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January 26th

Newton rapist set for parole

January 26, 2012

A Newton man sentenced to life in prison for raping a young woman more than 20 years ago will be released in 2014, the state Parole Commission announced this week.

Wilford Russell Hicks was convicted of two counts of first-degree rape on June 7, 1990, and was sentenced to life in prison.

According to detectives at the time of his arrest, Hicks and Samuel David Ramseur, both of the same address on East 2nd Street in Newton, raped a 26-year-old white woman on Feb. 27, 1990 on a dirt road off N.C. 10.

Learning at lunch

January 26, 2012

Seventh-grader Virginia Scarberry takes her lunch tray outside the Newton-Conover Middle School cafeteria on Wednesdays.

She settles into a seat at a classroom table, where she plays board games and talks about her life with a new friend, Jane Echerd.

“I like having someone I can talk to about my problems,” Scarberry said recently over a game of Mosaic Mysteries and a meal of noodles, applesauce and chocolate milk.

Echerd is Scarberry’s lunch-buddy mentor. The pair is among dozens who meet each week during lunch periods at Catawba County middle schools.

Brothers kidnap, beat, rob man

January 26, 2012

Two Hickory brothers are in custody after kidnapping, robbing and beating an employee of McGuire’s Pub in Hickory early Thursday morning.

Hickory Police officials say Martin Cuellar Cervantez, 48, of Hickory, was driving home from his shift as a cook at McGuire’s about 2 a.m. Thursday when he was stopped by two men at the intersection of 2nd Avenue Northeast and North Center Street near downtown.

Cops nab three on drug charges

January 26, 2012

Three Catawba County residents were among 21 arrested Thursday in the latest Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) drug sting.


In coordination with the U.S. Marshal’s Office, LCSO launched “Operation 38 Special” early Thursday morning. Officers sought 38 wanted suspects in the area, and 21 were caught.

Three of the suspects have Catawba County addresses.

* Travis Santel Ramseur, 33, of 306 Kilborne Drive in Newton, is charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana; and sell and deliver marijuana. His bond is set at $20,000 secured.  

Updated: N.C. Gov. Perdue won't seek re-election

January 26, 2012

Democratic North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, the first woman elected governor in the state, said Thursday she would not seek re-election this year because she believes a bid would make it more difficult to fund education.

Perdue has faced poor poll numbers, continued budget troubles and a campaign investigation while Republicans took over the Legislature last year.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Jan. 26

January 26, 2012

Catawba County leaders are considering plans to merge the county’s Alchohol Beverage Control office with Alexander County’s. Why? What does that mean?

Details in the Thursday print and online edition of The O-N-E.

After a night-time crash during a summer district attorneys conference at the beach, Assistant District 25 Attorney Eric Bellas was charged with operating a bicycle while intoxicated. This week, charges against him were dismissed in Brunswick County.

January 25th

Bellas' DWI case dismissed

January 25, 2012

A district court judge dismissed a DWI case against Catawba County Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas on Wednesday in Brunswick County.

Bellas, 45, of Morganton, was charged with DWI during summer 2011 while attending a district attorney’s conference in Sunset Beach. After two continuances, the case was dismissed Wednesday by Judge Nancy Phillips at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

County weighs alcohol boards merger

January 25, 2012

Catawba County commissioners are expected to vote Friday on a potential merger between the Catawba County and Taylorsville Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) boards.

If approved, the merger would result in annual savings for the Taylorsville board and create better product selection at its store in Alexander County.

Catawba County would also get .5 percent of the gross annual sales at the Taylorsville store if the merger is approved.

Catawba County’s ABC Board has assisted the Alexander County store since June 2011, when Taylorsville’s ABC Store manager was dismissed.

Hickory man sentenced for murder

January 25, 2012

A man will serve at least 13 years in prison for the 2009 murder of his former Conover roommate

Jonathan Scott Brown, 30, of Hickory, pled guilty to second-degree murder Wednesday in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court. Superior Court Judge Beverly Beal sentenced Brown to no less than 166 months and no more than 209 months of active prison time in the N.C. Department of Correction.

Brown pled guilty to murdering his then-roommate, Lee Hill Bryson, on March 4, 2009, by shooting him with a handgun. Brown then buried Bryson’s body in a shallow grave in Burke County.

Agencies keep tabs on homeless

January 25, 2012

Local aid groups and organizations banded together Wednesday to count the area’s homeless.

While final numbers will be estimates and released later this month, officials say the numbers appear to be similar to recent years.

In the past 10 years, the number of people living in poverty has increased about 61 percent in Catawba County, with areas like Sherrills Ford being deemed some of the poorest in the region, according to U.S. Census data.

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