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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 10:21

Man Arrested On Felony Drug Charge In Burke County

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45-year-old James Allen Norville was arrested Tuesday (February 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Norville was placed in jail in Morganton where he is being held under $78,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for March 14.

27-year-old Dominique Terrell Stinson of 1st Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 2) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. The probation was imposed on a charge of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Stinson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 3.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to seek suspects on the agency’s Most Wanted List.

32-year-old Lenard Cowan is wanted for fail to report address as a sex offender, obtaining property by false pretense, larceny, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Cowan's last known address was 112 Ashleybrook Lane in Statesville.

39-year-old Audie Williams is wanted on a charge of felony larceny. Williams' last known address was 115 Fred Lane in Mooresville.

48-year-old Craig Wilson is wanted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of fail to register as a sex offender. Wilson’s last known address was 439 Rinehardt Road in Mooresville.

You can see the entire Most Wanted List at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of these most wanted suspects contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.

North Carolinians who are still seeking tickets to watch the Carolina Panthers play Denver in the big game Sunday in Santa Clara should look out for scams such as tickets offered at prices too good to be true, Attorney General Roy Cooper warned recently.

Consumers should be skeptical of any deal that advertises tickets to Sunday's game for low prices. Face value for a single ticket ranges from $500 and $1,600, but average resale values are reportedly near $5,500 per ticket on popular online ticket vendors like StubHub and TicketsNow.

To avoid scams involving tickets to Sunday's championship game, Cooper has the following tips for North Carolina consumers:

Avoid too-good-to-be-true prices. Tickets promised at a discount, face value or a little above may sound like a great deal. But be cautious about buying a ticket via social media, Craigslist and similar sites from someone you don’t know, especially if the price is far below the going rate.

Research ticket sellers. Check out ticket vendors and resellers with the Better Business Bureau and search for consumer reviews online.

Check ticket details. Before you pay for tickets, ask the seller for details like section, row and seat number. Check the information against the venue’s seating chart to ensure that the seats are legitimate.

Be suspicious if asked to pay cash or by money order or wire transfer. Pay for tickets with a credit card when possible to improve your chances of getting your money back if there is a problem.

Check refund policies. Read a ticket seller’s refund policy before you make a purchase. If you have questions about the policy, ask and get answers in writing.

Cooper has fought ticketing scams related to major sporting events before. When the Carolina Hurricanes appeared in the 2002 Stanley Cup, Cooper’s office took action against scams and recovered more than 100 tickets.

If you spot a ticket scam, report it to our Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina or by filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.

41-year-old David Mason Bangs and 24-year-old David William Conner, both of 9th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory, were arrested yesterday (February 2) by Hickory Police Officers. They were charged with one felony count each of statutory rape or sex offense with a 13-to-15-year-old victim when the defendant is at least six years older than the victim and solicitation of a child by electronic device for a sex act.

Police have released few details regarding the alleged offenses; however, a Police spokesperson did tell WHKY that the charges involve just one victim. According to police reports, the offenses took place at the suspects’ residence. The police reports say the offenses were not forcible and involved touching or fondling of the victim.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at about 2:15 Tuesday at their residence. They were both locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond for each set at $125,000, secured. They were each scheduled to appear in District Court in Newton today.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 05:28

Hickory Teen Charged With Multiple Felony Offenses

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17-year-old Jeffrey Jordan Sain of Highland Avenue in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 2) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and receiving stolen goods. Sain was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, February 3).

A three-month-old Burke County boy who suffered traumatic brain injury connected to a child abuse case died Tuesday (February 2).  

As WHKY first reported Monday (February 1), a Connelly Springs couple was charged with child abuse after investigators said one of their three-month-old twin boys suffered the brain injury.

Burke County Sheriff's Officers responded to a report Sunday of a non-responsive child at a home on Sunset Grill Street. The child was given CPR and transported to Frye Regional Medical Center. 

After investigating the incident, 20-year-old Nicholas Clark and 24-year-old Brittany Hefner were arrested and charged with felony child abuse.

Both boys were eventually transported to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem. 

The other twin was last reported to be in stable condition. The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing it's investigation and further charges are pending against Clark and Hefner. 

34-year-old Trinity Shane Warren of Heritage View Road in Hickory has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

He was arrested after Sheriff’s Investigators responded to reports of an assault with a knife yesterday (February 1) at a residence on Heritage View Road. The 9-1-1 call came in just before 5 p.m. Officers arrived and found that three victims had been cut.

Police say Trinity Shane Warren went to the victim’s residence where an altercation ensued and all three victims were assaulted. Warren reportedly showed up at the residence uninvited and proceeded to cut all three victims.

Alexander County E.M.S. transported one of the victims to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. The other two victims were taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

Warren was arrested at the scene and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center where he was held under a $175,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Additional charges may be pending as the case remains under investigation.  

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:18

Conover Man Arrested on Rape Charge

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30-year-old Michael Christopher Weaver of East Poplar Street in Conover was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 1) on one felony count of first-degree forcible rape.

At about 3 p.m. on Sunday (January 31), Catawba County Sheriff’s Investigators contacted the Burke County Sheriff’s Office regarding a sexual assault investigation. Catawba County Investigators had been dispatched to a local hospital in Catawba County in reference to a patient with signs of severe sexual trauma.  

Early in the investigation, Investigators established evidence indicating that the sexual assault might have occurred in Burke County. At that point, Burke County Sheriff’s Investigators were called to assist with the investigation.

Officers located the suspect, Michael Christopher Weaver. Investigators from both counties worked together and questioned Weaver, who denied harming the victim. As the investigation progressed, Investigators determined that the sexual assault likely occurred at Lowman’s Motel in Hildebran. Investigators searched the motel room and located several key items of evidence.

A warrant was issued yesterday and Weaver was taken into custody at the motel without further incident. He was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $250,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 2).  

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 14:49

Hickory Woman Charged with Credit Card Theft

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20-year-old Cortney Michelle Cartwright of 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before three o’clock Friday afternoon (January 29) on one felony count of unlawfully obtaining a financial card.

She was charged in connection to the theft of a credit card at Dunkin’ Donuts, where Cartwright was an employee. The victim reported that they inadvertently left their credit card at the drive-thru window on the 28th. Cartwright then allegedly used the credit card at two locations in Newton.

She was taken into custody without incident at Dunkin’ Donuts. Cartwright was processed and then released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (February 1) with another court date coming up on February 22.