Contractors will be working in several areas around the City of Morganton Tuesday (January 21) and Wednesday (January 22) to install iTracker Smart Wastewater Sensors for the City’s wastewater system. These sensors will monitor inflow and infiltration in the City’s wastewater system.
Crews from Duke’s Root Control will be working in the areas of Curtis Street, Vinearden Road, Butler Street, Powe Street, Linville Street and Center Street. Citizens traveling in these areas of Morganton Tuesday and Wednesday should expect to see workers installing the inflow and infiltration detection devices.
No interruption to water service is expected as a result of this work. Should customers experience any issues, they can call 828-438-5276.
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.
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).
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.
50-year-old Raymond Lee Killian was arrested this morning (January 17) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony financial transaction card fraud. Killian was arrested at 3:45 a.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled next Tuesday (January 21).