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May 2nd, 2011

No Death Penalty

May 2, 2011

A 19-year-old accused of shooting and mutilating his roommate won't face the death penalty.

During an administrative hearing in Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, prosecutors with 25th Judicial District Attorney's office said they won't seek the death penalty against Michael Joseph Anderson.

During a 9-1-1 call Feb. 14, Anderson confessed to shooting Stephen Starr with a shotgun before using an axe to mutilate the victim's body.

Anderson also told 9-1-1 dispatchers he "took some pills" that made him "go mad."

BIN LADEN DEAD, 'buried at sea'

May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy. The stunning news of his death prompted relief and euphoria outside the White House and around the globe, yet also deepening fears of terrorist reprisals against the United States and its allies.

Missing swimmer's body found

May 2, 2011

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The body of an 18-year-old North Carolina man has been found in Myrtle Beach.

The body of Jeremy Lee Truitt of Maiden, N.C., was found about 1 p.m. Sunday by lifeguards and the Myrtle Beach Police Department's beach patrol.

Truitt had been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge says the death has been ruled an accidental drowning and no autopsy is planned.

Police say Truitt was one of three teens swimming together when he disappeared beneath the water.

April 29th

New start for old house

April 29, 2011

Two women stood beside a simple brick house, gazing fondly at the structure like an old friend.

For one woman, the house is her past. For the other, it is her future.
Clydie Hunsucker Beal, of Conover, grew up in the two-story house on N.C. 16. Her parents, Clyde and Ruby Hunsucker, built the house in 1948 after her father returned home from serving in World War II.

"He planted everything on the property," Beal said. "He said he wore out three shovels planting."

NCMS organizes charity tournament

April 29, 2011

Next weekend, the Newton and Conover communities will bond to help one its own.

A 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament is being organized for former Newton-Conover High School boys' basketball coach Steve Lytton, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

The "Play It Forward" tournament, which is 8 a.m. May 7 at Newton-Conover Middle School, will benefit Lytton in his fight against cancer.
The idea for the tournament was originally established by one of Lytton's relatives.

Baker's worthless check charges dismissed

April 29, 2011

NEWTON (AP) — The father of a North Carolina girl killed last year is no longer facing worthless check charges in Catawba County.

The charges against Adam Baker were dismissed Friday in Superior Court in Newton. Baker's lawyer, Mark Killian, says the Australian native has made restitution in the case.

Baker was accused of writing bad checks for around $240 to local grocery stores.

He still faces other charges, including felony identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense.

April 28th

Driver still in critical condition

April 28, 2011

The 20-year-old driver in Tuesday's fatal accident is still in critical condition.
A N.C. Highway Patrol spokeswoman said Tyler Scott Good, of Newton, was listed in critical condition Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Good was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his car, flipped and hit a tree on Mt. Beulah Road in Sherrills Ford. Also in the car with Good was passenger 17-year-old Jordan Bone, of Sherrills Ford, and back-seat passenger Michael Brandon Davis, 18, of Denver.

Council considers café at Station

April 28, 2011

Conover City Council considered an area prospect as a café owner in Conover Station during a recent meeting.

City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. gave a brief presentation to council members at a Monday meeting highlighting a 10-foot-by-10-foot area on the third floor of Conover Station, which officials hope will hold a café.

Duncan said several months ago, the city planning department was approached by a Hickory woman and her husband about opening a coffee shop in Conover. The couple was not identified at the meeting because consideration is not finalized.

Friends remember teen's dreams

April 28, 2011

Jeremy Lee Truitt's dream car was a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z.

"He loved cars," said Randy Bowman, owner of Heritage Storage/Motors.

"That was just his dream car."

Recalling Truitt's dream car is one of many memories flowing through the minds of Bowman and his wife Pat on Thursday.

Truitt's boss said he was well-liked and a hard-working employee.

"You couldn't ask for a better kid," said Brian McRee, owner of Brookford Cafe and Catering.

Many mourned, including the Bowmans, who feel like they lost a son.

City 'shakes up' annual Unity Day

April 28, 2011

Celebrating diversity and unity is nothing new for Newton, but as the city began planning this year's Unity Day it decided the annual event needed a little something extra.

"We are trying to do something a little different," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, who is chair of the Newton Human Relations Council, which organizes Unity Day. "We wanted to try to shake it up and make it a more festive atmosphere."

This year's Unity Day event is set for Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Southside Park, and it promises musical entertainment, food and fun.

The event is free to the public.

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