Suspect turns himself in, accomplice still wanted
FOREST CITY — Rashad Jayshaun Carson, 19, turned himself into deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, on multiple warrants for breaking and entering, larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.
Carson was arrested without incident at his residence on Maryland Drive in Forest City.
According to a report filed by deputies, between Dec. 23, 2013 and Jan. 20, 2014 Carson stole items on six different occasions from a garage located on Sykes Drive in Forest City.
Carson then took the stolen items to sell at Collins Metal Company on East Main Street, the report stated.
Items reported stolen include a push mower, air conditioner parts, car transmissions, bicycle parts, air compressors, scrap metal and various other garage items.
The stolen property was difficult to recover since scrap yards dispose of items several times a week, said Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis.
Carson is charged with six counts felony breaking and entering, six counts larceny after breaking and entering and six counts obtaining property by false pretense.
He received a $30,000 unsecured bond for his charges.
Deputies are still looking for an accomplice involved in the incidents, Jaman Leron Edgerton, a 19-year-old black male whose last known address is in Forest City.
Assault victim still critical
FOREST CITY — Dennis Lee Cochran Sr., 51, of Old U.S. Hwy. 74 in Ellenboro, remains in the neurotrauma intensive care unit at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, recovering from brain surgery he underwent on Sunday.
Cochran was allegedly assaulted with a baseball bat by Gregory Drake Eaves, 29, of U.S. Hwy. 74B in Ellenboro, on Saturday around 8:44 p.m. at Cochran's home.
Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis said Eaves was acquainted with Cochran.
Eaves is being held in the Rutherford County Detention Facility under a $550,000 secured bond and charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and larceny.
According to the sheriff's report, Cochran first refused treatment by Rutherford County EMS, but at 12:27 a.m. Sunday he called 911 requesting to be transported to the hospital emergency room.
Doctors determined Cochran had sustained life-threatening head injuries and he was airlifted to Asheville.
Eaves was taken into custody at his home at 10 a.m. Sunday by Rutherford County Sheriff's Officers after warrants were issued for his arrest.
He had his first court appearance on Monday morning and his bond was not reduced.
Krinn Evans is the attorney appointed to Eaves, whose next court date is Feb. 19.
Eaves has other cases pending trial in addition to Saturday's assault. He is charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury that occurred in Sept. 2012 and also two additional misdemeanor larceny cases.
Woman's condition worsens
FOREST CITY — Two weeks after Sharon Holmes, 59, of Creekside Crossing in Spindale, was struck by a vehicle while riding a motorized scooter on U.S. Hwy. 74B in Rutherfordton, she remains in the trauma care unit at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville.
Last week Holmes was moved to a private room, hospital officials said. But Thursday afternoon they advised she was in the trauma unit again.
Holmes was riding her motorized scooter on the highway when she and a Rutherford County Sheriff's vehicle collided.
Whitney Hunter, 26, a road officer with the Sheriff's Office, was driving the 2013 Dodge Charger onto the highway from the McDonald's parking lot at the same time Holmes was driving onto the road when the collision occurred.
Holmes was transported to Rutherford Regional Medical Center and later transferred to Asheville.
Hunter was not physically injured.
No charges have been filed and the investigation continues by the Rutherfordton Police Department.
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