First murder of 2012: Concord police say it appears a man shot and killed his estranged wife, wounded another man, and then killed himself the evening of Jan. 1 at a house in the southwest side of the city. Isidra Ramos Sarabio, 30, and her estranged husband, Eladio Hernandez-Pelaez, 54, were killed. Fredy Guzman, 33, was wounded. Investigators say Hernandez-Pelaez arrived, uninvited, at the house on Broad Drive S.W. A Concord police officer on patrol heard the shots, responded and found Guzman walking in the street with a wound to his abdomen. The officer found two deceased people in the back yard of the residence. Guzman was taken to CMC-NorthEast in Concord.
Debate scheduled: Cabarrus Republican Women's 8th Congressional District Republican Candidate Debate will be 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Vintage Motor Club, 325 McGill Ave., N.W., Concord. Registered candidates include Dan Barry, Richard Hudson, Scott Keadle, Vernon Robinson, Fred Steen and Dr. John Whitley. Reservations: 704-621-6984 or CabarrusRepublicanWomen@gmail.com.
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Give a hoot: The results of last summer's Piedmont Carolina air monitoring study will be discussed Jan. 19 at Catawba College's Center for the Environment facility in Salisbury. The Charlotte-Salisbury-Gastonia metropolitan area ranks 10th worst for ozone pollution in the nation, according to the American Lung Association. 704-637-4727 or www.centerfortheenvironment.org.
Tree pick-up: Christmas tree pick-up for Harrisburg residents within town limits will occur with weekly limb and brush pick-up, Mondays-Fridays. Neighborhoods with once-per-month pick up will have Christmas trees collected each Friday through the end of January.