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November 8th, 2010
A Hickory man accused of murder had his case continued Monday in court.
Orlando Murry Gibbs Williams, 27, of Hickory, is charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a man Friday.
Williams had his first appearance Monday in Catawba County District Court at the Justice Center in Newton, where his case was continued to a later date.
Williams will receive a court-appointed lawyer to represent him during the case.
Catawba County's latest employment statistics paint a more positive picture for those hoping for a job in the area.
The number of employed workers in Catawba County increased by about 1,000 since the start of the year, according to statistics from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina. In January, 63,046 people were employed in the county, and that number increased in September to 64,026.
"Very slowly, Catawba County is moving in the right direction," said Larry Parker, acting PIO director for the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.
The North Carolina Department of Motor vehicles wants to review a motor vehicle theft in Conover in connection with similar crimes throughout the state.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies arrested Nhia Xiong, 22, of Conover, on Friday after he allegedly stole a blue 1995 Honda Civic from a residence in Conover. Xiong then allegedly took the vehicle back to his home to disassemble the car and sell its parts.
German exchange students received a warm "wilkommen" Monday in Conover.
Several students from the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany visited Conver School to learn about special-needs education in the United States.
The students are part of an exchange program with Lenoir-Rhyne University that allows college students to learn teaching and education techniques in international institutions.
Fla. killer of NC trooper will get life in prison
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) â€” The Florida man who killed a North Carolina state trooper will get life in prison after a jury could not reach a decision about his punishment.
Judge Nathaniel Poovey imposed a sentence of life in prison without parole Monday for Edwardo Wong Jr. of Ormond Beach, Fla.
After three days of deliberation, jurors said they couldn't reach consensus on whether Wong should be given the death penalty, as prosecutors wanted.
The death penalty requires a unanimous decision.
Another day of searching the wooded areas of Christie Road in southern Caldwell County turned up nothing new in terms of bone recovery for investigators seeking more evidence and clues into the disappearance of 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
It was four weeks ago today that the Hickory girl was reported missing by her father Adam and stepmother Elisa Baker from their home at 21 21st Ave NW in Hickory.
An unknown thief broke into a Conover business Friday and stole almost $400 in electronics.
Catawba County Communications Center alerted police at 12:39 a.m. to the activation of an alarm at Radio Shack, located at 432 Conover Blvd. West in Conover.
The communications center said broken glass and motion sensors activated the alarm, according to the Conover Police incident report.
College students use laptops during class to take notes, transcribe lectures and communicate with professors.
At Jacobs Fork Middle School, seventh- and eighth-grade students have those opportunities years before they submit college applications.
Jacobs Fork Middle is a STEM school, which focuses on implementing science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts in the classroom.
The school participates in the STEM-ICT 3-D project that allows students to learn, build and explore three-dimensional, interactive worlds on computers.
A man was found murdered Friday outside a duplex in Hickory, and police arrested a suspect they say is responsible for the man's death.
Hickory Police responded to a call Friday about 9 a.m. from a resident who lives in the 1000 block of 20th Street NE, which is where the body was found.
Police arrived on the scene to find a male victim dead from an apparent gun shot wound to the chest. The victim was found outside the building lying on the ground.
The name of the victim hasn't been released pending notification of his family.
Catawba County's Hazardous Materials Response Team responded Friday to a reported chemical release at a Newton facility.
The call was part of a training drill, which was designed to test the team's response capabilities during a major chemical release or spill.
"You're always going to have some issues in training," said Ryan Monteith, HAZMAT coordinator for the Catawba County Fire and Rescue Division. "That's the goal of the drill. We're trying to get better."