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League of Women discuss economy

June 22, 2011

League of Women Voters (LWV) spoke with members of the community Tuesday about the economy and its affect on children and families.

Topics included how the economic and political situations have affected their areas, groups and organizations; and ways the community can support these agencies.

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.

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