Traffic stop leads to drug arrest
FOREST CITY — Arkeyne Deshawn Cureton, 28, of Forest City, was taken into custody on Tuesday evening by deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office following a vehicle stop for speeding and possession of marijuana.
According to a report filed by deputies, as they were conducting the traffic stop on Doggett Road, they smelled what they determined to be marijuana coming from Cureton's vehicle.
During their search of the vehicle, deputies located 53 grams of marijuana.
Cureton was arrested at the scene and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was transported to the Rutherford County Detention Facility and was later released after posting an $8,000 secured bond.
Prior to his most recent incarceration, Cureton was convicted in 2013 for possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a place for a controlled substance.
Electrical fire destroys mobile home
CLIFFSIDE — Around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, firefighters with the Cliffside Fire Department were dispatched to a residence on Windsor Drive in reference to a structure fire.
Firefighters arrived at the scene to find flames coming from beneath a mobile home and quickly spreading to the sides of the structure.
Firefighters who investigated said the fire originated underneath the residence and was caused by electrical lights hooked up below the home.
The occupants of the residence were doing work beneath the mobile home at the time and may have been in the process of relocating the home, which is why lights were below the home, firefighters said.
No one was inside the home during the fire, which was called in by a neighbor who noticed the flames from across the street.
According to the report filed by firefighters, when the occupants saw the fire, they rushed inside the home in an attempt to get their belongings out, subsequently causing more oxygen to feed the flames and strengthen the fire.
The home, which belongs to Holly Taylor, was declared a complete loss and firefighters said there was no insurance on the home.
The American Red Cross was called out to the scene to assist the occupants in finding another place to stay. The Red Cross provides emergency supplies such as food, clothing and shelter.
The Cliffside Fire Department was assisted by Ellenboro and Sandy Mush firefighters.
No injuries were reported in the fire.
Officers seek information in stolen motorcycle
RUTHERFORDTON — The Rutherfordton Police Department is still seeking information in reference to a stolen 1993 KTM Dual Sport motorcycle, white in color with a purple seat.
"We have not got a suspect yet or arrested anyone, and the motorcycle has not been located," said Rutherfordton Police Lt. Rick Gilbert on Thursday.
The motorcycle was last seen around 11:40 a.m. on Monday in the Rutherford County Courthouse parking lot.
The owner of the motorcycle, Robert Hollifield, told officers that he was inside the courthouse and when he came out around 11:50 a.m., his motorcycle was missing.
A subject was seen getting on the motorcycle and leaving the parking lot, but the direction of travel was unknown.
If anyone has any information regarding the incident, they are encouraged to contact the Rutherfordton Police Department at 828-287-5062 or 828-289-0383.
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