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March 16th, 2011

CCS says no service dog allowed; family files lawsuit

March 16, 2011

Catawba County Schools won't let a 4-year-old child bring his service dog to school. His parents say the school system is violating the Disabilities Act, and they've filed a lawsuit.
Leonel and Jennifer Silva, of Vale, filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of their adopted son, Ayden, who started a pre-kindergarten program at Mountain View Elementary School in August. When Ayden was chosen for the pre-K program, Catawba County Schools knew he was to be accompanied by a service dog.

CAPTURED: Manhunt ends

March 16, 2011

Hours after a manhunt resumed for a suspected shooter who killed three people, police captured Everette Hewitt.
Hewitt, 32, was captured near Oxford School Road.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said investigators think Hewitt shot four people inside a mobile home in the Oak Knoll mobile home park off Emmanuel Church Road on early Tuesday morning. Two people were left dead at the scene, and a third died at an area hospital later in the morning. One person was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Drugs are believed to be involved in the shooting, Reid said.

March 15th

Newton OKs tattoo parlors downtown

March 15, 2011

Tattoo artists can now ink a permanent place in the heart of Newton.
Newton City Council approved a move that will allow tattoo parlors to be established in the city’s B-3 central business district in the downtown area. With the green light, Newton residents Margaret and Jonathan Landers hope to ink a deal to buy a downtown building and establish a business that offers more than tattoos.

City's vacant homes increase

March 15, 2011

Population increased in Newton from 2000 to 2010, but there are more vacant homes within the city's limits.

Newton's latest resident count increased by 408 people, but those people aren't filling up all the city's vacant properties, which increased 63 percent since 2000.

Results from Newton's 2010 census revealed the city's residents increased about 3.2 percent since the last time the population count was conducted 10 years ago. The city's latest population count includes 12,968 residents.

PE teacher a hall of famer

March 15, 2011

A Newton-Conover City Schools coach and teacher was inducted into the system's hall of fame Monday night, honoring the man's commitment to students and physical education.

Tim Elrod, 55, was one of three people chosen to be part of the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame, an honor designed to recognize excellence in and commitment to athletics. This is Elrod's 31st year as Shuford Elementary School's physical education teacher, and he coached track and field for 27 years at Newton-Conover High School.

"That's the only thing I've ever wanted to do," Elrod said. "I've been so blessed here."

UPDATE: 3 killed in home invasion

March 15, 2011

Police say they know who is responsible for an early morning shooting and robbery that left three dead and another injured.

Catawba County sheriff's deputies issued three murder warrants for Everette Proshau Hewitt, 32, of Claremont. 

Hewitt remains at large, and he is considered armed and dangerous.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid announced Tuesday at noon that a third person died from gunshot wounds sustained during a robbery and shooting in a mobile home on Emmanuel Church Road in Conover.

BREAKING: Four shot in invasion

March 15, 2011

Four people were shot during an early morning home invasion in Conover on Tuesday.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies report two people were killed and two others injured in the invasion at a mobile home park off Emmanuel Church Road about 4:30 a.m.
Two people were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition, and the other is stable, according to investigators.
Emerging details indicate a masked gunman knocked on the door of a home in the Oak Knoll mobile home park. When a resident answered the door the man demanded money and shots were fired.

March 14th

Child alerts parents to fire

March 14, 2011

A Maiden family lost their home and several pets Saturday after a 9-year-old boy alerted his family to the blaze.

Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said firefighters responded about 5:15 a.m. Saturday to a mobile home fire on the 6400 block of Startown Road.

The mobile home and a nearby vehicle were fully involved in fire when emergency responders arrived on the scene, but the home's residents and their five children were standing safely outside the building.

Gasoline fueled deadly explosion

March 14, 2011

The Gergely family's home appeared, from the outside, to be a typical residence in the Deerfield development of Mountain View.

A garden sits at the front of the yard near a swing set, and children's sporting equipment is scattered throughout the property.

But inside the residence, George L. Gergely Jr., 42, stored six cans of gasoline and firearms after a reported suicide attempt the day before his house exploded.

A call for help

Gergely's wife, Michele, called 9-1-1 on Sunday about 1:05 p.m. to report her husband was having suicidal thoughts and threatening to harm himself.

'Quonset hut' ban stalls in Newton

March 14, 2011

A proposal to prohibit construction of new "quonset" huts in Newton not only missed the mark, if passed it can open the door to "quonset hut farms" in the city.

As a result, Newton City Council sent a zoning ordinance amendment concerning accessory structures back to city planners' drafting board.

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