Thursday, 01 October 2015 17:39

Salisbury Man Faces Felony Sex Offense Charges

42-year-old Carl Franklin Riddle of Gheen Road in Salisbury has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on eight felony counts statutory rape or sex offense when the defendant is more than six years older than the victim.

On June 15, the Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding the alledged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by a family member, Carl Franklin Riddle. The victim said the abuse occurred in 2010 at a family member’s home in eastern Iredell County during times when the victim and Riddle were visiting the same family member.

After numerous interviews and further investigation, Det. Sgt. Mike Benfield obtained the warrants for Riddle’s arrest. He was taken into custody on September 28.

Riddle is currently a registered sex offender in Rowan County. He has been on the registry since 2005 after he was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor.

Riddle was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $350,000 bond. He’ll appear in District Court on October 19.

37-year-old Jamie Cook Fox, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon on a warrant out of Burke County for a felony probation violation and another warrant from Alexander County on six counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.

She was taken into custody at an apartment complex on 11th Street N.E. in Hickory’s Highland area. Fox was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $90,000 secured bond. She’ll appear in District Court in Taylorsville on October 5 and in Superior Court in Morganton on November 9.

The Lincolnton Police Department continues to ask for the public’s assistance in connection to a missing persons case involving Patricia Linn Loveless. Ms. Loveless was last seen and was reported missing on March 13 of this year.

She is a white female, 62 years of age, 5’2” tall, weighing 98 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair. Ms. Loveless was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, gray pants and white tennis shoes.

Lincolnton Police say there is no new information in the case; however, the Agency is re-circulating the missing person information in order to keep her picture and information in the public eye. This case is still a priority and remains under active investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Patricia Linn Loveless should contact Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or call Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and information leading to Ms. Loveless’ location could result in a $1,000 reward.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:55

Two Arrested in Hickory on Various Charges

36-year-old Bobby Lee Edwards of Old Shelby Road in Hickory and 25-year-old Courtney Evelyn Calhoun of Indian Grave Road in Lenoir have both been arrested by Hickory Police. Edwards was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Calhoun faces misdemeanor charges for simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two were arrested when Officers conducted an investigative vehicle stop in the parking lot at the McDonald’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. The case under investigation originated in Granite Falls and concerned the fraudulent use of a credit card.

Officers found that there was an outstanding warrant out of Alexander County for Calhoun’s arrest on the schedule II narcotics charge. A search turned up drug paraphernalia in Calhoun’s purse. Also in her purse, Police found Edwards’ wallet, which contained one gram of methamphetamine.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Edwards set at $5,000, secured, while Calhoun was given a $3,000 secured bond. Edwards was scheduled to make a first appearance in court today. Calhoun has court dates on October 26 and November 19.

67-year-old Dennis Carroll Gwaltney of 3rd Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:10 yesterday afternoon (September 29) on two felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a complaint regarding a person selling drugs at a residence on the 1600 block of 3rd Street N.E. Police searched the residence and found 27 handguns, two long guns, ammunition, 123 grams of marijuana, 171 dosage units of prescription medication and more than $30,000 in cash.

Gwaltney was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 32-year-old Keisha Nicole McMahon. Ms. McMahon was reported missing from her home on Blair’s Fork Road in Lenoir by family members on Monday (September 28).

She was last seen in downtown Lenoir at about 9 a.m. on September 19. She was wearing a green sweater, pajama pants and no shoes. She is not known to be operating a motor vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Keisha Nicole McMahon should call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-758-2324.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:32

Two Accidents Back Up Traffic on I-40 Today

The N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to an accident on Interstate 40 at 9:12 this morning (September 29) in which a tractor-trailer carrying furniture ran into the median and hit a guardrail, spilling approximately 150 gallons of fuel into the roadway. Traffic was briefly shut down in both westbound lanes. By mid-afternoon, one lane remained closed as hazmat crews worked to clean up the spill.

The accident occurred near exit 103, between mile markers 103 and 104. No injuries were reported.

A short time later, as traffic backed up, a four-car, chain-reaction collision occurred near exit 106. At least one person suffered minor injuries in that crash. Both westbound lanes were again closed for a brief time.

Seven Iredell County teenagers have been charged with misdemeanor accessing computers without authorization. Those charged are 17-year-old Edmund Martin, Jr. of Freshwater Lane in Mooresville, 17-year-old Gregory Matthew Torney of Windy Knoll Lane in Mooresville, 18-year-old Jake Donnelley Leffew of Easton Drive in Mooresville, 16-year-old Grayson Noble Baker of West Maranta Road in Mooresville, 17-year-old Stephen Miller of Dedham Loop in Mooresville and two 14-year-old male juveniles from Mooresville.

On September 1, Officials with Iredell-Statesville Schools (ISS) reported to the Sheriff’s Office that they were the victims of an on-campus computer breach at Lake Norman High School in Mooresville. School Officials suspected that the suspects were students at the school.

The breach was quickly stopped by the ISS IT Department, which assisted with the investigation. A new password and security procedures were put in place.

Sheriff’s Detectives and school Officials immediately learned the identity of possible students involved in the breach. Protective action was immediately put into place to stop additional security breaches. The students were identified and interviewed by Detectives.

At least one student was able to manipulate his school-issued laptop to access and take advantage of the administrative password, thus gaining access to other student’s computers while on the school campus. That student shared information regarding the administrative password with other students, who also gained access through their school-issued laptops. The suspects were able to manipulate files on their computers and activate webcams on other students’ computers.

A statement from the Sheriff’s Office says it appears that no personal student data, testing materials or grades were affected, but the suspects did have the potential to gain access to that information if their activities had not been stopped quickly and security reestablished.

The students involved have been suspended from school and charged by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Juvenile petitions were filed on the two 14-year-old students and the other students were arrested on September 24 & 25. They were released into the their parents’ custody. Court dates were set for November 10.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:10

Hickory Man Faces Felony Larceny Charge

26-year-old Andrew Paxton Parlier of 34th Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night (September 28) on one felony count of larceny. He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and then jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton. No further details are available.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 10:34

Second Person Charged with Prescription Fraud

50-year-old Crystal Dawn Scronce of Village Circle in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday (September 28) on one felony count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Scronce is the wife of 48-year-old Ezekial Trevino, who was arrested last Thursday on the same charge.

Scronce is accused of picking up a prescription for Oxycodone at her late father’s doctor’s office on September 9. Her father passed away on September 6. According to Police, her husband later had the prescription filled at the CVS store on Highway 127 South. The Oxycodone was valued at $42.

An employee at the doctor’s office saw deceased man’s obituary and noticed the discrepancy. The employee then notified authorities.

Scronce turned herself in at H.P.D. headquarters where she was processed and released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.