October 17th, 2010
HICKORY (AP) â€” Hickory police say they have found someone other than a family member who saw a missing girl as late as Sept. 25.
Investigators said in a news release Saturday that they have received more than 200 tips about Zahra Clare Baker whose family reported her missing Oct. 9. The little girl uses hearing aids and a prosthetic leg because of bone cancer.
Hickory police would not comment further on the timeline or the case Saturday, but WCNC-TV in Charlotte reported that Zahra had been seen by employees at a Hickory furniture store.
HICKORY (AP) â€” A missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl was seen in public as recently as two weeks before she was reported missing, police said Saturday, narrowing an uncertain timeline that has hindered their investigation.
Investigators said previously they couldn't find anyone outside Zahra Clare Baker's household who had seen her alive in more than a month. That uncertainty has made it difficult for police to narrow places to search for the girl whose bone cancer left her with hearing aids and a prosthetic leg.
Quarterback Matt Johnson and receiver Hasan Hopper found each other early and often Friday night at Maiden. Hopper caught six of Johnsonâ€™s first 10 complete passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
The two connected for a 36-yard touchdown pass one play after Maidenâ€™s Dakata Painter stripped Bandysâ€™ quarterback on a sack in the second quarter.
â€śWe were hoping to take the air out of their sails,â€ť said Maiden coach Brian Brown. â€śThey had some life, and it was hard for them to overcome that.â€ť
Newton-Conover scored 22 unanswered points in the first quarter to build a lead that proved insurmountable for Bunker Hill.
The Red Devils fought to a 65-32 victory in a game that was filled with enough sloppy play and penalties that Newton-Conover Coach Nick Bazzle wasnâ€™t entirely pleased with the outcome.
â€śIâ€™m just glad it is over with,â€ť he said adding he doesnâ€™t like to be part of a game with so many penalties. â€śWeâ€™ve got some work to do, but overall it was a good win against a good football team.â€ť
HICKORY (AP) â€” The father of a missing 10-year-old said Friday that he is still not sure whether his wife was involved in the girl's disappearance.
Baker said he just wants to find Zahra Clare Baker and take her back to the family's native Australia if she wants to go. Police believe the girl is dead.
Baker and his wife Elisa, the girl's stepmother, reported her missing Oct. 9. They said they had last seen Zahra â€” who used hearing aids and a prosthetic leg because of bone cancer â€” in her bed at their home in Hickory, about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte. But police don't believe them.
What happened to Zahra Clare Baker? Police continue to put together a timeline regarding, what many fear, were the last weeks of the 10-year-old's life.
North Carolina officials believe Newton’s central business district is among the nation’s historic areas, and that could be good news for downtown property owners.
“I think this is a benefit not only from the cultural aspect of historic preservation of buildings,” said Rob Powell, Newton’s commercial development coordinator, “but with the tax credits … if you do a project that meets federal guidelines you can basically get federal and state tax credits for completing renovations.”
Less than one year after its opening, a Newton business is giving back to the community that helps keep it in business.
2 Pink Magnolias in Newton, in conjunction with The Newton-Conover Women's Club, will hold a Wine and Charity event to benefit a service of the Family Guidance Center.
Mother and daughter team Becky and Jennifer Stiver are co-owners of 2 Pink Magnolias, and ever since their store opened in February.
Disturbing reports of violence and mistreatment surfaced this week during the investigation of missing 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker.
Could those acts of violence have been stopped if someone knew what to watch for?
Area child abuse prevention adovocates say people shouldn't wait to act if they suspect violence against a child.
Possible indicators of physical child abuse include welts, unexplained burns, bald spots and unexplained bruises, said Adrienne Opdyke, victim advocate for the Children's Advocacy Center.
Erwin Henry Kump, 87, of Hickory, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at his residence. Services will be held privately at the family’s request.
Vernon “Tater” Lee Sigmon, 73, of Newton, passed away Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at Lutheran Home-Hickory West. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Sigmon family.