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Suspect in custody following shooting in North Carolina

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies investigated a shooting that happened on Saturday night. Deputies said the shooting happened near Webb Road in Ellenboro. They added that the shooter is in custody, and there is no active threat to the community.
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Breach of Cliffside Cone Mills Dam on the Second Broad River

Cliffside, NC — On June 22, 2022, a breach in the old Cliffside Cone Mills Dam was caused by a malfunctioning water release gate. This resulted in a public safety hazard, significant sediment pollution, and environmental harm. Statement from David Caldwell, MountainTrue’s Broad Riverkeeper:. “MountainTrue would like to...

VA Medical Center updates visiting policy for Western North Carolina locations

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The Western North Carolina VA Health Care System has updated its companion/caregiver visiting policy. As of Friday, June 24, 2022, facemasks will again be required on the grounds of Charles George VA Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Rutherford County, Hickory and Franklin. Additionally, children under the age of 16 are not permitted at this time.

NC 'monster' sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to one woman's murder, federal authorities connect him to several others

Bostic, N.C. — A North Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to killing an elderly woman and hiding her body. Investigators found evidence that connected Daniel Printz, 59, from Rutherford County, to three other missing women. He admitted to hiding four bodies, but ultimately he was only charged in one murder.

'He is a serial killer': Western North Carolina man gets life behind bars after confessing to killing 4 women

Fifty-nine-year-old Daniel Printz will be in federal prison for the rest of his life after he confessed to killing four women within the last five years. Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis, along with his office, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, federal investigators and prosecutors announced Printz's life sentence Wednesday after the serial killer pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday.

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WLOS — A prayer vigil was held Wednesday afternoon for Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Deputy Austin Derek Aldridge, who died Tuesday while responding to a domestic call. A procession has been planned from Spartanburg Regional Hospital to Floyd’s Mortuary at 1 PM Thursday. Federal authorities call the Rutherford...

N.C. ‘Serial Killer’ Linked to Disappearances and Deaths of 4 Women Gets Life in Prison After Striking Plea Deal with Feds

A North Carolina man and alleged “serial killer” was sentenced to life in federal prison in South Carolina earlier this week. Daniel Glen Printz, 59, killed 80-year-old Edna Suttles in August 2021. The defendant admittedly kidnapped the victim after the two met at a Food Lion in Travelers Rest, S.C. He entered a plea agreement earlier this month which was unsealed on Tuesday, June 21.

RC Commissioners Approve New Animal Shelter

RUTHERFORDTON — A few years ago Rutherford County’s (RC) cramped, outdated animal shelter was a highly visible mark of shame for Rutherford County. The 50 year old facility on Laurel Hill Drive in Rutherfordton, once known for its cruel animal drop box (now removed), high kill rate and the receipt of multiple state inspection citations, enraged the public and attracted widespread media coverage.