A tip from the public led McDowell County sheriff’s deputies and Marion police officers to a wanted sex offender Tuesday. Jesse Dean Burse, 29, was captured at a residence on State Street in Marion at 12:39 p.m. He was wanted on two counts of failure to change his address (sex offender registry violations) and one count each of failure to appear in court and failure to pay child support. Burse was convicted of one count of sexual battery in Rutherford County on Sept. 26, 2007. He was sentenced to 2 months and 15 days in prison and was released from the N.C. Department of Corrections on Dec. 10, 2007. After his release, he registered as a sex offender in Rutherford County. He moved to McDowell in August 2013. In October of last year, he allegedly changed his address without notifying the Sheriff’s Office, which he is required to do by law. He was charged with a registry violation. That case is still pending in Superior Court and was scheduled to be heard last week. When Burse failed to show, the judge issued a warrant for failure to appear. Burse had been living at 6 Eagle Drive in Nebo until mid-June of this year, when, once again, it is alleged that he left that residence without notifying the Sheriff’s Office. On July 10, Capt. Ricky Crisp issued another warrant for a registry violation. Burse had been on the run from law enforcement since mid-June. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $41,000 bond.
One familiar walking spot has been recreated on canvas by several local artists and will be featured in the upcoming Greenway Art Show at MACA.
N.C. Chief Justice Sarah Parker has named Judge Linda McGee as chief judge of the N.C. Court of Appeals.
One Cedarbrook resident has been charged with choking another resident, authorities said on Monday.
Deputies say they arrested a Marion man for destroying tombstones at a local Baptist church.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for McDowell and other western North Carolina counties. The watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Monday. A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a tornado. A warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or picked up on radar.
One local job hub may have gone through a name change, but that hasn’t lessened the training they provide for individuals looking for employment.
Authorities were still searching on Friday for a man who robbed Fifth Third Bank on South Main Street in Marion Thursday.
Marion police officers and McDowell County sheriff's deputies are currently searching for this man, who allegedly robbed Fifth Third bank on Main Street shortly before 5 p.m.
A Wednesday night fire destroyed a building which was used as a warehouse by the local Habitat for Humanity.
Progress continues on construction at McDowell High School to make room for ninth-graders.
Stipulations from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” are causing McDowell County Schools to rethink how their employees are spending their hours on payroll.
Additional charges are pending for a Marion man who was recently charged by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office with felony possession of a firearm by a felon.
With the beginning of McDowell County Schools 2014-15 school year just weeks away, McDowell High School would like to announce the following important dates for students.
Two years ago this summer, McDowell County was invited to be a part of a multi-million dollar, long-range effort by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to improve the health and quality of life of its people.
McDowell County was confronted Tuesday with the issue of same-sex marriage when a local lesbian couple sought to apply for a marriage license at the Register of Deeds office.
Deciding to make a change is the first step in turning one’s life around.
Tempers flared, angry accusations were made and two police officers were called to the Town Hall so they could escort the leaders of Old Fort Mountain Music out of the boardroom in an attempt to restore order during Monday’s meeting of the town’s Board of Aldermen.
A Columbus, N.C. man has filed a lawsuit against McDowell County government, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Dudley Greene due to an incident that occurred in December 2008.
The echo of children laughing and conversations between parents fill Gypsy Mountain Blueberry Patch on most days during the late summer.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series exploring resources currently available to McDowell County’s homeless population.
Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series exploring resources currently available to McDowell County’s homeless population.Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series exploring resources currently available to McDowell County’s homeless population.
The issue of same-sex marriage will be brought before the McDowell County Register of Deeds office on Tuesday.
A Marion woman was recently arrested for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a teenage girl.
Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can be dangerous to both man and beast.
A Marion woman was recently charged and arrested by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office for possession of a firearm by a felon.
Marion’s own celebrity chef Bruce Brown and his Halloween Hangover Cheesecake will appear on Spike TV’s competition reality show “Frankenfood” this Sunday night.
History will come alive with a bang on Saturday at Historic Carson House.
On Tuesday, the Marion City Council heard about a new project to help senior citizens when they are faced with a medical emergency.
An elegant night of dancing and music await those who take part in the first-ever Midsummer Nights Dream Masquerade at the McDowell Senior Center.
Six teenagers were charged in connection with breaking into two businesses and a school, Marion police said Wednesday.
McDowell County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for these three men believed to have stolen items from a Nebo residence over the weekend.
Residents of McDowell, Caldwell and Alexander counties who are experiencing a mental health crisis or need medical detox from alcohol or drugs will be served by a new behavioral health crisis facility scheduled to open by the end of 2015 in Lenoir.
The Marion Police Department is investigating the larceny of a 2013 Ford E-250 van, white in color. The vehicle was stolen from A/C Heating and Air Conditioning at 829 East Court St., Marion on July 15. The vehicle has the following business name and marking on both sides and rear door: Bryant A/C Heating and Air Conditioning (828) 652-8477. The vehicle was displaying a NC registration tag# CCY-5345, VIN# 1FTNE2EWXDDA14132.
Thursday evening, the public can participate in a discussion about a significant skirmish that happened during the American Revolution in what is now McDowell County.
The McDowell County Commissioners approved Monday a new policy for the various non-profit agencies that get county money.
Two suspects were taken into custody after law enforcement agents searched a Marion home.
The family of fallen U.S. Forest Service officer Jason Crisp received a heartwarming surprise in June from a woman many states away.
A new group is being formed to give a voice for customers with Rutherford Electric Membership Corp. who are worried about the rising costs of their electrical service. But a statement from the electrical cooperative contends that this new group may have a “hidden agenda.”
Movie star Owen Wilson took in some local history during his visit to Old Fort, stopping by the Mountain Gateway Museum on Friday.
Guitar player Andy Wood can now check “world-travelling rock star” off his bucket list.
Bystanders in Old Fort were out star gazing on Friday as film crews with the new Zach Galifianakis comedy steadily moved into town.
One of the largest LINC classes recently graduated from McDowell Technical Community College.
A Marion couple has filed a lawsuit against the city of Marion because of raw sewage that backed up through sewer lines and into a structure on their property, causing more than $40,000 worth of damage.
A Marion woman has been charged with stealing her neighbor’s property, authorities said on Friday.
This summer, the young volunteers with the Carolina Cross Connection are back in McDowell County to help deserving folks with their minor home repairs.
Officer Matthew Huggins, of the Marion Police Department, charged Michael Thomas Brown, 38, of Clinchfield Loop, Marion, with assault on a female, false imprisonment, assault on a child under 12, and felony assault by strangulation.
A Marion man was taken into custody after authorities say he broke into several residences in April.
Marion police officers are asking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted for several crimes.
An 11-year-old boy was hurt Tuesday evening when he was hit by a vehicle on U.S. 70 West.