November 16th, 2010
Elisa Baker's bond will not be reduced, if the District Attorney's Office has its way.
District Attorney Jay Gaither said Tuesday his office will fight Elisa Baker's request for a lower bond.
"As this point, we plan on arguing that the bond will not be reduced," Gaither said.
Elisa Baker filed a motion Monday to reduce her bond on a felony obstruction of justice charge.
Merle Bollinger Townsend, 75, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.
Terry L. Scronce, 57, of Vale, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at his residence. A receiving of friends will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the residence. A private family service will be held at a later date.
A North Carolina woman created a Facebook page to honor Zahra Baker in the hope that no child will suffer like Zahra did.
Kristie Austin Pope, 40, of Stokedale, started The Zahra Project on Facebook to achieve change within the Department of Social Services.
Pope and her husband watched the news coverage of Zahra's case, and the reports of abuse and neglect hit a nerve for Pope.
She watched people step into the media spotlight claiming they knew Zahra was being abused, but did nothing to stop the abuse.
Zahra Baker's stepmother told law enforcement that the 10-year-old child was dismembered and spread across Caldwell County. Now, after leading police to critical evidence, she is hoping her cooperation will sway court officials toward reducing her bond.
Birthdays are a time to celebrate life, and today is Zahra Baker's 11th birthday.
The Children's Protection Council will hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday to honor Zahra, the child whose struggle with cancer and reported abuse captured the hearts of people worldwide.
"It's a recognition of Zahra being part of our community and our community being overwhelmed by the possibilities of what could have happened," said Adrienne Opdyke, Children's Protection Council vice chairwoman.
Raindrops fell Monday on Zahra Baker's former residence in Hickory, but a newly added plastic tarp kept the ever-expanding memorial for the 11-year-old dry. Balloons, stuffed animals, angel ornaments and hand-written letters encircle a tree in the front yard of Zahra's former home, located at 21 21st Ave. NW. The plastic tarp that covers the memorial is held down with pieces of wood to ensure nothing is damaged by the rain scheduled to arrive in the coming days.
Claude Daniel Finger, 90, of Vale, passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at CMC-Lincoln. Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Lincolnton Church of God. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at the church. The interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Dr. Richard King Sr. will officiate.
James “Jimmy” Miles Ligon, 53, of Newton, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Brian Center-Viewmont. A graveside service will be held Nov. 18, 2010, in Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Matthews.
The Catawba Valley Buccaneers attempted a furious comeback, but they fell short. The Buccaneers hit several 3-pointers in the closing minutes of their game Monday at home against Spartanburg Methodist College and pulled close.
Spartanburg Methodist made 1 of 2 free throws, and the Pioneers defeated the Buccaneers 59-55 at CVCCâ€™s Multi-Purpose Complex.
Spartanburg Methodist was 16-of-18 shooting Monday night from the free-throw line, and CVCC made only 3 of 11 attempts.
Bennie Mozingo led Spartanburg Methodist with a game-high 14 points. D.J. Brown scored 10.
The first round of the state 2-AA West playoffs did not go as planned for Bunker Hill. The Bears rolled into Shelby on Friday night a lot of momentum, but they sputtered offensively losing 38-6.
Bunker Hill was limited to 200 yards of total offense and was pinned on its half of field most of the night.
â€śThey came in and played very hard,Â very physical,â€ť said Shelby head coach Chris Norman. â€śThey gave us a challenge. That three-headed monster gave us a scare all week, but our defensive unit played well, and we won the line-of-scrimmage battle against them.â€ť
The Owen Warhorses rode their workhorse to a first-round win over the Newton-Conover Red Devils, and he is a big one.
Running back Austin Davis, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior, had a game-high 197 yards rushing and three offensive touchdowns for Owen in a 28-25 win at Gurley Stadium.
Davis scored 26 points Friday â€”Â four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion â€” and called his performance a â€ścareer night.â€ť Owen coach Ken Ford said Davis has made â€śbig playsâ€ť the entire season.