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No space for state prisoners

September 6, 2011

North Carolina lawmakers want Catawba County to house its state prisoners in the future, but county officials say the extra inmates will be a “burden” and complicate years of “good planning.”

During this year’s summer session, legislators passed a Justice Reinvestment Act that allows the state to house its misdemeanant prisoners inside county jails. The agreement between the Department of Corrections and counties is voluntary and will be paid through state funds, but will require counties to house prisoners serving terms more than 90 days and up to 180 days.

Family gives Claremont building new life

September 6, 2011

A family of four is giving new life to an abandoned building in Claremont.

The family of Christy, Kemp, Parker and Tyler Sigmon will open Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply in October, a facility renovation of the former Claremont Wholesale building. In the process they hope to maintain jobs and increase city revenue.

Adam Baker’s attorney wants case moved

September 6, 2011

Adam Baker’s attorney will file a motion for change of venue in his client’s case because of pervasive media coverage, he announced Tuesday.

Adam Baker, the father of the 10-year-old  girl who was brutally murdered last year, is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County.

On Tuesday, Adam Baker’s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his client’s case.

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