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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 pgclark@hickorync.gov.

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.

Friday, 17 March 2017 06:57

Hickory Woman Indicted On Heroin Charges

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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).

Friday, 17 March 2017 05:20

Trails Closed Due To Wildfire In Nebo Area

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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).

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