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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:51

Stolen Vehicle Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Woman

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20-year-old Madison Cherie Minton of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (September 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Minton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. Her next court date is October 2.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:32

Granite Falls Man Charged With Attempted Arson

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45-year-old Ned Junior Haskett of Gristmill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (September 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree attempted arson. Haskett was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday (September 12).

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:19

NCDOJ Warns State Residents About New Utility Scam

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The North Carolina Department of Justice is warning state residents about another scam. According to a news release from NCDOJ, scammers had previously threatened to cut off gas or electricity unless the victim immediately pays overdue bills they claim are owed. According to the news release, a new utility scam takes a different approach. Now the crooks are trying to trick you into providing your confidential information. They are publicizing their scam widely, using hi-tech means such as videos, texts, emails and websites, along with old-fashioned methods including flyers and phone calls.

In this scam, con artists try to convince victims that a government program will help them pay their bills. They say signing up for the program is simple - just provide your Social Security number and your bank’s routing number, and then pay your bill through an automated telephone system.

That is the setup, but the scammer’s goal is to make you a victim of identity theft by harvesting your private information. Piedmont Natural Gas says dozens of customers in the southeast have been contacted about the phony government program. The NCDOJ is urging state residents to not allow these crooks, or any other con artists, trick you into handing over your Social Security number or other confidential information.

If you think you’ve been victimized by this or any scam, file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.

28-year-old Charlie Rae Moore and 35-year-old Daniel Duree Pair, each of the same Woody Lane, Claremont, address, were both arrested Tuesday (September 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and resisting a public officer. Following their arrests, both suspects were jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Moore under $25,000 bond, Pair under $50,000 bond. They each had District Court appearances scheduled for today (September 13).

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:46

Meth Possession Charge Filed Against Catawba County Man

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40-year-old Travis Brad Cosby of Little Mountain Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cosby was detained this morning (September 13) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

35-year-old Ryan Kirby and 33-year-old Tiffany Diane Huffman, both of Lenoir, were arrested Friday (September 8) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. Kirby is charged with felony larceny, felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of stolen property, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, resist, obstruct, delay, and possession of burglary tools. Huffman is charged with felony larceny and possession of burglary tools.

On Friday at approximately 4:15 a.m., Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman reportedly found two subjects in the process of stealing a four wheeler from a residence on Friendship Ridge Road. According to a news release, the man and woman were in the process of loading a four wheel ATV into the bed of a small truck. Sheriff Bowman made initial contact with the suspects and ordered them to stop. The male suspect refused to obey orders given by Sheriff Bowman.

A struggle occurred, during which Sheriff Bowman’s weapon was placed in his vehicle, to keep it out of the suspect’s reach. The suspect attempted to seize the Sheriff’s weapon, but was unsuccessful and was restrained by Sheriff Bowman. Off Duty Captain Douglas Bowman of the Taylorsville Police Department arrived on the scene to help take the male suspect into custody. Officers from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department arrived on the scene to take the suspects into custody.

Both suspects were detained in the Alexander County Detention Center. Kirby was jailed under an $85,000 secured bond, Huffman's bond was set at $60,000 secured. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court Monday (September 11).

Firefighters from the Hickory Fire Department responded to a blaze at a recycling facility Monday night (September 12).

Monday night after leaving another incident, Hickory Firefighters were on the way back to their station at 8:32 p.m. when they noticed a fire. They immediately responded to the area of 261 10th Street Place NW to discover a fire in a cardboard recycling facility. They requested additional firefighters to assist them and began working to extinguish the fire. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find burning bales of cardboard, which were inside the building. They established a water supply and began to extinguish the fire on the inside of the building. The fire was considered controlled at 9:02 p.m.  

Catawba County EMS was on the scene to provide medical rehab for the firefighters and Hickory Police Department assisted blocking the roadway. No injuries were reported and damage estimates are being compiled. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:48

Lincolnton P.D. Undercover Operation Nets Six Arrests

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Through Friday September 8, Lincolnton Police Detectives had arrested six offenders following a two-month-long undercover operation involving Undercover Detectives.

The Detectives portrayed children on various social media outlets.  Detectives developed dialogue in which agreements were made for offenders to meet in Lincolnton with what they believed to be children in order to have unlawful sexual relationships.  As the offenders arrived at the meeting places, they were arrested without incident.  

Detectives charged all the offenders with one count of soliciting a child for an unlawful sex act by computer and appearing to meet such child, along with other charges.

Those arrested are:

·    Robert Richard Quigg of Valdese, who is already a registered sex offender for molesting children.  He was given a $100,000 bond.

·    Loy Everette Huckle of Dallas, who was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor.  No bond was listed.

·    Devin Cole Mayberry of Statesville.  No bond was listed.

·    Timothy Harold Purkey of Newton.  He was given a $25,000 bond.

·    Michael Lee Williams of Polkton.  Bond was set at $25,000.

·    James Frederick Turner of Charlotte, who was also charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.  No bond was listed.

All of the offenders were placed in the Lincoln County Jail.  The case is still active and additional charges are possible.

The lead Detective is Det. Brent Heavner with Lt. John Caudle, Lt. Jason Munday, Sgt. Dennis Harris, Det. Brandon Hunsucker and Det. Tony Potts assisting.  Anyone with information about the offenders or any other possible victims should contact Det. Heavner at 704-736-8900.

During the week of September 4, 42-year-old Jimmie Leonard Ward, Jr. of Cherryville, 33-year-old Betsy Carpenter Fredell of Vale and 39-year-old James Steven Fredell of Vale were all sentenced to prison on multiple drug charges in Lincoln County Superior Court.  All three were arrested by the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in 2016.  The Honorable Forrest Bridges handed out the sentences after all three entered guilty pleas.

In the Fredells’ case, Narcotics Detectives charged the pair for their involvement in selling a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills to an Undercover Detective.  In Ward’s case, Detectives arrested the individual during the execution of a search warrant.  The suspect, a convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm.  Detectives also seized over a half-ounce of methamphetamine.  

Ward was convicted on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell & deliver meth and possession of meth.  He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.  Ward was given an active sentence of 103-to-136 months active in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

Betsy Fredell was convicted on three felony counts of trafficking in opiates, conspiring to traffic opiates, possession with the intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.  She was given an active sentence of 70-to-93 months.

James Fredell was convicted on two felony counts of trafficking opiates.  He was also given an active sentence of 70-to-93 months.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:19

Drug Charges Filed Following Traffic Stop

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29-year-old Brandon Jarrell Martin of Charlotte and 23-year-old Jamahl Tobias Jones of Chesapeake, Virginia, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Martin is charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

On Sunday, members of the Iredell County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE) were working in the area of West Memorial Highway in Union Grove when an Officer came into contact with several subjects in a passenger van. While speaking with the individuals, the Officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from their vehicle. After further investigation, the vehicle was searched.

While searching the vehicle, Deputies located two handguns, marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia. A computer check later revealed that one of the handguns were stolen from Salisbury. The driver, 34-year-old Karlton Sha Caldwell of Charlotte was found to have a suspended driver’s license and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, 28-year-old Mishon Lumpkin and 36-year-old Jason Callender, both of Charlotte, were each charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Martin's bond was set at $8,000 secured, Jones' bond was set at $1,500 secured. Martin has a District Court date October 2. Jones will appear in District Court November 2.

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