January 3, 2014 

Three face drug charges

Clayton police arrested three Raleigh men on multiple drug charges.

They are Dyrick Mohamed Morgan, 24, of 317 Roselle Court-1; Nyshawn Tyron Havens, 21, of 1746 Sorrellbrook Way; and Xavier Anthony Betran, 20, of 2719 Conifer Drive.

All face charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possesion of marijuana and manufacturing marijuana. Also, police charged Morgan with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting an officer.

On Dec. 27, police got a call about a suspicious person with a gun near Champion Street. When they arrived, they saw a car speed away. Officers followed the car and were able to pull it over safely.

Hospital reports phone scam

Johnston Health announced Tuesday that it had been made aware of a phone scam that appeared to be targeting patients.

On Monday, a patient and his wife reported getting an automated phone call seeking their personal information for an updated billing from the hospital.

These calls are not coming from any representatives of Johnston Health, which includes Johnston Medical Centers in Smithfield and Clayton, the hospital said. The caller is using the phone number 866-218-7985.

A search of the Internet shows that a scam associated with this phone number has been going on in other states for the last few months, the hospital said. In other instances, the unidentified caller is claiming to remind patients to refill their medications.

In all of these cases, the scammer is trying to gain access to personal information.

If you receive such a phone call, hang up right away. Also, report the call to the N.C. Attorney General’s Office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM, or write to the agency at

Schools to hold parent meeting

The Johnston County school system has announced that it will seek an Indian Education Formula grant for 2014-15.

The school system invites American Indian parents to comment on the grant application during a meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the A.G. Glenn Building, 501 S. Second St., Smithfield.

For more information, call Ana Lucia Milazzotto at 919-934-4361, Ext. 371.

Student named to state council

Gov. Pat McCrory has named Don Byrd of Johnston County to the N.C. Youth Advisory Council.

Byrd is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is majoring in business administration. At West Johnston High School, he was president of the Future Farmers of America and represented North Carolina at the National FFA Convention in 2012.

Meeting notices

The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Johnston County Public Health Department on North Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield.

The Johnston County Airport Authority has moved its January meeting to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the terminal building at the airport, 3149 Swift Creek Road, Smithfield.

The Johnston County Board of Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the courthouse in Smithfield.

In the morning, board chairman Jeff Carver will deliver his “State of the County” address. Also, commissioners will receive the audit of the county’s 2012-2013 finances, and they will hear a request from funding from the Miracle League of Johnston County.

In the evening, commissioners will hear three land-use requests.

The Solid Waste Committee of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, in the county manager’s office at the courthouse in Smithfield.

The Archer Lodge Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Town Hall, 14094 Buffalo Road, Clayton.

The Clayton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, in the council chambers at town hall, 111 E. Second St.

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