News Releases

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:


Misdemeanor Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

$10,000 Bond


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


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:

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                               

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 Gu
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