22-year-old Christopher Jay Lynch of North Main Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of selling heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Lynch was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Tuesday, June 21) under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 27).
21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Ervin of Wrighton Street in Morganton was arrested Monday (June 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count of identity fraud and three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, Ervin was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.
31-year-old Joshua Garris Hamby of Gristmill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (June 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Hamby was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. No court date was listed.
69-year-old Charles Patrick Hagan, who is listed as a homeless man from Durham, was arrested Monday (June 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with being an habitual felon and failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Hagan was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 27).
A company that charged retirees up to 137.5 percent interest on cash advances against their pensions will pay refunds to North Carolina consumers and sharply reduce interest rates.
According to a news release issued by the North Carolina Department of Justice, under a settlement won by the Attorney General's office, Future Income Payments, LLC (FIP) must pay refunds to consumers and penalties to the state and cut the interest rates it charges from as high as 137.5 percent to the legal limit of 16 percent or less. Under North Carolina law, rates on cash loans are capped at 30 percent for licensed lenders and at 16 percent for unlicensed lenders like FIP. The settlement resolves allegations that FIP charged North Carolina consumers illegally high interest rates on cash advances made in exchange for portions of their pensions.
According to an investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Office, FIP has formerly operated as Pensions, Annuities and Settlements (PAS) and is based in California. FIP repeatedly issued high-interest cash advances to consumers in North Carolina despite not having a valid lending license. The company reportedly targeted retired military veterans, government workers, and corporate employees who were more likely to have pensions.
At least 195 North Carolina consumers took out pension advances from FIP. Consumer affidavits alleged financial hardship caused by the pension advances and their excessive interest rates:
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, FIP and its owners must:
Lower interest rates on all past pension cash advances to 16 percent or less. Charge interest rates of 16 percent or less on any future cash advances, in accordance with North Carolina’s usury statute. Pay refunds to all North Carolina consumers overcharged by FIP. Pay $59,900 in civil penalties to North Carolina public schools and $50,000 to cover the costs of the state’s investigation.
FIP will mail letters to consumers who took out advances from the company to make them aware of the interest rate modifications required under the agreement. The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office will continue to monitor FIP’s compliance with the terms of the settlement.
To file a consumer complaint about a pension advance company or to learn more about the FIP settlement, call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina or use the complaint form at ncdoj.gov. Tips on pension advance schemes are also available at ncdoj.gov.
Construction Wednesday night (June 22) at the intersection of Lenoir Road and Kirksey Drive will slow traffic. Drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.
Starting at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, a contractor will be working to remove an old, unneeded water line valve in the middle of the intersection. Traffic lights will be switched to flashing red in all directions. All drivers will have to stop at the intersection and wait for flaggers to direct them through.
Drivers who cannot avoid the intersection are asked to please pay attention and watch out for flaggers and workers. The intersection should be operating normally by 7:00 a.m. Thursday (June 23) barring any unforeseen problems.
A section of Alphabet Lane near the Morganton Aquatics Center is currently closed for paving. Visitors can still access the Aquatics Center or the Mountain View Recreation Center via Bouchelle Street and First Avenue.
Contractors are paving a section of Alphabet Lane and the new parking lots at the recreation center. Alphabet Lane should be reopened Wednesday morning, barring any unforeseen problems.
33-year-old Tony Lee of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory and 24-year-old Kasey Marie West of Northbrook III School Road in Vale have both been arrested by Hickory Police on drug charges. Both were charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Lee was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested early Sunday (June 19) after Police responded to the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Officers approached a vehicle in the parking lot and detected the odor of marijuana. Kasey West was the driver and a man named Tou Lee was a passenger. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of a small bag containing methamphetamine in West’s purse and a marijuana cigarette in Tao Lee’s cigarette box. Tao Lee was cited for simple possession of marijuana, but no further charges against him were filed.
Officers learned that Tony Lee had a room at the hotel. They searched the room and found 4.3 grams of crystal meth and 0.5 grams of marijuana. In another room linked to the arrestees, Police found 1.5 additional grams of meth, one Vicodin pain pill and drug paraphernalia.
Tony Lee and West were taken into custody without incident at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday. The two were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lee set at $5,000, secured, while West was given a $3,000 secured bond. Both have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow (June 21) in Newton.
41-year-old Durian Longanda Parks of Atlanta, Georgia was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:40 Friday night (June 17) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Parks was wanted by authorities in Fulton County, Georgia on a warrant for failure to appear in connection to a loitering or prowling charge.
Parks was taken into custody without incident at Shurtape on 8th Street Drive S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.
28-year-old Gregory Allen Shell was arrested Sunday (June 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Shell was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 20).
30-year-old Shenanda L’Crystal Crockett of West 17th Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:25 Sunday evening (June 19) on one felony count of creating a counterfeit controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, plus two misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked.
She was arrested after Officers westbound on Highway 70 S.E. saw a Jeep Cherokee with an expired temporary sticker on the license tag. They also found that the driver, Shenanda L’Crystal Crockett, had an indefinitely suspended license.
Police stopped the vehicle on the 1200 block of 2nd Street N.E. where a black male passenger jumped out of the vehicle and fled, on foot. He was not apprehended.
A search of the vehicle turned up a set of scales and a bag containing a white substance. The substance did not test positive for a controlled substance, but – due to the manner in which it was packaged – probable cause was found to file the counterfeit controlled substance against Crockett.
She was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (June 21) in Newton.
25-year-old Datavis Mochae Woods of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested just before 8 p.m. Saturday (June 18) on one felony count each for the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, plus a felony probation violation. The case dates back to 2013.
Woods was taken into custody without incident on the 2100 block of Tate Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 20) in Newton.
No further details were released as the narcotics investigation is ongoing.
48-year-old Harvey Lee Miller was arrested Friday (June 17) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Miller is charged with misdemeanor second-degree trespassing. Following the arrest, Miller was jailed under $30,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, June 20).
26-year-old Jerry Lee Price of West Highway 10 in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 Saturday night (June 18) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property.
Events leading to his arrest began on June 9 when Avis Car Rental at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall reported that a 2015 Ford Escape had been rented, but not returned. The rental car company made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the renter. Later, an unidentified male called Avis and reported that the vehicle had been stolen from the renter.
On June 18, Police responded to a residence on 21st Avenue Place N.E. in reference to suspicious vehicles. Officers saw the stolen Ford and found Price in the passenger seat. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen and a search was conducted. The search turned up one 20-mg M. Amphet salts capsule (Amphetamine & Dextroamphetamine).
Price was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow (June 21) in Newton.
21-year-old Imran Chaudhary of Winter Flake Drive Statesville was arrested last Wednesday (June 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed gun, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued today (Monday, June 20), last Wednesday Lt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 model Honda on Shelton Avenue just south of Statesville for an equipment violation. Stone approached the vehicle and advised the driver, Imran Chaudhary, of the violation.
After having Chaudhary exit his vehicle Stone noticed a bulge inside his left side pants pocket. When Stone asked Chaudhary if he had anything illegal in his possession Chaudhary attempted to walk around to the passenger side of his vehicle without answering. Stone then grabbed Chaudhary’s arm and asked him a second time if he had anything illegal. Chaudhary then attempted two different times to place his left hand into his pants pocket. After Stone grabbed both of Chaudhary’s arms, Chaudhary admitted to having a gun in his pants pocket.
After Stone removed the loaded handgun from inside Chaudhary’s pocket he discovered that it was stolen out of Caldwell County. Stone then searched Chaudhary and located a bag of marijuana in his other pocket. A search of the vehicle was then conducted and digital scales were located. Chaudhary was placed under arrest and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he received a $6,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court July 5 and July 22. Chaudhary already had charges pending due to possessing illegal narcotics.
29-year-old Josiah Phillip Denman of 33rd Street SW in Hickory and 30-year-old Garry Dean Sanders Jr. of Jason Place in Lenoir were both arrested Sunday (June 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. They're each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Following their arrests, Denman and Sanders were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed for either suspect.
42-year-old Marcus Shane Jackson of Scroggs Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Jackson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 20).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session tonight. Prior to this evening's meeting, the board will tour the Justice Center expansion site at 100 Southwest Boulevard in Newton at 5:30 p.m.
During the meeting, the board will vote on a resolution in honor of Captain Bradley Long, who died while attempting to recover a body in Lake Norman two weeks ago. Mr. Long served with the Newton and Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Departments. In addition, the board will hold a public hearing on a rezoning request for property at 3189 East NC Highway 10. The board will also hear departmental reports from the Finance Department regarding financing for Catawba Valley Community College, and Utilities and Engineering regarding the selection of an architect for the jail expansion.
Tonight's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
31-year-old Robert Wayne Whitener of 19th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 18) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two felony counts apiece of sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and one felony count of selling marijuana. Whitener was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.
40-year-old Franklin Jevon Lackey of South Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested Friday (June 17) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Lackey was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (June 21).