United States Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose has announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Asheville has returned a criminal indictment against Seth Pickering, charging him with one count of first degree murder for allegedly killing his daughter, Lila Pickering.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crimes:

Former Ashe County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Franklin Hopkins, charged in the shooting death of a Crumpler man last summer, made his first court appearance Thursday.

A single-car crash early Sunday morning on Poplar Grove Road killed one person. 

Blue Ridge Electric reported a power outage in the Foscoe area late Thursday morning.

The Watauga Republican Party has been fined $14,159.20 by the State Board of Elections for "a list of prohibited transactions."

The Boone Town Council voted 4-1 Wednesday evening to approve loans and financing for the New River raw water intake project.

Western North Carolina continues to suffer from drought conditions, while the eastern part of the state has dealt with flooding, and now, potentially heavy rains associated with Hurricane Matthew.

A former Ashe County Sheriff’s deputy was indicted Wednesday in the shooting death of Dallas Shatley.

Police have found an 11-year-old girl who was reported missing Tuesday afternoon after getting off a Catawba County school bus and heading home.