39-year-old Mickey Joe Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation, identity theft, and attempt to obtain property by false pretense. Calloway was incarcerated this morning (Tuesday, September 20) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (September 22) and a Superior Court date is set for next Monday (September 26).
Report gas prices that seem unreasonably high, Attorney General Roy Cooper urged North Carolina consumers Monday (September 19).
North Carolina’s law against price gouging is currently in effect due to limited supplies of gasoline caused by a leak in a pipeline that carries gas from the Gulf Coast to North Carolina and other southeastern states.
As of mid-day Monday, more than 400 consumers had filed complaints online or via a toll-free hotline to report potential gas price gouging to Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division.
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 applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.
The price gouging law is currently in effect due to a market disruption for gasoline declared late Friday. How does the law define price gouging? North Carolina law defines price gouging as charging “a price that is unreasonably excessive under the circumstances.” There is no set price or percentage increase defined in the law so the law can apply to different products and services in times of crisis. In this case, the law has in effect specifically to prevent gas price gouging. If a gas price looks excessive, report it and we will look into it.
You can report price gouging three ways: File a complaint online at ncdoj.gov. Mail us a complaint to: Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General's Office, Mail Service Center 9001, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001, or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll-free within North Carolina) or 919-716-6000.
It’s helpful if you can provide receipts if you purchased gas, or photos of gas station price signs you spot.
Our Consumer Protection Division follows up on complaints of potential price gouging to determine if the law has been violated. We use information provided by consumers, including first-hand reports, receipts, and photos of gas station price signs. We contact gas stations about reports we get and also look at the costs gas stations are charged by their suppliers.
Price gougers can face fines of up to $5,000 for each violation under North Carolina law. According to our state Constitution, all fines go to support the public schools. We also try to win refunds for consumers whenever possible.
In 2008, North Carolina faced a similar gas crisis when Gulf Coast refineries shut down. With the price gouging law in effect, Cooper took action and won $71,000 in consumer refunds, energy assistance and fines from 14 gas stations.
A man reportedly drowned in Lake Rhodhiss in Caldwell County late in the day on Monday (September 19). According to various published reports, rescue workers responded after they received a report of the possible drowning at approximately 6 p.m. yesterday. The man reportedly drowned near the Lake Rhodhiss Dam. The body of the victim, whose name was not released, was found near the shore. One published report says the victim was in his 50s. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.
40-year-old Adam Eugene Huffman of Love Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest and misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
The incident began as Officers saw a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder with an expired tag in the area of 7th Avenue S.W. and 1st Street S.W. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped away. Officers followed the Nissan onto 8th Avenue Drive S.W., 1st Street S.W., Highway 70 S.W., through the Paramount Hyundai parking lot, onto South Center Street, back onto Highway 70 and into the Paramount KIA parking lot.
At the rear of the business, the driver, Adam Huffman, jumped from the vehicle and fled, on foot. He was found in a briar thicket about 35 yards away, where he was taken into custody without further incident at about 3 a.m. Saturday.
36-year-old Saleem Rasool Alexander of 5th Street S.W. in Hickory was a passenger in the Nissan. He did not run, but stayed with the vehicle after it stopped. Alexander was taken into custody without incident on an outstanding misdemeanor failure to appear warrant.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Huffman was set at $6,000, secured, while Alexander was given a $1,000 secured bond. Huffman was set to appear in District Court today (September 19. Alexander has a court date on October 13.
28-year-old Robert Jason Jenkins of 2nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested today (Monday, September 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with two counts of being an habitual felon. Jenkins was also charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and sale of cocaine. Jenkins was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 secured bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for Tuesday (September 20) and November 7.
31-year-old James Leon Creasy Jr. of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (September 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Creasy was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 19).
34-year-old Joshua Logan Riddle of Brockmore Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of a schedule III controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Events leading to his arrest began as Officers were conducting a property check in the East Ridge community. They saw a green, 1995 Honda Civic in the parking lot at a closed business on 7th Avenue S.E.
A subsequent search led to the discovery of 4.8 grams of marijuana in a green case, a large container with 10.2 grams of marijuana in it, a large baggie containing 7.4 grams of marijuana and a plastic case containing 1.2 grams of marijuana. Police also found various marijuana roaches in various containers. In all, 23.6 grams of marijuana was found, not including the roaches. In addition, Officers also located one Suboxone pill and paraphernalia, including digital scales, a pill grinder, a marijuana grinder, rolling papers and a pipe.
The Honda was impounded. A second occupant in the vehicle was not charged.
Riddle was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for September 19 in Newton.
Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery last night (September 18) at Firehouse Subs on North Center Street in Hickory. The incident occurred at 9:47 Sunday night.
According to Police, two men entered the restaurant, which closed at 9 p.m., through a rear door and took an undisclosed sum of cash from an employee who was counting the money. One of the men displayed a handgun. The suspects exited through the same back door and fled.
No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
36-year-old Charles Allan Penninger of Hayden Drive in Charlotte and 30-year-old Breanna Frances Pupp-Oliver of Fieldstone Drive in Mooresville were both arrested Friday (September 16) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with breaking and entering to a residence, larceny after breaking and entering, and aid and abet felony larceny.
On Friday, deputies and detectives responded to a residence on Whippoorwill Road in reference to a report of a breaking and entering in progress. The homeowners of the residence returned home to find the doors to their residence open and a vehicle backed up to the garage. A female identified as Breanna Pupp-Oliver of Mooresville was on scene.
As Deputies and Detectives arrived on scene they began speaking with Oliver, at this time items belonging to the homeowners were located in the vehicle. While speaking with Oliver, a white male identified as Charles Penninger walked up and stated that he had been called by Oliver to come to the residence. As the investigation continued it was determined that Penninger ran out of the residence once the homeowners arrived on scene.
Both subjects were detained at that time and a canvas was started to locate any further stolen property. Several items that were taken from the residence were located behind a shed next door to the residence. All of the items were collected and returned to the owner with the exception of one box of jewelry that Penninger told officers had been thrown in the lake.
Both subjects were confined in the Iredell county Detention center. Bond for Penninger was set at $12,000 dollars, Oliver's bond was set at $2,000 dollars. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, September 19).
24-year-old Jeffrey Nathaniel Shatley of Star Shaker Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (September 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a firearm. In addition, Shatley is charged with probation violation. Following the arrest, Shatley was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 19).
City of Morganton Water Resources workers were planning to shut off water to a section of NC 18 this morning to repair a water line break. The break occurred on a four-inch line near 2573 NC 18 northeast of the City. About 100 customers on NC 18 between Putnam Street and Dalton Drive and any side streets could be affected. Workers expect to have the line repaired and service restored by early afternoon barring any unforeseen issues.
For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
31-year-old Robert Clint Cooper Mcneely was arrested Sunday (September 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony trafficking heroin. Mcneely was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for October 24.
26-year-old Joshua Shane Strickland of Blackburn Bridge Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (September 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with possession of methamphetamine. Strickland was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 19).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session tonight (Monday, September 19).
During departmental reports, the board will hear a report from Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks on Catawba County's position and comments based upon NCDOT's public hearing for the NC Highway 150 widening project.
Among other items on today's agenda, there will be a presentation to Danny Hearn, the retiring President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. He'll receive the Distinguished Public Service Award. In addition, there will be a proclamation on the occasion of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce being named Chamber of the Year. In addition, there will be a proclamation honoring CommScope's 40th anniversary.
There are additional presentations scheduled during departmental reports. The board will hear a presentation from the Cooperative Extension/Catawba County Youth Council regarding Youth Council membership. The board will also hear a presentation from Social Services on the Catawba County Aging Coalition update.
Tonight's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7:00 in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
51-year-old Wayne Stevenson Evans of 4th Street Place SW in Conover was arrested Sunday (September 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, and assault with a deadly weapon. Evans was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $54,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 19) and a District Court date is set for October 14.
The Primary fund raising event for the North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD) in Morganton is coming up later this month. The NCSD Foundation Bears Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, September 30 at Silver Creek Plantation Golf Course in Morganton.
The format is four-person team scramble. Fees are $75 per player, lunch and dinner are provided along with welcome gifts and a silent auction. There are prizes for hole-in-ones, longest drives, and closest to the pins.
Tournament proceeds provide scholarships for college bound students and enhance the educational environment at NCSD through field trips, special events, and life skills programs. Registration is 11 a.m. to 12 noon with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
For more information go to www.ncsdfoundation.org or you can go to the NCSD Foundation Bears Classic Golf Tournament Facebook page.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public following the discovery of what is believed to be human remains in a burnt vehicle.
On Sunday (September 18) at approximately 8:05 a.m., Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Canoe Creek Way in Morganton in reference to a burnt vehicle. Upon arrival, deputies discovered what appeared to be human remains in the vehicle. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene along with agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and an Investigator with the Burke County Fire Marshall’s Office.
With the assistance of an Investigator of the North Carolina License and Theft Bureau, Investigators learned the vehicle was a Cadillac Deville belonging to Mr. Albert Alexander Austin but registered to Mr. Spencer “Jermain” Murray. Investigators are attempting to locate anyone who might have any information on the whereabouts of Murray or Austin. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Burke County Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333 or the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division at 828-438-5500.
37-year-old Colleen Velma Jewell of Fieldhaven Court in Maiden was arrested Thursday (September 15) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of financial card theft and obtaining property by false pretenses.
Jewell is charged with taking a debit card and using it to purchase goods at a Denver, convenience store. Detective Kelly Paris investigated a report filed on September 7 by another Maiden resident stating that a fraudulent transaction had occurred on her debit card. The purchase was made at the Denver Mart on North Highway 16 Business.
Security cameras at the business placed the suspect at that business when the transaction occurred. During an interview with Detective Paris the suspect confessed to using the card to make a purchase of gasoline.
Jewell was processed at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and released on an $8,000 unsecured bond. She had a first appearance today (Friday, September 16) in Lincoln County District Court.
47-year-old Mavis Yvette “May-May” Clark of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9 a.m. yesterday (September 15) on one felony count of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers located the suspect, Mavis Clark, on foot on Highway 70, not far from the store. She was accused of taking a Hot Mamma pickled sausage, valued at $1.89. A crack pipe was found in her bag.
Clark has a history of larceny convictions dating back to 1995 in Rockingham County. She has multiple larceny and shoplifting convictions in Catawba County in 1995 and 1998, along with felony breaking & entering convictions in 2009.
Clark was taken into custody without incident yesterday and banned from the store. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court set for today (September 16) in Newton.
36-year-old Jeremy Douglas Dunn of Forge Creek Road in Mountain City, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:20 yesterday afternoon (September 15) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police responded to a call regarding a suspicious subject looking into cars in a parking lot at 1st Street S.W. and 11th Avenue S.W. Officers located the man, Jeremy Dunn, and found a loaded syringe and a used syringe in his pocket. They also found a metal teaspoon, two clear, small storage containers and an orange, plastic container with a white crystal substance in it. The substance was identified as 2.8 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also found one dosage unit of Clonazepam.
Dunn was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.