Newton couple jailed after police standoff

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comMay 13, 2014 

A Newton couple was arrested early Monday after a police standoff that lasted about six hours.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which took place at a residence in the 900 block of Della Lane, according to Newton police.

Police said they were called about 10:45 p.m. Sunday by people who reported shots being fired. Officers said they didn’t find anyone shooting but stayed in the area, because they had received a number of complaints over the past year about shots being fired in that location.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., police heard shots being fired and spotted a man standing on the deck of a residence on Della Lane, firing a gun. Police said the man ran back into his house and wouldn’t respond to officers.

Newton police got a warrant and also an involuntary commitment order for the man. About 12:30 a.m., police called in a Catawba County SWAT unit and a special team of negotiators. After failing to make progress, police entered the residence about 5:15 a.m. and arrested the man without incident.

Police said Steven Dwayne Rhoney, 30, was taken into custody and faces charges of discharging a firearm in city limits and resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer. His wife, Leah Faith Rhoney, 25, was arrested on charges of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer, police said.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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