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27-year-old Shonniel Gary Vinson Blackburn of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:15 last night (March 3) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass.

He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol at Terrace Fields on 2nd Street Place S.E. saw Blackburn, who they knew had been banned from Hickory Housing Authority property. As he was being arrested on the trespassing charge, a search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 34.9 grams of marijuana and $196 in cash.

Blackburn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,300, secured. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court on March 25 in Hickory.

39-year-old Jerry Gerard Parson of Bush Drive in Conover was served a True Bill of Indictment by Hickory Police at about 3 p.m. yesterday (March 3) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was indicted in connection to an incident on September 14 of last year in which shots were fired at the Mallard Cove development on the 2200 block of 6th Street N.W. A male victim told Police he had been assaulted with a firearm. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Parson faces additional felony charges for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was processed yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters and then released on a written promise to appear. Superior Court dates were set for March 6 and April 6, both in Newton.

The Caldwell County Animal Shelter at 829 Fairview Drive S.W. in Lenoir has extended the timeframe it will be closed due to repairs. The animal shelter will reopen on Monday, March

9, as repairs have taken longer than expected. The shelter had been scheduled to reopen today (March 4).

In order to comply with state regulations, all floors and walls where animals are kept must be sealed in order to prevent the spread of disease. During the closure, kennel walls are being repainted.

Animals cannot be in the areas where painting in taking place. Animals that were in these areas have been sent out to rescues or they have been adopted.

For more information, contact Anna Martin, Health Education Supervisor, at 828-426-8506.

28-year-old Philip Joseph Harrison of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 o’clock last night (March 3) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed gun.

He was taken into custody at a convenience store on 16th Street N.E. (Springs Road) and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,450 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

The Rotary Club of Lake Hickory has presented its “Rotarian of the Year” award to John Leach. Leach received the award from club President Ernie Sills at the club’s annual dinner & dance held on Saturday, February 21.

John Leach was born and educated in England. Mr. Leach moved to Hickory in 1978 along with his wife, Eileen, and two children, Chris and Jacqui. He came to work for General Electric and, in 1984, left to help start Hi-Tech Fuses, Inc., a company that designed and manufactured high-voltage electric fuses sold in the United States and all over the world.

As a member of the club since 2007, Mr. Leach has exemplified Rotary’s “Service above Self” motto by directing the club’s administration committee, taking part in the fellowship committee and in managing the club’s bylaws. He currently serves on the club’s Board of Directors.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:44

More Details Released on Highway 16 Fire

There were four injuries yesterday (March 2) following an explosion and fire at a building on Highway 16 North near C&B Farm Road in Conover. The incident happened just after 2:30 p.m.

Conover Fire Chief Mark Hinson said the explosion occurred as a man was using a plasma cutter to cut the end off of a fuel tank. That man was airlifted from the scene to Wake Forest Medical Center with burns to 80% of his body. He remained hospitalized today with no additional update on his condition available.

Another man was injured and was treated and released at a local hospital. In addition, two Conover Firefighters suffered minor injuries. One was treated and released at the scene. The other was transported to the hospital. He was released at about 8:30 or 9 p.m. last night.

Chief Hinson said he believed the structure was no longer a listed business, but the owner did some odd jobs there and used the building to store some equipment.

Firefighters contained the fire after about an hour.  The incident caused traffic to be detoured for several hours.

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

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.

36-year-old Joshua Alan Riffe of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 Saturday night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a suspicious person in a vehicle, leaning into the open window of another vehicle. That person was Joshua Riffe.

Police conducted a search of the man’s person, leading to the discovery of 1.1 grams of marijuana and 0.2 grams of methamphetamine. Nothing was found in the vehicle, though Police did find drug paraphernalia in Riffe’s hotel room.

He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (March 2) in Newton.