readers on fuel pumps that are on a side that faces away from store employees. Citizens are encouraged to check for tampering by performing a quick visual inspection of the machine and wiggling the area where the card is inserted into the machine. On newer ATMs, check around the check insert area and also around the key pad to ensure no fake pieces have been attached to the machine. If you suspect something unusual about an ATM or other device contact your local law enforcement agency.”

Based on ATM security camera footage, investigators believe the reader was placed on the First Citizens ATM Sunday at 8:32 a.m. The suspect appears to be a black female driving a silver in color mini-van. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Newton Police at 828-465-7430.

Monday, 12 February 2018 10:37

Scott Reilly to File as Candidate for D.A.

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Catawba County resident Scott Reilly announced his intentions to file today (February 12) as a Republican candidate for District Attorney in the 25th Prosecutorial District. The district currently includes all of Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties. A reception was planned this evening at the Blue Moon Tavern in downtown Newton.

Mr. Reilly is an attorney, small business owner and former prosecutor. He started his legal career in 1989 as an assistant district attorney focused on prosecuting sex offenders. In 1994, Mr. Reilly opened a private law practice in Newton, concentrating on criminal cases. He has personally tried more than 250 jury trials.

Mr. Reilly earned his undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and completed his law degree at Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He lives in Conover with his wife, Beth, and their children.

For more information, visit or follow the campaign on Facebook.

Monday, 12 February 2018 09:48

Stolen Vehicle Charge Filed Against Lenoir Man

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27-year-old Tyler Keith Killian of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Killian was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).

Michelle Morgan has announced her candidacy for the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.

Ms. Morgan is a longtime resident of Catawba County and a Development Specialist for Women’s Resource Center. She volunteers her time as a court-appointed child advocate with the Catawba Valley Guardian Ad Litem Association and has served on several area boards, including the Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory Community Theatre and the Guardian Ad Litem Association.

Ms. Morgan and her husband, Bill Morgan, live in Hickory. She has one daughter, Sydney, who was raised in Catawba County and now lives in New York City.

34-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of SE Hibriten Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (February 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Bolick is charged with failure to appear on a count of felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Bolick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 12) and a Superior Court appearance is set for March 5.

Monday, 12 February 2018 05:51

Filing Period For 2018 Election Opens Today

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Filing for some of the races in the 2018 election begins at 12 noon today (February 12) and ends at 12 noon on February 28. Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, May 8, with the general election on Tuesday, November 6.

Candidates can file in various races around the Hickory Metro. For specifics on what seats are available in the 2018 election, you can contact your local Board of Elections or go to their website. There will be additional filing later in the year, In Catawba County, for example, candidates will file for some races in June.

Monday, 12 February 2018 05:37

Morganton Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offense

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35-year-old Patricia Gail Brookshire of U.S. 70 West in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (February 8) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear.

Last Thursday, investigators with the Burke County Narcotics Task Force (BCNTF) along with Burke County Sheriff's Office Deputies went to 1986 U.S. 70 West, Morganton, to follow up on an anonymous tip. While on the scene, officers located Patricia Gail Brookshire who was in possession of two glass smoking pipes, powder residue, digital scales, and a syringe containing methamphetamine.

Brookshire was taken into custody and transported to the Burke County Magistrates Office on an outstanding Order for Arrest out of Caldwell County, she was also charged with the drug offense. Brookshire received a $5,500 secured bond and was transported to Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. A court appearance is scheduled Tuesday (February 13).

Monday, 12 February 2018 05:35

Catawba County Man Charged In Fatal Weekend Crash

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55-year-old Jeffrey Blain Bumgarner of NC Highway 10 West in Hickory was arrested Saturday (February 10) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, failure to reduce speed, and hit and run, leave the scene with property damage.

Saturday at approximately 8:30 a.m., Hickory Police responded to the 3100 block of Hwy 70 SE in reference to a hit and run crash with injuries. Once on the scene, the driver of the vehicle, 58-year-old Charles Thomas Shook Jr. of Newton, was pronounced deceased by Catawba County EMS.

The suspect vehicle and driver were located nearby. The suspect was identified as Jeffrey Blain Bumgarner. Following his arrest, Bumgarner was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).

42-year-old Jarrett Lee Francis of Pleasant View Drive in Bostic was arrested Sunday (February 11) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin. Francis was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).

Two suspects have been charged in connection to a reported attempted robbery during which one person was killed. The person killed was also allegedly involved in the robbery attempt. That individual’s name has been released, it is 17-year-old Shane Cauthen of Lincolnton.

As WHKY previously reported, at approximately 6:10 p.m. Wednesday (February 7) the Catawba County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting call in the area of Startown Road and Blackburn Bridge Road. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway along with a person who had been shot. The man was transported to CMC Lincoln.

Investigators learned that the shooting occurred at a residence in the 4000 Block of Fairview Drive near Maiden. After interviewing several individuals, investigators learned that there was an exchange of gunfire at the residence. Officers found out that the person shot was a 17-year-old resident of Lincolnton. Cauthen was later pronounced deceased at CMC Lincoln.

According to a news release issued Friday (February 9) by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, after witness statements and evidence found at the scene investigators determined that the three suspects, Cauthen, 16-year-old Dylan Lee Gates and 22-year-old Cory Aaron Ingram, all of Lincolnton, attempted to rob a person that lived at the residence on Fairview Drive. During the robbery attempt there was an exchange of gunfire and Cauthen was shot.

On Friday the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gates and Ingram and charged them both with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. They were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. They will have first appearances in District Court Monday (February 12) in Newton.

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