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Recently unsealed court documents reveal grisly details about Zahra Baker's final days.
The documents, which were unsealed Tuesday, contain detailed information about Zahra's life leading up to her death and how her body was disposed.
Catawba County Superior Court Judge Nathan Poovey on Tuesday allowed access to search warrants related to a murder investigation that started when 10-year-old Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 9.
The 11 warrants, totaling more than 100 pages, reveal Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, responded deceptively during a police polygraph test, and she detailed how the young cancer survivor was dismembered inside a Hickory house.
Drum Funeral Home announced Tuesday that Zahra's family will hold a private memorial service.
The Hickory girl was reported missing Oct. 9, and police in Hickory announced Nov. 12 that they believed they had enough evidence to show that the Australian native was in fact deceased.
Visitors may stop by the funeral home to sign a register book and view a memorial tribute to Zahra from 5-7 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Friday.
Catawba County is one of 16 counties in North Carolina under a tornado watch. The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg issued the watch, which expires at 10 p.m.
Other counties affected by the watch are: Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford and Union.
The sign on the front of the store reads "Charlie's Gym," but it's actually Alan's gym now.
Alan Robbins, of Maiden, is the new owner of Charlie's Gym in downtown Newton.
Robbins is no stranger to the facility. He started coming to the facility as a client, and now he owns the business.
"I've always liked working out," Robbins said. "When I saw the facility was available, I thought it would be a great opportunity."
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley will soon have a new facility to accommodate its growing need for services in Catawba County and beyond.
Construction on PCHCV's new Sherrills Ford location started in August, and is expected to be completed about 12 months after ground was broken.
Clark Isaac, of Isaac Construction Company, said the facility is on time and scheduled to open Aug. 1.
Isaac said several subcontractors are working on the 28-acre piece of land, with about 10-15 people on site at all times.
The holiday season should be a time of joy, family celebrations and thanksgiving. That holiday dream, however, can turn into a nightmare when unsuspecting residents become victims of holiday crime. Area law enforcement agencies encourage holiday shoppers and travelers to use common sense this holiday season as they venture into the community to partake in all the joys, and stresses, of the holidays.
1. Hide presents and other valuables from prying eyes
A late-afternoon crash Monday in Newton sent three people to the hospital.
Two cars collided Monday about 4 p.m. near the intersection of North Main Avenue and East 22nd Street in Newton.
The front end of an Oldsmobile Cutlass collided with the rear of a Ford Windstar van. Newton-Conover Rescue Squad responded to the scene, as well as Newton police and fire departments.
Three people were transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries from the crash, according to the Newton Fire Department. Police didn't release any information about the victims on the scene.
Police arrested two people Saturday after they allegedly robbed a convenience store in Newton.
According to a police report, Coree Sean Collins, 30, and Tamara Elaine Pope, 29, both of Conover, demanded money from a store clerk at the Kangaroo Express in the 2400 block of N.C. 10 West.
Collins walked into the store, which was open, about 1:20 a.m. Saturday and approached a male clerk working at the cash register, according to Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
Collins allegedly told the clerk, "I'm here to rob you. Give me the money."
In one year, more than 1 million people visited Catawba County.
While those visitors were here, they likely interacted with one or more employees in the county's hotel industry.
On average, about 338 people were employed both full- and part-time by Catawba County hotels in 2009, according to recent findings by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments. These jobs range in skill set and duties, from managing each hotel's daily services to ensuring each room is cleaned before a new guest arrives.