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Monday, 20 January 2020 05:13

Lincolnton Man Charged With Sex Offenses

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50-year-old Jeffrey Curtis Rikard of Lincolnton was arrested Friday (January 17) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger and sex act by a substitute parent or custodian.

Rikard is charged in connection with a report filed last month. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on December 18, 2019 regarding the sexual assault of a juvenile female. The victim was interviewed at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center where she disclosed what took place.

Rikard was arrested shortly after 9:30 a.m. Friday and was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate who set bond at $80,000 secured. Rikard was released after posting bond. He's scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court Tuesday (January 21).

50-year-old Jackie Neil Workman of Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, with the substance being methamphetamine.

According to information released Saturday (January 18), last Wednesday (January 15), Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies were traveling on Old NC Hwy 10 in Hildebran when they spotted a Honda sedan traveling at a high rate of speed. Further investigation of the vehicle revealed that it was displaying a fictitious tag that belonged on a Nissan.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Henry River Road. The driver was identified as Jackie Neil Workman who had an active Catawba County warrant for arrest on a misdemeanor charge. Workman was arrested and searched, and drug paraphernalia was found on him and methamphetamine was seized from his vehicle.

Workman initially received a $4,000 bond. The Burke County Police to Citizen website showed his updated bond amount of $10,000 secured and an additional charge of negligent hunting. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 7.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile. 16-year-old Kylie Felice Almstead was last seen at her home on Asbury Church Road Friday (January 17). She is described as a white female having brown hair and green eyes. She is 4' 11" and weighs approximately 125 pounds. She may be wearing gray sweat pants and hoodie and black and white shoes. Almstead also has several piercings on her ears and nose.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kylie Felice Almstead is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

32-year-old Larry Wayne Nance of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to information released Saturday (January 18), last Tuesday (January 14), NC Probation and Parole officers initiated an investigation at an address on Bonnie Lane in Hildebran. While at the residence, officers made contact with Larry Wayne Nance and reportedly found him in possession of a pistol. Nance was convicted in 2014 of felony possession of methamphetamine.

Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office CID and Narcotics unit were called to assist with the incident. A trafficking amount of meth was reportedly seized from Nance along with a firearm. Nance received a $34,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 5.

In honor of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration today (January 20) at 10 a.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium. This year’s guest speaker is noted pastor the Rev. David E. Roberts, II.

An Asheville native, Roberts earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University and spent a year as an actor before enlisting in the U.S. Navy serving in the Nicaraguan conflict. He was commissioned as an officer in 2000, retiring as a chaplain with more than 20 years of service. Roberts resides in Hickory, where he has been the pastor of Morning Star First Baptist Church for the past 12 years.

Immediately following the program, attendees are invited to participate in the annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) march, sponsored by the Hickory Branch of the NAACP. The march will begin at 11 a.m. in front of P.E. Monroe Auditorium and extend approximately two miles to the Ridgeview Recreation Center.

At noon, the Hickory NAACP will host a community forum at Ridgeview Recreation Center to recognize King’s accomplishments, philosophies of nonviolence and civil discourse and their implications for the citizens of Hickory. The program will include the play, “Freedom Riders,” by Tom Quinn, presented by the Theater Arts Academy of Hickory Career & Arts Magnet School (HCAM) students, as well as expressions honoring King by community youth.

In Lenoir, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there will be a Memory March. It will start at 1:30 p.m. at J.E. Broyhill Park on Ridge St. NW, and end at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Then the Rev. Kim E. Moss from Lenoir will be the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, which starts at 2:00 p.m. The events are Sponsored by the Lenoir Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, 17 January 2020 10:54

Two Arrested on Drug & Shoplifting Charges

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39-year-old Dennis Lee Jones, Jr. of Troutman Shoals Road in Statesville and 44-year-old Betty Jo French of Murry Street in Maiden were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday in connection to a shoplifting incident at Hickory's Valley Hills Mall. Jones was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of up to half-an-ounce of marijuana, while French faces one felony count of attempted larceny against a merchant by removing, destroying, or deactivating a component of an anti-shoplifting or inventory control device and one misdemeanor count each of shoplifting with concealment of merchandise and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested when Hickory Police responded to a reported larceny at the Belk store in the mall on Highway 70 S.E. During the investigation, Officers found concealed merchandise, 2.0 grams of methamphetamine, 4.3 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at the store.

Jones and French were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Jones was set at $2,500, secured, while French was held under a $1,500 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 17 January 2020 10:51

Hickory Man Faces Felony Assault Charge

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46-year-old Sean Christopher Boustead of 1st Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:10 yesterday afternoon (January 16) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation. The Catawba Co. Clerk of Court was listed as the complainant on H.P.D.'s arrest report. Boustead was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was processed and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. No details are available.

There is a planned power outage Sunday (January 19) in Morganton. Officials say it should not affect any residential customers in the City.

Crews will be turning off power for the Foothills Higher Education and Conference Center and the Children’s Development Services Agency on West Parker Road from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, in order to run power to Longhorn Steakhouse.

No other customers are expected to lose power as a result of this work. Customers can always call (828) 438-5277 to report an outage.

33-year-old Nathaniel Allen Thomas was arrested Thursday (January 16) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to automobiles, trailers, boats, aircraft, or watercraft. Thomas was arrested at 12:15 p.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 17).

Friday, 17 January 2020 05:13

Lenoir Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offense

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44-year-old Antonia Nichole Williams of College Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Williams was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court date was scheduled Thursday.

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