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44-year-old Franklin Donald Cummings was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on February 23 and charged with failure to notify authorities of a change of online identifier. He’s accused of using a false name on social media. Registered sex offenders in North Carolina are required to report any online identifier the offender uses or intends to use. An online identifier is defined as an electronic mail address, instant message screen name, user ID, chat or other Internet communication name.

Cummings is on the sex offender registry as the result of a Catawba County conviction in May of 2000 on multiple counts of indecent liberties with a minor. The offenses occurred in November of 1998. He was imprisoned until September of 2001.

While attempting to verify Cumming’s online identifiers, Deputies discovered that Cummings was using the name, “Elkana Ben Avraham.” As a result of the investigation, Cummings was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 2).

29-year-old Dustin Rick Durham was arrested Sunday (March 1) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Durham was placed in jail under $30,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 2). 

25-year-old Mason Gene Melton was arrested Saturday (February 28) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Melton was incarcerated under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 2.)

Monday, 02 March 2015 09:14

Weekend Fire Claims Life Of Navy Veteran

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A weekend fire at a home in Valdese claimed the life of a veteran and resulted in serious injuries to two others. Carl Peterson, a U.S. Navy veteran from the Vietnam era was killed in the Saturday morning fire at 1636 Berrytown Street in Valdese. Peterson's age has not been released. According to the Triple Community Fire Department, Mr. Peterson's wife, Odessa Peterson, and sister-in-law, Sarah Johnson, were airlifted to hospitals in Spartanburg and Winston-Salem respectively.

Triple Community Firefighters responded to the fire Saturday morning. When they arrived, they found a single-story residential building leaking smoke from eves and windows. Reports say that there were three victims still inside the home at the time of the call. When firefighters arrived, they immediately began rescue efforts. Reports say by this time, flames were coming from the front door and window. While one crew worked to contain the fire, another crew entered through a bedroom window and rescued two female victims.

The fire was quickly brought under control. The two women were transported to a local hospital, Mr. Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene. The report from the Triple Community Fire Department says there was no evidence of working smoke alarms in the home.

The conditions of the two women was unknown, the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation. In addition to Triple Community Fire Department, Burke County EMS, the Drexel Fire Department, Burke County Rescue Squad, Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office and Sheriff’s Office, and SBI responded.

38-year-old Heath Lee Simmons of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Simmons was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $45,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for today.

Monday, 02 March 2015 05:39

Lenoir Man Charged With Breaking Into Vehicle

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45-year-old Darrell Eric Corpening of NW Scroggs Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of breaking or enter a motor vehicle, and single misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Corpening was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond.

33-year-old Timothy Wayne Trivette of Springdale Drive in Newton was arrested Saturday (February 28) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and or entering, felony possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor probation violation out of county, shoplifting with concealment of goods, and first degree trespassing. Following the arrest, Trivette was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $32,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 2).

39-year-old Leonard Patrick Ramsey Jr. of Zebell Street in Nebo was arrested Sunday (March 1) by McDowell County Sheriff's Officers and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Ramsey is accused of shooting his son, 20-year-old Leonard Patrick Ramsey III, of the same residence on Zebell Street, in both arms with a shotgun during a dispute at their house shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday. The victim was taken to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville for treatment of his injuries.

24-year-old Jacob Michael Crisco of 4th Street Place SE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (March 1) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with first degree sexual offense. Following the arrest, Crisco was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $70,000 bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 2).

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