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October 25th, 2010

Adam Baker arrested Monday

October 25, 2010

The father of a missing girl presumed dead was arrested Monday morning on charges unrelated to his daughter's disappearance.
Zahra Baker's father, Adam Baker, was arrested Monday about 3 a.m. at the Hickory Police Department. Libby Grigg, Hickory Police spokeswoman, said Adam Baker voluntarily submitted for an interview at the police department and was subsequently arrested.
Prior to his arrest, Baker picked up a family member at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, according to a press release.

October 24th

ArtFest chalks the town

October 24, 2010

Newton resident David LeFevers chalks his creation on the Court Square as 3-year-old Isabella Decoursey admires his handiwork.
"I never compete," said LeFever, who participates in Newton Merchant Group's annual ArtFest "Its for the kids. I am here to try to encourage them."
Some of those "kids" were among competitors in the event. Sixteen-year-olds Nicole Bender and Ricky Sigmon collaborated to create a double-tile chalkwork. Bender said her art teacher, Bunker Hill High's Sharon Bowman encouraged her to participate. The pair's Halloween-themed image won the pair a second place award.

October 22nd

Desired evidence not found

October 22, 2010

The search of the landfill in Caldwell County for evidence related to the disappearance and possible death of 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker came to a conclusion Friday afternoon after three days, and teams scouring the piles of trash did not find the evidence they were seeking.
Hickory Police Department released a statement late Friday indicating that teams completed their search of the Foothills Environmental, Inc. landfill off Cheraw Road in western Caldwell County at 3 p.m., also confirming that they had been looking for a mattress.

October 21st

Newton water tank gets new life

October 21, 2010

Newton will spend $307,000 to keep intact a long-time part of the city's skyline and create a new opportunity for revenue in the process
Even though the plan, technically, doesn't hold any water.

GPS used in landfill search

October 21, 2010

Investigators in the Zahra Baker case are using GPS devices to pinpoint an exact location in an area landfill where a key piece of evidence might be located.
Crews continued a search Thursday of the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Caldwell County for the piece of evidence, which police will not identify.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said Wednesday during a press conference that the piece of evidence, if found, will provide a "good, solid timeline" in Zahra's case.
Crews, however, aren't searching for Zahra's body in the landfill, Adkins said.

Maiden woman dies in Florida crash

October 21, 2010

A Maiden woman died in a three-car collision Wednesday in Florida while she screamed for help along a roadway.
Tammy Chester, 39, and her husband, Jeremy Chester, 28, both of Maiden, stopped their vehicle Wednesday about 8 p.m. on State Road 528 in the outside, eastbound lane in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Jeremy Chester was driving the couple's 1993 Toyota, and Tammy Chester was sitting in the passenger seat when the vehicle stopped on the road.

Grants help inventive farmers

October 21, 2010

Three area farmers are paving the way for agriculture, thanks to help from a state grant funding.
Farmers Brian Bean, of Hickory, Jefferson Herr, of Vale, and Susie Devine, of Newton, received grants for expansion and improvement of their agricultural operations from the Rural Advancement Foundation International USA's Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund.
"The single focus is to help farmers be more successful," said Joe Schroeder, Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund director. "We're trying to make an impact that goes beyond individual farmers."

October 20th

Newton: New rules would hurt development

October 20, 2010

Newton leaders say proposed rules for new residential subdivisions will hurt the city's efforts to recruit developers.
"If we continue to restrict our subdivision regulations, we will continue to eliminate development in this town," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "In the last four years, I don't think anyone can say I have not been an advocate for developers. We have, at times, gone above and beyond to assist folks who come in and want to make housing. I do not see anything constructive about anything in these recommendations that will assist us in bringing housing to our area."

Zahra search continues at landfill

October 20, 2010

Police are searching an area landfill for a piece of evidence they say will shed light on the case of missing 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker.
Hickory Police Department, with the help of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, started searching the Foothills Environmental Landfill on Wednesday in the hope of locating evidence to establish a timeline in Zahra's case.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins declined to elaborate on what the piece of evidence is, but he said police are not looking for Zahra's body in the landfill.

Bond increased for stepmother

October 20, 2010

A judge increased bond Wednesday for a woman police consider a person of interest in her stepdaughter's homicide investigation.
Judge Robert Mullinax Jr. increased Elisa Baker's bond for a felony obstruction of justice charge from $40,000 to $65,000, citing "particularly disturbing and unsettling allegations" against her.
Elisa Baker, 42, is the stepmother of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl who was reported missing Oct. 9 from her Hickory home. Police are searching for Zahra in a homicide investigation, but they say they have hope she is alive.

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