The North Carolina Department of Labor is warning employers and businesses about a solicitation involving the sale of North Carolina labor law posters.
Recently, a company called Personnel Concepts has been contacting employers in North Carolina to sell posters that publicize North Carolina’s labor laws and information for employees. The company is telling employers that they will be in violation of state law if they don’t purchase these posters.
While the Department of Labor does require employers to display labor law posters with information about occupational safety and health laws, state wage and hour laws, and workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance information in workplaces, these posters are free. You should not pay for them. You can order the posters from the Department of Labor’s website at no cost.
This company is employing a variation of a common imposter scam, threatening you with legal consequences if you don’t give them your money. If you have been or are contacted by this company, do not feel pressured to buy a labor law poster. Report them to NCDOJ’s Consumer Protection Division online at http://ncdoj.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
36-year-old Michelle Dawn Dellinger of Chevy Drive in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, simple possession of schedule III and IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dellinger was jailed this morning (May 15) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,300 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
44-year-old Brandy Rayvonne Chaney of West 2nd Street in Cherryville was arrested Tuesday (May 14) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers on charges from Catawba County. She's charged with breaking and entering and injury to personal property. Chaney was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 31.
There's a new name on the Iredell County most wanted list.
42-year-old Stewart Mullins was recently added to the list of suspects wanted in Iredell County. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. The last known address for Mullins was 2584 Old Mountain Road in Statesville.
Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek the whereabouts of 25-year-old Christian Raenard Carter. He's wanted on felony counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell schedule II controlled substance. Carter's last known address was 107 JC Circle in Mooresville.
35-year-old Dominique Jenkins remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted on two counts of felony embezzlement. The last known address for Jenkins was 6213 Four Seasons Lane in Charlotte.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail email@example.com. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
31-year-old Samantha Rena Lee of Mineral Springs Mountain Road in Valdese was arrested Tuesday (May 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Lee was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for June 24 and July 8.
40-year-old Michelle Leigh Morris of JV Parker Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Morris was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (May 15).
An inmate in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detention Center is in critical condition after a suicide attempt yesterday (May 13).
The 33-year-old male inmate, who is from Lincolnton, was found hanging by a bed sheet attached to the top bunk in his cell. The inmate was unresponsive. Detention center personnel, Lincoln County E.M.S., and Boger City Firefighters performed C.P.R. and were able to regain a pulse. The man was rushed to Atrium Health – Lincoln and then transferred to Atrium Health in Charlotte where he is listed in critical condition.
Detention Center Officers checked the cell-block at 5:06 p.m. and reported no problems. At 5:42 p.m., a cellmate returned to the cell after performing work duties in the jail. The cellmate found the victim hanging from the bunk and alerted jail personnel.
The victim has been in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center since January 17 of this year after he was arrested on charges for felony child abuse and assault on a child under 12 years of age. He was being held under a $40,000 secured bond.
We have more information on arrests reported yesterday on WHKY. 30-year-old Dorian Michael Morgan and 36-year-old Heidi Therese Barlow, both of the same Quarry Road, Granite Falls address, were arrested last Friday (May 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. Morgan was charged with one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to store a controlled substance, two felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin, and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Barlow was charged with one felony count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to store a controlled substance.
The arrests followed a three-month investigation of a suspect believed to be a heroin trafficker. The suspects were charged after a search of their apartment was conducted by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers last Friday. The search warrant was issued after several controlled purchases of drugs were made from Morgan.
Agencies assisting in the investigation were the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Lenoir Police Department, and Granite Falls Police Department. Agents searched the home and found more than $5,000 in cash, two firearms, and approximately five grams of heroin and a small amount of marijuana.
During the investigation a total of 33 grams of heroin was seized from Morgan with a street value of $19,800. There is another heroin trafficking case against Morgan from July, 2018, which is currently pending in court. Agents are seeking a bond revocation in that case.
Both suspects were taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center. Barlow has since been released under a $25,000 secured bond, while Morgan remained in jail with bond set at $500,000, secured. Morgan's next District Court date is June 13, Barlow has a District Court appearance June 13.
39-year-old Aubrey Iban Snow of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (May 13) by Hickory Police Officers on one felony count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. He's also charged with single misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree trespassing.
Snow was arrested after Officers responded to a request to remove Snow from his residence. During the arrest, Officers found that Snow was in possession of two dosage units of clonazepam, one gram of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Snow was taken to the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for May 20 in Newton.
33-year-old James Devin Throneburg of George Hildebran School Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 Monday morning (May 13) on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering and one felony count each of uttering a forged instrument and processing stolen goods.
Throneburg was arrested in connection to an incident on April 15 when Officers responded to a break-in at a business on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. The suspect was identified after a check that was stolen from the business was cashed. Warrants for Throneburg's arrest were issued on April 23 and May 13.
He was taken into custody without incident at a duplex on 4th Street S.E. Throneburg was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $43,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
38-year-old Jennifer Leann Pennell of Taylorsville Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (May 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. She's also charged with assault on a government official and resisting a public official. Pennell was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (May 15).
37-year-old April Dawn Youngs of Ralph Winchester Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (May 13) for failure to appear on a felony. She's also charged with resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. Youngs was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $42,000, secured. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for June 3.
34-year-old Devin Jeffery Akers of Boggs Road in Claremont was arrested Monday (May 13) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony probation violation. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office charged Akers with a misdemeanor count of domestic violence protection order violation. Akers was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 20, a District Court date is May 21.
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is warning consumers who are trying to process common DMV-related renewals and registrations online to be aware of websites that charge consumers unnecessary fees and may not be safeguarding their online data.
According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Justice, third-party websites are popping up online that ask consumers to share personal information or pay fees to process vehicle, driver license, and license plate renewals and registrations. These websites will often show up if you search for common DMV services online, and they’ll often appear before the official DMV website in a list of search results. These are not State-operated websites.
These websites assist you in renewing a license plate or driver license or completing any of the other above services through a third party, but they will include an unnecessary fee at the end of the process. Additionally, the information shared during driver services is often personal data that should be stored securely. There’s no way to confirm that these websites are keeping your information confidential.
If you’re looking to complete vehicle and driver license renewals and registrations online, you can do so directly through the NC DMV website at www.ncdot.gov/dmv.
If you believe that you have been the victim of a scam in the process of trying to complete these services, you can file a consumer complaint with the state's Consumer Protection Division at ncdoj.gov/complaint or 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.