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45-year-old James Christopher Martin of Tammy Drive in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, felony larceny, and four counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Breaking & Entering and Larceny incident on Tammy Drive in Mooresville on May 11. The victim told police that numerous items of jewelry were stolen from inside her residence. There was no forced entry to the home and due to the victim having several dogs inside the residence she believed that the suspect was someone known to the victim.

During the investigation a possible suspect named Chris Martin was developed. Martin is friends with the victim and who in the past had access to the home. During the investigation Detectives discovered that James Christopher Martin sold some of the stolen jewelry to two local gold establishments on four different occasions during the month of April.

Bond for Martin was set at $6,000 secured, he's scheduled to appear in District Court August 20.

A Special Joint Meeting of the City of Hickory Bond Implementation Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission will be held on Tuesday (July 14). The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Winkler Activity Center at Winkler Park, 2500 Clement Boulevard in Hickory.

The purpose of this Special Meeting is to discuss: The approval of Minutes from the May 6, 2015 Bond Commission meeting, Bond Commission Subcommittee Reports, the Riverwalk Concept and Preliminary Cost Estimates as presented by FNI,          Legislative Support for the TIGER Grant Application, the Lackey Project Update (optional—if time permits), and Discuss the Subcommittee meeting dates for August.

23-year-old William Glenn Johnson of Tuckers Grove Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on July 7 on one felony count each of indecent liberties with a child and first-degree sex offense with a child.

He was arrested after Sgt. Jason Lowrance with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit received a report regarding a young child who had been sexually assaulted on June 25 of this year. The child said the abuse occurred while she was visiting William Glenn Johnson’s residence.

The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. After further investigation and after additional witnesses were interviewed, warrants were obtained for Johnson’s arrest.

Johnson was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. He will appear in District Court on July 28.

The Catawba County Finance Department has been named as the winner of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The award for the department’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014. Catawba County has now won the award for 33 consecutive years.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is presented to governmental units that the GFOA says "prepare and publish an easily readable, understandable comprehensive annual financial report covering all funds and financial transactions during the fiscal year."

Fewer than 250 government entities in the GFOA have received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 33 or more consecutive years. This places Catawba County in the top 10% of governments that have submitted Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports to the GFOA for consideration.

The County’s Finance Department also received the Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award from the GFOA, for its “Annual Financial Highlights” for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014.

Reports must receive a weighted average score of 75.00 percent or above to earn the award. Catawba County’s average score was 91.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a non-profit professional association serving over 17,000 government finance professionals throughout North America.

47-year-old John Randall Jones of Huntersville and 44-year-old Bennie Dean Sellards of Lincolnton have both been arrested by Lincolnton Police on sex offense charges. They are each charged with felony soliciting of a minor by computer and appearing at the meeting place. Jones was arrested on July 7 and Sellards was arrested on June 22.

Each suspect was held under a $100,000 secured bond. Jones will appear in District Court on July 28, while Sellards has a court date on July 16.

23-year-old Robert Anthony Douglas Waldrup of Cardinal Loop in Stanley was charged with an additional sex offense count by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape/sex offense against a 13, 14, or 15-year-old victim by a defendant more than six years older.

The charge is in connection with an incident that started during the Labor Day weekend of 2014 and it involved a 14 year old female. On March 4, 2015 Detective Dan Renn charged Waldrup with one count of Statutory Rape/Sex Offense of a 13,14 or 15 year old victim by a defendant more than six years older and one misdemeanor count of Cyberstalking.

Waldrup remains in the Lincoln County Detention Center where he is being held under a $300,000 secured bond.

37-year-old Dennis Shaun Williams of Thompson Street in Newton was arrested Thursday (July 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, reckless driving to endanger, and non-support of a child. Williams was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,200 bond. A District Court date is set for July 20.

28-year-old Matthew Allen Dellinger of Bridgewood Drive in Claremont was arrested Thursday (July 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Dellinger was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 10).

A Catawba County man will spend a minimum of six years in prison after pleading guilty in a case in which he was accused of throwing an infant, resulting in serious injuries to the child.

27-year-old Justin Lee Fay of Hickory pleaded guilty to felony child abuse during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, and was sentenced to serve 6 to 9 years in prison.

The Honorable W. Robert Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, announced the sentence for Fay. It will be served in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

Fay admitted to investigators that on Dec. 2, 2013, he forcefully threw his girlfriend’s 4-month-old son down on a sofa at a Hickory residence because he was frustrated with the child’s crying while he was providing care for it. He then went to take a shower and found the child unresponsive when he returned some time later before calling 911 to report the injury. The infant was taken to a local hospital and later transported to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., for further treatment. The child suffered head injuries. Medical personnel determined that the injuries were not the result of an accident.

In issuing the sentence, Judge Bell found that Fay had previously abused the victim and his delay in rendering medical assistance resulted in additional injury to the infant.

Sgt. S.M. Pitts of Long View Police Department led the investigation of the case with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Catawba County Department of Social Services. Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

Friday, 10 July 2015 04:29

Woman Scammed Out Of Close To $7000

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An elderly eastern Lincoln County woman is out almost $7,000 after falling prey to the telephone scam known as the “Grandparents or It’s Me” scam.

According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, on July 3 deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 2300 block of Stardust Court in connection with a fraud case.

The 81 year old victim told officers on July 1 she received a call from someone she thought was her grandson who is in the military and stationed in Germany. The caller told the victim that he had been involved in a traffic accident in Germany and needed money to get out of jail.

The caller then turned the phone over to another individual who stated he was the grandson’s lawyer and his name was Larry Goodman. This individual told the victim she needed to send $790 through Western Union to Santa Domingo to get her grandson out of jail. The woman followed the instructions and sent the money.

On July 2 she received another call from the person she thought was her grandson asking for $6,000 and she deposited that amount of money into a Bank of America account. That was followed by a request on July 3, 2015 for an additional $20,000 which the victim said she did not have and was unable to send. She then sent an email to her grandson who responded that he had not been in a wreck and he didn’t know what was going on and for her to not send any more money. That is when she reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says this incident serves as a reminder to beware of telephone scams. Citizens should never blindly follow the directions of people who call them on the telephone. The scam targets elderly residents by people pretending to be a relative in distress. The best policy is to hang-up on the caller and check on the relative.