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The Good News!
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"Today a lady called the police on some kids that were playing football.  One kid, running from a dog, (scared to death) jumped on her air conditioner!  Newton Police Department came and turned this into a good thing!  Officer C. D. Costner stayed with these boys and played ball for an hour!!  He also used this as a learning lesson!  He is also starting a program inour area for young children ages 14-21!!  Thank youfor taking time out with our boys!!  This means so much to show them that cops are good people too!!"

(Posted and shared by a citizen on 02-15-2016)

Once again the Newton Police Department has partnered with South Newton Elementary to participate in Club Day!  Once a month officers facilitate a chess club and forensics club for interested students.

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Investigator Dane Hoyle teaching chess
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Sgt. Cline and Investigator Hoplins teaching forensics


Sgt. Spencer Cline and Investigator Ronnie Crawley recently participated in the 2015 Run for Maggie. 
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Sgt. Cline and Investigator Crawley crossing the finish line
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Family and Friends of Maggie Daniels

 

Online Shopping Safety Tips

Top Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

Before you start your holiday shopping, remember to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: Make sure security measures are in place, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

Keep a Clean Machine: All the devices you use for shopping - including smartphones and
tablets - should have up-to-date software including security software, operating systems, programs and apps.  
When in Doubt, Throw it Out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email. 

Think Before you Act: Be wary of   communications that offer amazing deals that sound too good to be true, implore you to act immediately - including those about a problem with an order or payment or ask you to view the website via a provided link.                                     

Get Savvy about Wi-Fi Hotspots:  Don’t share personal or financial information over an unsecured network (a connection that doesn’t require a password for access). Using the direct web access on your phone (via a 3G/4G connection) is safer than an unsecured wireless network when on your mobile device. 
Make Sure the Site is Legitimate: This includes a closed padlock on your web browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with shttp or https. This indicates that the purchase is encrypted or secured. For new sites, check online reviews. 

Protect your Personal Information: Be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure the information requested is only that needed to complete the transaction. Only fill out required fields on checkout forms. Check the website's privacy policy. Make sure you understand how your information will be stored and used. 

Use Safe Payment Options: Credit cards are generally the safest option because they allow buyers to seek a credit from the issuer if the product isn’t delivered or isn’t what was ordered. Credit cards may have a limit on the monetary amount you will be responsible for paying. Never send cash through the mail or use a money-wiring service. 

Keep a Paper Trail: Save records of your online transactions, including the product description, price, online receipt, terms of the sale, and copies of email exchanges with the seller. Read your credit card statements as soon as you get them to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. If there is a discrepancy, call your bank and report it immediately. 

For further information please contact SatySafeOnline.org at https://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/resources/top-tips-for-safe-online-holiday-shopping/


Rabies Control and Prevention.


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services would like to highten awareness and educate the public about prevention and control.  Provided is a link to the NC DHHS website with valuable information concerning rabies and other communicable diseases. 

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The Good News!

We are very honored and proud to have the Good News! coming from Newton.  Please follow the link provided for a story by Kristen Hampton from WBTV about our very own Eveleene Fowler and Ken Campbell..

Newton's Finest!


The City of Newton Police Department in conjunction with Catawba County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Catawba County recently held a successful rabies clinic at the police department.  Over 80 dogs and cats were given a one year rabies vaccination.  

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IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. 

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. 

If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Note that the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.