September 15th, 2011
Elisa Baker has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Zahra Baker.âšAs part of the agreement, she has been sentenced to 177 months up to 222 months in prison.âšThe hearing continues as law enforcement offer descriptions of the investigation and the search for Zahra Baker. Among details they provided include Elisa Bakerâs statement that Zahra died on Sept. 24, shortly after she was fed. Elisa said she found the child unresponsive inside their Hickory home, and attempted CPR for 20 minutes.
If possession is ninth-tenths of the law, the Foard soccer team would be guilty as charged.
The Tigers (6-4-1, 1-1-0) controlled the soccer ball for 72-of-80 minutes played Wednesday on their way to 5-0 Northwestern Conference win over Alexander Central (3-6-2, 0-2-0).
âAlexander Central tried to play a high line,â said Foard coach Scottie Goforth. âThey tried to run the on-side trap on us. However, we adjusted our runs, adjusted a little bit on possession and focused more on just possessing the ball.â
Throughout the Zahra Baker case, the phrase âcrime of the centuryâ has been tossed around by citizens and attorneys alike. Regardless of whether the mysterious slaying of the 10-year-old cancer survivor is the most notable crime in county history, one thing is fairly certain â it has been the most watched, read or listened to.
Since the time Zahra mysteriously disappeared on Oct. 9, television, radio and newspaper media have reported non-stop on the case that has been called âoverwhelmingâ by the defense attorney and judge involved in the case.
An 11-month mystery started when 10-year-old Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 12, 2010.
Since then, the story of her life, her disappearance and her death have captivated local and national communities. Along the way there have been an array of police investigations and a collection of criminal charges, press conferences, courtroom proceedings, and a few embarrassing gaffes.
The ordeal ongoing nearly a year is expected to end today.
With all signs pointing to the end of the Elisa Baker murder case being today, law enforcement officials are preparing for a crowd at the courthouse.
âThis is a high-profile case, and we anticipate more people being there,â said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. âWe will have extra security inside and outside the courtrooms and will have an extra metal detector set up as well.â
Three numbers â 2,029, 3,697 and one â are being eyed by Bunker Hill running back Reggie Davis.
The senior, who surpassed the 3,000-yard mark for his career last Friday against Fred T. Foard, is chasing the schoolâs single-season rushing mark of 2,029 yards and the career rushing record of 3,697 yards.
Davis said his accomplishment Friday made him even hungrier.
Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) is making some big changes and they now have the countyâs support.
Catawba County Commissioners approved a resolution on Monday authorizing the creation of Catawba Valley Medical Group Inc., a new non-profit corporation that will organize CVMCâs primary care and cardiology practices under a new, separate entity.
CVMC officials say the hospitalâs physician practices can serve the community better and save more money as a separate entity.
A longtime Newton dojo is kicking its way into a new facility.
âšNewton Martial Arts, which is celebrating its 20th year in Newton in 2011, is planning to open a new facility in one of the Alman Furniture Co. buildings near downtown Newton. NMAâs current facility at 23 E. A St. will remain open, but Soke Paul Langford said the addition will provide some much-needed breathing space for the group.
Thereâs been another postponement of a pre-trial hearing for Elisa Baker amid widespread speculation that a plea bargain is in the works.
The 43-year-old charged with the second-degree murder of her 10-year-old stepdaughter Zahra Baker was slated to appear in Catawba County Superior Court on Monday to learn where her trial will be held after Judge Timothy Kincaid ruled that a change of venue would be in order. However, Kincaid pushed back the hearing after the prosecution and defense said they needed to discuss undisclosed âissuesâ in the case.Â
A Maiden man has been charged with sexual battery in connection to an incident that occurred Thursday.
Floyd Benson Hicks, 61, of 4687 South Oliverâs Crossroads, Maiden, turned himself in at the Lincolnton Police Department late Monday night on a warrant issued by Lincoln County Sheriffâs Office investigators.
The 15-year-old victim, whose name was not released, said she agreed to ride with the suspect on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and they went to the Rock Springs Campground in Denver.