Western North Carolina authorities arrested Sylva business owner, Partick Lee Ewart on Sept. 19 on a sex charge at his Haywood County home.
After more than a year of investigation, deputies with the Haywood and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices arrested 38-yearold Ewart in Waynesville for taking indecent liberties with a minor. According to reports, Ewart is the owner and operator of the popular Sylva and Waynesville- based restaurant Nick and Nate’s Pizza.
According to reports, the arrest stems from an incident that occurred at the suspect’s home on May 11, 2010. At the time of the offense, Ewart lived in Jackson County, but has moved to Haywood County since then.
Ewart was indicted on Sept. 12, 2011. At the time of offense the child was a 14-year-old female. Ewart, of Christine Court in Waynesville, was booked on a $80,000 secured bond as of Monday, and is currently still in custody. More details will be reported as the investigation continues.