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$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.

  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

  Daughter of Alexander County triple murder victim speaks

Fox in Caldwell County tests positive for rabies

  9/11 Memorial Quilt Project on exhibit in Morganton

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

  Smooth opening to early start for Avery County Schools

  Hickory mother wants to educate community on service dogs

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

  Summer’s over for school kids in Avery County

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

  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

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

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

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

  Burke Co murder suspect appears in court, 911 call released

  Bear sightings continue in western NC counties

  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.

  Home explodes in Granite Falls, no one hurt

It happened about 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Fire investigators believe a line from the propane tank outside must have developed a leak inside the home.

  Mudslides shut down Watauga County Road

The hardest hit area for mudslides is Elk Creek Road near Deep Gap. There’s several minor slides and one mountain of mud that came down the hillside. The big slide has the road inundated.

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

A Burke County man who was involved in an officer-involved shooting, has been caught days after he walked out of the hospital after medical treatment, officials say.

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

A North Carolina judge has sentenced a man to more than 100 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of seven sexual offenses dating all the way back to 1986.

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

Catarina Hosler is charged with felony neglect of a disabled/elderly person in connection with 78-year-old Timothy Havey’s death.

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

Officials with the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons are asking citizens to be on the lookout for 78-year-old Karlheinz Mueller

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

The judge on Wednesday read the charge of murder to the man and told him the maximum possible penalty, if convicted, could be the death penalty.

  Vandal paints face of confederate statue in Morganton

Officials say someone jumped the fence, climbed the statue and painted the face of the confederate soldier statue there.

  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

Police have arrested a woman in connection to a shooting and stabbing in Morganton on May 17.

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

A woman has been found guilty of murder by a jury in Caldwell County, over five years since she was arrested for shooting a man in the head during a domestic conflict.

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

Thursday night, a 10-year-old Alexander County boy was bitten by a poisonous snake outside his home – a Copperhead.

  ATM fraud case connects Hickory to Asheville

Hickory police say a man and a woman have gone to bank ATM’s in towns along Interstate 40 and have stolen money out of at least 8 people’s accounts.

  Man shot by SWAT officer during Burke County drug investigation identified

A suspect in a Burke County drug investigation was airlifted to the hospital after being shot by a SWAT officer during the execution of a search warrant at his home on Wednesday.

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

The Burke County High School band was invited by organizers of the 75th D-Day Anniversary 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.