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May. 30, 2014 @ 03:07 AM

One injured in two-vehicle collision

RUTHERFORDTON — One individual was transported to Rutherford Regional Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Charlotte Road and Park Lane Drive in Rutherfordton.

Around 2:23 p.m., officers with the Rutherfordton Police Department were dispatched to the wreck involving a 2002 GMC being driven by Charles Alfred Atchley, 74, of Bostic, and a 2001 Ford being driven by Shawn Dwayne Moore, 29, of Rutherfordton.

According to a report filed by police, Moore was traveling east on Charlotte Road when Atchley drove across in front of Moore towards Park Lane Drive.

Moore was unable to stop and collided with the passenger side of Atchley's vehicle, the report stated.

Rutherford County Rescue transported Moore to Rutherford Regional for minor injuries.

The Ford being driven by Moore was towed from the scene. Estimated damages to the Ford were $5,000 and $5,000 to the GMC.

Atchley was charged with failure to see before starting.


New York man charged with 10 counts identity theft

RUTHERFORDTON — Deron Elijah Lambert, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was taken into custody by deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday on multiple charges of identity theft.

On Nov. 14, 2013, Lambert's vehicle was stopped in Rutherford County by deputies for exceeding a safe speed, according to the sheriff's report.

During the traffic stop, deputies located numerous pre-paid VISA cards in the vehicle, which Lambert used to fraudulently obtain people's credit information.

Lambert was arrested and charged with identity theft, no operator's license and possession/manufacturing of fraudulent ID. According to the report, he made bond on Nov. 17.

Following a court appearance at the Rutherford County Courthouse on Wednesday, Lambert was taken into custody on additional charges that deputies pursued during their investigation.

Lambert remains under at $210,000 secured bond at the Rutherford County Jail for 10 counts of identity theft and counterfeit instrument.


Beware of phony card cancellation notices

FOREST CITY — Consumers in North Carolina are receiving automated telephone calls saying that their credit or debit card has been canceled or deactivated, reports the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

The calls are coming from a variety of numbers with a message that offers recipients a way to get their card back into service. Sometimes Caller ID displays only a partial number or a number with no area code.

The company or financial institution that issued the card is not named in the message.

Some recipients are instructed to "Press 1" (or 2), while others are given a telephone number to call. Regardless of the approach, eventually they will be asked to enter their credit or debit card number or other confidential information.

The Attorney General's Office said North Carolina consumers are getting better about recognizing these scams and fortunately none of the many consumers who have reported to the office have fallen for it. One consumer was glad to have been warned about this kind of scam because in the past, he "would have immediately called them back."

Text or voicemail messages warning of problems with an account and offering a "fix" if the consumers enter their account information are always phony, the Attorney General's Office warns. A legitimate company might use a message to let consumers know of a problem, but only if consumers previously provided their number and specifically asked to be notified in that manner.

Any citizen who believes he or she has been scammed, report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at


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