Aug. 25, 2014. On Aug. 15, 2014 officers arrested 41-year-old James B. Smith, of 61 Everett Clark Rd. in Newland, on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Subsequent to the execution of a search warrant on the residence, Smith was further charged with possession with intent to manufacture and sell drugs, possession of methamphetamine and a host of other charges. Smith is being held in the Avery County Jail on an $80,000 secured bond.
On Aug. 18, 2014 officers arrested Harold B. Russell, 39, of Roan Mountain, Tenn., for breaking or entering motor vehicle after he was found in the vicinity of two reported incidents. Russell was held in the Avery County Jail on a $40,000 secured bond. This is the second time in less than three months Russell has been arrested for breaking into cars in the Montezuma community.
On Aug. 18, 2014, officers arrested Jason A. Hall, 32 of 164 Faith Lane in Ararat on a warrant from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated assault inflicting injury. Hall was held in the Avery County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
On Aug. 23, the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection day was held in Avery County. The Avery County Sheriff’s Office collected approximately 10,000 dosage units of across the counter and prescription drugs as a result of this effort. Since the prescription drug box has been in place for the public to use over the past three months about 75 gallons of prescription medication has been collected and incinerated. This collection point has kept medication from being illegally sold on the streets, prevented theft and assisted in keeping our water clean by preventing pills from being flushed. The sheriff would like to remind all citizens the drug take back collection point is in the front lobby at the sheriff’s office and is available every day.