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Medical problems helps man avoid prison

A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase but avoided being sent to prison because of complications from his old gunshot wounds. The News-Topic reports Jeremy Greene was sentenced to five

Caldwell unemployment drops

The number of Caldwell County residents without jobs fell again in March as the local unemployment rate settled back closer to that of neighboring counties. The News-Topic reports the county’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.2 percentage points

Man beaten with crowbar in Catawba

A man was beaten with a crowbar on Washington Lane near the town of Catawba on Wednesday morning. The Daily Record reports Gerald Wilkes hit Robert Duncan the head during an argument. Duncan was taken to the

Patrols increasing on I-40

The crackdown on speeding in the Interstate 40 work zone from exits 111 to 116 is going to be amped up next week. The News Herald reports an extra car per week will be assigned to patrol