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April 5th, 2011

Road blocked to restore electricity

April 5, 2011

Portions of Providence Mill Road in Maiden are blocked Tuesday afternoon as crews work to restore power after a reported tornado ripped through the area.

Some Maiden residents were still without power Tuesday afternoon after the storm toppled trees and power lines. 

Duke Energy released a statement on its website saying that more than 200,000 of the company's customers were without power as of Tuesday at 5 a.m. 

Check back with The O-N-E for more information and pictures as the county's clean-up efforts continue. 

SEVERE WEATHER: Maiden schools dismiss early

April 5, 2011

Two maiden schools will dismiss early Tuesday following severe weather overnight.
Maiden High and Maiden Middle schools will both dismiss at 11 a.m., according to Catawba County Schools. Power outages at the schools were cited for the early dismissal.
Monday night's severe weather caused storm damage throughout the Maiden and Sherrills Ford communities of southeastern Catawba County. Work crews are working to clear roadways and restore power in the area.

April 4th

Police identify body found in river

April 4, 2011

Police have identified the body of the man found floating Sunday in the South Fork River near Maiden.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Monday deputies know who the deceased man is, but won't release the man's name until his family is notified.

Two men, Elliott Teague and Justin Collins, were in canoes when they discovered the man's body as they were floating down the South Fork River on Sunday about 2:30 p.m.

5-year-old struck by car

April 4, 2011

A 5-year-old girl is recovering Monday after being struck by a car.

The child was with her mother when she was crossing N.C. 127 near Third Street NE in Hickory about 2:45 p.m. Sunday.

According to police, the mother was carrying an 18-month-old baby in her arms, and the girl stepped into traffic.

The mother and baby weren't injured in the incident, but the girl was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

The girl suffered a broken leg, but is expected to recover.

No charges were filed Sunday at the scene.

2 arrested after high-speed chase

April 4, 2011

Two men were arrested Monday after allegedly robbing a store then leading police on a high-speed, three-county chase.

Daniel Ray Williams, 37, of Lincolnton, and James Hill, 39, of Winston-Salem, face charges of armed robbery and speeding to elude, said Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal.

The men allegedly walked into the Dollar General store on U.S. 70 SW in Hickory about 8:15 a.m. Monday and demanded money from the clerk. Deal said the men displayed a gun and were wearing fake beards to conceal their identities.

Woman found with $100 of heroin

April 4, 2011

A Maiden woman faces drug trafficking charges Monday after deputies allegedly found $100 of heroin in her possession.

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies were conducting surveillance off N.C. 150 East on Saturday when they noticed two suspicious vehicles in the area. The deputies saw the vehicles in the area before, which prompted them to make a traffic stop.

During the traffic stop, police seized about 10 grams of heroin, which is valued at $100.

Elisa swoons in court

April 4, 2011

Elisa Baker's feet shuffled unsteadily as she grasped for a chair Monday in Catawba County Superior Court.

Scott Reilly helped his client to a chair and poured water for her into a paper cup before proceeding with his arguments.

The pressure of an impending murder charge is apparently getting to Baker, who swooned in court Monday after Reilly complained his client was being "selectively prosecuted" and won't receive a fair trial in Catawba County.

Newton tackles 'unfair' water/sewer rates, minimum charges

April 4, 2011

After a Newton landlord said the city is unfair in its minimum billing practices for utility services, City Council is discussing the rate structure for water and sewer customers.
During a February City Council meeting, Newton landlord Tom Dixon questioned Newton's utility billing practices, and in particular, the minimum fees placed on low use customers.
"To get services from the city, you have to pay for all of them. You can't just have electricity, water, sewer or solid waste pick-up — you have to have all of them or you can't get any," he said during the Feb. 15 meeting.

DEVELOPING: Paddlers find body in river

April 4, 2011

Two men in canoes on the South Fork River have found the body of a man floating in the water.

Investigators hope an autopsy will help them determine the man's identity and how he died.

Elliott Teague and Justin Collins said they were in separate canoes Sunday when Teague spotted the body dressed in pants and work boots floating near a log on an isolated stretch of the river in Catawba County.

The body was found near U.S. 321 between Newton and Maiden.

Deputies say the body may have been in the river for as long as two weeks.

Grand jury to hear triple murder case

April 4, 2011

The case of a Hickory man who authorities say killed three people in a Catawba County trailer park will go before a grand jury.

Sheriff's officials arrested 32-year-old Everett Hewitt last month following a manhunt that involved 100 officers from several area law enforcement agencies.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Hewitt is being held at the Catawba County Detention Center on three counts of murder pending Monday's grand jury hearing. A public defender has been appointed.

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