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Stepmom gets more charges

January 21, 2011

The woman rumored to be involved in the death and dismemberment of her stepdaughter received two more criminal charges this week, bringing her bond amount to more than $100,000.

Elisa Baker, Zahra Baker's stepmother, was served an indictment for bigamy Friday from her cell in Catawba County jail. Catawba County sheriff's deputies also charged Elisa Baker with another worthless check charge, according to the sheriff's office website, which brings the total number of worthless check charges against Elisa Baker to six.

Be debt-free in the new year

January 21, 2011

The Christmas holidays ended almost a month ago, and though the gifts remain, so do the bills.

Many people face large amounts of debt following the economic downturn, the collapse of the housing market and holiday overspending.

Area debt experts said the first step to being debt-free is to use the right debt-assistance services.

Some companies offer programs to rid people of their debt, but in the end, the fees charged by the company cause those in need to sink deeper and deeper into debt.

Briefcase most likely not linked to Zahra

January 21, 2011

What could have been a significant piece of evidence in the Zahra Baker case is now, most likely, a dead end.

Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal said Friday that a briefcase and blanket found Tuesday in Caldwell County probably isn't related to the 10-year-old disabled girl's death.

"We're looking into it, but it's not at the top of the list, because it's more than likely not related to the case," Deal said.

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