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October 20th, 2010

HPD: Landfill search could take 'days'

October 20, 2010

Hickory Police and Caldwell County Sheriff's departments held a press conference Wednesday shortly after authorities announced an ongoing landfill search for clues in the Zahra Baker disappearance case.
HPD Police Chief Tom Adkins said searching the landfill could take up to five days, and while the police chief would only say investigators are searching for "a piece of evidence," he did confirm that they are not looking for Zahra's body. The landfill will be secured while the search is not active, Adkins said.

Elisa Baker's bond increases $25K

October 20, 2010

Elisa Baker's bond was increased $25,000 Wednesday.
Baker, the stepmother of missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker, appeared in court Wednesday via closed-circuit television. Her court-appointed attorney Scott Reilly appealed Baker's bond of $40,000 on her obstruction of justice charge because he said it's too high. However, District Court Judge B.J. Mullinax increased Baker's bond on the charge to $65,000 because she is considered a flight risk.
Mullinax said her failure to appear charges and outstanding unserved warrants make Baker a flight risk.

Search for Zahra leads to landfill

October 20, 2010

Authorities continue search for Zahra Baker in Caldwell County landfill.
A team from Hickory Police Department, along with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation agents, Evidence Recovery Team members and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshal Service, are searching for a piece of evidence in the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Caldwell County.
The search team is being supported by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Hickory Fire Department.
Law enforcement will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

October 19th

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.

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