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After a vehicle pursuit and manhunt that began Wednesday night, McDowell County sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of other federal, state, regional and local officers, apprehended Phillip Michael Stroupe II, 39, of 93 Winter Star Loop in Burnsville, early Thursday morning.

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McDowell County sheriff’s deputies are hoping someone has seen this riding mower, taken from a Marion residence earlier this month.

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A Buncombe County man tied to a month-long larceny spree last year was given at least eight years in prison during a recent term of McDowell County Superior Court.

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CORRECTION: In Sunday’s article “Report: Sleeping driver in cemetery found with drugs”, Jayson Michael Gibson’s address was incorrectly listed as 828 Spaulding Road in Marion. Gibson reportedly does not have a listed address on Spaulding Road. This information has been updated below.

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A registered Old Fort offender is facing new, unrelated sex charges after allegedly using social media to lure what he thought was a 15-year-old and assaulting a male acquaintance, authorities said Monday.

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At approximately 1:55 p.m., units from Old Fort Fire Department, Old Fort Police Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to I-40 towards Old Fort Mountain after numerous calls of two rollovers in the westbound lane. According to Trooper Kirk Hens…