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Deputies: Vale man tried to kill 2 in Newton

Staff Writer
A Vale man is being held behind Catawba County bars under a $1 million bond after he was charged with two-counts of attempted murder over the weekend.
Toby Dwight Smith, 42, of 3167 Ledford Road in Vale, was taken into custody after Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Smith shot a father and son at their apartment Sunday following an altercation over a woman.
Reid said the incident, which did involve alcohol, took place around 8 p.m. on the 7000 block of N.C. 10 in Newton.
During the argument, Smith left the apartment and returned with a pistol, authorities said. A second fight ensued, during which time Smith opened fire, shooting 49-year-old Paul Tallent in the stomach and his 27-year-old son Dustin Tallent in the hip, officers reported.
The two victims were taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory for treatment, Reid said. Paul Tallent remains in medical care while his son has since been released.
Smith is expected to make a second appearance on the charges at the end of this month.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, his criminal record includes misdemeanors dating back to 1988 in Catawba County. Convictions include level 2 DWI, reckless driving, assault on female and drug possession.

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