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  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.

  Warnings issued about waterfalls after a deadly 2018 in NC

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

  Man arrested for robbery, kidnapping at business in Granite Falls

  House, 2 vehicles destroyed in fire in Burke County

  Major construction projects underway at Appalachian State University

  Red Cross appeals to donors as blood shortage grows

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

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

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

  Third video gaming bust in Catawba County, 47 machines seized

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

  Rescuers expect busy season in the Linville Gorge

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

  UNC Charlotte hero Riley Howell remembered with full military honors

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

  Cleanup at local High School after wind causes major damage

Factory catches fire in Western North Carolina

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

  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.

Car slams into bus with 40 middle schoolers on board at railroad crossing

The bus was returning with 40 students on board from a band competition at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Man arrested in Lenoir after police find multiple different narcotics in vehicle

Lenoir Police found drugs worth in excess of $5,400 in the vehicle of a man driving just outside of Downtown.

  Man accused of placing hidden camera in tanning bed room at Planet Fitness

The woman who filed the report, Holly Morrow, says she noticed a small device with a blinking blue light on the wall and a camera lens as she was entering the tanning bed at the gym.

  Ski season winding down, long time instructor honored

It was bound to happen sooner or later and this year, insofar as the ski industry, later is the key word.

  Trio charged in deaths of two men found in Alexander Co. home

Robert Bryan Hoover, 36 , and Adam Thomas Morgan, 20, were both charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Brandy Lynn Miller, 28, is charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.

  Suspect in custody following Alexander County double murder

A man described on Friday as ‘armed and dangerous’ is now in custody after being located hiding out in an Alexander County house by police Saturday morning.

1 stabbed, officers attacked by inmates in separate incidents at Alexander Correctional Institution

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the officer was stabbed by an inmate at the prison during a cell search around 9:30 a.m.

  Ex-officer accused lying about stolen cruiser turns self in

Hickory Police have drawn up warrants against a former Statesville Police officer accusing him of filing a false police report and obstruction and delay.

4 detained, driver flees after ALE agents pull over stolen vehicle in Hickory

According to officials, the incident happened on Highway 70 near the Hickory Plaza Shopping Center.

  Widening project could take out businesses and a church in Granite Falls

A proposal is in its final stages to widen the road and put a turning lane in. As part of the project, part of Dudley Shoals Road will be moved away from the center of town.

  No charges in deputy-involved fatal crash in Hickory

The Highway Patrol says no charges will be filed against a Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputy in connection with a fatal traffic accident February 13 on McDonald Parkway.

Agencies remember officer Jason Crisp, K9 Maros on 5-year anniversary of deaths

Law enforcement agencies across North Carolina are remembering officer Jason Crisp and his K-9, Maros, on the 5th anniversary of their deaths while participating in a manhunt for an alleged murderer.

Investigators: Hickory apartment fire was intentionally set

Officials found smoke and flames coming from a house that had been split into two apartments.

  Silver Alert canceled after missing Watauga Co. man found deceased

A man reported missing on Friday evening was found deceased Saturday morning after an overnight search for his whereabouts was conducted around Boone.

  Burke Chase suspect still being sought, wreck damage still being totaled

Troopers believe 28-year-old Tyler South was driving a car that hit speeds up to 120 mph during the pursuit. The ten-mile long chase went from Interstate 40 to side roads and eventually Highway 64 south of Morganton.

  Former Burke Narcotics Task Force leader pleads guilty to embezzlement

Former Burke County Sheriff’s Lieutenant and Narcotics Task Force supervisor pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing more than $13,000 of task force money.

  Winter hits back, deep freeze in the mountains

After a week of warmth and rain, cold temperatures returned to the North Carolina mountains Tuesday. Morning lows in many places were in single digits with temperatures staying in the 20’s at best, during the day.

NC Walmart greeter with cerebral palsy accepts new position to save his job

After the Walmart in Marion, NC saw the petition and the outpouring of support from the community, they announced on Facebook that Jay has accepted a position as a Self-Checkout Host. The move has saved his job.

  Major construction expected to cause lane closures, traffic jams on I-77 in Yadkin County

A five-mile stretch of the interstate will be rebuilt. The pavement will be dug up completely.

Driver over-corrected in fatal crash in Alexander County

The driver, Travis Lamont Bennett, 44, was pronounced dead on the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

  Wreck numbers piling up near construction zone on I-40 in Burke County

Within a mile and half in either direction there have been 207 accidents since January of last year.

Boone Police arrest man wanted for sexually exploiting minor

A 22-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with a nine different crimes involving sex offenses with a minor.

  Two-county chase lands three in jail, fake money and altered handgun seized

A woman and two men found themselves in the catawba County Detention Center early Tuesday after leading officers on a chase from Catawba County into Lincoln County.

  Interstate 40 closed at Tennessee line after rockslide

DOT Crews are cleaning up a rockslide that showered both lanes of Interstate 40 at mile marker 7 with debris early Friday evening. Nine cars were hit by it but no one was hurt.

Windy conditions bring record gusts to Grandfather Mountain

Windy weather across the region was particularly strong around the North Carolina mountains late Sunday as gusts were recorded at record speeds into the early morning.