Woman arrested for identity theft
RUTHERFORDTON — On Monday, Officer Timothy Martin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office was on patrol on U.S. Highway 74 when he observed a grey 1993 Nissan Maxima driving erratically.
Running the tag number indicated the vehicle went through an insurance stop and the registered owner’s license was revoked, according to a report filed with the Sheriff’s Office.
Martin stopped the vehicle and the registered owner, Kelly Marie McCulloh, 37, of Robbinsville, was driving.
After citing her for the revoked license, Martin asked McCulloh for consent to search the vehicle, which she granted. A small amount of marijuana was located in a purse inside the car, the report stated.
Sgt. Alan Green with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office assisted in searching the trunk area of the vehicle and found a California driver’s license with McCulloh’s picture on it, but with the personal information of someone else. A Wal-Mart credit card was also found, issued to the same identity as the driver’s license.
The officer’s report further advised numerous receipts from Kohl’s and Macy’s were inside the vehicle.
McCulloh was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Rutherford County Detention Facility. She was charged with identity theft, possession of marijuana and possession of fraudulent documents and received a $75,000 secured bond.
Martin contacted the victim of the identity theft in California, who said that someone had stolen her identity and attempted to get credit cards at Kohl’s and Macy’s.
The Sheriff’s Office advised that other agencies are involved in the case and it is under further investigation.
Car travels down embankment, into stream
FOREST CITY — Alexander Cornelius Flowers Marano, 22, of Union Mills, was transported to Rutherford Regional Medical Center by Rutherford County EMS on Monday for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday, officers with the Forest City Police Department responded to a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Sparks Drive and Daniel Road.
According to the police report, Marano was driving a 2000 Dodge and traveling northwest on Sparks Drive when he ran off the road to the right, traveled approximately 330 feet, crossed over Daniel Road and slid down an embankment. The vehicle collided with the ground and stream at the bottom of the embankment, approximately 12 feet down.
When police arrived at the scene, Marano was laying on the roadside, the report stated. A witness told officers that a bystander pulled Marano from the vehicle.
Marano told police that he was driving on Sparks Drive and coming back from picking up food at Bojangles’ when he yawned and blacked out. He sustained injuries to his forehead when he made impact with the windshield.
According to officers, Marano’s limited driver’s license has a restriction which requires him to be accompanied by a licensed driver. He was alone in the vehicle during the accident.
The vehicle sustained an estimated $4,000 in damages and Marano was charged with no operator’s license, reckless driving and not wearing a seat belt.
Advisory fordeadly new synthetic drug
FOREST CITY — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a health advisory related to acetyl fentanyl, following at least three deaths related to the synthetic drug.
Toxicologists at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner detected acetyl fentanyl in specimens associated with deaths that occurred in January in Sampson, Person and Transylvania counties.
“It is important for law enforcement, medical professionals and our citizens to be aware that this dangerous drug is in North Carolina,” said Acting State Health Director Robin Gary Cummings, in a statement. “Acetyl fentanyl is another addition to a growing list of synthetic drugs and represents a serious threat to public health.”
Acetyl fentanyl is an opioid analgesic drug that is up to five times more potent than heroin. It is an analog of fentanyl — a powerful narcotic analgesic — and is not available as a prescription drug in the United States.
Last June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert to public health agencies, state laboratories, medical examiners, coroners and emergency departments to be on the lookout for acetyl fentanyl. The CDC also advised emergency departments and emergency medical services to ensure that they have adequate supplies of antidotes for opioid overdose.
The alert came after Rhode Island officials reported 14 overdose deaths from acetyl fentanyl between March and June 2013. Since then, the drug has been linked to additional deaths in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and now North Carolina.
Polk CountyOperation Medicine Drop
COLUMBUS — Operation Medicine Drop of Polk County will be held on Saturday, March 22 at four locations throughout the county.
Citizens can drop off any unused, unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Columbus, Tryon Fire Department in Tryon, Sunny View Fire & Rescue Department in Mill Spring and Saluda Police Department in Saluda from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Medications collected include liquids, pills and even pet medicines. Radioactive chemotherapy drugs are not collected.
Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of medications.
By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting local waters. Since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has collected more than 30 million pills at almost 1,000 events.
Did you know?
North Carolina scanner code 10-61 refers to an officer stopping a suspicious vehicle.