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Avery Man Charged in Catawba Meth Counts

A 50-year-old Avery County man was arrested last week in Catawba County on meth charges, according to Conover Police. Robert Paul Mclaughlin, listing a Key Field Loop Linville address, was arrested April 22nd by Conover Police. There, the Land Harbor man is charged with possession Full Story

 
Prison Escapee Spotted Heading West

A Greene Correctional Center inmate who escaped last week has been spotted in the Piedmont, and may be heading west, according to investigators pursuing the escaped prison inmate. Timothy Hardee has been spotted on surveillance photos that place Hardee at a pawnshop in High Point, N.C. Full Story

 
A Well Deserved Honor....

Watauga High cross country and track coach Randy McDonough will be presented with the National Federation award for being named National Federation of High School Assocations Section 3 Coach of the Year.

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Avery Meth Counts Yield Prison Term

Meth charges have now led to meth convictions and a sentence from nearly of 6 to over 7 years in prison.  It was April 20th that Jacquelyn Robin Boone, 38, was sentenced for manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a methamphetamine Full Story

 
Update on Avery Deputy Hurt in Crash

The latest update on the  Avery County Deputy, critically injured in the crash of his Sheriff’s Office cruiser early Sunday morning, is that he is somewhat better, but still in intensive care at Johnson City Medical Center, that while his passenger—who may have saved his life—is recovering back Full Story

 
Crimestoppers: Seeking Suspect in Stolen Phone

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On Saturday April 11, 2015, at approximately 8:00 pm, an Apple iPhone was stolen from an employee at Lowes Foods at New Market Center.  The public’s assistance is requested in identifying Full Story

 
Soucek Bill Limits School, State Employee 'On the Clock' Political Activity

Senator Dan Soucek is one of the sponsors of a bill that would limit teachers, board of education members, or school system employee’s activities in the political arena, as well as prohibiting state employees doing political work while on the job or on state equipment.  Changes proposed Full Story

 
Jordan Introduces Eminent Domain Changes

Just as the Town of Boone is ready to employ Eminent Domain as one tool in the process of building their water intake to the New River, NC House member Jonathan Jordan, who helped push legislation against Boone’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, is taking action to modify the Eminent Full Story

 
Boone Neighborhood Search; Suspect Found

A man has now been taken into custody after an evening search of a residential area of Boone late yesterday, that following what appeared to  be at least one residential break-in and a near lock-down of the area.  Police asked neighbors to lock their doors after the suspect was spotted Full Story

 
Five Apartments Totaled in Foscoe Fire

Five groups of apartment dwellers escaped flames that totaled their Foscoe apartment in the early morning hours Saturday.  Fire was discovered at about 3:30 Saturday morning at the building at 6472 Hwy 105 South just above the Valle Crucis intersection, first arriving Foscoe Fire units Full Story

 
Avery Deputy in ICU After Crash in Thunderstorm

An Avery County Deputy, critically injured in the crash of his Sheriff’s Office cruiser early Sunday morning, is doing better, according to Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye.  Frye said the deputy, still not named at this point, was injured in the that crash occurred at the same time as a heavy rain Full Story

 
More Vandalism, Suspect Information Sought

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seeking help of the public once again in a rash of vandalism discovered last week.  On Tuesday, April 21st, vandalism in the form of graffiti was discovered in the men’s restroom at Junaluska Park in Boone, the graffiti scrawled “Upon a time.” Full Story

 
Watauga Clerk, Sheriff's Offices Used for Scams

Two new takes on one of the more prominent scams making the rounds was passed along by Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman, one involving the Watauga Clerk of Court’s office, another scam involving the courts indirectly under the pretense of being a Watauga deputy.  Hagaman said, Full Story

 
Friday Morning Accidents Injure Three

There were three injuries in Friday morning accidents in the High Country, the first resulting in a Driving While Impaired charge in Avery County, the second involving a pedestrian struck in Boone. The Avery County crash came just after a 6:20am call to the Avery Sheriff’s Office from the Full Story

 
Two Charged After Chase with Lawmen

A car theft and chase led to numerous charges being filed by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office as they arrested two suspects wanted for an auto larceny from McDowell County.  Arrested were Jason Alan Laws and Crystal Lea Perkins, charged with multiple counts not only from Caldwell County Full Story

 
Easter Weekend Greenway Fundraiser Totals

It was a green day for the Greenway—the Middle Fork Greenway trail—as the results of a fundraiser were totaled and announced yesterday afternoon.  The event, held the weekend of Easter earlier this month, raised nearly $50,000 for the trail, which will eventually stretch from Blowing Full Story

 
Boone PD, Area Lawmen, Feds Make Drug Arrests

Six drug arrests have been made, a huge amount of cash confiscated, after a joint federal/local investigation involving United States Department of Homeland Security, Boone Police, Lenoir Police, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and others. The investigation which led to the execution Full Story

 
4 Lights, 3 Lanes = Confusion, Crashes

There were two injuries in a two vehicle crash at about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon on East King Street at the New Market intersection, site of a number of accidents with an apparently similar cause—drivers reporting confusing traffic signals from Full Story

 
Third Suspect Charged in 'Horn' Vandalism, B&E

A third suspect has been arrested in the late February breaking and entering and vandalism at the Horn in the West property. Police say the perpetrators used spray paint to vandalize the property resulting in approximately $3,000 in damage, and numerous buildings were entered and damaged. Full Story

 
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