This fall, the City of Lenoir will start a project to upgrade all the water meters in the city and improve the city's meter reading system. According to information released Thursday by the City, Lenoir will replace all the old water meters with new, highly-accurate smart meters. These smart meters will send usage data to City Hall through a wireless network. This technology is known as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).
Public Utilities Director Radford Thomas said this project will provide upgrades to City water system, improve operations, and provide better customer service. Two years ago, Thomas brought in a consultant to evaluate the City’s water system and look for improvements. The City hired MeterSys, a metering firm out of Raleigh, to analyze the benefit of switching to advance metering technology. City staff wanted to know if AMI was practical or whether it would be better to continue with the old system. The analysis determined that AMI would provide significant improvements to operations and customer service.
Currently, the City uses a combination of manual-read and drive-by-read water meters. City staff reads the meters once a month, and it's up to homeowners to look for leaks or figure out why their water use may have increased. The new AMI system will use smart meters that can send usage data through a wireless network to City Hall. The smart meters will send data once an hour. A new software system will keep track of usage and averages for each customer. The data sent to City Hall is secure and does not contain a customer's personal information.
City staff and customers will be able to review detailed water use by the hour. Those details can help determine why a bill may be higher than normal one month. The new meters will be much more accurate and will be able to detect smaller flows of water, which can help customers detect possible leaks. The system will be able to detect sudden increases in water use, which can be a sign of a water line break, and send an alert to staff and residents.
Once a majority of the new meters are installed, customers will be able to access an online portal with the detailed usage information. Residents will be able to view their consumption and sign up for various alerts, such as leak alerts and high usage alerts.
The AMI project will take a little more than a year to complete. Contractors will start replacing meters this November and should have all the new meters installed by next fall. The Customer Portal will go live next year as well. Staff expects to wrap up the project by February 2021.
For more information and to follow updates on the project, visit www.cityoflenoir.com/watermeterupgrade.
41-year-old Mary Rebecca Gonzalez of Deerbrooke Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of speeding to elude arrest and uttering a forged instrument. In addition, Gonzalez is charged with misdemeanor child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and three counts of failure to appear.
Gonzalez was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $83,000 secured bond. District Court dates were scheduled Thursday and next Monday (September 9).
26-year-old Bruce Lee Stroud of 4th Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of stolen goods, two counts of driving while license revoked, and canceled, revoked, or suspended tag. Stroud was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for October 1.
50-year-old Timothy Allen Bumgarner of Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 5) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Bumgarner was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 6).
18-year-old Tadaysia Mone Nelson of Highway 16 South in Newton was arrested yesterday (September 4) by Agents with the U.S. Marshal's Western District of North Carolina on a felony fugitive warrant. Nelson is wanted on a number of charges by the Rock Hill Police Department in York County, South Carolina.
She was charged in South Carolina on August 25 of this year with criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping, and three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child. According to Police reports, she participated in deceptive acts to allow at least three other individuals to rob the male victim. At least one person was armed with a handgun. In the course of the robbery, the victim was carried away from the scene. He was battered and shot once. Keys and an Infiniti sedan were stolen.
Nelson was solely responsible for the welfare of three children who were abandoned at the residence where the robbery occurred. The children were a 12-year-old male, a five-year-old male, and a five-year-old female.
Following her arrest Wednesday, Nelson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $250,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
27-year-old Zackery Tyler Travis of Bottom Lane in Claremont has been arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Travis is wanted in Jefferson County, Louisiana for simple burglary of a dwelling.
Travis was taken into custody yesterday (September 4) and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. He'll appear in District Court on October 3 in Newton.
35-year-old Brandon Wesley Eckard of 3rd Avenue Place SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (September 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Eckard was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $5,000 secured. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 4.
30-year-old Jazmin Del Rocio Freeman of McCarthy Lane in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10 a.m. yesterday (September 4) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Freeman was arrested following a traffic stop on 10th Avenue Drive S.E. During the stop, Officers reportedly found 17.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Freeman was taken into custody without incident. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,500, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
23-year-old Marquez Jayshun-Jerome Ikard of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:40 last night (September 4) on three felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.
Ikard was arrested in connection to an incident on January 16 of this year. At that time, Officers responded to a reported vehicle theft at a residential address on Main Avenue Drive N.W. A brief time after, the vehicle was found near 8th Avenue Drive S.E. and South Center Street. Ikard was identified the suspect and warrants for his arrest were issued. He was initially arrested on February 4.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his residence yesterday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
36-year-old Kayela Danette Lovato and 36-year-old Daniel Willie Martin, both of Pisgah Church Road in Lenoir, were arrested Wednesday (September 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. District Court dates were scheduled for each suspect today (September 5).
29-year-old Joshua Lee Beatty of Oxford Way in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (September 4) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Beatty was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday (September 10).
29-year-old Joshua Chas Bumgarner of West 15th Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (September 4) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Bumgarner was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility following the arrest under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 5).
27-year-old Darius Jajuan Torrence of Alexander Farm Road in Harmony and 23-year-old Donavan Eli Lucien Paquette of 4th Street in Statesville, were arrested Tuesday (September 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony conspiracy to sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance. Torrence is also charged with attempted obtaining property by false pretense. Paquette was additionally charged on an outstanding order for arrest with failure to appear on charges of driving while license revoked and displaying a fictitious tag.
On Tuesday an off-duty Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputy contacted Narcotics Investigators after she received a Facebook message from Darius Jajuan Torrence stating he had Subutex for sale. The deputy engaged in a social media conservation with Torrence about the sale of the Subutex. Torrence reportedly said he wanted to sell fifty Subutex for five dollars per strip. The deputy, with assistance from narcotics investigators, made arrangements to meet Torrence at the Loves Truck Stop on Mocksville Highway.
Officers met with the driver, Darius Torrence, and a passenger Donavan Eli Lucien Paquette. It was determined that Torrence never had the Subutex, and he admitted that he was going take the person's money. Torrence was questioned about the person he was messaging, and if he knew he was messaging a law enforcement officer. He said he was unaware the person was a deputy.
When the deputies questioned Paquette, he said he gave Torrence 140.00 dollars to contribute to buying the Subutex. Paquette said they drove to the Loves Truck Stop to get money so Torrence could have enough money to purchase the Subutex from a pharmacy.
Bond for Torrence was set at $7,500 secured. Paquette's bond is $6,000 secured. Torrence is scheduled to appear in District Court September 23, Paquette has a District Court date September 25.
56-year-old Alan Lamonte Logan of Conover was given an active prison sentence of seven to 10 years following his conviction for common law robbery, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and admission of his status as a habitual felon. The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the prison term for Logan, after he pleaded guilty to the crimes during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (September 3).
Logan’s sentence was enhanced by his prior felony convictions for possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule VI controlled substance (November 1985), larceny after breaking/entering (April 1988) and larceny after breaking/entering (September 1993), all in Buncombe County.
In the early-morning hours of July 9, 2015, Logan approached a man at the gas pump of a convenience store holding a hand in his pocket like a gun. He pulled the man from the vehicle and drove away. A short time later, he went to another convenience store, demanding money from a clerk and vendor. When they refused, Logan assaulted one of the men with a flashlight, and he attacked a taxi driver in the parking lot as he left the store, though she fought him off.
The defendant went to a third store, demanding money and cigarettes from the clerk. He got away with cash, cigarettes and lighters before officers from Hickory Police Department pursued him from the scene. After a brief chase, he crashed the vehicle and was later apprehended.
Kim Craig handled the investigation for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Sean Baetjer prosecuted the case for the State.
59-year-old Orville Dean Moody of NW Peak Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and probation violation. Moody was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 4).
23-year-old Trevor Neil Beane of Catawba Terrace in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Beane was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 4).
37-year-old Erin Althea Scott of NW Corpening Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with two counts of failure to appear on a felony. Scott was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for October 7 and October 23.
48-year-old Lashaun Arnez Sanders of Bedford, Ohio was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 last night (September 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Sanders was in possession of 18.68 grams of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.
Sanders, who is employed by a vendor for the Hickory American Legion Fair, was taken into custody without incident at an address on Highway 70A East in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
39-year-old William Vance Jolley, Jr. of 10th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (September 3) on one felony count of larceny. He was also charged with a probation violation in connection to one misdemeanor count of interfering with an electronic monitoring device. The warrants for his arrest were issued on July 25 and August 7 of this year by the Department of Probation & Parole in Haywood County, N.C.
Jolley was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for October 28 in Waynesville.
22-year-old Allen Dalton Winebarger of Hollow Springs Circle in Boomer was arrested Monday (September 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Winebarger was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 4).