Suspect arrested in bomb threat
FOREST CITY — On Wednesday, deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office arrested Jonathan Colby Arrowood, 28, of Island Ford Road in Forest City, a suspect in the bomb threat case on Monday afternoon at East Medical Center off N.C. 120 near Cliffside.
Det. Sgt. Jamie Keever said a call was made to the doctors' office and the caller told the person on the telephone everyone needed to get out of the building.
East Medical staff members called Rutherford Regional Medical Center to notify staff of the threat. East Medical is owned by Rutherford Regional. Hospital staff then notified 911 of a possible bomb threat.
Arrowood was charged with making a harassing phone call and received a $5,000 secured bond.
Man arrested for assault, cruelty to animals
FOREST CITY — David Lamar Crocker, 47, who gave a Georgia address, was taken into custody on Tuesday by deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office following an incident of assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.
According to a report filed by deputies, Crocker advised he was visiting a relative on Hudlow Road in Forest City and got into a dispute with a husband and wife in a nearby residence.
The wife told deputies that Crocker was intoxicated, pointed a gun at her and her husband, made multiple threats and shot her father's dog.
Prior to deputies' arrival at the scene, Crocker put the 9MM handgun on the porch of a residence before leaving in his vehicle and traveling toward Forest City, the report stated.
Sheriff's deputies passed Crocker on Hudlow Road near Whitesides Road, and turned around in pursuit of his vehicle. After pulling over, Crocker was taken into custody.
During the investigation deputies discovered Crocker was a convicted felon from South Carolina and had a record from Florida and Georgia.
Crocker was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts assault by pointing a gun, two counts communicating threats, cruelty to animals, driving while impaired and driving left of center. He received a $42,000 secured bond for his charges.
Deputies recovered the handgun used in the dispute back at the Hudlow Road residence.
Rutherford County take-back event collects 28,522 dosages
RUTHERFORDTON — More than 28,000 dosages of medication were collected during the Operation Medicine Drop campaign of Rutherford County, which was held on Saturday, March 22 at three locations around the county.
The event successfully collected 28,522 dosages of unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications, an increase from the 21,561 pills collected during the county's last Operation Medicine Drop on Oct. 26, 2013. Of the total dosage units collected in March, 788 were controlled substances.
Citizens dropped their medications off at the Food Lion in Rutherfordton, Food Lion in Forest City and Ellenboro Fire Department, where officers were available to accept and securely dispose of unwanted medicine.
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.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and Forest City Police Department also have year-round permanent medicine drop boxes in their lobbies.
Once the dosages are collected, the State Bureau of Investigation gathers them from across the state where they are later transported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol to a state approved incinerator.
"We want to thank all the partners, both Food Lion locations, the Ellenboro Fire Department and all the businesses and agencies that helped promote it," said Suzanne Mizsur-Porter, United Way's Community Engagement Team coordinator, who helped organize Operation Medicine Drop. "We truly appreciate the participation of Rutherford County residents who are making their homes safer."
While prescription drug abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of drug use that plagues North Carolina, Operation Medicine Drop gives residents an opportunity to rid their homes of drugs so commonly sought after during other criminal activities such as breaking and entering.
By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of medications, Operation Medicine Drop also helps prevent accidental poisonings and protect local waters from contamination.
Did you know?
North Carolina scanner code 10-45 refers to a bomb threat.