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The Burke County Sheriff's Office issued a news release saying that they've received reports of individuals calling citizens and saying they are with the IRS or the Sheriff’s Office. The callers are telling people they have outstanding warrants for past due taxes.

The scammers often provide the name and phone number of someone to call to take care of the problem. If you get one of these phone calls, do not call the phone numbers they provide. The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

To confirm if the call is legitimate, please do one of the following:

Call or email the Burke County Sheriff’s directly at 828-438-9500 or Please provide the name of the person who says they work for the Sheriff’s office.

Or, you can contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-1040. They can confirm with you if any taxes are past due.

If you are confident the caller is trying to scam you, call 800-366-4484 to report the call. For more information go to

30-year-old Claydon Laural Turner of Hickory has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and D.W.I.

He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred just after seven o’clock last night. Mooresville Police responded to a call reporting that a pedestrian had been struck while crossing Williamson Road. Upon arrival, Mooresville Police and personnel with Mooresville Fire & Rescue found 52-year-old Jeffrey Patrick Archer of Troutman in the roadway. Mr. Archer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Turner will appear in District Court August 11.

The Mooresville Police Department is investigating.

25-year-old Tabitha Sage Hawkins was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony credit card fraud. Following the arrest, Hawkins was jailed in Morganton under $2,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 12.

45-year-old Brian Wayne Rhyne of Maple Lane in Lincolnton has been charged with shooting at his sister with a handgun during an incident last night (July 20). He was charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill.

Rhyne was arrested after Deputies responded to a suspicious circumstances call on the 1700 block of Maple Lane. A homeowner reported that three people were on his back porch ringing the doorbell and saying that someone was trying to kill them.

While Deputies were on the scene, they were notified that a female was at the Lincolnton Police Department to report an assault that occurred on Maple Lane. The female also requested medical attention for an injury that occurred during the incident.

The 36-year-old victim told Deputies that she and her family live with her brother, Brian Rhyne, at the Maple Lane address. At about 9:30 Wednesday night, the brother and sister got into an argument. The brother allegedly pulled a gun from his pocket and pointed it at his sister. The gun discharged, missing the woman’s head. The victim and her family fled the scene.

The victim contacted her husband, who picked them up and took them to the Police Department. She was transported by E.M.S. to CHS-Lincoln for treatment, but was found to have no injuries.

Deputies went back to the Maple Lane residence where the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The .380 caliber handgun used in the incident was recovered. It had been buried in the dirt underneath a lawn mower in an outbuilding on the property.

Rhyne was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 21).

24-year-old Ethan Eugene Sluder of Dry Ponds Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Sluder is charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Sluder was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $6,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 21).

35-year-old Douglas Lee Edwards was arrested Wednesday (July 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Edwards was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 12.

59-year-old Arnold Lee Carswell was arrested Wednesday (July 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony serious injury by vehicle. Carswell was jailed in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 12.

32-year-old Benjamin Patrick Nicholson of Spring Lake Mobile Home Park in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of fail to report a new address as a sex offender, fail to register as a sex offender, and incest. Nicholson was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under one-million dollars secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court next Monday (July 25).

35-year-old Brandon Earl Little of Grizzles Point in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (Wednesday, July 20) on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault & battery, larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. The warrants for Little’s arrest were issued last month (June 2016) on three different dates.

Little was taken into custody at a Lutheran church on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance on the B&E and larceny charges was scheduled for today with a District Court date coming up on August 1.

On Wednesday (July 20), the Catawba County Sheriff's Office conducted a drug suspect round-up entitled "Operation 98 Degrees." According to the most recent information released by the Sheriff's Office, the operation began at 6 a.m. Wednesday and concluded later in the day with 39 defendants in custody.

A majority of the charges stem from purchases of controlled substances made by undercover drug task force officers. The drug task force is made up of investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Maiden Police Department, and Homeland Security.

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