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April 6th, 2011
His voice is hoarse and scratchy, like someone with a lingering case of the flu or an over-zealous sports fan.
But no amount of rest, cough drops or medication can cure his voice.
"Would you want to talk like this forever?" asked Fred Haywood, 55, a former smoker and cancer survivor, who now works as a tobacco educator at Frye Regional Medical Center.
A man wobbled unsteadily and lifted his arms for balance as North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers helped him to his feet, patted him down and placed him in handcuffs.
The man was involved in a three-car crash Tuesday on Interstate 40 that caused one victim to be airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Troopers on the scene said prescription drugs were involved in the crash.
Two suspects were shot by police Tuesday after the couple went on a car theft and home invasion crime spree.
Sheriff's deputies opened fire on a man and woman after a high-speed chase and pursuit yards from a day care and Sherrills Ford Elementary School.
"They had a Bonnie and Clyde thing going on," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
The pursuit started about 2:45 p.m. when sheriff's deputies received several calls reporting sightings of a suspicious vehicle in a subdivision about 5 miles from Island Point Road in Sherrills Ford.
The man accused of murdering three people in a Conover mobile home was indicted Monday on five charges stemming from the March 15 shooting.
A Catawba County Grand Jury indicted Everette Porshau Hewitt, 32, of Claremont, on three murder charges, as well as assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and attempted first-degree murder.
Zahra Baker's finalized death certificate reveals what most everyone already knew: the 10-year-old cancer survivor was murdered.
An updated death certificate released Tuesday from the Catawba County Register of Deeds reveals Zahra died Oct. 26 from "undetermined homicidal violence."
The October date directly contradicts previous indictments in Zahra's death that claim the child's stepmother, Elisa Baker, murdered her on or about Sept. 24.
It's possible the Oct. 24 date indicates when police positively identified the remains found throughout Caldwell County as Zahra's.
A Hickory man faces sexual charges with a child, who is apparently a family member.
Daniel Devenney, 42, was arrested Friday after Catawba County Department of Social Services notified Hickory Police of a possible crime. The police started an investigation Friday morning, involving Devenney and a 10-year-old child. Devenney was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with one count each of felony indecent liberties with children, felony first-degree sexual assault and felony child abuse.
Kevin Laney and his fiance Shelly Ball picked up the twisted springs and ripped nets from a trampoline thrown 50 yards during a storm early Tuesday morning.
Laney and Ball, both of Maiden, pick up scrap metal and sell the pieces for money. For them, Tuesday's destructive storm is both a blessing and a curse. By Tuesday at 10 a.m., Laney had hauled the remains of about two trampolines in the back of his pickup truck, and he was preparing to get more.
Two suspects are in custody after invading a home Tuesday afternoon and leading police on a car chase in Sherrills Ford.
A home on Island Point Road was invaded by a man and a woman, who then fled the scene. Several area law enforcement agencies caught the suspects at the corner of Island Point Road and Sherrills Ford Road on Tuesday afternoon.
For complete details be sure to see the Wednesday print edition of The O-N-E.
Portions of Providence Mill Road in Maiden are blocked Tuesday afternoon as crews work to restore power after a reported tornado ripped through the area.
Some Maiden residents were still without power Tuesday afternoon after the storm toppled trees and power lines.
Duke Energy released a statement on its website saying that more than 200,000 of the company's customers were without power as of Tuesday at 5 a.m.
Check back with The O-N-E for more information and pictures as the county's clean-up efforts continue.
Two maiden schools will dismiss early Tuesday following severe weather overnight.
Maiden High and Maiden Middle schools will both dismiss at 11 a.m., according to Catawba County Schools. Power outages at the schools were cited for the early dismissal.
Monday night's severe weather caused storm damage throughout the Maiden and Sherrills Ford communities of southeastern Catawba County. Work crews are working to clear roadways and restore power in the area.