27-year-old James Edward Glover, Jr. of Avalon Avenue in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 a.m. yesterday (December 12) on outstanding felony warrants for assault with a deadly with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and the sale of cocaine. The warrants were issued on December 3 and September 28 of this year. He also faces charges on two additional counts for the sale of cocaine and three counts of maintaining a place for a controlled substance.
Glover was taken into custody without incident on the 3rd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $60,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton with a District Court date set for January 9 in Charlotte on the assault and firearms charges.
19-year-old Lance Vaughn Alton of Panoramic Lane in Denver was arrested last Saturday (December 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. As we reported yesterday (Monday, December 12) on WHKY, he was charged with multiple offenses in Iredell County and is also charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle in Lincoln County.
The vehicle was stolen from an automotive repair business on Highway 150 East on Friday (December 9). Alton was charged in connection to the theft of a truck that had been left at the business for repair. The vehicle was recovered when Iredell County deputies were dispatched to a call south of Troutman where multiple vehicles were broken into. A deputy saw the pickup truck matching the description of a vehicle in the area of the crime scene and attempted to stop the truck.
Alton pulled into a wooded area and fled on foot. He was identified by a passenger in the truck. Alton was located and taken into custody. Alton's bond in Iredell County was set at $55,000 secured. He has an appearance scheduled in Lincoln County District Court Wednesday (December 14).
46-year-old Gary Lynn Overcash, Jr. of Statesville has been identified as the suspect in connection to the December 11 robbery of the Denver Mart on Highway 16 North in Denver. The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for Overcash’s arrest on one count of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. As of this morning (December 13), Overcash had not been apprehended and is believed to be in the Statesville area.
Overcash was identified as the result of a tip from the Mooresville Police Department after an Officer recognized Overcash from surveillance photos that were distributed Saturday morning.
Overcash allegedly took $109 from the cash register at the Denver Mart. During the robbery, the suspect had his hand in his pocket and told the clerk he had a gun. He then fled the scene toward Highway 16.
Overcash also faces a number of additional charges in Iredell County, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, fleeing a law enforcement officer to elude arrest, attempted common law robbery, larceny, communicating threats and traffic violations.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gary Lynn Overcash, Jr. should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
30-year-old William Lee Foster of Lee Mull Road on Highway 18 in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 last night (December 12) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
He was arrested after Police stopped a white 2013 Ford Escape for taillights that weren’t working. The driver, William Lee Foster, pulled over in the parking lot at the Verizon store on Highway 70 S.E.
Officers ran the VIN number and learned that the Mocksville Police Department in Davie County had reported the Ford stolen. Foster was taken into custody without incident.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
30-year-old Justin Lee Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested today (Tuesday, December 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and two counts of failure to appear. Calloway was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,500 bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court January 19 and Superior Court January 23.
52-year-old Larry Gene Johnson was arrested Monday (December 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Johnson was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (December 14).
Granite Falls Man Charged With Indecent Liberties After Inappropriate Photos Reportedly Found On PhoneWritten by Rob Eastwood
34-year-old Michael Lee Dula of Midas Bolick Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a minor and second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
The arrest was made after confidential information was received that Dula had inappropriate photographs and videos of underage girls stored on his mobile device. It is unclear at this point how or if Dula knows the girls in the photos and videos.
Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. No court date was listed. The investigation is ongoing.
The North Carolina Department of Justice is warning consumers who shop for holiday gifts online that there is a new phishing scam devised to obtain your personal information. The flim-flam is conducted by the scammers using e-mail.
These holiday phishing e-mails claim to come from shippers like Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service, and the subject lines say there’s been a problem delivering a package to your home. The e-mail may ask you to click a link for more information or download a form to pick up your package. But the message actually contains malware or ransomware that can give criminals access to your personal information and your money.
Thieves are counting on you being distracted by the holiday shopping season. To avoid falling victim to this phishing scam the following tips are offered by NCDOJ:
Be cautious if you receive a delivery notice for a package you don’t remember ordering.
Don’t click links or download attachments from unfamiliar or unsolicited emails.
Check delivery emails carefully to make sure they’re legitimate. If you find mistakes in your name, the company information, or company website, don’t click on the message and delete it immediately.
If you have questions about a real package, check shipping information on the website you ordered from or contact the shipper directly using their official phone number.
If you think you’ve become the target of a phishing scam, report it to the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.
42-year-old Joel Kenneth Schutt of Bush Drive in Conover was arrested Monday (December 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of kidnapping, breaking and entering, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Schutt was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Tuesday, December 13).
48-year-old Tracy Lloyd Lail of Reid Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a coin or currency machine. Lail was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, December 13).
31-year-old Benjamin Troy Sims of Hillside Drive in Newton was arrested Monday (December 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of kidnapping and breaking and entering along with misdemeanor counts of assault inflicting serious injury and carrying a concealed gun. Sims was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,750 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Tuesday, December 13), and February 10.
A Catawba County man received 90 days jail time and a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges connected with a wreck that claimed the lives of two teenagers.
20-year-old Jacob Dalton Turner of Claremont pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (December 12).
Turner entered the plea in connection to the October 2014 traffic deaths of Alec Calvin Sigmon and Justin Michael Turner, a pair of 15-year-old high school sophomores. They were both ejected from the vehicle driven by Turner and killed as a result of a high-speed, single-vehicle crash.
The sentence was left to the discretion of the Honorable Mark E. Klass, Superior Court Judge from Davidson County, and he imposed a suspended sentence of 29 to 54 months for Turner, requiring that he serve 36 months of supervised probation. The defendant also must spend 90 days in jail, served at the discretion of his probation officer, and he cannot drive for a period of two years. In addition, Judge Klass ordered that Turner speak to high school students about the consequences of speeding and reckless driving.
Jacob Turner briefly addressed the families of Alec Sigmon and Justin Turner, saying, “I am very sorry for the things I have put you through. I’ve had a hard time dealing with the consequences.”
Investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol showed that Jacob Turner was driving a 2002 Mercedes Benz C-240 at a speed in excess of 90 mph when the vehicle went off the side of Riverbend Road, struck a ditch culvert and went airborne. The vehicle landed 72 feet and continued to travel out of control down an embankment, striking several trees and ejecting Sigmon and Justin Turner from the rear passenger area of the vehicle.
Seventeen-year-old Jessica Joy Sigmon and Chloe Allison Cordell also were injured in the crash. Cordell’s injuries required her to be taken to Wake Forest Baptist Regional Medical Center for extensive care.
Family members for both Alec Sigmon and Justin Turner addressed the court about the impact the defendant’s actions had on their lives. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles also read statements from Jessica Sigmon and Cordell regarding the fatal crash and how losing a brother and a friend had affected them.
Troopers J.D. Connor, K.W. Stewart and D.E. Souther led the investigation for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Lance Sigmon and Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
42-year-old Marya Hudson Kirby of 4th Street S.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:50 Saturday night (December 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass. She was also charged as an habitual felon.
She was arrested at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. after a Loss Prevention Officer observed Kirby as she under-rang multiple items at the self-checkout station. The items, with a total value of about $76, included clothing, bras, a power strip, cast iron pans and a phone charger. Kirby was stopped when she passed the last point of sale without paying.
She had been banned from the store in September of 2014. Kirby was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. Kirby was scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 12) in Newton.
32-year-old Ronald Piper Vicente of Old Buff Road and 39-year-old Margaret James Lasley of 17th Street S.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 9 p.m. Saturday (December 10). They were both charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vicente was also served with true bills of indictment from September of this year for possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, both felonies.
They were arrested after Police stopped a 1992 Ford Ranger on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Officers learned of the outstanding indictments against Vicente. A subsequent search of the truck turned up a bag containing a glass pipe and digital scales, found on the passenger’s side floorboard. In the middle bench seat, Officers found 6.5 grams of marijuana and 0.7 grams of meth.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Vicente was given a $22,500 secured bond, while Lasley’s bond was set at $7,500, secured. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (December 12) in Newton. Vicente was also due in Superior Court today.