Crime & Courts

Newton couple jailed after police standoff

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.