Search for firewood turns up charges

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 7, 2011

WOODLEAF — The party’s over for a Cleveland teen arrested Tuesday night for allegedly trying to break into a neighbor’s outbuilding to find firewood for her bonfire party, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reported today.
According to authorities, David Wood, of 8635 Woodleaf Road, walked outside his home Tuesday night to lock his car and heard a loud banging coming from one of his outbuildings. He grabbed a flashlight and walked toward the sound to find a young, blonde teen trying to kick in the door of his building.
When authorities arrived, Wood told them he believed the girl came from his neighbor’s house, where several people were partying around a bonfire.
Wood and the deputy walked next door and found 19-year-old Brandi Monroe Wrights, whom he identified as the girl trying to break into his building.
Wrights denied breaking into the building, but did say she was looking for wood for the bonfire. The deputy smelled alcohol and took Wrights back to the party, where he tested Wrights and several others with an alcohol sensor test.
Wrights, of 8555 Woodleaf Road, was charged with misdemeanor breaking and/or entering a building and was also cited for consuming liquor underage.
Two other teens at the bonfire, Thomas Jay Corbin, 17, and Ashley Marie Firman, 18, were also cited for underage drinking.
Wrights was taken to the magistrate’s office and given a $1,000 secured bond.