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WMNC News, Thursday, April 24th

A Caldwell County woman is charged with the stabbing death of her husband. 54-year-old Donna Thomas Harris of Hudson is charged with first degree murder. The charge, filed by Hudson Police, is in connection with the stabbing death of William Daniel Harris. Police reports say the incident occurred Monday at the couple's Kristin Lane residence. Reports say the home had been the scene of previous domestic incidents. Harris previously spent time in jail for manslaughter in connection with the death of a man who was believed to be a boyfriend. That incident occurred in 2004 and Harris spent six years in prison. She's currently being held at the Caldwell County Jail under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.

Early voting for the May 6 Primary begins today across the area. Burke County will have three sites for casting an early ballot. The Board of Elections Office on South Sterling Street, the Seniors Center on North Green Street, and Rutherford College Town Hall. All three sites will be open from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and on one Saturday, May 3, from 7:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. Early voting sites in Catawba County are the Newton Main Library, Highland Recreation Center, Southwest Library, and Sherills Ford Fire and Rescue Headquarters. Early voting locations in Caldwell County are the County Office Building, Granite Falls Recreation Center, and Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir. In McDowell County early ballots can be cast at the County Commissioners Boardroom in Marion, and at the Old Fort Library. In Alexander County, citizens can vote earlyat the Board of Elections Office in Taylorsville. Absentee ballots are available for anyone and can be obtained at the Board of Elections Office. The last day to request an absentee ballot is next Monday, April 28.

A Catawba County woman has been charged with a sex offense. 30-year-old Tammy Michelle Blankenship of Maiden was arrested by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and charged with indecent liberties with a child. Following the Wednesday arrest, Blankenship was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $25,000 bond pending a court appearance.

A Catawba County man received jail time after being convicted of assaulting an officer. District Attorney Jay Gaither announced the conviction of 25-year-old Garison Sanders Jefferies of Newton of Felony Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer after a 2 day trial in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court this week. The jury deliberated for approximately 1 hours prior to returning the verdict of guilty. The defendant was sentenced to seven to 18 months in prison. The assault occurred in October 2012 in the City of Hickory and involved the defendant pushing a law enforcement officer into a door.

Several forgery-related charges have been filed against a Caldwell County resident. 43-year-old Terry David Shew of Granite Falls was arrested by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with eight counts of obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of an endorsement, and uttering a forged endorsement. Following the arrest, Shew was placed in the Caldwell County Jail under $10,000 secured bond.

A Catawba County sex offender is charged with failing to report an address change. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 37-year-old Jason Shane Fulbright of Hickory. He's charged with fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Following the arrest Fulbright was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $4,000 bond.

A Caldwell County resident faces drug and stolen goods charges. 20-year-old Kenny King II was arrested by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with larceny, possession of stolen goods, and possession of marijuana. Following the arrest, King was placed in the Caldwell County Jail under $4,500 secured bond.