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Alleged rape reported

December 17, 2010

An alleged rape was reported Thursday in Conover.

Conover Police are investigating the incident, which allegedly occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., said investigator John Little, of the Conover Police Department.

Little said the incident is a "family situation," and the victim knew the attacker. He declined to comment further about the people involved in the incident and where in Conover it allegedly occurred.

The event was reported Thursday about 5:45 p.m., and Little said there was no other physical violence involved besides the alleged rape.

'A heart for kids'

December 17, 2010

A paralyzing health condition didn't keep a 19-year-old Hickory resident from giving to others.

Amber Stewart, who has spinal muscular atrophy since birth, decided she wanted to help children by giving them Christmas presents they might not otherwise receive. Her project started off with the idea to give to patients at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, but plans changed. Catawba County Department of Social Services became the recipients of Stewart's gifts.

Elisa Baker's case continued

December 17, 2010

The Hickory woman charged for obstructing the investigation into her stepdaughter's disappearance had her case continued in court Friday.

Elisa Baker, 42, of Hickory, was scheduled to appear in Catawba County District Court on Friday for four worthless check charges unrelated to the disappearance and death of her stepdaughter, Zahra Baker.

The case against Elisa Baker was continued to April 22, but she didn't appear Friday in court. Her attorney, Scott Reilly, appeared in her place.

Homeowner fires at attempted thief

December 17, 2010

A homeowner took matters into his own hands Friday when a thief attempted to rob his home.

A suspect entered a home on East Maiden Road on Friday about 1 p.m. in an apparent attempted larceny, said Catawba County Sheriff's Office Lt. Joel Fish.

The suspect, upon entering the house, saw the homeowner was still in the residence and didn't continue the larceny attempt.

Fish said the homeowner saw the intruder and thought the attempted thief had a gun. As the intruder left the residence, the homeowner grabbed a gun and fired several shots into the intruder's car.

NCHS celebrates culture, diversity

December 17, 2010

An area high school honored diversity in the classroom Friday with a celebration of dancing, food and crafts.

Students visited most of the world's continents and tasted unique food, without having to leave school grounds or step on a plane.

Newton-Conover High School held its fourth culture fair Friday in the school's gymnasium, where students learned about the different nationalities represented by their classmates.

"Every flag and country you see (at the fair) is represented by someone in this school," said NCHS teacher Melanie White.

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