High Country

  Mountains brace for another wintry blast

Another wintry blast heading into the Carolinas Thursday night with possible sleet and freezing rain from the foothills into the mountains.

Hickory Police investigating deadly shooting

  Ashe County High School gym, auditorium damaged in heavy winds

  Mountain Christmas Tree growers prepare for huge crowds for “Green Friday”

  N.C. pair accused of animal cruelty after several dogs found dead or starving

  Sheriff: Woman cursed, shot at workers 150 ft. up cellphone tower near her N.C. home

  Deputy dismissed after losing control of car going 110-plus mph, crashing into parked vehicles in Caldwell Co.

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Student captures photo of deer being butchered in N.C. nail salon

Boone man arrested, charged with multiple counts of exploiting a minor

Man sentenced to 20 additional years in prison for shooting two women in Burke Co.

  Defense attorneys concerned after jail gives copies of outgoing letters from murder suspect

  No arrests yet in kidnapping and shooting in Hickory

Man to spend 28 days in jail for telling kids at campground he was FBI agent

Pair arrested after Lenoir Police find over $15,000 in illegal narcotics

The Lenoir Police Department has taken two people into custody after a traffic stop resulted in the discovery of cocaine, marijuana and a stolen firearm.

Deputies: Woman threatened teen sex crime victim with bat, said he wouldn’t make it to court

Ozaya Elizabeth Cole, 20, is charged with intimidating a state witness.

  Caldwell deputies growing beards for charity

It’s against department policy, but that’s not stopping about 30 deputies and the sheriff himself in the Caldwell County Sheriff’s office from growing beards.

Woman accused of hiding prescription drug in reading glasses to be given to inmate in Caldwell Co.

A woman has been accused of attempting to smuggle a prescription drug to an inmate in Caldwell County by hiding the drug in a pair of reading glasses.

  Bitter cold grips NC mountains, slight moderation on the way

Caldwell County woman arrested for sexual offense with a minor

  Bitter cold invades the N.C. mountains (a little snow too)

  UPS driver charged in fatal crash on Burke County interstate

  Crews preparing as bitter cold heads to the N.C. mountains, bringing possible snow

  Husband admits to stabbing, killing wife in 911 call

  Daughter of victim in N.C. mass murder still waiting for closure

She is especially pained by the fact her little brother and sister were caught up in the events of that night in June and died as well.

Man charged with stabbing wife to death in Avery County

Law enforcement authorities have charged 55-year-old Darrell Callahan with murder in the death of his wife after officials say he called 911 and reported it.

  Hunters find missing truck, burned remains of 3 people linked to NC ‘mass murder’

It is believed that the three bodies found burned in the bed of the truck are those of 38-year-old Maria Calderon and her boyfriend and friend, Jose Carlos Mendez and Luis Fernando Sanchez.

  Fire destroys large industrial company’s building in Burke County, caused by electrical issue

A large employer in Burke County lost its industrial building overnight on Friday morning in a fire.

  Storm rolls through Burke County and Foothills, causing accidents and downing trees

Several accidents were reported on Interstate 40 at the height of the rain just before 5. Most were cleared up quickly though one accident had the eastbound lanes shut down at mile marker 110 for a time.

Three arrested in connection with dozens of mail theft cases around NC High County

Over 60 people have been identified as victims in a mail theft ring which took place in counties around the North Carolina mountains on September and October.

Multi-vehicle crash claims life of driver in NC mountains

An accident that took place along I-40 on Thursday morning resulted in the death of one driver and two other vehicles crashing along the highway.

Officials investigating stabbing death of Alexander Correctional Institute inmate

An inmate was pronounced deceased on Wednesday evening following a stabbing that took place at the Alexander Correctional Institute in Taylorsville.

  Rain coming just in time for some cattle farmers

The drought is not over but recent rainfall is making life a little easier on some farms.

  Mountains having an unusually long Fall color season

The warm weather in September and for much of October has kept leaves on the trees and led to a late Fall color season that could stretch into November.

  Man accused of shooting girlfriend in face, ignoring officer commands from pontoon boat

A Lenoir man is behind bars after deputies say he shot his girlfriend then forced officers to come onto the Johns River to get him off a pontoon boat.

6K pounds of marijuana, 18 kilos of cocaine, $200K seized in NC drug investigation

The investigation resulted in the seizure of 6,800 pounds of marijuana intercepted at the United States-Mexico border. This shipment of marijuana was marked for delivery in the Catawba Valley area. This investigation has also resulted in the seizure of 18 kilograms of Cocaine and over $200,000.

  Father dies days after shooting that killed his son in Morganton

A father hurt in a Morganton shooting that killed his son has died.

31-year-old officer suffers stroke while making arrest, department rallies in support

Almost 40 people have signed up to provide family dinners. There's also a Go Fund Me and raffle being planned to help with medical bills.

  FOUND! Massive Bigfoot statue stolen from NC business located in woods

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office did something adventure seekers and conspiracy theorists have been trying to do for decades... They found Bigfoot!

  Man accused of fatally striking man biking with daughter in Caldwell Co. arrested

Troopers in N.C. have arrested and charged a man they say struck and killed a cyclist in a hit-and-run in Caldwell County.

  Fall colors stymied by weather but finally starting

Cool mornings have kick started some leaf color change and experts say that will accelerate in the coming weeks.

8 charged as investigation continues into gaming locations in Burke Co.

According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, detectives have issued charges for eight people after further investigation.

  Dry pastures forcing use of winter feed to keep cattle alive

Gary Duckworth says it’s been decades since his pastures have been this dry. “There’s just nothing for the cattle to eat, nothing,” he said on Monday.

  Helicopter with giant saw used for tree trimming in prep for winter

A helicopter with a 27-foot saw assembly, hanging 90 feet below the chopper itself, was called in. Treeline Helicopters of Virginia have been doing that kind of work for years.

Woman accused of killing man with blunt object at N.C. home

Investigators say 39-year-old Tabatha Renee Triplett killed 47-year-old John Paul Robinson by striking him with a blunt object multiple times.

  Bears on the move in N.C., mountain leaf-lookers warned to be on lookout

Lately they have been blamed for food thefts from campgrounds and missing equipment, too.

  Abnormally dry conditions have firefighters worried about a repeat of 2016

Drought conditions hit a peak just as the fall fire season began then and now experts are warning that could happen again this year.

  Break-in near Burke County schools leads to lockdown and arrest

Deputies were called out to Pete Brittian Road just after 8 a.m. when a homeowner said their house was being broken into, with them inside.

  Good Samaritans to the rescue in I-40 breakdown and fire

Max Martinez’s day started out not so good but ended on a high note. He was traveling with his family from Asheville to the Raleigh area in his pickup loaded with tools for his construction business.

Man injured, 2 dogs killed in Caldwell County fire

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire, that happened on Hubbard Street late in the afternoon.

  Father accused of killing 2-month-old son appears before a judge in Morganton

Doctors, according to court paperwork, determined that the child died as a result of “Shaking Baby Syndrome” where brain injuries result.

  Parent arrested after Burke Co. infant dies at Charlotte hospital

An arrest has been made in connection with the death of an infant from Burke County on September 9.

  Students put up massive 9/11 memorial in Caldwell County

On Tuesday night, they placed 2,977 flags in the pattern of the number 9/11. One flag for each victim of that day.

Missing man, who prompted search in Burke Co., found after spending two nights in shed

A missing man, who prompted a multi-agency search when an abandoned car was found Monday night in Burke County, has been located after he reportedly spent two nights in a shed.

  Trio indicted on charges connected to teen’s beating, death in Burke Co.

Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office have arrested three people believed to be involved with a teenager’s death in Burke County in early September.

Health Care Tech charged and fired after allegedly helping accused felon escape from Broughton Hospital

A man who authorities describe as “dangerous” escaped from a secure ward at Broughton State mental Hospital in Morganton last month after getting help from a woman who worked there, say police.

66-year-old woman dies after crash involving motorcycle in Boone

According to the Boone Police Department, the incident happened in the area of East King Street near Forrest Hill Drive on Tuesday around 3 p.m.

Motorcyclist suffers life-threatening injuries following serious accident in North Wilkesboro

An accident involving a motorcyclist and a pickup truck in North Wilkesboro resulted in one individual being taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

72 treated at hospitals after fumes discovered in college dorm

72 students at Lees McCrae College were taken to the hospital overnight following what appears to be a gas leak in a dormitory on campus.

  Crowds expected along Wilson Creek for the holiday weekend as county puts out a warning

In addition to the traffic issues, officials are working on the potential trash problem as well.

Officials confirm sixth case of rabies in Catawba Co. in 2019

Officials have confirmed the sixth case of rabies in Catawba County in 2019.

$1M bond for man charged with multiple child sex crimes in Alexander Co.

The man was charged with one count of felony statutory sex offense of a child and four counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.

  Hickory says downtown project will be complete next week

City officials say crews are working day and night to complete the project and they are so confident they will, that a concert has been scheduled on the site for Sept. 6.

  Police: N.C. student had guns in dorm, charged with threat of mass violence on campus

The student was arrested on Tuesday after the university security officers found two firearms and ammunition in his dorm, officials said.

  Video of deputy punching man during arrest sparks investigation in Burke County

Surveillance video shows the suspect tripping and the officer taking him down as he tried to get up, hitting him several times.

  Massive Bigfoot statue stolen from business in N.C. mountains

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office is searching Linville for the whereabouts of a Sasquatch...statue.

  Caldwell County Schools bans on-campus vaping

Officials with the Caldwell County School System say they have taken a stronger stance in enforcing the use of e-cigarettes beginning this school year.

DA: Former NC school athletics intern pretended to be woman to entice young boys for child porn

Frank Darrell Cromwell, 23, of Boone, was arrested in July after he was accused of pretending to be a female “to entice the minors to produce and send to him child pornography, and to engage in sexual activity.”

Investigators: Someone set home on fire in Boone

According to Boone Fire Department, the incident happened at a home in the Winkler’s Creek area of Boone around 1:06 a.m.

Burke County sting leads to multiple charges against four local gaming locations

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office announced conducted a multi-agency operation on Friday which led to the search of four different gaming locations around the area.

  Warning issued for online scams involving pet adoptions

Officials urge anyone wanting to buy a pet through a website to research the website thoroughly.

$15K ring stolen from hotel room in Boone

The victim, who was staying at the hotel, reported that a white gold diamond ring was stolen from the room that she was staying in. She reported the value of the ring to be $15,500.

Now-former school employee accused of sending nude pics to student, attempted indecent liberties

Leigh Perkins Greene, 51, is charged with attempted indecent liberties with a student by school personnel other than a teacher, administrator, disseminate obscene picture, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and providing alcohol to underage persons.

  Pilot dies after small plane crashes in NC

A pilot has passed away after a small plane crashed in Watauga County Wednesday morning, according to officials.

  Storms cause heavy damage in Alexander County

Severe thunderstorms caused heavy damage to property in Alexander County Tuesday afternoon.

  Suspect chased down, struck by customer’s vehicle after armed robbery

Andrew Michael Davis, 22, robbed a Shop and Save #3 Convenience Store in Morganton before being chased and hit by a customers vehicle.

  3 dead, 1 injured in shooting at apartment complex in Hickory

According to officials, the incident happened on 17th Avenue NE near the intersection with 3rd Street Drive NE around 9 p.m.

  Daughter of Alexander County triple murder victim speaks

Investigators have been following every lead, trying to find the body of Maria Calderon.

Fox in Caldwell County tests positive for rabies

A fox spotted in the Green Mountain Park near Lenoir that was recently caught by Caldwell County Animal Control has tested positive for rabies, according to the NC State Laboratory of Public Health.

  9/11 Memorial Quilt Project on exhibit in Morganton

A special memorial to all the victims of the September 11th attacks has stopped in Morganton to go on display for a couple of days.

  Troopers: Driver was texting when she fatally struck man in Caldwell County

A driver who investigators now say was texting when she fatally struck a man walking along US Highway 321 in Caldwell County has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

  Smooth opening to early start for Avery County Schools

The big change this year is the start date for the Avery County Schools, which came about two weeks earlier than in recent years.