Yancey County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Yancey County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 4 E Main St, Burnsville, 28714 NC
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Phone: 828-682-2124
Fax: 828-682-0150
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Yancey County Sheriff's Office is located at 4 E Main St, Burnsville, 28714 NC. The Yancey County Sheriff's Office phone number is 828-682-2124.

Yancey County Sheriff's Office News

BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE KIM WILLIAMS TELECOMMUNICATOR Kimberly Williams has been a full time Telecommunicator with the Sheriff’s Office for 6 years. Kim began full time with the Sheriff’s Office as a Telecommunicator after working as both a Part-time Telecommunicator for Emergency Communications and Part-time as a Yancey County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer. Kim came to the work for Yancey County in 2012, and brought 5 years in Corrections experience from serving with the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections at Craggy Correctional Institute. Upon beginning with the Sheriff’s Office, Kim completed certifications in the Division of Criminal Information Network (DCIN) through the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and has maintained those certifications for six years. Kim also received her Telecommunicator Certification required by North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. Kim assists in managing all of the information in the database for Yancey County through the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) for North Carolina by assisting with the duties of the Assistant Terminal Agency Coordinator. Kim also helps to manage the information that is entered through the National Crime Information System (NCIS) to include Stolen Vehicle/Plates/Articles Information File, Stolen Gun Information File, Missing and Wanted Person Information File, Domestic Violence Protection Order entries as well as being able to confirm records with other agencies locally, statewide, and nationally. Kim’s duties as a Sheriff’s Office Telecommunicator also include assisting officers via radio using information technology networks, as well as creating a log of ‘Calls for Service’ in our Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software system. Kim also assists the public when calling in or appearing in person at our office, requesting assistance. In Yancey County, Telecommunicators work 12 hour rotating shifts. In a 30 day period the office averages 675 calls for service requiring a Deputy to be dispatched and 4,800 calls to request information from the office. Kim is a warrior fighting a long intense personal battle with lots of hugs, prayers and encouragement from her friends and Team Members here. Kim received a diagnosis of cancer in August 2016. Kim beat it back in August 2017. In December 2017 it was back and with frequent ongoing treatments Kim continues to fight the good fight. Despite the ups and downs, Kim continues to excel at her Duties, showing her dedication for the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Yancey County. We love you Kim ! PROVEN EXPERIENCE / ROCK SOLID DEDICATION

THE BLOTTER Yancey Sheriff Office Arrest for the period Wednesday 10-10-18 through Wednesday 10-17-18 MICHAEL LAWRENCE METCALF, 55 of Mars Hill, NC was arrested on 10/10/2018. Metcalf is charged with; Carrying Concealed Gun Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Mitchell County TODD MILLER WILLINGHAM, 42 of Kinards, SC was arrested on 10/10/2018. Willingham is charged with; Extradition/Fugitive Other State Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Avery County Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Avery County Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Avery County ROSA MICHELLE CUPP, 35 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/11/2018. Cupp is charged with; Driving While Impaired MCKENZIE BLAKE RAY, 29 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/11/18. Ray is charged with; Larceny Of Motor Vehicle Possession Of Stolen Goods Parole Violation SAWYER AIREE EDWARDS, 25 of Bryson City, NC was arrested on 10/13/2018. Edwards is charged with; Disorderly Conduct For Graham County JEFFERY GARRIN MCCOURRY, 31 of Mars Hill, NC was arrested on 10/13/2018. McCourry is charged with; Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Buncombe County AUSTIN DAVID SCHLEIF, 18 of Bakersville, NC was arrested on 10/13/2018. Schleif is charged with; Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor JORDAN COLE LAWS, 19 Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/15/2018. Laws is charged with; Communicating Threats RICKEY EDWARD MURPHY, 60 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/15/2018. Murphy is charged with; 2 Counts Sell Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance 2 Counts Of Possession With Intent To Manufacture, Sell, And Deliver Schedule II Of Controlled Substance Deliver Schedule VI Controlled Substance 2 Counts Misdemeanor Possession Schedule VI Controlled Substance 3 Counts Possession Schedule II Controlled Substance Possess Drug Paraphernalia Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia CHRISTOPHER DAVID BROWN, 35 of Hot Springs, NC was arrested on 10/17/2018. Brown is charged with; Assault On A Female Communicating Threats Assault On A Female MATTHEW WILLIAM MURPHY, 36 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/17/2018. Murphy is charged with; Failure To Appear On Felony For Mitchell County Failure To Appear On Felony For Mitchell County

BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE CHIEF DEPUTY COLONEL SHANE HILLIARD Colonel Shane Hilliard currently serves as the Chief Deputy, he is Sheriff Banks' second in command. He began his Law Enforcement career with the Yancey County Sheriff Office in 2001. He has served 17 years in Law Enforcement, 12 of those years with the Yancey County Sheriff Office. During Chief Deputy Hilliard's many years of experience, he has trained extensively with the FBI, DEA, FEMA, and Homeland Security. He has completed the North Carolina State University Law Enforcement Executive Program, the FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute, the FBI Command College, and the FBI Terrorist Bomb Training. Chief received the FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute Trilogy Award. In the course of maintaining his certifications and qualifications, Chief Hilliard received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from North Carolina Sheriff Standards Education and Training Commission. The Advanced Certificate was accomplished by first attaining his Law Enforcement Training Intermediate Certification and then completing at least 1380 additional hours of Commission approved Law Enforcement Training. Chief Hilliard is a National Rifle Association Certified Firearms Instructor, Certified Active Shooter Instructor, Basic Law Enforcement Training Instructor, Detention Officer Certification Course Instructor, and Scuba Diver. His first assignment with the Yancey County Sheriff Office was as a Detention Officer in the Detention Center. While assigned there he completed his Detention Officer Certification Course with Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. Chief Hilliard served in that capacity until 2003 when he was promoted to TeleCommunicator. As TeleCommunicator, Chief Hilliard completed his TeleCommunicator Certification at the North Carolina Justice Academy. After 14 months as a TeleCommunicator Chief Hilliard completed Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and in July 2004 was promoted to Patrol Deputy where he completed Certified K-9 Handler Training and was assigned a K-9 Partner on Patrol for 15 months. He was partnered with the first explosive detection K-9 to serve in Yancey County. In October 2006 he went on to work at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC on their Safety and Security Team for 2 years, remaining there until August 2008. Then returning back to Yancey County Chief was assigned as a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Yancey County's East Yancey Middle School for 3 years, from August 2008 until September 2011. Chief Hilliard returned to the Yancey County Sheriff Office in September 2011 and served as Patrol Deputy partnered with a K-9 Drug Dog and as Bailiff supervising Courthouse Security until July 2013. At that time the Chief was promoted to the position Chief Jailer/Jail Administrator he was responsible for all aspects of the operation of the Yancey County Detention Center. He supervised and ensured the safety and well being of his staff and the detained inmates, all logistical aspects of the jail, all aspects of Technology Assets in the jail (computers to secure doors), and all Facility Maintenance. While there Chief Hilliard oversaw the upgrade of all technology including Booking Software and Hardware, all Security Software and connected hardware. He also supervised renovations for the Facility, both Operations side and the Jail side. He designed the current Inmate Commissary program as well. In December 2014 Chief Deputy Hilliard assumed his current duties as Chief Deputy assisting Sheriff Banks in all aspects of managing the day to day operations of the Office. He supervises ongoing investigations, manages all Personnel, Policies, and Procedures, accounts for all Budgets and expenditures, and all fixed assets and Capital Projects. PROVEN LEADERSHIP / VALUED EXPERIENCE

BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE SHERIFF GARY BANKS Sheriff Gary Banks began working for the Yancey County Sheriff's Office in January 1982 at the age of 17. His job, at the time, was a part-time minimum wage job as a janitor and has ascended the ranks to serve as Sheriff. During his 8 and a half years as Sheriff he has assembled from within the ranks of his Office, a Command Staff of 5 Senior Deputies with a total of 98 years of proven experience and each one holding Advance Certificates in their respective fields of expertise. This is in addition to his 33 years experience and leadership. His Law Enforcement career began in the fall of 1982, when Sheriff Banks started as a part-time Dispatcher and Detention Officer working the night shift. He also attended college as a full-time student. In the summer of 1983, he was promoted to full-time day shift as a Dispatcher and Detention Officer. The Sheriff then received training from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI) and received a Police Information Network (PIN) Certification. Later that same year he was given responsibility for updating and maintaining the Sheriff's Office and Jail files and logs. He was also appointed the liaison with the NC SBI Division of Criminal Information (DCI) for Training and updating the Communications office. In 1985 at the age of 20 and with 2 years experience, the Sheriff completed Basic Law Enforcement Technology (BLET) at Mayland Technical College. After graduating with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 he received his General Certification through the North Carolina Sheriff's Training and Standards Division. He was then promoted to the rank of Deputy Sheriff and worked patrol, civil process, warrants, basic investigation and answered all calls for service. Sheriff Banks worked as a Patrol Deputy for Yancey County until the end of 1986 when Sheriff Kermit Banks narrowly lost his re-election bid for Sheriff. For 4 years, 1987 through 1990, Sheriff Banks worked part-time as a Reserve Deputy for Sheriff Dedrick Brown of Madison County and returned to College to further his Criminal Justice education. In December 1990, Sheriff Kermit Banks was Re-Elected as Yancey County Sheriff. Sheriff Gary Banks returned to the Yancey County Sheriff's Office as a night shift Deputy supervising his assigned shift. In 1991 Sheriff Banks attended DARE Officer Training (DOT) with the North Carolina Department of Justice. He taught the DARE curriculum to kids in all of Yancey County’s elementary and middle schools for over 10 years touching the lives of many of our young people in the County. In the fall of 1993, with 6 years experience, he was promoted to the rank of Detective. This job consisted of investigating misdemeanor and felony crimes, interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects, processing crime scenes, following up on incident reports, prepared and serving search warrants, researching background records and files, arranging polygraphs for suspects, preparing prosecution reports for the District Attorney, making arrests and appearing and testifying in court. During this time he received specialized training in Interview and Interrogation, Basic Investigations, Photography, Arson, Crime Scenes, Child Sex Abuse, Report Writing, and Court Procedures. The Sheriff has investigated, solved, arrested suspects and helped convict hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases including Breaking and Entering, Illicit Drug Abuse, Assault, Rape, Child Sex Abuse, Domestic Violence, Fraud and Murder Cases. After serving as Detective for 2 years, In 1995 Sheriff Banks was promoted to Chief-Deputy and served in that capacity for 15 years. While working as Chief Deputy he assisted in bringing the Sheriff's Office into the 21st century with the aid of advanced law enforcement techniques, modern technology and the addition of grant-funded staff and equipment. Since assuming his Chief Deputy duties in 1995, Sheriff Banks has been involved in all administrative aspects of this Office. He has supervised command personnel, prepared budgets, developed strategic plans and policies for 23 years. As Chief-Deputy he wrote and received millions of dollars in grant funding for the Sheriff's Office and Yancey County. On December 31, 2009, Sheriff Kermit Banks retired as Sheriff. Sheriff Gary Banks was appointed Sheriff in January 2010 to finish out the un-expired 2006-2010 term and was subsequently elected Sheriff in November 2010. Numerous advancements have been made in the Sheriff's Office efficiency and operation, with the goal of reducing costs and saving taxpayer money, while still providing the highest level of safety and service to the residents of Yancey County. Sheriff Banks has been diligent in maintaining his training and certifications. He has continually kept his Law Enforcement Certification active and in good standing for over 33 years. During his career, he has been trained and certified in all aspects of Law Enforcement including Executive Leadership, Management, Supervision, Homicide Investigation, Arson Investigation, Child Abuse Investigation, Drug Interdiction, Special Weapons and Tactics, Major Case Investigations, Interview and Interrogations, Arrest, Search and Seizure Law, Incident Command, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Domestic Terrorism. The Sheriff is a 2011 North Carolina Sheriffs' Leadership Institute Graduate. The Sheriffs' Leadership Institute consists of four, one-week training programs conducted over a period of two years. The first two weeks provided specific, technical skills necessary to assume the Office of Sheriff. The second two weeks were designed for sheriffs to further their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the leadership and management of the Sheriff's Office. This Institute is a national model and provided leadership and technical training, specifically designed for sheriffs like no other training in the United States. As one of the Senior Sheriffs in the state, he has been asked to teach in the upcoming 2018 Sheriffs Leadership Institute Class. With the Sheriff's 33 years of experience, he has been ask or appointed to serve on several local, regional and state boards. He serves on the State of North Carolina Law Enforcement Safe Schools Committee, Joint In-service Training Committee, Sheriffs' In-service Training Committee, Sheriff's Association Legislative Committee, Sheriff's Association Sergeant at Arms Committee, Mayland Community College Advisory Committee for BLET, Mayland Community College Law Enforcement In-service training Committee, Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, In his community the Sheriff serves the Children's Advocacy Center of Yancey County and is Ordained as a Deacon for Cane River Baptist Church Deacon Board. PROVEN LEADERSHIP and VALUED EXPERIENCE OUR SHERIFF

BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE Detective Lieutenant John D. Robinson Detective Lieutenant John D. Robinson has served in the Yancey County Sheriff Office for 25 and 1 half years, working at every level and ascending the ranks to his current leadership role. He began his career in January 1993 as a Dispatcher, working Sheriff's Office and 911 communications for 5 years. Robinson was also certified as a Detention Officer. In 1994 Detective Robinson while working full time on nightshift, also attended Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) during the day. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff and started on night shift patrolling the County. After four years he was transferred to Day Shift. In 2000 after 4 years on Day Patrols Detective Robinson was promoted to Investigations Division. In 2008 after 8 years in Investigations he was advanced to Sergeant of Investigations and in 2012 with 12 years total experience as an Investigator Detective Robinson was promoted to his current grade as Lieutenant of Investigations. While progressing through the ranks for 25 years Detective Robinson has dedicated himself to stay up to date in the most current training and techniques available by attending many courses and seminars. In August 2001 he had accumulated at least 1,980 hours of training and education and 9 years service qualifing him to receive his Intermediate Law Enforcement Professional Certificate. Detective Robinson continued his training and in March 2006 he had completed an additional 1,380 hours of training and a total of 12 years service to receive his Advanced Law Enforcement Professional Certificate. Detective Robinson has completed training in Interview and Interrogation training through Shaw University, Stan B. Walters Kinesic Interview Training, Extensive Interview and Interrogation Training through the N.C. Justice Academy, Body Worn Surveillance Training, Police Law Institute Certification, Child Death Investigation Training, Certified Marijuana Eradication Spotter, Burglary/Robbery Investigation Certification, FBI Negotiator Training Certification, Incident Response to Terrorist Bomb Training Certificatification, and Crisis Intervention Team Training. In 2012 Detective Robinson became a Member and continues to serve in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). He has been a current Member of North Carolina Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association since 2013. VALUED EXPERIENCE ... PROVEN LEADERSHIP !

THE BLOTTER Yancey Sheriff Office Arrest for the period Wednesday 10-3-18 through Wednesday 10-10-18 JENNIFER MELISSA BRADFORD, 33 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/01/2018. Bradford is charged with; Larceny Of A Firearm Unauthorized Use Of Motor Vehicle JUAN MANUEL-TAVAREZ ,42 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/01/2018. Manuel-Tavarez is charged with, Driving While Impaired DONALD CURTIS WILLIS, 47 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/01/2018. Willis is charged with; Larceny By Employee RICHARD MAURICE BANKS JR, 24 Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/02/2018. Banks is charged with; Misdemeanor Stalking MICHAEL KEVIN HENSLEY, 58 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/02/2018. Hensley is charged with; Driving While Impaired ROBERT VINCENT OGLE, 64 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/02/2018 . Ogle is charged with; Possess Methamphetamine JOHN LAMAR HUNT, 49 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/03/2018. Hunt is charged with; Probation Violation WILLIAM JASON COX, 32 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/04/2018. Cox is charged with; Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor Probation Violation Probation Violation Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor Felony Larceny Possession Of Stolen Goods/Property Injury To Personal Property ANGELA SUZANNE JOHNSON, 37 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/04/2018. Johnson is charged with; Driving While Impaired DAVID MICHAEL HARWOOD, 25 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/05/2018. Harwood is charged with; 2 Counts Of Failure To Appear On Misdemeanors CHRISTIE KENA HURST, 34 of Green Mountain, NC was arrested on 10/05/2018. Hurst is charged with; 8 Counts Of Failure To Appear On Misdemeanors CECIL DANIEL STEVENS, 27 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/07/2018. Stevens is charged with; IV-D Non-Support Of A Child In Mitchell County SHAYNA BROOKE TURNER, 31 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/07/18. Turner is charged with; Probation Violation WILLIAM JAMES CLARK, 48 of Spruce Pine, NC was arrested on 10/08/2018. Clark is charged with; Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Cabarrus County KALEB MICHAEL DEGRANDE, 18 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/08/2018. DeGrande is charged with; 2 Counts Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor JESSICA DALE MCKINNEY, 30 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/09/2018. McKinney was sentenced to; 3 Day Sentence in the Detention Center for Violating Probation MONICA DAWN RATHBURN, 33 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/09/2018. Rathburn is charged with; 2 Counts Possession With Intent To Manufacture, Sell, and Distribute Schedule III Controlled Substance AMANDA MARIE RAY, 33 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/09/2018. Ray is charged with; Misdemeanor Stalking ROBERT STERLING SILVERS, 34 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/09/18. Silvers is charged with; Habitual Felon COLBY RYAN WYATT, 20 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/09/2018. Wyatt is charged with; Indecent Liberties With Child MICHAEL LAWRENCE METCALF, 55 of Mars Hill, NC was arrested on 10/10/2018. Metcalf is charged with; Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor Charges In Mitchell County Carrying Concealed Gun Yancey County PATRICK BYRON MURPHY JR, 28 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/10/2018. Murphy is charged with; Probation Violation In Mitchell County TODD MILLER WILLINGHAM, 42 of Kinards, SC was arrested on 10/10/2018. Willingham is charged with; Extradition/Fugitive Other State South Carolina Fraud ROSA MICHELLE CUPP, 35 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/11/18. Cupp is charged with; Driving While Impaired MCKENZIE BLAKE RAY, 29 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/11/2018. Ray is charged with; Larceny Of Motor Vehicle Possession Of Stolen Goods Parole Violation

South Carolina Fugitive Apprehended A South Carolina Fugitive was arrested in Yancey County on Wednesday the 10th with past record of Larceny and Bank Robbery in South Carolina and absconded while completing his sentence on probation. Todd Miller Willingham using a Newland, Avery County address has been charged as a Fugitive from the South Carolina Probation Office in Newberry, S.C. Willingham is scheduled for an extradition hearing in Yancey County District Court today the 11th. Officers of the Burnsville Police Department along with Deputies of the Yancey County Sheriff Office received information that Willingham had visited banks in the area over past couple of days. Law Enforcement located the vehicle and setup on both east and west bypass and initiated a felony stop of the pick-up truck Willingham was a passenger in near the intersection of US Hwy 19E West and Charlie Brown Road. Willingham and the driver were arrested without incident. The operator of the vehicle, Michael Lawrence Metcalf of Mars Hill, N.C. was also arrested. Metcalf is charged with Carrying a Concealed Gun. Metcalf was also wanted in Mitchell County for Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor Charges. Metcalf posted a $2,000.00 bond and Willingham is under a $50,000.00 bond awaiting his extradition hearing to be returned to S.C.

BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE Corporal Michael “BO” Davis Corporal Michael Bo Davis has served 13 years with the Yancey County Sheriff Office and began his career in September 2005 as a Detention Officer. He served in the Detention Center 4 and half years until his appointment to Sheriff’s Deputy in February 2010. Corporal Davis attended Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Mayland Community College and graduated in May 2010. “BO” excelled in BLET and was awarded the best in his class, the Top Cadet Award. While performing his duties as Patrol Deputy, Corporal Davis went on that same year to attend Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Operator School and continues to serve in his 8th year on the Yancey County Sheriff Office Special Response Team (SRT). In August 2012 Corporal Davis was appointed with the additional responsibilities of being a Field Training Officer (FTO). He is responsible for taking newly graduated BLET Deputies and training them to put the education and skills they attained in the classroom into practice in the real world on Patrol. The new Deputies will train with Corporal Davis until he is confident they are ready to Patrol on their own. In his 6 years as a FTO, Corporal Davis has trained with 10 Deputies preparing them for Patrol. Corporal Davis has attended training in Death and Criminal Investigations, Active Shooter Situations, Human Tracking, and Wilderness Survival. He is qualified in Crisis Intervention, where he garnered the skills to appropriately respond to individuals experiencing mental health crises. Additionally, in November 2016 Corporal Davis attended the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force conference on combating the ongoing drug epidemic. VALUED EXPERIENCE

Commissioners Declare October 10th “Yancey County Volunteer Firefighter, First Responder and Rescue Day”  At their October meeting, Yancey County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution honoring and thanking every volunteer fire and rescue department in Yancey County for their valuable service during Hurricane Florence last month. The remnants of Hurricane Florence arrived in Yancey County with heavy rains causing significant flooding along the Cane River and South Toe River and their tributaries. County officials issued a state of emergency due to the severe weather conditions to allow emergency workers to respond to flooding, fallen trees, medical emergencies and other public safety concerns. “The volunteer fire and rescue services of Yancey County responded to the call to duty and worked around the clock to answer calls for service from citizens…Yancey County is blessed to have volunteer firefighters, first responders and rescue personnel who, day in and day out, sacrifice personal time away from their own families in order to serve and protect the citizens of their community,” states the resolution in part. As part of the discussion on the resolution, each commissioner expressed their personal gratitude and thanks for what our volunteer fire and rescue agencies do for our community. “The commissioners wanted to recognize the brave men and women of each fire department and rescue squad for their service to our community, not only during Hurricane Florence, but every day, and be sure that they know how much we appreciate them and that their hard work does not go unnoticed by Yancey County Government,” stated Commissioner Johnny Riddle. As an additional tribute, the commissioners proclaimed Wednesday, October 10, 2018 as “Yancey County Volunteer Firefighter, First Responder and Rescue Day” in Yancey County. Citizens are encouraged to take a moment to recognize these true leaders in our community and thank them for their valuable service.

Today Deputies Jason Edmonds, and Austin Duncan along with Detention Officers Brandon Wilson, CJ Wilson, and Jonathan Williams represented our Office in the Battle of the Badges. A fundraiser for the NC Special Olympics. A great day of fun and fellowship.

BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE Lieutenant Mark Geouge Lieutenant Mark Geouge serves as the Chief Jailer/Jail Administrator in the Yancey County Sheriff Office Detention Center. Lieutenant Geouge has served in this position since June of this year. He served as the Assistant Jail Administrator prior to his recent promotion. He served 5 years as a Reserve Detention officer working part-time while serving full-time with North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. In his capacity of Chief Jailer/Jail Administrator Lieutenant Geouge is responsible for the Detention Facility Personnel, Operations, Logistics, and safety and security of the Staff and the Inmates placed in pretrial confinement by the Courts. Lieutenant Geouge has completed Detention Officer Certification Course, Weapons Training and is qualified as an Armed Detention Office. He has completed the Certification Course to become a Taser Instructor for the Sheriff Office. Lieutenant Geouge brought a vast skill set with him to the Yancey County Detention Center, having severed 14 years with North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. Beginning as a Correctional Officer at Craggy Correctional Institution in February 2004, he was promoted to Road Squad and Transportation Sergeant at Craggy in 2011. In June 2012 Lieutenant Geouge was transferred to Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution where he served as Warehouse Sergeant and in 2015 he was again promoted to Correctional Unit Manager until brining his 14 years experience to the Yancey County Sheriff Office. Lieutenant Geouge holds a Basic State Correctional Certificate, Intermediate State Correctional Certificate, and his Advanced State Correctional Certificate for completing at least 720 hours of cumulative training approved by the Criminal Justice Education and Training Commission and completing his Associates Degree in Information Technology at Mayland Community College.

THE BLOTTER Yancey Sheriff Office Arrest for the period Wednesday 9-26-18 through Wednesday 10-3-18 LLOYD RAYMOND PHILLIPS, 30 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/28/2018 . Phillips is charged with; IV-D Non-Support Of A Child Failure To Appear On Felony JASON JOEL RAPOZA, 44 of Asheville, NC was arrested on 09/28/2018. Rapoza is charged with; Possession Of Methamphetamine Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor Buncombe County CASEY DILLON RANDOLPH, 26 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/29/2018. Randolph is charged with; Driving While Impaired TRACY REGINA VIANDS, 50 of Asheville, NC was arrested on 09/29/2018. Viands is charged with; Simple Assault For Buncombe County HARRY WESLEY WILLIAM, 59 of Hanover, PA was arrested on 09/29/2018 . William is charged with; Possession Of A Stolen Firearm Misdemeanor Possession Schedule VI Controlled Substance Possession Drug Paraphernalia WILLIAM ZACHARY WILLIS, 31 of Marion, NC was arrested on 09/29/2018. Willis is charged with; Carrying Concealed Weapon CODY POLECHIO SWANN, 27 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/30/2018 . Swann is charged with; M DV Violation Of Protective Order Violence JENNIFER MELISSA BRADFORD, 33 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/01/2018. Bradford is charged with; Larceny Of A Firearm Unauthorized Use Of A Motor Vehicle JUAN MANUEL-TAVAREZ, 42 of Yancey, NC was arrested on 10/01/18. Manuel-Tavarez is charged with; Driving While Impaired DONALD CURTIS WILLIS, 47 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/01/2018. Willis is charged with; Larceny By Employee For McDowell County RICHARD MAURICE BANKS JR, 24 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/02/2018. Banks is charged with; Misdemeanor Stalking MICHAEL KEVIN HENSLEY, 58 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/02/2018. Hensley is charged with; Driving While Impaired ROBERT VINCENT OGLE, 64 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/02/2018. Ogle is charged with; Possess Methamphetamine JOHN LAMAR HUNT, 49 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/03/2018. Hunt is charged with; Probation Violation

BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE Carla Robinson Telecommunicator Carla Robinson has been serving with the Yancey County Sheriff Office since April 2012. Performing the duties of a TeleCommnicator for 6 and half years of service, Carla began her duties in this position and brought the compassion, empathy, and sensitivity needed to communicate with people in crisis situations. These traits were honed in her previous career as a Parenting teacher, conducting classes in Yancey and Mitchell Counties through the Cooperative Extension Agency and North Carolina State University. In Yancey County, Telecommunicators work 12 hour rotations. In a 30 day period the office averages 675 calls for service requiring a Deputy to be dispatched and 4,800 calls to request information from the office. As a Telecommunicator Carla is both the public face of the Sheriff Office and the primary communication link between the public and the Deputies on patrol. Her many duties include helping the public face to face with questions and applications. The most challenging duties include helping the public in their crisis situation, comforting them while obtaining information and communicating it to the Patrol Deputy dispatched to help them in the community. In order to provide the Deputies with information, they need to stay safe and keep the County safe. Carla must maintain annual certifications on databases such as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) database the Division of Criminal Information (DCI) which manages all the Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) for North Carolina and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and State Crime Information Center (SCIC), Stolen Vehicle File, Stolen License Plate File, Stolen-Missing Gun File, Stolen Article File, and Wanted Person File. The Yancey Telecommunicators have developed a Senior Call Care Program in which they call on our senior residents daily and talk with them and If there is a concern for a Senior’s well being they will dispatch a Deputy to visit them. At Christmas, our Telecommunicators will visit each Senior on the call list and take them a Christmas Basket.

BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE Detective Mark Letterman Detective Mark Letterman has been serving in the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years. During that time he has served in many capacities. Currently serving as a Narcotics detective since 2011, he investigates, processes, and presents cases to District Attorney Office for prosecution. He is a member of the North Carolina Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Detective Letterman began his career with the Sheriffoffice in July of 1995 as a Detention Officer. Working his way up in the Detention Center to serve as the Chief Jailer and manage all operational aspects of the Jail for 2 years. Deputy Letterman then became a sworn Patrol Deputy in 1998 and attended Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. He graduated A-B Tech in December 1999. In 2000 Deputy Letterman was partnered with one of the first K-9 Officers and certified through Eastern States Working Dog Association. They served together until 2010. During that same period in 2001 he became a member of the Special Response Team (SRT) and completed the additional training to hold that certification and serve on the SRT Team until 2011. In course of Detective Letterman’s 23 years service he has trained extensively in many areas of expertise with State and Federal Trainers. Attaining is certifications in the following courses; Basic Law Enforcement Training, K-9 Certification, Police Canines in Schools, Rapid Deployment Training, High Risk Warrant/Hostage Rescue training Blackwater Training Center, Basic SWAT Training, Counter Drug Special Response Team I, Drug Diversion Investigation, Firearms Training, Crisis Intervention Training, Homicide Investigation Training, Basic Drug Investigator Training, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing, at New Mexico Tech. As result of his dedication in maintaining his certifications and qualifications Detective Letterman received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from North Carolina Sheriff Standards Education and Training Commission. This was accomplished by first attaining his Law Enforcement Training Intermediate Certification and by completing at least 1380 hours of Commission approved law enforcement training. PROVEN LEADERSHIP

The Bursville Police Department request your help in identifying the person and/or car in these photos. This information is needed in the investigation of a breaking and entering at the car wash on Cherry Street at approximately 2:00 AM on Tuesday September 25th.

THE BLOTTER Yancey Sheriff Office Arrest for the period Wednesday 9-19-18 through Wednesday 9-26-18 CHAD MICHAEL ALLEN, 26 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/19/2018. Allen is charged with; NO BOND Assault Inflict Serious Injury Parole Violation CLIFFORD GAUGE CRAIN, 25 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/19/2018. Crain is charged with; Assault Inflict Serious Injury JOSHUA GERALD MURPHY, 35 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/20/2018. Murphy is charged with; Probation Violation MICHAEL ANGELO LAVIOLA, 30 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/23/2018. Laviola is charged with; Communicating Threats JESUS CAMPOS-DURAN, 42 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/24/2018. Campos-Duran is charged with; Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For McDowell County Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Avery County FRANCISCO GUERRERO FABIAN, 29 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/24/2018. Fabian is charged with; Assault On A Female Communicating Threats AMANDA REBECCA HANEY, 43 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/24/2018. Haney is charged with; Unauthorized Use Of Motor Vehicle CALEB SCOTT LEWIS, 33 of Burnsville, NC was transferred on 09/24/2018 Lewis was transferred from NC DAC to complete sentencing on Misdemeanors In Yancey County CARSON JAMES LEWIS, 30 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/24/2018. Lewis is charged with; Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Madison County ERIC BRYSON CRISP, 19 of Marion, NC was arrested on 09/25/2018. Crisp is charged with; Misdemeanor Larceny SHANNON EMILY ROBINSON, 39 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/25/2018. Robinson is charged with; Driving While License Is Revoked For Impaired Driving Possession Open Container / Consuming Alcohol In Passenger Area FARON SHANE HONEYCUTT, 45 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/26/2018. Honeycutt is charged with; Second Degree Trespass DANIEL LEE PRICE, 31 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/26/2018. Price is charged with; Felony Probation Violation SHAWN MICHAEL REEVES, 45 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/26/2018. Reeves is charged with; Communicating Threats

BLUE LIGHT ON SERVICE SGT WB RANDOLPH SGT WB Randolph is the Transportation Sergeant and Coordinator for the Yancey County Inmate Work Crew. SGT Randolph started at the Sheriff Office in February 2008 and has been with the Yancey County Sheriff Office for 10 and half years. When SGT Randolph came to the Sheriff Office as a Detention Officer he brought many years of experience in corrections after retiring from the North Carolina Department of Corrections. He is also a graduate of Appalachian State University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and early in his career SGT Randolph instructed Business Management and Accounting at Mayland Community College. SGT Randolph will surely tell you “ I love my job, appreciate it, and look forward to coming to work every day”. As the Transportation Officer SGT Randolph is on call 24/7 to pick up and deliver inmates all around the State. In addition he ensures inmates are taken to other jurisdictions for their court dates and returned securely and safely. With the implementation of the State Misdemeanor Confinement Program (SMCP) in August 2014 SGT Randolph was promoted the position of Transportation SGT and Coordinator for the Yancey County Inmate Work Crew. The Work Crew is made up of inmates convicted of a Misdemeanor or DWI/DUI charges and the State reimburses the County Jail a daily stipend for housing the State inmates. The inmates do maintenance work for the County Offices and when there are a sufficient number of inmate workers they plant, maintain and harvest a large garden. The harvested items are taken to TRACTOR and funds received for the produce are returned to the County. In 2017 SGT Randolph received the Volunteer of the Year Award at TRACTOR and later that year he was selected as Officer of the Year for the Yancey County Sheriff Office. PROVEN LEADERSHIP