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46-year-old Tina Metcalf Sain of 28th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and felony probation violation. Sain was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 20).

27-year-old Natasha Marie Chafin of Teague Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, habitual felon, misdemeanor escape local jail, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. In addition, Chafin is charged on grand jury indictments with prostitution and solicit for prostitution. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $57,500 bond. A District Court date is set for December 10, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 14.

42-year-old Michael Wayne Skinner of Lyle Haven Drive in Conover was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Skinner was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 20).

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:16

Felony Statutory Rape Arrest Made in Iredell County

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38-year-old William Gary Ray Mozeley has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with one felony count of statutory rape when the defendant is more than six years older than the victim.

On November 2, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report involving the sexual assault of a child less than 16 years of age by a family member. The assault occurred in June of last year in southern Iredell County.

The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson with the Special Victims Unit. The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. As a result of the investigation, Mozeley was charged.

He was jailed under a $75,000 bond. A District Court date was set for November 23.

17-year-old Dechealyn Montario Goode, 20-year-old Mary Elizabeth Ervin, 17-year-old Luqman Abdur-rahman Ali, and 16-year-old Carleton Javius Moneo Fuller were all arrested Saturday (November 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Goode is charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver, Ervin is charged with possession of a stolen firearm and driving while license revoked, Ali is charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony larceny of a vehicle, and Fuller is charged with felony possession of a firearm.

Saturday at approximately 1 a.m., Morganton Public Safety Officers conducted a license checkpoint on South Sterling Street. At approximately 1:40 a.m., a gold Buick pulled up to the checkpoint. The driver, Mary Ervin did not have a valid license and was told to pull to the side of the road. During the interaction with the driver, Carlton Fuller who was sitting in the back seat dropped a jacket which was concealing a loaded AR-15 rifle. All six occupants of the vehicle were removed and another loaded firearm was found in the vehicle along with marijuana. Both firearms were stolen from a residential break in last Thursday, November 12.

Goode's bond was set at $10,000, Ervin's bond was set at $25,000, Ali's bond is $75,000, and Fuller's bond was set at $25,000. All four are scheduled to appear in District Court December 7. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:31

H.F.D. Responds to Water Leak at Valley Hills Mall

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The Hickory Fire Department responded to Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall last night after a water pipe leaked, causing damage at the Bed, Bath & Beyond store and at other locations in the mall.

The alarm sounded at 9:07 p.m. Firefighters arrived about five minutes later. First responders worked to stop the leak and contain the water. The Fire Department left the scene at 11:40 p.m.

The leak came from a pipe that is part of the mall’s sprinkler system. According to a Fire Department spokesperson, there was no fire. The mall was put on a “fire watch” last night as a precautionary measure because the sprinkler system was not fully functional as a result of the leak.

No damage estimates are available at this time.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:13

Hickory Man Arrested for Felony Failure to Appear

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35-year-old Aaron Josiah O’Neil of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of failure to appear on a felony and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.

The charges come in connection to an incident in November of last year in which O’Neil allegedly took shoes from the Rugged Wearhouse on Highway 70 S.W. without paying. He fled the scene on foot, but was found behind the neighboring El Paso restaurant. The stolen shoes were recovered.

O’Neil was taken into custody without incident at about 2:10 a.m. today at a residence on 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for November 20 in Newton.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:09

Two Vehicle Accident Reported in Brookford

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No serious injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred this morning in Brookford.

According to Brookford Police Chief Ken Hopkins, the accident occurred as a white Chrysler traveling southbound on Highway 127 attempted to turn left onto South Center Street. A northbound Toyota collided with the Chrysler. The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m.

The female driver of the Toyota was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center complaining of possible chest pain caused by the steering wheel. The female driver of the Chrysler and an infant riding in the back seat were not injured.

Brookford Police, Hickory Police and the Hickory Fire Department were among the responding agencies.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 05:40

Watauga Sheriff Issues Scam Warning To Citizens

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An area county’s Sheriff wants to warn citizens about a scam. Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman issued a news release to make the public aware of this scam. The news release says the Watauga County Sheriff's Office has recently received reports from victims who have stated that they were contacted by someone they believed to be in law enforcement.

The victims were informed that their Grandson/Grandaughter was in jail, and that they needed money to post bail. The victims were told that they were speaking with Sgt. Collins and were then allowed to speak with a person said to be their Grandson. The victims were told to go to Food Lion and get a Reloadit card with money applied and to call Sgt. Collings back at 888-748-3953. The person claiming to be Sgt. Collins then instructed the victims to shred the Reloadit card. The victims were contacted again by Sgt. Collins and told to get more money on new Reloadit cards. One victim was told the second fee was for an attorney, and the other victim was told the additional money needed was due to a mistake.

Sheriff Hagaman says in the news release he would like you to be aware that Watauga County Sheriff's Officers, Jail staff, and other Sheriff’s office staff do not call to solicit money for bond. If you should receive a call from another area soliciting money for bond, we suggest that you contact law enforcement immediately using the traditionally published numbers, rather than a number provided by the potential scammer. If you have any concerns that a phone call or electronic communication may in fact be a scam, you are askedt to contact the Sheriff's Office prior to releasing any personal information or making any financial transactions.

30-year-old Diamond Sharell Lipscomb and 37-year-old Falando Mckinely Francis were both arrested Monday (November 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. They're each charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance.

According to a news release issued this morning (Tuesday, November 17) by the Morganton Department of Public Safety, at approximately 11:00 Monday night, a revoked driver, Diamond Lipscomb, was spotted operating a Porsche Cheyenne SUV at the intersection of White Street and East Meeting Street in Morganton. A traffic stop was conducted in the Morganton City Hall Parking Lot. A passenger, Falando Francis, was detained as well.

Another officer along with a K-9 officer were called to the traffic stop due to the suspicion of narcotics being present. More than nine grams of crystal methamphetamine was found and more than $1,500 in cash was scattered about the vehicle.

The Burke County Narcotics Task Force was contacted and was given the controlled substances for evidence. Additional narcotics, a bag of crystal methamphetamine, was found in a parking space on White Street. It is believed this was thrown from the vehicle by Lipscomb. Additional charges are pending.

Lipscomb and Francis were arrested and taken to the magistrates office. Lipscomb has previously been convicted of drug offenses and kidnapping and has pending felony charges of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and Possession with intent to Manufacture, Sell/Deliver Schedule VI Controlled Substance. Francis also has two pending felonies in Burke County. Both men were placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond apiece. They were scheduled to make first court appearances today (Tuesday, November 17).