Town of Boone, NC

Police News Releases


Release Date: March 1, 2017
 
On February 28, 2017, at around 7:30 AM, the Boone Police Department received a 911 call requesting assistance with an unresponsive infant in a residence in the Watauga Green apartment complex on Clawson Street in Boone. Boone Police Department officers responded with Watauga Medics to assist. The infant was transported to the Watauga Medical Center Emergency Department where the child was pronounced dead upon arrival. There were no obvious signs of foul play. Boone Police detectives are currently investigating the death.

Release Date: January 27, 2017
 
On January 27, 2017, just before 12:45 AM, a Boone Police Department vehicle was struck while stationary in the 400 block of King Street. The officer was outside of his vehicle at the time of the impact and was not injured. A passenger in the patrol car received minor injuries and was transported to Watauga Medical Center for evaluation. He was released later in the morning. A passenger in a third vehicle also received minor injuries and was transported to Watauga Medical Center.

As a result of the incident the following individual was arrested:

Cody Edward Dombrowski
W/M
26 years-of-age
Clint Norris Road, Boone, NC

Mr. Dombrowski was charged with Misdemeanor Driving While Impaired, Misdemeanor Failure to Comply with Driver's License Restriction, Misdemeanor Careless and Reckless Driving, and Misdemeanor Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Collision. Mr. Dombrowski received a $5,000 secured bond pending a February 27, 2017, appearance in Watauga District Court.
Cody Edward Dombroski 171668  
Cody Edward Dombrowski    

Release Date: January 27, 2017
Four Arrests from Graffiti Investigation
On January 21, 2017, shortly before 4 AM, several subjects started vandalizing buildings in downtown Boone. The subjects traveled east along King Street and continued damaging buildings, signs, and a police car. Tsunami surveillance video of the subjects was release through High Country Crime Stoppers.

As a result of the investigation, four individuals were arrested today. The arrestees are:

Taryn Bledsoe
22 years-of-age
White / Female
North Street, Boone, NC

Taryn Bledsoe
Julia Grainger
22 years-of-age
White / Female
Howard Street, Boone, NC

Julia Grainger
Elizabeth Prier
22 years-of-age
White / Female
Howard Street, Boone, NC

Elizabeth Prier
Hannah Seay
21 years-of-age
White / Female
Eric Lane, Boone, NC

Hannah Seay
Each of the arrestees was charged with 7 counts of Misdemeanor Graffiti Vandalism and 1 count of Misdemeanor Damage to Personal Property. Each received a $1500 secured bond pending a March 1, 2017, appearance in Watauga District Court.

"I stated this case was a priority for us. Thanks to the involvement of citizens who came forward, we resolved this case in short order. I applaud the community for their overwhelming response. I would also like to thank High Country Crime Stoppers for their invaluable service." – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

Investigators worked diligently to solve these incidents. Final estimated damage totaled $10,000.

"We took this case very seriously. Our detectives worked very long hours each day of this investigation, even working through the night, at one point. These hours were spent locating evidence, conducting interviews and eventually gaining confessions from each of these individuals." – Chris Hatton, Lieutenant – Criminal Investigations Davison

Tips from the public through High Country Crime Stoppers ultimately led to the incidents being solved.

"This is a fine example of the partnership High Country Crime Stoppers shares with the public and law enforcement to make our community better. The response to the Tsunami system videos was superb." – Shane Robbins, Sergeant, High Country Crime Stoppers Watauga County Coordinator

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons. Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.

 
Release Date: January 21, 2017
 
As Chief of Police, I assure the citizens of Boone that this case will be a priority for us. It is deeply disturbing that some people believe that they have the right to damage other people's property and businesses to express their views in an unlawful way. While people have the right to disagree with any elected official, damaging innocent people's property is not consistent with Boone values.

The words "Black Lives Matter" was spray painted on several locations along with anti-police and anti-Trump slogans. In addition to the vandalisms reported earlier, a police vehicle parked at the town's public works facility was spray painted with similar rhetoric. This is an offense against all of Boone. The cost of cleaning or repainting a police vehicle is not coming from President Trump but Boone taxpayers.

We are encouraging all four of the suspects who vandalized the property to contact the Boone Police Department to turn themselves in for arrest and cooperate with the investigation. If not we will release video through Crime Stoppers tomorrow. We obviously know more than we are releasing at this point to give the suspects a brief opportunity to surrender themselves. ~ Chief Dana Crawford

Release Date: January 13, 2017
 
On Thursday, January 12, 2017, at approximately 11:04 AM, Boone Police and Fire units responded with Watauga Medics to 165 Robin Lane, Apt 103, in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. The medical personnel were not able to find vital signs on the subject, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death.

The decedent is Robert Reed, 58 years-of-age. After speaking with doctors and the Medical Examiner, it was determined that the death was of natural causes.

Release Date: January 12, 2017
 
On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 11:30 AM, Boone Police and Fire units responded with Watauga Medics to 180 Meadow Hill Drive Apt 203, in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. The medical personnel were not able to find vital signs on the subject, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death.

The decedent is Carlton K. Leonard, 73 years-of-age. During this investigation, Detectives conferred with Mr. Leonard's doctors and the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office, it was determined that the death was of natural causes.

Release Date: January 12, 2017
 
On Monday, January 9, 2017, at approximately 10:00 AM, Boone Police and Fire units responded with Watauga Medics to 818 E. King Street, Room 209, in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. The medical personnel were not able to find vital signs on the subject, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Boone Police Department Detectives responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death.

The decedent, Morris Lee Haywood, 55 years-of-age, was transferred to the custody of the medical examiner for an autopsy and toxicological testing. The cause of death remains undetermined pending results of the autopsy and testing. There are no indications that the death is suspicious.

Release Date: December 19, 2016
Another Online Predator arrested by Boone Police
On Saturday December 17, 2016, the Boone Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation concluded an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) operation, resulting in the arrest of Timothy Glenn Hart (48 years of age) of Greeneville, TN. The Boone Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are members of the North Carolina ICAC Task Force, which is continually engaged in proactive and reactive investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in child abuse and exploitation of children involving the internet.

Hart had arranged a meeting in Boone, with the intent of having a sexual encounter with a minor female, and traveled there from his home in Greeneville, TN. Officers observed Hart as he arrived at the meeting location, approached him and conducted an interview. Hart was then taken into custody prior to having made any physical contact with a minor.

This investigation has led the Boone Police Department to charge Timothy Glenn Hart with Soliciting a Child by Computer, Disseminating Obscenity, Attempted 1st Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Indecent Liberties with a Child. Hart was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate, and then turned over to the staff at the Watauga Detention Center.

The arrestee in this case is:
Timothy Glenn Hart
Shelton Mission Road
Greeneville, TN 37743
W/M, 48 years of age

The charges filed are:
  • One count of Felony Solicit a Child by Computer and Appear
  • One count of Felony Dissemination of Obscenity
  • One count of Felony Attempted 1st Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • One count of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child
Hart's court date was set for January 17, 2017 and his conditions of release were set as a $125,000 secured bond.
Timothy Glenn Hart
   
Timothy Glenn Hart    

Release Date: December 18, 2016
 
On December 18, 2016, at approximately 1:48 PM, Boone Police, Watauga Medics and Watauga Sheriff's Deputies responded to an assault with a knife on North Street. When officers arrived, they located a male victim suffering from a stab wound to the leg. The victim was transported to Watauga Medical Center by Watauga Medics.

As a result of the investigation, George "Jordy" Foster, 27 years of age, of 515 Junaluska Road, Boone, was arrested and charged with Felonious Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury. Mr. Foster was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $55,000 secured bond was set pending a January 17, 2017, appearance in Watauga District Court.
George J Foster    
George "Jordy" Foster    

Release Date: December 12, 2016
 
On Thursday, December 8, 2016, around 6:30 pm, Boone Police were contacted and asked to check the welfare of 30-year-old Appalachian State University student Brandon Patrick James. Boone Police responded to his residence located at 233 Crossing Way in Boone NC.

The responding officer found Mr. James deceased inside his home. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death. Watauga EMS and Boone Fire Department assisted in this investigation.

The decedent was transferred to the custody of the medical examiner for an autopsy and toxicological testing. The cause of death remains undetermined pending results of the autopsy and testing.

There are no indications that the death is suspicious.

Release Date: November 15, 2016
Another Online Predator arrested by Boone Police
On Thursday November 10, 2016, the Boone Police Department concluded an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) operation, resulting in the arrest of Benjamin Lindsey Keely (31 years of age) of West Jefferson, NC. The Boone Police Department is a member of the North Carolina ICAC Task Force, which is continually engaged in proactive and reactive investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in child abuse and exploitation of children involving the internet.

Keely had arranged a meeting in Boone, with the intent of exchanging money to have a sexual encounter with a minor female. Officers observed Keely travel to the meeting location, approached him and conducted an interview. Keely was then taken into custody prior to having made any physical contact with a minor.

This investigation has led the Boone Police Department to charge Benjamin Lindsey Keely with Soliciting a Child by Computer and Soliciting Prostitution. Keely was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate, and then turned over to the staff at the Watauga Detention Center.

The arrestee in this case is:
Benjamin Lindsey Keely
Ridge Crest Drive
West Jefferson, NC 28694
W/M, 31 years of age

The charges filed are:
  • One count of Felony Solicit a Child by Computer and Appear
  • One Count of Misdemeanor Solicit Prostitution.
Keely's court date was set for December 13, 2016, and his conditions of release were set as a $40,000 secured bond. Keely has posted this bond and has been released.
Benjamin Lindsey Keely    
Benjamin Lindsey Keely    

Release Date: November 7, 2016
 
On Sunday, November 6, 2016 at around 4:30 am, the Boone Police Department responded to the Watauga Medical Center Emergency Department where a 16-year-old female from Winston Salem was being treated for injuries related to an assault.

Mr. Jonathan Andrew Blalock, age 19, an Appalachian State University student from Winston Salem, North Carolina was identified as being the assailant and after a preliminary investigation was subsequently arrested. Mr. Blalock was arrested on charges of felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female and was held without bond.

The investigation is still on going and additional charges may be forthcoming.
1621808 Jonathan Andrew Blalock    
Jonathan Andrew Blalock     

Release Date: November 7, 2016 
Boone Police Conducting Death Investigation 
On Thursday, November 3, 2016 at around 10:00 am, the Boone Police Department received a call from Greene's Motel that a man was found deceased in one of the rooms there. The decedent was identified as Mr. Norman Scott Reece, age 51, of Boone, North Carolina. There were no signs of foul play and the investigation is still on going. 

Release Date: October 31, 2016 
Boone Police Conducting Death Investigation (Update)
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, at approximately 1:15 PM, Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to a parking lot on Tracy Circle near the intersection of Mac Street for a reported deceased individual. A 21-year-old female was found deceased inside a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim has been identified as:

Savannah Taylor Karten
21 years-of-age
Glen Allen, VA

Savannah was a sophomore at Appalachian State University. The Boone Police Department has been in close contact with the Appalachian State Police Department to make sure that those closest with Savannah get the help that they may need.

"We want to let the Boone and Appalachian community know that we have a team of detectives working on this case. We have certain protocol that we utilize to ensure a thorough, fair and impartial investigation. It is far too early to make a determination as to the type of death. There is always a balance between guarding the integrity of the case, not making premature speculations, and providing information to the community. We can tell you that at this time we do not have any information that leads us to believe that we are looking for a suspect. No information has led us to believe that this is a homicide; however, we still have a lot of work to do. We will keep the community posted of any public safety concerns. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Savannah. Unfortunately, we see this type of tragic loss of life too often." - Chief Dana Crawford 

Release Date: October 30, 2016
Boone Police Conducting Death Investigation
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, at approximately 1:15 PM, Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to a parking lot on Tracy Circle near the intersection of Mac Street for a reported deceased individual. A 21-year-old female was found deceased inside a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim has been identified as:

Savannah Taylor Karten
21 years-of-age
Glen Allen, VA

Karten was a student at Appalachian State University. Although Boone Police are considering all possibilities, at this time there is no information to indicate foul play. The investigation is continuing.

 Release Date: October 24, 2016
 Boone Police and PIKE Fraternity Work Together to Help Provide Kids Coats for Winter
A local fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, AKA "Pike," are partnering with the Boone Police Department once again to help the less fortunate in our area.

Pike is a nationally recognized fraternity of young men who strive to give back to the local communities. Pike works with various organizations in the Boone area including Hunger and Health Coalition, First Presbyterian Church, and Grace Builders, just to name a few. The chapter of 60 young men takes pride in the ability to give back.

Pike is currently running their annual coat drive to benefit the Crossnore School so kids can be prepared for the coming winter. Pike loves working with Crossnore and their students. They host a Valentine's Day Dance for the students and host an annual campus clean-up effort. All adult sized coats will be donated to the Hospitality House in Boone for appropriate distribution.

"Pike's relationship with Crossnore has given me a tremendous opportunity to give back. Serving the students at Crossnore has been a privilege for me and an experience I wouldn't trade." - Aristotle Moulopoulos, a Pike brother.

The Boone Police Department is happy to partner with Pike in their effort to help people in need. Please drop off any donated coats at the Boone Police Department, Grace Lutheran Church, and First Presbyterian Church. If you have retired winter apparel, please contribute and help the students at Crossnore have a comfortable winter.

This coat drive will end on November 10th, 2016. 


Release Date: September 21, 2016
 
On Friday, September 16, 2016, Boone Police Department received a report of fraudulent activity at a local business, Highland International Inc., 160-B Den Mac Drive in Boone, North Carolina. This activity involved the fraudulent use of the businesses checks. This report was forwarded to the Boone Police Department Investigations Division and an investigation began.

On Monday, September 19, 2016, Boone Police Investigators filed the listed charges on an employee of the business. This investigation is on-going and more charges are expected. Connie Snow Franklin was arrested and charged with the following charges:

2 Felony Counts of Forgery of Instrument
2 Felony Counts of Uttering a Forged Endorsement

The arrested individual is:

Connie Snow Franklin
W/F, 56-years-old
Cane Road
Boone, NC, 28607

Snow posted a $3,000 secured bond and was ordered to appear in Watauga County District court on October 20, 2016.
 Connie Snow Franklin    
 Connie Snow Franklin    

Release Date: September 21, 2016
 
On September, 10, 2016, Boone Police began an investigation when Wal Mart reported that several video game wireless controllers had been stolen from inside the business. During this investigation, Boone Police Officers learned that more than one of these game controllers had been sold to a business in the same shopping center, Game Stop (Watauga Village Drive, Boone, NC). Both of these businesses captured images of the suspect on video. Officers began to attempt to identify the individual stealing and then selling the game controllers for cash on the video footage.

On September, 12, 2016, Wal Mart employees observed the suspect from this investigation back inside the business. The suspect was with other individuals. The suspect left the business without paying for several items of food. These Wal Mart employees reported this to the Boone Police Department. Master Boone Police Officer Len Hagaman intercepted these suspects as they left the area of Wal Mart. The Boone Police Department Investigations Division were called to assist in this investigation. Boone Police Officers interviewed the occupants of the vehicle and were able to identify the person responsible for stealing the game controllers and then selling them to Game Stop for cash.

The suspect was identified as Caleb Gabriel Irving. Investigating Officers learned that Irving had an outstanding Warrant for Arrest from Orange County Florida for Burglary.

Arrested Individual:

Caleb Gabriel Irving
B/M, 22-years-old
Umstead Drive
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516

Charges:
1 Count of Felony Larceny
1 Count of Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense
1 Count of Misdemeanor Shoplifting
**Florida Outstanding Burglary Warrant**

Irving was arrested and charged with the listed crimes. He was lodged in the Watauga County Jail until he posts a $92,000 secure bond. Irving was ordered to appear in Watauga County District court on October, 20, 2016.
Caleb Gabriel Irving    
Caleb Gabriel Irving    

Release Date: September 21, 2016
 
On September 7, 2016, Boone Police received a report of two firearms taken from Wildlife Unlimited, 1864 Old 421 S, Boone, NC. As a result of a follow-up investigation, the following individuals have been charged with the indicated crimes.

Anthony James Rizzo
17 years-of-age
Ospreys View, Boone, NC
2 counts – Felonious Larceny of a Firearm
$10,000 secured bond
October 18, 2016, Watauga District Court

Tristan Arden Danner
17 years-of-age
Hardin Road, Boone, NC
1 count - Felonious Larceny of a Firearm
$10,000 secured bond
October 20, 2016, Watauga District Court

Emilio Hernandez Zamudio
17 years-of-age
Howards Creek Road, Boone, NC
2 counts – Felonious Larceny of a Firearm
$10,000 secured bond
October 18, 2016, Watauga District Court

Both firearms were recovered during the course of the investigation.
Tristan Arden Danner Anthony James Rizzo Emilio Hernandez Zamudio
Tristan Arden Danner Anthony James Rizzo Emilio Hernandez Zamudio

Release Date: August 19, 2016
IT'S TIME TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL!!!
Watauga County Schools will open Monday, August 22, 2016. Boone Police are going to be out ensuring it is a safe and smooth first day for students, parents, and staff. Officers will be posted at Hardin Park Elementary School and Watauga High School monitoring vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Officers will be strictly enforcing school bus and school zone safety laws. As a reminder, below are some safety tips for all of us to follow.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
School bus safety is not only important in school zones, but all other areas where students are picked up and dropped off. When you see a school bus stopped with flashing red lights, traffic from both directions must stop. It is a misdemeanor violation to pass a stopped school bus. This charge will result in a fine of up to $500 and 5 driver's license points. If you observe someone passing a stopped school bus, please note the vehicle license plate and immediately report it to the Boone Police Department, or your local law enforcement agency. You may also report violations via High Country Crime Stoppers, www.highcountrycrimestoppers.com.
 Passing 
Video: "The Bus Stops Here"
 TRAFFIC FLOW SAFETY
On school days from 7:20 AM until 8:00 AM and 2:15 PM until 3:00 PM, northbound traffic on Jefferson Road (Hwy 194) is not permitted to make a left turn into Hardin Park. Official signs have been erected and officers will be enforcing violations. Drivers wishing to enter Hardin Park School should use New Market Blvd near A Cleaner World and then turn right onto Jefferson Road to enter the school. This will make traffic flow more efficient, eliminate congestion, and increase safety.
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Release Date: August 18, 2016
 
On Wednesday August 17, 2016 at approximately 1:00 pm, the Boone Police Department responded to 196 Oak Street, Unit #10, to check the welfare of the resident of that apartment. Officers located a deceased individual inside the apartment. The deceased has been identified as Daniel Lewis Fritz (W/M, DOB 02-14-89, 196 Oak Street, Unit #10, Boone, NC, 28607). Mr. Fritz was a current Appalachian State University student and lived alone at this address.

Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and began an investigation. Boone Investigators requested the assistance of Appalachian State University Police Investigator during the initial phase of this investigation. Many interviews were conducted as an investigation of the scene began.

Once inside this apartment, investigators located several items that can be used to manufacture the drug known as "DMT." DMT is a hallucinogenic drug that is gaining popularity among the college age population of the United States. Investigators stopped their investigation of the crime scene and called the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI). The NCSBI Clandestine Laboratory Response Team responded to the scene. As a precaution, the residents of the apartment building were asked to relocate until the NCSBI completed their work at the scene. The NCSBI properly removed all items that could be hazardous to health and the death scene investigation was completed.

Investigators have seen no signs of foul play. An autopsy was completed today at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, NC. Investigators are awaiting the full autopsy and toxicology reports to help determine the cause of death.

Release Date: August 17, 2016
 
Today at 12:26 PM, Boone Police responded to a welfare check on Oak Street. Officers located one person deceased inside an apartment. Boone Police Investigators are currently at the scene conducting an investigation. The identity of the victim will be released once next of kin are notified. No further information is available at this time.

Release Date: August 17, 2016
High Country Crime Stoppers and Tsunami Security Camera Solve Another Crime
On August 15, 2016, Boone Police issued a crime alert with video through High Country Crime Stoppers for a larceny that occurred at Lost Province Brewing - 130 N Depot Street on August 13, 2016.

As a result of this alert, Kyle Stephen Lyons, 23 years-of-age, of Boone, was arrested on August 16, 2016. Mr. Lyons was charged with Misdemeanor Larceny. He was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he signed a written promise to appear on October 20, 2016, in Watauga District Court.

This is the second time this month that video from the Tsunami Security Camera has led to solving a crime in the downtown Boone area. The ability to provide high definition video to High Country Crime Stoppers accounts for these cases being solved.

"We are testing the Tsunami Security Camera to weigh the benefits it offers to the citizens of Boone. We have been able to identify individuals in a matter of hours, instead of it taking weeks. So far, I have been very pleased with the results." – Chief of Police Dana B. Crawford

The partnership between High Country Crime Stoppers, area law enforcement, and the community is invaluable. It is because people are willing to step forward and provide information that we are able to solve these crimes.

High Country Crime Stoppers serves the Avery County and Watauga County areas of the North Carolina High Country aiding local law enforcement. They pay rewards for information which leads to the arrests of wanted persons, recovery of stolen property, and the seizure of drugs. You do not have to reveal your identity and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact High Country Crime Stoppers at (828)268-6959/(828)737-0125. You may also submit a tip online here or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).
Kyle Stephen Lyons  Video  
Kyle Stephen Lyons

 

Release Date: August 16, 2016
 
On Monday, August 15, 2016, at 8:10 PM, Boone Police responded to 167 Zeb Street for an assault. As a result of an investigation Sami Anne Grassman, 31 years-of-age, of Boone, has been charged with Felonious Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury with Intent to Kill. Grassman was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where an October 20, 2016, court date was set. No bond amount was set pending a first appearance.
Sami Anne Grassman    
Sami Anne Grassman    

Release Date: August 16, 2016
 
On Monday, August 15, 2016, at 8:10 PM, Boone Police responded to 167 Zeb Street for an assault. When officers arrived, they found Jonathan Glen Pleasant, 27 years-of-age, of Boone, suffering from a stab wound to the upper chest. Officers rendered emergency medical care until Watauga Medics arrived and transported Pleasant to Watauga Medical Center. Pleasant was later transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem.

Boone Police Department Investigators responded and processed the scene. A suspect has been identified, but the identity of the suspect is not being released at this time pending formal charges. The investigation into this incident is continuing.

Release Date: August 2, 2016
 
On August 1, 2016, Boone Police issued a crime alert through High Country Crime Stoppers for a vandalism that occurred during the early morning hours of July 31, 2016, at 641 W King Street.

As a result of that alert, David Keith Miller, 22 years-of-age, has been charged with Misdemeanor Damage to Property. Mr. Miller is scheduled to appear in Watauga Distinct Court on September 9, 2016, to answer the charge.

"This is a prime example where video technology along with community involvement led to a case being solved. I applaud the tipster for taking the step to contact High Country Crime Stoppers". – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

High Country Crime Stoppers has authorized a $100 reward for the tipster in this case. Tipsters #94-2016, please contact HCCS to claim your reward. High Country Crime Stoppers is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that works in cooperation with local law enforcement, media, and the general public to solve and prevent crimes in Avery County and Watauga County areas of the North Carolina High Country. For more information, you may visit the HCCS website, http://www.highcountrycrimestoppers.com.

Release Date: August 1, 2016
 
On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Boone Police Department closed yet another online criminal activity investigation. This case began when Investigators were monitoring known websites preferred by online child predators. A suspicious posting was located by an Investigator. To determine if this was criminal activity, a member of the Investigation's Division responded to this posting.

After communication with the posting's author, Investigators learned that the author was looking to trade a significant amount of narcotics for a sexual encounter with a female. The posting's author was later identified as Donald Lee Tester. The Investigators arranged a meeting with the Tester at a local business at a specific date and time. When Tester arrived at this prearranged meeting location, he was met with Boone Police Investigators. Tester was arrested and the mentioned narcotics were located and seized.

Tester was arrested and charged with the listed crimes and then lodged in the Watauga County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Watauga County Superior Court on September, 9, 2016.

Tester was charged with the following crimes:
1 Count -Felony Trafficking in Opiates by Possession.
1 Count – Misdemeanor Solicit Prostitution.

The individual arrested was:

Donald Lee Tester
W/M, DOB- 01-19-62
179 Albert Tester Drive,
Sugar Grove, NC, 28679

The Boone Police Department encourages anybody with information about any criminal activity to call High County Crimestoppers at 828-268-6942 or Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.
Donnie Lee Tester    
Donald Lee Tester    

Release Date: June 10, 2016
 
On May 31, 2016, Watauga High School staff noticed a 15-year-old minor was missing from the campus grounds, Boone Police responded and began an investigation. During this investigation, Boone Police learned that the minor had walked away from the high school campus willingly. The minor was located safely a short time later. Boone Police continued to investigate this situation after the minor had returned to the school.

On June 2, 2016, Boone Police determined that this 15-year-old had encountered an adult male on a social media outlet prior to walking away from the campus. This individual was identified during this investigation as 22-year-old, Darius Dekwan Lathon. Lathon and this minor communicated through social media and texting apps for a period of time. Investigators believe that during this time, Lathon arranged to meet with this minor for sexual purposes. Upon leaving the school campus, the minor met with Lathon nearby and went with him to his residence for a period of time.

"Upon receiving this information, we instantly utilized our Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force resources. Working hand-in-hand with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit, we were able to close this investigation quickly to prevent any additional victims." - Chris Hatton, Investigations Division Commander

Investigators learned that Lathon has been living in Boone for approximately 2-weeks since moving here from Baltimore Maryland. Pursuant to this investigation, Darius Dekwan Lathon was arrested and charged with the following crimes.
  • Statutory Rape with a Child Less Than or Equal to 15 Years of Age
  • Statutory Sex Offense with a Child Less Than or Equal to 15 Years of Age
  • First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Minor
Mr. Lathon was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate, where he was assigned a court date of July 8, 2016 and placed under a $500,000 secured bond.

"This is the exact reason the Boone Police Department has been working so hard to catch these predators before they get to our children. Our Investigators reacted immediately and worked 20 hours straight to get this criminal off our streets. I am proud of our work on this case and we will continue to be diligent in these areas where our children are being targeted by online predators." - Dana Crawford, Chief of Police
Darius Dekwan Lathon    
Darius Dekwan Lathon    

Release Date: May 25, 2016
Boone Police Release Identity of Motor Vehicle Collision Victim
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 11:37 AM, Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to the intersection on East King Street and NC Hwy 194 for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a moped and a tractor-trailer.

The male operator of the moped, Justin Dempsey Shook, 32 years-of-age, of Boone, died as a result of the collision.

Boone Police are continuing to investigate the collision.

Release Date: May 24, 2016
 
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 11:37 AM, Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to the intersection on East King Street and NC Hwy 194 for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a moped and a tractor-trailer.

One person, the male operator of the moped, was pronounced dead at the scene. The operator of the tractor-trailer was not injured. Boone Police traffic accident re-constructionists, aided by North Carolina State Troopers form the Motor Carrier Division, are conducting an investigation to establish the facts of the collision.

The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

Release Date: May 20, 2016
Letter to the Community
     It has been a month since James "Martin" Roberts was reported missing. During that time an extensive amount of investigative work has been completed. We want the Roberts family and our community to know that we are diligently continuing the task at hand. Every day our team assigned to this case examines all of the probabilities and possibilities in an attempt to discover the facts behind Martin's disappearance. We believe that we are close to accessing Martin's electronic communications. This certainly should shed some light on this case.

     One factor in the investigation has prompted this letter to the community. We have learned that there are periods of time where Martin's whereabouts cannot be accounted for by his friends and roommates. This has led us to believe that there is a person in this community who has knowledge of Martin Roberts, but who may be hesitant to come forward. This person would have spent time with Martin during the weeks prior to Martin's disappearance. To this person, "I want to speak with you - our conversation can be private, anonymous, and discrete." Regardless of the circumstances, please call and provide the information we need. You can reach me directly at: 828-268-6920.

Yours in Service,

Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

Release Date: May 16, 2016
 
On Friday, May 13, 2016 at approximately 11:36 PM, Boone Police were notified of an armed robbery that had occurred on Hunting Hills Lane.

The victim had agreed to give a ride to Randy Craig Pollard, 20 years-of-age, of 338 Brook Hollow Road, Boone, NC, from a business on West King Street to the Greenway Trail parking area off Hunting Hills Lane in exchange for cash. When the victim and Mr. Pollard arrived at the Greenway Trail, Mr. Pollard produced a knife and demanded cash from the victim. The victim complied and gave Mr. Pollard what money she had. Mr. Pollard fled onto the Greenway Trail.

Responding Boone Police Officers located Mr. Pollard on the Greenway Trail. After an investigation, he was placed under arrest for Felonious Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Mr. Pollard was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $75,000 secured bond was set pending a June 17, 2016, court appearance in Watauga District Court.

The victim did not sustain any injuries from this incident.
Randy Craig Pollard    
Randy Craig Pollard    

Release Date: May 11, 2016
 
On May 9, 2016, an incident was reported to the Boone Police Department regarding the Breaking and Entering of a vehicle and subsequent larceny of a firearm from within.

On May 10, 2016, Boone Police developed a suspect, Jeffrey Stuart Cashwell, age 44, of Boone, NC. Boone Police located Mr. Cashwell and initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle in which Mr. Cashwell was a passenger. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the recovery of the stolen firearm.

Jeffrey Cashwell was placed under arrest and charged with the following crimes.
  • One count of Felony Breaking or Entering a Motor Vehicle
  • One count of Felony Larceny of a Firearm
  • One count of Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Two counts of Felony Financial Card Theft
  • Three counts of Misdemeanor Financial Card Fraud
  • One count of Misdemeanor Larceny
Mr. Cashwell was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate, where he was assigned a court date of June 14, 2016, and placed under a $25,000 secured bond.
Jeffrey Stuart Cashwell    
Jeffrey Stuart Cashwell    

Release Date: May 4, 2016
High Country Crime Stoppers Offers Reward
Martin Roberts
 

Release Date: April 25, 2016
Boone Police Release the Identity of Plane Crash Victims
After having notified the victim's families, Boone Police are releasing the identities of the occupants of the plane that crashed Monday afternoon at Boone Golf Course. The occupants were John Field Worsley II, age 68, of Lenoir; Steven Cox Berry, age 43, of Banner Elk and Benjamin (Ben) Franklin Chappell, age 69, of Boone. At the time of this release both Worsley and Berry are listed in critical condition at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. Ben Chappell was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Ben Chappell is a retired State Trooper of the NC State Highway Patrol, stationed in Watauga County. The Federal Aviation Administration has been on the scene since Monday afternoon. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to begin their investigation Tuesday morning.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic event. Everyone in law enforcement in Watauga County knows Ben Chappell and his family. It is difficult to have to work a scene where all of us know at least one of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chappell family at this time. We also want to wish the very best to Mr. Worsley and Mr. Berry and are praying for a speedy recovery for them and for the comfort of their families". - Chief of Police Dana Crawford

Release Date: April 25, 2016
 
On April 25, 2016 at 12:56 this afternoon, Boone Police, Boone Fire, The Watauga County Sheriff's Office, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Responded to the Boone Golf Course in reference to an airplane crash. What we know now is that a small plane took off from the Boone Airport moments prior to the crash.

Witnesses on the golf course noted that the plane appeared to be in distress. The plane clipped the tops of some trees and then crashed on the golf course. The two witnesses turned into rescuers and were able to assist two victims from the plane crash. A third person on the plane did not survive.

One survivor was flown to Winston-Salem and the other to Johnson City. The man who did not survive is a local resident. He is actually a friend to many in the community. We cannot release the names as extended family members have not all been notified. We are very saddened by this loss and extend our condolences to the family. We hope and pray that the survivors will be ok but serious injuries were sustained.

The Boone Police Department will be conducting the initial investigation; however the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be responding to conduct further investigation. The NTSB is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident the United States. We will assist those agencies in anyway needed.

We also would like to thank the High Country Chaplain Service who responded to the scene to assist with needs of those involved.

Release Date: April 25, 2016 
 
On Monday April 25th at approximately 1:00 p.m. a small plane crashed in the vicinity of Boone Golf Club. Three people who were on board the aircraft were transported from the scene by medics to area hospitals. No other information as to the identity or condition of the people involved is known at this time.

 Release Date: April 24, 2016
Missing Person - Update
Boone Police are continuing to attempt to locate James Martin Roberts. Investigators have been following numerous leads and tips, but so far have been unable to locate Martin. Martin was last seen on Thursday, April 21, at approximately 12:30 PM near the intersection of Hardin Street and Rivers Street around the ASU Convocation Center. There was a possible sighting of Martin in the Trout Lake area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A NC State Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in checking the area last night however, nothing was located. He was wearing a black, short sleeve, Appalachian State windbreaker, khaki shorts, gray new balance shoes and a white golf visor hat.

Martin is from Kernersville, NC, and currently resides in Boone while attending Caldwell Community College. He has a large family that loves and supports him. They are awaiting his safe return. They are very concerned because Martin's disappearance is totally out of character for him. Martin enjoys hiking, camping and spending time on the trails in around the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Any information concerning Martin's favorite hangouts, recent whereabouts leading up to his disappearance, or people he might have been with, is requested. If you come in contact with Martin, please tell him to contact his family; they love him and want him back. Investigators and the Roberts family are appealing for anyone with information about Martin's whereabouts to contact us immediately.

To Martin – "If you see this, please come home or contact us. We love you". – Mom and Dad

Anyone with information is asked to call the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900 or High Country Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).
James Martin Roberts 2 IMAGEJames Martin Roberts 3  
     

 Release Date: April 22, 2016
 Missing Person
Boone Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing person, James Martin Roberts, White Male, 19 years-of-age. Mr. Roberts is 5'10" and weighs approximately 145 lbs. He has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black, short sleeve, Appalachian State windbreaker, khaki shorts, gray new balance shoes and a white golf visor hat. He was last seen in the area around the ASU Convocation Center.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900 or High Country Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).
James Martin Roberts    
James Martin Roberts    

Release Date: March 30, 2016
 
On March 20, 2016, at 10:46 am, Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 165 Robin Lane, Apartment 106, in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. First arriving units determined the male to be deceased. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death. The decedent, Louis Santos, 58 years-of-age, was transferred to the custody of Watauga Medical Center. The death was determined to be from a medical condition.

Release Date: March 15, 2016
Would-be Cell Phone Store Burglars Caught
On March 14, 2016, at approximately 4:30 am, the Boone Police Department responded to a suspicious vehicle call near the Carolina West Wireless store located within the Watauga Village Shopping Center. A Carolina West security officer observed two males acting suspiciously in the area of the store prior to calling the police.

Officers responded to find four males in a silver 4-door 2000 Volkswagen Passat behind the business. Officers made contact and noticed suspicious items in the car to include pry bars, multiple pairs of gloves, a large saw, and bandannas tied in such a way that one could use for concealment of their identity. The men were detained and an investigation began. The descriptions of the men and the tools were consistent with what has been seen on video surveillance at crime scenes in various other locations in North Carolina.

The four men were interviewed at the Boone Police Department. After these interviews, all four individuals were arrested and taken before a Magistrate at the Watauga County Magistrate's Office. The below listed suspects were each arrested and charged with the listed crimes below.

"Cellular telephone stores have recently been getting burglarized all over our state. We are teaming up with other law enforcement agencies to determine if these individuals are responsible for more of these break-ins. These arrests are not the end of our investigation. This investigation is ongoing."Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

King Savior Black
B/M, DOB 02-01-1993, 814 Green Oaks Street, Greensboro, NC, 27401
(1) count of Felony Attempted Breaking or Entering a Building
(1) count of Felony Possession of Burglary Tools
(1) count of Felony Conspiracy to Commit Breaking or Entering a Building
$20,000 secured bond, court date 5/16/2016

Rico Joshua Corde
B/M, DOB 03-06-1994, 701 Franklin Boulevard Greensboro, NC, 27401
(1) count of Felony Attempted Breaking or Entering a Building
(1) count of Felony Possession of Burglary Tools
(1) count of Felony Conspiracy to Commit Breaking or Entering a Building
$20,000 secured bond, court date 5/16/2016

Pierre Le-Lawton Little
B/M, DOB 03-22-1994, 1213 Nealtown Road, Greensboro, NC, 27401
(1) count of Felony Attempted Breaking or Entering a Building
(1) count of Felony Possession of Burglary Tools
(1) count of Felony Conspiracy to Commit Breaking or Entering a Building
$20,000 secured bond, court date 5/16/2016

Matthew Lee Jones III,
B/M, DOB 04-02-1986, 751 Jennifer Street, Greensboro, NC, 27401
(1) count of Felony Attempted Breaking or Entering a Building
(1) count of Felony Possession of Burglary Tools
(1) count of Felony Conspiracy to Commit Breaking or Entering a Building
$20,000 secured bond, court date 5/16/2016
-Also, served with an outstanding arrest warrant from Greensboro PD for one count of Misdemeanor Injury to Personal Property. Court date of 4/05/16 and $750.00 secured bond.
King Savior Black Rico Joshua Corde Pierre Le Lawton Little
King Savior Black Rico Joshua Corde Pierre Le-Lawton Little
Matthew Lee Jones III    
Matthew Lee Jones, III    

Release Date: March 1, 2016
Death Case Closed by Boone Police Department
On October 18, 2015, at approximately 7:30 am, the Boone Police Department responded to investigate the report of a 28-year-old unresponsive male. This individual was identified as Anthony Robert Surace "Rocky." Mr. Surace was found inside the bathroom of his residence located at 1340 West King Street in Boone, NC. During the investigation, evidence gathered indicated that Mr. Surace's death was most likely due to an accidental drug overdose.

On February 29, 2016, the Boone Police Department received the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Autopsy Report. This report confirmed Boone Police Investigators' suspicions that narcotics were involved. Mr. Surace's cause of death was officially listed in this report as, "Drug (heroin) toxicity." The manner of death was listed as accidental.

"Our investigators have maintained communication with the family and our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Mr. Surace's family and friends."
– Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

Release Date: February 29, 2016
 
The Boone Police Department announces the appointment of five new officers to our patrol division.

Andrew Absher, 35, a Caldwell County native joined the Department on October 26, 2015. He is assigned to the patrol division as a School Resource Officer at Watauga High School. Andrew has been a law enforcement officer since 2003, serving with both the Blowing Rock Police Department and Watauga County Sheriff's Office.

Justin English, 22, a Buncombe County native and 2015 graduate of Appalachian State University joined the Department on January 18, 2016. He is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Lucas Ferry, 23, a Buncombe County native and 2015 graduate of Appalachian State University joined the Department on January 18, 2016. He is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Walker Smith, 24, a Cabarrus County native and 2014 graduate of Appalachian State University joined the Department on January 4, 2016. Walker served with the Appalachian State University Police Department prior to joining the Boone Police Department. He is currently assigned to the patrol division.

Cody Whitfield, 26, a Person County native and 2011 graduate of Appalachian State University joined the Department on January 4, 2016. Cody served over 4 years with the Durham Police Department prior to joining the Boone Police Department. He is currently assigned to the patrol division.

"Boone Police Department is very proud to announce the addition of these officers to our community and our police department family. We believe these officers possess the moral values and character attributes that are critical to performing their jobs with the upmost of integrity and professionalism.

These young men sought employment at Boone Police Department to be a part of, and to be protectors of a very special community. We consistently look for officers who seek to preserve public trust by demonstrating impartial service to all." – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police
FEB 2016

Release Date: February 24, 2016
 
On February 23rd, 2016, Scottie Lynn Garr, 29, of Butler, TN, was arrested for one count of felony Financial Card Theft, one count of misdemeanor Larceny and three counts of misdemeanor Financial Card Fraud. Mr. Garr is alleged to have stolen a purse from Murphy's Restaurant and Pub on January 23rd, 2016 and fraudulently purchased items at three different locations in Boone with the victim's credit card.

Mr. Garr was given a $3000 secured bond and a Watauga County court date of April 15th, 2016.
ScottieGarr    
Scottie Lynn Garr    

 Release Date: February 17, 2016
Boone Police Department Closes Death Case
On May 22, 2015, the Boone Police Department began an investigation into the death of an 18-year-old male named, John Dakota Merriss.

This investigation began when Boone Police were called to respond to investigate the report of an 18-year-old unresponsive male at the Emergency Department of Watauga Medical Center.

It was later reported by witnesses that Mr. Merriss had been found unresponsive at 232 Robin Lane in Boone prior to being transported to the hospital.

During an investigation, all evidence gathered indicated that Mr. Merriss' death was likely caused by an accidental drug overdose. The case was turned over to the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office.

The Medicolegal Autopsy Report has been released. This report confirmed Boone Police Investigators' suspicions. Mr. Merriss' cause of death was listed as, "Alprazolam (Xanax) and tramadol toxicity."

"We are saddened by this incredible loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Merriss' family and friends. The loss of someone so young is such a tragedy." – Lt. Chris Hatton, Investigations Division Commander
 

 Release Date: February 12, 2016
Another Online Predator arrested by Boone Police
On Friday February 12, 2016, the Boone Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation closed another on-going online child predator investigation. This investigation was a proactive attempt by the Boone Police Department to catch the individuals that seek to victimize our children online. This investigation was a cooperative effort between the North Carolina and South Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Specific agencies involved were the Boone Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Greenville County South Carolina Sheriff's Office.

Investigators observed a suspicious ad on a popular website. Investigators noticed an ad with a vulgar title and feared the ad could be a predator looking for children online. A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl in Boone and responded to this ad.

The poster interacted with the undercover investigator and despite being led to believe that he was interacting with a 14-year-old girl, he arranged a meeting in Boone for sexual purposes. When officers saw the suspect travel to the meeting location on the arranged date and time, they approached him and conducted an interview. This interview led to the suspect's arrest. A search of the suspect's vehicle led to the seizure of multiple items of evidence that further indicated the suspect was there for sexual purposes.

This investigation has led the Boone Police Department to charge John Edward Heelan with felony violations. Heelan was arrested and taken before Magistrate Gales. Probable cause for the arrest was found and Heelan was then turned over to the staff at the Watauga Detention Center.

The arrestee in this case is:

John Edward Heelan
104 Orchid Drive
Greenville, SC 29617
W/M, 55 years of age

The charges filed are:
  • One count of Felony Solicit a Child by Computer and Appear
  • One Count of Indecent Liberties with a Minor
Heelan's court date was set for March 3, 2016, and his conditions of release were set as a $50,000 secured bond.
John Edward Heelan    
John Edward Heelan    

Release Date: February 4, 2016
Boone Police Files More Charges Against Online Predator
On Sunday December 27, 2015, the Boone Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation closed an on-going online child predator investigation. This investigation was a proactive attempt by the Boone Police Department to catch the individuals that seek to victimize our children online.

Investigators observed a suspicious ad on a popular website. The posted ad indicated that a male was seeking a "young and inexperienced" girl. Investigators feared this ad could be a predator looking for children online. A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl in Boone and responded to this ad.

The poster interacted with the undercover investigator and despite being led to believe that he was interacting with a 14-year-old girl, he arranged a meeting in Boone for sexual purposes. When officers saw the suspect travel to the meeting location on the arranged date and time, they approached him and conducted an interview. This interview led to the suspect's arrest. A search of the suspect's vehicle led to the seizure of items of evidence that further indicated the suspect was there for sexual purposes.

Upon confronting the suspect, Terry Lynn Campbell II, Investigators were able to positively identify him for the first time in the investigation. After this arrest was made, an investigation into Campbell's other online activities began. This investigation has led the Boone Police Department to charge Campbell with additional felony violations. Boone Police filed these additional charges on Wednesday February 3, 2016. Campbell was arrested at the Watauga Detention Center and then taken before Magistrate D. Shore.

"The Boone Police Department is making a statement against these predators that target our children. Our officers are working hard to protect the children in our community. We will continue to be diligent in working these very difficult cases. I am very proud of our Investigator's skill and commitment to their work." – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

The arrestee in this case is:
Terry Lynn Campbell II
102 Simpson Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
W/M, 34 years of age

The charges filed are:
• Ten counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
• Ten counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

Campbell's court date was set for March 3, 2016, and his conditions of release were set as a $75,000 secured bond.
Terry Lynn Campbell II    
Terry Lynn Campbell II    

Release Date: February 3, 2016
Boone Police Department Closes Death Case
On September 25, 2015, the Boone Police Department began an investigation into the death of a 20-year-old male named, John Dallas Bunch IV. Mr. Bunch was a student at Appalachian State University.

This investigation began when Boone Police were called to respond to an unattended death at 451 Yosef Drive, Apartment U, Boone NC. Upon arrival, officers learned that Mr. Bunch was found deceased in his bedroom by friends. After an investigation investigators suspected an accidental drug overdose to be the cause of death. The case was turned over to the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office.

The Medicolegal Autopsy Report has been released. This report confirmed Boone Police Investigators' suspicions. Mr. Bunch's cause of death was listed as, "Acetyl fentanyl and alprazolam toxicity."

"The loss of life is always tragic, but when we lose someone at such a young age it's heartbreaking. Our thought and prayers go out to Mr. Bunch's family and friends." - Police Chief, Dana Crawford

Release Date: January 27, 2016
 
On January 26, 2016, at approximately 10:50 PM, Boone Police responded to a reported stabbing at 523 Blowing Rock Road, unit #25. When officers arrived, they located Mitchell Gray Preston, 22 years-of-age, of Williams Ridge Road, Boone, NC, suffering from a stab wound. Mr. Preston was transported to Watauga Medical Center for treatment.

As a result of a follow-up investigation, it was determined that a domestic dispute had taken place resulting in Mr. Preston being stabbed. Arianna Maria Zertuche, 21 years-of-age, of 523 Blowing Rock Road, unit #25, Boone, NC, was charged with Misdemeanor Assault with a Deadly Weapon. She was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where she was remanded to the Watauga County Detention Facility pending a March 3, 2016, appearance in Watauga District Court.

Mr. Preston was charged with Misdemeanor Assault on a Female for his actions during the domestic dispute. He was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was remanded to the Watauga County Detention Facility pending a March 3, 2016, appearance in Watauga District Court.

Neither party received a bond due to the domestic nature of the incident. Both individuals indicated they are Appalachian State University students.
Ariana Maria Zertuche Mitchell Gray Preston  
Arianna Maria Zertuche Mitchell Gray Preston  

Release Date: January 27, 2016
 
On January 26, 2016, the Boone Police Department received a call of a death at a Russell Drive residence. Mr. David Wayne Allison, 32 years-of-age, was found deceased in his home. The medical examiner has tentatively determined Mr. Allison's death to be medical in nature pending completion of an autopsy.

Release Date: December 29, 2015
 
On December 29, 2015, the Boone Police Department received a call of a death at an Appalachian Drive residence. Mr. John William Heaton, 78 years-of-age, was found deceased in his home. The local medical examiner determined the death was due to natural causes.

Release Date: December 28, 2015
Online Predator Arrested by Boone Police
On Sunday December 27, 2015, the Boone Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation closed another on-going online child predator investigation. This investigation was a proactive attempt by the Boone Police Department to catch the individuals that seek to victimize our children online.

"We enjoy the partnership we share with the NC State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit. They are always happy to provide forensic support and assistance in these cases." – Chris Hatton, Investigations Commander

Investigators observed a suspicious ad on a popular website. The posted ad indicated that a male was seeking a "young and inexperienced" girl. Investigators feared this ad could be a predator looking for children online. A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl in Boone and responded to this ad.

"The Boone Police Department is making a statement against these predators that target our children. Our officers are working hard to protect the children in our community. We will continue to be diligent in working these very difficult cases. I am very proud of our Investigator's skill and commitment to their work." – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

The poster interacted with the undercover investigator and despite being led to believe that he was interacting with a 14-year-old girl, he arranged a meeting in Boone for sexual purposes. When officers saw the suspect travel to the meeting location on the arranged date and time, they approached him and conducted an interview. This interview led to the suspect's arrest. A search of the suspect's vehicle led to the seizure of items of evidence that further indicated the suspect was there for sexual purposes.

"Campbell is a particularly concerning individual. The evidence shows that he used advanced techniques to help him contact children online and to remain anonymous to law enforcement." – Chris Hatton, Investigations Commander

The arrestee in this case is:
Terry Lynn Campbell II
102 Simpson Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
W/M, 34 years of age

The charges filed are:
  • One count of Felony Solicit Child by Computer / Appear
  • One count of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child

Campbell's court date was set for February 15, 2016, and his conditions of release were set as a $75,000 secured bond.
 Terry Lynn Campbell II    
Terry Lynn Campbell II    

Release Date: December 22, 2015
Boone Police Make Another Online Predator Arrest
On December 18, 2015, the Boone Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation closed an on-going investigation. This investigation was a proactive attempt by the Boone Police Department to catch the individuals that seek to victimize our children online.

Investigators responded to an online ad that indicated that a male individual was looking for a "friend with benefits" in Boone. The posted advertised that he had "no age restrictions." Investigators feared this ad could be a predator looking for children online. A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl in Boone and responded to this ad.

The poster interacted with the undercover investigator and arranged a meeting in Boone for sexual purposes despite being led to believe that he was interacting with a 14-year-old girl. When officers saw the suspect travel to the meeting location on the arranged date and time, they approached him and conducted an interview. This interview led to the suspect's arrest.

"The Boone Police Department is doing everything we can to keep our children safe. This case identified and put a stop to an online threat to our children" - Police Chief, Dana Crawford

"We would also like to thank the NC State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit for their forensic support and assistance in this case. These agents are a great asset and are always willing to help make these cases happen." – Investigations Commander Chris Hatton

The arrestee in this case is:
Denny Dahyabhai Patel
1377 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607
34 years of age

The charges filed are:

• One count of Felony Solicit Child by Computer and Appear
• One count of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child
• One count of Felony Dissemination of Obscenity.

Patel's court date was set for February 19, 2016, and his conditions of release were set as a $75,000 secured bond. Mr. Patel posted the $75,000 and has been released from custody pending trial.
Denny Dahyabhai Patel    
Denny Dahyabhai Patel    

Release Date: December 15, 2015
Emergency Texting to 911 has Arrived
A new service in the Town of Boone will be available for those who cannot safely call 911 in an emergency, or those individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability.

Boone Police Department 911 center has completed testing and will begin accepting texts to 911 December 15, 2015. Customers inside the corporate limits or within cellular sectors that fall inside the Town of Boone and that have text plans from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon can now send a text message in an emergency. Customers unsure whether their carrier offers the ability to text to 911 should contact the carrier directly. They should not send "test" messages to 911.

"It is the goal of Boone Police Department 911 Center and the Town of Boone to provide the best possible service to our citizens; to get them the best possible help when they need it the most. Texting to 911 is just one of the improvements we are making to our services." – Chief of Police Dana Crawford

Text to 911 was designed for Short Message Service (SMS) texting, but continues to evolve quickly. Boone Police Department 911 does not have control over text message delivery from the wireless carriers but is prepared to receive and respond to any text received.

Dialing 911 in an emergency is still the preferred way to request help, and the public is reminded to "Call if you can, text if you can't." For most people, sending a text to 911 will not replace making a call. Appropriate scenarios for texting 911 could include:
  • Deaf, hard of hearing callers or individuals with a speech disability.
  • The caller is unable to speak due to a medical issue or other condition.
  • When speaking out loud would put the caller in danger such as a home invasion, an abduction, a domestic violence incident or an active-shooter scenario.
Text to 911 services allow people who are deaf and hard of hearing to access to Emergency 911 center by sending a text message to 911 in lieu of making a voice and videophone calls or using the telecommunication relay service.

Tips on texting 911 in an emergency:
  • "What's your location?" Be sure to include clear information about the location of the emergency with the type of help needed in the first text message sent to 911. Emergency personnel cannot always determine your location.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 911 call taker.
  • Text in simple words – do not use abbreviations, emoticons or emoji.
  • Keep text messages brief and concise.
  • Stay on the line until the dispatcher closes the dialog, if it is safe to do so.
  • Don't forget to silence your phone if you don't want to be heard.

When available, there are a few things you need to know about texting 911:
  • Sending a text to 911 may take longer than a voice call because someone must enter the text, send it through the system and then the 911 call taker has to enter a text response and send it back. Time is critical in a life-threatening emergency, and customers should be aware of this difference.
  • Location information with a text is not equal to calling 911 at this time. As is the case with calling 911, customers should only text 911 for emergency situations that require an immediate response from police, fire or emergency medical services.
  • Just like regular text messages, 911 messages can take longer to receive, can get out of order or may not be received.
  • A text or data plan is required to place a text to 911.
  • If the service is not available in your area, or is temporarily unavailable, you may receive a message indicating that and to contact 911 by other means.
  • Group texts, photos and video cannot be sent to 911 at this time.
  • Do not text and drive!
 911 Call Text

Release Date: December 11, 2015
 
On Thursday, December 10, 2015, just after 12:15 PM, Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 1552 West King Street in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. First arriving units determined the male was deceased. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death. The decedent, Caleb Lance Johnson, 22 years-of-age, was transferred to the custody of the medical examiner for an autopsy and toxicological testing. The cause of death remains undetermined pending results of the autopsy and testing. There are no indications of foul play.

Release Date: December 9, 2015
 
The Boone Police Department is announcing its 3rd Annual Food Drive. The food drive will run through Friday, January 30, 2016.

The food collected will go to benefit the Hunger & Health Coalition here in Boone, NC. The Hunger & Health Coalition organization collects, organizes and distributes food, medication, clothing and firewood to needy families in our area. Last year the Hunger & Health Coalition gave out 11,664 boxes of food to 29,290 people. This total of people includes individuals and families in the Boone area.

"This annual food drive began three years ago. Our officers were looking for ways to help the less fortunate in our area, and the Hunger & Coalition requested a food drive to help them supply their food demand. We are involved because we believe in what this organization is doing and we want to help." – Chris Hatton, Investigations Commander

"Maintaining relationships with our community members is crucial to the Boone Police Department. It's a vital component for being an effective and successful law enforcement agency." – Chief D. Crawford

If anyone would like to support this effort, they can help by donating money or food during this food drive. The Hunger and Health Coalition can use every $1 donated to buy $7 worth of food from our local food pantry. Any non-perishable food is also gladly accepted; however, there are a few items that the Hunger & Health Coalition seems to always find to be in short supply. Both monetary and food donations are being accepted in the Boone Police Department lobby (Beside the US Post Office).

The following items would be very much appreciated:
  • Peanut Butter
  • Grape Jelly
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Chef Boyardee type Canned Pasta

If any other organizations, groups or individuals would like to join our efforts, please contact Lieutenant Chris Hatton with the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6942.

Release Date: December 1, 2015
 
On November 30, 2015, at approximately 6:15 PM, Boone Police responded to a motor vehicle collision with a pedestrian. A 2016 Honda Accord driven by Tyler Christian Devore, 18, of Statesville, struck a pedestrian, Harry Edward Noblett, 66, of Boone, in the 700 block of Blowing Rock Road. Mr. Devore was travelling south on Blowing Rock Road when Mr. Noblett entered the highway walking across the southbound lanes to the center turn lane before walking back into the southbound lanes. There was not a designated crosswalk at this location.

Mr. Devore was not injured. Mr. Noblett sustained serious injuries. Mr. Noblett was taken to Watuaga Medical Center before being transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem.

Alcohol nor speed appear to be a factor for Mr. Devore in the collision. Alcohol is suspected in regards to Mr. Noblett. The investigation is on-going.

Release Date: November 13, 2015
Hunter's Heroes Online Rowing Contest
On July 26, 2012, the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the community of Watauga County were devastated by the loss of Deputy William Mast, Jr. That day marked the rise of a hero who will forever be in our hearts and never forgotten. Deputy William Mast made the ultimate sacrifice for his family and our community.

On October 4, 2015, in remembrance and support of Hunter's Heroes, SpinRow Cycle Center, Boone Dynamic Fitness, and Uptown Cycles of Charlotte partnered with Team Hunter's Heroes to initiate the first annual Online Concept 2 Rowing contest to raise money for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving their community. The money raised will provide scholarships, medical support, and financial support to families of those who have lost a loved one in the service of their community.

We want to thank our local business partners who have generously supported this contest by donating prizes for the winners and making this contest possible:
• Cornbread Tactical
• Beech Mountain Ski Resort
• Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
• The Village of Sugar Mountain
• Wal-Mart of Boone
• Heavenly Touch Day Spa
• Cheap Joes Art Supply
• Jennifer Pillow Massage Therapist
• Boone Docks MMA
• Scissorhands Salon
• Changes Salon

This contest will run through December 1, 2015. To date, we have raised nearly $1,000 for a great cause in Hunter's Heroes. If you wish to make a tax deductible donation, please make your check out to "Hunter's Heroes" and mail to 1500 Blowing Road Boone, NC 28607, Attn: Daniel Duckworth.

Release Date: November 13, 2015
 
On November 12, 2015, Boone Police arrested Truby Jonathan Proctor, III, of Cool Springs Drive, Blowing Rock, for one count of felony Worthless Check, one count of misdemeanor Worthless Check and two counts of misdemeanor Obtaining Property by Worthless Check. He was given a $3000 secured bond pending a court date of December 15, 2015.
Truby Jonathan Proctor    
Truby Jonathan Proctor, III    

Release Date: November 12, 2015
 
Today at approximately 1:30 PM, Boone Police responded to Hillcrest Circle for an armed person suffering emotional distress and some medical issues. Boone Police officers established a perimeter around the scene and initiated negotiations. After approximately 5-1/2 hours, the person voluntarily exited their residence and was transported to Watauga Medical Center for treatment.

There were no injuries from this incident. No criminal charges will be filed.

Release Date: November 6, 2015
False Alarm - Possible sighting of Davidson County homicide suspects in Boone
On Thursday November 5, 2015, at 11:23 PM, the Boone Police Department received a call from an individual that believes they saw Lloyd Franklin and Jennifer Michelle Lanning at the CVS in Boone, NC at approximately 4:30 PM. Boone Police Department has obtained the surveillance video footage from the CVS store. The video shows a female matching the description of Jennifer Michelle Lanning walking into the CVS and then leaving after less than one minute. Boone Police Investigators were unsure if the female in the video was indeed Jennifer Michelle Lanning. An investigation into the female's identity began.

On Friday November 6, 2015, at about noon, the Boone Police Department was able to identify the female in the video and confirm that she is not Jennifer Michelle Lanning. This "sighting" was a false alarm.

If anyone does see this couple or van, do not approach and notify law enforcement immediately. This couple is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Release Date: November 6, 2015
Boone Drug Dealer Identified During Death Investigations Arrested
The Boone Police Department has concluded an investigation into an importer of heroin into our community. This investigation ended with the arrest of Charles Aerinn Poole. While investigating the recent deaths, Boone Police Investigators identified Charles Poole as a source for heroin and other narcotics to our college aged population.

The Boone Police Department Narcotics Unit consists of three full-time officers designated solely to fighting the importation and manufacture of illegal drugs in Boone. This unit gathers and organizes intelligence about illegal drugs in Boone, makes undercover drug purchases, conducts surveillance of drug targets, and conducts searches of those implicated in Boone's drug trade. The entirety of this unit's work is intended to interrupt the drug trade by identifying, arresting and convicting the people that cause illegal drugs to be available in Boone.

"Our community has suffered the loss of too many young people in the past year or so. Just as we try to heal from the tragedies of last fall, the recent deaths of more young people in our community is causing even more pain and sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those we have lost." – Lieutenant Chris Hatton, Investigations Commander

While investigating these deaths, Boone Police Department Investigators have not found any evidence to suggest there was foul play; meaning signs of trauma or evidence of assault. Our Investigators have noticed a common theme with several of these deaths, illegal drugs. This sadly means that many of these deaths could have been avoided.

"The Boone Police Department does not take these deaths lightly. We immediately began investigating any possible connections between these deaths. Our Investigators have been working long hours and 6 to 7 days per week on this case." – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

As a result of the investigation, an individual selling several types of narcotics, including heroin, was identified. This individual was an associate of at least one of the recently deceased victims. This individual is Charles Poole. The Narcotics Unit began an investigation, which included infiltrating his customer base and making several purchases of controlled substances from Poole. Poole sold agents of the Boone Police Department several different types of narcotics on five separate occasions.

***Note - The Boone Police Department has not charged Poole with selling or providing any narcotics to any of our recent victims.

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Boone Police Officers conducted a traffic stop for speeding. Poole was an occupant of the vehicle. Boone Police narcotics detection K-9, Alex, alerted officers to the odor of a controlled substance inside the vehicle. A search was conducted and Poole was found to be in possession of approximately (2.5) grams of heroin. This amount of heroin has a street value of $1,500.

Poole was arrested and charged with the listed drug crimes. Poole was interviewed by narcotics investigators after his arrest. The investigation into Poole's narcotics related associates, customers and suppliers is ongoing.

"Drugs are dangerous and our community is being deeply affected by the individuals that choose to import and distribute poison into our community. We are asking for the public's help. If you know narcotics related information, please share that information and help us keep our citizen's safe. You can give anonymous information through Crimestoppers (828) 268-6959 or you can submit a tip online at: www.highcountrycrimestoppers.com." – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

Arrestee Information:

Charles Aerinn Poole - B/M, DOB 10-02-92 - 1552 West King Street, Apt# G, Boone, NC

Poole was arrested and charged with the following charges:
  • 5 Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell & Deliver a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
  • 4 Counts of Felony Sell and Deliver a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
  • 1 Count of Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
The Boone Police Department is awaiting the toxicology reports from the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office for all of the recent death cases. Each of these investigations will remain open until after a toxicology report is received for that particular case.

***Note – There has been a recent national epidemic with heroin laced with fentanyl causing serious health complications in different cities within the United States. Boone Police Department Investigators do not believe this situation has played a role in our recent deaths in Boone.
POOLE    
Charles Aerinn Poole    

Release Date: November 2, 2015
 
On November 1, 2015, at 2:08 AM, Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 153 Zeb Street in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. First arriving units determined the male to be deceased. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death. The decedent was JD Franklin, 70 years-of-age. The death was from a medical condition.

Release Date: October 29, 2015
 
On October 29, 2015, at approximately 2:00 AM, Boone Police responded to Café Portofino, 970 Rivers Street, for a report of a man brandishing a handgun. The suspect had pointed the gun at an employee of the business. As the first officer arrive, he was notified that the suspect had just left the business in a vehicle traveling west on Rivers Street. The officer located the vehicle and stopped it near the intersection of Poplar Grove Road and Poplar Grove Road Connector.

Kenneth Chase Franks, 25 years-of-age, of Race Track Drive, Bunn, NC, was arrested and charged with Misdemeanor Assault by Pointing a Gun, Misdemeanor Driving While Impaired, and Misdemeanor Expired Registration Violation. Mr. Franks was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $1500 secured bond was set pending a December 17, 2015, appearance in District Court.
Kenneth Chase Franks    
Kenneth Chase Franks    

Release Date: October 21, 2015
 
With Halloween quickly approaching, the Boone Police Department wants to remind everyone to be safe while out and about.

Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for kids, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. Twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to the rest of the year. Only 18% of parents use reflect tape on their child's costumes. 12% of children five years-old or younger are allowed to trick or treat alone.

Here are some tips from the Boone Police Department courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep you and your children safe.

ALL DRESSED UP:
  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost/
CARVING A NICHE:
  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.
HOME SAFE HOME:
  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
HEALTHY HALLOWEEN:
  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

Have a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at Boone Police Department.
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Release Date: October 19, 2015
 
On Sunday, October 18, 2015, at around 7:30 AM, the Boone Police Department received a call of an unattended death at a residence located at 1340 West King Street. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death. The decedent, Rocco Anthony Robert Surace, 28 years-of-age, was transferred to the custody of the medical examiner for an autopsy and toxicological testing. The cause of death remains undetermined pending results of the autopsy and testing.

There are no indications that the death is suspicious.

Release Date: October 5, 2015
 
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, just before 11:45 AM, Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 105 Assembly Drive in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. First arriving units initiated emergency medical care. The victim was transported to Watauga Medical Center where he died. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death. The decedent, Jesse Jacob Lipnack, 19 years-of-age, was transferred to the custody of the medical examiner for an autopsy and toxicological testing. The cause of death remains undetermined pending results of the autopsy and testing. There are no indications of foul play. Lipnack was a Caldwell Community College Student.

Release Date: September 28, 2015
 
On Friday, September 25, 2015, just before 2:30 PM, Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 451 Yosef Drive in reference to an unresponsive male. First arriving units determined that the male was deceased. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death. The decedent, John Dallas Bunch IV, 20 years-of-age, was transferred to the custody of the medical examiner for an autopsy and toxicological testing. The cause of death remains undetermined pending results of the autopsy and testing. There are no indications of foul play.

Release Date: September 25, 2015
 
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, at approximately 4 PM, Boone Police responded to a report of people trespassing on the property of Hardin Park Elementary School. An employee of the school had located a campsite between the school and the New Market Shopping Center. Officers went to the campsite where they encountered Randy Dean Cribb, 59 years-of-age, listing a 275 East King Street, Boone, NC, address. A subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Cribb is a convicted sex offender. Mr. Cribb was arrested and charged with a Felonious violation of the sex offender registry law by being with 300 feet of a school. Mr. Cribb was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $15,000 secured bond was set pending a November 23, 2015, appearance in Watauga District Court.
Randy Dean Cribb    
Randy Dean Cribb    

Release Date: September 24, 2015
 
On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, just before 9 PM, Boone Police and Fire units responded with Watauga Medics to 1469 W. King Street in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. First arriving units initiated emergency medical care. The victim was transported to Watauga Medical Center where he died. Boone Police Department Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to determine the circumstances of the death. The decedent, Noah Tucker Overbey, 20 years-of-age, was transferred to the custody of the medical examiner for an autopsy and toxicological testing. The cause of death remains undetermined pending results of the autopsy and testing. There are no indications that the death is suspicious.

Release Date: September 21, 2015
 
On September 21, 2015, at approximately 1:34 PM, Boone Police responded to the Appalachian Antique Mall – 631 West King Street, for a report a vehicle striking the building. The driver of the vehicle, Betty Phillips Jones, 80 years-of-age, of Boone, was parking when she inadvertently hit the accelerator. Her vehicle traveled over the sidewalk and into the building. There were no injuries from the accident. Damage to the structure, vehicle, and parking meter, were estimated to be $13,000

Release Date: September 21, 2015
 
On September 20, 2015, the Boone Police Department received a call of a death at Bavarian Village Apartments, located at 314 Meadowview Drive. Mr. Thomas Burton Swift of Boone, age 89, was found deceased in his apartment. At this time, there is no indication of foul play and the death is believed to be associated with natural causes.

Release Date: September 17, 2015
 
On Wednesday evening, September 16, 2015, at approximately 7:00 PM, the Boone Police Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a fight in progress in the 500 block of Junaluska Road. While officers were responding to the scene, additional information was received indicating that shots had been fired. When officers arrived, the suspects had already left the scene. Boone Police Department Investigators processed the scene and interviewed witnesses. No injuries occurred during the event.

Boone Police Investigators are looking for a newer model black Subaru Outback or Forrester occupied by two white males. The vehicle may have damage on the lower front bumper. The driver is described as a slender, white male, approximately 23 years-of-age, with blond hair cut in a military style. The driver was wearing a red t-shirt. The passenger is a slender, white male in his early 20s with short black hair.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.

Release Date: August 31, 2015
 
Child Predator Drives across the Nation to Meet Child, Only to get Arrested by the Boone Police Department
 
On Friday, August 28, 2015, Boone Police arrested J P Thrower, 28 years-of-age, of 6300 Lakeshore Drive, Selma, OR. This arrest comes after another joint operation. The agencies involved in this investigation were the Boone Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina Probation & Parole, Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children, "ICAC", Taskforce.

The Boone Police Department is part of the "ICAC" or Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This Task Force is a partnership of shared information and resources to combat the growing problem of crimes against children using the internet. The ICAC Task Force is lead by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and it consists of approximately 140 law enforcement agencies.

"The fight to protect our children is ongoing. With new technology comes new threats and law enforcement must remain vigilant. Boone PD has been a highly valued member of the NC ICAC Task Force for several years. Their recent efforts have taken the fight against predators to an even higher level and the SBI is proud to partner with them."- Alan K. Flora, NC State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit

The Boone Police Department Investigations Division consistently monitors the known websites that online predators use to connect with underage children. Investigators pose as underage children online by creating an undercover online and social media presence.

"If you think your children are safe from people like this, you should pay close attention to this news story. This predator knew he was coming to North Carolina to visit a family member. Prior to the trip, he sought out at least one young child online to meet while he was in North Carolina." – Chris Hatton, Investigations Division Commander

In this case, a Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl on a popular social media web site. Thrower sought out the undercover Investigator on the social media site and the online encounter began. The Boone Police Detective maintained this undercover role as a child throughout the entirety of this investigation. Thrower indicated that he was in Oregon, but was about to travel to the Boone area to visit a family member. Thrower requested a rendezvous in Boone at a local hotel on a specific date and time for sexual purposes. When Thrower arrived at this pre-arranged meeting location, he was arrested by a Boone Police Detective and a Special Agent with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit.

Thrower had also indicated that he worked on a legal marijuana farm in Oregon and that he had mailed a package containing marijuana to a residence in the Foscoe community of Watauga County. Upon researching the address, it was learned that the resident was on probation in Watauga County. North Carolina Probation Officers, along with Watauga County Sheriff's Office and Boone Police Investigators conducted a search of the residence. Watauga County Sheriff's Investigators seized approximately one pound of marijuana during this search. No charges have been filed for this marijuana as of this date.

"This individual had the forethought to seek out at least one child in North Carolina before traveling here. As a parent, this is terrifying. It is these types of crimes that can lead to missing children, human trafficking, and murder. Parents need to know who their kids are meeting online. This is why the Boone Police Department works so hard to stop these predators from getting to our children". – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

Thrower was charged with the following crimes:
• One count of Felony Attempted First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor;
• One count of Felony Soliciting a Child by Computer;
• One count of Felony Dissemination of Obscenity.

Thrower was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $150,000 secured bond was set pending a September 17, 2015, court appearance.
J P Thrower    
J P Thrower    

Release Date: August 18, 2015
 
On August 17, 2015, the Boone Police Department received a call of an unattended death at Oak Ridge Apartments, located at 857 State Farm Road. Ms. Mary Cornett, age 73, was found deceased in her apartment. At this time, there is no indication of foul play and preliminary examination by the medical examiner indicates the death to be related to natural causes.

Release Date: August 14, 2015
IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME
Watauga County Schools open for students on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Boone Police Officers will be out ensuring things go smoothly for students, parents, and teachers on the first day of classes. Officers will be posted near Hardin Park Elementary School and Watauga High School to monitor vehicle and pedestrian traffic to minimize congestion while keeping everyone safe. Strict enforcement of school bus and school zone safety laws will take place. Below are some safety tips for everyone to follow to make this a safe and stress free school year.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
School bus safety is not only important in school zones, but all other areas where students are picked up and dropped off. When you see a school bus stopped with flashing red lights, traffic from both directions must stop. It is a misdemeanor violation to pass a stopped school bus. This charge will result in a fine of up to $500 and 5 driver's license points. If you observe someone passing a stopped school bus, please note the vehicle license plate and immediately report it to the Boone Police Department, or your local law enforcement agency. You may also report violations via High Country Crime Stoppers, www.highcountrycrimestoppers.com, or submit a tip online.
TRAFFIC FLOW SAFETY
On school days from 7:20 AM until 8:00 AM and 2:15 PM until 3:00 PM, northbound traffic on Jefferson Road (Hwy 194) is not permitted to make a left turn into Hardin Park. Official signs have been erected and officers will be enforcing violations. Drivers wishing to enter Hardin Park School should use New Market Blvd near A Cleaner World and then turn right onto Jefferson Road to enter the school. This will make traffic flow more efficient, eliminate congestion, and increase safety.
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Release Date: August 6, 2015
Boone Police Arrest a Registered Sex Offender in another Child Predator Investigation
On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Boone Police arrested Danny Wayne Long, 47 years-of-age, of 601 Bessie Road, Piedmont, SC. This arrest comes after another joint operation. The agencies involved in this investigation were the Boone Police Department, Greenville County Sheriff's Office in SC, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children, "ICAC", Taskforce.

"We have worked several of these investigations this year. I was surprised to learn how prevalent these predators are online. Our Detectives do not have to work hard to find these people. If our Detectives are able to easily interact online with these predators, so can our children. If you are a parent, I strongly recommend you take the appropriate measures to protect your son or daughter from the individuals trolling the internet looking for children." – Investigations Division Commander Chris Hatton

In May 2015, a Boone Police Detective posed as a 15-year-old girl and responded to a personal ad on a popular web site. The ad title indicated that Long was looking for a young girl to "teach." An online encounter with Danny Long began at this point. The Detective maintained this undercover role as a child throughout the entirety of this investigation. Long requested a rendezvous in Boone with this believed-to-be child. Long arranged this meeting at an exact time and location. Investigators did not locate Long at this pre-arranged meeting location. Long was not charged with any crimes on this date. The investigation into Long's illegal online activities continued.

During this investigation, it was learned that Long was a convicted sex offender in South Carolina. According to a news release from the South Carolina Attorney General's Office on July 17, 2015, "Long was previously convicted in 2010 for similar charges stemming from a 2009 arrest by the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, also an ICAC Task Force member" (SCAG, 2015).

This South Carolina news release also stated that Long now has pending charges in South Carolina for a very similar offense. The release stated, "Investigators say Long solicited sex from someone he believed to be a minor. The minor was actually an undercover officer working with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. During the course of the investigation, Long also disseminated obscene material to the undercover officer (SCAG, 2015).

Long was charged in Watauga County with the following crimes:

• One count of Felony Soliciting a Child by Computer.
• One count of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child.
• One count of Felony Disseminate Obscene Material to a Minor.

Long was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $50,000 secured bond was set pending an August 21, 2015, court appearance.

"Our children are our most precious gift, they are our future. We must do whatever it takes to protect our youth from those who would do them harm." – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

References

South Carolina Attorney General's Office (SCAG). (2015, July 17). Sex Offender Arrested for Criminalk Sexual Solicitation and Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Minor Charges. Retrieved August 6, 2015, from http://www.scag.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Danny-Wayne-Long-7-17-15.pdf
Danny Wayne Long    
Danny Wayne Long    

Release Date: July 24, 2015
New Alarm Ordinance
False burglar alarms have become a measurable problem for the Boone Police Department. In 2013, Boone Police responded to over 1,300 false alarms. Efforts taken in 2014, to include warning citations, have resulted in some reduction, however false burglar alarms remain a significant burden on taxpayer resources.

Starting September 1, 2015, these warning citations will take on new significance as Boone Police implement a new alarm ordinance. Beginning that day, alarm users will be allowed two false alarm warnings in a 180 day rolling period. If additional false alarms are received in that same period, users will face civil fines and limited response to the subject business or home address. Alarm users are encouraged to view the new ordinance at the Town of Boone's website, http://www.townofboone.net. Tips for preventing false alarms are also available on the Police Department's section of the website.

A burglar alarm should only be activated when a criminal act is occurring, such as a break in or hold up. All other activations, including acts of nature, user error, and equipment malfunction are false activations and subject to the new ordinance. Please take steps to reduce false alarms in anticipation of enforcement of the new ordinance. Less false alarms will allow for greater safety for your Police Officers and better customer service for all alarm users.
View the New Alarm Ordinance 

Release Date: July 15, 2015
Boone Police Stop Another Child Predator
On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Boone Police arrested Ralph David Dennis, 60 years-of-age, of 2905 Stone Gap Court, Raleigh, NC. This arrest comes after another joint operation. The agencies involved in this investigation were the Boone Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Wake County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children, "ICAC", Taskforce.

"I am very proud of our detectives work in this case. Our detectives monitor known websites where adults attempt to contact underage children in hopes of arranging sexual encounters. We will continue to find and arrest child predators who come to Boone to victimize kids." – Investigations Division Commander Chris Hatton

A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl and responded to a personal ad on a popular web site. The ad title is too vulgar to be released, but it indicated that the poster was looking for sexual relations with a young girl. An online encounter with Ralph Dennis began at this point. The Detective maintained this undercover role as a child throughout the entirety of this investigation. Dennis requested a rendezvous in Boone with this believed-to-be child. When Dennis arrived at the pre-arranged meeting location, he was arrested by a Boone Police Detective and a Special Agent with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit. Detectives seized items of evidence that they believe shows his intentions with the young girl if she had been a real child and had arrived at the meeting location.

"The Boone Police Department is serious about stopping child predators that think they are going to come into Boone and take advantage of our children." – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

Dennis was charged with the following crimes:

• One count of Felony First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
• One count of Felony Soliciting a Child by Computer.
• One count of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child.

Dennis was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $200,000 secured bond was set pending an August 21, 2015, court appearance.
Ralph David Dennis    
Ralph David Dennis    

 Release Date: July 2, 2015
 
Five men have been arrested and charged by the Boone Police Department with Misdemeanor Solicitation of Prostitution. These arrests came as a result of a sting operation targeting the commercial sex trade utilizing local hotels.

On July 2, 2015, Boone Police utilized online advertisements offering prostitution services. In response to these advertisements, the five men were arrested after meeting an undercover police officer and agreeing to pay money in exchange for sexual services.

The arrestees were:

Daniel Patricio Trinidad
H/M, 26 years old
Boone, NC

John Leroy Hawkins
W/M, 53 years old
Boone, NC

Adam Barrett Johnson
W/M, 38 years old
Deep Gap, NC

Zeon Walton Painter
W/M, 65 years old
Apex, NC

James Lee Brown
W/M, 54 years old
Zionville, NC

Each of the arrestees was assigned a $750 secured bond pending an August 21, 2015, appearance in Watauga County District Court.

The Boone Police Department was assisted by the Ashe County Sherriff's Office and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office during this operation.
Daniel Trinidad John Hawkins Adam Johnson
Daniel Patricio Trinidad John Leroy Hawkins Adam Barrett Johnson
 Zeon Painter  James Brown  
Zeon Walton Painter James Lee Brown  

Release Date: June 23, 2015
 
On June 22, 2015, at approximately 10:37 PM, Boone Police responded to 1469 W King Street (High Country Condos) for a reported vehicular assault. When officers arrived, they located the suspect vehicle attempting to leave the parking lot. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Samuel Anderson Long, 20 years-of-age, of Graduate Lane, Boone, NC, was detained.

As a result of an investigation, it was determined that Mr. Long had been in an altercation with some people in the parking lot. Mr. Long assaulted a person and then fled the area in his vehicle. Mr. Long returned a short time later and drove through the parking lot at a high rate of speed in a careless manner. While doing this, Mr. Long struck James Henry Bame, 55 years-of-age, of 1469 W King Street. Mr. Bame suffered extensive injuries requiring hospitalization. Mr. Bame was not involved in the initial altercation.

Mr. Long has been charged with the following offenses:

• Felonious Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury;
• Felonious Hit and Run Inflicting Serious Injury;
• Two counts of Misdemeanor Assault with a Deadly Weapon;
• Two counts of Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property;
• Misdemeanor Simple Physical Assault;
• Misdemeanor Driving While Impaired - .20 BAC;
• Misdemeanor Driving While Impaired – Provisional Licensee;
• Misdemeanor Reckless Driving.

Mr. Long was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $75,000 secured bond was set pending a July 20, 2015, appearance in Watauga District Court.
Samuel Anderson Long    
Samuel Anderson Long    

Release Date: June 20, 2015
Joint Investigation Results in Child Predator Arrest
On Friday June 19, 2015, a joint law enforcement investigation concluded with the arrest of a child predator. The agencies involved in this investigation and arrest were the Boone Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Davie County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children or "ICAC" Taskforce. This investigation and arrest was the result of a proactive attempt by the mentioned law enforcement agencies to find and arrest the individuals that seek to victimize our children online.

A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl and responded to a personal ad on a popular web site. The ad requested "young" girls to respond to the poster. The ad went on to say, "the younger, the better." The suspect was identified as Charles "Chuck" Cardwell, W/M, 59-years-old, from Mocksville, NC.

Cardwell communicated with the undercover Detective for some time. The Detective maintained this undercover role as a 14-year-old girl throughout the entirety of this investigation. Cardwell requested a rendezvous in Boone with this believed-to-be child. When the suspect arrived at the pre-arranged meeting location and time, he was approached by a Boone Police Detective and a Special Agent with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit. Cardwell was arrested and his vehicle was searched. Detectives seized items of evidence from Cardwell's vehicle that they believe shows his intentions with the young girl if she were real and had arrived at the meeting location.

It is not appropriate to reveal any more of the details of this investigation at this time.

"Our children are our most precious possession. This is an example of the Boone Police Department doing everything we can to keep our children safe. This case identified and put a stop to serious online threat to our children." - Police Chief, Dana Crawford

"I am very proud of our Detectives in this case. These types of cases are very labor intensive and can require long hours by our Detectives. Their hard work is important, necessary and appreciated. We would also like to thank the NC State Bureau of Investigation, especially the Computer Crimes Unit for their forensic support and assistance in this case. Davie County Sheriff's office was also a crucial part of this investigation. We are thankful for our law enforcement partners." – Investigations Commander Chris Hatton.

The arrestee in this case is:
Charles Franklin Cardwell
316 Pleasant Acre Drive
Mocksville, NC 27028
12/14/1955 - 59 years of age

The charges filed are:
One count of Felony First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
One count of Felony Soliciting a Child by Computer.
One count of Felony Dissemination of Obscenity.
One count of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child.

Cardwell's court date was set for June 23rd, 2015, and his conditions of release were set as a $200,000 secured bond.
 Charles Franklin Cardwell    
Charles Franklin Cardwell    

Release Date: June 17, 2015
Public Service announcement from New River Light and Power
It has come to New River Light and Power's attention that several of our customers have received telephone calls from a person claiming to be a contractor working for NRLP. Their claim is that the customer's power will be cut off if payment arrangements are not made immediately... This is a scam.
  • NRLP does NOT employ contractors to contact customers.
  • NRLP does NOT phone customers regarding delinquency.
  • NRLP's telephone number is a local number (828-264-3671).

If you receive a call from someone claiming to represent NRLP, please contact Boone Police at 828-268-6900.

If you have any questions or seek additional information relating to this scam please contact NRLP at 828-264-3671.

 


Boone Police are now seeing scammers spoofing CallerID to make calls appear legitimate. Most legitimate businesses will never demand immediate payment to avoid service interruptions. When in doubt, call the business directly to check your account status.

 

 


 

Release Date: June 10, 2015
Boone Named One of North Carolina's Safest Cities
 
The SafeWise Report released its "50 Safest Cities in North Carolina" report this week. To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2013 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 4,000 people.

"It's assumed that big cities and high crime go hand in hand, but our investigation of the safest cities in North Carolina reminds us that's not always the case," SafeWise security analyst Alexia Chianis said. "While we found a number of small safe cities in the Tar Heel state, several highly populated cities made our list too, including Cary, Chapel Hill, Concord, and Raleigh. Many of the large cities on our list are comprised of a number of neighborhoods and business districts. This gives residents the chance to get to know one another, like they do in a small town, and community cohesiveness helps keep crime at bay."

"We are very pleased that Boone is once again considered one of the safest cities in North Carolina. Over the past few years, we have progressed upward on the scale and moved an additional four spots over last year; from 19th up to 15th safest city. Although we believe that many of our enforcement and deterrence initiatives are effective, it is ultimately our partnership with the community that keeps Boone moving in the right direction. Regardless of where Boone is ranked on the Safest Cities list, the welfare of our citizens will always remain our top priority. Boone Police Department will continue to work hard and constantly evaluate and improve upon the services we provide in order to maintain the trust of our residents and all who enjoy the High Country year round."Chief of Police Dana B. Crawford

"Boone is a vibrant community with so much to offer. As the home to a nationally recognized university and a diverse community of people from all walks of life, Boone is a great place to live, work, learn and play. We are proud of the men and women who serve and protect our community, and it is with great pride that they are recognized for their accomplishment of having the Town of Boone ranked 15th among the 50 safest cities in North Carolina." – Town Manager John A. Ward III

The full list of North Carolina's safest cities can be viewed here: http://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-North-Carolina-2015

Release Date: May 27, 2015
 
On May 20, 2015, the Boone Police Department charged Donna Louise Oliver, 54 years-of-age, of Hwy 194 N, Boone, and Trina Marie Bowie, 53 years-of-age, of Hwy 194 N, Boone, for one count each of felony Motor Vehicle Theft. They were also charged by the Watauga County Sheriff's Office for one count each of felony Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. These charges occurred after an investigation into a report of a stolen motor vehicle from Hertz.

Oliver and Bowie were served with the warrants by the Wilkesboro Police Department and each given a custody release pending June 18, 2015, appearances in Watauga District Court.
Trina M Bowie Donna L Oliver  
Trina Marie Bowie Donna Louise Oliver  

 Release Date: May 23, 2015
 
The decedent from the May 22, 2015, incident on Robin Lane has been identified as John Dakota Merriss, 18 years-of-age, of Boone, NC.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Merriss' death is continuing.

Release Date: May 22, 2015
 
On Friday morning, May 22, 2015, at approximately 4:30 AM, Boone Police were notified of a deceased male that was brought to the Watauga Medical Center Emergency Department by two individuals. The individuals reported finding the decedent in a parking lot of an apartment complex on Robin Lane. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The decedent did not have any obvious injuries. Boone Police Investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the death. An autopsy will be performed.

Release Date: May 20, 2015
 
The Boone Police Department has completed their investigation and filed charges in the January 22, 2015, motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of ASU student Jacob Dylan Whitaker on Highway 105.

Master Police Officer Joe Knapp has charged Jonathan Dylan Reeder, 21 years-of-age, of Boone, with Misdemeanor Death by Vehicle, Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit, and Driving Left of Center. Mr. Reeder was given a $2000 unsecured bond pending a court appearance on June 18, 2015.
Jonathan Dylan Reeder    
Jonathan Dylan Reeder    

 Release Date: May 15, 2015
 
 On May 12, 2015, the Boone Police Department charged Bradley O'Neil Caldwell, Jr, 21 years-of-age, of Granite Falls, NC and James Lewis Hairston, III, 22 years-of-age, of Winston Salem, NC for one count of felony Motor Vehicle Theft, one count of felony Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle and one count of misdemeanor Larceny. These charges occurred after an extensive investigation into a motor vehicle theft that occurred in Boone on January 20, 2015.

Bradley O'Neil Caldwell, Jr, was served with the warrants while in custody at the Burke/Catawba Detention Center and is now under a $570,000 secured bond for these and other related crimes that occurred in multiple jurisdictions. His Watauga county court date is scheduled for May 15, 2015.

James Lewis Hairston, III, was served with warrants while in custody at the Forsythe County Detention Center and is now under a $50,000 secured bond for these and other related crimes that occurred in Forsythe County. His Watauga county court date is scheduled for June 18, 2015.
 Bradley O Caldwell Jr James L Hairston III  
 Bradley O'Neil Caldwell, Jr James Lewis Hairston, III  

Release date: April 29, 2015
 
Cops and firefighters have long had a friendly and... competitive relationship. Recently, the Boone Police Department has laid down a challenge- a waffle eating challenge. The event will take place May 7, 2015, at 9 am, at the Waffle House in Boone.

The Boone Police Department is fundraising for Special Olympics North Carolina. Boone Fire will be raising money for the NC Firefighters' Burned Children Fund.

All of us are very excited to team up with the Waffle House and Boone
Fire to raise money and awareness for our respective causes. Our goal
is to host a fun event, at least for the spectators, and allow Boone
residents to interact with their public servants. We are hopeful that
many in the community will come out to support this event.
        Captain Andy Le Beau – Boone Police Department

This is a great opportunity for some friendly competition with our
fellow public servants while raising money for two great causes.
        Captain Amy Flieg – Boone Fire Department

Details:

May 7, 2015 at 9 am
Waffle House 881 Blowing Rock Road in Boone
Four on Four teams will face off to see who can put away the most waffles in 15 minutes

Ways you can support:

• Come to the event and eat breakfast- Waffle House will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the NC Firefighters' Burned Children Fund and Special Olympics North Carolina. Plus, Waffle House will donate $5 for every waffle that the police and firefighters can eat. During the event, overflow parking will be provided by Holton Management @ 895 Blowing Rock Road, located next door to the Waffle House.

• Buy a coupon book- Waffle House has provided coupon books with approximately $25 of food coupons. The coupon books are available for $5 at the Waffle House or the Boone Police Department from now until the date of the event.

• Purchase an ICON for $1 at the Waffle House to stick on their wall to show your support to the Police or Fire team.


Release Date: April 27, 2015
HARDIN PARK SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY
The Boone Police Department has seen an increase in traffic crashes near Hardin Park School during school hours. Officers would like to address, School Bus Safety and Traffic Flow Safety.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
School bus safety is not only important in school zones, but all other areas where students are picked up and dropped off. When you see a school bus stopped with flashing red lights, traffic from both directions must stop. It is a misdemeanor violation to pass a topped school bus. This charge will result in a fine of up to $500 and 5 driver's license points.
TRAFFIC FLOW SAFETY
On school days from 7:20 AM until 8:00 AM and 2:15 PM until 3:00 PM, northbound traffic on Jefferson Road (Hwy 194) is not permitted to make a left turn into Hardin Park. Official signs have been erected and officers will be enforcing violations and drivers could be subject to a citation. It is suggested that drivers wishing to enter Hardin Park School use New Market Blvd near A Cleaner World and then turn right onto Jefferson Road to enter the school. This will make traffic flow more efficient, eliminate congestion, and increase safety.

Release date: April 22, 2015
 
Area law enforcement agencies will be participating in the annual Special Olympic Torch Run on May 2, 2015. This is an event to raise awareness and funding for the North Carolina Special Olympics. The run will start at 9 a.m. at the Boone Police Department. The route will go south on Highway 321 to the Shoppes on the Parkway in Blowing Rock (approx. 6 miles).

Since 1987 law enforcement officers across the state have worked to raise money for Special Olympics, and last year raised over 1 million dollars through t-shirt sales, corporate donations, and various fundraisers. The money raised provides opportunity for those with intellectual disabilities to receive year-round training activities and funds the costs of the annual games. 160 nations around the world participate in the Special Olympics program.

"Many law enforcement officers from Watauga County will run with Special Olympians. We would love to have some runners from the community participate with us to show support for a great cause and join the fun."- Captain Andy Le Beau, Boone Police.

This is not a timed competitive event, although, some of the Special Olympic athletes may set a fast pace. Prior to the run, Special Olympic t-shirts will be available for an $18 donation and a technical material version is available for a $20 donation (as supplies last) at the Boone Police Department.
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Release Date: April 22, 2015
Boone Police Arrest Third Suspect in Horn in the West Vandalism
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, the Boone Police Department received a report of a breaking and entering and vandalism at the Horn in the West property off Horn in the West Drive. The perpetrators used spray paint to vandalize the property resulting in approximately $3,000 in damage. Numerous buildings were entered and damaged.

During this investigation, it was learned that there was more than suspect. It was also learned that the suspects had also vandalized several other locations in the same manner.

The Boone Police Department has been investigating this case and has made two previous arrests. On April 15 2015, a third suspect was arrested and charged for the vandalism.

The arrestee in this case is:

David Eric Marder
Hardin Street
Boone, NC 28607
19 years of age

The charges filed are:
One count of Misdemeanor Damage to Real Property
One count of Misdemeanor Defacing a Public Building

Marder's court date was set for May 21, 2015, in Boone District Court and his conditions of release were set as a $1,000 secured bond.
David Eric Marder    
David Eric Marder    

Release Date: April 20, 2015
Boone Police Participate in the Watch for Me NC Program WFM Logo Color
As the weather is warming up and more people are enjoying being outside, I would like to remind everyone to be aware of pedestrians, and bicyclist. Each year more than 2,000 pedestrians and over 900 bicyclists are hit by vehicles in North Carolina, making North Carolina one of the most dangerous states in the US for walking and bicycling.

Boone Police are participating in the Watch for Me NC Program to make Boone a safer place. We will be increasing enforcement efforts for bicycle violations and violations occurring in pedestrian crosswalks.

Please remember that:
  • It is a violation of Town Ordinance to not wear a helmet while riding in the city limits, including the Greenway Trails;
  • Town ordinance also forbids bikes, or skateboards, to be ridden on sidewalks;
  • Pedestrians must obey crosswalk signal devices;
  • Drivers must stop at a steady red signal at a pedestrian crosswalk and come to a complete stop when the red light is flashing. Once stopped, drivers may proceed, when the red light is flashing, when it is safe to do so.

 Release Date: April 6, 2015
 
 On Saturday April 4, 2015, at 8:00 am, the Boone Police Department responded to bomb threat at Melanie's Food Fantasy, located at 664 W. King Street in Boone, NC. The threat was called in by an unknown person to the Boone Police Department's Communication Division. The Boone Police Department evacuated the business and called Investigators to the scene to assist. A search of the business was conducted; no explosives or suspicious items were located during this search. The business re-opened a short time later.

The Boone Police Department continues to investigate this matter. Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6942 or Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website athttps://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.

Release Date: March 6, 2015
 
As a result of the continuing investigation into the reported breaking and entering, vandalism, and larceny at the Horn in the West, Boone Police detectives have located additional vandalized properties and have made additional arrests.

On March 4, 2015, detectives of the Boone Police Department arrested Peter Anthony Pizzato, age 19, of Charlotte. Mr. Pizzato has been charged with one count of Felony Breaking and Entering, one count of Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, three counts of Misdemeanor Damage to Real Property, three counts of Misdemeanor Defacing a Public Building, two counts of Misdemeanor Damage to Personal Property, one count of Misdemeanor First Degree Trespassing and one count of Simple Possession of Marijuana.

Mr. Pizzato, a sophomore at Appalachian State University, was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate, where he was assigned a court date of April 28, 2015, and placed under a $12,500 secured bond.

On March 5, 2015, Detectives of the Boone Police Department arrested Matthew Ryan Goldstein, in connection to the graffiti that was discovered at other locations in Boone. Mr. Goldstein was charged with two counts of Misdemeanor Damage to Real Property, two counts of Misdemeanor Defacing a Public Building, two counts of Damage to Personal Property and one count of Misdemeanor First Degree Trespassing. Mr. Goldstein was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate, where he was placed under a subsequent $5,000 secured bond.

Property at Brookshire Park, Town of Boone Winklers Creek Water Intake, and Carroll Companies sustained vandalism by these arrestees.

The investigation is continuing.
 Peter Pizzato  Brookshire Park  CC1
Peter Anthony Pizzato Grafitti
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 Grafitti    

Release Date: March 3, 2015
 
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, the Boone Police Department received a report of a breaking and entering to the Horn in the West property off Horn in the West Drive. The perpetrators used spray paint to vandalize the property resulting in approximately $3000 in damage. Numerous buildings were entered and damaged.

"The Horn in the West has historic and cultural significance for Boone. I know all of us who love Boone are deeply disappointed that someone thought so little of Boone that they would do such a thing. Our investigators did a fantastic job solving this crime. Matthew Ryan Goldstein, an ASU student, has been arrested. We continue to develop evidence and believe others were involved. We will work closely with the District Attorney to ensure that if Goldstein is convicted and found guilty that he will be held accountable for his crimes. We also have information to believe that this person may be responsible for graffiti in other locations in town. We will continue to investigate, and do our best to ensure that all those who were involved are made to take responsibility for their crimes." – Chief Dana Crawford

On March 2, 2015, as a result of the investigation, detectives of the Boone Police Department arrested Matthew Ryan Goldstein, age 18, of Plantation, FL, and charged him with one count of Felony Breaking and Entering, one count of Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, one count of Misdemeanor Damage to Real Property and one count of Misdemeanor Defacing a Public Building. Mr. Goldstein, a freshman at Appalachian State University, was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate, where he was assigned a court date of April 28, 2015, and placed under a $10,000 secured bond.

The Boone Police Department would like to thank the Appalachian State University Police Department and High Country Crime Stoppers for their assistance in this investigation.
 Matthew Ryan Goldstein  Grafitti 1  Grafitti 2
Matthew Ryan Goldstein Grafitti  
 
 Release Date: February 27, 2015
 
 On February 15, 2015, the Boone Police Department responded to an alarm activation at Night Secrets, 1126 Blowing Rock Road. Upon arrival, officers discovered the alarm was the result of a Breaking and Entering to the business. An amount of US currency was taken from the business. Detectives utilized video footage that was recorded from inside the business during this incident.

On February 27, 2015, Boone Police Investigators arrested Jacob Thomas Goode, 22 years-of-age, and Savannah Bree Padgett, 22 years-of-age, of Joe Road, Statesville, NC. Each was charged with one count of Felony Breaking and Entering, one count of Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, one count of Felony Safecracking and one count of Felony Conspiracy to Commit Larceny after Breaking and Entering. They were taking before a Watauga County Magistrate where they were each assigned a $15,000 secured bond pending an April 30, 2015, appearance in Watauga District Court. Padgett is a former employee of the business.

"The best lead we had was a video of a large person wearing gloves and a Guy Fawkes mask. This investigation led us to Statesville, NC, to assist Statesville Police Department in serving a search warrant at the suspect's residence, where several vital pieces of evidence were collected. The mask worn by the suspect was recovered in an icy portion of Laurel Fork Creek. By the end of this investigation, our detectives were able to solve this case and make these arrests. I'm proud of the hard work our detectives give our citizens each day, but especially on this case." – Lt. Chris Hatton

The Boone Police Department would like to thank the Statesville Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.
 Jacob Thomas Goode  Savannah Bree Padgett  
 Jacob Thomas Goode Savannah Bree Padgett  

Release Date: February 26, 2015
 
On January 9, 2015, Boone Police were notified by Watauga High School administrators that a faculty member's social media account had been used to communicate inappropriately with a female student. Investigation revealed the account was falsely created and used by a juvenile student of the school. A juvenile criminal petition, alleging a violation of North Carolina criminal statute 14-548.2 Cyberbullying of School Employee by Student, will be submitted to Juvenile Court counselors for consideration.

Boone Police consider carefully matters involving online impersonation and harassment. We continue to urge our citizens to use social media with caution and to consider not only the personal ramifications of their actions, but the possible violations of criminal statues as well.
 
Release Date: February 6, 2015
 
In an attempt to ease the burden on many of our  citizens during the holiday season, the Boone Police Department held its second  annual holiday food drive.  This year,  the Boone Police Department partnered with the Watauga County Chapter of the  NAACP to help the less fortunate in our area. The food collected during this  drive was donated to the Hunger & Health Coalition in Boone, NC for  distribution. The Hunger & Health Coalition organization collects,  organizes and distributes food, medication, clothing and firewood to needy  families in our area. The Hunger & Health Coalition feeds over 1,000  children and elderly people every month in the Boone area.

The method the Hunger & Health Coalition uses to  measure donated food is by weight and the total amount of food collected during  this drive is 1,002 pounds. Investigators with the Boone Police Department  delivered the collected food to the Health & Hunger Coalition as it was  collected. This food drive also received $200 in cash to go towards the  cause.  The Hunger and Health Coalition  will be able to purchase $1,400 worth of food with these cash donations. 

“The people of Boone have a big heart.  It is obvious how much people care by the  amount of donated food we received. We are grateful to everyone who  contributed.” – Chief Crawford 

“As law enforcement officers, we see a lot of people  who do not have the basic things that most of us take for granted. We care  about people and our hearts go out to the individuals with these great needs.  It feels good to know that our efforts combined with the public’s generosity  will help the poor in our area.   We are  grateful for the NAACP’s assistance this year. Thank you to everyone who came  together and helped by donating food or money to this worthy cause.” –  Lieutenant Chris Hatton

“I visited the Hunger and Health Coalition this week  to deliver our last bag of donated food.   The food supplies are already dangerously low again. The food banks in  our area need more food and monetary donations. I encourage individuals,  families, clubs and churches to consider doing what they can to help.” –  Lieutenant Chris Hatton

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer  or sponsor a food drive for the Hunger & Health Coalition, the staff there  can be reached at (828)262-1628.  Their  facility is located at 141 Health Center Drive in Boone, NC.

   
Fill the Cruiser Event 2014

   

Release Date: February 2, 2015

Death Investigation

On February 2, 2015, just after 3:18 AM,  Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to 143 Rogers Drive, Boone NC,  for a medical emergency. David Wade Rogers, 47 years-of-age, was found in  distress and was later pronounced dead at the Watauga Medical Center.  At this time, there are no indications of  foul play.  The investigation is continuing.


Release  Date: January 31, 2015
Death Investigation

On January 30, 2015, just before 9:15 PM,  Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to 325 Yosef Drive, Boone NC,  for a medical emergency.  Michael C.  Schmitt, 23 years-of-age, was found in distress and transported to Watauga  Medical Center where he died.  Mr.  Schmitt was a student at Appalachian State University.  At this time, there are no indications of  foul play.  The investigation is continuing.


Release  Date:  January 23, 2015
 
On January 22, at approximately 7:35 PM,  Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to a motor vehicle collision  involving two vehicles on NC Hwy 105 near Dogwood Road.  As a result of the collision, Jacob Dylan Whitaker,  21 years-of-age, of Wake Forest, NC, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the second vehicle, Jonathan  Dylan Reeder, 21 years-of-age, of Sherrills Ford, NC, refused medical  treatment.   There were no other occupants in either  vehicle.

The investigation into the incident is  ongoing. 


Release  Date: January 13, 2015
Boone Police Make Cyber Predator Arrest

 
On January 12, 2015, the Boone Police  Department and the State Bureau of Investigation closed an on-going cyber investigation.  This 10-week investigation was a proactive attempt by the Boone Police  Department to catch individuals that seek to victimize our children online.

A Boone Police Detective posted an  online profile that identified the detective as a 14-year-old girl in Boone on  a popular social media site. The Detective operated the site as a normal girl  that age would.  Within five days of  posting the new profile, the suspect made contact through a chatting program.  The Detective did nothing to instigate contact with the suspect or entice him.  During the interactions with the detective, whom he thought was a 14 year old  girl, the suspect committed several legal violations of a sexual nature.

“This  is an example of the Boone Police Department doing everything we can to keep  our children safe.  This case identified  and put a stop to serious online threat to our children. This case, and the  recent arrest of a local man luring a young child into a store restroom,  demonstrates that this threat is real. We want to assure our community we are  being pro-active in protecting our children. We would like to thank Watauga  County District Attorney’s Office and the NC State Bureau of Investigation  Computer Crimes Unit for their forensic support and assistance in this case.” - Police Chief, Dana Crawford

The arrestee in this case is:

David William Short          225 Broad Street          Shelby, NC 28150          3/31/1978 - 36 years of age
         The charges filed are:          One count of Felony Second Degree Sexual  Exploitation of a Minor.          One count of Felony Soliciting a Child  by Computer.          One count of Felony Dissemination of  Obscenity.
     Short’s court date was scheduled for  February 19th, 2015, and his conditions of release were set as a $75,000  secured bond.

   
David William Short

   

Release  Date: January 13, 2015
 
In the last few days, threeTown  of Boone commercial water customers have received phone calls from someone  claiming to represent the Town of Boone.   The caller demanded immediate payment for a delinquent account or the  customer’s water would be shutoff.  This  is a scam

The Town of Boone may contact customers,  as a courtesy, if their water account is delinquent and will accept credit card  payment over the phone, but the Town of Boone never will demand immediate  payment.  All calls from the Town of  Boone should come from a local number.   The Town of Boone never uses independent contractors to make calls on  their behalf.   

If you receive a call from someone  claiming to be from the Town of Boone, feel free to contact them before making  any payments or sharing any financial information. The Water Department billing  number is 828-268-6220.

This scam is very similar to a scam  reported by New River Light and Power on January 9, 2015.  If you receive a call and think it isn’t  legitimate, please contact the Boone Police Department or your local law  enforcement agency before sharing any financial information or making a  payment. 


News Release from New River Light and Power Concerning a Scam Targeting Boone Residents and Businesses .

 
January 9, 2015

Public Service announcement from New Rive Light and Power

It has come to New River Light and Power’s attention that  several of our customers have received telephone calls from a person claiming  to be a contractor working for NRLP. Their claim is that the customer’s power  will be cut off if payment arrangements are not made immediately… This is a  scam.

  • NRLP does not employ contractors to contact  customers.
  • NRLP does not phone customers regarding delinquency.
  • NRLP’s telephone number is a local number  (828-264-3671).
If you receive a call from someone claiming to represent  NRLP, please contact          Boone Police at (828) 268-6900

If you have any questions or seek additional information  relating to this scam please contact      NRLP at 828-264-3671


Release Date: January 8, 2015

Boone Police Concludes Anna Smith Case as Suicide

“For  several days after Anna Smith’s disappearance this community was unsettled, due  to speculation that Anna’s disappearance and death might have been the result  of foul play, but after an exhaustive investigation, we have concluded that  Anna Smith took her own life.  This has  been a difficult and emotional process for everyone involved, however, our  search for the truth has been extensive.   This family deserves to know the facts surrounding what happened to Anna  and we extend our condolences to the Smith family.” – Dana B. Crawford – Chief of Police

On September 13, 2014, the body of  Appalachian State University student Anna Smith was found in a wooded area off  of Popular Grove Road in Boone. Prior to this discovery, Appalachian State  University Police and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations had been  investigating Smith's disappearance.   Smith had been reported missing by her college roommate on September 3,  2014. Because Smith was found off campus, the Boone Police Department took over  the investigation.  Boone Police  Detectives continued to call on the North Carolina State Bureau of  Investigation and Appalachian State University Police Department for assistance  during this investigation. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation  also assisted with this case.

"Since Miss Smith  was reported missing, this investigation has involved law enforcement agencies  on the local, state and federal levels, several woodland area searches, and  over 100 potential witness interviews.   Boone Police Officers and NC SBI Agents also conducted an area canvas  which included the area residents and the employees of nearby businesses." - Lt. Chris Hatton – Investigations Commander

On November 25, 2014, the North Carolina Medical  Examiner's Office released an autopsy and toxicology report from the Smith  investigation.  This report indicated the  cause of death as, "hanging" and the manner of death as suicide.

"Separate and apart  from the NC Medical Examiner's investigation, the information learned and the  evidence collected during this lengthy and thorough investigation has led our  agency to the same conclusion as the North Carolina Medical Examiner's  Office." - Lt. Chris Hatton –  Investigations Commander

The Boone Police Department would like to thank  every citizen and law enforcement officer that assisted in this case for their  assistance, cooperation and understanding as we searched for the truth in this  investigation.


Release  Date: January 2, 2015
 
On November 8, 2014, Boone Police  received a report of a pocketbook taken from an automobile on Watauga Village  Drive.  As a result of the investigation,  Boone Police Department investigators arrested Patricia Maria Tucker, 48  years-of-age, of Newland, NC, on December 30, 2014, and charged her with one  count of felony Motor Vehicle Breaking and Entering, one count of felony  Financial Card Theft, and one count of misdemeanor Larceny.

Ms. Tucker was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $3000  secured bond was set pending a February 19, 2015, appearance in Watauga County  District Court.



   
Patricia Maria Tucker

   

Release  Date: December 31, 2014
 
On December 31, 2014, the Boone Police  Department received a call of an unattended death in the parking lot of 240  Shadowline Drive. Ms. Mary Ursula Connell, 72 years-of-age, was found deceased  inside her vehicle.  At this time, there  is no indication of foul play.  The  investigation is continuing. 


Release  Date: December 31, 2014
 
On December 30, 2014, the Boone Police  Department received a call of an unattended death at 327 Chase Court. Mr. Dirk Joseph  Krause, 51 years-of-age, was found deceased in his residence.  At this time, there is no indication of foul  play.  The investigation is  continuing. 


Release Date: December 23, 2014

 
On December 19, 2014, Boone Police  Investigators arrested Micah Drake Fowler, 21 years-of-age, of Boone, NC, charging  him with three counts of Felony Embezzlement from his prior employer, Lowes  Foods Stores, Inc.  Mr. Fowler was given  a $3,000 secured bond pending a February 5, 2015, appearance in Watauga  District Court.  This resulted from a  December 16, report regarding the embezzlement of funds by Mr. Fowler.



   
Micah Drake Fowler

   

Release  Date: December 13, 2014
 
On  December 13, 2014, at approximately 11:00 AM, Boone Police responded to an  abduction of a child at Michael’s, 320 Watauga Village Drive.  While shopping inside Michael's, a family  realized their 5-year-old daughter was no longer standing with them. After  searching for her, the family finally found her inside the store. It was  discovered that the child had been lured into the bathroom by a person later  identified as, William Francis Grubb, 19 years of age, of Hopewell Church Road,  Boone, NC.  Grubb left the store prior to  police arrival but was quickly located nearby by first arriving officers.  Investigators believe there may be other  situations in which Grubb has lured children away from their parents in an  attempt to gain sexual gratification.   Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Boone Police  Department at 828-268-6900 and speak with Sergeant Osborne. 

Grubb  has been charged with the following crimes:

  • One  Count – Felony Abduction of a Child
  • One  Count – Felony Indecent Liberties with a Minor
  • One  Count – Felony Kidnapping
  • One  Count – Felony Indecent Exposure
We appreciate the rapid  response and assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations in  this case." – Lieutenant Chris Hatton – Boone Police Department

This is the type of thing that every parent  fears. I'm grateful for the quick actions of our officers in the apprehension  of this person. Our officers and detectives will continue to investigate this  matter.  The Child Advocacy Center did,  and will be, assisting in the investigation and assessing the needs of the  child and her family.” – Captain Andy LeBeau – Boone Police Department

Grubb was taken before a  Watauga County Magistrate where he was ordered held without bond pending a  December 15, 2014, appearance in Watauga District Court.  Grubb is being housed in the Watauga County  Detention Center.    



   
William Francis Grubb

   

Release Date: December 10, 2014

 
On  November 17, 2014, an incident was reported to the Boone Police Department  regarding a vehicle that had been broken into at the Village of Meadowview  Apartments.  The victim’s financial cards  were stolen out of the vehicle and subsequently used.  Boone Police Investigators have charged David  Lee Morgan, age 18, of Boone, NC, with the following offenses:

  • One count of Felony Breaking and Entering a       Motor Vehicle
  • Two counts of Felony Financial Card Theft
  • Three counts of Felony Obtaining Property by       False Pretense
  • Three counts of Misdemeanor Financial Card       Fraud
  • One count of Misdemeanor Larceny
Mr.  Morgan was assigned a $10,000 secured bond pending a January 20, 2015, court  appearance.

   
David  Lee Morgan

   

Release Date: December 10, 2014

 
Boone Police Investigators arrested  Gloria Powell Hildebran, 43 years-of-age, of Morganton, NC, on December 5,  2014, and charged her with three counts of Felony Embezzlement from her prior  employer, RHA Health Services.  Ms.  Hildebran was given a $10,000 secured bond pending a January 22, 2015, appearance  in Watauga District Court. This resulted from an October 15, 2014, report  regarding the illegal use of funds by Ms. Hildebran.

   
Gloria Powell Hildebran

   

Release Date: December 9, 2014

 
On December 5, 2014, at approximately  12:49 AM, Boone Police Officers responded to the Red Carpet Inn, 862 Blowing  Rock Road, for an assault.  The victim, a  53 years-of-age female, was found in the lobby of the establishment in need of  medical assistance.

     As a result of an investigation into the incident, Michael Wayne  Brassfield, 48 years-of-age, of Brook Hollow Road, Boone, NC, was charged with  Felonious Assault Inflicting Serious Injury and Misdemeanor Assault of a  Female.  Mr. Brassfield was given a  $30,000 secured bond pending a January 20, 2014, appearance in Watauga District  Court.


   
Michael Wayne  Brassfield

   

Release  Date: November 18, 2014
Unattended Death

On November 18, 2014, the Boone Police  Department received a call of an unattended death at 270 Oak Street.  Mr. Grayson Charles Huffman, 22 years-of-age,  was found deceased in his residence.  Mr.  Huffman was a student at Appalachian State University.  At this time, there is no indication of foul  play.  The investigation is on-going.


Release Date: November 15, 2014
 
The Boone Police Department is announcing its 2nd  Annual Food Drive.  The food drive will begin  Tuesday, November 4, 2014 and will continue until Friday, January  30, 2015. 

The Boone Police Department is pleased to announce a  partner in this year’s food drive. The Boone Police Department is partnering  with the Watauga Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P..   Both organizations are going to be working in our community striving to  collect as much food as possible for the people in need in our area.

“Maintaining relationships with our community members  is crucial to the Boone Police Department. It’s a vital component for being an  effective and successful law enforcement agency.” – Chief D. Crawford

The food collected will go to benefit the Hunger  & Health Coalition here in Boone, NC.    The  Hunger & Health Coalition organization collects, organizes and distributes  food, medication, clothing and firewood to needy families in our area. The  Hunger & Health Coalition feeds approximately 800 children and elderly  people every month in the Boone area.  We  believe in what this organization is doing and we want to help them.

“During our work in the community, we encounter  people who as far less fortunate. We see people in all stages of life that have  to worry about how to get their next meal.   We cannot ignore the needs in our community and we feel led to help.Unemployment,  underemployment and the ever-increasing price of goods is causing many good  people to choose between their basic needs.” – Lt. Chris Hatton

 “The Watauga County Branch of the NAACP is so  pleased to offer our support to the Boone Police Department as they work  towards providing healthy and nutritious food to those in our community struggling  during this Holiday Season. We believe that all people deserve a place at an  abundant and compassionate table.  The  Watauga NAACP is honored to partner with the Boone PD as we work towards a  common goal of ending hunger in our community.” – Allison Jennings (Branch  Secretary 2014, Branch President 2015-2017)

If anyone would like to support this effort  they can help by donating food during this food drive.  Any non-perishable food is accepted; however,  there are a few items that the Hunger & Health Coalition seems to always find to be in  short supply.           The following items would very much appreciated:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Grape Jelly
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Chef Boyardee type Canned Pasta
Food can be currently be donated at the following locations:

  • The       Boone Police Department lobby (Beside the US Post Office).
  • Boone       Fire Department - Station #2 lobby (Beside the baseball fields on State       Farm Road).
     If any other  organizations, groups or individuals would like to join our efforts, please contact  Lieutenant Chris Hatton with the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6942.

Release Date: November 10, 2014

Unattended Death

On November 8, 2014, the Boone Police  Department received a call of an unattended death at 317 Grand Boulevard.  Ms. Kristin Lee Freeman, 23 years-of-age, was  found deceased in her residence.  At this  time, there is no indication of foul play.   The investigation is on-going.   


Release Date: November 10, 2014

Unattended Death

On November 7, 2014, the Boone Police  Department received a call of an unattended death at a Blairmont Drive  location. Ms. Josephine B. Bingham, 88 years-of-age, was found deceased in her  residence.  There were no indications of  foul play.  The death resulted from  natural causes.


Release  Date:  November 7, 2014
 
On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Boone  Police Investigators charged Jesse Colton Grimes, 17 years-of-age, Sugar Grove,  NC, with Felonious First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Felonious  Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Felonious Third Degree Sexual  Exploitation of a Minor, and Felonious Extortion.  Mr. Grimes was taken before a Watauga County  Magistrate where a $325,000 secured bond was set pending a December 18, 2014,  appearance in Watauga County District Court.   Mr. Grimes was remanded to the custody of the Watauga County Detention  Center.

These charges are the result of an  investigation launched October 14, 2014, after an allegation of extortion via sexting,  the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by an electronic device, involving  a minor was received by the Boone Police Department School Resource  Officer.  Working in conjunction with  Watauga County school system officials, Investigators discovered that Mr.  Grimes was targeting children as young as 12.

During the investigation, forensic  examination of digital devices revealed a predatory pattern of behavior by Mr.  Grimes.  The investigation now involves  multiple law enforcement agencies in three states with numerous victims.  While the actions in this case are extreme,  the sending of any sexually explicit image involving a child is a crime.  All cases involving the dissemination of  obscene material will be investigated thoroughly.    

The use of social media sites by our  children presents the opportunity for them to be victimized.  Previously, the threat required a predator to  physically contact our children.  Now  however, a predator can enter our homes electronically and victimize our  children.  We urge parents to be vigilant  in their monitoring of social media site usage.   Talk with your children concerning the dangers of social media  sites.  Develop an atmosphere where  children will feel confident in coming to you if someone tries to victimize  them.  Consider the use of software to  monitor and filter electronic usage.

“Often  times we see sexual predators initiate innocent contact with our children to  build trust. They will learn our children’s weaknesses until they can  compromise them and get them to send explicit images.  Once that occurs, they will blackmail our  children by threatening to send these images to friends, classmates, and  family.  They may even attempt to get a  child to meet them in person.” – Lt.  Chris Hatton – Boone Police Department Criminal Investigations Commander  
         This investigation is ongoing with the  possibility of additional charges.  There  is a possibility of additional victims and we encourage parents to speak with  their children about anyone who has contacted them or befriended them.   

“As  this case demonstrates, the predator isn’t always a stranger.  It can be a classmate.” Dana  B. Crawford – Boone Police Department Chief of Police

The Boone Police Department is thankful for the assistance of the North  Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office,  the Watauga County District Attorney’s Office, the Watauga County School  System, and various out of state law enforcement agencies.

   
Jesse Colton Grimes

   

Release  Date:  November 7, 2014
 
Here are several very good links from SafeKids.com  to assist parents with internet safety for their children.

http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/

http://www.safekids.com/contract.htm

http://www.safekids.com/child-safety-on-the-information-highway/


Release Date: November 6, 2014
 
Several media outlets are reporting the  contents of the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner autopsy  report for Anna M. Smith.  Boone Police  Department Investigators have not received the final autopsy report from  OCME.  Our investigation is  continuing. 

Any questions concerning the autopsy  report should be directed to:

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner          3025 Mail Service Center          Raleigh, NC 27699-3025          919-743-9012

“We  have not received a copy of the autopsy report and were not aware that any  portion of the report would be released prior to the Officer of the Chief  Medical Examiner consulting with the Smith family or Boone Police Department  Investigators” –  Dana B. Crawford – Chief of Police


Release Date: November 5, 2014

Dwelling and Vehicle  Safety: Safeguards Against Theft

 
The Boone Police Department seeks to partner with  the community in reducing breaking and entering incidents involving homes,  apartments, and automobiles.  Recent  reports of breaking and entering incidents have not been confined to a specific  area, but have been occurring throughout the town. Recent arrests have revealed  that offenders are targeting unlocked and unsecured property, vehicles, and  dwellings.
       The Boone Police Department doesn’t want you to  become a victim.  Lock your vehicle and dwelling  doors anytime you leave them unattended.   Routinely practicing this simple step will deter criminals that are  looking for easy opportunities. The officers of The Boone Police Department  work hard to prevent and solve property crime, but we also encourage everyone  to take steps to prevent further incidents.

Additional Crime Prevention Steps:

  • Lock all home and vehicle doors and       windows…Each time you leave or got to bed.
  • When not home, close blinds and curtains
  • Utilize outdoor lighting with motion sensor       activation at night
  • Remove valuables from vehicles when they are       not attended
  • Park in well illuminated areas
  • Secure bicycles with an anti-theft lock
  • Record serial numbers, descriptions, and take       photos of your valuables.
  • If you see suspicious activity, immediately       call 911.
Boone is a fantastic place to live, play, and learn.  The Boone Police Department wants to continue to serve our community in a  proactive manner by reminding you to take these simple crime prevention steps.  Officers are available for one-on-one home security briefings where an officer  will do a walkthrough of your property and note ways that residents can  increase security by practicing good crime prevention techniques. Please contact  Sgt. Matt Stevens (matt.stevens@townofboone.net)  - 828-268-6936, if you have any questions regarding how to better secure your  property. We hope the residents of Boone will partner with us in this endeavor  to keep Boone safe and secure. 

Visit our Crime Prevention Tips from the  navigation panel to read more useful safety information. 


Release Date: October 31, 2014 

Boone Police Unveil New Shoulder Patch

 
Boone Police Officers will be proudly  displaying new shoulder patches starting Monday, November 3, 2014.  The new shoulder patch is the result of a  collaborative effort within the Department to achieve a more distinctive look  that is unique to Boone. 

“The idea for a new shoulder patch  started several years ago when we, as a department, started identifying areas  we would like to change to establish an identity unique to Boone.  We are very fortunate to have officers that  are willing to serve our community unselfishly and see our profession as a  calling and a privilege.  We wanted a  patch that echoed that commitment and reflected the historical aspects of this  community and its heritage.” – Chief of Police Dana B. Crawford

The new shoulder patch is derived from several  sketches completed by members of the Department.  It incorporates the bronze statue of Daniel  Boone located on the Appalachian State University Campus created by the late  Sherry Edwards, a former professor at the university, as the focal point and is  used by permission of the Appalachian State University Foundation.  A North Carolina based company, The Emblem  Authority, produced the final version of the patch.

The patch being retired first appeared around  1976/77 according to Sheriff Len Hagaman, who was the Boone Police  administrator at the time under Chief of Police Clyde Tester.  “The 1976/77 patch replaced a generic police  patch that didn’t identify Boone specifically.   The generic patch was similar in design but smaller.”  The first version of the patch being retired  had “Town of Boone” as the top text. This was later changed to “City of Boone”  before being amended in 2000 to “Boone”. In the past, both the shoulder patch that is being  retired and a rendering of the Boone Police Department badge have been used as  logos for the Department.  The new patch  will be the identifying logo for the Boone Police Department moving forward and  will appear on patrol vehicles, department website, social media feeds, and  print material. 

   
  Boone Police Department Patch

 
     
   
  Retired Boone PD Patch

 

Release Date:  October 30, 2014
 
On October 30, 2014, at approximately 4:15  AM, Boone Police were notified of a breaking and entering to a motor  vehicle.  The resident awoke to find  someone outside in his vehicle.  Boone  Police Officers and Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the call. A  WCSO K9 unit tracked the suspect to Hwy 105 and High School Drive.  Joshua Adam Sparks, 31 years-of-age, of Richmond,  Kentucky, was arrested.  When Mr. Sparks  was taken into custody, a loaded 9mm handgun was located near him.  It was later determined the firearm was  stolen.  Mr. Sparks has been charged with  the following:

  • One  count of Felony Possession of a Stolen Vehicle;
  • One  count of Felony Possession of a Stolen Firearm;
  • One  count of Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon;
  • One  count of Felony Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle;
  • One  count of Misdemeanor Preparation to Break and Enter Motor Vehicles;
  • One  count of Misdemeanor Larceny;
  • Two  Counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Property;
  • One  count of Misdemeanor Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.


Mr. Sparks received a $50,000 secured bond pending a  December 4, 2014, appearance in Watauga County District Court.

“We are thankful for the assistance of the Watauga  County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending Mr. Sparks.  The fact that he was in possession of a  loaded pistol when he was apprehended, underscores the dangers that officers  increasingly face.” – Sgt. T.J. Proffit – Boone Police Department

   
Joshua Adam Sparks

   

Release Date:  October 28, 2014

 
On October 20 and 21, 2014, the Boone  Police Department received numerous reports of unsecured vehicles being entered  and items taken. 
       On October 23, 2014, Boone Police  Department Investigators arrested Adrian Eugene Farris Jr., 21 years-of-age, of  Mesa Circle, Boone, and Kathleen Beatrice Ferrell, 19 years-of-age, of Mesa  Circle, Boone, and charged them with:

  • Four counts       of Felony Breaking and Entering an Automobile;
  • One count       of Felony Larceny;
  • One count       of Felony Financial Card Theft;
  • Three       counts of Misdemeanor Larceny;
  • One count       of Simple Possession of Marijuana;
  • One count       of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Mr. Farris was also charged with one  count of Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense.  Mr. Farris and Ms. Ferrell each received a  $20,000 secured bond pending a November 18, 2014, appearance in Watauga County  District Court.

You can reduce the likelihood of a breaking and  entering to your vehicle by following these suggestions:

  • Park in a well lit area;
  • Do not leave valuables in your car; 
  • Lock your vehicle every time you leave it;
  • Activate your car alarm or anti theft device if       you have one.
 
Adrian Eugene Farris Jr.

Kathleen Beatrice Ferrell

 

Release  Date: October 27, 2014
Road Closure for the Downtown Boone Boo - October 31, 2014

The annual Downtown Boone BOO! is Friday, October 31,  starting at 4 pm at the Watauga County Library.   Children and families may then "parade" over to the Jones  House for a spooktacular tour through the decorated Jones House.  Trick-or-Treating with the downtown merchants  starts at 5 pm.  W. King St. will be  closed starting at 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm from Appalachian St. to Waters St.  This is to ensure public safety and allow for  fun and safe trick-or-treating.


Release  Date: October 14, 2014
 
On October 10, 2014, just after 12:00  AM, Boone Police responded to a reported gunshot at 151 Kimberly Drive.  An investigation revealed that Mr. David  Carden Britt, W/M, 21 years-of-age, was cleaning a firearm inside his apartment  when it discharged traveling through the floor into an adjacent apartment.  Mr. Britt was intoxicated at the time of the  incident.    

Mr. Britt was charged with Felonious  Discharge of a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling.  Mr. Britt was given a $75,000 secured bond  pending a November 18, 2014, appearance in Watauga County District Court.  No one was injured as a result of this  incident.       



   
David  Carden Britt

   

Release  Date:  October 8, 2014
 
On October 3, 2014, Boone Police  arrested Kathleen Beatrice Ferrell, 19 years-of-age, of Boone, on one count of  Felony Larceny by Employee.  Ms. Ferrell  is alleged to have stolen a Mayan hammock from her place of employment, The  Happy Place.  She is alleged to have  listed the hammock for sale on App State Classifieds, a Facebook page dedicated  to private sales. 

Ms. Ferrell was given a $10,000 secured  bond pending a November 18, 2014, appearance in Watauga County District Court.



   
Kathleen Beatrice Ferrell

   

Release Date:  October 2, 2014

 
The Boone Police Department has added another  service for its citizens and visitors.  A  new medication drop box has been placed in the front lobby of the Boone Police  Department located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC. This is a safe way to  dispose of medications. The Police Department will dispose of the substances  collected in the box in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

“The Boone Police  Department is always looking for new and better ways to serve the public and we  are happy to provide this service.  This  new program is already a success because the people of Boone and Watauga County  are already using the drop box.” – Chief of Police Dana Crawford

In the past, our residents and visitors had no  simple way to properly dispose of these types of medicines. Then the Watauga  County Sheriff’s Office began hosting “Operation Medicine Drop” twice per  year.  This was a big help to the  community. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department  now each have a drop box in place at their agencies.  These boxes allow people to come by to  dispose of un-used or expired medications at their convenience.

“I’d like to say thank  you to the awesome people at Project Lazarus for providing this drop box to our  department.  Project Lazarus does a lot  of great things for our community and this is just one example.” – Lieutenant  Chris Hatton

Community members can play a direct role in the  prevention of prescription medication abuse and overdose by disposing of their  old or un-used medications in one of the boxes located at the Boone Police  Department or the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

Project Lazarus of Watauga County provided the new  drop box to the Police Department. Project Lazarus Watauga is a community  organization that works to prevent overdose and abuse of prescription  medications through community collaboration, environmental change, and public education. For more information about  Project Lazarus visit www.projectlazarus.org, or to get involved with the local  community coalition email RachelHCCH@gmail.com.

“We are excited about  partnering with law enforcement to provide a safe way to dispose of  medications. As community members, it is each of our  responsibilities to make sure that our medications are being taken correctly,  stored safely, disposed of properly, and never shared” – Rachel Florence,  Coordinator of Project Lazarus Watauga


Release Date: September 25, 2014
 
The Boone Police  Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies have received a number of reports recently where victims were  defrauded over the telephone by fraudsters demanding pre-paid money cards.  The caller will allege to be from a utility  company, government agency, or fundraising organization.  The caller will be very aggressive and demand  the immediate payment of money via a pre-paid money card so the caller or a  relative will avoid dire consequences.   In most cases, the caller will demand the victim purchase a Green Dot  MoneyPak card and then give them the card number.  A variation of the scam involves people  wishing to buy items on Craigslist and the seller will ask you to purchase a  Green Dot MoneyPak card and provide them the card number so they can hold the  item. 

Here are some tips to  help you avoid being scammed:

  •              Be  suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  •              Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot  MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card. 
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone  who emails or calls you unsolicited.
  • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or  Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someon you do not know.
  • Utility companies and government agencies will not contact  you demanding immediate payment by a Green Dot MoneyPak card.
If you are in doubt about  the legitimacy of the caller, request a callback telephone number and then  contact the Boone Police Department or your local law enforcement agency for  assistance.


Release Date:  September 22, 2014 

 
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Boone Police  Department along with the Appalachian State University Police Department,  Blowing Rock Police Department and North Carolina Highway Patrol conducted an  impaired driving checking station on NC Hwy 105 at High School Drive. 

As a result of the checking station, the following  charges were made:

  • 3 Driving While Impaired;
  • 2 Driving While License Revoked;
  • 1 Drug Violation;
  • 1 Alcohol Violations;
  • 6 Other Motor Vehicle Law Violations.


15 officers utilizing a Governor’s Highway Safety  Program mobile breath-alcohol testing unit, better known as a BATMobile, participated  in the checking station.  Local law  enforcement agencies will continue to conduct checking stations over the next  several months.       


Release  Date: September 17, 2014 (Revised)
The following is a  statement from Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford:

“On September 16, 2014, the  Boone Police Department received preliminary information from Dr. Lantz, the  forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on Anna M. Smith. These are only  initial findings and other testing will be completed according to Dr. Lantz.  Dr. Lantz provided the following information:

  • There were no injuries to the head, neck, chest, or pelvic  region.
  • There were indications of asphyxia.
  • The amount of time  Anna had been deceased is consistent with the date she was last seen.
  • A toxicology examination request has been made to the  Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (this testing could take 6-8 weeks).
We want to reassure the Smith  family and the community that we have not completed this investigation, in  fact, we are just beginning. We know that this information gives the appearance  that this was not a homicide, but we must do everything within our power to  make sure. We will continue to work toward the goal of answering as many  questions about Anna’s death as possible. We are grateful for the full  cooperation of our law enforcement partners to include: the North Carolina  State Bureau of Investigation, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The ASU  Police Department, and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.”


Release  Date: September 15, 2014-01
 
On Saturday, September  13, 2014, after the discovery of a deceased individual in a heavily wooded area  off Poplar Grove Road in Boone, the Boone Police Department began an  investigation into the death of Anna M. Smith. Prior to this point,  ASU Police Department had been investigating the  disappearance of Anna M. Smith.  Tragically,  the 18-year-old ASU student was found to be deceased. Due to the fact that she  was located off campus Boone Police Department entered the investigation. The  following is a statement from Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford:

“We are all terribly  saddened at this discovery. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and  friends of Ms. Smith. I want to assure the Smith Family and the Boone community  that we have begun and will continue to conduct a thorough investigation to find  the answers that we all want to know. We have much to do in this case and must  look at all possibilities; therefore, we cannot prematurely arrive at any  conclusions. Obviously, in a death investigation there are many facts that  would not be prudent to release. In fact, releasing sensitive information could  hinder an investigation and potentially damage a criminal case if this case  were to turn in that direction. I am greatly concerned about the state of  anxiety that the citizens of Boone and the students and faculty find themselves  in, and I want to address these concerns to the degree possible.

We intend to work this  case as any death investigation. At this point we do not have direct  information that there is foul play. In fact, there are factors to indicate  that Ms. Smith was intent on harming herself. I know this is difficult for  family and friends to hear, but these are facts. This is not the time that I  would have preferred to release this information; however, it has been  referenced that Ms. Smith had been experiencing some emotional difficulties in  prior press releases from ASU and even from the family. It is important to note  that a letter was found with the body of Anna Smith. To protect the integrity  of the investigation we are not prepared to discuss the content of the letter  that appears to have been authored by Ms. Smith. We intend to request a  forensic analysis of the letter.

Today an autopsy is  being conducted by a forensic pathologist and we fully expect that the  preliminary findings will shed some light on what happened to Ms. Smith. Other  aspects of the autopsy examination will take additional time to analyze. This  investigation is in the beginning stages and we will be open and transparent,  but please understand that we cannot release information that will jeopardize  the case.          

Based upon reports  that we have heard from community members and media sources, it is obvious to  me and my staff that many, if not most, people in the community are under the  impression that this case is a homicide. We do not have any information leading  us in that direction.  The reason that I  am reluctantly releasing this information is because I do not want to give the  impression that we are not investigating all possibilities- we are. We will  pursue the facts, wherever they may lead, to determine what  happened to Anna Smith.

We are not  investigating this case alone. We will be working with the North Carolina State  Bureau of Investigation, the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office, the  Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, and the ASU Police Department. In addition, we  will be consulting the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We will all work  together to determine how this happened. We continue to receive information and  encourage any citizen with information to contact the Boone Police Department.”

Anyone with  information about this case is asked to call the Boone Police Department at  828-268-6900 or High Country Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via  our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251  or text "NCTIP  plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). 


Release Date: September 15, 2014 - 02 

 
A  redacted wav file of the 911 call reporting the discovery of Anna M. Smith is  available for download on our website:

www.townofboone.net/departments/police/index.html (Right-click to Download)


Release Date:  September 13, 2014 - 2

 
Boone  Police Investigators and North Carolina SBI Investigators have been processing  the death scene off Poplar Grove Road.   Initial evidence located at the scene indicates that the deceased is  Anna M. Smith.  A North Carolina Drivers  License and an Appalachian State University Student Identification card belonging  to Anna Marie Smith were found at the scene.    A State Medical Examiner is on scene.   The deceased will be transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for  an autopsy.  A timeframe for the  completion of the autopsy and determination of the cause of death is not  available. 


Release Date:  September 13, 2014 - 1

 
At Approximately 10:30 AM, Boone Police  Officers responded to a report of a deceased individual located in a wooded  area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road, on the west end of Town.  Boone Police Investigators are processing the  scene.  The identity of the individual is  unknown at this time. 

More information will be released when it becomes  available.


Release  Date:  August 13, 2014
Third Arrest made in Alliance Bible Fellowship Break-In

On August 13, 2014, Boone Police investigators  arrested Kathy Pulley Toler, 50 years-of-age, of Linda Lane, Vilas, NC, for one  count of Felony Possession of Stolen Property from Alliance Bible Fellowship in  Boone.  Ms. Toler is the mother of  previously arrested James Eddie Pulley. She was taken before a Watauga County  Magistrate where she was assigned a court date of September 24, 2014, and  placed under a $10,000 secured bond.


   
Kathy Pulley Toler

   

Release  Date:  August 6, 2014
 
On July 30, 2014, Jessica Carol  Cullbreth and James Eddie Pulley, went to Alliance Bible Fellowship claiming to  be in dire need of assistance.  The  organization helped Jessica Cullbreth and James Pulley by providing them with  food, gasoline for their vehicle, and school supplies for their children. 

On July 31, 2014, the Boone Police  Department received a report of a Breaking and Entering and Larceny at Alliance  Bible Fellowship where over $1000 in power equipment was stolen.  Investigators quickly identified Jessica  Cullbreth and James Pulley as suspects in the crime.  As a result of the investigation, Cullbreth  and Pulley were charged with the Breaking and Entering and Larceny.  The stolen property was located and recovered  from the home of Cullbreth and Pulley and at various pawnshops in Tennessee.

As a result of this incident, Jessica Carol  Cullbreth, 26 years-of-age, was charged with:

  • Felony       Breaking and Entering;
  • Felony       Larceny after Breaking and Entering;
  • Felony       Larceny;
  • Felony       Obstruction of Justice
  • Felony       Conspiracy to Commit Breaking and Entering.


As a result of this incident, James  Eddie Pulley, 30 years-of age, was charged with:

  • Felony       Breaking and Entering;
  • Felony       Larceny after Breaking and Entering;
  • Felony       Larceny;
  • Felony       Obstruction of Justice
  • Felony       Conspiracy to Commit Breaking and Entering.


Investigators also served Cullbreth and  Pulley with outstanding warrants from Durham and Wake Counties for various  charges.  Cullbreth  was held in the Watauga County Detention  Center under a $68,500 secured bond.  Pulley  was held in the Watauga County Detention Center under a $112,000 secured bond.  They are both scheduled to appear in Watauga  District Court on September 24, 2014.   The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this investigation. 





 
Jessica Carol  Cullbreth

James Eddie Pulley

 

Release Date: July 18, 2014
 
The Boone Police  Department has received a number of reports recently where victims were  defrauded over the telephone by fraudsters demanding pre-paid money cards.  The caller will allege to be from a utility  company, government agency, or fundraising organization.  The caller will be very aggressive and demand  the immediate payment of money via a pre-paid money card so the caller or a  relative will avoid dire consequences.   In most cases, the caller will demand the victim purchase a Green Dot  MoneyPak card and then give them the card number.  A variation of the scam involves people  wishing to buy items on Craigslist and the seller will ask you to purchase a  Green Dot MoneyPak card and provide them the card number so they can hold the  item. 

Here are some tips to  help you avoid being scammed:
•          Be  suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason. •          Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot  MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.  •          Never give out personal or financial information to anyone  who emails or calls you unsolicited. •          Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or  Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know. •          Utility companies and government agencies will not contact  you demanding immediate payment by a Green Dot MoneyPak card. 

If you are in doubt about  the legitimacy of the caller, request a callback telephone number and then  contact the Boone Police Department or your local law enforcement agency for  assistance.


Release Date: July 15, 2014
 
On July 14, 2014, just before 7:00 AM, Boone Police responded to  an unattended death at 272 Meadow Hill Drive in Boone.  Al Sullivan Kapp, 52 years-of-age, was the  decedent. 

The investigation  into Mr. Kapp’s death is on-going.  At  this time, it appears Mr. Kapp died of natural causes.    


Release Date: July 15, 2014
 
On July 15, 2014, just before 6:00 AM, Boone Police responded to a  report of a 44 year old man threatening to jump from a fourth floor window at  1050 Highway 105 in Boone.

Just before 12:45 PM, Boone Police negotiators were able to talk  the man into surrendering.  He was served  with involuntary commitment papers and transported for an evaluation.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Fire Department, and  Watauga Medics assisted during this incident.

Due to the nature of the incident, no further identifying  information will be released about the subject.  


Release Date: July 10, 2014
Due to a car show event this weekend, King  Street in downtown Boone will be closed to vehicle traffic from 11:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014.  King  Street will be closed from Appalachian Street to Depot Street and all vehicles  parked between these points will need to be moved prior to 10:00 a.m.  Vehicles parked on King Street between  Appalachian and Depot Streets after 10:00 this Sunday are subject to being  towed.


Release Date:  July 1, 2014

 
On June 23, 2014, at approximately 8 PM,  Boone Police Officers arrested James Brandon Smith, W/M, 35 years-of-age, at  the Red Carpet Inn on US Hwy 321 in Boone. 

Boone Police Investigators had been  investigating Smith for several weeks for crimes he committed in Boone. During  the investigation, it was determined that Mr. Smith was wanted by numerous law  enforcement agencies in western North Carolina.   Boone Police Investigators developed information that Mr. Smith might be  traveling to the Boone area.  Later that  afternoon, Mr. Smith was located at the Red Carpet Inn.  He was taken into custody without  incident. 

Mr. Smith was taken before a Watauga  County Magistrate where the following warrants for offenses that occurred in  Boone were served on him:

Felonious Breaking or Entering a Motor Vehicle;          Felonious Larceny of a Firearm;          Felonious Larceny of a Firearm;          Felonious Larceny of a Motor Vehicle;          Felonious Larceny.

Mr. Smith was given a $120,000 secured  bond pending a August 1, 2014, appearance in Watauga District Court.

Additionally, Mr. Smith was served with  warrants from the following Counties with the indicated secured bonds pending  court appearances:

Caldwell

Misdemeanor Unauthorized Use of a Motor  Vehicle

$10,000 Bond

Catawba

Felonious Fleeing to Elude Arrest with a  Motor Vehicle          Felonious Possess of a Stolen Motor  Vehicle          Felonious Larceny of a Motor Vehicle          Felonious Possess of Stolen Property          Misdemeanor Reckless Driving To Endanger          Misdemeanor Injury to Personal Property          Misdemeanor Speeding          Misdemeanor Resisting a Public Officer          2 counts of Misdemeanor Driving While  License Revoked          Driving Left of Center          Fail to Stop for a Steady Red Light

$130,000 Bond

Alexander

Felonious Attempted Breaking or Entering  a Building          6 counts of Felonious Breaking or  Entering a Motor Vehicle          6 counts of Misdemeanor Larceny

$150,000 Bond



   
James Brandon Smith

   

Release Date: June 24, 2014
 
On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, Boone  Police received a report of a sexual assault.   The victim, a 22-year-old Appalachian State University student, was assaulted  by an acquaintance and the incident occurred at an off-campus location.

On June 20, 2014, Boone Police arrested  Samuel “Sam” Wayne Luellen, 24 years-of-age, Boone, NC.  Mr. Luellen, also an Appalachian State  University student, was charged with one count of Felony Second Degree  Rape.  Mr. Luellen was taken before a  Watauga County Magistrate, where he was assigned a court date of July 30, 2014,  and placed under a $125,000 secured bond.



   
Samuel Wayne Luellen

   

Release Date: June 23, 2014
 
On June 23, 2014, at approximately 8 PM, Boone Police Officers arrested James “Josh” Brandon Smith, W/M, 35 years-of-age, at the Red Carpet Inn on US Hwy 321 in Boone.  Mr. Smith was wanted on numerous felony warrants from multiple law enforcement agencies.  

More detailed information will be release tomorrow, June 24, 2014.


Release  Date:  June 18, 2014
 
On Sunday, June 15, 2014, Boone Police  arrested Leopoldo Ronquillo Mendoza, 29 years-of-age, of Smithfield, NC, on  outstanding warrants after a vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped for a  traffic violation.  Mr. Mendoza was  served with warrants from Johnston County, NC, charging him with Felonious  Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Misdemeanor Simple Assault, Misdemeanor  Assault on a Child Under 12, and Misdemeanor Assault of a Female. 

Mr. Mendoza was placed in the Watauga  County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond pending a July 15, 2014,  appearance in Johnston County District Court.



   
Leopoldo Ronquillo Mendoza

   

Release  Date:  June 18, 2014 
 
On June 11, 2014, Boone Police arrested Kristy  Lynn Sparks, 20 years-of-age, Boone, NC, and Sean Jamason Arnold, 40  years-of-age, Elizabethton, TN.  Both  were charged with Felonious Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and  Felonious Possession of Precursor Chemicals.   Sparks was also served with an outstanding Warrant for Misdemeanor  Larceny. 

Sparks received a $30,000 secured bond  pending a July 25, 2014, appearance in Watauga County District Court.  Arnold Received a $25,000 secured bond pending  a July 25, 2014, appearance in Watauga County District Court.





 
Sean Jamason Arnold

Kristy  Lynn Sparks

 

Release Date:  June13, 2014
 
Four men have been arrested and charged  by Boone Police with Misdemeanor Solicitation of Prostitution.  These arrests came as a result of a sting  operation targeting the commercial sex trade utilizing local hotels. 

On June 12, 2014, Boone Police utilized  online advertisements offering prostitution services.  In response to these advertisements, the four  men were arrested after meeting an undercover police officer and agreeing to  pay money in exchange for sexual services.

The arrestees were:

William Lowell Cable          W/M, 42 years-of-age          Sugar Grove, NC

Tamer Said Salem          A/M, 40 years-of-age          Winston-Salem, NC

Benjamin James Bell Wieland          W/W, 27 years-of-age          Fleetwood, NC

Todd Vincent Williams          B/M, 47 years-of-age          Boone, NC

Each of the arrestees was assigned a  $750 secured bond pending an August 1, 2014, appearance in Watauga County  District Court.

The Boone Police Department was assisted  by the Lenoir Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of  Investigation during this operation.    







William Lowell Cable

Tamer Said Salem

Benjamin James Bell Wieland



   
Todd Vincent Williams

   

Release Date:  June11, 2014
 
On Sunday, June 8, 2014, the Boone  Police Department was called to investigate a report of a suspicious person in  the area of College Place Apartments.  Officers  located the suspicious person at a nearby bus stop. He was identified as Linville  Reagan Wiles.  The complainant reported  that Wiles had been caught peeping through two different windows at College  Place Apartments.

When peeping in the first window,  Wiles was seen by the resident making sexual gestures at her 2½ year old  daughter.  Wiles was confronted while  looking through the second window. Wiles responded by trying to sell the person  that confronted him a food stamp card. 

Officers took Wiles into custody and  charged him with one count of Misdemeanor Secret Peeping and one count of Felony  Attempting to sell Food Stamp Card.   Wiles was lodged in the Watauga County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond  pending a July 7, 2014, appearance in Watauga County District court.

Wiles is a convicted sex offender in  North Carolina. Boone Police Investigators are currently working with Watauga  County Sheriff’s Office Investigators to determine if any more charges can be  filed.

Arrestee Information:          Linville Reagan Wiles          W/M, DOB 09-06-74          338 Brookhollow Road      Boone, NC 28607



   
Linville Reagan Wiles

   

Release Date:  June 9, 2014
 
On the evening of Friday, June 06,  2014, several officers with the Boone Police Department were assigned to the  King Street area due to the Art Crawl event and because of recent complaints  from individuals about incidents occurring in the area of King Street and Water  Street.

At approximately 6:50 pm, a verbal  dispute began between the on-duty LMS parking lot attendant, James Faron Cooke,  W/M, 57 years-of-age, and a woman that had a wheel boot applied to her vehicle  while visiting a nearby business. This woman and her two young children were  visiting Boone from Florida. She was very unhappy about the circumstance and  her argument was based on the lack of signage in the parking lot. Cooke and the  woman both raised their voices at times during this dispute, but neither party  used any profanity or abusive language. Cooke explained many times that she was  parked in a private lot and at one point Cooke told the woman that if her  vehicle was still there in two hours that the vehicle would be towed and she  would then owe more money to cover the tow bill.

A citizen named, Charles Brady III,  was walking by and observed this verbal dispute. Brady stated that he saw an  agitated man involved in a dispute with a woman and two small children. Brady  called the woman out of the parking lot and away from Cooke. Brady then began  explaining the town ordinance concerning vehicle booting to her. Cooke became  angry and shoved Brady. At the time of this assault, Brady was standing on the  public sidewalk between the parking lot and Water Street. Cooke shoved Brady  towards the street. Officers witnessed this assault. Officers immediately  responded and took Cooke into custody for assaulting Brady.

Cooke was transported to the  Magistrate’s office and was charged with one count of Misdemeanor Simple  Assault. Cooke was allowed to sign a written promise to appear in District  Court on July 30, 2014. 



   
James  Faron Cooke

   

Release Date:  June 9, 2014

 
On May 7, 2014, Officers with the Boone  Police Department were contacted by the Mountain City Tennessee Police  Department and requested to assist in investigating a financial transaction  card fraud that occurred at multiple locations within the city limits of  Boone. 

On June 6, 2014, Boone Police Officers  arrested Tabitha Lynn Black, age 27, and Daniel Mitchell Fritz, age 32, both  from Mountain City, TN.  Ms. Black and  Mr. Fritz were each charged with three counts of Felony Obtaining Property by  False Pretense and three counts of Misdemeanor Financial Card Fraud.  Mr. Fritz was also arrested on an outstanding  warrant for Misdemeanor Failure to Return Rental Property.  Both subjects were assigned a court date of July  30, 2014, while Ms. Black was placed under a $15,000 secured bond and Mr. Fritz  was placed under a $15,500 secured bond.





 
Tabitha Lynn Black

Daniel Mitchell Fritz

 

Release Date: May 20, 2014
Special Olympics Torch Run

 
The 2014 Special Olympics Torch Run will  be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 starting at   9:00 AM from Boone Police Department.   Runners will travel to the ASU Police Department and then back to the  Boone Police Department.  Members of the  public are invited to join us for this non-competitive run.  Special Olympics t-shirts will be available  at Boone Police Department for anyone that would like to purchase one.      


Release Date: May 12, 2014

 
On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Boone Police  received a report of a sexual assault.  The  victim, a 23-year-old Appalachian State University student, was assaulted by an  acquaintance.  The incident occurred at  an off-campus location.  An investigation  is ongoing. 


Release Date:  April 30, 2014 

Boone Named One of North Carolina’s Safest Cities

 
The SafeWise  Report released its “50 Safest Cities in North Carolina” report last week. To  compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2012 to  analyze and rank these cities.

The SafeWise  Report looks at crimes from part 1 of the FBI Unified Crime Report (UCR)  reported crime data, which focuses on violent crimes (aggravated assault,  forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well as property crimes (arson,  burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). From there, it calculates  the chances of these crimes happening out of a thousand in order to level the  playing field for cities of varying populations. From all the cities in North  Carolina, the SafeWise Report narrowed the list down to 50 and assigned  rankings according to data provided by the FBI’s UCR report.

"It’s easy  to see why families and businesses are flocking to North Carolina,"  SafeWise security analyst Alexia Chianis said. "A pleasant year-round  climate, an abundance of recreational opportunities, and especially safe  streets are a few of the Tar Heel  State’s many assets.”

“We are very excited to be on this list and it is  our hope that the citizens and visitors to Boone and the High Country feel  safe.  Not only were we in the top fifty,  we were in the top 20.  I can’t say  enough about the dedication and hard work that our police officers and staff  display every day to help make this community as crime free as possible.  But I also think this speaks highly of the  people of this community and the partnerships that we have even more than  police strategies.  Communities with  serious crime issues are generally communities that are experiencing a break  down in social structure.  Thankfully, we  have a strong social structure which translates to lower crime rates.” – Dana  Crawford, Town of Boone Chief of Police

"It is a real honor to be recognized as one of  the safest cities in North Carolina.   This is a great community in which to live, visit, work, and play. Our  partnerships with Appalachian State University help ensure safety for those  pursuing a quality higher education. The Town of Boone continues to seek ways  to make our town an even safer and more enjoyable place to live. From  pro-active policing to infrastructure improvements, such as bike lanes - we  want to be a place where people and businesses can thrive.  Boone was ranked nineteenth on this year's  list, and we hope to improve on that number in the future." – Andy Ball –  Town of Boone Mayor

The full list of North Carolina’s safest cities can  be viewed here:            http://www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-North-Carolina/


Release Date:  April 29, 2014

 
On April 26, 2014, the Boone Police Department  received a call of an unattended death at 110 Ridgewood Drive, Apartment #6.  Mr. Jack Leslie Klinger of Boone, age 43, was found deceased in his apartment.  The Medical Examiner has ordered an autopsy  to determine the cause of death.  At this  time, there is no indication of foul play.


Release Date:  April 17, 2014

 
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, shortly  after 6:15 PM, a Boone Police officer responded to a report of a suspected  impaired driver on West King Street.  The  officer located the suspect vehicle stationary in the parking lot of the  Kangaroo Express, 1220 W King Street.   When the officer exited his vehicle and started to approach the driver  of the suspect vehicle, the driver re-entered his vehicle and left traveling  westbound on King Street.  The officer  followed the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The driver did not heed the  lights and siren.  A short low-speed  pursuit followed until the driver turned onto Highland Hall Road and stopped.

As a result of the incident, Aaron Lee  McGinnis, 31 years-of-age, Georges Gap Road, Vilas, NC, was arrested and  charged with Driving While Impaired, Failure to Stop For Blue Lights and Siren,  Driving Left of Center.  Mr. McGinnis was  held on a $1750 secured bond pending a June 3, 2013, court appearance. 

Additionally, Seth Willey, 36  years-of-age, Green Street, Boone, NC, was arrested and charged with Resist,  Obstruct, or Delaying an Officer due to his actions during the incident.  Mr. Willey was a passenger in Mr. McGinnis’  vehicle.  Mr. Willey failed to remain in  the vehicle after being instructed to do so and then attempted to flee on foot  when the officer ordered him to stop.  Mr.  Willey was held on a $1000 secured bond pending a June 3, 2013, court  appearance.      





 
Aaron Lee  McGinnis

Seth Willey

 

Release  Date:  April 9, 2014
 
On April  8, 2014,  the Boone Police Department  received a call of an unattended death at 718 W King St, Suite # A. Ms. Nancy “Nan”  Blevins Picker of Boone, age 69, was found deceased in her apartment.  There are no indications of foul play.  The cause of death is undetermined at this  time pending review by the medical examiner, Eddie Pippen, of Hickory, NC.


Release  Date:  April 1, 2014
 
Do you want a chance to possibly hit your favorite  Boone Police Officer with a Dodgeball? If you said yes, then the Boone Police  Department is challenging you to a Dodgeball Throwdown!

The Boone Police Department will be hosting a  Dodgeball Tournament to raise money for Special Olympics North Carolina. The  tournament will be held on April 26, 2014, at Old Cove Creek School Gym,  located at 207 Dale Adams Road in Sugar Grove, NC. Dodgeball teams will consist  of 6 players. There is a $150.00 dollar minimum donation fee for teams wishing  to register. The tournament will be double elimination format, with prizes  going to the top team. All teams that register before April 11 will receive a  Dodgeball Throwdown T-shirt.

“Our hope is to raise money and awareness for  Special Olympics North Carolina in a fun way. Many people think of Special  Olympics as an event held only one time per year. In reality, Special Olympics  provides year round training for thousands of athletes through various local,  state, regional, national, and even world level events. We need the community’s  help to continue these events through fundraising efforts. The way I see it,  $150 dollars is a small price to donate for the chance to compete against the  Boone Chief of Police!” Officer Jake Harkey
         Since 1987 law enforcement officers across the state  have worked to raise money for Special Olympics, and last year raised over 1  million dollars through t-shirt sales, corporate donations, and various  fundraisers. The money raised provides opportunity for those with intellectual  disabilities to receive year-round training and funds the costs of Special  Olympic Games. Over 160 nations around the world participate in Special Olympic  programs. North Carolina alone has over 38,000 Special Olympic athletes.  Special Olympics North Carolina never charges any athlete for participating in  training or games.

For more information, or to register contact:

Jake Harkey                                                  Or                   Kevin Wilson Jake.Harkey@townofboone.net                                         Kevin.Wilson@townofboone.net


Release  Date:  March 31, 2014
 
On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Boone Police  Department along with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Appalachian State  University Police Department, Blowing Rock Police Department and North Carolina  Highway Patrol conducted an impaired driving checking station on King Street at  College Street. 

As a result of the checking station, the following  charges were made:

  • 4 Driving While Impaired;
  • 1 Wanted Person – Assault on a Female;
  • 1 Fictitious Information to Officers;
  • 4 Alcohol Violations;
  • 4 Misdemeanor Drug Violations;
  • 1 Felony Possession of Marijuana with Intent to       Sell and Deliver;
  • 35 Other Motor Vehicle Law Violations.


“Area law enforcement  agencies intend to do more of these checking stations.  We are going to aggressively seek driving  while impaired offenders in an effort to keep our citizens and visitors safe.”  – Captain Andy Le Beau – Boone Police Department

27  officers utilizing a Governor’s Highway Safety Program mobile breath-alcohol  testing unit, better known as a BATMobile, along with representatives from MADD  and  WYN, participated in the checking  station.  Local law enforcement agencies  will continue to conduct checking stations over the next several months.       

 
 

Release  Date:  March 20, 2014
Boone Police Explorers are Conducting an Open House

 
The Boone Police Explorers are conducting an “open  house” event on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 3:30 PM at Watauga High School.

The Police Explorers is a program for young men and  women between the ages of 14 and 20 who have an interest in a career in law  enforcement.  The program is designed to  expose young men and women to the various career opportunities available in law  enforcement, while at the same time building education and hands on training  that would benefit them in their career choices.  Explorers learn in such fields as traffic  investigation, communications, K-9, special operations, crime scene  investigation and forensics.

Agencies from the Watauga County area will be on  hand to answer questions about the Boone Police Explorer post.  At the same time, visitors will have the  opportunity to see the newest Boone Police Dodge Charger, as well as tactical  vehicles from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State  Bureau of Investigation.

The Boone Police Department sponsors the Boone  Police Explorer Post and is assisted by various agencies throughout Watauga  County.   Since the introduction of the  Boone Police Explorer program in 2001, over one dozen explorers have advanced  into the field of law enforcement.


Release  Date:  March 19, 2014

Boone Police Warn Residents of Possible Door-to-Door Sales Scams

 
Over the past several days, magazine  sellers have been going door-to-door in the Boone area. These sellers have been  using a high-pressure sales pitch claiming to raise money for worthy  causes.  These sellers may claim to live  in the area.  In reality, they may be a part  of traveling groups enticed into the job by false claims of high wages.  If it is a scam, the money collected goes to  a for-profit company.

According to the North Carolina Attorney  General’s Office before purchasing a magazine subscription from someone selling  door-to-door, consumers should:

  • Only buy       magazines from someone you know and trust. Beware of sellers who claim to       live in the neighborhood if you don’t recognize them.
  • Ask       questions before you pay any money. If the seller claims that money will       go to a school, hospital, or other worthy group, ask the seller to show       you a letter of endorsement from that organization. Better yet, check       directly with that organization.
  • If you       decide to buy anyway, get a receipt that includes refund and contact       information, the total cost of each subscription, and the date you’ll       receive the magazine.
  •  Remember       your three-day right to cancel. In North Carolina, you have three days to       cancel certain purchases such as door-to-door sales even after you sign a       contract and pay.
     If  you encounter door-to-door sales people that make you suspicious or  uncomfortable, please contact the Boone Police Depart at 828-268-6900.  If you feel threatened, call 911.


Release  Date:  March 19, 2014
Don’t Let Distraction Thieves into Your Home

 
Distraction thefts are on the rise across the  Nation.  A distraction theft usually is  performed by at least two people, although some distraction thieves work alone.  When two people work the scam as a team, it usually involves one person  distracting the victim, while the other helps themself to the victim's  unattended belongings. These crafty thieves accomplish their distraction in a  variety of ways and will use every trick in the book to get inside your home.  They may come to the door as a team, pretending to be inspectors, utility  workers or sales people for magazines, roofing companies or other home  improvements. 

To prevent distraction thefts, you should:

  • Demand identification and examine it closely.
  • Be skeptical of any stranger who asks to enter your  home, and be especially wary if two people try to enter. 
  • Keep your back door locked so a scammer doesn’t have  easy access while you are engaged on your front porch.


If you encounter someone you think might be a  distraction thief, call the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900 to report  the incident.  If you feel threatened,  call 911.   


Release Date:  February 26, 2014
 
On February 23, 2014, Boone Police were  notified of a larceny from Lowes Foods located at 267 New Market Center.  While officers were responding, the suspect  vehicle was located and stopped near NC Hwy 105 and US Hwy 321. 

As a result of the incident, Derrick  Weaver, 48 years-of-age, of Newton, NC, was charged with four counts of Misdemeanor  Larceny from Lowes Foods.  Derrick Weaver  is alleged to have taken items from Lowes Foods on four separate occasions beginning  in November of 2013.  Derrick Weaver was  placed under a $2,500 secured bond pending an April 28, 2014, appearance in  Watauga District Court. 

Thomas Edward Weaver, 46 years-of-age,  of Hickory, NC, was also arrested and charged with Aiding and Abetting  Misdemeanor Larceny for the February 23, 2014, offense.  Thomas Weaver was given a $500 secured bond  pending an April 28, 2014, appearance in Watauga District Court.    





 
Derrick Weaver

Thomas Edward Weaver

 

Release Date:  February 26, 2014
Morganton Man Arrested for Armed Robbery of Walgreens in Boone

On February 25, 2014, Keith Brandon  Cunningham, 20 years-of-age, of Morganton, NC, was arrested for Felonious  Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and two counts of Felonious Tracking in  Opiates.  Mr. Cunningham is alleged to  have entered Walgreens, located at 2184 Blowing Rock Road, in Boone, on  February 16, 2014, demanding pills from the pharmacist while threatening the  use of a gun.

Boone Police Department investigators  sent out a Crime Stoppers alert shortly after the robbery.  Tips received from the Crime Stoppers alert  led investigators to contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office concerning Mr.  Cunningham.   Mr. Cunningham was already  wanted by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office for a 2013 Breaking and Entering  incident.  Burke County investigators  located Mr. Cunningham at an address provided by Boone Police Department  investigators and arrested him on the outstanding Breaking and Entering  Warrants.  Mr. Cunningham was  subsequently served with warrants charging him with the armed robbery in Boone,  while he was still lodged in the Burke County Detention Center.

“I am very pleased with the  speed our investigators were able to solve this robbery and I greatly  appreciate the invaluable assistance of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office”. –  Chief of Police Dana Crawford

“This again shows the  important role of High Country Crime Stoppers in assisting Avery and Watauga  County law enforcement agencies solve crimes”. – Sergeant Shane Robbins –  Watauga County Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Coordinator        

Mr. Cunningham was assigned a court date  of April 28, 2014, and placed under a $150,000 secured bond for the offenses  that occurred in Boone.



   
Keith Brandon  Cunningham

   

Release  Date:  February 25, 2014
 
On Monday, February 24, 2014, Boone  Police arrested Michael Ray Mabe, age 22, of Mountain City, TN.

Mr. Mabe surrendered himself to investigators  at the Boone Police Department and was charged on warrants taken by the Watauga  County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department.  Mr. Mabe was charged with Felonious Forgery  of an Instrument, Felonious Uttering a Forged Instrument, Felonious Breaking  and Entering, Felonious Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Felonious Possession  of Stolen Property, and Felonious Obtaining Property by False Pretense.  Mr. Mabe is alleged to have broken into a  residence in the Blowing Rock area of Watauga County and then sold clothes from  the break-in at a consignment shop in Boone. 

Mr. Mabe was assigned a March 20, 2014, court date and released on a  $10,000 unsecured bond.


Release Date:  February 20, 2014

 
On Tuesday February 18, 2014, at approximately 10:30  am, the Boone Police Department responded to the Holiday Inn Express, 1943  Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC to investigate a death in room #528. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered Mr. Wayne Robert  Illar, 58 years-of-age, deceased inside his room.  Investigators were called to the scene and  began investigating the incident.  Investigators  do not suspect any foul play in this incident.

     The  North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the victim,  and all preliminary reports indicate the death was from natural causes. 

Release Date:  February 3, 2014

 
On Sunday, January 26, 2104, just after 6 PM,  Boone Police and Fire units responded with Watauga Medics to 1469 W. King  Street in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency.  First arriving units determined that the male  was deceased.  Boone Police Department  Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation to  determine the circumstances of the death.   The decedent, Taylor David Pavlick, 21 years-of-age, was transferred to  the custody of the medical examiner for an autopsy and toxicological  testing.  The cause of death remains  undetermined pending results of the autopsy and testing.  There are no indications that the death is  suspicious.

Release Date: January 22, 2014
 
In an attempt to ease the burden on many of  our citizens during the holiday season, the Boone Police Department organized a food drive to help people in need  in our area.  The food collected during  this drive was donated to the Hunger & Health Coalition in Boone, NC for  distribution. The Hunger & Health Coalition organization collects,  organizes and distributes food, medication, clothing and firewood to needy  families in our area. The Hunger & Health Coalition feeds over 1,600  children and 1,000 elderly people every month in the Boone area.

The method the Health & Hunger  Coalition uses to measure donated food is by weight and the total amount of  food collected during this drive is 880 pounds. Investigators with the Boone  Police Department delivered the collected food to the Health & Hunger  Coalition as it was collected.

  “We had a lot people and organizations  partner-up with us to help get the donations we collected. Boone has a big  heart and the success of this food drive shows that people here care about  others.” – Lt. Chris Hatton

“We asked for the public’s help and we got  it, the community response was wonderful. We appreciate everyone who came  together and helped by donating food to this worthy cause.” – Chief Crawford

While this drive has ended, the Hunger &  Health Coalition accepts donated food items year-round.There  is always a need for donations; they never have as much food as they need  to fulfill the need. If you or someone you know would like to  volunteer or sponsor a food drive for the Hunger & Health Coalition, the  staff there can be reached at 828.262.1628.   Their facility is located at 141 Health Center Drive in Boone, NC. 


Release Date: January 21, 2014
 
On  Wednesday January 15, Boone Police responded to a report of threats at 683  Howard Street.  Further investigation  found that a drug-related robbery had occurred.

That  evening, Justin Kevin Anderson, age 24, and Jason Conley Anderson, age 20, both  of Boone, were charged with Misdemeanor Simple Assault and Misdemeanor  Communicating Threats.  Justin and Jason  Anderson were released on $2,000 unsecured bonds pending February 21, 2014,  court appearances. 

On  Friday, January 17, 2014, Jerome Michael Carlton, age 21, and Joshua Dan  Carlton, age 20, both of Lenoir, were charged with Felony Common Law Robbery,  Felony Conspiracy to Commit Common Law Robbery, and Misdemeanor Possession of  less than ½ ounce of Marijuana.  Each man  was placed under a $40,000 secured bond pending a February 21, 2014, court  appearance.     







Justin Kevin Anderson

Jason Conley Anderson

Jerome Michael Carlton



   
Joshua Dan Carlton

   

Release Date: January 10, 2014

 
This morning Barry Damon Mallatere,  50 years-of-age, of Blowing Rock, appeared  before a Watauga County Magistrate and was served with warrants charging him  with three counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and one count of Assault  Inflicting Serious Injuries. 

Mr. Mallatere was given a $40,000 secured bond pending a  February 17, 2014, court appearance.   

These  charges are the result of indictments returned by the grand jury earlier this  week.  Mr. Mallatere is presumed innocent  until proven guilty.



   
Barry Damon Mallatere

   

Release Date: January 6, 2014
Notice of Press Briefing

 
A press briefing will be given on Wednesday,  January 8, 2014, at 4:30 PM in the downstairs courtroom of the Watauga County  Courthouse located at 842 W. King Street, Boone, NC, in reference to the three  carbon monoxide deaths at the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza.

Media will be allowed into the briefing  room after 2:30 p.m. to setup.




Release Date: January 5, 2014

Cancellation of Press Briefing

 
The press briefing scheduled for Monday,  January 6, 2014, at 4:00 PM in the downstairs courtroom of the Watauga County  Courthouse located at 842 W. King Street, Boone, NC, has been canceled due to  adverse weather.  A notice will be  distributed when it is rescheduled. 


Release Date: January 3, 2014

Notice of Press Briefing

 
A press briefing will be given on  Monday, January 6, 2014, at 4:00 PM in the downstairs courtroom of the Watauga  County Courthouse located at 842 W. King Street, Boone, NC, in reference to the  three carbon monoxide deaths at the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza.

Media will be allowed into the briefing  room after 2 p.m.  to setup.


Release Date:  January 2, 2014

 
On Tuesday,  December 31, 2013, Boone Police officers were dispatched to Ingle’s after  receiving a call for an assault that had just taken place.  During the investigation of the assault, the  officers learned that the alleged assailant was Dustin Ryan Guy, 26  years-of-age, of George Wilson Road, Boone,  and began to search for Mr. Guy who had been  observed by witnesses leaving the scene in a dark Chevrolet SUV.

A short time  later, officers were able to locate the vehicle being operated by Mr. Guy, and  the vehicle was stopped on King St in an effort to continue the investigation  of the assault. When the officers approached the vehicle and attempted to get  Mr. Guy’s explanation of the events, Mr. Guy sped off heading east on King  Street and turned north on Water Street. Boone Police Officers with the  assistance of Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputies briefly attempted to pursue the  vehicle but discontinued the chase due to safety considerations since the  identity of the fleeing man was known.

Boone Police  officers soon located the vehicle abandoned on Queen St not far from where the  pursuit had begun. A canine unit was requested and the vehicle’s operator was  soon discovered in a wooded area nearby. By this time, arrest warrants had been  issued for Mr. Guy and he was taken into police custody and charged with Felony  Fleeing to Elude Arrest, Resisting Public Officers, and Assault and  Battery.  Mr. Guy was taken before a  Watauga County magistrate where he was placed under a $25,000 secured bond pending  a February 20, 2014, court appearance.   


Dustin Ryan Guy