Man charged with murder
by Sam Calhoun
According to Newland Police Chief Jason Brown, at approximately 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, the Newland Police Department was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at 200 Summer Haven St. in Newland. Upon arrival, officers located Ronald William Buchanan, 69, of Summer Haven Street, Newland, and Brandy Rose, no age or address available, in the living room. Both Buchanan and Rose had been assaulted, Brown said.
Buchanan and Rose were transported to Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, according to Brown. Rose was then transported to Johnson City (Tenn.) Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to Brown.
Buchanan died shortly after arriving at Cannon Memorial Hospital, according to a Newland Police Department press release.
Newland Police Department arrested and charged Oscar Martin Cook III, 30, of 290 Main St., Apartment 4, in Elk Park, with murder and attempted first-degree murder. Cook is being held at Avery County Jail with bond to be set by a judge.
On Monday afternoon, a Johnson City Medical Center representative said that Rose was no longer at Johnson City Medical Center, and no further information could be provided. After checking with Johnson City, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Cannon Memorial Hospital, local funeral homes and local law enforcement, the whereabouts and condition of Rose could not be confirmed as of presstime, although Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye said on Monday afternoon that "as far as I know Rose is still alive, and they said they would let me know if that changes."
The Avery County Sheriff's Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and other local agencies assisted Newland Police Department with the investigation. Click to http://www.wataugademocrat.com for updates on the health of the victim and the investigation.
In an unrelated situation, Nancy Barlow Buchanan, Ronald Buchanan's wife, also died on Sunday, Dec. 29, from natural causes at a local rest home, according to Frye.