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July 1st, 2011

Shots fired into occupied home

July 1, 2011



Catawba County sheriff’s deputies have not identified the suspects who fired several shots into an occupied dwelling Thursday. 


Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said suspects shot into a single-family dwelling at 4926 Swinging Bridge Road in Conover, but did not injure anyone inside the home. 


Reid said the incident doesn’t look like an accident, and there are no suspects at this time. 
The home was in a rural area.

In incidents like these, Reid said his officers canvas the neighborhood to see if anyone has seen anything suspicious. 


Thieves steal copper piping from construction site

July 1, 2011



Authorities are searching for suspects that stole copper pipe and electrical cords from a Hospice construction site in Sherrills Ford on Tuesday.


Unidentified suspects entered the construction site at 7473 Sherrills Ford Road by unknown means and took more than 300 feet of copper pipe used for air conditioning.

The copper pipe was valued at about $5,000, according to a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office report. 


“People steal copper wire and pipe and sell it by the pound,” said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. “It can be very valuable.”

June 30th

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.’”

June 29th

Election filing to start Friday

June 29, 2011

Filing for 2011 municipal elections will start Friday for most cities and towns in Catawba County.

Those wishing to file for election or re-election can visit the Board of Elections office in the Catawba County Government Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Board of Elections Director Larry Brewer said potential candidates can also file for election through the mail, but said “most people come by the office because there are other forms to fill out, also.”

Investment gives market boost

June 29, 2011

Every day, the occasional train pulls a short line of box cars along portions of the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Catawba County. After chugging through farmland and rural pastures in Maiden, the railroad enters Newton, and then Conover — passing an array of abandoned textile and furniture plants that once thrived with life.

But since the millennium, the plants that once powered the county’s economy have lost about 34,000 jobs to other areas of the country and overseas. This caused some to say the furniture and textile industry in the Greater Hickory area was dead.

Truck catches on fire

June 29, 2011

Newton firefighters spray a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck that caught fire Wednesday in the driveway of a home at 1001 N. Davis St. in Newton.

Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said the truck owner turned the vehicle on, left the air conditioning running and then returned inside his home. When the owner went back to the truck minutes later, the car was smoking and on fire.

Yoder added that his department first received a call of a garage fire and subsequently dispatched multiple fire engines to the scene. Yoder said that normally only one engine responds to a regular car fire call.

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