45-year-old Stokley Jeriod Osborne was arrested Friday (September 25) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony common law robbery. Osborne was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for November 16.
21-year-old Jamora Monique Hawkins was arrested Saturday (September 26) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, and misdemeanor child abuse. Hawkins was already facing charges filed against her earlier this year by authorities in Burke County. Following Saturday’s arrest, Hawkins was placed in jail in Morganton, she’s now being held under $116,400 bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, September 28).
Hickory City Council held a workshop at Winkler Park Activity Center last Thursday (September 24), at which the Bond Commission Chairs and Vice-Chairs presented updates on their individual subcommittees.
In July, Freese and Nichols presented a conceptual drawing of the Riverwalk project, during a joint meeting of the Bond Commission and Hickory Parks and Recreation Commission. A cost estimate of $12.5 million for that original first draft design was later announced at the August subcommittee meetings.
Since that time, Freese and Nichols has continued planning and value engineering the Riverwalk project. They presented City Council with two additional design options with varying elements and price points at the workshop.
The first option is a full boardwalk in or on the water, spanning the entire length of the river from the Highway 321 bridge to Geitner Park with a cost estimate between $10 and $12.5 million.
Option two takes into consideration the topography of the area and highlights its natural beauty, with 40 percent boardwalk in the water and 60 percent of the walk on land. The cost estimate rounds out between $8 and $10 million.
Option three focuses more inland with less boardwalk on the water and a trail roughly 50 feet from the water. The cost estimates at $7 to $9 million. These options will be discussed further at the next full Bond Implementation Commission meeting held on Tuesday, October 27, at 5:00 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.
All Bond Implementation Commission and Subcommittee meetings will be posted on www.HickoryNC.gov’s Home page, under City Meetings, as well as on the Bond Information page.
26-year-old Izaak Benton Watkins was arrested Sunday (September 27) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Following the arrest, Watkins was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for November 16.
25-year-old Dorji Khando Tamang was arrested Sunday (September 27) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female. Following the arrest, Tamang was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond on a 48-hour-hold. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 28).
23-year-old Christopher Coty Richardson of Harper Avenue In Lenoir was arrested Friday (September 25) by Probation and Parole officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Richardson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance for the drug paraphernalia charge is scheduled for October 13, a Superior Court date for the probation violation count is set for November 16.
38-year-old Kirk Hunter Blinson of NE Tanglewood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (September 26) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Following the arrest, Blinson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, September 28).
A pickup truck crashed into Clark Creek along U.S. Highway 321 northbound Saturday afternoon in Lincoln County. Traffic was shut down in the northbound lanes as a result of the accident.
According to WSOC, the crash happened at approximately 2:45 p.m. at the Clark Creek Bridge. Reports say emergency crews used a fire truck to rescue the driver.
The driver, whose name has not been released, was released from the hospital Saturday. Officials have not said what caused the wreck. The WSOC report says that troopers believe the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The Alexander County Sheriff's Office reports a pair of arrests in separate cases.
Last Monday (September 21), Investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office charged 35-year-old Jill Robbins Keys of Lenoir with Felony Larceny by Employee. Keys was initially arrested by the Lenoir Police Department. The suspect was employed with Bethlehem Animal Hospital and was charged for allegedly stealing Tramadol and cash from the hospital. Following the arrest, Keys was placed in jail under $7,500 secured bond. Her first court appearance was scheduled for District Court today (Monday, September 28).
In a separate case, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office filed multiple charges against 38-year-old Christopher Lee Goforth of Statesville, who was initially arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Goforth is charged in Alexander County with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering and three counts of larceny. Goforth was arrested after a traffic stop made by Iredell County Sheriff’s Office on September 11. A joint investigation by the Iredell and Alexander County Sheriff’s Offices revealed Goforth’s involvement in larcenies both of those counties. Goforth is being held in the Iredell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Alexander County District Court today (Monday, September 28).
A new playground is being built at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, it's being built by the same company that constructed the popular Zip Line attraction at the park. Beanstalk Builders designed the new Beanstalk Adventure Playground. The company started building the new structure two weeks ago. The playground should be completed by late fall.
The playground consists of raised-slope walkways, slides, lookout posts, suspended cargo nets, various rope bridges, and plenty of play area, and it’s ADA accessible. The playground will be free to the public when open.
The new playground is funded by the Morganton Recreation Foundation Inc., the Morganton Service League, and the City of Morganton. The total cost of the new playground is $385,000; the Morganton Recreation Foundation Inc. contributed $260,000, the Morganton Service League donated $50,000, and the City of Morganton funded $75,000.
The Morganton Recreation Foundation Inc. (MRC) was founded in 1947. MRC is a private group with the mission to build recreational facilities in Morganton. In its history, MRC has funded the Collett Street Recreation Center, the Mountain View Recreation Center, the Morganton Aquatics Center, Shuey Park, The Beanstalk Journey Zip Line, the showers at Catawba Meadows Park, the recent renovations at the Collett Street Pool, and the new elevator at the Collett Street Recreation Center.
The Morganton Service League (MSL) was founded in 1968 and is committed to promoting volunteerism, and improving the community. MSL organized the first Help Our Parks (H.O.P.) Race in the early 2000s to help fund improvements to what would become Martha’s Park. MSL has also donated funds for playground equipment at Freedom Park and the Catawba River Soccer Complex. The next H.O.P. Race is schedule for October 10 a week from this upcoming Saturday. Find out more at www.hoprace.com.
The new Beanstalk Adventure Playground will be located beside the current adventure playground near the restrooms and picnic shelters at Catawba Meadows Park.