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Carolina Vines and Winstead Architecture in Newton have won the North Carolina Main Street Center award for best adaptive reuse project.

Twyla McDermott, Dennis Baucom and Michael Waltuch created Carolina Vines at the former Phyllis’ Crafts location at 19 North College Avenue in downtown Newton. McDermott’s mother, Phyllis Deese, closed Phyllis’ Crafts in 2010.

The project involved removal of paint from the building’s brick façade to reveal rows of rare, blond-face brick. The building’s upper level was stabilized. A complete renovation of the lower level included installation of a wine bar, serving kitchen, retail & display areas and a lounge. Winstead Architecture of Newton served as architect for the project.

Carolina Vines showcases the work of local artists and serves as a venue for local musicians. A concert series and other events are scheduled this summer.

With the assistance of Newton’s Main Street program, the business owners secured a $50,000 grant to help complete the $339,000 project. Carolina Vines created six new jobs and ensured that the 2,400 square feet of retail space would continue to contribute to the local economy. The business generates more than $80,000 in annual payroll, plus added sales taxes, property taxes and utility revenues.

For more information about Carolina Vines, visit carolina-vines.com. For more on N.C. Main Street, visit nccommerce.com/rd/main-street.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun nighttime bridge maintenance on the west end of the bridge at the entrance to the Marshall Steam Station on N.C. 150 in southeastern Catawba County.

The work will be done, weather permitting, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. One lane of the bridge will be closed during that time.

Message boards will be in place to remind motorists to reduce their speeds when approaching steel plates on the bridge, which will be used during the maintenance work. The work is scheduled for completion by May 1.

In observance of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the Council on Adolescents of Catawba County, Inc., has launched its 5th annual “Preventing Distracted Driving Video Contest,” in partnership with the Catawba County Youth Council, the Catawba County Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team and other community partners. A red carpet event will be held Monday, April 20, at 6 p.m. Some activities will begin an hour earlier.

To bring greater awareness to the issue of accidents caused by distracted driving, all high school students from Catawba County have been invited to participate by making 60 second videos that address the dangers of driving distracted. All submitted videos can be viewed at facebook.com/DistractedDrivingVideoContest. Voting is open to the community until the April 20 event begins.

The winning team will get a limo ride to lunch at Olive Garden. In addition, other teams will have a chance to win more than $1,000 (including some cash prizes) for themselves and their schools.

For more information, visit www.coacatawba.org or visit the facebook page.

23-year-old Stephani Dawn Rood of Jason Place S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight today (April 14). She was charged with felony larceny.

Rood and her boyfriend were staying at the home of a 35-year-old Hickory man on 10th Avenue N.E. The man said Rood took $2,100 dollars from his jeans pocket in order to make bond for the boyfriend, who had recently been arrested.

She was taken into custody without incident at the Honey-Pik Food store on North Center Street at about 12:30 a.m. today. Following her arrest, Rood was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for May 21 in Hickory.

36-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of Stadium Drive in Newton and 48-year-old Joseph Tyrone Dillard of 17th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police Monday (April 13). Linder was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dillard was arrested on a felony warrant as fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Dillard was also charged with felony speeding to elude arrest and misdemeanor careless & reckless driving.

They were arrested after Police initiated a traffic stop on 4th Street S.W. The 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Dillard, initially failed to stop, resulting in a brief pursuit. Linder was found to be in possession of 1.1 grams of crack cocaine and 0.6 grams of MDMA (or, Ecstasy). The vehicle was impounded.

Both subjects were taken into custody without further incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Linder was set at $22,000, secured, while Dillard was given a $29,000 secured bond. Both men will appear in District Court tomorrow (April 15).

38-year-old Prenston Lamar Burch of Old Catawba Road in Catawba was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 12:45 yesterday afternoon (April 13) on one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.

The indictment stems from an arrest on November 5 of last year when Police responded to a drug complaint at an apartment on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. An Officer knocked on the apartment door, which was opened by Burch. The Officer immediately smelled the strong odor of marijuana. Burch said the smell came from a friend who had dropped by and smoked some marijuana before leaving the apartment.

Burch refused to allow the Officer inside. Police then secured the apartment and applied for a search warrant. Upon execution of the warrant, Officers found drug paraphernalia, a bottle with residue, 6.2 grams of crack cocaine and 10.2 grams of marijuana. No one else was charged.

Following his arrest yesterday, Burch was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on April 17 in Newton.

Monday, 13 April 2015 17:12

Victim in Fatal Crash Friday Indentified

A man killed in a head-on collision in Hickory Friday afternoon (April 10) has been identified as 37-year-old Christopher Craig Guess of Statesville. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirmed the man’s identity this afternoon.

The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. Friday on Kool Park Road. According to Highway Patrol reports, a Lincoln Navigator driven by Mr. Guess was traveling south when it crossed the center line and collided with a 1995 Mack truck, heading north. The driver of the Mack truck attempted to swerve to avoid the collision, but was unable to prevent the crash. Both vehicles came to rest in a ditch.

The driver of the Mack truck was not injured. There were no passengers in either vehicle. No charges have been filed.

27-year-old Russell Allen Tubb of Amory, Mississippi was arrested late last night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested as Police responded to a narcotics-related call at the Days Inn on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. where Tubb was staying. As Officers were investigating that call, Tubb approached Officers and asked them if they would move their patrol cars so he could go to the store. Officers noticed that Tubb appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They asked him if he had anything illegal on his person. After some discussion, Tubb admitted that he did. 0.01 grams of meth, five syringes and drug paraphernalia were found.

Tubb was taken into custody shortly before midnight last night (April 12) without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

20-year-old Bobbie Marie Gosnell of 19th Avenue N.W. and 21-year-old Candis Elizabeth Burnside of Highland Avenue N.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police late last night (April 12). Gosnell was charged with one felony count each of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, as well as one misdemeanor count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Both suspects were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Burnside was also arrested on misdemeanor warrants from August of last year for simple assault & battery and two counts of failure to appear.

They were arrested at that Days Inn on Fairgrove Church Road N.E. when officers saw Gosnell exit her car and walk toward a stairway at the hotel. She gave Police to consent to search her purse, where a syringe was found. A subsequent search of a room occupied by both women turned up 0.1 grams of heroin, 1.1 grams of heroin in two packages, 1.1 grams of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident just before midnight last night and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Gosnell set at $60,000, secured, while Burnside was given a $7,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Hickory.

22-year-old Donovan Tyrell Lortz of 5th Avenue S.W. and 20-year-old Tony Tuan Nguyen of 5th Avenue N.W., both from Hickory, were both arrested by Hickory Police on drug charges early Sunday morning. Lortz was charged with carrying a concealed gun, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He was also charged on failure to appear warrants issued last month for possessing, buying or selling a gun with an altered serial number, felony possession of cocaine and resisting an officer. Nguyen was charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance.

Events leading to their arrests began at 4 a.m. yesterday when Police responded to the Ridgecrest apartment complex on 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory where they found two men in a vehicle with the engine running. As Officers woke the driver, Donovan Lortz, he became argumentative and refused to exit the vehicle. Officers saw a revolver in Lortz’s pocket. They were able to diffuse the situation and safely remove Lortz from the vehicle.

A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 8.5 grams of marijuana in two packages, a Raven arms handgun, eight Alprazolam tablets and $1,600 in cash.

Both men were taken into custody without further incident. Bond for Lortz was set at $132,000 secured. Nguyen was given a $4,750 secured. He has since been released. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. Lortz also has a Superior Court date coming up on April 17.