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October 19th, 2010

Adam Baker: Kidnappers set fire

October 19, 2010

The father of a missing girl said his daughter's kidnappers could be to blame for a fire that occurred in his backyard on the day she was reported missing.
Hickory Police Department released Tuesday a recording of the 9-1-1 tape when Zahra Baker's father, Adam Baker, reported her missing about 2 p.m. Oct. 9.
Adam Baker told the 9-1-1 operator that the fire was a possible distraction abductors used to take Zahra.
"I don't know if they set a fire in the yard to distract us, and they snuck in the door or ... I don't know," Adam Baker said in the 9-1-1 tape.

Tow truck crashes into traffic

October 19, 2010

One car crash turned into two Tuesday after a faulty emergency brake caused a tow truck to roll backwards into a line of traffic.
A vehicle driving southbound on U.S. 321 Business about 3:30 p.m. attempted to make a left turn onto Prison Camp Road. The vehicle pulled out in front of another vehicle, which was heading northbound on U.S. 321 Business, said Lt. Randy Frye with the Maiden Fire Department.
The vehicles collided, causing heavy damage to the cars. The drivers of the vehicles were uninjured and refused medical treatment at the scene of the crash, Frye said.

Wig Bank a 'salvation'

October 19, 2010

For some, a wig is simply a head covering.
But for others, the hair piece, be it blond, brunette, long, cropped or curly, is a salvation.
"You're uncertain about what your life is going to be like (after a cancer diagnosis)," said cancer survivor Janet Weaver. "And then you're sitting there bald. But once you put on that wig and a little bit of makeup, you feel human again. Having a wig is like a salvation. You can be normal again."

Schools 'make a difference'

October 19, 2010

An area school system will make a difference Saturday during a national campaign promoting good deeds and community service.
Every school in Newton-Conover City Schools will participate in national Make a Difference Day projects to better the schools and its grounds.
"We have so many people that give to us," said Melanie Elrod, NCCS Student Services director. "It's a good way to give back to students and to the schools."

October 18th

Zahra fund spokesman has record

October 18, 2010

A fund was set up to provide financial and counseling support as police continue the search for a 10-year-old girl who was was reported missing 11 days ago.
And while one of the organizers of the Zahra Baker Fund was convicted of obtaining property under false pretenses, officials from the fund's parent organization, the Spiritual Counseling Network, say the felony charge shouldn't stop people from giving.
The fund, which was established Friday, aims to provide monetary and counseling support for those involved in the search for Zahra.

Area restaurant donates

October 18, 2010

Texas Roadhouse of Hickory will hold a special boxed lunch Tuesday to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The restaurant, which isn't usually open for lunch, will sell $10 boxed lunches available for dine-in or take-out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m..
"It's been such a tragedy in this community," said Patricia Hatch, a managing partner of Texas Roadhouse. "We wanted to do something to help."

Hundreds of Zahra tips received

October 18, 2010

Hickory Police received hundreds of tips in the homicide investigation of Zahra Baker, and they continue to search for her whereabouts.
One tip recently led police to a Hickory furniture store, where store employees said they saw Zahra and her stepmother, Elisa Baker, on Sept. 25.
"It was a Saturday, and it was really busy," said Pat Adams, floor manager of In Your Home Furnishings in Hickory, recalling the day Zahra and Elisa Baker came into the store. Zahra was reported missing two weeks later on Oct. 9.

Gourd Lady is Leno-bound - again!

October 18, 2010

After a documentary about her life debuted last week, the National Gourd Lady is going back to Hollywood.
Margaret Sparkman will return NBC's The Tonight Show on Oct. 29 during the late-night show's normal 11:30 p.m. broadcast. Sparkman, "The National Gourd Lady" first appeared on the show hosted by Jay Leno in 2003.
During that appearance, "Sparky" stole the show when she "bopped" the comedian host's head with a gourd dipper.

Hickory BB&T robbed

October 18, 2010

The Hickory Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly robbed the BB&T on U.S. 70 on Monday afternoon.
A white male with a light-colored complexion entered the bank around 1 p.m. and gave a bank teller a note demanding money. HPD Sgt. Robert George said the note indicated the man had a weapon, but no weapon was shown.
George said the bank had several customers and employees present at the time of the robbery, but no one was injured.

October 17th

Police receive 200-plus tips in Zahra's case

October 17, 2010

HICKORY (AP) — Hickory police say they have found someone other than a family member who saw a missing girl as late as Sept. 25.

Investigators said in a news release Saturday that they have received more than 200 tips about Zahra Clare Baker whose family reported her missing Oct. 9. The little girl uses hearing aids and a prosthetic leg because of bone cancer.

Hickory police would not comment further on the timeline or the case Saturday, but WCNC-TV in Charlotte reported that Zahra had been seen by employees at a Hickory furniture store.

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