Ex-Highland Games manager charged with attempted murder – WSOC TV
NEWLAND, NC – The former office manager of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games has been arrested by state law enforcement officials and faces charges, including three counts of attempted first degree murder, have announced the authorities.
Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye said Thomas Dewey Taylor, 43, was being held in the county jail for possession of a weapon of mass destruction in addition to charges of attempted murder.
Taylor was indicted Monday night by the NC State Bureau of Investigation.
He is accused of having manufactured an IED to kill three people.
The sheriff said he couldn’t provide more information because the SBI brought the charges.
“We have been very, very lucky here in Avery County that no one has been hurt and no one has been seriously injured,” Frye said. “For me, it was a matter of God. He blessed us greatly.
Taylor’s arrest was linked to an incident at the Linville office, said Stephen Quillin, president of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Quillin said Taylor was removed from his post as office manager in August.
The sheriff said officials from the Highland Games contacted the sheriff’s office last week about more than $ 10,000 missing.
Frye asked the SBI for help with the embezzlement investigation, and then four days later the explosive device was found inside. Taylor was not charged for the missing money, but MPs said he was a person of interest.
Nearby businesses have been forced to close for security reasons.
“One of the officers told me that there were explosives and that it was dangerous, and that I had to leave,” Tim Berry told Pixie Salon.
Channel 9 learned that the explosive device was found after workers entered the building to find the power cut in the upstairs offices.
Taylor is jailed on $ 500,000 bail.
The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games resumed in July after missing out on 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers traditional Gaelic entertainment and is also known for its Scottish-style sporting competitions, including the caber throw in which a competitor throws a 16 to 20 foot pole.
(SEE BELOW: Grandfather Mountain Highland Games canceled due to virus)
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