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A case in Ashe County District Court was dismissed last week after the defendant had been picked up by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation invites you to become a Founder of the new Trails & Views Forever Fund.

The jogger who was struck along Highway 221 in West Jefferson November 14 has died.

High Country Crime Stoppers and the Boone Police Department seek the public’s assistance with information pertaining to the following crime:

The filing period for the 2020 elections begins in North Carolina this coming Monday December 2 at 12 noon. Filing continues through noon Friday December 20.

For those that travel US 221 to and from West Jefferson, new traffic patterns indicate continued progress on the project. And as work continues, more traffic shifts can be expected.

Former Assistant Dean of the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Sean Collins will step into his new role as dean of the school starting Spring 2020.

On Thursday, November 22, 2019, the Boone Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation of a Boone man for the Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography.

The Boone Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are members of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which is continually engaged in proactive and reactive investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in child abuse and exploitation of children involving the internet.

As a result of this investigation, Joshua Wayne Clemons, 39 years-of-age, of Antelope Run, Boone, was arrested and charged with nine counts of 3 rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Clemons’ court date was set for January 3, 2020, and he was given a secured bond amount of $55,000.

According to Sex Offender Registry Information, Clemons was convicted of Indecent Liberties with a Minor in December, 1999. The victim was 12-years-old at the time of the offense.

In addition, court records show that Clemons was convicted of Sexual Battery and Assault on a Female, in Forsyth County, on October 3 rd , 2016. The victim in that case was also a minor.

The investigation into Clemons’ illegal activities is ongoing and anybody with information pertaining to Clemons and the sexual exploitation of minors is urged to contact the Boone Police Department.

Predicting a busy Thanksgiving weekend, the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending most construction activity along its major highways to keep lanes open for holiday travelers.