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Franklin remembers fallen officers

Four lose their lives in the line of duty in 2014

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 of Jackson and Macon Counties held the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service last Friday on the courthouse square.

With flags flying and law enforcement officers from across Western North Carolina in attendance, guest speaker Ashley Welch addressed the crowd.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you, my hometown, today and to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives protecting us," said Welch. "But I wish I was here under different circumstances. I wish I was just here to thank you for your service and dedication to your community, but unfortunately I am not. I am here to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty."

Town proposing one cent tax increase

During its annual budget retreat, the town of Franklin presented a budget reflecting a one cent tax increase for the coming year.

Due to the property tax revaluation in Macon County this year, the town's property value declined by $7,281,676 in assessed value, equating to a 1.014 percent reduction. Factoring in the new tax base, the town would need to increase the current tax rate of .27 to .2727 to maintain a revenue neutral budget.

Since 2007, the town of Franklin's tax base has grown on average by 2.07 percent. In applying a growth factor to the town's current tax rate of .2727, to produce a revenue neutral tax rate, the town would need to increase the rate to .2784 cents per $100 valuation.

Tastingers presented piece of steel from WTC

After Stephen Siller lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his family set out to honor his life and legacy by establishing The Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

One Franklin businessman was honored this week for his support of the Staten Island based charity, and was given a piece of steel from Ground Zero.

Tom Tastinger, of Tastinger's Floor Covering, Carpet One, was presented with a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center by Charlie Gussamann, a retired FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) member.

A look at schools budget for past 10 years

How county contributions compare to state allocations.

Over the last 10 years, public education in North Carolina has shifted, as the state's structure has changed in order to accommodate for student enrollment growth, the rise of charter and virtual schools, and other factors that have caused state dollars to be stretched a little further.

Looking at data over the last decade, school enrollment in Macon County has increased by about 250 students. Funding from the state has gone from $20.3 million in 2005 to $24.6 million in 2014 with a difference of more than $3 million between 2008 and 2009. On the local level, beginning in 2007, the county provided $6 million, and by 2014, was up to $7.3 million. After the jump is a look at public education funding in Macon County over the last 10 years.

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Arrest Report

Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that all subjects listed in the Arrest Report are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, in a fair trial before a jury of their peers.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests May 4 - 11. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

May 5

Melany Ann Burch, 36, of Fred Dalton Rd., was charged with breaking and/or entering, larceny after break/enter. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

May 6

Seth Tyler Shelton, 19, of Village Trace, was charged with assault on a female, probation violation. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Blake A. Buchanan made the arrest.

Bettie Sue Passmore, 50, of Passmore Rd., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $7,500 was set. Blake A. Buchanan made the arrest.

John Robert Parker, 38, of Don Worley Rd., was charged with failure to appear for larceny, injury to personal property. A secured bond of $1,750 was set. Blake A. Buchanan made the arrest.

May 7

Jerry Lynn Mershimer, 61, of Springfield Church Rd., Grove City, Pa., was charged with domestic violence protective order violation. No bond was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

May 8

Jeffery Shane Roberts, 32, of Hayesville, was charged with failure to appear for breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle, injury to personal property, possession of methamphetamine. A secured bond of $20,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Shaunna Nichole Rivas, 25, of Dendy Orchard Rd., Highlands, was charged with no operators license. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Jeremy Edward Stepp, 23, of Wounded Knee, Clyde, was charged with failure to appear for driving under the influence, driving on suspended license. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Tracy Platt made the arrest.

Mark Daniel Castro, 28, of Glory Ln., was charged with parole and probation violations. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Matthew W. Bowman made the arrest.

Thomas Richard Adams, 49, of Clarks Chapel Rd., was charged with obscene material/pornography, child molestation non-assaultive. No bond was set. Scott Nelson made the arrest.

May 9

Bennie Leon Hurst Jr., 23, of Johnny Stanfield Rd., was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and/or entering, child abuse. Adam L. Crawford made the arrest.

May 10

Joshua Lawrence Burr, 34, of East Main St., was charged with violation of domestic violence protection order. No bond was set. Matthew W. Bowman made the arrest.

May 11

Damian Quin Dulton, 19, of Mountainside Rd., was charged with resist/obstruct/delay. A secured bond of $500 was set. Anthony Hopkins made the arrest.

Clay Alan Lickteig, 52, of Laurel Branch Rd., Hayesville, was charged with reconnect utility. A secured bond of $80,000 was set. Anthony Hopkins made the arrest.

Krystal Downing, 16, of Hatfield Rd., was charged with fraud for obtaining money/property by false pretense, identity theft. A bond of $1,000 was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

Melany Ann Burch, 36, of Fred Dalton Rd., was charged with possessing/concealing stolen property. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Anthony Hopkins made the arrest.

Robert David Burch, 39, of Kirkland Rd., was charged with breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking/ entering, larceny. A secured bond of $9,000 was set. Adam L. Crawford made the arrest.

Bryan Draven Burch, 16, of Fred Dalton Rd., was charged with possessing/concealing stolen property. A secured bond of $250 was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

Alex Vanlee Hurst, 30, of Kings Rd., was charged with misdemeanor child abuse, assault on a child under 12. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Willie Eldon Watts, 40, of Horseshoe Ridge, was charged with failure to appear for driving while impaired, flee/elude with a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked not impaired. A secured bond of $7,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

May 4

Clay Alan Lickteig, 52, of Woodland Hills Dr., was charged with trafficking opium or heroin. A secured bond of $75,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

May 6

Clarence Eugene Hanson, 50, of Mashburn Branch Rd., was charged with failure to appear for failing to return rental property. A secured bond of $500 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

May 10

Joshuah Lawrence Burr, 34, of Walnut Creek Rd., was charged with fictitious information, criminal damage to property, vandalism, larceny from a motor vehicle. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Christy M. Evans made the arrest.

Jason Daniel Reilly, 39, of Town Mountain Dr., was charged with criminal damage to property. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Tony E. Ashe made the arrest.

Daniel Louis Schieffelin, 56, of Bryson City Rd., was charged with driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane. An unsecured bond of $750 was set. Devin E. Holland made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

May 4

Kimberly Dawn Webb, 42, of Too How Rd., Whittier, was charged with drunk and disruptive. A $3,000 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

May 5

Robert Allen Hooper, 38, of Keyhole Ln., Cullowhee, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle. No bond was set. Celestine A. Holloman made the arrest.

May 6

Kyle Everett Huskey, 21, of Old 4 Road, Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked, resist/obstruct/delay. A $3,000 bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

Chad Derrick Cole, 33, of Mauney Cove Rd., Cherokee, was charged with possession of controlled substance in jail, conspiracy, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle - nonforcible, larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. A $10,000 bond was set. Rollie L. James III made the arrest.

Melissa Joy Daggy, 26, of Thomas Park Dr., Waynesville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance in jail, conspiracy. A $10,000 bond was set. Rollie L. James III made the arrest.

Orin Edward Barnes, 30, of County Line Rd., Andrews, S.C., was charged with carrying a concealed gun, driving while license revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia, possess of marijuana drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to 1/2 oz, possession of methamphetamine. A $10,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Gregory Hoyle, 49, of Hwy. US 74, was issued a child support purge order, and was charged with resisting a public officer, assault on a female. No bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

May 7

Brian Elliott Teesateskie, 39, of Massey Branch Rd., Robbinsville, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. No bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

Edge Dakoda Fortner, 25, of Birchfield Rd., Bryson City, was charged with no seat belt, unsafe tires,, driving left of center, resist/obstruct/delay, felony flee to elude. A $15,000 bond was set. Andrew J. Parker made the arrest.

Joseph Riley Fennell, 25, of Clara Dr., Dallas, Ga., was charged with resist/obstruct/delay, no seat belt. A $1,500 bond was set. Andrew J. Parker made the arrest.

Brian Ellioet Teesateskie 39, of Annie Bird Rd., Cherokee, was charged with drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule II controled substance, possession of methamphetamine. A $15,000 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

May 8

Shawn Aaron Bradley, 32, of Jaguar Trail, was charged with Assault with a deadly weapon. No bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

May 9

Ashely Elizabeth Howell, 23, of Cherokee, was charged with resisting a public officer, trespassing. A $3,000 bond was set. Scott E. Buttery made the arrest.

Johnson Lloyd Sequoyah, 32, of Fisher Branch, Cherokee, was charged with driving while impaired. A $3,000 bond was set. Scott E. Buttery made the arrest.

May 10

Ryan Hoglen, 23, of Dark Ridge Rd., was charged with failure to appear for operating a vehicle with no insurance, driving while license revoked. A $2,000 bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.


The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests April 24 - May 3. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

April 26

Aaron Cherise Parker, 33, of Hillside Rd., was charged with probation violation. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Adam L. Crawford made the arrest.

April 27

Scott A. Swann, 52, of Rabbit Creek Rd., was charged with contempt of court, perjury, court violations. No Bond was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

Melissa Emory Tallent, 46, of Skeenah Rd., was charged with failure to appear. No bond was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

Katheryn Ann Rogers, 21, of Coweeta Church Rd., Otto, was charged with breaking and entering. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Matthew W. Bowman made the arrest.

April 28

David English, 57, of McIntosh Trail, was charged with driving while intoxicated for alcohol and/or drugs. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Matthew T. Breedlove made the arrest.

April 29

Michael David Swenson II, 23, of West Old Murphy Rd., was charged with felony larceny, possession of stolen goods/property. A secured bond of $4,000 was set. Adam L. Crawford made the arrest.

Robert David Burch, 39, of Fred Dalton Rd., was charged with possession of stolen goods, violation of court order, possession of firearm by a felon. A secured bond of $30,000 was set. Adam L. Crawford made the arrest.

April 30

Bennie Leon Hurst Jr., 23, of Johnny Stanfield Rd. was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. Thomas Tenhagen made the arrest.

May 1

Gavin Andrew McKinney, 25, of Cottontail Ln., was charged with forgery using/uttering, forgery of instrument, obtaining property by false pretense. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

May 2

Robert Lewis Cowart, 46, Mack Branch Rd., was charged with non-support for non-payment of alimony. No bond was set. Matthew W. Bowman made the arrest.

May 3

Amanda Elizabeth Davenport, 24, of Valley Ln., was charged with driving while intoxicated for alcohol and/or drugs, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Matthew T. Breedlove made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

April 27

Victoria Elizabeth McCurdy, 53, of Empirial Dr., was charged with larceny for shoplifting. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Matt G. Pellicer made the arrest.

April 29

Haley Woodard Holbrooks, 25, Shasta Dr., Sylva, was charged with breaking and entering, felony larceny, possessing stolen property. A secured bond of $6,000 was set. Devin E. Holland made the arrest.

April 30

Robert Shane Sanders, 22, of Jim Berry Rd., was charged with larceny by an employee. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

Daniel Caleb Pait, 26, of Quail Hollow Rd., was charged with all traffic violations, driving while license revoked, not impaired revoked, possible altered/fictitious/revoked driver license. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

May 3

Misael Mendoza Mendoza, 37, of Sassy Trail, was charged with driving while impaired, open container, exceeded posted speed limit. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Timothy J. Lynn made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

April 24

Deontay Gerwan Butler, 34, of Cate Lambert Rd., Cherokee, was issued a true bill of indictment for trafficking by possession of opium or heroin. A $30,000 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Emerson Sequoyah Welch, 37, of Yellow Hill Rd., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked. A $500 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Matthew Sampson Armachain, 21, of Hayes Lossiah Rd., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for shoplifing. A $500 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

April 29

Greg Allen Smith, 34, of Old Mission Rd., Cherokee, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, issued an order for arrest for shoplifting. A $6,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

William Albert Hartline, 45, of Thomas Valley Rd., Whittier, was charged with violation of a court order. A $1,500 bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Austin Moody Terril Rattler, 20, of Webster Rd., was charged with failure to appear for careless and reckless, speeding. A $1,200 bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

Vita Lynne Reed, 33, of Rough Branch Rd., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for larceny. A $1,500 bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

April 30

Marshall Alvin Bradley, 44, of Sim Taylor Rd., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine. A $10,000 bond was set. Brandon D. Hooper made the arrest.

James Keith Ledford, 42, of Timberleaf Trail, was charged with assault on a female, possession of a firearm by a felon. No bond was set. Michael R. Brooks made the arrest.

May 1

Jackie Diana King, 27, of East Piney Mtn. Rd., Whittier, was issued a child support purge order. A $700 bond was set. Stephen B. Watson made the arrest.

May 2

Kimberly Dawn Crow, 31, of Ft Wilderness Campground, Whittier, was charged with driving while license revoked, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, failure to appear for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. A $7,500 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

Rickenna Dwan McCoy, 25, of Iva Lee Dr., Cherokee, was charged with misdemeanor probation violation, failure to appear for driving while license revoked. A $11,000 bond was set. Scottie R. Holder made the arrest.

Gabiela Poxtan Cruz, 41, of Omni Ln., Cullowhee, was charged with no operators license. A $500 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Daniel Michael Molina, 36, of Spirit Mtn., was charged with interfering with or preventing emergency communication/ equipment, assault on a female. No bond was set. Robert D. Nicholson made the arrest.

May 3

Joshua Alan Clark, 20, of Memorial Dr., Cullowhee, was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule II substance, conspiring to sell/deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, felony possession of a schedule VI substance, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute. A $20,000 bond was set. Andrew J. Parker made the arrest.

Manuel Colon Blasdel, 18, of Harrill Dorm, Cullowhee, was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia, conspire to sell/deliver a schedule VI substance, felony possession of a schedule VI substance, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute a schedule VI substance. A $15,000 bond was set. Andrew J. Parker made the arrest.

Michelle Nicole Morgan, 19, of Scott Dorm, Cullowhee, was charged with possession marijuana paraphernalia, conspiring to sell/deliver a schedule VI substance, felony possession of a schedule VI substance, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute a schedule VI substance. A $15,000 bond was set. Andrew J. Parker made the arrest.

Orin Eddie Barnes, 30, of Oak Ridge, Tuckasegee, was charged with failure to appear for possession of an open container, no operators license. A $1,500 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.


The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests April 12 - 20. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

April 14

Willis Weir, 31, of Hanes Dr., Decatur Ga., was charged with resisting a public officer. A secured bond of $2,500 was set. Cody Mitchell made the arrest.

Staci Marie Long, 22, of Latham Rd., Easley, S.C., was charged with drug violations for equipment/paraphernalia. An unsecured bond of $2,500 was set. Matthew T. Breedlove made the arrest.

Ken R. Long, 22, of Latham Rd., Easley, S.C., was charged with drug violations for equipment/paraphernalia. A secured bond of $2,500 was set. Matthew T. Breedlove made the arrest.

April 15

Micah David Alger, 25, of Windy Poplar Rd. was charged with breaking and/or entering, larceny after break/enter, obtaining money/property by false pretense. A secured bond of $25,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Harold Owen Sanders, 45, of Fairview Apts., Cannon City, Colo., was charged with assault on a government official, resisting a public officer, injury to personal property. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Joshua D. Stewart made the arrest.

April 16

Carlos Edward Perez-Barco, 19, of Sprinkle Rd., was charged with statutory rape/sex offense. A secured bond of $75,000 was set. A. C. Stahl made the arrest.

April 20

Preston Ross Hathcock, 34, of Patton Rd., was charged with probation violations. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Thomas Tenhagen made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

April 12

John Russell Sanfilippo, 48, of Dearmin Terrace, was charged with driving while license revoked. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Jonathan Bean made the arrest.

April 15

Jeremy Adam Burr, 32, of Walnut Creek, was charged with military desertion. No bond was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

April 16

Christopher Adam Jones, 31, of Wallace Circle, was charged with breaking and entering. A secured bond of $500 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

April 17

Ronald Anthony Moss, 49, of Town Mountain Dr. was charged with driving while intoxicated--alcohol. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Robert G. Ray III made the arrest.

April 18

Megan Denise Frady, 21, of Heritage Hollow Cir., was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a public officer, assault and battery. No bond was set. Justin M. Norman made the arrest.

April 19

Jonathan Paul Bates, 30, of Dearmin Terrace, was charged with disorderly conduct. No bond was set. Robert G. Ray III made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

April 13

Cornelious Ashe, 23, of Blanton Branch, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule II controled substance. A $6,000 bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

Kala Michelle Northrup, 29, of Oakridge Rd., Tuckasegee, N.C., was charged with possessing/concealing stolen property, larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering forcible. No bond was set. Clyde H. Rice made the arrest.

Stacy Victoria Hall, 30, of Hariness Dr., Greenville, S.C.. was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance on prison/jail premises, possession of methamphetamine. A $15,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Jerry Lawrence Greenburg, 41, of Red Fox Hollow Rd., Cornelia, Ga., was charged with failure to maintain lane control, carrying a concealed weapon, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine. A $30,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

James David Carr, 51, of Oak Hill Dr., was charged with injury to real property, communicating threats. A $5,000 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

April 15

Cynthia Jeanne Moore, 40, of US Highway 74 East, was charged with failure to appear for simple worthless check. A $250 bond was set. Dwight D. McMahan made the arrest.

Vita Lynn Reed, 33, of Rough Branch Rd., Cherokee, was charged with simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. No bond was set. Michael R. Brooks made the arrest.

April 16

William Francis Spinski, 32, of Cold Water Creek, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. No bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Samuel Lee Wade, 40, of Blue Bird Rd, was charged with assault on a female. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Paul Namotka, 50, of Nicole Arms Apts.,was charged with misdemeanor larceny, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle/ forcible. A $10,000 bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

April 17

William Bryan Maney, 25, of Slim Dillard Rd., was charged with failure to appear for driving left of center, driving while license revoked. A $250 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

Tyler Andrew Sutton, 22, of Thornhill Dr., was charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle. A $2,000 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

April 18

Harvey Demetrice Streater, 63, of Orborel Acres, Balsam, N.C., was issued an order for arrest for driving while license revoked. A $1,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

April 19

Lindsey Calhoun Watty, 21, of Qualla Motel, Whittier, was charged with failure to appear for license not in possession, driving while impaired. A $1,500 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

Jesse Douglas Cook, 33, of Harley Cole Rd., Whittier, was charged with probation violation. A $5,000 bond was set. Andrew J. Parker made the arrest.


The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests April 20-27. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Franklin Police Department

April 20

Michael Timothy Crane Jr., 38, of Roberts Rd., was charged with parole and probation violations. A secured bond of $2,500 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

April 21

Bayshen Emanuel Chavis, 18, of West End Dr., was charged with first degree sexual exploitation of a minor. A secured bond of $50,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

David Ray Ore, 38, of Cool Breeze Rd., was charged with being armed with a knife, probation violation. A secured bond of $12,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Joshua Lee Sutton, 33, of Heritage Hollow Cir., was charged with drug violations for possession of cocaine with intention to sell/distrubute. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

Christopher Adam Stamey, 28, of Rolling Hills Dr., was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marjuana paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $3,500 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

Megan Thomas, 29, of Tellico Rd., was charged with larceny. A secured bond of $1,250 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

April 22

Samuel Ray Webb, 29, of Clyde St., was charged with driving while intoxicated for alcohol, driving while license revoked, fictitious tag. A secured bond of $17,000 was set. Elija D. Kirkland made the arrest.

Jeffery Todd Bates, 35, of Sloan Rd., was charged with communicating threats, simple assault. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Robert G. Ray III made the arrest.

Holly Nicole Locklear, 25, of Nickajack Rd., was charged with failure to pay child support. A secured bond of $250 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Tara Lynn Hash, 27, of Haley Dr., was charged with probation violations. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

April 24

Marcus Reshon Singleton, 29, of Pisgah View Apartments, Asheville, was charged with possessing/concealing stolen property, identity theft, fraud for obtaining money/property by false pretense. A secured bond of $30,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

Desmond Tynneque Whitmire, 21, of Max St., Asheville, was charged with identity theft, fraud for obtaining money/property by false pretense, possessing/concealing stolen property. A secured bond of $20,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

Keithan Deshaun Whitmire Sr., 32, of Max St., Asheville, was charged with possession of stolen goods, possession of 5+ counterfeit instrument, accessory after the fact. A secured bond of $40,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

April 25

Ann Keneipp Hatch, 36, of N. Blane Branch Rd., was charged with possession of stolen goods/property. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Kimberly Osborne made the arrest.

Michael Anthony Prodoehl, 54, of Mason Branch Rd., was charged with driving while intoxicated, left of center. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

April 26

Marshall Phillip Henson, 74, of Riverview St., was charged with being armed with a handgun, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, all other offenses. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Christy M. Evans made the arrest.

Michael Anthony Prodoehl, 54, of Mason Branch Rd., was charged with possession of marijuana under 1/2 oz. No bond was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

April 27

Chan Pae An, 62, of Heather Stone Ct., Lawrenceville, Ga., was charged with resisting a public officer, speeding. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Michael Evan Scott, 18, of Natures Walk Rd., was charged with burning a certain building. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Mark J. Foster made the arrest.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

April 21

Micah David Alger, 25, of Windy Poplar Rd., was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, misdemeanor larceny, felony larceny. An unsecured bond of $10,000 was set. Kimberly Osborne made the arrest.

April 22

Ryan W. Bush, 21, of Lloyd Stewart Ln., was charged with failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Jason Michael Tippett, 29, of Ridge Rd., was charged with larceny, possessing/concealing stolen property. An unsecured bond of $5,000 was set. Anthony Hopkins made the arrest.

April 23

Rickie Lynn Antes II, 23, of Sloan St., was charged with drug violations for equipment/paraphenalia. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Matthew T. Breedlove made the arrest.

Michael David Swenson, 23, of West Old Murphy Rd., was charged with burglary, larceny, possessing/concealing stolen property. No bond was set. Chris Murray made the arrest.

April 24

Matthew Dakota Shuler, 21, of Lake Emory Rd., was charged with driving while license revoked. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

April 25

Ann Keneipp Hatch, 36, of N. Blane Branch Rd., was charged with possession of stolen goods/property. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Kimberly Osborne made the arrest.

Michael Timothy Crane Jr., 38, of Roberts Rd., was charged with being armed with a shotgun, possession of a firearm by a felon, larceny deactivate anti-theft device, possession of stolen goods. A secured bond of $18,000 was set. Thomas Tenhagen made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

April 21

Wendy Pearl Brady, 37, of Hornbuckle Dr., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for speeding, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle. A $20,000 bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Brittany Michelle Crisp, 18, of Stillwell Branch Rd., Cherokee, was charged with simple assault. No bond was set. Celestine A. Holloman made the arrest.

April 22

Steven Dale Eplin, 34, of Fenway Place, Tuckasegee, was charged with failure to appear for assault with a deadly weapon, injury to real property. A $2,000 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Joseph Miguel Huskey, 28, of Bunny Cove Rd., was charged with maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, manufacture schedule VI controlled substance. A $15,000 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

Ryan Scott Mills, 33, of 6th Street, Gainesville, Fla., was charged with injury to personal property, resisting a public officer, assault on a government official, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine. A $15,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Sherissa Lemae Benne Hughes, 30, of Kitchens Branch Rd., was charged with failure to appear for operating a vehicle with no insurance, driving while license revoked. A $3,000 bond was set. Andrew J. Parker made the arrest.

April 23

Steven Dale Eplin, 34, of Olivet Church Rd., Whittier, was issued a child support purge order. A bond of $1,872 was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

Brandon Kyle Alexander, 27, of Buckle Dr., Cashiers, was charged with misdemeanor larceny. No bond was set. Robert D. Nicholson made the arrest.

Joshua Stephen Kunde, 26, of Mountain Breeze Dr., Franklin, was charged with resist/obstruct/delay, larceny for shoplifting. A $2,000 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

Joshua Victor Cole, 30, of Americas Best Value Inn, Canton, was issued an order for arrest for possession of methaphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to burn headlamps, failure to stop at stop sign, fictitious information to officer, identity theft, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute methamphetamine. A $86,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

April 24

Deontay Gerwan Butler, 34, of Cate Lambert Rd., Cherokee, was issued a true bill of indictment for trafficking by possession opium or heroin. A $30,000 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Emerson Sequiyah Welch, 37, of Yellow Hill Rd., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked. A $500 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

April 25

Matthew Sampson Armachain, 21, of Hayes Lossiah Rd., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for shoplifting. A $500 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.


The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests April 6 - 14. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

April 7

Jake Thomas, 32, of Tellico Rd., was charged with larceny. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Scott Nelson made the arrest.

April 8

Scott Martin Fuller, 35, of Caesar Rd., Otto, was charged with being armed with a rifle, failure to pay child support, resisting a public officer. A secured bond of $12,514 was set. William D. Stamey made the arrest.

Tiliano O. Holcombe, 16, of Azalea Rd. Mobile, Ala., was charged with simple assault. An unsecured bond of $2,500 was set. Troy L. Burt made the arrest.

Natalie Idell Malarchak, 46, of Ruby Ln., was charged with larceny. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Cody Mitchell made the arrest.

James Luther Bryson, 25, of Palmer Dr., was charged with larceny, possession of stolen goods/property. A secured bond of $1,200 was set. William D. Stamey made the arrest.

April 9

Dale Edward Phillips, 40, of Presley Rd., was issued a true bill of indictment for possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer. A secured bond of $4,500 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Nathan Royal Prevette, 38, of Old Georgia Rd., was issued a true bill of indictment for possessing a controled substance in prison/jail, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $20,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Eric Clinton Prevette, 29, Old Georgia Rd., was charged with failure to appear, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, failure to pay child support. A secured bond of $21,780 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Kevin Lee O’Conner, 37, of Ridge Rd., was charged with failure to appear for warrant service. A secured bond of $500 was set. Matthew T. Breedlove made the arrest.

April 10

Michael James Dwyer, 44, of Kim Miller Rd., Lake Toxaway, was charged with being armed with a handgun, possession of a firearm by a felon, felony probation violation, misdemeanor probation violation. A secured bond of $35,000 was set. Tracy Platt made the arrest.

Jennifer Lynn Collins, 34, of Franklin, was charged with failure to appear. A securd bond of $1,500 was set. Blake A Buchanan made the arrest.

April 12

Bettie Sue Passmore, 50, of Passmore Rd., was charged with failure to appear for communicating threats. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

April 13

Pete Civitello, 72, of Hazel Fouts Rd., was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

Ross Charles Pearman, 30, of Forrest Ln., Highlands, was charged with assault on a child under 12, child abuse. A $2,000 bond was set. Ryan Angel made the arrest.

April 14

Brandy Sasha Cole, 24, of Dalton Rd., was charged with failure to pay child support. A $300 bond was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

April 6

Cruz Guzman Everado, 38, of Summitt Hill Dr., was charged with assault inflicting serious injury, battery on unborn child. No bond was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

April 7

Kimberly Sue Dowdle, 29, of McClure Rd., was charged with fraud for obtaining money/property by false pretense, financial card theft, identity theft. A secured bond of $6,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Michael Anthony Passafume Jr., 45, of Leaning Tree Ln., was charged with being a habitual felon. A secured bond of $100,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

April 9

Wesley Allen Babb, 27, of Katie Ln., was charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, speeding. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Matt G. Pellicer made the arrest.

Jeremy Ivan Kempton, 31, of Carriage Ln., Highlands, was charged with trespassing. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Timothy J. Lynn made the arrest.

April 11

Clifton Daniel Cochran, 31, of Town Mountain, was charged with being armed with a knife, assault on a female, assault on persons while in presence of minor, simple assault. No bond was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Jeremy L. Taro, 25, of Money Ln. was charged with burglary. A secured bond of $1,000 was. Kevin J. Breedlove.

April 13

Jonathan David Hunter, 45, of Highlands Woods Rd., was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possessing drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

April 6

Carrie Irene Wilcatt, 23, of Fisher Branch, Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear, misedmeanor larceny. A $1,000 bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

April 7

Bryan Keith Jenkins, 35, Lower Tuskeegee, Robinsville, was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked, not impaired revocation. A $100,000 bond was set. Dwight D. McMahan made the arrest.

Dakota Lee Haynes, 28, of Quality Inn, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of herion. A $10,000 bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Cody John Decoteau, 23, of Bayberry Cove, was charged with probation violation. No bond was set. Michael R. Brooks made the arrest.

Phillip Trevin Young, 24, of Quinn Holocombe Rd., Whittier, was charged with drunk and disruptive, carrying a concealed firearm, armed to the terror of the people. A $3,000 bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

April 8

Leah Lynn Canaday, 21, of Match Point, was charged with parole and probation violations. A $5,000 bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

Gary Dale Moody, 47, of Dandelion Dr., was charged with domestic violence protective order violation. A $5,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Rodney Rodgers, 49, of Spirit Mountain, was charged with misdemeanor stalking. A $1,000 bond was set. Stephen B. Watson made the arrest.

April 9

Daniel Anthony Diaz, 29, of Good Shepard Ln., Whittier was charged with assault on a female. A $3,000 bond was set. Rollie L. James III made the arrest.

Ariel Marie Fisher, 23, of Molasses Mtn., was charged with larceny of motor fuel. A $1,500 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Ira Hayes Caldwell, 31, of Beck Branch Rd., Whittier, was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Mindy Leigh-Anna Jackson, 23, of Beck Branch Rd., was charged with simple assault. No bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

April 10

Jenry Stacey Phillips, 44, of Stardust Motel, was charged with false imprisonment. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Molly Jane Shaw, 45, of Thomas Valley Rd., Whittier, was charged with injury to personal property, trespassing 1st degree, simple assault, assault with a deadly weapon. A $500 bond was set. Dwight D. McMahan made the arrest.

William Bryan Maney, 25, of Slim Dillard Rd., Whittier, was charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon. No bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

Christine Ann Taber, 49, of Hospital Rd., was issued a true bill of indictment for assualt on a government employee. No bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

John Dustin Hall, 38, of Leatherwood Rd., was charged with second degree trespass. No bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

Melissa Marie Huffman, 33, of Manor Trace, was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked, speeding. A $1,000 bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.


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