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DA completes review of Catawba officer-involved shooting

PRESS RELEASE On November 28, 2016, Mr. Irecas Rayshion Valentine, 41, was killed in Hickory by a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Narcotics Investigator. The shooting occurred during a drug investigation being conducted by Narcotics Investigators with CCSO while operating within the City of Hickory without any involvement by the Hickory Police Department. The purpose […]

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Proposed NC 150 improvements to bypass historic Terrell district

PRESS RELEASE CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to improve N.C. 150 from two lanes to a multi-lane roadway between the N.C. 16 Bypass in Catawba County and the U.S. 21/N.C. 150 interchange in Iredell County. In February, a meeting was held involving state and federal agencies to review the proposed project […]

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Statesville man convicted of methamphetamine charge

PRESS RELEASE STATESVILLE, N.C. B A federal jury sitting in Statesville convicted Carlos Antonio Flores, age 34, of Statesville, of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, following a three-day trial that ended yesterday, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western […]

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Man convicted of making false bomb reports gets additional sentences

PRESS RELEASE Less than four weeks after being sentenced to serve at least 11 years of incarceration for making false bomb threats in Burke County, a West Virginia man was sentenced for similar crimes in Catawba and Caldwell counties. Cody Matthew Startt, 27, of Matoaka, W.Va., pleaded guilty to 71 counts of making false bomb […]

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Driver sentenced in accident that killed First Flight Bicycles owner

The man accused of operating a vehicle when it hit and killed First Flight Bicycles owner Jeff Archer last summer was sentenced today.  Hickory resident Claydon Turner will spend between about three-and-a-half and about five-and-a-half years in prison with 233 days credit for time served awaiting trial.  That’s according to Clerk of Court Jim Mixson […]

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Mom accused of helping kidnap & rob daughter gets jail time

PRESS RELEASE Debra Ann Matney was given an active prison sentence of five to seven years after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary, felony conspiracy, second-degree kidnapping and common law robbery during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt, Superior Court Judge from Transylvania County, imposed Matney’s sentence, which […]

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Sherrills Ford man gets 50 years for child rape, other charges

PRESS RELEASE Zachary Allen Blankenship, 32, of Sherrills Ford, will spend a minimum of 50 years in prison after he was found guilty of multiple sexual offenses with a child by a Catawba County jury on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced Blankenship to serve […]

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Newton man gets 38 years in stabbing case

PRESS RELEASE Kevin Jamal Haqq, 38, of Newton, will spend 38 years in prison after a Catawba County jury found him guilty of second-degree murder on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Haqq was found guilty of the July 24, 2014, stabbing death of 20-year-old Jason William Margarita of Sherrills Ford at a Balls Creek residence. Following […]

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Corning plans 410 new jobs in Catawba, Cabarrus Counties

PRESS RELEASE RALEIGH: Corning Incorporated and its subsidiary, Corning Optical Communications LLC, will invest $176 million in facilities in Catawba and Cabarrus counties, creating 410 jobs over the next two years, Governor Cooper announced today. The company will invest $67 million in a new optical cable manufacturing facility in Newton and $109 million to expand […]

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Armed robbery reported at Hickory wireless store

PRESS RELEASE HICKORY – On February 15, 2017 at approximately 10:30a.m., officers with the Hickory Police Department responded to the Boost Mobile located at 2501 Springs Road NE, Hickory in reference to an armed robbery.   During the incident a male suspect entered the store threatened the clerk with a weapon and demanded money.  The suspect […]

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