70-year-old Doris Jean Ingram of Little Road in Newton was arrested Thursday (February 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force arrested Ingram following a search of her residence at 1243 Little Road. An investigation had been conducted for several months and it led to a search warrant being obtained. Officers found over 100 grams of methamphetmine in the residence, that’s more than four times the trafficking threshold.
Ingram was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Friday, February 3). The investigation is continuing and additional arrests may be forthcoming.
Unemployment rates rose across much of the Greater Hickory Metro according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report was released earlier this week and highlights the jobless rates for the month of December.
Alexander County's unemployment rate is 4.1 percent, up from 4 percent even. Burke County's jobless rate remained steady at 4.8 percent. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, up from 5 percent even in November. Catawba County's jobless rate jumped to 4.8 percent from 4.6 percent in the previous report.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.8 percent, that's up from 4.7 percent in November. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 8th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSA's in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 in the last report. Unemployment rates increased in 71 counties, decreased in 9, and remained unchanged in 20. Hyde County had the state's highest jobless rate at 11.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.7 percent.
24-year-old Kaden Von Drehle Bishop of Corbin Lane in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday (February 1) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bishop was taken into custody at an automotive dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest. Bishop was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
35-year-old Jeremy Dean Yancey of 34th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at six o’clock this morning (February 2) on a true bill of indictment for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. Yancey was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
Caldwell County has re-opened an office in the Granite Falls EMS Base for citizens in the southern part of the county to make regularly occurring payments. The base, which is located at 4 Falls Avenue, Granite Falls, will now also be known as the Caldwell County Satellite Payment Center. The office officially opened on Tuesday, January 17.
Citizens will be able to pay their Caldwell County monthly water bills, Caldwell County property tax bills and ambulance bills at the office. Payments can be made by cash, check and credit card.
Caldwell County operated a satellite office in the town of Granite Falls EMS for 10 years before closing it in September of 2010. The retirement of two of the employees and concern about a possible tightening of the budget were the reasons.
The office is staffed with two County employees and the hours will be regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
27-year-old Terrell Lee Mitchell of 2nd Street SE in Hickory was arrested today (Thursday, February 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and driving while impaired. Mitchell was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $36,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, February 3) and March 1.
28-year-old Norman Stewart Young Jr. was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver counterfeit controlled substance. Young was placed in jail in Lincolnton under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 2).
Hickory firefighters rescued a person from an overturned vehicle following a Wednesday night (February 1) accident.
The incident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 7 p.m. at the intersection of McDonald Parkway SE and 13th Avenue Drive. The incident involved an overturned vehicle with one person entrapped. Hickory Firefighters extricated the person from the vehicle in approximately 15 minutes and the patient was transported by EMS to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
No other details on the accident were available.
29-year-old Michael Jovi Simmons was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with single felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods and two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Simmons was placed in jail under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Thursday, February 2).
33-year-old Justin Matthew Setzer and 31-year-old Ashley Anna Addington, both of the same Pine View Court, Hickory, address, were both arrested Wednesday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, Setzer is also charged with felony larceny of a firearm. They were both jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond apiece, District Court dates were set for today (Thursday, February 2).
22-year-old Jeannie Lynn Dickens was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, along with a single misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Dickens was arrested at an address on Arden Drive in Lincolnton at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday. She was placed in jail under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 2).
46-year-old Shannon Renee Curley of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, attempted larceny, and possession of burglary tools. Curley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 2).
A Hickory woman will spend a minimum of seven years in prison for her role in a conspiracy and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
23-year-old Debbi Jo Albright pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (February 1). She also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and heroin, and was sentenced to serve seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County.
Investigation by deputies from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Albright conspired with two male subjects to lure the victim to a residence, beat him and rob him of money she knew him to carry.
The victim of the crime received several text messages from Albright asking him to meet with her at a residence in the Newton area. When he arrived to meet her at the Athens Drive mobile home, the victim was taken to the back of the residence by a male subject where he thought she was waiting for him.
A second male subject, David Lee Darty, attacked the victim from behind with a wooden board while the first subject started beating him with his fists. The victim managed to back away from the assailants, pulled out a handgun and fired shots that struck Darty, who later died at Frye Regional Medical Center.
The victim had a concealed carry permit, and Albright indicated that she knew he carried a gun but had not shared that with her co-conspirators.
The drug charges stemmed from a Sept. 6, 2016, incident when Albright and another male subject were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and heroin in a room at the Budget Inn located in Hickory.
The robbery case was investigated by Kerry Penley of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The drug case was investigated by Hickory Police Department. Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Burke County jury found a Morganton man guilty of the statutory rape of a 13-year-old female at the end of a two-day trial.
29-year-old Ricardo Solis Garcia was sentenced to an active prison term of 20 to 29 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable J. Thomas Davis, Superior Court Judge from Rutherford County, following the jury’s verdict in Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (February 1). The Jury returned the verdict in 90 minutes.
Federal immigration authorities also have a detainer on Garcia, and he will be deported at the end of his prison sentence.
On March 6, 2015, the defendant picked up the victim at her bus stop in the morning, telling her he would take her to school. They had been neighbors at one time. A news release from the District Attorney's Office says the victim was reluctant, but she did get in the car with him. Instead of taking her to school he took her to a Burke County motel where he rented a room, took her in and forced her to have sex with him.
Sgt. Roger Tate of the Morganton Department of Public Safety investigated the case with assistance from Rhonda Robbins of the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center. Michelle Lippert and Frank Webster handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
22-year-old Gina Sue Moody of Vision Drive in Catawba was arrested today (Wednesday, February 1) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moody was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 2).
Chick-fil-A will hold a grand opening tomorrow (February 2) for its new restaurant at the Smith Crossroads in Lenoir.
A “First 100” party is currently underway in the parking lot at 116 Wilkesboro Boulevard S.E. The first 100 adults in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. tomorrow will win Chick-fil-A meals for a year. If more than 100 adults are present, the first 100 will be chosen by random selection.
A book drive is also being held in conjunction with the grand opening. New and gently used books will be collected through noon tomorrow for a public school in Lenoir.
The franchise operator, Mike Sheley, is a graduate of Elon University. The new Chick-fil-A is one of 150 across the state of North Carolina, and one of 102 new restaurants scheduled to open across the country this year.
29-year-old Spencer Allen Rowell was arrested this morning (Wednesday, February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Rowell was arrested shortly after 7 a.m. today and placed in jail in Lincolnton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
28-year-old Richard Matthew Shew of Eastway Lane SW in Conover was arrested this morning (February 1) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of failure to appear.
Shew was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. today in the 1600 Block of 20th Avenue Drive NE. Following the arrest, Shew was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility where he was being held under $8,500 total bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today, March 2 and March 9.
45-year-old William Elton Patterson was arrested Monday (January 30) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II and III controlled substance, and sale or delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Patterson is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of maintaining a dwelling or vehicle to keep controlled substance. Bond for Patterson was set at $59,999 secured. No court date was listed.
The Attorney General's Office is warning North Carolina residents about a phone scam in which a simple "yes" from the victim can result in more money being taken from them.
According to a news release issued Tuesday by the North Carolina Department of Justice, the Attorney General's Office has been contacted by consumers regarding a scam in which the callers are using certain questions when the victim answers. The consumers receiving these calls are asked questions such as “Can you hear me?” or “Is this the lady of the house?” when they answered the phone. These calls are designed to elicit “yes” as an answer. Some of the calls are actually recordings and some may be disguised as solicitations for vacation cruises or other items.
Armed with their recording of the consumer’s "yes" response, these crooks “cram” charges onto the victim’s phone or credit card bill. In addition to North Carolina, authorities in Pennsylvania and Virginia have also recently warned about these tactics.
The Attorney Generals Office says sometimes all the scammer needs is that "yes" on tape. With that recording, the crook can add charges to your phone bill or take other actions to steal your money. And when you protest that you never authorized the charges, that “yes” can make it harder to get the charges removed.
To protect yourself against these scammers, remember to let the phone ring. The best and easiest way to combat telemarketing fraud is to let unknown calls go to your answering machine. If a caller doesn’t leave a message, it was a crook or an unimportant call that was OK to miss.
Just hang up. If you pick up the phone and a voice says “Can you hear me?” or something else that is designed to get you to respond with a “yes,” just put the phone back down.
You can’t trust Caller ID. Scam artists can manipulate it to make it look like a legitimate call when it isn’t. If you’re unsure about a call, let them leave a message.
Study your bill. Check your phone charges and credit card statements carefully. If you see a charge you don’t recognize, contact the company and dispute the charge.
If you need help with an unauthorized charge on a bill, contact us for help or call us toll free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.