Mitchell County Alerts has dedicated this site to the men who lost their lives on May 3, 2002 in the Mitchell County Jail Fire. You can learn more about these men on this page and by clicking on their name.

Mark Halen Thomas
226 Kona Road
Bakersville, NC 28705

DOB 01-01-82

Defendant charged with DWI-Level 1
1 Count of DWLR

Defendant given 2-year sentence all but 30 days were suspended. Sentence was to be served on weekends.

Disposed on 03-21-02

Jeremiah Presnell
S. Mitchell Street
Bakersville, NC 28705

DOB 07-08-81

1 Count DWLR
4 Counts Probation Violation

Defendant given 60 days active sentence, credit given for 18 days.

Joey Robert Grindstaff
84 Walnut Straight
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

DOB 05-09-78

F Flee to elude arrest
M Reckless driving
M Driving left of center
M No registration
M Resist. Obstruct & Delay
M Speeding 100/45

Bond Set at $8,650

Jessie Allen Davis
226 Duncan Loop
Bakersville, NC 28705

DOB 05-14-75

4 Counts worthless checks
1 Count Resisting Officer
3 Counts of (F) Breaking & Entering
3 Counts (F) Larceny
3 Counts (F) Possession of Stolen Goods
3 Counts of (F) Possession of SCH IV CS
Habitual Felon
Poss CS Prison/Jail Premises
2 Counts Assault & Battery
Possession of Firearm by Felon

Bond set at $88,500

Jason Jack Boston
1035 Green Creek Road
Bakersville, NC 28705

DOB 05-16-74

Driving While Impaired - Sentenced 05-02-02

3 Days Active Sentence/Suspended
2 years unsupervised probation
72 hours active time in lieu of community service

Tywain Neal
103 Jakes Branch Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

DOB 04-01-74

Worthless Check (McDowell County)
$500 Secured Bond

M Unauthorized use of motor vehicle
M Larceny
F 9 Counts of obtaining property by false pretense

Bond set at $27,000

Danny Mark Johnson
111 Old Hwy 19E Estatoe
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

DOB 09-12-59

Court Date 07-29-02

2 Counts of (F) Breaking & Entering
1 Count of (M) Resisting Public Officer
2 Counts of (M) Assault by pointing a gun
2 Counts of (F) First Degree kidnapping
3 Counts of (F) Assault with deadly weapon, intent to kill or inflict serious injury

Total Bond $175,000

Edmond Banks
23 Dale Hill Road
Bakersville, NC 28705

DOB 04-29-56

Defendant pled guilty to 2 counts of DWI, 2 counts of DWLR, (M) Flee to elude arrest and reckless driving

Defendant given 120 days active with credit for 80 days

Case disposed of on 04-11-02

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