October 18th, 2010
Hickory Police received hundreds of tips in the homicide investigation of Zahra Baker, and they continue to search for her whereabouts.
One tip recently led police to a Hickory furniture store, where store employees said they saw Zahra and her stepmother, Elisa Baker, on Sept. 25.
"It was a Saturday, and it was really busy," said Pat Adams, floor manager of In Your Home Furnishings in Hickory, recalling the day Zahra and Elisa Baker came into the store. Zahra was reported missing two weeks later on Oct. 9.
After a documentary about her life debuted last week, the National Gourd Lady is going back to Hollywood.
Margaret Sparkman will return NBC's The Tonight Show on Oct. 29 during the late-night show's normal 11:30 p.m. broadcast. Sparkman, "The National Gourd Lady" first appeared on the show hosted by Jay Leno in 2003.
During that appearance, "Sparky" stole the show when she "bopped" the comedian host's head with a gourd dipper.
Nancy Ann Fulbright Speagle, 71, of Vale, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at Frye Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Newton.
Ruth Ann Harrison Moody, 49, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Palliative Care and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Moody family.
Pauline Mary Yount Sherrill, 91, of Lincolnton, passed away Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at her residence.
The Hickory Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly robbed the BB&T on U.S. 70 on Monday afternoon.
A white male with a light-colored complexion entered the bank around 1 p.m. and gave a bank teller a note demanding money. HPD Sgt. Robert George said the note indicated the man had a weapon, but no weapon was shown.
George said the bank had several customers and employees present at the time of the robbery, but no one was injured.
HICKORY (AP) â€” Hickory police say they have found someone other than a family member who saw a missing girl as late as Sept. 25.
Investigators said in a news release Saturday that they have received more than 200 tips about Zahra Clare Baker whose family reported her missing Oct. 9. The little girl uses hearing aids and a prosthetic leg because of bone cancer.
Hickory police would not comment further on the timeline or the case Saturday, but WCNC-TV in Charlotte reported that Zahra had been seen by employees at a Hickory furniture store.
HICKORY (AP) â€” A missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl was seen in public as recently as two weeks before she was reported missing, police said Saturday, narrowing an uncertain timeline that has hindered their investigation.
Investigators said previously they couldn't find anyone outside Zahra Clare Baker's household who had seen her alive in more than a month. That uncertainty has made it difficult for police to narrow places to search for the girl whose bone cancer left her with hearing aids and a prosthetic leg.
Quarterback Matt Johnson and receiver Hasan Hopper found each other early and often Friday night at Maiden. Hopper caught six of Johnsonâ€™s first 10 complete passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
The two connected for a 36-yard touchdown pass one play after Maidenâ€™s Dakata Painter stripped Bandysâ€™ quarterback on a sack in the second quarter.
â€śWe were hoping to take the air out of their sails,â€ť said Maiden coach Brian Brown. â€śThey had some life, and it was hard for them to overcome that.â€ť
Newton-Conover scored 22 unanswered points in the first quarter to build a lead that proved insurmountable for Bunker Hill.
The Red Devils fought to a 65-32 victory in a game that was filled with enough sloppy play and penalties that Newton-Conover Coach Nick Bazzle wasnâ€™t entirely pleased with the outcome.
â€śIâ€™m just glad it is over with,â€ť he said adding he doesnâ€™t like to be part of a game with so many penalties. â€śWeâ€™ve got some work to do, but overall it was a good win against a good football team.â€ť
HICKORY (AP) â€” The father of a missing 10-year-old said Friday that he is still not sure whether his wife was involved in the girl's disappearance.
Baker said he just wants to find Zahra Clare Baker and take her back to the family's native Australia if she wants to go. Police believe the girl is dead.
Baker and his wife Elisa, the girl's stepmother, reported her missing Oct. 9. They said they had last seen Zahra â€” who used hearing aids and a prosthetic leg because of bone cancer â€” in her bed at their home in Hickory, about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte. But police don't believe them.
What happened to Zahra Clare Baker? Police continue to put together a timeline regarding, what many fear, were the last weeks of the 10-year-old's life.