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July 28, 2014

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Originally published: 2013-05-30 08:24:01
Last modified: 2013-05-30 08:24:46

Investigations keep BR officers busy

By Capt. Aaron Miller

Several investigations and arrests kept Blowing Rock police officers busy this past week.

Kirt Henry Norman, 24, of Morganton, was arrested on May 21 and charged with  felony trafficking of narcotics.

Norman was arrested after a traffic stop on Valley Boulevard.

Officers found a quantity of narcotics and marijuana, as well as scales and other equipment used in the sale and distribution of controlled substances.

Norman was also charged with possession of marijuana and driving with no operator’s license.

Norman was held in the Watauga County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond.

Aaron Paul Taylor, 24, of Wake Forest, was arrested on May 25 and charged with possession of narcotics.

Taylor was arrested following a traffic stop on Hill Street.

Officers discovered hash oil in the vehicle.

Information gathered also led to the search of a residence on Hill Street where prescription narcotics were discovered.

Taylor was charged with three counts of misdemeanor possession of controlled substances and was held in the Watauga County Jail on a $500 secured bond.

Michael Andrew Handley, 24, of Winston-Salem, was arrested on May 26 and charged with misdemeanor larceny.

Handley was arrested on a warrant from Guilford County. He was held at the Watauga County Jail on a $500 secured bond.

One traffic accident was reported last week. The accident occurred on Valley Boulevard at Possum Hollow Road.
According to the report, a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle driven by Daniel Sloan Austin of Hamptonville failed to reduce speed and struck a 2010 Subaru driven by Finney Ames Madeline of York, S.C. No injuries were reported and damage was listed as minor.

Seven citations were issued last week. Charges included  expired registration, failure to wear seat belts, parking in a handicap zone and no operator’s license.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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