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May 3rd, 2011
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's five dogs were euthanized after attacking a postal worker.
The labrador and pit bull mix dogs were euthanized April 28, which was a week after the incident. Catawba County Animal Services Manager Jay Blatche said Mayfield authorized the death of the five dogs.
Catawba County will provide up to $260,000 to Turbocoating Corp. USA after its recent announcement to locate its first United States operation in Hickory.
Turbocoating plans to create at least 80 new jobs paying an average wage of $50,000 per year and invest $13 million in four years for machinery and equipment, according to Julie Pruett, director of recruitment for Catawba County Economic Development Corp. However, it's also possible Turbocoating can invest $15 million and 110 new jobs in five years.
On Friday, 183 postal workers were informed they might either lose their jobs or travel to Greensboro for work after threats of a mail processing consolidation.
Norman Allen, of Claremont and an employee with the Hickory Processing and Distribution Center in Conover, asked for support from Catawba County Commissioners on Monday during the commissioners' scheduled meeting to stop the mail processing center consolidation.
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."
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” 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.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) â€” 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.
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."
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.
NEWTON (AP) â€” 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.
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.