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28-year-old Jeremy Scott Murray of Carolina Mills Circle in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday, August 10 by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic assault on a female, and injury to personal property.

According to a news release issued today by the Lincolnton Police Department, on August 10, officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance to a residence on Georgetown Road. Upon arrival, officers found a female victim with noticeable injuries. The victim reported her boyfriend, who just fled the scene, assaulted her by choking her and by putting a knife to her throat. Additionally, the victim reported that the boyfriend had damaged several items of her clothing during the assault. The victim’s injuries were documented and the boyfriend was identified as Jeremy Scott Murray.  

Officers found Murray a short time later. He was taken into custody without incident. Two knives were found on him and seized as a result of the arrest. Murray was initially jailed under no bond, during his first appearance in District Court, he was issued a secured bond of $2,000. His next appearance is scheduled for August 29 in District Court.

Monday, 22 August 2016 10:47

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Firearms Charge

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35-year-old Chad Daunta Bess of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (August 20) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was arrested when Officers who were attempting to serve a warrant at a residence on 34th Street Drive N.E. heard what they believed to be gunfire. After further investigation, Officers determined that the sound was a vehicle backfire; however, they did locate Bess in the vicinity, holding a handgun.

Bess, who had a previous felony drug conviction in Catawba County in 1998, was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today on the firearms charge and a number of felony drug charges. He also has a September 19 court date on additional firearms and drug charges.

Monday, 22 August 2016 10:40

Hickory Man Jailed on Counterfeit Charges; More

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28-year-old Robert Joshua Copeland of 35th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock Friday afternoon (August 19) on one felony count each of forgery of bank notes and uttering a forged instrument, plus a misdemeanor probation violation and misdemeanor failure to appear on a drug paraphernalia charge. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on a surrender by surety for possession of stolen goods, driving while license revoked not impaired, possession or display of an altered, fictitious or revoked driver’s license and possession of heroin.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 6. The general manager at Cookout Burgers on North Center Street in Hickory reported that someone passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the restaurant. The manager was able to give a vehicle description, which led to the identification of Robert Joshua Copeland as the suspect. Warrants for his arrest were issued on the same date.

Copeland was taken into custody at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $58,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 22) in Newton. Additional court dates are coming up on September 8, September 21 and October 28.

28-year-old Samuel Leonard Benge was arrested Sunday (August 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced  first-degree burglary. Benge was placed in jail in Morganton under $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, August 22).

26-year-old Lauren Nicole Sherrill and 23-year-old Lamar James Breedlove, both of the same 10th Street SW Hickory address, were both arrested Friday (August 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Sherrill is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Breedlove is charged with auto larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond, they were both scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir today (Monday, August 22).

One suspect has been arrested in connection to the discovery of a pair of meth labs, a second suspect is being sought. 50-year-old Joseph Robert Creech of Swanson Road in Crouse was arrested Saturday (August 20) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. the charges stem from an August 14 investigation near the 2400 block of Swanson Road where deputies found multiple "one pot" meth labs.  

During the investigation, patrol deputies responded to the residence after receiving a call about someone possibly cooking meth. On arrival, deputies recognized items consistent with a "one pot" meth lab and called for Narcotics Detectives to respond.  

Once narcotics detectives confirmed it was in fact a meth lab, the SBI was called to assist with clean up. While on the scene narcotics detectives were told about a second meth lab across the road at a neighbor's residence. After a search of that property, detectives found a second "one pot" meth lab.  

According to detectives, this investigation makes the third time in less than 12 months where a meth lab or meth lab precursors have been located on or near these properties. In each previous case detectives have made an arrest. Both subjects charged in this case had left the scene prior to officers arriving.

Creech was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 22) in Lincoln County District Court.  

Detectives are still looking for a second subject in the case. 39-year-old James Norman Merriam of Swanson Road in Crouse is wanted for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Felony Possession of Heroin.

Citizens are urged to call Lincoln County Communication Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909 if they have any information as to Merriam’s whereabouts.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on suspects on the agency's Most Wanted List.

36-year-old John Yang is being sought by the Burke County Sheriff's Office. He's wanted on charges of felony failure to appear on a count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance and failure to appear for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Yang's last known address was 2871 Cougar Valley in Morganton. He has been wanted since December 11 of last year.

40-year-old Tony Lynn Bollinger is wanted for non-payment of child support. Bollinger's last known address was 5597 Manley Clark Road in Morganton. He's been wanted since September 8, 2014.  

You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects on the list you can call 828-438-5500 or e-mail You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.

30-year-old Joshua Dane Keener of US Highway 70 East in Hickory was arrested Friday (August 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Keener was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 22).

After recent flooding devastated parts of Louisiana, many people are eager to pitch in and help those affected.  Unfortunately, past catastrophes like tsunamis in Japan, Hurricane Katrina, along with other events have shown us that scammers are out to take advantage by tricking you into giving money, or even, as we reported last Friday (August 19), by selling you a flood-damaged car.

Attorney General Roy Cooper encourages North Carolinians to give generously to relief efforts for Louisiana flood victims, but be wary of charity scams. If you plan to donate, remember:

Don’t respond to out-of-the-blue emails, text messages or social media posts that ask you to give. Instead, contact the charity directly through their website or valid phone number.

Avoid pushy telemarketers who refuse to answer your questions or pressure you to give them a credit card number. Some telemarketers keep as much as 90 percent of the money they raise for charity for themselves. Your money will go further if you give to the organization directly.

Be cautious when giving through crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter.  Although many of these fundraising appeals are legitimate, crowdfunding sites don’t screen users for authenticity. Know who and what you’re really donating to before you give.

Don’t give cash, which can be lost or stolen. For security and tax record purposes, it’s best to pay by credit card. If you write a check, make it out to the charity, not to a fundraiser.

Protect your personal information. Never give your credit card or bank account number to someone you don’t know who contacts you, and don’t share personal financial information by email or text message.

Check out charities before you give. For detailed financial information about a charity, contact the NC Secretary of State’s office at (888) 830-4989 or, or visit

If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at

The Stolen dog and car from Dollar General in Bethlehem last Wednesday (August 17) have been recovered. An updated from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office says that the dog is Okay and has been returned to the owner. A suspect is in custody and the investigation is continuing. The Sheriff's Office planned to release more information today (Monday, August 22).

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