Catawba Co.

After Lake Norman drowning, officials urging people to properly secure life jacket while boating

After officials with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission found the body of a missing swimmer on Lake Norman, they’re urging boaters to properly secure life jackets while boating. The incident occurred after a 22-year-old man jumped from a rented boat he was on along with nine other peo

  Hickory man pleads guilty in girlfriend’s 2016 killing

Man arrested on drug trafficking charges in Catawba County

Catawba man arrested on multiple drug charges

  Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Department operating new tow fish for safer water recovery missions

Police investigating armed robbery at Conover convenience store

  Hickory City Walk Projects ramp up

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Officials confirm fourth, fifth cases of rabies in Catawba Co. in 2019

  Tow truck pulls trapped horse from Catawba County pond

Man accused of leaving children home alone, leading deputies on pursuit in Catawba Co.

  Town of Maiden bans all tobacco products from parks, town property

  Vets at Hickory Aviation Museum hope folks don’t forget their history this Fourth of July

Governor signs state disaster declaration for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties

Person ejected, seriously injured after head-on collision involving car, tractor trailer in Conover

According to the Conovoer Fire Department, the incident happened at the intersection of Rock Barn Road NE and N. McLin Creek Road.

  Catawba man charged with murder for killing wife appears in court for first time

A man, who police say spent more than 30 hours in the woods hiding from officers after his wife was killed, appeared in court for the first time Friday morning.

  Catawba County sends teams out to assess the flood damage

The teams were making dollar estimates of the damage they were finding. The total will be turned over to the state as North Carolina officials determine whether a disaster declaration should be made.

Man sentenced to at least 18 years in prison for murder in Catawba Co.

A Catawba County Superior Court judge sentenced 51-year-old Jeffrey Hoppes after he entered a guilty plea on Tuesday.

  Flooding forces evacuations, road closures and State of Emergency in parts of NC

  NC man sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for 7 sex offenses dating back 33 years

Man killed in Catawba County crash identified

  Silver Alert issued for 78-year-old man reported missing in Catawba County

  ‘Person of interest’ charged in Catawba Co. homicide

  NC firefighters prepping for the heat wave

  ‘Meant to be’: Puppies found on roadside quickly gain roles in NC wedding

Crystal Mosteller Hopson, the director of Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue in Hickory, was headed to a longtime-volunteer’s wedding rehearsal Friday when she noticed a brown box with big bold letters that read, “FREE PUPPIES.”

  Video gaming devices seized in Hickory, police say more places could be next

A judge ruled that only video games where skill determines the outcome can legally pay prizes a week earlier.

  Man who killed Hickory woman by setting her on fire gets 25 years in prison

In a plea deal on Tuesday McQuay pleaded guilty to second degree murder and will have to serve at least 25 years behind bars.

  Cleanup at local High School after wind causes major damage

More than $40,000 in damage has been totaled so far. The school system does have insurance and a claim will be filed.

  Former Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office captain pleads guilty in cyber stalking case

Jason Reid, a former captain in the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office who ran unsuccessfully to lead the office last year, pleaded guilty to multiple criminal charges Monday morning in connection with allegations he places a GPS tracking device on the car of his ex-girlfriend.

  Man wanted in wife’s murder in Catawba Co. now in custody

The shooting happened in an area on Plateau Road near Rock Creek Drive in Vale, North Carolina. Joseph Barker was being sought in the case.

  24 shots fired in drive-by towards Long View home, police say

Part of the shooting was caught by a home surveillance camera. The images are dark and grainy, but police are hoping someone will recognize the SUV.

86-year-old woman killed in crash in Catawba County

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the incident happened on NC-127 at Medical Park Drive around 1:40 p.m.

  Hickory Union Square businesses trying to survive construction zone

The City of Hickory is renovating Union Square, and that means most of the square itself has been fenced off and dug up. The $5 million project won’t be finished until at least September.

  Woman pleads guilty to killing 17-year-old, sentence shocks victim’s family

Cheyanne Kenniston put a gun to Katlyn Wittcop’s face and pulled the trigger. Kenniston told authorities she though the gun was not loaded, but it was.

  Suspect arrested in shooting that killed teen, injured toddler caught in crossfire

16-year-old Devin O’Dariess Lee who police say they believe was the intended target died from injuries related to the shooting.

  Drone helps catch man who ran from police in Granite Falls

Using it’s heat-seeking camera, the drone spotted the man in the woods hiding under some brush. Officers who had walked right past him without spotting him were redirected back to the hiding place and the man was arrested.

3 charged for lying about robbery to cover up accidental shooting in Catawba County

Donald Reid, 39, Benjamin McCann, 25 and Dylan Carroll, 20, were charged with filing a false police report and McCann was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Man convicted of sex crimes against minor subject to deportation

Ignacio Cortez Macedo, 36 of Claremont, pleaded guilty to second-degree forcible sex offence and indecent liberties with a child, court officials say.

Former NC District, Superior Court judge charged with sex offense with child

Dan Green is charged with felony statutory sex offense with a child, disseminating obscene material, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office.

Rocky the dog learns the hard way to never chase opossums into drain pipes after dark

Photos posted on Facebook by the town of Claremont show Rocky, a pit bull, had been advancing on his belly in the pipe when he ran out of room.

Seizure of more than $250,000 in drugs leads to woman’s arrest in Catawba County

Bumgarner was in possession of 11 ounces of methamphetamine and had her 2001 Dodge Truck seized by Caldwell County officials, according to authorities.

  Bump stock ban goes into effect. But what if you still have one?

The ban was finalized at the end of last year and owners were warned to either destroy the device or turn it in to an ATF office.

Gov. Cooper declares April ‘NC Beer Month’ to celebrate local breweries

Cooper signed the proclamation at Highland Brewing in Asheville, which is just one of about 310 breweries across the Tarheel State.

Missing NC man last seen in early March, vehicle found empty

Timothy John “TJ” Trivette, 36, was last seen by his family on March 13. Deputies say his vehicle was later found near the Guy Ford bridge, which is on Guy Ford Road near Highway 321.

2-hour rescue completed after person falls on trail behind Walmart in Conover

Officials say the rescue took two hours to complete due to overgrown vegetation.

  Pair escape after neighbor breaks into Claremont home, sets kitchen aflame

The residents of a Claremont home escaped a hostage situation Sunday morning after a neighbor broke into their house and started a fire in their kitchen, forcing them to barricade themselves in a bedroom and flee through a window.

  NC girl chosen as Gerber’s adorable new Spokesbaby

Baby Kairi, from Hickory, was chosen as the winner of the company’s Ninth Annual Photo Search and will be this year’s Spokesbaby.

Crews battle 2-alarm fire at 5-story industrial facility in Conover

According to the Conover Fire Department, the fire is burning at a five-story industrial facility on Simpson Street SW.

  Kidnapping suspect in custody after shooting, fire in Catawba County

The two scenes are just a couple of blocks apart by road - closer through a wooded area - on Pine Bark Court and Fairway Drive near Hwy 10 and the town of Newton.

NC woman who drugged 10-year-old girl, sexually assaulted her sentenced to prison

She committed the crime in 2010 along with a man who pleaded guilty last month.

  Daycare roof collapses in Catawba County, children sent to other facility

No one was injured when a day care roof collapsed in Catawba County Wednesday night.

No charges filed in fatal deputy-involved crash in Catawba County

The wreck happened around 1 a.m. on McDonald Parkway at 12th Ave Drive NE, closing the area for a time.

Man wanted in Hickory McDonald’s stabbing arrested

Richard Lenoir Church III, 45, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

1 charged, 1 killed in crash after car goes into creek

One person was killed in a car crash Wednesday morning after the vehicle went into a creek.

ALERT: Callers pretending to be deputies in jury duty scam in Catawba County

According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, deputies have received several reports from citizens that they have received calls from someone identifying themselves as a deputy.

Man arrested after female, family member assaulted in Catawba County

Deputies are searching for De Andre Jerome Mack, who they say is considered armed and dangerous.

Hickory man convicted on robbery felony charges after pleading guilty

A Hickory man was charged in connection to multiple robberies from 2016.

  Hickory man hospitalized after shots fired at home

Police say a 28-year-old man was at a home on S Center Street when someone fired a gun.

Woman arrested in Hickory pharmacy robbery, police chase

Police say 39-year-old Rebecca Miller went into the CVS Pharmacy on Highway 127 S around 8:40 p.m. Friday and demanded medication at gunpoint.

Multi-vehicle accident leaves three with serious injuries in Catawba County

The Catawba County Highway Patrol responded to an accident that had occurred off of Slanting Bridge Rd. involving multiple vehicles.

One suspect dead from self-inflicted gunshot, another arrested following armed robbery, chase

An armed robbery in Catawba County on Friday evening resulted in a police chase, an arrest of one suspect and the death of another from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday morning.

  Federal workers affected by shutdown turn to local non-profits for help

A local non-profit group in Catawba County says federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown are now turning to them for help with food and paying bills.

Man arrested on felony drug charges after fleeing from police

Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man on Sunday afternoon following a chase that took place throughout Maiden and Newton.

Man stabbed multiple times in Catawba County

According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened on on Edna Street in Catawba as deputies responded to a report of a stabbing around 11 p.m.

Catawba County confirms 14th case of rabies this year

Catawba County Animal Services confirmed on Monday afternoon that they were handling their 14th case of rabies discovered in the area in 2018.

  Ground broken for amphitheater at Conover Station

The complex was started more than a decade ago when the city decided not to take a wrecking ball to a closed down factory building. Instead, the building was renovated and now houses NC Works, a library, meeting space and more.

One killed in Catawba County crash

The single-vehicle crash happened at Exit 130, 1st St West, on I-40 eastbound.

Man served with outstanding warrant for murder in Catawba County

A Hickory man was served with an outstanding warrant for murder after a woman died from injuries sustained during a stabbing early Monday morning.

  Winter storm damages marinas around Lake Norman

Several local marinas were heavily damaged by the winter storm that rolled through the Carolina’s this weekend.

  Hickory battles slushy side roads ahead of Monday work day

Private plows across the area work late into the night, and neighbors shovel side streets.

  Bread and milk flying off the shelves in the NC foothills

City workers, NCDOT crews, and the guys from Duke Energy will be working together to get through this storm. For instance, in a case where power lines are down, plow truck drivers will be told by electricians if its safe enough to continue plowing in said area.

  Local soybean harvest underway, farmers see prices down due to trade war

Farmer Van Proctor put a lot of work into his soybean fields this year and it shows.

Conover man sentenced for 2017 assault

A Conover man was sentenced in Catawba County Superior Court today for an assault case that took place in 2017.

  Plea in double murder gains witness for the state

Plea deal in double murder case for Catawba suspect.

  More than 900k power outages restored in the Carolinas

In addition to having no lights or a way to cook, many students in the Charlotte area were out of class due to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools being out of power.

  500k lost power as TS Storm Michael moved through the Carolinas

Most of the damage done to power lines was due to downed trees, which officials say all came on very quickly after Tropical Storm Michael’s winds whipped through our area.

  Catawba County confirms eleventh case of rabies in 2018

11th case of rabies confirmed in Catawba County.

  Despite heavy opposition, Harrisburg town council votes to move forward with development project

Despite heavy opposition, Harrisburg town council votes to move forward with development project

Woman convicted in Catawba County car-shooting case

Woman convicted in Catawba County shooting.

Credit card skimmers arrested in Harrisburg

Two arrested for credit card-skimming in Harrisburg.

Second arrest made in Concord robberies case

Concord police arrest man in recent robbery case.

Fire damages two homes in Concord

Fire damages two homes in Concord.