Final Goodson arrested
Another member of one of Haywood County’s most notorious families has been arrested.
Following the arrest of four of his family members almost two weeks ago, William Richard Goodson, Jr., 47 — more commonly known simply as “Junior” — was arrested in connection with almost a dozen local robberies.
Goodson has been charged with 11 counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering, 12 counts of possession of stolen goods, one felony larceny, multiple possession of firearms and conspiracy. Additionally, at the time of arrest, he racked up charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Goodson was brought into custody after he attempted to turn himself in at the magistrate's office Sunday, but got cold feet and went home once the office called the police. Shortly thereafter, Waynesville Police officers arrested Goodson in his Waynesville home.
The arrest came after his father, William Sr., mother, Bonnie, sister in-law, Janet, and brother, Mark, were arrested following an indictment which was handed down by a grand jury two weeks ago. Following that indictment, William and Bonnie were charged with conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and Janet was charged with conspiracy as well as possession of stolen property.
But the brothers seem to be biggest catches. While William was hit with multiple charges, Mark had even more, as he was charged with 13 counts of breaking and entering, 13 counts of larceny after breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny, one misdemeanor larceny, 16 counts possession of stolen goods/property and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Although the rest of Goodson’s family bonded out of jail, he is joining his brother — who is being held on $233,500 bond — on $304,500 bond.
Goodson is scheduled to go to court Feb. 23 for the drug-related charges and March 1 for all others.