37-year-old Crystal Dawn Carpenter was arrested Tuesday (April 17) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Carpenter was arrested at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 18).
24-year-old Kasey Dawn Woodard of Mitchell Drive in Hickory was arrested today (April 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Woodard was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.
Finding affordable housing is a challenge in many parts of North Carolina, and rental scammers are well aware of this fact. According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ), rental scammers exploit the situation by “hijacking” existing online ads which means they substitute their contact information for the real owner or agent, or by cutting and pasting photos from actual rental property listings to create a new online listing, or by making up online listings for rental units that don’t exist.
These scammers, who tend to use free sites like Craigslist to post their fake ads, generally offer to rent at a bargain price to get your attention. If you have conditions such as needing it on short notice, only needing it short term, or not knowing how long you will need it, those conditions will turn out to be no problem for the owner or agent. Depending on the length of the rental you need, be wary of owners or agents who ask you to pay multiple months of rent up front or as a deposit, especially if they ask you to make the payment via an uncommon method like wire transfer.
If you are seeking housing with a modest rent, you might be delighted by your good fortune to find this unit. The possibility that the ad could be a scam may not cross your mind. But the NCDOJ urges state residents, when renting, keep your guard up. Be aware that consumers can be victimized in their search for affordable housing, and seek out additional information to help you spot and avoid rental scammers.
If you think you’ve been victimized by this or any scam, file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
24-year-old Preston Sinclair Green of SW Delwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. In addition, Green is charged with mmisuse of 911 system and false report to police station. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (April 19).
New names have been added to the Burke County most wanted list.
34-year-old Rebecca J. Hensley AKA Rebecca Jo Hensley is wanted by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with failure to appear on a felony. Hensley's last known address was 3806 Kathy Road, Lot 2, in Morganton. Hensley was added to the most wanted list last Friday, April 13.
27-year-old Brandon Jeffery Hyler was recently added to the Burke County most wanted list. He's wanted for probation violation. Hyler's last known address was 5012 Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs. Hyler was added to the list on March 29.
32-year-old Jason R. Hill is also wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with a parole violation. Hill's last known residence was 4876 Kudzu Lane in Morganton. He was added to the most wanted list on March 29.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
20-year-old Calieb Scott Clark of Frank Trail in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon. Clark was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (April 19).
The body of a man found near a vehicle in Lake Norman has been identified. The vehicle and man were found Monday (April 16). The Catawba County Sheriff's Office issued a news release Tuesday (April 17) stating that the man has been identified as 77-year-old Robert John Sullivan who lived in the Denver area.
The vehicle and Sullivan's body were found in Lake Norman at the Pebble Bay Boat access off Pebble Bay Drive in Denver. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is continuing it's investigation, the cause of Sullivan's death is not known at this time pending the results of an autopsy that was to be performed at Baptist Medical Center.
N.C. Department of Transportation crews will reduce lanes on N.C. 127 over Lake Hickory between Catawba and Alexander counties for bridge maintenance beginning Sunday, April 22, weather permitting. Crews will remove and replace existing bridge joints.
To minimize travel impacts, work will take place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for up to three weeks, depending on weather conditions. And traffic will be flagged across the bridge one direction at a time.
Transportation officials remind motorists to drive safely, obey all posted speed limits and work-zone postings. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
52-year-old George Ray Darty of North Shady Rest Road in Statesville was arrested Sunday (April 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny.
According to a news release issued today (April 17), last Tuesday (April 10), a break-in with larceny was reported at 3499 South Chipley Ford Road in Statesville. The victim, reported six different power tools were missing from his carport/garage area. He was able to provide ‘deer camera’ footage of the suspect and his vehicle. Upon zooming in on the deer camera photo, the investigating officer was able to see a partial plate of “HE” on the tag.
On Sunday, the victim contacted the Sheriff's Office with additional information regarding the break-in. He provided officers with the name George Darty as a possible suspect in this case. A George Ray Darty was found whose vehicle appeared to be similar to the one seen on camera at the victim’s residence. The truck was seen by an officer at Darty's residence. The missing tools were also found at that address.
Following his arrest, Darty received a $2000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for May 7.
19-year-old Jason Dylan Reynolds of Jessie Reins Road in Wilkesboro and 21-year-old Charles Dylan Terry of South Jonesville Boulevard in Jonesville were both arrested yesterday (April 16) by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny of a motor vehicle and damage to personal property. Terry was also charged with misdemeanor resisting, obstructing or delaying a law enforcement officer.
They were arrested after Deputies responded to Chief Thomas Road in reference to a stolen vehicle in the roadway. While responding to the scene, a Deputy saw a man standing beside a white Chevrolet truck. That person told the Deputy that the men who stole the truck were up the road a short distance in a car that was in a ditch.
The Deputy arrived at the wrecked car where he located and detained Jason Dylan Reynolds; however, a second suspect, later identified as Charles Dylan Terry, had run away into a wooded area.
With the assistance of K-9 Officer “Rex”, Deputies searched the area. The K-9 tracked Terry through the woods. They found the suspect in a wooded area behind several houses where he was taken into custody. The truck, valued at $67,000, was recovered.
The two suspects were taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center. Reynolds was given a $5000 secured bond. Terry’s bond was set at $7,500. Both were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today.
39-year-old Caroline Jean Fitter has been found and is safe, according to a spokesperson for the Alexander Co. Sheriffs Office. A Silver Alert had been issued for Ms. Fitter, as reported by WHKY last Friday (April 13). That Silver Alert has been canceled.
Ms. Fitter was found in Newton by Officers with the Newton Police Department shortly after she was reported missing. She has been returned to her family. No further details are available.
39-year-old Toni Marie Edmonson of Lake Land Avenue in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday (April 16) on two counts of failure to appear. She failed to appear on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrants for her arrest were issued April 9.
Edmonson was taken into custody without incident at a retail store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The City of Lenoir Public Works Department has closed a section of Westview Street until workers can repair a 14-plus-foot sinkhole on the side of the road. Westview will be closed between Grove Avenue SW and Wright Street SW. The sinkhole was discovered Monday (April 16).
A western Lincoln County man wanted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives was arrested Monday (April 16).
43-year-old Brian Edward Leatherman of Matthew Miller Road in Vale was found sleeping in the basement of his parent’s home and was arrested without incident. He was wanted in connection with a kidnapping incident. The victim in the case, 46-year-old Lori Ann Hull, of Tallent Road in Vale jumped from a moving vehicle at a high rate of speed. That occurred on Interstate 40 near mile marker 86. Hull was transported to a hospital by McDowell County EMS. The truck Leatherman had been driving was located around 8:00 a.m. Sunday (April 15), on Highway 274 near the old North Brook Fire Department near his parent’s home.
Leatherman is charged with one felony count each of attempted first degree forcible rape, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and inflicting serious injury, first degree kidnapping, restraint of an adult without that person’s consent, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony probation violation, and obtaining property by false pretenses. He is also charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence protective order violation. Sheriff’s detectives are continuing the investigation and additional charges may be filed.
Leatherman was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance today (April 17).
23-year-old Jeromy Scott Davis of South Eastway Drive in Troutman was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and failure to appear.
According to a news release issued Monday (April 16), a deputy spotted a Toyota Tundra traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver Jeromy Scott Davis. While speaking with Davis, the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a small amount of cocaine. During this investigation, it was determined that Davis had an outstanding warrant from Mecklenburg County for failure to appear. His bond was set at $3,000 secured for both charges. His next District Court date is May 4 in Iredell County, Davis is scheduled to appear in a Mecklenburg County courtroom on May 16.
34-year-old Scott Richard Davis of Mountain Crest Drive in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Monday (April 16), in March, A deputy with the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) stopped a vehicle on Shearers Road in Mooresville for a traffic violation. The deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Scott Richard Davis. It was discovered that Davis' driver's license was suspended. Davis was reportedly acting suspiciously and the news release says he admitted that there were illegal drugs and paraphernalia in his vehicle.
The deputy searched the vehicle and found heroin and drug paraphernalia. Following his arrest, bond for Davis was set at $5,000 secured. His next District Court date is May 4.
39-year-old Christi Marie James of Rahway, New Jersey, was arrested Monday (April 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged on a felony fugitive warrant. James is wanted in New Jersey on drug charges. She was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A first appearance in court was scheduled today (April 17) in Lenoir.
30-year-old Justin Lynn Brandon of Opal Creek Drive in Conover was served a felony warrant Friday (April 13) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was already in custody at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, where he has been since April 4 when he was jailed for a parole violation.
Brandon is wanted in Oconee Co. Sheriff’s Office in Walhalla, S.C. for possession of methamphetamine or cocaine. The charge dates back to November of 2011.
Brandon remains in custody under a $25,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (April 16) in Newton.
42-year-old Joshua Lee Starnes of Midas Bolick Road in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (April 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Starnes was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 16).
26-year-old William Charles Church, Jr. of Young Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 Friday night (April 13) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with failure to appear on counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor driving while license revoked and reckless driving to endanger. The stolen vehicle charges were from Catawba County, while the other charges were on warrants from Burke County.
On April 13, while patrolling the parking lot at a billiards parlor on Highway 70 S.W., Hickory Police saw a vehicle that had been reported as stolen out of Burke County. Police stopped the vehicle at an address on 24th Street S.W., just off of Highway 70 S.W. The driver was arrested.
Church was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $32,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 16) in Newton. Church will also appear in Catawba County Superior Court on May 21, and he has District Court dates in Morganton set for April 25 and June 6.