Archive - May 4, 2011 - News Article
The Caldwell County Sheriffâ€™s Office SWAT team guarded a silent Elisa Baker as she was escorted from a Ford Crown Victoria to Caldwell County Superior Court for a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Once inside, a full staff of sheriffâ€™s office deputies lined the courtroom and blocked each of the doorways.
The 42-year-old stepmother of Zahra Baker is facing one count of financial identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. She is accused of using her deceased daughterâ€™s name to obtain electricity while she and husband Adam Baker lived in Hudson.
Adam Baker can leave North Carolina, but only after he gives advance notice.
Baker appeared in Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday for a bond modification hearing when Judge Eric Levinson told him he is free to leave the state as long as he files a notice seven days prior to leaving the area.
District Attorney Jay Gaither previously filed a request asking that Baker be required to stay in Burke, Catawba or Caldwell counties while awaiting trial on two felony charges filed against him in Catawba County. Baker still cannot leave the U.S.
Stacks of books detailing the Holocaust not only opened the minds of readers and teachers, but started an in-depth discussion on the root issue of one of history's most devastating accounts of death â€” hatred.
Catawba Valley Community College received about 150 classroom sets covering the Holocaust through a grant from the N.C. Council on the Holocaust. CVCC is the only community college in North Carolina to have the instructional collection.
"The unique feature is that it's a regional collection," said Ari Sigal, of Catawba Valley Community College's library.
Women broke a perceived barrier while coming together to help a family in need during Women Build Week.
Sounds of hammers and saws filled an area community, but those weren't men wearing hard hats. About 30 Catawba County women joined forces to help build a Habitat for Humanity house, which will soon be the home of Gayle Bumgarner.
"It's 'I can do it,'" said Anne Beach, of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. "It's an empowerment. There is a lot of paperwork and credit issues (for Habitat homeowners). It's a neat thing to watch their growth."