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November 5th, 2010

Thief nabs TV from Radio Shack

November 6, 2010

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.

Virtual learning at Jacobs Fork Middle

November 6, 2010

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.

Man shot dead, suspect arrested

November 6, 2010

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.

HAZMAT situation in Newton

November 6, 2010

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."

3 teens injured after possible drunk driving

November 5, 2010

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.

Technology 'stemming' to Jacobs Fork Middle

November 5, 2010

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.

Batteries snatched from boats

November 5, 2010

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 increases 4 percent

November 5, 2010

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.

Student collects 4k items

November 5, 2010

A Tuttle Elementary School student collected more than 4,000 clothing items in three weeks to benefit underprivileged children in Haiti.
Samuel Owensby, 9, discovered impoverished children in the earthquake-ravaged country needed clothes, and he wasn't content until he came up with a plan to make a difference.
"I just really wanted to help out," Samuel said.

Bone found in Caldwell County

November 5, 2010

Police recovered a bone Wednesday in Caldwell County that could shed light on what happened to Zahra Baker.
Police wouldn't comment on what kind of bone was found or where in Caldwell County the bone was located.
According to the Hickory Police Department, the bone will be sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for further testing. If the medical examiner's results determine the bone is involved in the case, the bone will be sent to the State Bureau of Investigation for additional testing.

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