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Raymond Alford Junior - Picture courtesy of the office of District Attorney David Learner

Hickory man admits habitual felon status, pleads guilty to other charges

PRESS RELEASE Raymond Jerome Alford Jr., 50, of Hickory, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by felon and selling marijuana, and admitted to habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, May 22, 2017. The Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, sentenced Alford to serve six to nine […]

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Rudy Wright - Picture courtesy of the City of Hickory

Family of Hickory Mayor issues statement following Wright’s death

STATEMENT Rudy Wright passed away on May 11th. Rudy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many; in these initial hours and days of celebrating his life, we, his family, deeply appreciate all of the kind words and stories from so many that he touched. We would like to thank the first responders […]

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Rudy Wright - Picture courtesy of the City of Hickory

Hickory Mayor found dead

PRESS RELEASE HICKORY – Today at approximately 2:40 p.m., Mayor Rudy Wright was found deceased at his home. “It is with deepest sorrow, that I must inform you of the untimely passing of Mayor Rudy Wright today at his home,” said City Manager Warren Wood. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this […]

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Two people were injured when a helicopter crashed in Newton April 27 - Image: Fox 46

Preliminary report released in Newton helicopter crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on a helicopter crash in Newton last month. WSIC News Partner Fox 46 quotes the report saying the pilot felt a shudder in the control and at the same time experienced the craft go right and start to spin. The pilot lowered the nose trying […]

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Proposed law could eliminate Catawba River buffer rules

A bill now in the North Carolina State House of Representatives could eliminate requirements for buffers in the Catawba River Basin. The Catawba Riverkeeper organization argues the buffers of roots and vegetation protect shorelines and help filter water. State Senators Andrew Brock and Andy Wells are among those sponsoring the bill which would eliminate the […]

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Police: Approximately 20 pounds of methamphetamine seized in multi-county investigation

PRESS RELEASE On 04-18-2017 at 9:48 am members from the Newton Police Department assisted with the execution of a search warrant at 100 W. 17th St, Newton. The search warrant and subsequent arrest of suspects was the culmination of nine month long narcotics investigation that started in McDowell County. Officers from several agencies participated in […]

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Bradley Adams - Picture courtesy of the office of District Attorney David Learner

Man who gave child pills ahead of sexual assaults gets prison time

PRESS RELEASE A Hickory man will spend the next 25 years in prison after pleading guilty as charged to multiple sexual offenses with children during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Bradley Scott Adams, 37, of Hickory, was sentenced to an active prison term of 25-35 years by the Honorable Casey M. […]

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Greydon Hansen - Picture courtesy of the Office of District Attorney David Learner

Third murder charge filed against two accused in Hickory shooting

PRESS RELEASE Another murder charge has been filed against two men following the death of a third person in connection with a fatal shooting last week outside of a Hickory pub. Dontray Tyrell Cumberlander, 23, and Greydon Keith Hansen, 23, both of Hickory, appeared before District Court Judge Sherri W. Elliott on Monday, April 10, […]

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Maurice Mayfield - Picture courtesy of the Office of District Attorney David Learner

Hickory man sentenced for second-degree murder

PRESS RELEASE Maurice Centel Mayfield, 26, of Hickory, was given an active prison term of 17-21 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, April 3, 2017. The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, issued Mayfield’s prison term, which will be served in the North […]

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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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