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November 8th, 2011

BREAKING: Adam Baker seeks venue change

November 8, 2011

The father of 10-year-old murder victim Zahra Baker appeared in court in Newton on Tuesday. Like the woman accused of murdering his daughter, he wants his criminal trial to be moved to a new venue.

Adam Baker faces Catawba County charges of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Both counts are felonies, but are unrelated to Zahra Baker’s murder.

In Caldwell County, Baker is charged with two counts of communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and failure to return rental property.

N.C. evenly split on Wall Street protests

November 8, 2011

RALEIGH — North Carolina residents are evenly divided in how they feel about the anti-Wall Street protest movement and the Tea Party that preceded it catering to Americans angry about the country's business and government institutions, a statewide poll released Monday found.

The Elon University Poll finds respondents familiar with Occupy Wall Street are split, with 45 percent holding an unfavorable opinion and the same number expressing support. The poll does not measure eligible or likely voters, but takes a snapshot of general public opinion.

The O-N-E Morning Read: ELECTION DAY 2011

November 8, 2011

A little more than a year ago attorney Shawn Clark was less than 250 votes from winning the Republican primary for the District 25 Attorney’s office. Today, he faces charges of extortion and obstruction of justice over accusations of a sexual affair with a client.

More details on the story are available in the Tuesday print edition of The Observer News Enterprise and online at www.observernewsonline.com.

Other news featured for Election Day 2011 includes:

November 7th

DA challenger Clark indicted

November 7, 2011

A grand jury indicted former district attorney candidate and Catawba County lawyer Shawn Clark on Monday on extortion and obstruction of justice charges.

Clark — who last year lost a District 25 Attorney Republican primary by less than 250 votes — is charged with two counts of extortion and one count of obstruction of justice. Accusations surround a series of back-and-forth court battles between Clark and a former client a few months prior to the May 2010 primary. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 7, 2011

Helen Hermene Little Coulter, 96, of Hickory, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at Lutheran Home East.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Helen Hermene Little Coulter.

Sue Carol Gray Hilfery, of Hickory, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at her residence.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Sue Carol Gray Hilferty.

One more chance to vote

November 7, 2011

Two percent of Catawba County residents eligible to vote in this year's election marked their ballots at one-stop sites.

The rest of the county's 47,419 eligible voters still have an opportunity today to choose members of local municipal and school boards.

"There's not much opposition as far as the cities go this time, but there's always the opportunity for write-ins," said Larry Brewer, the county elections director. "There are also two school districts where you can voice your opinion for the boards. It's definitely an important election. They're all important."

Emergency signal just a test Wednesday

November 7, 2011

On Wednesday, an emergency signal will interrupt TV and radio station broadcasts for about 30 seconds at 2 p.m.

Karyn Yaussy, the Catawba County Emergency Management coordinator, said the signal will only be a test and no action will be required.

Yaussy said the test is similar to regular emergency signal tests that air on radio and TV stations.

Former teacher's sex case postponed

November 7, 2011

A superior court judge postponed the case of a former Maiden High School teacher accused of having sex with a student.

Christopher Bryce Caldwell, a former Maiden band director, is charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a student and one count of sexual activity with a student.

Caldwell did not speak at his appearance in court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing, and Superior Court Judge Carl Fox agreed to continue the case until Jan. 30, 2012.

County school buses collide

November 7, 2011

Two Catawba County school buses side-swiped each other after 3 p.m. Monday on West Bandys Cross Road between the towns of Maiden and Catawba.
Side-view mirrors of the buses collided as they passed.

One student from each bus suffered minor injuries from broken glass that shattered when the buses collided. They were treated on the scene by emergency personnel.

The buses carried a mix of students from Bandys High School and Mill Creek Middle School.

Elon poll: Majority of N.C. opposes gay marriage ban

November 7, 2011

RALEIGH — A statewide poll finds virtually no change in North Carolina residents' opinions seven months ahead of an election that would amend the constitution to ban same-sex unions.

An Elon University poll released Monday presents public opinion in North Carolina as consistent since February. Fifty-seven percent oppose changing the state constitution to permanently bar same-sex couples from marriage rights, a figure almost identical to Elon poll results in September and February.

The General Assembly voted in September to hold a referendum on the constitutional amendment next May.

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