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Man shoots uncle

May 11, 2011

A man was shot in his side Wednesday after a domestic argument escalated at a home near the Burke County line in Hickory.
Harry Alexander, 37, of 7539 R.H. Road, shot his uncle in his side with a .22-caliber pistol after the two engaged in a fight that started inside Alexander's residence. The fight ended on Alexander's front lawn, said officers on the scene.
Michael Hughes was incoherent and in stable condition when he left the scene by ambulance, said Capt. Joel Fish, of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Hughes was living with Alexander at the residence, Fish said.

Catalytic converter thieves strike in county

May 11, 2011

Catawba County sheriff's deputies seek help to locate catalytic converter thieves.

A spree that was occurring in Iredell and Alexander counties made its way to Catawba County recently, when at least three catalytic converters were stolen.

Most recently, a vehicle catalytic converter, valued at $200, was stolen from the 8200 block of Long Island Road in Catawba and another was reported stolen from the 8400 block of Long Island Road, valued at $665.

Capt. Joel Fish said the catalytic converters are most likely used for its metals.

USPS speaks about possible merger

May 11, 2011

With a declining mail volume and a financial loss of $8.5 billion during the last two years, the U.S. Postal Service is reviewing all operations to adjust its workforce to match America’s changing communications trends.

Mechanic questions DSS repair payments

May 11, 2011

This week, the Catawba County Department of Social Services exhausted a pool of state money designated for critical car repair for impoverished citizens. Meanwhile, one area car technician said he's repairing luxury vehicles, while DSS is using these funds to pay a portion of the bill.

"I think it's completely irresponsible," said Michael Norris, owner of Norris Auto Clinic in Newton. "If the customer can afford (an expensive car), then why can't they pay for the repairs?"

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