24-year-old Benjamin Lee Crews of Second Avenue Southeast, Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police Officers Thursday (December 25). Police charged Crews with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and parole violation. Following the arrest, Crews was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond, a court date is set for January 28.
26-year-old Caleb Gene Rogers of Dragstrip Road, Hudson, was arrested on Christmas Day by Hickory Police Officers. The charges filed against Rogers are larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and or entering, larceny of a firearm, and larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Rogers was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond, he’ll make his first appearance in court January 5.
38-year-old Corey Terrill Tate was arrested Tuesday (December 23) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with one felony count of probation violation. Following the arrest, Tate was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for February 2.
There are several scams targeting people in our area at this time. Typically, but not always, the scammers go after senior citizens who are unsuspecting of the callers that are promising a big return for a little amount of money. According to a news release issued by the Morganton Department of Public Safety, these current scams include but are not limited to:
Green Dot Card Scams - Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reloadable debit cards, available everywhere and you can use them to pay your phone, cable or credit card bill. They're typically for people who don't have, or want bank accounts. The scammers like these cards because they're more convenient than a money wire and are untraceable. These scammers call and report that they are a debit collection service that is owed money. They will use scare tactics such as threating to call law enforcement to your home or workplace, send a warrant for arrest, and have you placed in jail. Green Dot MoneyPAk cards do serve a purpose but never share this number with anyone because they will have instant access to the money on the card.
Lottery Scams - These scams are calls from various area codes including (909) and (876) which are the area codes for Jamaica. The scams involve the callers/scammers requesting you to pay the taxes and fees for the lottery you have won so that you can claim your prize. The scammers often request you to obtain a prepaid card or complete a wire transfer to pay them the money. The scammers will often scam the victim multiple times during the scam. Some of these scammers will also threaten arrest or violence if the money is not sent.
Romance Scams - Scammers are targeting single men and women who are searching for love online. These scammers often target older individuals who have lost loved ones by checking local obituaries. These scammers befriend the person and pursue relationships online with them. Once trust and feelings are developed, they convince the victim to send them money often empting their bank accounts. These suspects are typically from areas outside of the United States.
Bank Accounts/Credit Cards - Scammers are calling, emailing, and text messaging victims and claiming to be from their bank or Credit Card Company. The scammers ask the victims to verify their account information. If you receive a call, text, or email from someone asking for your personal information, do not reply and call your bank or credit card company. Do not rely on the phone numbers you are given by the scammer. Call your bank yourself or call the number on the back of your credit card.
The best weapon against these crimes is education. The more people that are educated in the ways the scams work, the harder it is for the scammers to make money and the more scammers can be put out of business. People should pass this information along to relatives and friends that could be potential victims so that they can prevent these types of crimes from occurring. If you have been a victim of these types of scams, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
24-year-old Scott David Woods of Gaymont Circle, Statesville, was arrested Tuesday (December 23). According to records on file at the Catawba County Detention Facility, Woods is charged with failure to appear in court on counts of carrying a concealed gun and carrying a concealed weapon. Following the arrest, Woods was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $1,500 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for January 26.
43-year-old Daniel Richard Tutty of Powerline Drive, Newton, was arrested Tuesday (December 23) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with one count of statutory rape. Following Tuesday’s arrest, Tutty was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $290,000 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (December 29).
31-year-old Sharia Dannette Hoover of 2nd Avenue Southeast, Hickory, was arrested Tuesday (December 23) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of schedule two controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule six controlled substance. Following the arrest, Hoover was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for January 16.
Governor Pat McCrory has appointed attorney Todd Pomeroy as Superior Court judge for Cleveland and Lincoln counties. Pomeroy will fill the vacancy of Superior Court Judge James W. Morgan in District 27B who will retire on December 31, 2014. Pomeroy is a partner in the Jonas Law Firm based in Lincolnton. He worked at the firm as a law clerk in the summer of 1995 while still attending law school. He was hired as an associate attorney by the firm in 1996 and was made partner in January 2000. During his time at the Jonas Law Firm, he has represented clients in more than 100 jury trials. Pomeroy received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1993 and in 1996 earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
55-year-old Rex Wayne Harmon of Elk Park and 67-year-old Bill Homer Watson of Lenoir were arrested by Lenoir Police Officers. They’re each charged with four counts of trafficking in heroin or opium, and single counts of trafficking by transportation, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. In November 2013 the Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip that Bill Watson was selling drugs from his mobile home at 416 Nuway Cir. Lot 8 Lenoir. During the investigation and surveillance of the residence Rex Wayne Harmon was seen leaving Watson’s residence. Harmon’s vehicle was stopped for an expired tag. During the traffic stop Harmon gave consent for officers to search his vehicle. During the search seventy 30mg Oxycodone pills and $242.00 in US currency were located. Harmon advised he bought the pills from Bill Watson. The pills were valued at $2,100.00. Harmon was arrested and charged with 1 count of Trafficking in Heroin or Opium, and 1count of Trafficking by Transportation. He received a $20,000.00 secured bond. His initial court date was scheduled for last Wednesday in Caldwell County District Court. Last Wednesday a search warrant was served on 416 Nuway Cir. Lot 8 Lenoir, NC. During the search, Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Investigators found one hundred six 30mg Oxycodone pills and two 15mg Oxycodone pills. Investigators also found $20,541.00 in US currency, a sawed off shotgun, and three quarts of moonshine. The pills were valued at $3,000.00. Watson was arrested on Monday and was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $125,000. 00 secured bond. His initial court date is scheduled for next Monday. More charges may be forth coming in the future. This investigation was the direct result of community complaints. Anyone with information relating to this or any other crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.
44-year-old Michael Devonne Dixon of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested Friday morning (December 19) by Hickory Police on felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dixon was taken into custody at his residence without incident at about 11:30 a.m. Friday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for January 5 in Newton.