Manhunt suspect due in court

Skylar Branson arrested in March following short standoff

(Photo submitted) Skylar Alexander Branson, 19

JEFFERSON-An Ashe County man at the center of a manhunt in February and March is scheduled to be in Ashe County District Court this week.

Skylar Alexander Branson, 19, was hit with a litany of charges, including felonious restraint, assault by pointing a gun and felony fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, after he allegedly led Ashe County Sheriff’s Office personnel on a car chase on Feb. 26.

That pursuit ended near the Tennessee line, according to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams, after Branson bailed out of his car and headed into the mountains on foot. Branson’s arrest came at a home in Clifton on Hardin Gilley Road just off NC-88 around 10 p.m. on March 8, after a short standoff.

Branson also faces charges of reckless driving to endanger, fail to heed light or siren, resisting public officer, communicating threats, possession of marijuana >1/2 to 1 1/2 oz, possession of a stolen firearm and hit and run leaving the scene of property damage.

Other cases scheduled to be heard beginning April 21, include:

Deanna Billings: Failure to pay monies

Alisah Nicole Blevins: Probation violation

Jody Chad Blevins: Dwlr not impaired rev

Kevin Darrell Blevins: Unsafe movement

Steven Glenn Burke Jr: Possess methamphetamine, pwimsd methamphetamine, conspire traffic methamphetami, pwimsd methamphetamine, sell methamphetamine, deliver methamphetamine

Lisa Diana Davis: Misdemeanor larceny, first deg tresp enter/remain

Jesse David Earp: Failure to reduce speed

Kristopher D Eller: School attendance law viol

Pamela Renee Eller: School attendance law viol

Johnny B Farmer: School attendance law viol

Kevin C Faw: W/c simple

Nicholas Ryan Fletcher: Felony larceny

Aimee Amanda Head: Speeding

Laura Gray Hodgson: Speeding

William Homeir: W/c simple

Leonard Hayden Hurley: Dwlr impaired rev, cancl/revok/susp certif/tag

Elizabeth Mich Jackson: Dwlr impaired rev

Thomas Michael Mason: Driving while impaired, operate veh no ins, drive/allow mv no registration, fail maintain lane control, give/lend/borrow lic plate, fail to wear seat belt-driver, fail stop stopsign/flsh red lt

Crystal Dawn Medley: School attendance law viol

Heather Marie Miller: Expired operators license, fail to wear seat belt-driver, dwlr, forgery of instrument, uttering forged instrument

Brady James Moretz: Two counts probation violation

Larry Shane Mullis: Fel poss synthetic cannabinoid, manuf synth cannabinoid, maintn veh/dwell/place cs (f), possess drug paraphernalia

Lonnie Ray Phipps: Operate veh no ins, cancl/revok/susp certif/tag

Ray Solomon Pruitt: Possession of firearm by felon, spotlight deer/night deer hunt

Shirley Marie Pruitt: Spotlight deer/night deer hunt

Norma Leticia Rios: Dwlr not impaired rev, poss/disp alt/fict/revd dr lic

James Clayton Roten Jr: Aid & abet larceny (f)

Bryan J Sherbet: W/c simple

April Danielle Snow: Driving while impaired, civil revocation dr lic (30)

Muriel Stevens: Two counts school attendance law viol

Jacob Garrett Treadway: Possess marijuana up to 1/2 oz

Talmadge Thoma Trivett: Misdemeanor death by vehicle, drive left of center

James Albert Utley: Possess drug paraphernalia, simple poss mdpv-misd

Terry Nichole Walker: Misdemeanor larceny

The Jefferson Post will update with full decisions as they become available.

(Photo submitted) Skylar Alexander Branson, 19 submitted) Skylar Alexander Branson, 19
Skylar Branson arrested in March following short standoff
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