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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.
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 â€” we are," Pettit said. "Arson has not been named in the case."
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Maidenâ€™s town council unanimously approved its new tax rate and $13,014,565 budget Monday night with no comments from the public. Â
â€śThis is roughly the same budget from last year, but there is a one cent tax decrease,â€ť Herms said.
Before youth and adults from Carolina Cross Connection arrived at Pattie Patrickâ€™s house Wednesday, the Newton resident said her linoleum floor was riddled with holes.
â€śI kept getting big splinters in my feet when I walked around the living room,â€ť said Patrickâ€™s daughter Dawn, holding up her hands to illustrate a five-inch fragment of floor. â€śIt was all torn up.â€ť
Patrickâ€™s house, a Habitat for Humanity home constructed in the early 90s, had floor issues stretching from the living room all the way throughout the hallways â€” damage that Patrick said she could not afford to fix.
Area citizens will pay more for their garbage pickup next year to offset increasing costs for fuel and operations.
Catawba County Commissioners approved a fee increase from Garbage Disposal Service Monday night that will cost the average homeowner $3.36 more annually, said Barry Edwards, director of utilities and engineering for the county. The increase will also affect commercial dumpsters for unincorporated businesses, hiking their rates anywhere from $1 to $8.46 a month depending on how many dumpsters the business has and how often they are dumped, Edwards said.
Catawba County's chief 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.
Bellas was released at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday.