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November 8th, 2010
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."
Three teens were injured Wednesday in a single-car crash allegedly caused by a drunk driver.
The accident happened about 11 p.m. on Mt. Olive Church Road near the intersection of Ruth Avenue in Newton.
According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle, Melinda Cobie Carpenter, of Conover, admitted she drank six shots of liquor before getting behind the wheel. Carpenter turned 19 on Tuesday.
Jacobs Fork Middle School students itching to climb behind the wheel of a car learn how a build a skeletal vehicle years before they are eligible for a license.
They use miniature gears, wheels and belts to construct working models of car transmissions during automation and robotics class.
The class is part of Jacobs Fork Middle's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative, which promotes hands-on learning for professional success beyond the classroom.
A recent string of crime in Sherrills Ford could be the work of several people.
At least four boat batteries were stolen since Oct. 22 from boats kept in the Sherrills Ford area. Several homes were also broken into, resulting in more than $6,800 of property stolen or damaged.
Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid said the battery thefts are likely the work of one person, and several other people are possibly responsible for the home break-ins.
Voter turnout for Tuesday's midterm election increased from the last midterm election four years ago.
About 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's midterm election, which increased from 36 percent in the 2006 midterm election.
"There was a lot of interest in this election, so that helped turnout," said Larry Brewer, Catawba County Board of Elections director. "I thought it went very well."
Voters cast 41,686 ballots in the election, which is 40.47 percent of the county's 103,003 registered voters.