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September 14th, 2011
An 11-month mystery started when 10-year-old Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 12, 2010.
Since then, the story of her life, her disappearance and her death have captivated local and national communities. Along the way there have been an array of police investigations and a collection of criminal charges, press conferences, courtroom proceedings, and a few embarrassing gaffes.
The ordeal ongoing nearly a year is expected to end today.
With all signs pointing to the end of the Elisa Baker murder case being today, law enforcement officials are preparing for a crowd at the courthouse.
â€śThis is a high-profile case, and we anticipate more people being there,â€ť said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. â€śWe will have extra security inside and outside the courtrooms and will have an extra metal detector set up as well.â€ť
Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) is making some big changes and they now have the countyâ€™s support.
Catawba County Commissioners approved a resolution on Monday authorizing the creation of Catawba Valley Medical Group Inc., a new non-profit corporation that will organize CVMCâ€™s primary care and cardiology practices under a new, separate entity.
CVMC officials say the hospitalâ€™s physician practices can serve the community better and save more money as a separate entity.
A longtime Newton dojo is kicking its way into a new facility.
â€¨Newton Martial Arts, which is celebrating its 20th year in Newton in 2011, is planning to open a new facility in one of the Alman Furniture Co. buildings near downtown Newton. NMAâ€™s current facility at 23 E. A St. will remain open, but Soke Paul Langford said the addition will provide some much-needed breathing space for the group.
Thereâ€™s been another postponement of a pre-trial hearing for Elisa Baker amid widespread speculation that a plea bargain is in the works.
The 43-year-old charged with the second-degree murder of her 10-year-old stepdaughter Zahra Baker was slated to appear in Catawba County Superior Court on Monday to learn where her trial will be held after Judge Timothy Kincaid ruled that a change of venue would be in order. However, Kincaid pushed back the hearing after the prosecution and defense said they needed to discuss undisclosed â€śissuesâ€ť in the case.Â
A Maiden man has been charged with sexual battery in connection to an incident that occurred Thursday.
Floyd Benson Hicks, 61, of 4687 South Oliverâ€™s Crossroads, Maiden, turned himself in at the Lincolnton Police Department late Monday night on a warrant issued by Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office investigators.
The 15-year-old victim, whose name was not released, said she agreed to ride with the suspect on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and they went to the Rock Springs Campground in Denver.
Three members of the public shared their concerns about Newton-Conover City Schoolsâ€™ proposed standard code of dress policy Monday night.
Then four members of the school board addressed some of those concerns and voiced their own. Board members had enough concerns that the dress code policy was not voted on.
Board member Kyle Drum made a motion to approve the policy, but no one made a second.
â€śSo there will be no standard code of dress at the elementary schools,â€ť said Scott Loudermelt, the board chairman. â€śAt least not for now.â€ť
A hearing to determine the venue for Elisa Bakerâ€™s second-degree murder trial was postponed Monday so attorneys in the case can resolve â€śissues that have surfaced.â€ť
Neither the state nor Elisaâ€™s defense attorney will disclose what the â€śissuesâ€ť are, but both sides agree the situation can be resolved on Wednesday morning.
The court was supposed to decide on Monday where Elisaâ€™s trial will be held, but the hearing was postponed after both sides said they needed to further discuss undisclosed â€śissuesâ€ť in the case.
A Claremont woman is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed in the chest by her partner.
Police say a group of friends was playing cards and drinking alcohol on Friday when an argument between Cheryl Flowers and Loretta Gibbs began.
The argument escalated, and Gibbs stabbed Flowers in the chest with a knife, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
Flowers was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with serious injuries on Friday, but Reid said Monday that she is in stable condition.
Owners of a vacant house found the structure flushed of its bathroom and kitchen amenities on Sunday after thieves stole toilets and cabinets.
Newton police say suspects stole toilets, a heat pump and kitchen and bathroom cabinets from the house at 1205 Old Conover-Startown recently.
â€śThis is not the common (breaking and entering) that we have,â€ť said Newton Police Major Kevin Yarborough, adding that the incident was a unique situation because of the items stolen.