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Police still searching for B&E, armed robbery suspects

June 30, 2011

Authorities are searching for multiple suspects that broke into the same house that was targeted in a breaking and entering incident May.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid was the first responder to a breaking and entering call on Lee Cline Road in Conover on Thursday, where multiple suspects kicked in the door to a home that was previously broken into May 17.

Reid said it did not appear the suspects took anything and fled the scene in a gold SUV.

Secondary roads to be paved

June 30, 2011

Multiple gravel and dirt roads in the area will be paved during the next year, but it is still unclear which streets will get the makeover.

Catawba County commissioners recently accepted a state transportation presentation that outlined proposed paving opportunities in the county.

The state’s Board of Transportation will give the final approval of the plans next month.

“Every couple of years, we do a number of surveys that determine which roads need to be paved,” said Jackie McSwain, district engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Maiden man faces animal cruelty charges

June 30, 2011

A Maiden man is facing five misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after officials found 100 dog carcasses on his property in March.

A criminal summons was issued June 22 from the District Attorney's Office for Billy Roy Hewitt, 68, of 4160 H.E. Propst Road, which stated that Hewitt "unlawfully and willfully did intentionally torment and deprive of necessary sustenance an animal." The summons said the cruelty charges reflect the health of three male dogs and two female dogs.

City's logo problem fixed

June 30, 2011

Newton's downtown 63-year-old water tank's logo size problem is fixed.

After the water tank had a fresh coat of paint from its rust, city officials requested a new "Newton, the heart of Catawba County" logo be painted. It was painted about two weeks ago, but was not done correctly.

Newton City Manager Todd Clark previously told The O-N-E that the red and blue graphic on the water tower was positioned wrong on both sides and was about a third of the size it was before the refurbishing project.

Man rescued from well

June 30, 2011

A Vale man is happy to be alive after falling 40 feet down an old well Thursday near the Lincoln County line in western Catawba County.  
First responders rescued Billy Townsend, 44, of Vale, on Thursday after he stepped on what he thought was a sturdy metal well cover and plummeted 25 feet into icy cold waters. He then descended another 15 feet.
“I don’t know if that well has a bottom, but I didn’t want to find out,” Townsend said, adding that the frigid well water was the worst part of the entire ordeal. “The whole time I was thinking, ‘Lord, just help me get out of this hole.’”

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