October 27th, 2010
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg issued a tornado warning Wednesday for southern Catawba County.
The tornado warning is in effect until 5:45 p.m. The warning also includes northern Cleveland, northwest Gaston and Lincoln counties.
Claremont Police are searching for a vehicle involved in a hit and run.
About 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a black Isuzu vehicle hit the side of another vehicle at Box Car Grille in Claremont and fled the scene.
Claremont Police Chief Gerald Tolbert said no one was injured. Police are searching the black vehicle involved in the accident, but do not have a license place number. The vehicle should have heavy front-end damage.
Anyone with information is asked to call Claremont Police at (828) 459-9295.
Severe storms in Catawba County on Tuesday night forced some area schools to close Wednesday or open on a delay.
Claremont Elementary School is closed Wednesday due to storm damage.
Bunker Hill and Foard feeder districts will operate on a two-hour delay.
All other schools in the Catawba County Schools system are on a normal schedule.
The National Weather Service canceled a third tornado warning at 10:49 p.m. Tuesday for eastern Catawba County.
The tornado warning was in effect until 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service said the severe thunderstorm warning was effect until 10:45 p.m. Tuesday was capable of producing tornadoes.
A barn on Wilson Road completely burned down within minutes Tuesday night.
At about 10:20 p.m., a woman called emergency responders and reported a barn engulfed in flames at 4204 Wilson Road in Vale. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the barn was "almost to the ground."
Wilson Road is off of Banoak Road in Vale, which reportedly had power lines down in the roadway as emergency workers rushed to the barn fire.
The National Weather Service issued another tornado warning at 9 p.m. for Catawba County.
A tornado was reported at 9:12 p.m. in Cooksville, which is about 13 miles southwest of Hickory. The storm is moving northeast at 35 mph.
Officials reported at 9:48 p.m. that a portion of East P Street in Newton will be closed for the night by authority of Newton Police Department due to storm damage.
A tornado was reported shortly before 8 p.m. in Claremont, according to Catawba County emergency medical services personnel.
EMS crews said at 8:20 p.m. that another band of storms is expected to sweep through the country within 30 minutes.
Due to heavy winds and rain, a structure in the 3100 block of St. Vincent Drive in Claremont partially collapsed. Emergency crews said the caller who reported the incident said a portion of her house was ripped off from the wind.
Investigators seized a mattress Tuesday containing DNA evidence, which could potentially lead investigators closer to Zahra Baker.
Employees at the Caldwell County Landfill located the mattress Tuesday when they were regrading the area of the landfill investigators searched last week.
A fire destroyed a mobile home Monday and injured two people.
A single-wide mobile home used for storage caught fire about 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 4700 block of Lee Cline Road in Claremont, said Mark Pettit with the Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office.
Two people were working inside the mobile home at the time of the fire, and they sustained burn injuries from the blaze. Pettit said he thinks the people were the owners of the building.
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley recently developed a program for patients in advanced stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD.
Caron Tucker, RN and PCHCV vice president of outreach, said the specialized program is designed to meet COPD patients' unique needs while maintaining and improving their qualities of life.
According to the Center for Disease Control, COPD is a group of diseases that causes airflow blockage and breathing-related difficulties. COPD also includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.