$1,300 Worth of Southern Breakfast Stolen from Father & Son Produce Market


SALISBURY, N.C. — Authorities said more than $1,300 worth of cheese, butter, eggs, bacon and ham have been stolen from a produce market in Rowan County, according to WCNC.com.

Rowan County officials said the crime was reported around 7 a.m. Monday at the Father and Son Produce Market in the 1700 block of Sherrills Ford Road.

Rowan County deputies said the stolen goods were valued at $1,387 and included cheese, butter spread, center-sliced country ham, country ham with bone, biscuits, bacon, eggs and sausage.


Nash Woman Charged With Trying to Poison Family

Posted May 20, 2013

NASHVILLE, N.C. — A Nash County woman upset over being told she couldn’t have some cheese tried to poison several family members over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Tiara Danielle Drake, 24, no address available, was charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder and was being held in the Nash County jail under a $50,000 bond.

Investigators said Drake asked a woman Friday for some of her cheese, but the woman refused and told Drake to get some other cheese from the refrigerator. Drake was so incensed, authorities said, that she laced the cheese in the refrigerator with Ajax, window cleaner and detergent.

The family used the cheese when it made breakfast on Saturday, and four members already had eaten some before someone noticed the cheese had been poisoned, authorities said.

One of the family members called Poison Control, which advised the victims to drink plenty of milk to counteract the poison.


Asheville Police Arrest “The Cheesecake Bandit”

Curtis_MontgomeryThe Asheville Police Department (APD) arrested a man who they’re calling “The Cheesecake Bandit” after a restaurant break-in early Friday.

Asheville Police Officers were called to Fisherman’s Quarters Restaurant on Patton Avenue early Friday morning. Officers say they found Curtis Montgomery, 51, of Asheville hiding in a store room at the rear of the business.

Montgomery had consumed four bottles of beer and half a cheesecake. He’d also suffered minor cuts to his elbow while breaking into the business.

Montgomery is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on charges of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering plus injury to personal property. He’s being held on $3,000 bond.

North Carolina Police Mistake Cheese For Cocaine, Put L.A.-Area Man in Jail For Four Days

Antonio-Hernandez-CarranzaASHEVILLE, N.C. An enzyme found in cheese triggered false drug test results that led Buncombe County deputies to think a man with 91 pounds of tortilla dough was actually carrying that much cocaine, the sheriff said. Antonio Hernandez spent four days in jail in Asheville earlier this month before tests by a state lab came back showing he was carrying food instead of drugs.

A deputy stopped Hernandez on May 1 and found what turned out to be a mix of cheese, shrimp and tortilla and tamale dough in his truck. A portable kit used by deputies changed colors, indicating the mixture was illegal drugs. Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan said he didn’t know until this case that some foods, like cheese, can give false positives on field drug tests. He plans to have his officers talk to the company that makes the tests.

“What we are going to do now is check with the manufacturers and find out what they have found can cause false positives and put that into the training with our officers,” Duncan told the Asheville Citizen-Times. Officials at the state lab said they have seen false positive drug test results from food before, but it is rare.

Hernandez’s arrest angered Latino groups, who said he was targeted because of his race. He came to the United States in 1985 to harvest grapes and strawberries and became a legal resident four years later. He currently works for a carpet cleaning company in Carson, Calif., and was taking vacation to drive across the country and see his sister in Johnson City, Tenn., for the first time in nearly a decade.

But Hernandez missed a turn and ended up in Asheville. He told the newspaper through an interpreter that he saw steam coming from his truck and pulled over. A deputy approached, and Hernandez thought the officer wanted him to move and drove away with his hazard lights on. Officers thought he was trying to flee, and punctured his tires.

The sheriff’s office is writing Hernandez a $400 check to cover the food he lost when deputies thought it was drugs. But Hernandez said that isn’t enough to also cover other expenses like the impound fee for his truck. “That doesn’t pay economically for what I lost,” he said. “That doesn’t pay for my tires.”