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35-year-old John Yang of Jamestown Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (March 2) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Yang was accused of possessing 14.30 grams of amphetamine or methamphetamine.

He was taken into custody at about 3 a.m. without incident at the Quality Suites on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton. He’ll next appear in a Catawba County courtroom on March 19.

53-year-old Jeffery Dean Kirby of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 2) by Probation & Parole Officers in Caldwell County on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and for a parole violation. Kirby was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, secured. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:06

CVMC Awarded March of Dimes Grant

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The North Carolina Chapter of March of Dimes has awarded a grant of $25,000 to Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) for its Maternity Services Centering Pregnancy Program for the 2015 year.

Community grants are intended to help the March of Dimes pursue its mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. In 2013, the Foundation invested more than $4 million in active research grants in North Carolina, including some received by CVMC.

CVMC’s Centering Pregnancy program, which will be offered in English and Spanish, is a proven effective health care model that provides health assessments, education and support in a group setting, facilitated by a care provider. Since 2007, healthcare officials across the state have seen a substantial decline in prematurity rates amongst expectant mothers who participated in Centering Pregnancy programs.

Trish Hickling Beckman, Director of Maternity Services at CVMC, and Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright are serving as the 2015 Chairs for the Unifour March for Babies.

For more information on CVMC’s Centering program, contact Ms. Beckman at 828-326-3053 or at tbeckman@catawbavalleymc.org. To connect with the North Carolina Chapter of March of Dimes, visit marchofdimes.org/northcarolina.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 05:56

Newton Man Faces Several Weapon Charges

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51-year-old Terry Lee Ayers of Persimmon Tree Road in Newton was arrested Monday (March 2) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with seven counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest, Ayers was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $98,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (March 4).

18-year-old Brittany Nichole Pearson of Hibriten Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (March 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor manufacture schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Pearson was incarcerated at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, March 3).

38-year-old Shah Dion Harrison of 3rd Street NE in Hickory was arrested this morning (Tuesday, March 3) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Harrison was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (March 4).

A Newton man was sentenced to no less than 160 years of prison time for multiple sexual offenses spanning more than a decade. 43-year-old Daniel Richard Tutty pleaded guilty as charged in Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (March 2), to 46 counts of sexual offenses over an 11-year period with a minor female child.

The Honorable Hugh B. Lewis, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, sentenced Tutty to 160-201 years of active prison time in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections and issued a lifetime order for him to have no contact with the victim or her family. Tutty entered his guilty plea to 15 counts of indecent liberties with a child, nine counts of first-degree sexual offense, six counts of statutory rape, six counts of statutory sex offense, five counts of first-degree rape and five counts of sex offense in a parental role.

The offenses took place from 2002 to 2013, a period of time when the now 18-year-old victim was between the ages of 6-17, and often involved violence and/or physical force. The victim did not disclose the offenses for a long time because she was afraid of the defendant’s violent behavior.

The case, resolved less than two months after Tutty’s indictments, was investigated by Det. David Coffman of Newton Police Department. The District Attorney’s Office partnered with the Catawba County Department of Social Services and the Catawba County Child Advocacy and Protection Center during the investigation

A Catawba County teenager pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with a stabbing death during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (March 2). 18-year-old Christopher Daniel Mackey of Hickory, was sentenced to 4-6 years of active prison time by the Honorable Hugh B. Lewis, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County. In rendering his sentence, Lewis noted that it appeared Mackey had accepted responsibility for his conduct and acknowledged his wrongdoing.

Mackey was placed in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections, bringing the case to its resolution just two months after the death of 33-year-old Phillip White. On New Years Day at 10:12 p.m. Catawba County Sheriff’s Office patrol responded to a report of a person being stabbed at 3345 43rd Avenue Place NE in Hickory, off Sulphur Springs Road. When deputies arrived they discovered that Phillip White of Hickory had been repeatedly stabbed on his right torso. Mackey fled on foot prior to the arrival of officers. He was later found several trailers away at his girlfriends’ home. The victim initially was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory and later airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he died of his injuries on January 2.

Chris White, brother of the deceased, spoke on behalf of the family Monday and indicated they did not wish to see Mackey spend the rest of his life in prison, though he should be required to serve time for the crime committed. The case was investigated by Det. Kerry Penley of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sean McGinnis.

A woman and her daughter will both spend more than 11 years in prison minimum after entering guilty pleas in connection with a murder that occurred in Burke County in April, 2012. 56-year-old Darlene Butler and her daughter, 28-year-old Jessica Cavanaugh both pleaded guilty Monday (March 2) to 2nd degree murder in connection with the death of 62-year-old Lendon Poteet. The guilty pleas were entered yesterday in Burke County Superior Court. The victim's body was found on River Road about three miles south of his house while investigators were responding to a fire at his home. Poteet's car was also burned and was found in a ditch on Pete Brittian Road. Cavanaugh received a minimum sentence of 157 months or just over 13 years, and Butler was sentenced to a minimum of 139 months, or just over 11-1/2 years.

There were four injuries following an explosion and fire at a Catawba County business Monday (March 2). Two of those injured were firefighters. According to officials, the incident happened just after 2:30 p.m. at a grading business on Highway 16 North near C and B Farm Road in Conover. Reports say something at the business exploded, but investigators have not said what the cause may have been.

According to reports, one person was airlifted from the scene to Wake Forest Medical Center with burns to 80 percent of his body. A second person was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The victims' names have not been released. Two firefighters were also injured while responding. Officials said they were taken to a local hospital, but have not released the firefighters' names. At least one was from the Conover Fire Department. They are expected to be okay.

It took firefighters approximately an hour to contain the fire. Highway 16 was closed while crews worked the scene. Drivers were being detoured onto St. John's Church Road and Shooktown Road.