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June 22nd, 2011

Bellas placed on leave

June 22, 2011

The lead prosecutor in the Zahra Baker case is on administrative leave after he was arrested and charged with a DWI on Tuesday.

Catawba County's assistant district attorney Eric Robert Bellas, 45, of Morganton, was allegedly riding a bicycle on Clubhouse Road at Sunset Beach at about midnight Monday when he apparently flipped over a guardrail and fell off the bicycle, according to Sunset Beach Police reports and reliable O-N-E sources.

Pier 150 fire investigation continues

June 22, 2011

Despite an arson incident report, the fire that destroyed the Pier 150 restaurant in Sherrills Ford on Saturday is still being investigated, county fire officials said Wednesday.

A Catawba County Sheriff's Office incident report dated June 18 listed the Pier 150 seafood restaurant as the victim of arson, but Catawba County Fire Marshal Mark Pettit said that is not the case.

"The sheriff's department is not investigating that fire — we are," Pettit said. "Arson has not been named in the case."

Officials approve e-payments, despite fee

June 22, 2011

Newton residents will soon have the option to pay their utility bills electronically, but they will pay a $3.60 fee to do so.

Despite apprehensive comments from a concerned Newton citizen, the Newton City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to provide an electronic payment service to its city customers through NCO Financial Services next year. The one-year contract with NCO will allow customers to pay their monthly utility bills on the Internet or on the phone with debit cards, credit cards or electronic checks. For their service, NCO charges a $3.60 flat fee per transaction.

DA puts Bellas on administrative leave

June 22, 2011

Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas is on administrative leave after being arrested and charged with a DWI.

According to a statement released by the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday, Bellas was placed on administrative leave at noon Tuesday and "relieved from his prosecutorial duties as assistant district attorney."

Bellas is listed as the lead prosecutor in the Zahra Baker case.

Check back with The O-N-E as this story develops.

Bellas given custody release

June 22, 2011

Catawba County's assistant district attorney arrested and charged with a DWI at Sunset Beach was given a custody release.

The custody release order was dated for Tuesday and showed Eric Bellas' single driving while impaired charge. However, the written promise to appear or custody release portion at the bottom of the form is not signed by Bellas or the person who signed to have Bellas put into his or her custody.

Asst. DA slapped with DWI

June 22, 2011

Catawba County's assistant district attorney was arrested and charged with a DWI Tuesday.

Eric Bellas was arrested at about 2 a.m. by Sunset Beach Police and taken to Brunswick County jail. From Bellas' mug shot, he appears to have many facial injuries, which, according to reliable sources, was a result of a bicycle accident.

June 21st

Post succeeds Bowne as Saint coach

June 22, 2011

To replace any area coaching legend, St. Stephens High School decided to hire from within its basketball family.

Murphy Post, a four-year member of the teaching faculty and coaching staff at the school, was named the new boys’ basketball coach. He replaces Gary Bowne, who retired last week from coaching and teaching.

Post has served as the junior varsity head coach for the program and an assistant under Bowne for the varsity program.

Johnson homers twice for Post 29

June 22, 2011

Hickory Post 48 and Caldwell County Post 29 battled two things Tuesday — the weather and each other.

Caldwell’s Blake Johnson homered twice — a two-run bomb in the top of the first inning and a solo shot in the fifth inning — to give Post 29 the 8-1 lead after seven innings.

The final two innings and score were not available due to press time.
Post 29 (11-5, 9-3) took the early 3-0 lead behind Johnson’s first home run and an RBI-single from Max Linville.

A fourth run scored for Caldwell County in the top of the third inning, when Jon Gray plated Bowman on a single.

HIckory Post 48 splits Monday twin-bill

June 22, 2011

Two games, two opponents and two different results.

Hickory Post 48 earned a thrilling 4-3 victory over Moundsville (W.Va.) in the first game on Monday and closed the night out with a difficult 11-8 defeat to Shelby.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Hickory (6-6, 5-6) made a tremendous comeback against Moundsville by scoring three runs in the final two innings to pick up the 4-3 victory.

The rally started in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Kyle Johnson delivered a leadoff home run to cut Hickory's deficit to 3-2.

Maiden approves 1 cent tax break

June 21, 2011

Maiden residents will see a one cent tax break during the next fiscal year that will save town members nearly $80,000.
The new tax rate of 39 cents per $100 of valuation will be the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.
Maiden’s town council unanimously approved its new tax rate and $13,014,565 budget Monday night with no comments from the public.  
“This is roughly the same budget from last year, but there is a one cent tax decrease,” Herms said.

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