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45-year-old Brian Kelly Ferguson of NW Rankin Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Ferguson was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday. 

28-year-old Joshua Adam Chilcote was arrested Thursday (August 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Chilcote was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, Auggust 19).

18-year-old Trevin Ali Brown of 28th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (August 18) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, first degree burglary, second degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and simple assault. Brown was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $95,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, August 19).

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold two public hearings next week regarding the proposed project to widen of N.C. 150 in Catawba and Iredell Counties to a multi-lane, median divided roadway. The project also includes the reconfiguration of the I-77/N.C. 150 interchange.

The purpose of the project is to improve traffic capacity and reduce congestion along N.C. 150 from the N.C. 16 Bypass to the U.S. 21/N.C. 150 interchange. An Environmental Assessment for this project was approved in March 2016. At this upcoming hearing the design alternatives will be presented to the public for review and comment.

The two Pre-hearing Open Houses and Public Hearings are scheduled at the following times and locations: next Monday, (August 22) at the Mt. Anderson Family Life Center at 4818 South N.C. Highway 16 in Maiden. And next Tuesday, (August 23) at Peninsula Baptist Church at 687 Brawley School Road in Mooresville. At both locations there will be an open house from 4-6:30 p.m. and the formal presentation will begin at 7:00 each night.

NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the proposed alternatives during the open house portion of the meeting. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the open house hours. The formal presentation will include an explanation of the location and design of each proposed alternative, as well as information about the state-federal relationship, the right of way and relocation requirements, as well as procedures that will be part of the project. The presentation and comments received will be recorded and included in the alternative selection process.

Maps showing the location and design of the project and a copy of the approved Environmental Assessment (EA) are available for public review at the following locations: NCDOT District 2 Engineer’s Office located at 124 Prison Camp Road, Statesville; NCDOT District 3 Engineer’s Office located at 1031 E. Gaston Street, Lincolnton; Town of Mooresville’s Engineering Dept. located at 2523 Charlotte Highway; Catawba County Planning & Parks Dept., located at 100-A South West Blvd., Newton; and
the Iredell County Planning Division, 349 N Center Street in Statesville.

Attorney General Roy Cooper issued a warning this week for citizens to watch out for vehicles damaged by devastating floods in Louisiana to show up for sale on new and used car lots in North Carolina.

The Attorney General said thoughts and prayers go out to the people suffering in Louisiana, however, he cautioned that flooded cars will be on their way to North Carolina and other states to trick unsuspecting car buyers. Cooper urged consumers to learn the warning signs to avoid these damaged vehicles.

After major storms, both new and used cars that were flooded will be offered for sale. These vehicles are frequently put through extensive cleaning that can make it difficult for prospective buyers to detect even serious damage.

Under North Carolina law, flood damage to a car must be disclosed in writing before the car is sold. Vehicles that have been partially or totally submerged in water resulting in damage to the body, engine or transmission are classified as flood vehicles, but title paperwork is sometimes unlawfully altered to remove any mention of flood damage. Failure to disclose damage to a vehicle is a class 2 misdemeanor prosecutable by local District Attorneys, and violators of the law can face civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation.

To avoid buying a flood-damaged car:

Ask the seller directly if the car has been damaged in any way, including by storms or flooding. Consider getting a complete vehicle history report using a service like CARFAX. Request a copy of the title for any used car. Check the date and place of transfer to see if the vehicle comes from a state that recently experienced flooding. Flood damage will only be disclosed on the title if the insurance company officially declared the car totaled. Have the car examined by an independent mechanic of your choice before you buy. Avoid buying a car over the Internet if you haven’t seen it in person, especially if it is being sold in an area that recently experienced flooding. If possible, take the car for a test drive and remember to check for rust and mud in the trunk, glove box, and dashboard and beneath the seats.    Look for rusty brackets under the dash and carpet, discolored upholstery, and mismatched carpet. Test electronics like headlights, windshield wipers, turn signals, power outlet, and radio. Run the heater and air conditioner, and look in the vents for signs of water or mud. Make sure all gauges on the dashboard are working accurately.

If you believe that you may have unknowingly purchased a flood-damaged vehicle, report it to the Consumer Protection Division by phone, toll-free within North Carolina, at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. Consumers can also get tips on auto damage disclosure and file a consumer complaint online at ncdoj.gov.

36-year-old Jason Brian Allen of Sunny Lane in Cherryville was arrested August 7 by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of controlled substance in a detention facility, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a news release issued today (Thursday, August 18), in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 7, Lincolnton Police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jason Brian Allen. A search was initiated and a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine and a small amount of methamphetamine were discovered.   

While Allen was being searched later at the jail, additional amounts of methamphetamine were found in his possession. His bond was set at $17,500 secured. He made a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court August 8. Allen's next appearance in District Court is scheduled for August 25.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins Tuesday night (August 16) to unlocked vehicles in a development off South Pilot Knob Road in Stanley.

Residents began reporting the break-ins the Wednesday morning (August 17) to vehicles parked at homes on Woodcrest Drive, Pinkney Place, Sedgebrook Drive East and Sedgebrook Drive West. Items stolen in the break-ins included a Glock 40 caliber pistol, laptop computer, a Verizon Jetpack, currency, credit cards and identification. In one case a vehicle with a Pennsylvania license plate and containing luggage was stolen. The vehicle was a 2013 Nissan Rogue, blue in color and displaying a Pennsylvania registration plate of KBG5190.

A total of 15 vehicle break-ins were reported. There were several other vehicle break-ins where the owners did not want to file a report. It appeared the thief or thieves went from street to street in the neighborhood to make entry into the vehicles.  The break-ins appeared to be similar to those that have occurred in surrounding counties.

Thieves are still showing a tendency to break into unlocked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible. During the investigation detectives recovered a Toyota Camry reported stolen from Asheboro. The vehicle was found abandoned on the power line right-of-way near Sifford Road.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is offering tips to protect yourself from being a victim of a crime:

Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short time.
Don’t leave valuable items in plain view. If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before your arrive at your destination. If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave your exterior lights on at night. If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space. Residents should also document and record all serial numbers on any items left in a vehicle.

If you see somebody acting suspicious or looking into vehicles, or if you have any information on the break-ins or the theft of the vehicle, call 9-1-1, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:55

Water Service Shut Off In Section Of Morganton

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City of Morganton workers planned to shut off water service to a section of Playmore Beach Road at 10:30 a.m. today, (Thursday, August 18) to repair a water line break. Approximately 50 customers will be affected on Playmore Beach Road from NC 18 to Hartland Road, including any side streets. Workers expect to have the line repaired by this afternoon barring any unforeseen problems.

For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

27-year-old Christina Michelle Hawes was arrested Wednesday (August 17) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Hawes was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (August 19).

Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:26

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Crack Charge

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22-year-old Aleia Kianna Rice of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:40 a.m. yesterday (August 17) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested when Police stopped a 1992 Ford Explorer driven by Rice for a suspended license and an expired tag. The vehicle was stopped at a restaurant on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers found 0.8 grams of crack cocaine on Rice’s person. One other person was in the vehicle but was not charged.

Rice was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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