27-year-old Marcus Steven Wilson of Stony Point was arrested last Thursday (February 8) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Wilson was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for March 5.
Several candidates filed for elected office on the first day of filing Monday (February 12). Among those filing were Republicans David Learner and Scott Reilly for District Attorney in the 25th Prosecutorial District. Sherry Butler, Michelle Morgan, and Laci LeBlanc, and Derek Colson filed to run for the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.
Clerk of Superior Court Kim Sigmon filed for re-election. Newton Police Chief Don Brown filed to run for Sheriff as a Republican. State Senator Andy Wells filed for re-election, as did State Representative Mitchell Setzer. Mark Hollo filed to run for State Senate District 42 as a Republican, Democrat Ric Vandett filed for that same seat. Democrat Kim Bost and Republican Taylor Huffman filed for the North Carolina State House District 46 seat currently held by Republican Jay Adams.
In Caldwell County, Sheriff Alan Jones filed for re-election. In Burke County, Steve Whisenant filed to run for re-election as Sheriff. Also in Burke County, Hugh Blackwell filed to run for a sixth term representing the State House in the 86th District, Wayne Abele filed for re-election to the Burke County Board of Commissioners, and Mabel Lowman filed for re-election as Clerk of Superior Court. Jennie Cook has also filed to run for the Burke County Board of Commissioners.
39-year-old John Earley Robinson of 18th Avenue Place NE in Hickory was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation, breaking and entering, resisting a public officer, injury to real property, and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Robinson was jailed this morning (February 13) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today and March 16.
27-year-old Jeremy Neal McDougal of Sebastian Lane in Statesville was arrested Monday (February 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He faces charges from Catawba and Lincoln Counties.
McDougal is charged in Catawba County with felony counts of possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. The misdemeanor charges filed in Catawba County are possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance.
In Lincoln County, McDougal is charged with felony counts of common law robbery and conspiracy, along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
Following the arrest, McDougal was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $57,500 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (February 13) in Catawba County, and this Friday (February 16) and March 26 in Lincoln County.
21-year-old Wesley Thomas Johnson of Taylorsville was arrested last Saturday (February 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Following the arrest, Johnson was placed in jail in Taylorsville under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 5.
49-year-old Angela Darlene Clanton of Taylorsville was arrested last Saturday (February 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Clanton was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. Her next District Court date is March 5.
30-year-old April Elaine Cape of Stony Point was arrested last Tuesday (February 6) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, probation violation, breaking and entering, and larceny. Cape was placed in jail in Taylorsville under $95,000 secured bond. A court date is set for March 6.
46-year-old Jhay Leonard Roland of Merced, California, 25-year-old Donovan Tyrell Lortz of 4th Street S.W. in Hickory and 22-year-old Craig Anthony Ruff of Cranford Drive in Conover were all arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:20 Friday afternoon (February 9).
All three men were charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Roland and Lortz face felony counts of possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Roland was also charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Lortz faces additional charges for possession of a stolen firearm and possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance. Ruff was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, all three suspects were armed with a handgun at the time of their arrests. They were taken into custody without incident at a residence on 4th Street S.E. in Hickory. The three were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Roland set at $200,000, secured. Lortz was given a $150,000 secured bond, and Ruff’s bond was set at $75,000, secured. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (February 12) in Newton.
35-year-old Mark Alan Ramsey of Cordia Circle in Newton was arrested today (February 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Ramsey was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled Tuesday (February 13).
56-year-old Gregory Monroe Austin passed away Saturday, (February 10) at Forsyth Medical Center.
He was an employee of R&L Motors and a longtime fixture at the Hickory Motor Speedway (H.M.S.). Mr. Austin was a winner at the speedway as recently as last year. He competed in the Renegade series and new Smash & Crash events at H.M.S. He was the father of Justin Austin, who has also posted multiple wins at that speedway.
Mr. Austin is survived by his wife (Marche Starnes Austin), his mother, four sons, a daughter, a brother and 11 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Mackie Funeral Home in Granite Falls Thursday night (February 15) from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
24-year-old Hasan Raliek Hopper of Samanthas Wells in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (February 11) on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine; possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony probation violation. Hopper was also two counts of failure to appear on charges of felony possession of cocaine and a felony probation violation.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to Shooters Lounge on 127 South in Mountain View. Officers had received information that a subject with an outstanding warrant was at the business. The suspect, Hasan Hopper was located and taken into custody at 12:34 a.m. Sunday. During the arrest, Police found 3.5 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia on Hopper’s person.
The suspect was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $80,000, secured. Appearances in District & Superior Court were scheduled today, with another Superior Court date coming up on March 22, all in Newton.
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.
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 ElectScottReilly.com or follow the campaign on Facebook.
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).