Sylva employees of McDonald’s on Skyland Drive reported to police on Aug. 27 that a customer ordered a meal, could not pay for it and refused to leave the premises.

Officers arrived to find Daniel Brian Ledford, 36, of Waynesville cursing and behaving erratically. Ledford was uncooperative and refused to leave; police arrested him and searched his belongings. The search turned up a Hi Point .38 caliber handgun, two magazines and ammunition. Ledford was transported to Harris Regional Hospital, released to police custody and charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and carrying concealed weaponand given a $500 secured bond.

Stolen vehicle

Sylva Police recovered a stolen car as a result of a traffic stop on Aug. 28 just after 1 a.m. A patrol officer spotted a car matching the description of a vehicle reported missing in April. The officer ran the vehicle’s tag number and confirmed the car was still listed as stolen.

The officer performed a traffic stop.

The driver, Charles Edward Henson, 41, of Cashiers, told the officer he was buying the car from a relative.

The officer called the family member and confirmed that the car was still reported as stolen and had not been recovered.

A search of the car turned up an Armi Tanfoglio .25 caliber handgun.

Henson was arrested for felony possession of a stolen vehicle and carrying concealed weapon and given a written promise to appear. He was arrested by Jamie Hyatt.


Loss prevention officers at Walmart reported to police on Aug 30 that a woman entered the store, placed $47 worth of LED light bulbs in a bag and left without paying.

Police stopped a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and loss prevention identified the suspect.

Leigh Ann Cunningham, 36, of Whittier was charged with larceny and given a written promise to appear. She was arrested by Lt. Bruce Moore.

Loss prevention officers at Walmart reported to police on Sept. 2 that a man and woman entered the store, took $10 worth of CO2 cartridges and makeup removal wipes from the shelf and left without paying.

Officers questioned the suspects, and one produced an outdated receipt as proof of purchase and was given a citation for larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Obtain property by false pretense

Loss prevention officers at Walmart reported to police on Aug. 31 that a man entered the store, took $228 worth of items from the shelf and attempted to return them for a refund using an old store receipt.

Joshua Elias Garcia, 39, of Fairfax, Oklahoma was arrested for attempting to obtain property by false pretense and given a written promise to appear. He was arrested by Moore.

Other arrests

Ricky Carl Brooks, 56, Whittier, driving while license revoked. Arrested by McKinsey Jones.

Jefferey Duane Childers, 37, Cullowhee, trespassing. 

Samuel Dylan Hoyle, 24, Sylva, probation violation, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain lane control, reckless driving to endanger, texting violation motor vehicle, probation violation. Arrested by Jones.

Joseph Thomas McCord, 29, Cullowhee, larceny. Arrested by Zack Stiles.

Joseph William Rockenstein, 71, Sylva, driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane. Arrested by Stiles.