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Embezzlement

Charges were brought against the Catawba County Register of Deeds.  55 year old Donna Hicks Spencer, faces embezzlement, obtaining property by false pretense and failure to discharge duty as a register of deeds.  She has served in

Vehicle Theft

Multiple charges were brought against a Hildebran man.  27 year old Lee Miller Jr was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department officers.  He faces felony flee to elude arrest, larceny of a motor vehicle, and hit and

Suspicious Death

An autopsy is being completed in a suspicious death.  Hickory Police found the body of a 72 year old man.  The location was Preston Ridge Apartments on Startown Rd.  Although the name has not been released, the

Fugitive Arrest

A fugitive from Virginia was arrested in Hickory.  41 year old Keith Wesley Peters is awaiting extradition to Henry County Virginia, where he is facing multiple probation violations, failure to appear and shoplifting charges.  He was placed

Elections

Election filing for 2022 begins today at noon.  Various seats for federal, state and local offices will be contested, including a statewide race for the US Senate seat.  The general election is November 8th, 2022.  The last

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rates for the month of October have been released.  The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metro area rate is 3.5%.  The rate for Catawba County is 3.4%, Burke County 3.3% and Caldwell County 3.7%.  All rates are down slightly

Meth Charges

A Lenoir woman is facing methamphetamine charges.  52 year old Bonnie Jean Crane was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers.  She faces felony possession of meth among other charges.  She was placed under a $10,000 secured bond

Crash Victim Identified

The identity of a fatal crash victim has been released.  37 year old Brandon Scott Smith died at the scene after his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck on Hwy 127 N near Rink Dam Rd. 

Housing Funds

The city of Morganton will receive $2 million in grant money from the Dogwood Health Trust.  The funds will be used for housing development.  $450,000 will be used for water and sewer infrastructure at the old Drexel

Attempted ATM Theft

An attempted ATM theft is under investigation.  Hickory Police found a stolen Ford F250 with a logging chain connected to the ATM at BB&T / Suntrust Bank on N Center St.  Two males were seen fleeing the