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February 16th, 2011

Fourth man identified in train crash

February 16, 2011

Hickory Police learned the identity of a man who fled from a car before it was struck by a train near Union Square last weekend.

Dontea Kennedy, 21, of Maiden, allegedly got out of a 2010 Dodge Challenger early Sunday morning and fled on foot before a train collided with the car, injuring one of the passengers. Police didn't know Kennedy's identity at the time of the crash, only that there was a fourth male in the car.

Counselors advise, assist students

February 16, 2011

For Catawba County school counselors, assisting students isn't about simply sitting down and talking about their feelings.

Counselors in the school system try to ensure every student has the emotional and mental support they need to learn on a daily basis.

Officials from Catawba County Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools said these positions are vital in the school system, especially during times when economic woes impact students, as well as their parents.

Teen gets attorney in murder case

February 16, 2011

The teenager accused of killing his roommate with an axe then carving a word into the man's body received court-appointed counsel Monday during his first appearance in court.

No fewer than four officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office were in District Court on Wednesday as Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, was led into the courtroom wearing a neon green jumpsuit. Anderson appeared emotionless as Judge Robert A. Mullinax told him he was charged with murder.

Newton 'not getting the job done'

February 16, 2011

Collapsed buildings, household garbage and unlicensed vehicles filled with trash clutter a property on Newton's North Ashe Avenue.
It isn't the only city property with violations of Newton's nuisance and abandoned vehicle ordinances, but Worth Arnold Jr.'s residence did seem to be a final straw for the city's mayor.

February 15th

Fire destroys mobile home

February 15, 2011

An apparent grease fire destroyed a Conover mobile home Tuesday, displacing a family of three and leaving them with nothing.

Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at Lyle Haven Mobile Home Park off County Home Road in Conover. The blaze was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Conover Fire Department arrived on the scene with three engines and a ladder truck to find a fully involved fire at trailer lot F3.

CVCC opens new student center

February 15, 2011

Out with the old and in with the new.

Catawba Valley Community College christened its new student center Tuesday with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, as students, faculty and members of the community watched.

The planning for this center started in early 2008, with a conversation between CVCC president Dr. Garrett Hinshaw and Jim Powell, of ADW Architects in Charlotte.

Overturned truck closes U.S. 321

February 15, 2011

Portions of U.S. 321 between Newton and Maiden were closed Tuesday after a tractor trailer overturned.

The crash happened shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday when a tractor trailer flipped over at the intersection of U.S. 321 Business and Elliott Lane, just outside of Newton city limits. 

Several powerlines were downed from the crash. The live wires stretched across the road as emergency responders worked on the scene. 

The driver of the truck was transported by ambulance to Catawba Valley Medical Center. 

Murder suspect took 'too many' pills

February 15, 2011

A 19-year-old who shot and mutilated his roommate confessed his actions to 9-1-1 dispatchers, even detailing the circumstances that brought him into the Mountain View home of the victim.
“Um, I took some pills and then some more pills and I murdered my roommate,” Michael Anderson told a 9-1-1 dispatcher with Catawba County Communications. “I shot him three times and then used an axe and mutilated his body.”
Anderson has been charged with murder in the Monday morning death of Stephens Starr, 36, in the Mountain View area. Anderson called 9-1-1 about 4:54 a.m. Monday.

Teen mutilates roommate

February 15, 2011

A Kings Mountain man is charged with murder after he allegedly shot, stabbed and mutilated his roommate before calling police and alerting them to the crime.
Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, called police at 4:47 a.m. Monday and reported he shot his roommate, Stephen Eric Starr, 36. Investigators determined majority of Starr’s wounds happened after he was dead.
Deputies arrived 8 minutes after the call at 5209 Ruth Drive. They found Starr shot, stabbed and struck with a log-splitting, axe-like tool in the master bedroom of his residence.

February 14th

Playground to honor Zahra

February 14, 2011

The city of Hickory is joining forces with area service clubs to create a playground suitable for children with disabilities in honor of a deceased Hickory girl who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aids.

Four Catawba County Kiwanis clubs announced Monday that they want to purchase, build and install a playground at the Kiwanis Park in Hickory to celebrate the life of Zahra Baker.

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