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21-year-old Michelle Renate Beck was arrested today (Tuesday, November 15) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver controlled substance. Beck was placed in jail in Morganton under $2,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for December 12.

23-year-old Alison Zoe Reuteler of Hunting Court in Matthews was arrested today (Tuesday, November 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Reuteler was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A Superior Court date is set for December 15.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:07

Hickory Man Arrested for Stolen Firearm

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22-year-old Jalen Michael Foote of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight Friday (November 11) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers responded to reports of possible drug violations at Hickory East Apartments on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. Officers located and approached the suspect vehicle, detecting the odor of marijuana as they did so.

A search of the vehicle turned up a Springfield Armory .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen from Alexander County. 2.1 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe were also found.

Jalen Foote was the driver. A male passenger in the vehicle was not charged.

Foote was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (November 14) with another court date coming up on November 29.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:46

Hickory Man Busted for Heroin

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23-year-old Landon Scott Treadway of 11th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (November 12) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police responded to a single-vehicle accident with injury at Highway 321 N.W. and 2nd Avenue N.W. Officers found the vehicle on the median on Highway 321 where it had hit a “Do Not Enter” sign.

Treadway, the vehicle’s only occupant, was unconscious. Officers saw a bag containing 0.3 grams of heroin and a syringe. E.M.S. arrived and administered Naloxone, which is an opiate antidote. Treadway was revived and taken to Frye Regional Medical Center.

Upon his discharge from the hospital, Treadway was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (November 14). Another court date was scheduled today for D.W.I. and other traffic violations.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:41

Larceny Suspect Sought in Iredell County

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding 26-year-old Christopher Franklin Russell of Brim Lane in Denver, who has been charged by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office with felony larceny, injury to personal property and obtaining property by false pretense.

On August 16, a victim reported the theft of landscaping equipment from a landscape trailer in front of the victim’s home on Hidden Harbor Road in Mooresville. The victim also reported damage to a vehicle that was parked behind the trailer on the side of the roadway.

Detectives obtained serial numbers for some of the stolen items from a local business where the equipment was purchased. The equipment was entered into a nationwide database as stolen. Detectives then identified Christopher Franklin Russell as the suspect after he pawned the stolen items at a local pawnshop in Mooresville. Detectives also learned that Russell had relatives who lived a few houses from the victim’s residence.

Russell faces other charges and is currently wanted as an absconder from parole in Buncombe County.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Christopher Franklin Russell should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:29

Credit Card Fraud Charge Lodged In Burke County

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26-year-old Jessica Leanne Harris was arrested today (Tuesday, November 15) by authorities in Burke County. She was charged with felony credit card fraud. Harris, who was already facing multiple charges, was placed in jail in Morganton with total bond of $10,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, November 16).

With wildfires burning in several western counties, Attorney General Roy Cooper has encouraged consumers to report price gouging in the area and be aware of their rights.

Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor. The law also applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.

Under a state of emergency declared last week, the price gouging law is in effect in 25 counties across Western North Carolina: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.

Families who rented vacation homes in the North Carolina mountains over the Veterans Day holiday weekend and had those plans changed due to the fires should read their rental agreements carefully. The Vacation Rental Act protects consumers who rent a property in North Carolina for fewer than 90 days. Consumers who have to cancel their rental plans due to wildfires should consult their rental agreement for details on how to cancel and whether or not they are entitled to any money back. Those who reserved hotels and paid in advance need to check on the lodging establishment's policy when it comes to refunds.

To file a complaint about a price gouging incident, or an issue with a North Carolina hotel or vacation rental, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division toll-free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or visit ncdoj.gov.

24-year-old Elijah Alexander Curtis of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Curtis was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 9.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:49

String Of Drug Charges Filed Against Hickory Woman

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30-year-old Alicha Leann Hamby of 20th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (November 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with three counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin, sale of heroin, and maintaining a place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Hamby is charged with two counts apiece of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, along with single counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance and manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

Hamby was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, November 15).

17-year-old Demaja Keshon Watts of Wilson Street in Statesville was arrested Monday (November 14) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

According to a news release, Deputy Daniel Stikeleather while on route patrol shortly after 3 a.m. Monday, spotted a green dirt bike on the road on Sharon School Road. The Deputy attempted to stop the individual on the dirt bike but was not able to do so. Other Deputies responded to the area to assist in finding the dirt bike but they were unable to do so.

At approximately 4:10 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting the theft of a dirt bike from a residence on Barbary Drive. Deputy Stikeleather started responding to the call from Old Mountain Road. While he was on his way, he spotted a subject attempting to push a dirt bike across the roadway. The Deputy approached the individual. The officer was able to identify the dirt bike as the same one he attempted to locate earlier on Sharon School road.

The Deputy detained the male subject that was pushing the bike, he was later identified as Demaja Keshon Watts. It was determined that Watts was in possession of the dirt bike stolen from Barbary Drive. Watts was arrested and brought to the Iredell County Detention Center. His bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 30.

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