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  1. Woman discovers 100 letters written by Navy seaman during WW2, looking for ownerRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 8, 2018 | WBTV

    From 1942 to 1946, Fred Sherrill Jr wrote more than 100 letters by hand and mailed them from military bases all over the country. All of them were addressed to "Mother and Dad."


  2. Flooding closes road in NewtonRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 7, 2018 | WBTV

    The city of Newton posted a photo of E. 20th Street between N. Main Ave and N College Avenue, which was covered by water.


  3. Two arrested in Newton armed robberyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 25, 2018 | WBTV

    According to Newton police, the armed robbery happened on Northwest Boulevard just before midnight.


  4. Man sentenced to at least 14 years in 2016 Catawba County murderRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 24, 2018 | WBTV

    A Claremont man will spend at least 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the Jan. 2016 shooting death of a Newton resident during a heavy snowstorm. Marvin Jacob Lee, 29, was sentenced to 14 to 19 years in prison following his plea to the murder charge for the death of 26-year-old Jefferson Lee Heavner and two counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.


  5. Preps underway in NC foothills for possible snowRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 15, 2018 | WBTV

    The Martin Luther King Jr holiday did not mean a day off for some Department of Transportation workers across the North Carolina foothills. At the highway yard on Prison Camp Road in Newton, a team was mixing brine to be spread on the roadways.


  6. Deputies: 14-month-old inside vehicle stolen from Burke County convenience storeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 8, 2018 | WBTV

    Three people are facing charges after deputies say a vehicle was stolen with a baby inside from a convenience store in Burke County Sunday afternoon. According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, a woman was reportedly paying for gas at the Jack-B-Quick/Marathon Station on Interstate 40 at Exit 116 in Icard just before 2 p.m. when her vehicle was stolen.


  7. Udder surprise: Heifer found in family's swimming poolRead the original story

    Nov 9, 2017 | WBTV

    An 800-pound heifer made a big splash when it was found in a North Carolina family's swimming pool. Catawba County Chief Animal Control Officer Jenna Arsenault told news outlets the agency received a 911 call Wednesday morning and arrived to find the young female bovine defiantly staring from the pool in Newton.


  8. No bull. That's a bovine in a swimming pool.Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 8, 2017 | WBTV

    Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Catawba County 911 Communications said they had to dispatch units to a large animal rescue along the 2300-block of Arrowhead Drive in Newton. This is not far from Fred T Foard High School.


  9. Police: Suspect ran from traffic stop, dropped cocaineRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 21, 2017 | WBTV

    Police say a man ran from officers at a traffic stop and dropped 32 grams of crack cocaine Friday evening. Randy Lewis Watts, 38, of Hickory, was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine and resisting an officer.


  10. Why charges were dropped against retired principal in Confederate pepper spray caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 17, 2017 | WBTV

    Charges against a former high school principal accused of pepper spraying Confederate veteran re-enactors were dropped because of a lack of evidence and uncooperative victims, court records show. Victims in the case against former Catawba County educator Karl Smith "have been uncooperative in that they have failed to return phone calls after repeated contacts by law enforcement," prosecutor J. Kyle Smith said on a dismissal form filed in Catawba County District Court.


  11. Woman killed in Newton crash identifiedRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 16, 2017 | WBTV

    According to the Newton Police Department, the wreck occurred at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard, which is U.S. 321, and West 7th Street in Newton just before 7:30 p.m. Police said an SUV overturned and a pickup truck was off the road and against a utility pole. The driver of the pickup truck was heading east on West 7th Street when she was struck by the SUV, police say.


  12. Second man arrested after teen fatally shot inside homeRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 4, 2017 | WBTV

    A 23-year-old man is facing charges after deputies say he was an accessory to the murder of a teenager, who investigators believe was killed after a dispute over a girl. According to arrest warrants, 23-year-old Dustin Allen Shook is being charged with accessory after the fact in the death of 19-year-old Justin Tyler Smith.


  13. Arrest made after man found shot dead in reclinerRead the original story

    Oct 2, 2017 | WBTV

    Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the death of a man who was shot in the head through a window while sitting in a recliner in a North Carolina home. News outlets report 23-year-old Jeffery Douglas Brittain, of Maiden, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with felony murder in the Thursday night death of 19-year-old Justin Tyler Smith.


  14. One arrested after man found dead in Catawba Co homeRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2017 | WBTV

    Justin Tyler Smith, 19, was found dead in his home Friday with a bullet hole in the window, according to investigators. Jeffery Douglas Brittain, 23, was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with the murder.


  15. Man found dead in recliner, bullet hole in window, at homeRead the original story

    Sep 30, 2017 | WBTV

    Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said a man coming to the Newton home to cut the grass Friday afternoon found a bullet hole in a window and the victim dead from a gunshot wound to the head.


  16. Man found dead in Catawba Co home, bullet hole found in windowRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 29, 2017 | WBTV

    The incident happened at a home on Ball Park Road, which is off of Buffalo Shoals Road south of Newton. Deputies said a person went to the victim's home to cut the grass and noticed something was wrong. 1 comment

  17. Indictment: Man stole $110K from Fraternal Order of PoliceRead the original story

    Sep 27, 2017 | WBTV

    A former treasurer of a Fraternal Order of Police lodge in North Carolina has been indicted on wire fraud charges. The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release that 63-year-old Timothy James Brewer is charged in connection with the embezzlement of more than $110,000 from the Catawba County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #26 in Newton.


  18. Sex offender pleads guilty to failing to register Catawba Co addressRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 20, 2017 | WBTV

    A Newton man who is a registered sex offender plead guilty Monday for failing to register his new address in 2016. According to the Catawba County Justice Center, 31-year-old Preston Sentel Woods was sentenced to serve at least five years in jail for failing to register his new address as a sex offender and admitting to be a habitual felon.


  19. DA will not seek death penalty against teen accused of killing 40-year-old manRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 19, 2017 | WBTV

    A teenager who is accused of shooting a 40-year-old man and then setting his home on fire as a cover-up will not face the death penalty. Prosecutors announced Tuesday that they will not pursue capital punishment against 16-year-old Lennon Riley Henderson who was charged with murder in the deadly shooting of Harry Lewis Bruner Jr. Bruner was found dead in a burned home on U.S. 321 in Newton around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 5, authorities said.


  20. Six men arrested in child predator sting operation in Lincoln CountyRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 12, 2017 | WBTV

    Six men were arrested for reportedly trying to meet children to have an "unlawful sexual relationship," police say. The men were arrested during a two month long undercover operation where detectives portrayed themselves as children on social media.


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