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July 13th

Police nab Newton strangler

July 13, 2011

Police located and arrested the man Tuesday accused of strangling a 73-year-old woman to unconsciousness before stealing firearms from her apartment.

Newton Police charged Austin O’Brian Chislom, 17, of Newton, with attempted first-degree murder Tuesday after he and two others choked, strangled and stole from a Newton woman he lived beside nearly two weeks ago.

July 12th

3 people sent to hospital

July 12, 2011

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.

Drunken argument leads to murder

July 12, 2011

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 sheriff’s deputies responded to the shooting at about 1:49 a.m. to find Smith shot, according the sheriff’s report.

County approves Eco-Tech plan

July 12, 2011

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 project’s long-range goals a reality.

Adam’s hearing continued

July 12, 2011

A hearing for Adam Baker about charges unrelated to the Zahra Baker case was continued Tuesday until Sept. 6.

Adam’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 Zahra’s case.

“I think he wants to stay here and see it finished,” 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.

Town business leads to grammar talks

July 12, 2011

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, “Depot 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.”

The short statements and incomplete sentences made some council members uneasy.

Elisa Baker’s lawyer files for venue change

July 12, 2011

The attorney for Elisa Baker wants a venue change for his client’s court proceedings. He said a change of locations is the only way that the woman accused of second-degree murder in her stepdaughter’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,” according to the motion filed by Baker's attorney Scott Reilly.

July 11th

Head-on collision

July 11, 2011

Two cars collided Monday at the intersection of Rock Barn Road and Thornburg Drive in Conover after a red Cadillac attempted to make a left turn and was struck by a gold Toyota, witnesses said.

No one was seriously injured in the collision, but the driver of the red Cadillac was taken to the hospital. Witnesses said the crash caused both vehicles to lift off the ground.

Victims robbed at gunpoint for cell phones

July 11, 2011

Police are investigating robbery cases in Hickory where suspects held multiple victims at gunpoint to steal cash and cell phones.

The robberies occurred Friday and Saturday and both involve suspects pointing guns at victims and demanding money and cellular phones.

Authorities say that two victims were robbed at gunpoint early Friday within minutes of each other. The robberies occurred on the 300 and 400 blocks of Seconnd Street Place SE in succession. The victims said the suspect was wearing black clothing and a “Scream” mask, adding that the robber wielded a black and silver gun.

Thieves steal beer, candy from Catawba store

July 11, 2011

Police are searching for multiple suspects who broke into a Catawba convenience store last week and took money, beer and candy from the store’s shelves.

Authorities and business owners said suspects broke the back glass door to Abby’s Restaurant and Convenience Store in Catawba early Thursday morning before unlawfully entering the building. Once the thieves were inside, they stole money from the cash register, two 40-ounce Natural Ice beers and a case of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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