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  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.

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

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

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

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

72 treated at hospitals after fumes discovered in college dorm

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

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

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

  Hickory says downtown project will be complete next week

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

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

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

  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

$15K ring stolen from hotel room in Boone

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

  Pilot dies after small plane crashes in NC

  Storms cause heavy damage in Alexander County

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

  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.

  Hickory mother wants to educate community on service dogs

She doesn’t know of other families in the Hickory area with a service dog, but she wants to work with others in our community to raise awareness.

  ATF offers $5K reward as break-ins target law enforcement cars in the foothills

At least four marked patrol vehicles and one personal car with law enforcement equipment have been broken into in three foothills counties in the past week. Three Hickory SUV take-home patrol cars were targeted right where the officers live.

  Summer’s over for school kids in Avery County

The public school system’s first day of class is Wednesday.

  Suspect in custody after two people shot during Burke County home invasion

A man has turned himself in to law enforcement following a shooting that left two women hospitalized in Burke County Sunday morning.

  Caldwell County D.A.R.E program fundraiser includes raffle for rifles

This year, the prizes in the raffle include an AR-15 rifle and a Henry Lever Action Rifle.

  Blue Ridge Energy builds 5th solar panel garden for members

Blue Ridge Energy says interest in solar power is growing so fast it has built another solar farm to allow its members to be a part of it.

Driver charged after towed food trailer splinters on Interstate 40

Troopers blame the wreck on the driver not having the proper vehicle to tow the food truck.

  Former teacher pleads guilty to assault on a female; child sex charges dropped

According to the Caldwell Clerk of Courts Office, Justin Biggs pleaded guilty to assault on a female and contributing to the delinquency of child, while all indecent liberties with a child charges and one charge of felonious restraint were dropped.

  Boone residents advised to boil drinking water to avoid potential bacteria

The Appalachian District Health Department is currently advising residents of Boone to boil their water for at least one minute before consuming it, in order to avoid any potentially contamination.

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

Officials have confirmed the fourth and fifth cases of rabies in Catawba County in 2019.

Man accused of hit-and-run on flagman at paving project near Boone

According to NC Highway Patrol, the incident happened on Highway 421, north of Boone, about 3 a.m.

  Staffing issues could keep part of a new Burke County jail closed, says the Sheriff

Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant says the new 264-bed jail that is under construction may be ready to open in December but as many as 100 beds might be empty due to staffing issues.

  Burke Co murder suspect appears in court, 911 call released

Andrew McGee calmly answered basic questions from a judge in Morganton on Wednesday as he had his first appearance in court since being charged with murder on Monday.

  Bear sightings continue in western NC counties

There have been dozens of sightings in recent weeks of bears with cubs and some solitary bears, too.

  2 dogs found dead in creek in Hickory, investigation underway

Animal Control officers responded and recovered the bodies of what appear to be two pit bull dogs for examination.

Woman dies in house fire in Burke County

According to officials, the incident happened on Valdese Drive in the town of Drexel.

Man shot in leg in Lenoir, suspected shooter arrested

Police say the 30-year-old victim was rushed to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, but later had to be flown to Carolinas Medical Center due to his injuries.

Newton Police searching for armed robbery suspect

An armed robbery suspect is on-the-loose after forcibly taking money from a Newton convenience store overnight.

  Sheriff: Children killed execution style, two more believed dead in Alexander Co. mass murder

Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman did not mince words when he spoke to WBTV Anchor Maureen O’ Boyle Thursday afternoon. For a man who has worked in law enforcement for the last 40 years, this investigation has taken a toll on his entire office.

Man wanted on federal charges connected to transporting people across border arrested in N.C.

According to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshal Service in Texas issued a warrant for 25-year-old Jessie Barnes back on May 30. After that, officials say, Barnes went on the run.

  Rare ‘silver fox’ spotted in NC captured, man claims it’s his

A rare Silver Fox spotted near a playground in Lenoir last week has been captured.

Woman sentenced to 25-32 years in prison for 2016 murder in Burke County

A woman has been sentenced to up to 32 years in prison in connection to the 2016 murder of two people in Burke County.

  Town of Rhodhiss celebrates 50th anniversary of their part in the moon landing

The old videos are grainy and black and white but it never gets old looking at the moon landing archives say people in the town of Rhodhiss. It was at the old Burlington plant where fabric was made that eventually wound up as the American Flag planted on the moon by Apollo 11 Astronauts.

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

On Tuesday town officials voted unanimously to create this new ordinance.

DA: Deputy’s actions justified in shooting death of suspect in Watauga County

Officials say a deputy’s actions were justified in the shooting death of a suspect in Watauga County in late March 2019, according to the District Attorney’s Office report on an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the State Medical Examiner.

NC woman tries to turn self in on non-existent warrant after high speed chase

After an approximate 7-mile chase officials say the driver, identified as 41-year-old Tracy Nicole Brooks, pulled into the parking lot of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and stopped.

Massive fire destroys N.C. chicken house, kills 11K chickens, causes more than $300k of damage

A fire overnight destroyed a 450-foot long chicken house building and killed about 11,000 chickens.

Caldwell Co. man sentenced to 25-40 years in prison for statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child

Officials say 46-year-old Joshua Lee Lumpkins, of Hudson, will spend at least 25 years in prison following his conviction for two counts of attempted first-degree statutory rape and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

  911 calls released in Burke Co. murder case where authorities say the suspect made the call

A month after an 18-year-old woman was gunned down in a driveway the 911 calls in the case have been released.

Boone man accused of producing child porn and coercing minors

Officials say a Boone man is accused of producing child porn and coercing and enticing minors.

  Man pleads guilty in death of firefighter, could be free in Feb. with 28-month sentence

Officials say a Morganton man will serve an active prison term of 28 to 43 months after his conviction for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of a Burke County firefighter.

  Lenoir Rhyne University Football stadium home grandstands declared unsafe, must be removed and replaced

A lot of work is ahead if the Moretz Football Stadium at Lenoir Rhyne University is to be ready for the football team’s home opener in September.

  Fire displaces 22 people, smoke detectors saved their says, say Fire officials

A fire at a boarding house a block off of downtown Newton Monday sent 22 residents running and has shut the place down for the time being. The fire was an accident, said investigators, and started when there was an electrical short in a boom box type radio.

  Henderson County man killed in accident involving impaired watercraft driver

A accident between two personal watercraft drivers, each with a passenger on back, left one man dead and another in custody late Thursday night.

  Duke Energy work has Lookout Shoals Lake homeowners watching lake levels

Just three weeks after serious flooding damaged homes along the shores of Lookout Shoals Lake in Catawba County, Duke Energy is advising residents to be watching for high water again.

  Boaters asked to watch for missing mom, believed dead, over Fourth of July week

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking boaters to be on the lookout for a missing woman whose body is believed to have been dumped in the Catawba River after she and her children were killed and their home set on fire.

  Applications accepted as flood relief centers open

With disaster declarations from the State of North Carolina and the U.S. Small Business Administration in place, recovery centers opened Tuesday in Charlotte and in Catawba County.

  Man killed after 80-foot fall at Linville Gorge

Emergency Management personnel say 31-year-old Austin Howell, of Illinois, was reportedly free climbing “in one of the most difficult portions of the Linville Gorge” just before noon when he fell.

  Woman charged with arson, attempted murder in Caldwell County fires

According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, deputies charged 48-year-old Grecia Leann Barlowe in connection to two fires that happened in two neighborhoods on two separate occasions.

Man accused of scamming brides with false wedding services in Caldwell County

Investigators say he promised photography or other services for weddings, took the money, but never showed up. Each bride, they say, lost from $500 to almost $800.

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

Governor Roy Cooper announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted his request for a disaster declaration for Mecklenburg County and Catawba County, and the contiguous counties of Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union.

  Blowing Rock community rallies behind owner of burned business that has a Prayer tree

A popular business in a nearly 100-year-old building in downtown Blowing Rock was heavily damaged by fire on Wednesday afternoon.Fire broke out in side Bless Your Heart, located at the corner of Maple and Main Streets at around 5:00 pm.

  Man suffers critical injuries after Caldwell County shooting, suspect in custody

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred on Wednesday morning in which a person was critically injured.

  Memorial for kids, mom, who lost lives Alexander County triple homicide

Community mourns three lives lost in Alexander County triple homicide.

  Documents: Children shot, mom run over before N.C. home set on fire, body dumped in river

The children’s mother, 38-year-old Maria Calderon, is still missing, but officials believe she is deceased and her body may be somewhere in the Catawba River.

Person dies while in custody at Catawba County jail

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a subject being held in custody on Saturday collapsed and died at the Catawba County Detention Center.

  Missing Lenoir man located, Silver Alert canceled

According to the Lenoir Police Department, 74-year-old Dwight Reginald Laughter was located late Friday night.

  14-year-old girl in custody after reportedly stabbing man in chest, running into woods

A teenage girl was taken into custody about an hour after deputies say she stabbed a man in the chest then ran into nearby woods, prompting a search.

  Deputies believe woman who disappeared after leaving for work is ‘alive and safe’

Amanda Jo Maske, 41, of Marshville, was reported missing Wednesday afternoon after family was unable to contact her. Maske reportedly left home early Wednesday morning and was driving to her job in Raeford, NC.

Death investigation underway in Boone, no foul play suspected

According to the Boone Police Department, officers received a call of an unresponsive man on Rogers Drive on June 10.

Boone Police: Man arrested six months after alleged sexual assault

Police have arrested a man six months after a woman reported that she was sexually assaulted after taking a ride home from a bar in Boone.

  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.