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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.

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

Death investigation underway in Boone, no foul play suspected

Boone Police: Man arrested six months after alleged sexual assault

  Catawba County sends teams out to assess the flood damage

  Home explodes in Granite Falls, no one hurt

  Mudslides shut down Watauga County Road

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  Man shot during SWAT raid captured days after walking out of hospital

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

  Woman charged with neglect after 78-year-old relative found dead in bathtub

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

  Burke Co. man accused of killing 18-year-old ex-girlfriend goes before judge as victim’s family watches

  Vandal paints face of confederate statue in Morganton

  Deputies: Man admitted to shooting, killing his ex-girlfriend

Baldridge told officials he shot his ex-girlfriend Caitlyn Alexis Truax, according to a release.

  Two admit responsibility in Fentanyl deaths

Two people who authorities say were involved in a drug ring bringing Fentanyl from Charlotte to Lenoir pleaded guilty to supplying the drug to two people who died from it.

  Bear sightings on the rise with one spotted in Lenoir

In some cases, they wander into populated areas, even downtowns.

Officials locate man reported missing after car crash in Caldwell County

He was found Friday morning after a tip was called into Caldwell County 911 by a passing motorist.

  Woman arrested in connection to shooting, stabbing in Morganton

  Woman sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of Caldwell County murder

  10-year-old Alexander Co. boy bitten by venomous snake

  ATM fraud case connects Hickory to Asheville

  Man shot by SWAT officer during Burke County drug investigation identified

  Burke High School Band preparing to head to Normandy, France for D-Day celebrations

  Person in wheelchair saved from burning Hickory home by neighbors

Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire off of C. Avenue S.E. near the Lenoir Rhyne University campus on shortly before 4:00 p.m, on Saturday afternoon.

Two people critically injured after car crashes into building near Conover

Two individuals have been transported to the hospital with critical injuries after a car drove off the road and hit them, pinning both against a nearby building.

  Three wounded after Morganton confrontation leads to shootings, stabbings

A confrontation at a home in Morganton sent three people to the hospital Friday afternoon, according to sources.

  Warnings issued about waterfalls after a deadly 2018 in NC

Avery County officials are expecting a lot of people to come up the mountains as a heat wave moves into the foothills and piedmont this weekend. Many will go to places like Elk River Falls and that concerns authorities.

  Couple, trapped inside SUV for nine hours after rolling off 25-foot embankment, escapes

Police are looking for a driver who reportedly went to get help, leaving a couple trapped in an SUV for nine hours after the vehicle rolled 25 feet down an embankment and overturned in Granite Falls Thursday morning.

  Man arrested for robbery, kidnapping at business in Granite Falls

According to the Granite Falls Police Department, officers arrested 31-year-old Johnny Lee Griffin Jr. for robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping for the robbery that occurred at Al’s Gameroom in Granite Falls on May 3.

  House, 2 vehicles destroyed in fire in Burke County

A house and two vehicles were destroyed in a fire in Burke County Wednesday night.

  Major construction projects underway at Appalachian State University

A long-awaited construction project is well underway now as the university replaces seven residence halls. Two new ones are being built now in what was a massive parking lot next to the football stadium.

  Red Cross appeals to donors as blood shortage grows

Unfortunately, the summer season is generally when donations drop and need rises. It’s why the Red Cross is trying to organize blood drives every day in the Charlotte area.

  Former Caldwell County school bus driver set to go on trial for murder, claims self defense

Five and a half years after a man was shot and killed the day after Christmas in Lenoir, a woman will go to trial on charges she murdered him.

  Man arrested in Burke County for murder of Hollywood producer 34 years ago

According to the Burke County Clerk of Court, Edwin Jerry Hiatt II was arrested in connection to the murder of producer-director Barry Crane.

  4-year-old boy with autism dies after being found in bottom of pool in Burke Co.

According to officials, just minutes after a search began for the missing boy, he was found in the bottom of a pool a few hundred yards from home near a development along Bost Road in Morganton.

  Third video gaming bust in Catawba County, 47 machines seized

Ever since a judge lifted a preliminary injunction blocking police from seizing certain video machines, authorities in Hickory have made two busts and now Conover Police moved in on an operation as well.

  SUV slams into home, driver charged with DWI with his mother in car

Troopers say 37-year-old Greg Rogers was driving with his mother in the car when he lost control of his vehicle on Conley Road, just south of the City of Morganton.

  Rescuers expect busy season in the Linville Gorge

Rescue teams were called to the Linville Gorge again on Wednesday. It’s the fifth time in just the past week and a half, said officials.

Deputies: 3 in custody after woman, dog attack deputy during arrest attempt in Caldwell County

According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an incomplete 911 call from a home on Raintree Drive in Hudson.

  Speed limit drops, enforcement up along stretch of Interstate 40 in Burke County

The speeding ticket comes with some extra pain to the wallet. Because it is considered a work zone, a $250 dollar fine is mandatory with it. With court costs of $188 added to that.

Man arrested, facing felony charges for Alexander County breaking-and-entering

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Department has placed a suspect in custody and charged him with breaking into a residence in the Bethlehem community.

Alexander County man arrested on multiple child sex offense charges

Deputies with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man and charged him with a variety of crimes involving sex offenses with a minor.

Sheriff: Man dead, woman hospitalized after double shooting stemming from custody dispute

The incident happened before 2:45 p.m. at a home on Spears Road, which is in the Gamewell community in Lenoir.

  UNC Charlotte hero Riley Howell remembered with full military honors

Riley Howell died a hero one day before the petition was filed when he tackled a gunman who had opened fire in a classroom on the UNCC campus, delaying the shooter and saving lives.

  Infant dies after NC mom ‘knowingly’ left him in car while working, sheriff says

23-year-old Kayla Rochelle Rodgers is charged with one count each of murder and felony child abuse.

  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.

Factory catches fire in Western North Carolina

Rutherford County dispatch has confirmed a fire at a zinc factory. Viewers also told WYFF News 4 that the American Zinc Product Plant in Mooresboro was burning.

  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.

  Cleanup continues after EF-1 Tornado in Alexander County on Friday

Cleanup crews worked and continued to remove trees and debris Monday.

Officials locate missing Watauga County man

Watauga County officials are asking for public assistance in finding a missing man last seen near Beech Mountain.

  Caldwell job fair has companies competing for workers

Wednesday’s Caldwell is Hiring Job Fair had dozens of companies with more than 2,000 job openings.

Burke County man arrested after investigation leads to meth charge

Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office place a man in custody earlier this month after a search of his residence led to the seizure of methamphetamine.

  Storms moved across the Carolinas with tornado warnings, watches

The WBTV viewing area braced for potentially damaging winds and hail as strong thunderstorms moved through Sunday. An isolated chance of a tornado also wasn’t out of the realm of possibilities.

  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.

  Teen son charged with murder of parents found dead at Watauga Co. home

17-year-old Tristan Borlase is charged with murder in the death of his parents, who were found dead at their Watauga County home.

Hickory Police searching for masked armed robbery suspect

Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience story Thursday evening in which a masked suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

  Dads step up, get creative to help NC middle school win baseball game after five-year losing streak

At the start of this Walter R Johnson Middle School Yellow Jacket season, the baseball team faced a curveball.

  Store co-owner refuses to give in to armed robber, crook flees

The Quick Way convenience store in Lenoir on Saturday turned out not to be the place for a quick way for a crook to get some cash.

How did an alligator end up in High Rock Lake in NC’s Uwharrie Mountains?

The gator was found more than 100 miles north and west of where alligators are commonly expected to be, so the gator’s presence is something of a mystery to state biologists.

  Could border issues cause problems for local farmers at picking time?

Despite recent freezing weather, crops in Lincoln County appear to be in good shape.

House fire caused by electrical short in Boone, $400k in damages reported

According to the Boone Fire Department, crews responded to the incident in the Appalachian Drive area of Boone around 1:30 p.m.

Smoking material causes house fire in Boone, more than $300k in damage reported

Investigators determined that the fire started outside the home at an attached storage shed. The fire then extended into the home, aided by moderate winds.

Police: Newton pizza delivery driver lied about armed robbery to take money for himself

According to police, the delivery driver said he needed money for personal expenses so he made up the story of the robbery.

  Two more suspects in custody following Feb. double murder in Alexander County

Bryan Hoover is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Brandi Miller, his girlfriend, is accused of being an accessory after the fact.

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.

  Rescue teams from across NC training for flooding situations

In a training exercise that started on Saturday, more than 450 people have been involved in an operation to improve skills that are needed in serious flooding situations.

  Deputy on administrative leave after a fight and gunshots leave suspect dead

A Saturday night scuffle between a Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputy and man wandering a neighborhood led to gunfire and a 22-year-old man was killed.

  Student dies one week after falling down stairwell at Hickory middle school

A 13-year-old 8th grader at Northview Middle School died on Monday afternoon after suffering serious injuries on March 25 from falling down an open stairwell.

Rampaging dogs blamed for carnage at NC farm that left 15 animals dead in a field

The same dogs are believed to have attacked a neighbor’s animals the next day, killing a goat.

  Man dies after deputy-involved shooting in Watauga County

According to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an area on Hardin Road in reference to a suspicious man trying to get into a home in the area.

1.8 magnitude earthquake recorded in Southwest Virginia

The United State Geological Survey recorded a 1.8 magnitude earthquake in Southwest Virginia Saturday evening.

Man arrested, accused of robbing store in Newton

Newton Police arrested Walter Scott Smith, a man they say was the person in a video who robbed the Newton store.

  Malfunctioning alarm sends school into lockdown, what’s found locks down another

Even though it appeared to be a false alarm, until they could be sure, officers went through the school and searched for potential trouble.

  Alexander County murder suspect has first court appearance, claims self defense

Antonio Castillo, charged with murder in a Sunday shooting in the Stony Point section of Alexander County, went before a judge for a first appearance on Monday.

Deputies arrest man believed to be responsible for multiple drive-by shootings in Burke Co.

Several different homes, vehicles and businesses around Burke County have been struck by a recent spree of drive-by shootings involving what police believe to be a BB gun.

Heavy damage reported after home catches fire in Hickory

Firefighters reported flames coming from the back of the house and worked to ensure all people were out of the burning home and then worked to extinguish the fire.

  Man who hit several vehicles in high-speed Burke County chase arrested after hour-long standoff

According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Tyler South was arrested without incident after an hour-long standoff Friday.

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.

  Man arrested six years after deadly Caldwell County crash

A man responsible for killing another driver in a 2013 wreck in Caldwell County has been arrested after six years of authorities searching to find him.

Man who stabbed, killed cousin sentenced to 6-9 years in prison

Arthur Lee Robinson, 54, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to an active prison term of six to nine years Wednesday.