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The North Carolina Department of Justice warns citizens about a scam connected to a very popular game, and has some tips to avoid flim-flams conducted via e-mail.

The new mobile game Pokémon Go has attracted millions of excited new users, but unfortunately scammers aren’t far behind. According to the NCDOJ, a new scam is out to trick Pokémon Go users into giving up their personal information and paying money to play the game that’s actually free. If you’re trying to catch ‘em all, make sure you know how to avoid Pokémon Go subscription scams. And this Pokémon Go scam has also prompted the DOJ to offer tips to avoid all e-mail flim-flams.

The scam begins with a phony email claiming that because of a record-breaking number of users, game developer Niantic has begun charging players $12.99 per month to play Pokémon Go. The email claims that anyone who doesn’t pay the upgrade fee immediately will have their game accounts frozen within one day. Concerned users who click the upgrade link are asked to provide their email login credentials, giving the scammers access to information in their email accounts that can be used for identity theft.

The North Carolina Department of Justice has the following tips to avoid being taken in by this or any other e-mail scams.

Don’t be fooled by logos, websites, or links that seem like the real thing. Many scam emails use real company’s logos to seem authentic. Past phishing emails have claimed to come from major companies like Paypal, eBay, banks, credit card companies, non-profits, charities, and even government agencies like the IRS.

Report phony emails to the legitimate business directly. Contact the company using a telephone number or web address you know to be right, not using the contact information in the phishing email. Also, forward the entire email to the Federal Trade Commission at

Never share your personal or financial information by email. Be wary of any email that asks you to key in login credentials to one of your personal email or financial accounts. Instead, use legitimate, secure login websites to access your accounts, not links included in questionable emails.

If you receive one of these phony emails, report it to the Attorney General’s Office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or online at

A suspect in a kidnapping and assault is being sought by authorities. The wanted man is a Stanley resident, he's been charged but has not been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and assault of an ex-girlfriend who lives on Cowan’s Ford Road off Highway 73.

Last Saturday (July 16) deputies were dispatched to the Cowan’s Ford Overlook after a passing motorist reported a male was assaulting a female at that location. The motorist told officers he was driving past the Overlook when he spotted a female in distress. The female was screaming and waving her arms as a male subject was screaming at her. The male then ran to the edge of the hill at the overlook and disappeared over the edge.

The victim, identified as 22-year-old Kaitlin Victoria Greene, told officers she was at her residence on Cowan’s Ford Road when she heard a knock at the door. She partially opened the door and her ex-boyfriend, 21-year-old Jacob Allen Houser, of Hines Circle Road in Stanley, forced his way into the residence.

The victim said Houser grabbed her by the throat, dragged her out of the residence and into his pickup truck. He drove her to the Cowan’s Ford Overlook. He then pulled her out of the truck and toward the water. She began to scream and that drew the attention of the passing motorist.

Houser then ran to the edge of the overlook as officers from the Huntersville Police Department and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police arrived on the scene. CMPD called in a K-9 unit to assist in the search for the man but they were unable to locate him.  The victim was transported to CHS-Lincoln for treatment.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lt. Matt Lykins and Detective Justin Link have charged Houser with one felony count each of 2nd degree kidnapping, first degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, and assault by strangulation inflicting physical injury. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of interfering with emergency communications and driving while license revoked. Houser is also wanted in Mecklenburg County for failure to appear.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jacob Allen Houser is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

DAE Systems (Dynamic Air Engineering, Inc.) announced today (July 18) that it will fully relocate all operations, including its headquarters, research & development and product manufacturing, from California to a speculative manufacturing facility in the Claremont International Business Park at 2436 Penny Road. DAE Systems has committed to invest a minimum of $7,255,000 on acquisition and completion of the facility and the installation of machinery and equipment.

Founded in 1942, the family-owned company (now in its third generation) plans to create a minimum of 53 new jobs over a five-year period. The average wage for the new jobs will exceed the county’s average wage.

DAE Systems is an aviation parts manufacturing company that serves the commercial aerospace and defense markets with engineered products.

Today’s announcement was made possible, in part, by a One North Carolina Fund grant of $110,000. Local incentives will be based on job creation and investment performance standards. Those standards will be considered in an upcoming public session by local governing boards.

22-year-old James William Canipe III of White Oak Farm Road in Cherryville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 18) on outstanding warrants for failure to appear, one felony counts and four misdemeanors. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Officers in the area of Highway 70 S.E. and South Center Street spotted a white Ford F-250 pick-up truck with an expired registration tag. Police pulled the truck in the parking lot at McDonalds on Highway 70. The license tag came back to Honda Civic.

Four people were in the truck. The rear driver’s side passenger was James Canipe. Officers found a purple bag in the area where Canipe was sitting. In the bag was a glass pipe with a white powder residue and a North Carolina driver’s license under a false name.

When Police confirmed Canipe’s true identity, they found the outstanding warrants for his arrest. The charges connected to the failure to appear warrants include larceny of a firearm and a number of vehicular offenses.

Following his arrest, Canipe was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for August 4 and August 19 in Newton.

28-year-old Randall Lee Yount of Burnhurs Lane in Lincolnton was arrested Sunday (July 17) in Caldwell County on charges from Lincoln County. Yount is charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Yount was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 25).

44-year-old Brian Kelly Ferguson of Rankin Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (July 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with assault on a female and possession of methamphetamine. Ferguson was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond on the assault charge and $15,000 secured bond on the meth charge. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 18).

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Hickory Woman Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

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20-year-old Nicole Shantae Outen of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 p.m. Friday (June 15) on one felony possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Outen was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was given a $1,000 unsecured bond, and was released on Friday. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 18) in Newton.

47-year-old Ralph Preston Wolfe, Jr., who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:20 p.m. Friday (July 15) on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault. He also faces one count of misdemeanor assault and two misdemeanor probation violations.

This was Wolfe’s third arrest in connection to an incident on March 17 of this year. At that time, Police responded to a homeless camp on the 3000 block of 34th Street Drive N.E. where Wolfe allegedly assaulted a 36-year-old Hickory woman. E.M.S. was called to the scene, but both the victim and the suspect refused treatment.

Wolfe was previously arrested on March 18 and March 23. According to Police reports, he resisted arrest Friday as he was again taken into custody on the 3000 block of 34th Street Drive N.E. The suspect refused to be photographed or fingerprinted as he was processed at H.P.D. headquarters. Wolfe was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $21,500, secured. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled today (July 18) in Newton, with additional District Court dates coming up on August 9 and September 14.

27-year-old Christopher Michael Johnson of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11 o’clock Friday night on one felony count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and one misdemeanor count of assault on a government official. He was also charged with misdemeanor and felony probation violations. The warrants for his arrest were issued on June 9 and June 16.

Johnson was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond on the felony charges. Bond on the misdemeanor charges was set at $30,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on July 18 and in Superior Court on August 25, both in Newton.

31-year-old Andrew James Kemp of West 19th Street in Newton was arrested Sunday (July 17) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Kemp was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 18).

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