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.
Truman Leonard Carter, 78, of Lincolnton, passed away April 6, 2011, at his residence.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 8, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home.
Nancy Jane Moose Cadieu, 76, of Maiden, passed away April 4, 2011 at her residence. Services will be held Friday, April 8, 2011, at 4 p.m. at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church.
George Bodenheimer, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports, visited Catawba County on Tuesday. He was the guest at the Hickory Sportsmanâ€™s Clubâ€™s second meeting of 2011 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
During his time in Hickory, Bodenheimer was interviewed by the press about a variety of topics, from sports to broadcasting to his career at ESPN.
Q: Who is your favorite broadcaster?
A: Probably Keith Jackson. He spent many years at ABC and hosted college football for a number of years. He did a wonderful job.
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.
Claudia Trivette Sipe, of Lake Norman, passed away peacefully Monday, April 4, 2011, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Sipe family.
Mildred “Mickey” Joyce Perkins Whisnant, 81, of Maiden, passed away Monday, April 4, 2011, at Cardinal Care in Lincolnton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Whisnant family.
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.