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RUTHERFORD & MCDOWELL COUNTIES, NC —Judicial District 41 has been ravaged by drugs for decades. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable individuals in our society – the addicts, those living in poverty, and those with prior criminal histories who are easily discredited and overlooked – have been actively exploited, wrongfully imprisoned, and far too many have died […]

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Stolen Property Located, Suspects Sought

On June 26, 2020, a Haulmark 16′ tandem axle trailer and Knudson 1770 Gutter Machine were stolen out of Rutherford County. Both were located and recovered in Mill Spring, North Carolina, on July 9. Detective Ellenburg secured warrants on Joseph Anthony Pavelko and Melissa Cooper Philbeck.  The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on […]

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R-S Central High School Marching Band Trailer Located; Investigation Continues

*UPDATE* 6/29/2020 at 5:20 PM On 06/29/2020, detectives with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office located the trailer reported stolen from the R.S Central High School Marching Band at 195 Dean Avenue in Inman, South Carolina. Mark Eugene Earnhart, from 195 Dean Avenue in Inman, South Carolina, has been charged by the Spartanburg […]

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UPDATE: Charges upgraded to murder for shooting suspect

It is with sadness and sympathy for the family that the Forest City Police Department can confirm the passing of Aaliyah Norris as a result of the shooting that took place on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Because of this new development, the criminal charges for Shaquille Marshon Francis have been upgraded to murder. His bond […]

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Suspected FC Shooter Now in Custody

On the evening of Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Forest City Police Department responded to a call for police services that reported a child had been shot inside of a car on Oak Street. When officers arrived on scene, they found two individuals removing Aaliyah Norris, 7 years of age, from a maroon in color […]

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Ex-WoFF member makes bail despite judge’s denial of bail reduction

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NC — This morning in Rutherford County NC District Court, Judge Robert Martelle ruled against ex-WoFF member Stephen Cordes’ motion for a reduction of the $100,000 bond. Many bailbondsmen require a $10,000 cash payment upfront. In his ruling, Judge Martell noted that: Cordes had a loaded shotgun, was in possession of illegal controlled […]