February 3rd, 2011
Catawba County emergency responders are in the early stages of implementing more than 350 new radios purchased through grant funding.
The 800 megahertz radios' technology capabilities allow firefighters, rescue squads and police departments to communicate on the same frequencies, helping responders to react more effectively and efficiently during emergencies.
HICKORY (AP) â€” Elisa Baker had an uncanny ability to stay ahead of bill collectors, police, social workers and her multiple husbands, The Associated Press discovered in an investigation of the woman who led authorities to the dismembered remains of her disabled, 10-year-old stepdaughter.
Few saw her pattern because when she abandoned a relationship, she usually severed all ties. In seven years, she had no fewer than 42 different addresses. During a different three-year stretch, she was married to three men at the same time.
GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) â€” The stepmother of the North Carolina girl whose dismembered remains were found in the western part of the state was married seven times, and she was wed to more than one man on several occasions, according to an Associated Press investigation.
Elisa Baker was indicted last month on a bigamy charge involving her marriage to Zahra Baker's father, Adam, and another man, but AP found documents at half a dozen county courthouses that showed at one point she was married to three men at the same time, calling into question the single charge.
Claremont Police Department received six reports this week of vehicle larcenies, which continues a stream of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Catawba County.
Claremont Police Capt. Gary Bost said six cars were broken into late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The unknown suspects opened the unlocked vehicles and removed electronic items, such as radios, CD players or GPS units.
The latest crime wave is one of at least three to hit Catawba County in the past month, when Conover Police reported more than a dozen vehicle break-ins in the city's southeast and northeast quadrants.
Select coaches in Catawba County Schools don't have a strong sense of job security they once held.
With a change in the school system's non-faculty coaching policy, people who aren't employed as faculty within a school or feeder district won't be top choice to fill coaching positions at the end of each school year or athletic season.
Residential front lawns in Newton are now "no parking" zones.
Newton City Council approved a measure that prohibits the parking of cars and trucks, recreational vehicles and boats in the front yards of residential dwellings. The change in city ordinance comes about two years after city leaders began considering action to curb the practice of parking vehicles in front yards throughout the city.
Jeff Pinkney Pope, 85, of Claremont, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Pope family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Peter Lawrence Brown Jr., 66, of Sherrills Ford, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. The funeral service will be Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Denver Baptist Church.
A sewage issue closes a Hickory elementary school early Wednesday.
Students and employees at Viewmont Elementary School were dismissed at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday after school toilets quit working. The malfunction is a result of a sewage back-up.
The city of Hickory is working to fix the sewage problem.
The future just got a little brighter for a few Red Devils.
Four Newton-Conover athletes signed paperwork on Wednesday to play NCAA athletics and further their education.
Football players Octavius Harden and Mike Comer signed on to attend Wofford College, while football teammate Cameron Shuford and tennis player John Reid signed with Mars Hill College.
The world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early Spring when he did not see his shadow Wednesday morning.
Conversely, North Carolina's official groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.
Sir Walter Wally's prediction at a ceremony just after noon Wednesday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh runs counter to Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.