October 20th, 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 Sheriffâ€™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.
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.
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.
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."
Pauline Smith Lee, 96, of Charlotte, passed away Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at her home, surrounded by her family. The Lee family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
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."
The boys and girls cross country teams from around the Catawba Valley 2-A descended Monday upon Southside Park in Newton. The eight teams met there to determine the conference champion for the 2010 season.
The East Burke Cavaliers walked away the victors in the girls team competition, and the Bunker Hill Bears won the boys championship. The Bears extended their championship streak Monday to five.
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.
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."
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.