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Hickory Police are investigating an incident in which Police property was stolen from a vehicle in the parking lot at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 Monday night (October 24). The items were taken from the passenger area of an off-duty Officer’s personal vehicle, which had been left unlocked.

Items taken include a 9mm Glock handgun (which is the female Officer’s service weapon), two magazines, a holster, handcuffs, an Asp baton, pepper spray, the Officer’s duty belt and a light.

Police are currently reviewing store security video. The investigation is ongoing.

33-year-old Valerie Latrice Moore was arrested Tuesday (October 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Moore was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, October 26).

23-year-old Tevan Montez Ikard of Village Circle in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 25) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II, IV, and VI controlled substances, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of synthetic cannaboid, possession of marijuana, driving while impaired, and open container.

Ikard was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $16,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, October 26).

North Carolina's Attorney General is looking into claims of price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Matthew earlier this month. According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ),  the investigation includes businesses located in our region.  

Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division issued a subpoena to a rental car company after getting eight complaints of possible price gouging on rental cars from consumers across North Carolina this month. The name of the company has not been released.  

Consumers reported to Cooper’s office that the company’s rental car locations in Boone, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Raleigh doubled their prices from about $30 per day to about $60 per day after storms and flooding came through North Carolina. After one consumer returned a car that she had rented for $175 for approximately a week, she attempted to rent the car again for the following week. She says the company told her that her rate would leap to approximately $345 per week after the storm.

Cooper’s office is currently investigating three other businesses for possible price gouging following Hurricane Matthew: A Gastonia motel for reportedly charging storm evacuees as much as $300 a night. A Fayetteville business for reportedly charging $29 for a 24-pack of bottled water. And a Mount Olive motel for reportedly charging as much as $150 a night for rooms that typically go for less than $90.

North Carolina’s price gouging law was triggered on October 3 by the declaration of a state of emergency due to Hurricane Matthew. The storm dumped inches of rain on the central and eastern parts of the state, causing severe flood damage to homes, businesses, crops, and cars.

Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis—is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor. The law applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.

As of Monday (October 24), approximately 180 consumers had alerted the Attorney General’s Office to potential price gouging related to Hurricane Matthew. Consumers can report gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll-free within North Carolina) or filing a price gouging complaint online at ncdoj.gov.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 05:03

Teens Charged In Theft Of Trump/Pence Signs

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The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office along with the Lenoir Police Department arrested and charged three high school students with stealing political signs advertising for the Donald Trump and Mike Pence campaign.

17-year-old Aurora Elizabeth Solis of Hickory, 16-year-old Yamied Vasquez Rueda of Newton and 16-year-old Brandon Alonzo Castorena of Conover were each charged with stealing political signs and possession of stolen property. The charges are misdemeanors. They were all scheduled to be released to the custody of their parents this afternoon. All three are students at Newton-Conover High School.

Officers received an anonymous tip around noon Tuesday (October 25) that someone driving a silver Ford Focus was stopping and pulling up Trump/Pence political signs along Highway 321 in Caldwell County. Sgt. Jonathan Kirby with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office spotted the car in Valmead and with assistance from a Lenoir Police Department Officer pulled the vehicle.

According to a news release issued by authorities in Caldwell County, the three teenagers admitted to stealing numerous political signs across the Unifour area and officers found 12 signs in the vehicle at the time of the arrest. All three suspects have District Court appearances scheduled for November 7.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 04:49

Renovations Approved For Morganton Community House

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The Morganton Community House will receive some much needed renovations next year following action taken by Morganton City Council.

During the October meeting, Council unanimously approved the project and approved borrowing an estimated $1.4 million to fund the Phase 2 renovations. The plan is to renovate the lobby and possibly add a fireplace; renovate the ceilings and add new lighting and chandeliers in the Cobb and Connelly rooms; install new wood floors; build new, accessible restrooms; create a bridal suite/green room; renovate and build two meetings rooms and accessible restrooms in the basement; and add an elevator.

“These renovations to the Community House will put a much needed polish on what everyone agrees is one of the jewels of Morganton,” Main Street Director Sharon Jablonski said. “We are very thankful for all the private donations to help fund these improvements. We’re extremely thankful for the Johnson (Phifer) family and the Bridges family who donated $75,000 each to fund the new courtyard. And we’re grateful to the City Council who chose to make this project a priority and approve funding for the final phase.”

The new courtyard and many infrastructure improvements were completed last year at the Community House. The infrastructure upgrades included improvements to plumbing, electrical service, HVAC, kitchen basement entry and access, air conditioning to the kitchen, and noise reduction around the kitchen.

City staff will work to set up financing this year, and construction should start in January next year.

“When we’re finished, this facility will be a state-of-the-art venue for our residents and for visitors,” Jablonski said.

44-year-old Eric Sherard Jones of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on outstanding felony warrants for failure to register as a sex offender, failure by a sex offender to notify of a change of address, failure to appear and a probation violation. He was also arrested on misdemeanor warrants for four counts of failure to appear. The warrants are from Cumberland, Cleveland, Burke and Wake counties and were issued from 2001 through April of last year.

Jones is on the sex offender registry as the result of a December 2005 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor. He had been on the Burke County Sheriff’s most wanted list since August of 2014.

Jones was taken into custody at his residence shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday. At the time of his arrest, Jones complained of chest pains. He was taken by E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released back into custody. He was placed in jail in Burke County where he is being held without bond. Court dates in Burke County were set for October 27 and December 12; in Cleveland County on October 28 and November 3; in Cumberland County on November 22; and in Wake County on November 29.

45-year-old Landis Darnell Glaspy, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested shortly after 11 o’clock last night (October 24) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

He was arrested in connection to a November 2014 residential break-in on 12th Street S.W. in Hickory. At the time, Police found the front door ajar with a broken lock. A ring was stolen from the residence.

Evidence was submitted to the state crime lab. Analysis of that evidence identified Glaspy as the suspect. Police submitted a prosecution summary to the District Attorney’s office in April of this year, resulting in the issuance of warrants for Glaspy’s arrest on October 11.

The suspect was taken into custody in the vicinity of the Marathon station on 1st Avenue S.W., near Long View. Glaspy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $57,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 10:48

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

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31-year-old Dwayne Marcus Lail of Mauney Drive in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (October 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of trafficking opiates by possession and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lail was arrested during a traffic stop Monday near the intersection of Linwood Road and North Grove Street in Lincolnton. According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, October 25) by the Sheriff's Office, narcotics detectives observed a subject in a vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby business. The driver of the vehicle made contact with another individual in what appeared to be a hand to hand drug transaction.

Detectives approached the vehicle and questioned the driver. He gave consent to search the vehicle and detectives located a large amount of opioid pain pills. The pills were inside a prescription bottle that did not belong to the driver. The driver admitted to taking the pills from his grandmother without her permission. Narcotics detectives say the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.  

Lail was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and released after posting a $3,500 secured bond. He had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 10:32

Police Investigate Theft of Trump Signs

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Hickory Police are investigating the theft of 30 Donald Trump campaign signs that were stolen from the property outside a business in Hickory.

The signs were taken sometime between 4:15 p.m. Saturday (October 22) and 7:15 Monday morning (October 24) from System Depot at 1510 Tate Boulevard S.E. They were valued at $30. The victim is a 70-year-old Newton man, who is the business owner.

Police have identified a possible suspect based on video images of a suspect vehicle, a 1994 Acura Integra. No warrants had been issued as of this morning (October 25).

The investigation is ongoing.

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