Archive - Jul 12, 2011 - News Article
Personnel from Newton Fire and Police departments work to transfer a car-wreck victim to an ambulance on Tuesday at the intersection of Startown Road and N.C. 10 in Newton.
The two-car accident sent three people to the hospital, but authorities said none of the injuries were serious. Two people in a Buick Lacrosse and the driver of a Chevrolet truck were all taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center after the cars collided in the intersection.
An argument between impaired friends turned deadly early Tuesday morning when a Caldwell County man shot and killed a Conover resident outside his home, authorities said.
Caldwell County authorities arrested Ricky A. Annas, 50, of Granite Falls, later Tuesday and charged him with murder in the death of J.W. Smith Jr., 38, of Conover. He is being held at the Catawba County jail without bond.
Catawba County sheriffâ€™s deputies responded to the shooting at about 1:49 a.m. to find Smith shot, according the sheriffâ€™s report.
Officials approved a Catawba County development plan Monday that will build upon plans and initiatives more than 15 years in the works.
Catawba County Commissioners approved the 321 Eco-Tech Development Plan on Monday, taking another large step in making some of the projectâ€™s long-range goals a reality.
A hearing for Adam Baker about charges unrelated to the Zahra Baker case was continued Tuesday until Sept. 6.
Adamâ€™s attorney, Mark Killian, would not comment as to why the case was continued, but said Adam wants to remain in the area to see that justice is provided in Zahraâ€™s case.
â€śI think he wants to stay here and see it finished,â€ť Killian said, adding that he does not think Adam will leave the country even if his charges were dropped.
Killian said Adam has been seeking support from family members and friends to cope with the ordeal of losing his daughter.
Grammar was a hot topic for the Catawba Town Council on Monday as the board discussed the grammatical correctness on a historical marker they want to display by the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 12.
The sign will read, â€śDepot built here at siding on Western North Carolina Railroad, 1859; village organized as Catawba Station, 1872; market center for locally produced tobacco and flour; incorporated as Town of Catawba in 1893; base for building nearby Lookout Shoals Dam in 1914.â€ť
The short statements and incomplete sentences made some council members uneasy.
The attorney for Elisa Baker wants a venue change for his clientâ€™s court proceedings. He said a change of locations is the only way that the woman accused of second-degree murder in her stepdaughterâ€™s death can receive a fair trial.
"There exists in the county so great a prejudice against the defendant that she cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial,â€ť according to the motion filed by Baker's attorney Scott Reilly.