35-year-old Joannie Waters Stowe was arrested Thursday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony larceny of a financial transaction card. Stowe was arrested shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday. She was not listed as an inmate in Burke County and no court dates were listed.
29-year-old Summer Dawn Scott of Chief Thomas Road in Harmony was arrested Tuesday (February 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor injury to real property.
On Sunday, February 3, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to an report of an armed robbery on Starlight Road off of Amity Hill Road. Deputies arrived on scene to find the victim parked on the side of Starlight Road. The victim reported he made arrangements to meet a female friend on Starlight Road.
The victim told authorities that he met with Summer Scott, who got in the vehicle. Scott then directed him where to park. Soon after parking the vehicle, the victim told authorities that two men ran up to the vehicle, broke out the side window and assaulted him at gun point. The suspects stole money and other items from him. Scott left before the deputies arrived.
During the course of the investigation evidence was found linking the victim and the suspect, Summer Scott. Additional evidence obtained during the investigation indicated Scott set up the victim to be robbed. Scott was located and arrested Tuesday. She was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $80,000 dollars secured. This investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are expected.
Tax season is here, and you may be considering hiring a tax preparer to help you file your taxes. Before you do, the North Carolina Department of Justice has some tips to help ensure you’re working with a qualified, legitimate professional, not a scammer.
Verify that your preparer has a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) – without one, they can’t prepare a tax return for a paying client. You can also call the NCDOJ’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM and check with your local Better Business Bureau to see whether the preparer has any previous complaints against them.
Check their credentials. Search through the IRS for preparers who currently have professional credentials recognized by the IRS or who have an Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion. Research the tax preparer’s history. Scammers will often open up a business and claim to be a tax preparer just in time for filing season. Make sure the preparer you’re working with has a credible history.
Avoid tax preparers who are getting paid based on a percentage of your refund, who claim they can get you a larger refund than other tax preparers would be able to, or who want you to pay extra for a guarantee in case of an error on your return. Get estimates and compare costs and services from several tax preparers before you hire one.
Before you submit your return, review it carefully to make sure your preparer hasn’t claimed a credit you’re not actually qualified for. Do not let your tax preparer direct your refund into their bank account. Your refund should go directly to you. Never sign a blank tax return. If you’re working with a paid preparer, they need to sign the tax return as well and including their PTIN.
If you have questions about something a tax preparer tells you about your taxes, check it out. You can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or the NC Department of Revenue at 1-877-252-3052. You can also make a complaint about a tax return preparer online with the IRS, or with the North Carolina Department of Justice at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or at ncdoj.gov/complaint.
If you make $66,000 or less, you can use the IRS’ free tax preparation software. People who earn less than $55,000 or who have disabilities or limited English-speaking skills can also have an IRS-certified volunteer help you prepare your own return. You can find one of these volunteers by using the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tool.
36-year-old Jason Keith Reichard of Peace Haven Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (February 7) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, two counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and single counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, larceny by changing price tag, misdemeanor larceny, and injury to personal property. Reichard was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (February 8) and next Monday (February 11).
56-year-old Lewis Eugene Bailey of Shew Hollow Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, two counts of misdemeanor assault on a government official and one count of misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Bailey was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 28.
40-year-old Michelle Leigh Morris of JV Parker Drive in Hickory was arrested Thursday (February 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. In addition, Morris is charged on a bill of indictment with financial card fraud. Morris was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 8), a Superior Court date is set for March 25.
52-year-old Teresa Wendy Shinn of Cameo Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 7) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny, resisting a public officer, and failure to appear on counts of misdemeanor larceny and resisting a public officer. Shinn was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,500 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (February 8), February 11, and February 18.
36-year-old Johnny Tyrone Banks of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after eleven o'clock last night (February 6) on one felony count of failure to appear. Banks allegedly failed to appear in court on a habitual larceny charge dating back to August of last year.
Banks was taken into custody without incident on the 1,600 block of 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for March 28 in Newton.
27-year-old Jason Dakota Campbell of Highway 16 in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 3 p.m. yesterday (February 6) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Campbell was taken into custody without incident at an address on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
33-year-old Mark Allan Andrews, Jr. of Grover Beaver Road in Glen Alpine was arrested just before six o'clock last night (February 6) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was also served with bills of indictment for possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Andrews was taken into custody without incident at an address on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. A
Superior Court appearance was also scheduled today.
49-year-old Deven Kirby Ward of River Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 7) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged as an habitual felon.
She was charged in connection to a traffic stop on January 19 of last year. At that time, Officers found 1.4 grams of crack cocaine and 0.8 grams of methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia. Ward was initially arrested on the same date.
Ward was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department and later released under a $45,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
46-year-old Shannon O’Neal Hamlett of Conover, was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and given an active prison sentence of seven to nine years during Catawba County Superior Court.
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the prison term for Hamlett following the defendant’s guilty plea on Wednesday (February 6). Hamlett will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on March 3, 2018, and made contact with the defendant, who allowed them access to the home. Inside, officers found the female victim lying on the floor, beaten and bruised, to the extent that she required flight service for treatment at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Hamlett initially told investigators that another person had assaulted the victim. When she recovered enough from head trauma to speak with investigators, the victim told them the defendant had beaten her. He later admitted to striking her repeatedly with his hands and kicking her, actions that led to her injuries.
The case was investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the State.
41-year-old Angelo Lamar Jackson of Hickory was given an active prison sentence of six to eight years following his conviction for possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and admission of habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court.
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the prison term for Jackson after the defendant entered a guilty plea on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Jackson will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
On September 19, 2018, undercover narcotics officers from Hickory Police Department made a purchase of cocaine from the defendant at a local hotel. After getting a search warrant, officers returned and found cocaine, drug paraphernalia and currency in the room where Jackson was staying, including a marked bill they used to make the undercover buy.
Jackson’s sentence length was enhanced by his habitual felon status stemming from prior convictions for sell/deliver cocaine (October 2005) and possession of cocaine (October 2008 and January 2017), all in Catawba County.
The case was investigated by Hickory Police Department and prosecuted for the State by Assistant District Attorney Jessica Phillips.
19-year-old Jakob Treston Parsons of Knox Avenue in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a firearm.
According to a news release issued today (February 7), on Thursday, November 29, 2018, detectives with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a residential breaking and entering on Ashbrook Road near Statesville. An Amazon Firestick belonging to the victim was among the items stolen from the residence, along with two firearms. The victim soon noticed the Firestick was being used to access his Netflix account, as programs were displayed which the victim had not viewed.
Netflix and Amazon were able to provide an Internet Protocol (IP) address from which the suspect had accessed and viewed the programs. Sheriff’s Office detectives sent a Search Warrant to the Internet Service Provider for identification of the account holder. While waiting for the search warrant results, Jakob Treston Parsons was developed as a suspect in this incident by a second report from the victim’s neighbor, who returned home to find him on the property.
Search Warrant results confirmed the stolen Amazon Firestick was used at Parsons’ residence in western Iredell County. As a result, a warrant was issued for Parsons’ arrest on January 28. Parsons was arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Bond was set at $5,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 19.
51-year-old Timothy John Scovern of East Burke Farm Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (February 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of chop shop activity by theft, fraud, or other illegal means, and possession of stolen property. Scovern was released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 7).
23-year-old Meguel Greylen Robinson, whose address was not listed, was arrested this morning (February 7) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest, Robinson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.
27-year-old Richard Kory Barton of Robbins Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault inflicting serious injury and second degree kidnapping. He's also charged with probation violation. Barton was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $95,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 21 in Lenoir.
Starting today (February 7) Main Avenue NE will be closed from North Center Street to 1st Street NE, as Hickory Sand Company, Inc. continues installing a new water main. Work in this section is estimated to be completed by February 15, but is dependent upon weather conditions. Detour routes will be established and clearly marked. During this time, the parking lot to the south of City Hall, along the railroad tracks, will still be accessible from the east. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.
28-year-old Aaron Douglas Goodson of Island Ford Road in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Goodson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 7).
The North Carolina Department of Justice and officials at Fort Bragg are warning state residents about a scam that involves the perpetrator sending fake deployment letters in an effort to steal money from victims.
You may receive a letter that appears to be signed by a high-ranking, legitimate military official, asking you to subscribe to a website to be able to keep in touch with friends or family members who are deployed. The letters that claim to be from Fort Bragg are signed by Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Col. Kyle Reed and refer people to a website called MilVPN-Usaf. The website will then ask you to register, select a plan, and make a payment so you can contact the deployed servicemember.
These letters are a scam. Scammers often target members of the military and their relatives and attempt to take advantage of their fears and concerns for their loved one’s safety. Watch out for people who try to exploit a military connection, and make sure you verify that they are who they claim to be. Never send money or share personal or financial information online with someone you don’t know. If you do need to find out how to contact a loved one while they are deployed, contact your Family Readiness Liaison or chain of command.
Learn more about common military scams and ways to avoid them in the Department of Justice's Military Consumer Protection Guide. If you believe you or someone you know has been the victim of a scam, file a complaint with their office at ncdoj.gov/complaint or 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.