Accident closes highway for six hours
By Capt. Aaron Miller
The road had to be closed at Greenhill Road due to a fatal vehicle crash on Highway 321 near Waterfalls Road.
The crash involved two trucks and at least one other vehicle.
The accident kept the highway closed for approximately six hours and caused delays for motorists trying to get up or down the mountain.
Blowing Rock Police officers closed the highway at the request of the Highway Patrol, which investigated the accident.
One suspect was charged last week with a series of thefts from Tanger Outlets.
Capt. Aaron Miller responded to Tanger Outlets on March 18 to a report that a white female had taken some merchandise from Sketchers.
A vehicle driven by Sherry Newell Billings, 42, of Sparta, was stopped leaving Tanger.
Merchandise that had been stolen from six different stores at Tanger was discovered in the vehicle.
Billings was charged with six counts of misdemeanor larceny.
A fraudulent check passed at Food Lion led to the arrest of a suspect by Lenoir Police.
On March 22, a black male entered Food Lion and used a counterfeit check and a fake identification to obtain $271.69 in merchandise and cash. Food Lion employees became suspicious of the check and contacted police.
Officers Lance Dotson and Anthony Biard investigated the incident and concluded that the check was indeed a counterfeit.
The same suspect had attempted to pass checks at the Food Lion stores in Boone and Deep Gap.
Other Food Lion stores in the area were alerted and on March 23 the suspect was arrest by Lenoir Police trying to allegedly pass checks at stores in Lenoir.
The suspect was identified as Jeremy Dennis, 27, from Charlotte.
Officer Dotson secured warrants for Dennis’ arrest. Dennis was processed and held in the Caldwell County Jail.
Brandon Lamar Dula was arrested at 2:43 a.m. on Friday, March 22, for driving while impaired.
Dula was arrested following a traffic stop for speeding on Valley Boulevard.
Dula was released by the magistrate on a written promise to appear in court.
One traffic crash was reported in Blowing Rock last week.
On Wednesday, March 21, Taylor Victory Smith of Pfafftown lost control of her vehicle on a snow covered roadway.
The crash occurred on Valley Boulevard near north Main Street.
According to the report, Smith’s vehicle, a 2005 Ford, slid off Valley Boulevard and down the embankment onto Main Street.
Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $7,500.
Thirteen citations were issued last week. Charges included possession of drug paraphernalia, seat belt violation, speeding, no operator’s license and expired registration plate.