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DNA from remains found in Caldwell County match Zahra Baker's personal items.
Hickory Police received results from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation lab stating DNA evidence from bones found near the creek area on Dudley Shoals Road matched a DNA sample taken from the home on 21st Avenue Northwest. The sample from the home was taken from personal items believed to be Zahraâ€™s.
HPD is still waiting on a DNA profile for Zahra that will be created from cheek swabs collected from her biological mother and father.
Lucinda Robinson is a Christian, but there is no Christmas tree in her home this holiday season.
Instead, Robinson, of Hickory, will light a menorah for Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, which starts Wednesday.
Robinson is a Messianic Jew, who studies the teachings of both the Old and New testaments of the Bible.
"I feel that, as a Christian, there are historical stories about the true God," Robinson said. "You're embracing the whole Bible."
A Superior Court judge mandated Tuesday that 11 search warrants relating to the Zahra Baker case be unsealed.
The warrants were previously sealed to the public and media outlets, claiming that, "the release of the information contained in the search warrant would jeopardize the right of the state to prosecute a defendant or defendants, or jeopardize the right of a defendant or defendants to receive a fair trial or undermine an ongoing or future investigation."
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