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Man forges checks for Playstation, police say

A man police say presented stolen and forged checks to a Boone woman as payment for a Playstation 3 is in Boone Police custody.

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Crumpler man faces burglary and assault charges

21-year-old Jacob Michael Kocina of Crumpler is in Boone Police custody today, charged with one felony count of first-degree burglary and one misdemeanor count of assault inflicting serious injury.

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Watauga cops run for Special Olympics

You may see Watauga law enforcement officers on the go today- but it’s not what you think.

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Chicken coop proves beaver proof- people proof too

Two men, who, according to reports, were attempting to steal chickens in Crossnore, ran into an unusual dilemma.

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Jewelry theft in Deep Gap

Sometime between last Friday and Monday, someone broke into a residence at Old U.S. Highway 421 South in Deep Gap.

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Alleged racer takes plea deal

20-year-old Brian James Overton of Lenoir accepted a plea deal this week that will require him to speak to area high school students about the dangers of street racing.

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Catawba man charged with kidnapping, assaulting teen

21-year-old Timothy Allan Johnson of Hickory has been charged with kidnapping and assault by strangulation in Burke County.

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MySpace won’t give up sex offender data

MySpace said this week it will not comply with a request by attorneys general from eight states, including North Carolina, to hand over the names of registered sex offenders who use the site.

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Study focuses on premature babies in the south

A new center at Duke University will study why more babies are born premature or underweight in the south than elsewhere in the nation.

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Storie Street Grille could have ‘Best Dish in North Carolina’Blowing Rock has always been known for its dining scene, but this year, one of downtown’s restaurants is a finalist in the 2nd annual Best Dish in North Carolina competition.   Full Story
2nd pickup suspect served warrants

The second suspect in attempted vehicle assault is in Avery County custody today. Saturday, two individuals attempted to run down officers at a roadblock, according to police reports.

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Wilkes soldier killed

U.S. Army Maj. Larry Bauguess of Moravian Falls has died from injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire in Pakistan.

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Vehicle Break-in in Deep Gap

Last Friday between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m., someone broke out a rear window of a Blue Dodge Dakota truck parked on the side of the road on Wildcat Ridge Road in Deep Gap

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State vehicles damaged

Deputies also need leads in a case of vehicle vandalism that occurred Saturday.

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Teacher to go to Washington

 Congresswoman Virginia Foxx’s new Teachers in Congress Program will send one deserving 5th District school teacher to Washington for two weeks in July.

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Rabies: Get your pets vaccinated NOW, animal control says

Rabies is something Ashe County Animal Control takes seriously, according to Officer Dana Shatley.

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Anderson trial continues

Jury selection continues today in what might be Caldwell County’s most publicized murder trial.

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Senate passes public records bills

The Senate agreed to pass two public records bills this week. One would close outside access to certain public hospital documents and another would clarify that all government employee compensation packages are accessible.

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Grandkids of slain officer read poem in Avery

The mood was solemn at today’s Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony in Avery County as citizens gathered to remember and appreciate sacrifices law enforcement officers have made in the High Country.

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