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Gay marriage in N.C.? Vote now

February 23, 2012

In May, North Carolina voters will voice their opinions on gay marriage in the state.

A constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage will be on the ballot during the primary election.

Do you support the amendment? Voice your opinion now at observernewsonline.com.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Friday for a new reader poll question. Pick up the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of the previous week's poll.

Axe murderer sentenced

February 23, 2012

A Kings Mountain native will spend at least 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to one of the most brutal murders in Catawba County history.

Michael Anderson, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in Catawba County court. Pursuant to a plea agreement, he was sentenced in the aggravated range to 196 to 245 months in a N.C. Department of Correction prison.

Anderson has been in jail since Feb. 14, 2011, when he called a 9-1-1 operator and said he had shot, killed and “mutilated” his roommate, 36-year-old Hickory resident Stephen Starr.

Soldier's surprise

February 23, 2012

Xavier and Kaiden McMurtry expected to learn about the nation's presidents Thursday morning.

The Hickory boys didn't expect their father to join them.

Army Staff Sgt. Barry McMurtry just returned from a one-year tour in Afghanistan, his fifth deployment. McMurtry's sons thought he would return this weekend, but he surprised them when he walked onto the stage at Mountain View Elementary School's Presidents' Day program.

Xavier and Kaiden walked onto the stage, surrounded their father and hugged him.

Man gets life for 2006 killing

February 23, 2012

A man will spend life in prison after pleading guilty on Thursday to the brutal murder of a Hickory woman more than five years ago.

A Superior Court Judge sentenced Antonio Trejo, 32, to life in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty to killing then-26-year-old Teresa Zavala in July 2006 at the Dogwood Hills Mobile Home Park in Hickory.

Trejo, who is from Mexico, is currently serving a 10-year, nine-month sentence for a different knife attack on a woman in November 2008. He was indicted for Zavala’s murder in spring 2009.

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to stalking

February 23, 2012

A former Fred T. Foard High School teacher pleaded guilty on Thursday to stalking one of his former students for more than a year.

John Donadio, 60, was ordered to pay court costs and enter into a prayer for judgment after pleading guilty to misdemeanor stalking. The charge, a class A1 misdemeanor, has a maximum punishment of 150 days in jail.
 
The state’s case against Donadio revolves around a host of incidents involving one of his former students, Josh Pruitt, from 2008-09.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Feb. 23

February 23, 2012

Newton’s fire department faces burning needs, including a new fire station.

The downtown facility was last renovated in 1958, and a new station has moved from city leaders’ “want” list 10 years ago to the “need” column today.

More details in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E, including insight into the debate over the location for a new facility.

Also get details about the city fire department’s efforts to fund more firefighters in an effort to meet national standards for structure fire response.

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