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WMNC News, Friday, September 19th

An accident during which one was reportedly killed shut down the westbound lanes on Interstate 40 in Morganton this morning. The accident happened at approximately 2:20 a.m. at exit 105 in the construction zone. A vehicle hit three construction workers and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports one of the three died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

The medical examiner's report on the death of Maggie Daniels has been released. It was revealed Thursday that the report confirms the popular high school counselor in Newton was strangled. The report also shows Daniels, who was 31-years-old, suffered blunt force trauma to her head, chest and abdomen. 34-year-old Sharman Howard Odom is charged in connection with Daniels' murder. Daniels' body was found in her apartment on June 28. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case. Warrants say that Odom, who lived near Daniels at Windsor Apartments in Newton, had a fascination with her. Police believe he sexually assaulted her and then killed her. There will be a fundraiser to help raise money for the Daniels' memorial scholarship fund. It will be held prior to the Newton-Conover football game, Friday, October 3. The fundraiser will be held at the baseball field from 5 to 7 p.m.


The Burke County Sheriff's Office alerts the public of the following scam: A man claiming to be Deputy John Taylor with the Burke County Sheriff's Office has phoned individuals informing them they failed to appear for a jury summons and as a result a warrant has been issued for their arrest.  The suspect further requests the victim to purchase a prepaid MoneyPak card and to call him back at which time he will instruct them as to how to send the card. Please be aware that no employee by the name of John Taylor works at the Burke County Sheriff's Office.  If you should receive a call of this nature, immediately hung up and contact the Burke County Sheriff Office at 828-438-5500.


Kidnapping and assault charges have been filed against a Catawba County man arrested Thursday. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office arrested 34-year-old Joey Lee Deal of Newton. He's charged with kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Deal was placed in the Catawba County Jail under no bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.


Morganton City Council has been invited to attend the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Policy Board Meeting next Tuesday at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Morganton Community House, 120 North King Street. The Council has also been invited to attend a Water Supply Master Plan Meeting with HDR Engineering and the Catawba Wateree Water Management Group next Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in City Hall, Conference Room 4, 305 East Union Street, Suite A100. It is possible a quorum of City Council may attend; however no action by Council will be taken. For more information, you may contact Sally Sandy, City Manager, at 438-5230 or Kelly Russell, Assistant City Clerk, at 438-5228.


Burke County will hold its seventh annual Family Day next Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton. Family Day is a national initiative created by CASAColumbia to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens. This event is free and open to all. There will be resource and activity booths with games and crafts and a picnic dinner. Food will be served from 4:00 to 6:30 on a first come, first serve basis. There will also be a t-shirt giveaway to the first 400 children. The rain date is Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. For more information call 828-764-9219 or 828-764-9218.


A McDowell County man is charged with a break-in to a home and the theft of property. Detective Paul Alkire of the McDowell County Sheriff's Office charged 42-year-old Michael Dwayne English of Marion with one felony count each of breaking and entering and larceny. Jessica Hudson, of Stone Drive in Marion, reported on Aug. 7 that someone broke into her house and stole a purse, hand tools, clothing, a telephone and a fishing rod and reel with a total value of $1,140. Alkire said an investigation led to English, who is acquainted with the victim. Some of the property was recovered.