News Releases

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 Gu
   
 

Release Date:  December 28, 2013
 
Two Arrested for Armed Robbery after a 5-Month Long Investigation

On August 8, 2013, at about 9 p.m. a person wearing a mask entered the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, located at 1601 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, and robbed the cashiers at gunpoint. The cashiers complied and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect ran out of the store and was last seen running in the direction of the Harris Teeter Store. No one was hurt during the incident.

The Boone Police Department has now closed the investigation, which has lasted nearly 5 months, resulting in two arrests for the robbery of the Cracker Barrel. Nathan Knight Manwarren, 28 years-of-age, of Rabbit Run Road, Boone, NC, was identified as the perpetrator. On Friday, December 27, 2013, Mr. Manwarren came to the Boone Police Department after learning that investigators were recently questioning people he knows about his involvement in the robbery. When investigators confronted Mr. Manwarren about his involvement in the robbery, Mr. Manwarren confessed to robbing the Cracker Barrel. Mr. Manwarren was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery. 

Mr. Manwarren’s girlfriend, Jennifer Rene Thomas, 22 years-of-age, of White Ash Drive, Asheville, NC, was arrested by Asheville Police Department and turned over to investigators from the Boone Police Department.  Ms. Thomas admitted her involvement in the robbery; although, she did not enter the restaurant during the robbery. Ms. Thomas was charged on one count of Felony Robbery  

 "This investigation has been ongoing.  We finally got the break that we needed. Our investigators have followed up on several leads in great depth while working towards solving this crime. We are very pleased that we were able to solve this robbery. When something like this happens in Boone it makes everyone feel uneasy" - Lt. Chris Hatton

Mr. Manwarren and Ms. Thomas were both held in the Watauga County Detention Center under $80,000 secured bonds pending January 23, 2014, court appearances.

 
Nathan Knight Manwarren
Jennifer Renee Thomas
 

Release Date:  December 19, 2013
 
Woman Arrested for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Felony Possession of a Stolen Firearm

Boone Police have arrested another subject in connection to a previously reported incident that occurred on July 17, 2013, in which Boone Police discovered that a convicted felon had sold a stolen firearm to a local pawnshop.

On December 19, 2013, Boone Police arrested Christina Denise Fox, charging her with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and one count of Felony Possession of a Stolen Firearm.  Ms. Fox was also served with an outstanding order for her arrest for failing to appear in Watauga County Court on a Misdemeanor Intoxicated and Disruptive charge.

Ms. Fox was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where she was assigned a court date of January 23, 2014 and placed under a $20,000 secured bond.

   
Christina Denise Fox
   

Release Date:  December 19, 2013
 

Boone Police and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) teamed up with the Watauga Youth Network to conduct compliance checks on establishments in Boone that are licensed to sell alcohol. The purpose of compliance checks are to ensure that businesses are not selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21, which is prohibited by state law.

This is the second round of compliance checks this year. The overall result during the first compliance checks that were conducted in July and August of this year showed that 16% of Boone establishments permitted to sell and/or serve alcohol, consisting of bars, restaurants, and stores, sold to a person under the age of 21. There are no tricks in this type of enforcement. An underage person is sent into an establishment with a valid form of identification that clearly indicates that the person is under the age of 21.

In this round of compliance checks, Lieutenant Danny Houck, assisted by officers of the police department, and a DPS agent led the effort, checking 47 establishments that are licensed to sell alcohol by the State of North Carolina. Since this is the time of year for report cards, we made up one showing the percentage of establishments passing the compliance check test:


Stores           76% passing
Restaurants   90% passing
Bars              50% passing

 

Unfortunately, in spite of previous enforcement efforts and education efforts we had more establishments fail the test this time. Obviously, bars had the worst results with some bars failing the test last time and this time. This is simply unacceptable and we are terribly disappointed, particularly with some of the bars. We will continue our efforts, and the ABC Commission will be notified of the violations. We would like to thank the majority of the businesses who conduct their alcohol sales responsibly. We would also like to thank our community partner WYN for their continued support, and the Department of Public Safety for joining our effort to help keep our community safe. We still remember young people like Tyler Blalock, who died in our community and work to prevent further tragedies.  Dana Crawford, Chief of Police

Watauga Youth Network is responsible for the Watauga Substance Abuse Prevention (WSAP) program that partners with the community to prevent and reduce the misuse of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription medication by youth through awareness, advocacy, and action. WSAP is a data driven, evidenced based, multi-sector coalition with a goal to reduce youth substance use and abuse in Watauga County, North Carolina.

Compliance checks are not just an enforcement operation, but an effective strategy in reducing underage drinking because they ultimately reduce access to alcohol by our community's youth by decreasing alcohol availability. Hollie Wilcox- Community Prevention Coordinator for Western Youth Network, Inc.

           
The supervisory agent in charge of the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division of the North Carolina DPS affirmed their commitment to assist law enforcement and community efforts to ensure that businesses are complying with state laws and other regulatory requirement for permitted establishments.

NC Alcohol Law Enforcement works closely with the NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to monitor permitted establishments and enforce North Carolina’s ABC laws. Last year in North Carolina we lost approximately one life per week due to underage drinking. NCALE, NCABCC and the Office of the Governor take underage drinking very seriously. We applaud Boone Police Department for taking a proactive approach to combat the problem and for inviting ALE to assist with their initiative.
Special Agent in Charge Stacy Cox

The following establishments had an employee sell alcohol to a minor during these compliance checks ranging from November 27th to December 14th, 2013:

 

Wilco Hess                                        1256 Blowing Rock Road
Kangaroo                                           1220 West King Street
Wilco Hess                                        2702 Highway 105 South
Ingles                                                 2575 Highway 105 South
Kangaroo                                           2200 US Highway 421
Walgreen’s                                        2184 Blowing Rock Road
Hunan’s Chinese Restaurant          214 Southgate Drive
Appalachian Brewery                     163 Boone Creek
Parthenon                                          455 Blowing Rock Road
Klondike                                           441 Blowing Rock Road
Macado’s                                           539 West King Street
Murphy’s                                           747 West King Street
Galileo’s                                            1087 West King Street

The following persons were charged as a result of this operation:

 

Wilco/ Hess located at 1256 Blowing Rock Rd.  Dakota Rae Russell, age 19 of Boone NC> Charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Kangaroo located at 1220 West King St.  Rex Daniel McQueen, age 60, 153 North St. of Boone NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Wilco/ Hess located at 2702 NC Hwy 105.  Justin Travis Shepard, age 26, of Zionville, NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Ingles located at 2575 NC Hwy 105.  Kelsey Nicole Greene, age 19 of Boone NC will be charged on 12/23/2013 (she is currently out of town) with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Kangaroo located at 2200 US Hwy 421 North.  Oscar Earl Toliver Jr, age 62 of Boone NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Walgreen’s located at 2184 Blowing Rock Rd.  Magean Dollie Craig , age 23 of Lenoir NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Hunan’s located at 214 Southgate Dr.  Junxia Wang, age 44 of Boone NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Appalachian Brewery located at 163 Boone Creek Dr.  Luke Wesley Danner, age 24 of Asheville NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Parthenon located at 455 Blowing Rock Rd.  Holly Nicole Wright, age 19 of China Grove NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Klondike Café located at 441 Blowing Rock Rd.  Micah Elizabeth Galloway, age 22 of Lenoir NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Macado’s located at 539 West King St.  Tyler Steven Gordon, age 22 of Pinehurst NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Murphy’s Pub located at 747 West King St.  Kaycee Danielle Brown, age 23 of Wilkesboro NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

Galileo’s located at 1087 West King St.  Emily Suzanne Dinkins, age 23 of Lewisville NC was charged with selling malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

NCALE offers free training to anyone holding an ABC permit and also speaks with civic groups and schools. Please contact the District VII Office to schedule a program or report violations at: 828-466-5550. -- Special Agent in Charge Stacy Cox, 301-10th St NW, Suite E-102, Conover, NC 28613


Release Date:  December 6, 2013

 

On November 19, 2013, a white male approached a female victim for directions as she was walking on East King Street.  A second suspect got out of their vehicle and briefly detained the victim while attempting to rob her.  The victim was able to escape without harm and the suspects fled in their vehicle.  The following day, investigators with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Corey Paul Higgins for armed robbery. During the investigation, Higgins confessed to attempting to rob a female in Boone.  A second suspect, Matthew Keith Seymour, was also implicated in the robbery in Wilkes County and the attempted robbery in Boone. 

On December 2, 2013, Boone Police arrested Corey Paul Higgins, age 28, of Dobson, NC, and Matthew Keith Seymour, age 31, of Mount Airy, NC, for one count each of felony Second Degree Kidnapping and one count each of Assault on a Female.  They were each given a $50,000 secured bond pending a January 21, 2013, court appearance.

The Boone Police Department is very appreciative of the assistance provided by the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office and The Jonesville Police Department during this investigation. 

 
Corey Paul Higgins
Matthew Keith Seymour
 

Release Date:  December 5, 2013
 

The Boone Police Department will present the Best Western investigative case file to the Watauga County District Attorney today.  There will be no further releases concerning the presentation. 


Release Date:  December 3, 2013
 

The Boone Police Department is organizing a food drive to help people in need in our area.  The food collected during this drive will be donated to the Hunger & Health Coalition in Boone, NC for distribution. The dates for this event are December 2nd, 2013 thru January 3rd, 2014.

The Hunger & Health Coalition organization collects, organizes and distributes food, medication, clothing and firewood to needy families in our area. Please take the time to review the attached Hunger & Health Coalition Annual Report.  The Hunger & Health Coalition feeds over 1,600 children and 1,000 elderly people every month in the Boone area.  We believe this organization is doing something wonderful for our community and we want to help them.

“Our economy has been cruel to many people all over America.  Many people in our local communities are hurting today.  Unemployment, underemployment and the ever-increasing price of goods is causing many good people to choose between their basic needs.” – Lt. Chris Hatton 

We are asking for the public’s help in this effort. Anyone could help by simply 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

We are requesting that you drop any donated items off at the Boone Police Department’s front lobby anytime before January 3rd, 2014. We will then deliver the donated items to the Health & Hunger Coalition.


Release Date:  November 27, 2013

Trio Arrested for September Walmart Larceny

On September 13, 2013, at approximately 1:00 pm, a white male and a white female entered into Walmart and proceeded to collaborate in the theft of over $1,500 in merchandise.  Among the items stolen were two Hewlett Packard computers, a Keurig coffee maker, a microwave and other household items.  The suspects loaded the merchandise into a blue, four-door sedan and then left the area. 

With the assistance of High Country Crime Stoppers, Boone Police identified the white male as Mickey Dwayne Williams, age 30, of Wilkesboro, NC, and the white female as Elizabeth “Beth” Pearl Williams, age 23, also of Wilkesboro, NC.  Further investigation also revealed a third suspect, Michael Edward Ayers, age 44, of Wilkesboro, NC.

On October 17, 2013, Michael Edward Ayers was arrested and charged with two counts of Felony Larceny From A Merchant and one count of Felony Larceny.  Mr. Ayers was taken before a Wilkes County magistrate, assigned a court date of January 28, 2014, and placed under a $10,000 secured bond. 

On November 2, 2013, Mickey Dwayne Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of Felony Larceny From A Merchant, one count of Felony Larceny and one count of Misdemeanor Second Degree Trespassing.  Mr. Williams was taken before a Wilkes County magistrate, assigned a court date of January 14, 2014, and placed under a $5,500 secured bond. 

On November 25, 2013, Elizabeth “Beth” Pearl Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of Felony Larceny From A Merchant and one count of Felony Larceny.  Ms. Williams was taken before a Wilkes County magistrate, assigned a court date of January 21, 2014 and placed under a $5,000 secured bond.

Michael Edward Ayers
Mickey Dwayne Williams
Elizabeth “Beth” Pearl Williams

Release Date: November 25, 2013
Boone Police Urge Safety during the Holiday Shopping Season 

Each year during the Christmas shopping season, crime increases.  Shoppers may be so busy that they fail to be aware of their surroundings.  They become easy targets for criminals.  Don’t allow yourself to be a victim.

Every year we see an increase in break-ins to homes and vehicles around the holidays.  Thieves are looking for easy pickings during the Christmas season.  Shoppers need to remain alert and aware of their surroundings.” – Chief of Police Dana Crawford 

When you are out remain alert to your surroundings.  Be aware of people that appear to be lingering in parking lots.  They might be waiting on someone, or they might be waiting to grab your shopping bags or purse.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe while you are out:

  • Shop with a partner or group. Shopping in numbers greatly reduces your chances of becoming the target of a crime.
  • Park in well-lit areas. 
  • Keep vehicle doors locked and valuables out of sigh.  Don’t make your vehicle a target for criminals!
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Crimes can happen anywhere at any time.  Be mindful of those around you.
  • Report suspicious activity to police.  Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you feel a person is suspicious. 

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The criminals aren’t the only ones who are busier during the holiday season.  Boone police officers in plain clothes will be out looking for people who are trying to spoil the holiday season. 

Our officers are going to be out looking for the grinches who are trying to steal Christmas.” – Lt. Danny Houck

Stay alert so you don’t allow yourself to be a victim this holiday season.


Release Date: November 19, 2013
Woman Arrested for Embezzlement and Larceny by Employee 

On November 15, 2013, Boone Police received a report of an embezzlement and larceny from Pet Supply Plus in Boone.  On November 18, 2013, Kimberly May Osborne of Kenneth B. Brown Road, Boone, was arrested and charged with three counts of Felonious Embezzlement and two counts of Felonious Larceny by Employee.  She was placed under a $10,000 secured bond pending a December 20, 2013, court appearance.   

Ms. Osborne is alleged to have embezzled approximately $95,000 in cash and to have taken an undetermined amount of store merchandise between June 2012 and November 2013.  
   
Kimberly May Osborne
   

Release Date: November 18, 2013

Man Arrested for Multiple Crimes

On November 12, 2013, Boone Police responded to a reported breaking and entering to a motor vehicle at 1934 Blowing Rock Road.  A witness observed the suspect break into a vehicle behind Chili’s and then leave the area and travel to the parking lot of Wal-mart where officer located the suspect. 

As a result of the investigation, officers charged:

Jonathan Matthew Lee
W/M
33 years-of-age
Estates Drive, Boone, NC
6 counts of Felonious Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle
4 counts of Larceny
2 counts of Attempted Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle
Felonious Financial Card Theft
2 counts of Financial Card Fraud
Tampering with a Motor Vehicle
Driving While Impaired
Possession of an Open Malt Beverage by Driver
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Mr. Lee was held in the Watauga County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond pending a December 19, 2013, court appearance. 

   
 
 
 

Release Date: November 18, 2013
 
Man Arrested After Attempting to Elude Police in a Stolen Vehicle

On November 17, 2013, Boone Police received a report of a stolen vehicle from 170 Whitener Drive.  Shortly thereafter, a patrol officer observed the vehicle traveling east on King Street near Poplar Grove Connect.  The officer attempted to stop the vehicle at King Street and Water Street, but the vehicle refused to stop.  Officers pursued the vehicle back to 170 Whitener Drive were the sole occupant of the vehicle was taken into custody.

Jeffrey Lee Warren, W/M, 36 years-of-age, of Hwy 321 N, Sugar Grove, NC, was charged with Felonious Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Felonious Fleeing to Elude Arrest, Driving While License Revoked and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Warren received a $15,000 secured bond pending a December 20, 2013, court appearance.  

   
Jeffrey Lee Warren
   

 

Release Date: October 25, 2013

 

On October 20, 2013, Boone Police responded to a report of indecent exposure inside a store at the New Market Shopping Center.  As a result of the investigation, the following individual was arrested:

Brandon Daniel Bryant
Vilas, NC
W/M, 31 years-of-age
Indecent Exposure
$1,000 secured bond pending a November 21, 2013, court appearance

Mr. Bryant is alleged to have exposed himself to a female victim while he was inside a store at New Market Center.

   
Brandon Daniel Bryant
   

Release Date: October 22, 2013
 

Boone, NC – On October 17, 2013, Boone Police arrested Jason Lynn Brown, of Zionville, 30 years-of-age,  for  two counts of felony Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, three counts of misdemeanor Larceny, two counts of felony Financial Card Theft and three counts of misdemeanor Financial Card Fraud.
  

Mr. Brown is alleged to have broken into two vehicles at the Harris Teeter parking lot, stealing several items, including credit cards.  Brown then used those cards to make purchases at Little Caesars and Wal-Mart. At the time of these crimes, Mr. Brown was on probation and wearing a GPS tracker. Investigators were able to utilize GPS records and video surveillance to identify Mr. Brown.  Mr. Brown was given a $3,000 secured bond pending a November 21, 2013, court appearance. 
   
Jason Lynn Brown
   

Release Date: October 22, 2013
 

On October 16, 2013, the following subjects were charged by Boone Police Department Investigators for the listed offenses:

Ryan Patrick Cavanaugh
18 years-of-age
Eli Hartley Road, Boone, NC
Misdemeanor Larceny
Written promise to appear for a November 21, 2013, court date.

Mr. Cavanaugh is alleged to have stolen  checks from a family member.

Bethany Laken Tucker
16 years-of-age
Wonderland Trail, Blowing Rock, NC
Felony Forgery of Endorsement
$5,000 secured bond pending a November 19, 2013, court appearance.

Ms. Tucker is alleged to have forged the checks taken by Mr. Cavanaugh.

Jessica Renee Mills
18 years-of-age
Hollifield Road, Blowing Rock, NC
Two felony counts of Uttering a Forged Instrument
$10,000 unsecured bond pending a November 21, 2013, court appearance.

Jordon Bailey Reeder
18 years-of-age
Ravens Ridge Circle, Boone, NC
Felony Uttering a Forged Instrument
$10,000 unsecured bond pending a November 21, 2013, court appearance.

Ms. Mills and Mr. Reeder are alleged to have taken the forged checks from Ms. Tucker and then cashed them.

Ryan Patrick Cavanaugh
Bethany Laken Tucker
Jessica Renee Mills
   
Jordon Bailey Reeder
   

Release Date: October 22, 2013
 

On October 19, 2013, just after 10:30 PM, Boone Police, Boone Fire and Watauga Medics responded to Forest Hills Drive for a motor vehicle accident.  A motor vehicle had struck a residence injuring an occupant of the residence.  The investigation revealed that Wilbert Emanuel Hendricks Jr., 31 years-of-age, of Jefferson Highway, Boone, NC, was operating the vehicle when he lost control and struck the residence.  As a result of the incident, the following people have been charged:

Wilbert Emanuel Hendricks, Jr.
31 years-of-age
Jefferson Road, Boone, NC
Driving While Impaired
Reckless Driving to Endanger
Felony Injury by Vehicle
Damage to Property
Open Container of an Alcoholic Beverage
Failure to Maintain Lane Control
Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident
$50,000 secured bond pending a November 19, 2013, court appearance   

Coral Raine Parker
20 years-of-age
Forest Hills Drive, Boone, NC
Resist, Obstruct, or Delaying a Police Officer
$750 secured bond pending a November 19, 2013, court appearance

Jeremy Dwayne Scott
21 years-of-age
Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC
Failing to Remain at the Scene of an Accident
Order for Arrest – Failure to Appear
$2,250 secured bond pending a November 19, 2013, court appearance

Dillan Emmett Scott
17 years-of-age
Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC
Failing to Remain at the Scene of an Accident
$750 secured bond pending a November 19, 2013, court appearance

Tegan Nicole Ray
20 years-of-age
Margo Road, Boone, NC
Failing to Remain at the Scene of an Accident
$750 secured bond pending a November 19, 2013, court appearance

Laurie Lee Shook
41 years-of-age
Forest Hills Drive, Boone, NC
Resist, Obstruct, or Delaying a Police Officer
Written promise to appear for a November 19, 2013, court appearance

The damage estimate as a result of this accident was $105,000.  Boone Planning and Inspections officials responded due to the significant structural damage caused to the home.  In addition to the home that was struck, two other vehicles were also damaged.  

Wilbert Emanuel Hendricks, Jr.
Coral Raine Parker
Jeremy Dwayne Scott
Dillan Emmett Scott
Tegan Nicole Ray
Laurie Lee Shook

Release Date: October 10, 2013
 

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, just after 7:30 PM, Boone Police responded to a report of a man with a gun demanding entrance into a closed business.  An employee reported that while she was cleaning up, a man started knocking on the door.  As she approached the door, the man began to bang on the door and yelled at her to let him in while brandishing a handgun.  The employee moved to the back of the business and called 911.  Boone Police officers arrived approximately three minutes later but were unable to locate the suspect.  A K-9 was utilized to track the suspect from the business to a parking lot where the track ended.  The suspect may have left the area in a vehicle. 

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, 18-24 years-of-age, 5’ 09” tall, thin build, with a goatee / facial hair, wearing a gray sweatshirt and a dark colored beanie.

Boone Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact High Country Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  All information will be kept confidential.


Release Date:  October 9, 2013
 

Boone Police Arrest Man after Unprovoked Attack on a Elderly Victim in Walmart

 

On Monday, October 7, 2013, just before 8:00 PM, Boone Police responded to a reported assault in progress inside Wal-Mart located at 200 Watauga Village Drive.  When officers arrived approximately three minutes later, they located the suspect, Diogenes Gabriel Morales, 21 years-of-age, in the parking area of the business.  Mr. Morales began walking away from officers and would not heed their commands to stop.  Mr. Morales was taken into custody as he attempted to run back inside the store.

Further investigation revealed that Mr. Morales had created a disturbance inside the store by jumping into a merchandise bin.  Mr. Morales then approached an elderly male shopper and struck him in the face causing injury. This incident was caught on video surveillance. It clearly shows Morales walk up to elderly man and strike him in the face.

“ASU students are such a big part of this community, and this type of behavior is uncharacteristic. We are shocked that a 21 year old ASU student would do such a thing”, said Chief Dana Crawford, “we are currently working with university officials to address this problem and to determine the motivation behind this attack.”    

Mr. Morales was charged with Simple Physical Assault and Resisting Arrest.  He was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $1250 secured bond was set pending a November 19, 2013, court appearance.
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Diogenes Gabriel Morales
   

Release Date:  October 8, 2013
 
Boone Police Arrest Subject for Breaking and Entering a Home 
 

On Monday October 7, 2013, just after 1:30 PM, Boone Police responded to Creekside Lane for a reported breaking and entering in progress.  The homeowner had returned home to find an intruder inside.  The intruder fled out the back door of the home as the homeowner entered.  The suspect left the area in a vehicle, striking the homeowner’s vehicle as he did so.  Responding officers located the vehicle and suspect at the end of Chase Hill Drive. Jonathan Glenn Pleasant, 25 years-of-age, of Boone, was taken into custody without incident.

Mr. Pleasant was charged with felony Breaking and Entering, felony Larceny After Breaking and Entering, and misdemeanor hit and run.  He was held in the Watauga County detention center under a $10,000 secured bond pending a November 21, 2013 court date.

   
Jonathan Glenn Pleasant
   

Release Date:  October 4, 2013

 

On September 27, 2013 Boone Police arrested Edward Charles Lucas, Jr., 48 years old of Linville.  Lucas, the former owner of Raven’s Tavern, is alleged to have sold equipment from the former restaurant that was not his to sell. He was charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Lucas was held under a $5,000 secured bond with an October 31, 2013 court date.

   
Edward Charles Lucas, Jr.
   

Release Date:  October 4, 2013

 

On September 30, 2013, Boone Police discovered that a convicted felon, Ryan Dean Walsh, 37 years-of-age, of Mountain City, TN had pawned a firearm to a local pawn shop.  Boone Police interviewed Mr. Walsh and he was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with one count of Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. 

Mr. Walsh was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was placed under a $10,000 secured bond pending a November 19, 2013, court appearance. 

   
Ryan Dean Walsh
   

Release Date:  September 25, 2013
 
Boone Police Charge Man with Armed Robbery and Felonious Larceny of a Firearm
 

On September 25, 2013, Wesley Alan Cox, 20 years-of age, of Deep Gap, NC, was arrested for Felonious Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Misdemeanor Failure to Appear in Court.  On January 2, 2013 the Boone Police Department responded to investigate a Robbery at Rite Aid Pharmacy on Shadowline Drive. During this incident the suspect demanded pills from the pharmacy using the threat of a gun. During the investigation, forensic evidence was discovered that linked Cox to the robbery.  Detective Osborne obtained arrest warrants for the robbery on September 18, 2013; however, Cox could not be located. Officers received information that Cox was actively hiding to avoid arrest.

On September 25, 2013, deputies from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office were instrumental in tracking down Cox. Deputies discovered him hiding in a residence on Knowles Haven Lane in Boone, underneath a pile of clothing in a closet.

Lt. Chris Hatton of the Boone Police Department said “We are grateful to the agencies that assisted us in solving this case. Our detectives did a great job processing the crime scene, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations used what we sent them to link Cox, who was already a suspect, to this crime. Although we suspected Cox, we just couldn’t prove it without the help of the state lab. Cox will likely face new charges for additional felony crimes in the near future that are still under investigation.”

Additionally, Cox was charged with Felonious Larceny of a Firearm. Cox is alleged to have entered Grashal Outdoor on September 17, 2013, and taken a pistol. The pistol has not been recovered.

Mr. Cox was placed under a $120,000 secured bond for the two offenses pending an October 31, 2013 court appearance.

   
Wesley Alan Cox
   

Release Date: September 17, 2013
 
Blowing Rock Man Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense
 

Joshua Edmund Seay, 35 years-of-age, of Blowing Rock, NC, has been charged by Boone Police Department detectives for a March 11, 2013, incident where he obtained property by false pretense from Walmart in Boone.  Mr. Seay is alleged to have used a receipt that was not his to obtain money from Walmart.   

Mr. Seay turned himself in at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office on September 14, 2013.  Mr. Seay was given a $2000 secured bond pending an October 31, 2013, court appearance. 

 
Joshua Edmund Seay
 

Release Date: September 13, 2013
 

Boone, NC –  Narcotics officers with the Boone Police Department and Watauga County Sheriff’s Office closed a drug investigation Wednesday.  These agencies conducted a joint investigation that targeted a distributor of prescription pills both in and around the Town of Boone.  This 3-month investigation concluded on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 when Jerry Wayne Johnson was arrested by Boone Police for outstanding arrest warrants. 

“We have suspected Mr. Johnson’s illegal activities for months, and I’m glad our narcotics officers were able to shut down this particular distribution point.  As always, we are grateful to have the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office as our partner in the fight against illegal drugs in our county.” – Chief Dana Crawford

This investigation involved the introduction of an undercover officer to Johnson which eventually led to the purchase of prescription medications from Johnson. These undercover purchases took place on different dates and times. 

“When our narcotics officers receive information about a drug dealer, the goal is to build a case against the dealer and then arrest and successfully prosecute them in court.  Undercover operations can be tough; they take time and creativity to be successful.  Our narcotics officers work hard both day and night to find ways to build strong prosecutable cases against the people who push illegal drugs in our communities.” – Lt. Chris Hatton

Johnson has been charged with the following charges:

  • 1 count – Felony Possession with the /Intent to Sell & Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance.
  • 1 count – Felony Sell & Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance.
  • 3 counts – Trafficking in Opium/Heroin.

Johnson received a $50,000 secured bond and was lodged in the Watauga County Jail. 

 
Jerry Wayne Johnson
Surveillance Photo
 

Release Date: September 7, 2013
 
Boone Police Arrest Two Men for Sexual Assaults
 

Boone, NC – On Friday, September 6, 2013, at approximately 10:00 PM, Boone Police responded to a report of two sexual assaults at a Queen Street residence.  Two suspects allegedly assaulted two females.   As a result of the investigation, the following individuals have been arrested. 

David Lee Weber
22 years-of-age
Assembly Drive, Boone, NC
Two counts of 2nd Degree Forcible Rape
Two counts of Assault by Strangulation
$175,000 Secured Bond

Jose Antonio Cuevas
21 years-of-age
Queen Street, Boone, NC
Two counts of 2nd Degree Forcible Rape
$150,000 Secured Bond

Both men have an October 29, 2013, court date. 

The assailants were acquaintances of the victims.
Jose Antonio Cuevas
David Lee Weber

Release Date: September 4, 2013
 
Boone Police Arrest Three Men
 

On September 3, 2013, a Boone Police officer was notified by a citizen about a group of people aggressively panhandling in the Boone Mall parking lot. 

Boone officers made contact with the group and during the course of the investigation, the following subjects were arrested.

John Daniel Neely
Greensboro, NC
W/M
33 years-of-age
Resisting a Public Officer
Fictitious Information to an Officer
Failure to Appear Warrant

Mr. Neely gave officers a false name and then attempted to flee on foot.  Mr. Neely was apprehended and placed under arrest.  Mr. Neely was given an $1100 secured bond pending an October 29, 2013, court appearance.

Christopher Dane Herwerth
Charlotte, NC
W/M
22 years-of-age
Failure to Appear Warrant

Mr. Herwerth was given a $500 secured bond pending a September 27, 2013, court appearance. 

David William McNebb
Charlotte, NC
B/M
55 years-of-age
Fictitious Information to an Officer
Failure to Appear Warrant

Mr. McNebb was given a $1000 secured bond pending an October 29, 2013, court appearance. 

The subjects were attempting to raise money for the Miracle House of Hope in Charlotte, NC. 

John Daniel Neely
Christopher Dane Herwerth
David William McNebb

Release Date:  August 19, 2013
 
Boone, NC – Update - Undercover Operation Targets Sale of Alcohol to Underage Persons
 

The Boone Police Department has continued conducting alcohol compliance checks throughout the Town of Boone to determine if establishments would provide alcohol to someone less than 21 years-of-age.  Since August 8, 2013, eight businesses have been checked.  At four of those businesses, an employee provided alcohol to an under aged person. 

The businesses where an employee provided alcohol to an under aged person are:

  • Char located on Howard Street
  • Murphy’s Pub located on West King Street
  • Klondike Cafe located on Hardin Street
  • Town Tavern located on Faculty Street

 

Each of the following individuals was  issued a citation for selling or providing alcohol to a person less than 21 years-of-age:

Zachary Kane Corsi – W/M – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Tyler Alan Thornburgh – W/M - Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Brian Matthew Fry – W/M - Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Micah Elizabeth Galloway – W/F - Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

This is a continuation of an enforcement effort made possible through a partnership between the Boone Police Department and the Western Youth Network.  A total of 83 businesses have been checked with 16 of those businesses providing alcohol to someone under aged.   

Compliance checks will continue throughout the fall at random times.  Approximately one out of every five businesses checked provided alcohol to an under aged person.  “The Boone Police Department encourages every business that sells alcohol to check identification and verify age every time.  We were surprised by the number of establishments that failed to do so.”  - Lt. Danny Houck

“I would like to commend the businesses and their employees who took the time to follow the rules and help keep our community safe.” – Chief of Police Dana Crawford


Release Date:  August 19, 2013

 
Boone, NC - Man Arrested for April and June Crimes
 

On August 15, 2013, Boone Police arrested Julio Antonio Yanez, of Boone, after two additional incidents were reported to the Boone Police Department. 

These incidents, that occurred in April and June, were similar to the incident that lead to Mr. Yanez’s initial arrest on July 22, 2013.  The female victims reported that Mr. Yanez allegedly entered their unsecured apartments and proceeded to get into their beds and attempted to give them backrubs. 

Mr. Yanez was charged with two counts of Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering and two counts of Misdemeanor Assault on a Female.  He was placed under a $2,000 secured bond pending a court date of September 17, 2013.

As Appalachian State University starts the fall semester, it is a good time to remember the following safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something that looks suspicious, call the police. We don't ever mind coming and finding out that it's not suspicious.
  • If you're out walking at night, carry a cell phone so that you can call if something happens.
  • Always try to walk with a friend when out after dark.
  • Always try to walk in well-lit areas and avoid secluded spots.
  • Always lock your doors.
Julio Antonio Yanez

Release Date:  August 12, 2013 

 

Boone, NC – Two Men Charged with Attempted Armed Robbery

 

On Sunday, August 11, 2013, Boone Police responded to an armed robbery in the parking lot of New Market Center.  A male victim stated that he was scheduled to meet a man about buying a cell phone.  The victim had made contact with the man via craigslist and then communicated via email with the man.  Shortly after arriving in the parking lot, a man approached the victim brandishing a knife and demanding money.  The victim was able to gain control of the knife at which point the assailant fled. The assailant left the area in a vehicle that was waiting nearby driven by a second male.  The victim suffered a minor injury that did not require medical attention.    

Two brothers have been arrested and charged as a result of the incident.  Joshua James Hash, 21 years-of-age, of Cecil Street, Boone, was arrested and charged with Attempted Armed Robbery.  Joshua Hash was assigned a $75,000 secured bond pending a September 17, 2013, court appearance.  Kevin Floyd Hash, 17 years-of-age, of Sunny Ridge Trail, Boone, was arrested and charged with Attempted Armed Robbery and Misdemeanor Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  Kevin Hash was assigned a $100,000 secured bond pending a September 17, 2013, court appearance.

This incident highlights the need to be cautious anytime you buy or sell items online.  Here are several tips to help keep you safe:

  • Never meet someone alone, always take a companion;
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash;
  • Be aware of your surrounding and stay alert;
  • If something seems too good to be true, it probably is;
  • Always meet in a public place;
  • Get as much information as possible about the other person before you meet  including name and phone number(s).
 
Joshua James Hash
Kevin Floyd Hash
 

Release Date: August 8, 2013
 
Boone, NC – Undercover Operation Targets Sale of Alcohol to Underage Persons
 

Since July 18, 2013, the Boone Police Department has been conducting alcohol compliance checks throughout the Town of Boone to determine if establishments would provide alcohol to someone less than 21 years-of-age.  As of August 8, 2013, 75 businesses have been checked.  At 12 of those businesses, an employee provided alcohol to an under aged person. 

The businesses where an employee provided alcohol to an under aged person are:

  • Carolina Petro located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Glug Beverages located on West King Street
  • Earthfare located on West King Street
  • Wilco located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Walgreens located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Ruby Tuesday's located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Chili's located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Applebee's located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Kangaroo located on West King Street
  • Los Arcois located on Boone Heights Drive
  • Paolucci's located on Howard Street
  • Amalfi's located on Rivers Street

 

Each of the following individuals was  issued a citation for selling or providing alcohol to a person less than 21 years-of-age:

Samual Kunkle – W/M – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Jonathan T. Dickerson – W/M - Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Matthew J. Deam – W/M - Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Alanna G. Lyle – W/F - Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Ariel R. Gould – W/F – Sell Unfortified Wine To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Shannon L. Hincher – W/F - Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Christopher G. Mulholland – W/M – Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Howard W. Edmiston, IV – W/M - Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Stephanie E. Martin – W/F - Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Juan C. Garcia – W/M - Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Jason M. McLaughlin – W/M - Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
Richard C. Sobe – W/M - Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age    

This alcohol enforcement effort was made possible through a partnership between the Boone Police Department and the Western Youth Network.  “We were fortunate enough to partner with the Watauga Youth Network on a grant program that provided the funding necessary for this effort.” – Lt. Danny Houck – Boone Police Department

This enforcement program is ongoing and more compliance checks are scheduled.  “We wanted to see how prevalent the problem was and found that 16% of businesses sold alcohol to under aged persons.  We hope that our enforcement campaign will cause those who serve alcohol in our community to be cautious.  It is our hope, now that we have released this information, that we not catch anyone in violation the next time we conduct this operation.” – Capt. Andy Le Beau 


Release Date: August 2, 2013
 
Boone, NC - Boone Man Charged with Numerous Felonies.

An investigation by Boone Police and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has led to the arrest of a local man on numerous felony charges.  The charges stem from crimes committed in Boone and Forest City, NC.  

On July 17, 2013, Boone Police discovered that a convicted felon, Timothy James Patrick McQueen, 19 years-of-age, of North Street in Boone, had sold a firearm to one of our local pawnshops.  Boone Police interviewed Mr. McQueen and the investigation revealed that a firearm, coins, and gold jewelry were stolen from a family member in Forest City and then sold to a pawnshop in Boone.      

On July 25, 2013, Boone Police arrested Mr. McQueen charging him with one count of Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, one count of Felony Possession of a Stolen Firearm and one count of Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense.  Boone Police also served warrants from Rutherford County on Mr. McQueen charging him with one count of Felony Breaking and Entering, one count of Felony Safecracking, one count of Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, one count of Felony Larceny of a Firearm and one count of Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. 

Mr. McQueen was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate and assigned court dates of September 8, 2013, for the Rutherford County charges and September 17, 2013, for the Boone Charges.  He was placed under a secured bond of $45,000.

 
Timothy James Patrick McQueen

Release Date: July 30, 2013
 
Boone, NC - Unattended Death
 
On July 30, 2013, Boone Police responded to an unattended death at 165 Robin Lane, Boone, NC. Linda Throngburg, 65 years-of-age, was found deceased in her apartment by management. No foul play is suspected.
 

Release Date: July 30, 2013
 
Boone, NC - Unattended Death
 
On July 29, 2013, Boone Police responded to an unattended death at 183 Somerset Drive, Boone, NC.  Mr. Harry William Sanders, 58 years-of-age, was found deceased in his home by a co-worker.  No foul play is suspected.        
 

Release Date: July 26, 2013
 
Boone, NC - Man Arrested for Misdemeanor Assault on a Female
 
On July 25, 2013 a second incident was reported to the Boone Police Department which was similar to an incident reported on July 19, 2013. The July 19 incident alleged that a male subject by the name of Julio Antonio Yanez, had entered a female’s residence on Oak Street and gave her a backrub without her permission. In the incident reported on July 25, Julio Antonio Yanez was again identified as a suspect. It was reported that Mr. Yanez allegedly stroked the female victim’s arms and back, while in her residence on West King Street, after his proposition for a backrub was declined. After the latest incident was reported, Boone Police located Mr. Yanez and placed him under arrest for one count of Misdemeanor Assault of a Female. Mr. Yanez was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was placed under a $4,000 secured bond and assigned a court date of September 17, 2013.
 
Julio Antonio Yanez

Release Date:  July 23, 2013
 
Boone, NC - Man Arrested for Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering and Misdemeanor Assault on a Female
 

On July 22, 2013, Boone Police identified Julio Antonio Yanez, age 29, of Boone NC as a suspect in a recently reported breaking and entering.  On July 16, 2013, Mr. Yanez allegedly entered a female’s apartment on Oak Street, believing that the apartment was that of an acquaintance.  Mr. Yanez was instructed to leave the residence, but preceded to attempt to give the female resident a backrub.  Mr. Yanez was again instructed to leave the residence and complied. 

Mr. Yanez was arrested by Boone Police and taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was charged with one count of Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering and one count of Misdemeanor Assault on a Female.  Mr. Yanez was assigned a court date of September 17, 2013 and released on a written promise to appear in court.
Julio Antonio Yanez

Release Date: July 12, 2013
 
Boone, NC – Man Arrested for Failing to Work After Being Paid
 
On 07/10/2013, Boone Police arrested Charles David Harmon of Boone, age 53, at the Boone Police Department, for misdemeanor Failure to Work After Being Paid. Mr. Harmon is alleged to have been paid $4200 in 2011 by the 82-year-old victim with the agreement to do a roofing job on her house in Boone, which he did not begin or complete. Mr. Harmon was given a court date of 08/20/2013 and was released on a Written Promise.
Charles David Harmon

Release Date: July 5, 2013
 
Boone, NC – Unattended Death
 

On July 4th, the Boone Police Department received a call of an unattended death at Birch Street Apartments located at 130 Birch Street. Mr. Daniel Craig Anglin of Boone, age 57 was found deceased in his 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.


 
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