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Two Arrests in Avery County; Sheriff Reminds Public About High Country Crime Stoppers

avery sheriffOn June 6, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers from the Avery County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 19 East. Upon checking it was found the driver, Cortney Nichole Carpenter, had an outstanding felony warrant for Drug Violations. Ms. Carpenter was arrested, and taken before a magistrate. She received a written promise bond.

On June 11, officers from the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Breaking and Entering call on Pinnacle View Drive in Elk Park. Upon speaking with the victim, it was found that several items were missing from the home. Among those items were a TV/VCR, power tools and a telescope. Upon noticing the description of some of the items, the officer remembered items that were found when a search warrant was served at the residence of Justin Dean McKinney.

Upon talking to the Detectives, a photo was sent to the officer on the scene of some of the items recovered from the search. The homeowner positively identified the items as his.

Mr. McKinney was served with additional warrants of Felony Breaking and Entering, and Larceny After Breaking and Entering. He received a secured bond of $25,000 while still being incarcerated in the Avery County Jail.

High Country Crime Stoppers

Sheriff Kevin Frye wants to remind everyone about the Crimestoppers Program, which relies on the cooperation of law enforcement, the media and the community to provide a flow of information about criminals, and drug activity.

If you submit a tip by telephone, the call is taken by the High Country Crimestoppers. This is a dedicated line for the sole purpose of giving tips and remaining anonymous. The law enforcement dispatcher will give you a unique ID number. This allows as reference when the reward is paid. The number for Avery County is 828-733-0125.

Now you can TEXT A TIP by sending a text to CRIMES (274637). The body of the text should be “NCTIP” then your tip you want to submit. By guaranteeing a callers “anonymity” Crime Stoppers allows the caller to give information without the fear of retribution.

High Country Crimestoppers program is funded by private donations, and fund raising concerned citizens and businesses. NO TAX PAYER MONEY is involved. A board of directors made up from people of the community meets on a monthly basis, and decides on the size of the reward that will be made. Callers are eligible for up to a $1000.00 reward, and they are done in a private manner, although some callers choose not to claim the reward.

Please go to www.highcountrycrimestoppers.com to view the website, and “Submit a Tip”