• One of Burke County's 'most wanted' in custody after standoff

    By: Alexa Ashwell


    BURKE COUNTY, N.C. - The man involved in a 9-hour standoff at a Burke County home is in police custody.

    Burke County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene of a standoff in Connelly Springs Tuesday afternoon and tried to get the suspect -- Randy Bivens -- to surrender well into the evening.
    Law enforcement personnel from several agencies surrounded the house on Icard Church of God Road.
    Officials arrested Bivens at about 10:30 p.m. Tuessday. Police said they found Bivens passed out under the sink before he was arrested.

    Deputies fired several rounds of tear gas into the home and used a bullhorn in hopes of getting Bivens to surrender. Later in the evening, a SWAT team and a robot were brought to the scene.

    The robot was used to get a closer look at the home.

    Bivens was recently added to the Burke County most wanted list.

    “He is just a good boy who got on the wrong track -- the wrong stuff -- different kinds of drugs,” a neighbor said.
    Three schools in the area were placed on a soft lockdown Tuesday afternoon.

    Bivens was accused of assault by strangulation and now faces additional charges.

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