The City of Newton Police Department will be hosting a drive thru rabies clinic Saturday, May 30 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm with micro chipping available. The clinic will be held at the Newton Police Department parking lot at 411 N. Main Ave Newton. Pet owners are asked to enter the parking lot from N. College Ave and exit via N. Main Ave. The rabies vaccination will be valid for one year. The cost for rabies vaccination will be $7.00 per animal and $20.00 for micro chipping per animal. This service is being provided in partnership with Catawba County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Catawba County.
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.
New Officer Sworn In
A public swearing in ceremony was recently held recognizing Devan Mackey as the newest police officer to join the Newton Police department. Ptl. Mackey is a graduate of Hickory High School and Lees-McRae College. Show is Chief Brown administering the oath to Ptl. Mackey with his mother and father by his side.