Hickory Police are investigating three business break-ins that may be connected. All three occurred during the month of March at closed convenience stores in the city limits.
In two cases, the suspect gained entry to the stores by throwing a brick through a glass door. One of those break-ins occurred March 8 at the Rosales Qwik Stop at 2614 N Center Street. The other occurred March 11 at the Cubbard Express #2 at 1922 16th Street NE. Upon entry, the suspect went behind the counter and took multiple packs of cigarettes, cigarillos and cigars. In the Cubbard Express incident, he is seen leaving the scene on a bicycle.
The third incident, which was reported on March 9, occurred at the Cubbard Express #7 at 954 16th Street NE. The suspect attempted to gain entry but was unsuccessful.
Hickory Police are looking for anyone with information in reference to these cases or other breaking and enterings occurring in the city during this period. Contact Investigator G. Clark at 828-261-2015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
29-year-old Hali Tabitha Solesby was arrested Thursday (March 16) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony habitual larceny. Solesby was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 20).
40-year-old Robert Lamonte Mayfield of Kings Avenue in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:25 last night (March 16) on one felony count of failure to return hired property.
Mayfield was taken into custody without incident on the 800 block of South Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. As of this morning, he was no longer in custody in Catawba County. Mayfield will appear in District Court Monday (March 20) in Charlotte.
30-year-old Claire Marie Thompson of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested today (Friday, March 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on grand jury indictments with selling heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Thompson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today.
North Carolina's Attorney General Josh Stein issued information earlier this month regarding the latest scams and how to avoid being victimized by them. The information was released last week during National Consumer Protection Week.
The most current scams being used include the following: The Western Union e-mail scam. This seeks to capitalize on a recent Western Union settlement. Consumers who previously wired funds to scammers receive an email that appears to be from Western Union, regarding a refund of their lost money. Email correspondence may include references to the FBI and US Treasury Department.
A new online scam is targeting high school students and their families through a company called College Level Exam, selling DVDs that claim to assist students with financial aid, scholarships and college entrance. This company is charging large fees for services and information that are free. In other cases, students and families are being called by crooks saying they represent Federal Student Aid, and they ask personal and financial questions.
North Carolina has also seen a rise in government grant scams. In these telemarketing scams, con artists pose as representatives of the federal government, Federal Reserve or another official-sounding agency and tell consumers they are eligible for a federal grant because they’ve paid their taxes on time or have no criminal record. They ask for the consumer’s bank account information in order to make a direct deposit. These callers appear to be overseas scammers.
Businesses, organizations and private citizens can report email scams to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by filing a consumer complaint online or by calling toll-free 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. Consumers who are victims of a security breach can also get tips on steps to take to minimize the damage at ncdoj.gov.
38-year-old Brent Justin Day of Cansler Road in Vale, 31-year-old Trinity Dillion Hafner of Owls Den Road in Lincolnton, and 34-year-old Chasta Alaine Buff of Peeler Road in Vale, were all arrested this week by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Day was charged with four felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with three felony counts of maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. Hafner was charged with two felony counts each of sell and deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine. Buff was charged with one felony count of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with two felony counts of probation violation.
On Wednesday (March 15) and Thursday (March 16) the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged the three suspects with selling methamphetamine. The charges came after detectives purchased multiple street level amounts of the drug from those arrested.
According to a news release, undercover detectives made drug purchases over a period of several months. The investigations took place in various locations in western Lincoln County. Detectives say the investigations are part of a larger, continuing effort to arrest as many street level drug dealers as possible.
Bond for Day and Hafner was set at $30,000 secured. Buff received a bond of $35,000 secured. Day and Buff were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, March 17). Hafner has a District Court date March 30.
48-year-old Darrell Alan Boggs of Gant Drive in Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (March 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Boggs was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (March 20).
Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service responded Thursday (March 16) to a wildfire burning in the Nebo area near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge, on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service issued an emergency closure of the Shortoff Trail and the Mountains to Sea Trail from Old Highway 105 at Pinnacles to the Table Rock Picnic Area. The Forest Service says more information will be released as it becomes available.
27-year-old Nou Long Yang of George Hildebran School Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (March 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance, and hit & run with injury. Yang was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $350,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for Thursday and next Monday (March 20).
37-year-old Shanda Renee Eddy of 19th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (March 16) by Probation and Parole Officers. She's charged with felony probation violation out of county, and two counts of failure to appear on charges of felony probation violation out of county. Eddy was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 20).
34-year-old Salvador Sanchez Gore of Maiden will spend at least the next eight years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and the sale of cocaine on Thursday (March 16) during Catawba County Superior Court.
The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, sentenced Gore to an active prison term of 8-12 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Judge Pomeroy also imposed a mandatory fine of $100,000 for Gore.
Gore sold cocaine to agents with the Catawba County Narcotics Task Force on three occasions in November and December 2015.
The cases were investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Lance Sigmon and Kyle Smith handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
The investigation is continuing into the death of a child in Burke County. The three-year-old child was found, deceased, shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday (March 15) on the porch at a residence at 1259 Hopewell Road in Morganton.
An autopsy was performed today. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the autopsy showed no signs of trauma. Toxicology and other tests will not be available for approximately two weeks.
The Burke County Criminal Investigation Division is working on the case. The investigation is ongoing.
18-year-old Jared Neil Mecimore of Seven Springs Loop in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property.
Shortly before ten o’clock last night, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a photograph that was circulated on social media throughout the North Iredell community. The photograph depicted a North Iredell High School student holding a rifle with text stating, “don’t come to school tomorrow.” The Sheriff’s Office immediately launched an investigation.
Deputies found the suspect, Jared Neil Mecimore. They interviewed him and determined that the incident was a false threat. The Sheriff’s Office contacted the North Iredell High School principal and informed her of the situation. The Sheriff’s Office spoke with the Iredell County School System officials again early this morning. Information concerning the situation was distributed to North Iredell students’ parents.
Mecimore was taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center where he was given a $10,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
East Parker Road in Morganton was closed earlier today by the Morganton Department of Public Safety due to a man being in the area with a gun. The Burke County Emergency Reporter Facebook page said the situation was resolved with no injuries.
There were no shots fired during the incident and the man was taken into custody. East Parker Road re-opened early this afternoon. According to a published report, Public Safety said a man showed up at Catawba Valley Behavioral Health threatening to hurt himself and another person. A handgun was reportedly found in the man's car.