Police find pipe bomb in Newton

A homemade pipe bomb was found in a Newton man’s home after he was arrested on a charge of drinking and driving this weekend.

Police first arrested Mark David Leatherman, 41, of 1950 Ira Drive in Newton, on Saturday for Driving While Impaired (DWI) on his street, according to Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joel Fish.

Authorities returned to Leatherman’s home on Sunday in response to a domestic argument and found a homemade pipe bomb on the front yard.

Fish said Leatherman’s girlfriend had found the pipe bomb previously and had hidden it for safety purposes.

“When a domestic situation broke out and they got in an argument, the girlfriend’s son took it out in the yard and laid it out in the yard,” Fish said.

Leatherman was arrested for possession of a weapon of mass destruction and his bond was set at $4,000.

The pipe bomb was handed over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and will be evaluated and tested before being destroyed, Fish said. He said the sheriff’s office has dealt with homemade bombs in the past.

“The last couple we’ve had were made out of PVC pipe as well,” Fish said, adding that the ATF usually takes the bomb materials to test and destroy them.


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Authorities arrested Dale Arlin Lindsay, 42, of Maiden, on Saturday on charges of felony larceny and possession of stolen goods. Lindsay was arrested in Lincoln County, but he lives at 3925 Siesta Lane in Maiden, according to a Catawba County Sheriff’s Report. He was taken before a Catawba County magistrate and given a $3,000 bond.

Sept. 22
Police arrested Cynthia Lynn Smith, 43, of Vale, on Thursday on charges of theft of cable TV service and injury to personal property. Smith was stealing cable from another residence and was given a $500 bond from a Catawba County magistrate.


Sept. 22
Police are looking for suspects who stole a dirt bike from a Hickory residence. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office says unidentified suspects stole a 2009 yellow Baja dirt bike from a residence at 2115 3rd Ave. SE in Hickory. The dirt bike belonged to Cconley Fay Helms, 79, of Hickory.

Sept. 23
A handheld saw and leaf blower were stolen from a warehouse on Thursday night in Hickory. Police say suspects broke into a warehouse belonging to Henry Burns Construction Company in Hickory and stole a STIHL handheld concrete saw and Echo leaf blower. The two pieces of equipment are valued at a total of $1,200, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.