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45-year-old Marty Baird Peters was arrested today (Tuesday, September 20) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape and first-degree sex offense. Peters was placed in jail in Morganton under $250,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for October 24.

31-year-old Matthew Neil Brown of 4th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:25 yesterday afternoon (September 19) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property.

Brown was taken into custody without incident at his residence. No details are available, but he was in possession of a 2005 Kawasaki ZG1000 motorcycle at the time of his arrest. The suspect was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for today in Newton.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:34

Multiple Drug Charges Filed Against Lenoir Man

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37-year-old Christopher Scott Haas of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to appear on a count of nonsupport. Haas was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond and $2,986 cash bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 31.

Hickory Police are investigating a robbery early Monday morning (September 19) at Catawba Valley Eye & Contact on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont.

The robbery occurred shortly before 1 a.m. after the business-owner’s daughter spoke to an acquaintance at another nearby business. That person and two others apparently followed the victim, a 41-year-old Hickory woman, to Catawba Valley Eye where she and her son had gone to retrieve some personal property that was stored there.

One of the suspects displayed a handgun. The suspects took prescription medication, keys, two cell phones & cases, a purse, a wallet, cash, a debit card, credit cards and other personal effects. In all, property loss was estimated at $4,326.

No injuries were reported.

A warrant has been issued for one suspect’s arrest. The investigation is ongoing.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 10:05

Hudson Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offenses

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58-year-old Eileen Kaye Willis of Carefree Court in Hudson was arrested Monday (September 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Willis was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court Date is scheduled for October 31.

34-year-old Adrian Eric Rodriguez was arrested Monday (September 19) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Rodriguez was placed in jail in Morganton under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 20). 

31-year-old Amber Bowman Greene of Hubert Park Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested Saturday (September 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with larceny of a firearm, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of a stolen firearm. Greene was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (September 19).

39-year-old Mickey Joe Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation, identity theft, and attempt to obtain property by false pretense. Calloway was incarcerated this morning (Tuesday, September 20) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (September 22) and a Superior Court date is set for next Monday (September 26).

Report gas prices that seem unreasonably high, Attorney General Roy Cooper urged North Carolina consumers Monday (September 19).

North Carolina’s law against price gouging is currently in effect due to limited supplies of gasoline caused by a leak in a pipeline that carries gas from the Gulf Coast to North Carolina and other southeastern states.

As of mid-day Monday, more than 400 consumers had filed complaints online or via a toll-free hotline to report potential gas price gouging to Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division.

Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis—is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor.  The law applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.

The price gouging law is currently in effect due to a market disruption for gasoline declared late Friday. How does the law define price gouging? North Carolina law defines price gouging as charging “a price that is unreasonably excessive under the circumstances.” There is no set price or percentage increase defined in the law so the law can apply to different products and services in times of crisis. In this case, the law has in effect specifically to prevent gas price gouging. If a gas price looks excessive, report it and we will look into it.

You can report price gouging three ways: File a complaint online at ncdoj.gov. Mail us a complaint to: Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General's Office, Mail Service Center 9001,   Raleigh, NC 27699-9001, or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll-free within North Carolina) or 919-716-6000.

It’s helpful if you can provide receipts if you purchased gas, or photos of gas station price signs you spot.

Our Consumer Protection Division follows up on complaints of potential price gouging to determine if the law has been violated. We use information provided by consumers, including first-hand reports, receipts, and photos of gas station price signs. We contact gas stations about reports we get and also look at the costs gas stations are charged by their suppliers.

Price gougers can face fines of up to $5,000 for each violation under North Carolina law. According to our state Constitution, all fines go to support the public schools. We also try to win refunds for consumers whenever possible.

In 2008, North Carolina faced a similar gas crisis when Gulf Coast refineries shut down. With the price gouging law in effect, Cooper took action and won $71,000 in consumer refunds, energy assistance and fines from 14 gas stations.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 04:51

Man Drowns In Lake Rhodhiss

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A man reportedly drowned in Lake Rhodhiss in Caldwell County late in the day on Monday (September 19). According to various published reports, rescue workers responded after they received a report of the possible drowning at approximately 6 p.m. yesterday. The man reportedly drowned near the Lake Rhodhiss Dam. The body of the victim, whose name was not released, was found near the shore. One published report says the victim was in his 50s. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

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