50th Annual Macon County 2015 GEMBOREE :: Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26 :: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

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Appalachian Heritage Festival

Old Appalachia lines the streets of downtown Franklin for inaugural festival

The butter was churning, the fly fishing knots were tying, and music from Appalachia could be heard on the streets of Franklin Saturday for the first annual Appalachian Heritage Festival. The festival, which was put on by main street merchants, included dozens of exhibitors and was intended to preserve Macon County heritage, all while bringing folks downtown.

With Franklin's Folk Festival was cancelled for this year, Main Street merchants took it upon themselves to make sure a cultural festival was held in its place.

Change in sight for Franklin’s leadership

Three seats are up for grabs this November, when voters are expected to head to the polls to elect new members of the Franklin Board of Aldermen. Two out of the three incumbents on the board, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley, filed for reelection, while Farrell Jamison, who has served on the board since 2011 did not file for office. Jamison was appointed to the board in February 2011 after the passing of Alderman Jerry Evans.

Incumbents Curtis and Handley will have some competition this year, as four newcomers added their names to the ballot. Brandon McMahan filed for alderman for the first time and joins Angela Moore and Adam Kimsey, who both filed for the open seats last election. Former Mayor Joe Collins also filed for election, but instead of mayor, Collins filed for one of the open alderman seats.

World Changers working to make a difference

Students from across southeast visit Macon County

For the last quarter century, students from across the country have been signing up to participate in service projects in communities declaring themselves as 'World Changers."

An outreach ministry of Life- Way Christian Resources, World Changers has been spending summers for the last 25 years partnering with cities and their residents to complete much needed construction projects ranging from painting houses to putting on new roofs. The projects improve homes for the elderly, disabled, and for others who would not normally be able to do the work on their own, and comes at no charge for the community.

Macon County Airport to host open house on August 15

From local businesses such as Duotech using the Macon County Airport for day-today business operation, to citizens chartering private flights to other regional airports, to organizations such as the State Bureau of Investigation and Forest Service using it for training, the local airport proves to be an invaluable resource for the citizens of Macon County.

To better inform the public of the airport's role in the community, the Macon County Airport Authority will be holding an open house on August 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature music from Curtis Blackwell, and refreshments for the public.

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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 March 30-April 5. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

March 30

Avery Allison Bates, 21, of Newman Rd., was charged with felony harboring escapee. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

April 1

Gregory Allen Rhoden, 39, of Cedar Hill Dr., was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. A. C. Stahl made the arrest.

Jessie Dakota Beaver, 21, of Roberts Rd., was charged with drug violations/equipment/paraphernalia, parole and probation violations. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Anothony Hopkins made the arrest.

April 3

Amy V. Crawford, 29, of Pinecrest Ln. was charged with failure to appear for order for arrest. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Matthew T. Breedlove made the arrest.

Roy E. Norvell Jr., 83, of Cherokee Dr., Highlands, was charged with possession of stolen goods/property. A secured bond of $500 was set. William D. Stamey made the arrest.

Michael Shane Harris, 43, of Loves Dr., was charged with governor’s warrant for obligation to support. No bond was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

James Luther Bryson, 25, of Lofty Mountain Rd., Sylva, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods/property. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Adam L. Crawford made the arrest.

April 4

Dustin Bo Rodmaker, 33, of Franklin, was charged with failure to appear for breaking and entering, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Larry Eugene Stark, 65, of Heritage Hollow, was charged with misdemeanor probation violation. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Mark Gregory Pearce, 49, of Bates Branch Heaven Camp Ground, was charged with misdemeanor probation violation. A secured bond of $3,500 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

April 5

Taylor Alan Brooks, 24, of Laurel Lake Rd., was charged with failure to appear for failure to stop for stopped school bus. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

March 30

Gary Bryon Nicholson, 55, of So. Tryphosa Rd., Otto, was charged with non-support/non-payment of alimony. A secured bond of $20,241 was set. Justin M. Norman made the arrest.

April 1

Darlene Marie Watson, 32, of Haqrper Ln., was charged with false report of theft of motor vehicle. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Gary Edmond Deetz Jr., 33, of Wild Meadows Rd., was charged with failure/refuse to file Employment Security tax report. No bond was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Joshua Lambert, 22, of Green St., was charged with communicating threats. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

April 2

Shaunna Nichole Rivas, 25, of Dendy Orchard Rd., Highlands, was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $14,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

April 3

Gavin Andrew McKinney, 25, of Cottontail Ln., was charged with using personal weapons hands or feet, breaking coin/currency machine, damage to coin/currency machine, larceny from coin operated devices. A secured bond of $2,500 was set. Justin M. Norman made the arrest.

Ronald William Domin, 62, of Airport Rd., was charged with driving while intoxicated alcohol and/or drugs. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Laurie C. Beegle made the arrest.

April 4

Roberto Vargas, 40, was charged with resisting public officer. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Matt G. Pellicer made the arrest.

Charles Benson Grindstaff, 64, of Franklin, was charged with failure to appear for second degree trespass. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Justin M. Norman made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

March 30

Gracia Walkingstick Taylor, 56, of Walnut Cove Rd., of Tuckasegee, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. A $5,000 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

Cecil E. Walkingstick, 37, of Straight Fork Rd., Cherokee, was charged with simple physical assault. A $5,000 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

Beth Sonya Teesateskie, 33, of Noah Geneva Ledford Dr., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for fictitious registration, driving while license revoked. A $2,000 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

Damian Alexander Navarrete, 36, of Bart Cove Rd., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for manufacturing marijuana. A $15,000 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

March 31

Daniel Alanson Cantrell, 28, of Pidgeon Ln., was charged with conspiracy to commit larceny, deactivating anit-theft device. Rollie L. James made the arrest.

Storm Saraj Sequoyah, 23, of Jim Bowman Rd., Cherokee, was charged with failure to perform community service. A $1,000 bond was set. Rollie L. James III made the arrest.

Dustin Henry Tramper, 26, of Old School Rd., Cherokee was charged with failure to appear for breaking and entering. A $20,000 bond was set. Scottie R. Holder made the arrest.

Tyler Huskey, of Sunset Farms Rd., Whittier, was charged with simple assault. A $1,500 bond was set. Robert D. Nicholson made the arrest.

April 1

William Hayes Johnson, 56, of Olivet Church Rd., Whittier, was charged with assault with deadly weapon with minor present. No bond was set. Scott E. Buttery made the arrest.

April 3

Benji Ray Baines, 39, of Robinson Gap, Bryson City, was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked. A $250 bond was set. Robert D. Nicholson made the arrest.

John Robert Ayen, 36, of Bradley Dr., Cherokee, was charged with injury to personal property, misdemeanor larceny. A $1,500 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

April 4

Tasha Ann Stewart, 31, of Hemlock Haven Apartments, was charged with child abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II substance, trafficking schedule II/opiates. A $35,000 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

Rachel Alaine Williams, 17, of Hensley Cemetery Rd., Whittier, was charged with injury to personal property. No bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

April 5

Anthony Dalton Stephens, 24, of Moses Creek Rd., Cullowhee, was charged with domestic criminal trespass, assault by pointing a gun. No bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.


The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests March 23 - 29. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

March 23

Jeffrey David Bundy, 50, of Gaston St., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $750 was set. Tracy Platt made the arrest.

March 24

Holly Michelle Smith, 27, of Lake Emory Rd., was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $3,500 was set. Kenneth J. Adams made the arrest.

Eugene Edward Lamb, 48, of Harrison Ave., was charged with misdemeanor probation violation, felony probation violation. A secured bond of $30,000 was set. Tracy Platt made the arrest.

March 25

Shaunna Nichole Rivas, 25, of Dendy Orchard Rd., was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. A secured bond of $7,000 was set. Joshua D. Stewart made the arrest.

March 26

Nathan Kyle English, 30, of Ledbetter Ln., was charged with failure to appear, contempt of court for child support. A bond of $11,854 was set. Joel Lynch made the arrest.

Anthony Francis Raphael, 17, of Frazier Rd., was charged with communicating threats, disorderly conduct-school. A secured bond of $750 was set. Troy L. Burt made the arrest.

Danny Lee Thomas Jr., 23, of Newman Rd., was charged with communicating threats. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

March 28

Jesse Ronnie Stiwinter, 20, of West Rd., was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. Kimberly Osborne made the arrest.

Samantha Lynn Heller, 23, of James St., Durham, was charged with possession of less than 1/2 oz of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, no operators license. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. A. C. Stahl made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

March 23 Austin Harley McCall, 19, of Jim Corbin Rd., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Gary Philip Boston, 53, of Beldon Circle, was charged with being armed with a blunt object club/hammer, assault with a deadly weapon inflecting serious injury. No bond was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

March 24

Joshua Lambert, 22, of Green St., was charged with communicating threats. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Theresa Green Willis, 43, of Sycamore Dr., was charged with probation violations. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Dawson Tre Tallent, 20, of Hickory Knoll Rd., was charged with domestic violence protection order violation. No bond was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

March 27

Jeffrey Shane Roberts, 32, of S.W. Kentucky St., Fort White, Fla., was charged with being armed with a knife, failure to appear for injury to personal property, breaking and entering a motor vehicle. A secured bond of $20,500 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

March 28

Scott Allan Swann, 52, of Rabbit Creek Rd., was charged with disorderly conduct, communicating threats. A secured bond of $500 was set. Elija D. Kirkland made the arrest.

Anthony John Godfrey, 56, of Lyle St., was charged with indecent liberties with a child. A secured bond of $50,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

March 29

Lisa Marie Vanhoogen, 27, of Grandview Dr., was charged with possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute marijuana, driving while intoxicated alcohol and/or drugs, possession of marijuana paraphernalia. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

March 23

Harry Edward Banks, 30, of Road 85, Chapell, Neb. was charged with breaking and entering. A $3,000 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Brandy Patricia Martin, 16, of Troy Martin Rd., Whittier, was charged with breaking and entering. A $3,000 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Carolyn Renea Anders, 46, of Dills Branch Rd., was charged with felony worthless check. A $3,000 bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Carmelo Martinez, 54, of Stillwell Branch Rd., Cherokee, was charged with all other offenses. A $500 bond was set. Michael R. Brooks made the arrest.

Johnnie Ray Arch, 42, of Smith St., was charged with injury to real property, breaking and entering-forcible. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

Kelsie Marie Burch, 23, of Single Tree Drive, was charged with parole and probation violations, trespassing, communicating threats, injury to personal property. A $3,000 bond was set. Kyle P. Efird made the arrest.

March 24

Beth Ann Mathis, 28, of Sergeant Loop, was charged with trespassing, communicating threats, injury to personal property. A $3,000 bond was set. Kyle P. Efird made the arrest.

March 25

Terry Dale Settlemyre, 53, of West Piney Mountain, Whittier, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana. A $500 bond was set. Dwight D. McMahan made the arrest.

Jeanna Michelle Gates, 31, of Luker Branch Rd., Tuckasegee, N.C., was charged with failure to appear expired/no inspection, drive/allow motor vehicle no registration, allow unlicensed to drive. A $1,000 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

Michael Lynn Fry, 37, of Beagle Rd., Myerstown, Pa., was charged with felony probation violation. A $15,000 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

Clydie Ann Long, 28, of Carol Beck Ln., Cherokee, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance, resisting public officer, possession of paraphernalia. A $30,000 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

Dolores Agustin Christopouious, 21, of Torwood Rd., Whittier, was charged with resisting a public officer. A $1,000 bond was set. Scottie R. Holder made the arrest.

Kasey Ashlyn Welch, 25, of Young Squirrell Dr., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. A $1,000 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

March 26

David Huerth, 21, of Dermid Ave., Hendersonville, was charged with driving while impaired. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

Cory Clyde Case, 26, of Huckleberry Cove, was charged with larceny. Rollie L. James made the arrest.

Siceia Marquita Maney, 26, of Fenway Place, Tuckasegee, was issued an order for arrest for driving while license revoked, operating with no insurance. A $500 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Regina Joann McQuaig, 32, of Allens Branch Rd., was charged with possession of stolen goods/property, obtaining property by false pretense. A $51,000 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

Cage Bradley Jones, 24, of Acquoni Rd., of Cherokee, was charged with unsafe tires, driving while license revoked not impaired revocation. A $1,000 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

Mallory Garcia Hernandez, 27, of Comfort Rd., was charged with trespassing, injury to personal property, communicating threats. A $3,000 bond was set. Rollie L. James III made the arrest.

Ricky Lee Hefner, 34, of East Cope Creek Rd., was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Amber Nichole McElrath, 26, of East Cope Creek Rd., was charged with simple physical assault. No bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

March 27

Forrest Clay Wooten, 21, of Anvil Rd., was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

James Michael Riley, 26, of Pincushion Ln., Cullowhee, was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. Daniel B. Wellmon made the arrest.

Anthony Luther Mills, 22, of Parris Branch Rd., was charged with possessing a stolen firearm. A $5,000 bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Yvett Saavedra, 41, of Bumgarner Cemetery Rd., Whittier, was charged with simple assault. No bond was set. Brandon D. Hooper made the arrest.

March 28

Benjamin James Snyder, 29, of Redlinds Place, was charged with breaking and entering-forcible. A $200,000 bond was set. Sean K. Bryson made the arrest.

March 29

Dennis Woodrow Shelton, 57, of Frosty Ridge Rd., was charged with resisting a public officer. A $1,000 bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Starla Renee Normand, 30, of River Park, was charged with trespassing, possessing/concealing stolen property, larceny. A $25,000 bond was set. Daniel B. Wellmon made the arrest.

Jeffrey Scott Sorrells, 43, of Eljawa Dr., was charged with simple worthless check. A $500 bond was set. Daniel B. Wellmon made the arrest.


The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests March 9 - 16. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

March 9

Gustavo Perez Ramirez, 34, of Hayes Mill Rd., was charged with personal weapons hands or feet, interfering with emergency communication, assault on a female. No bond was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

March 11

Gavin Andrew McKinney, 25, of Cottontail Ln., was charged with larceny shoplifting. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Cody Mitchell made the arrest.

March 12

Sarah Marie Linsey, 27, of Second St., was charged with drug violations for equipment/paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to 1/2 oz, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Anthony Hopkins made the arrest.

March 13

William Randolph Ledford, 41, of Lake Ledford Rd., was charged with personal weapons hands or feet, assault on a female, simple assault. No bond was set. Tracy Burt made the arrest.

Doyle Dooger Ramirez, 28, of Stiwinter Mtn. Rd., was charged with failure to pay child support, contempt of court, perjury, court violations, possession of methamphetamine, drug violation for equipment/paraphernalia. A secured bond of $2,272 was set. Tracy Burt and Matthew T. Breedlove made the arrest.

March 14

Amber Leanne Gerrells, 35, of Belle Dowdle Rd., was charged with probation violation. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Kenneth J. Adams made the arrest.

Kathryn Paige Dunlap, 19, of Whittier Heights Rd., Whittier, was charged with failure to appear for criminal summons or citation. A secured bond of $250 was set. Joshua D. Stewart made the arrest.

March 15

Brian Scott Duggar, 54, was charged with driving while impaired. An unsecured bond of $750 was set. Joshua D. Stewart made the arrest.

March 16

Pandora Renee Cobb, 19, of Sloan St., was charged with parole and probation violations. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Matthew T Breedlove made the arrest.

Tyler Pursley, 17, of Sweetwater Rd. was charged with personal weapons hands or feet, injury to personal property. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Dustin Jake Cabe, 28, of Charlie Joe Rd., was charged with damage to coin/currency machine, misdemeanor larceny, breaking coin/currency machine. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Daniel Reynolds, of Delia Dr., was charged with contempt of court for child support. No bond was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

March 9

Charles Everett Grant II, 36, of Second St., was charged with breaking and/or entering, trespassing. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

March 10

Dorothy Elizabeth Arrowood, 47, of Watauga Rd., was charged with trespassing, shoplifting, larceny. An unsecured bond of $2,500 was set. Tony E. Ashe made the arrest.

March 12

Kelsie Diane Elliott, 26, of Lakeside Dr., was charged with possession with intent to manufacture /sell/distribute a schedule II substance, possession of schedule II substance. A secured bond of $50,000 was set. Elija D. Kirkland made the arrest.

March 13

Daivid Wayne Meade, 44, of Van Raulte St., was charged with personal weapons hands or feet, breaking or entering, larceny from buildings, possessing/concealing stolen property. A secured bond of $4,000 was set. Elija D. Kirkland made the arrest.

Eugene Edward Lamb, 48, was charged with failure to appear for injury to property, communicating threats. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Dustin Jake Cabe, 28, of Charlie Joe Rd., was charged with damage to coin/currency machine, breaking coin/currency machine. An unsecured bond of $3,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

March 14

Andrew Parker Casto, 22, of Womack St., was charged with failure to appear for second degree trespassing, carrying concealed weapon. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

March 9

Phyllis Ellen Mashburn, 51, of Long Bow Ln, Whittier, was charged with simple assault. A $1,000 bond was set. Michael R. Brooks made the arrest.

Anthony Edison Mace, 26, of Trout Creek Rd., Tuckasegee, was charged with drug violations for equipment/paraphernalia, possessing/concealing, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, fraud obtaining money/property by false pretense, possessing/concealing stolen property, larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering-nonforcible. A $60,000 bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

March 10

Tommy Calvin Mathis, 53, of Old VFW Rd., Whittier, was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. Michael R. Brooks made the arrest.

Angelina Lynette Crews, 23, of Old VFW Rd., Whittier was charged with communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon. No bond was set. Michael R. Brooks made the arrest.

Richard Burgess Kinsey, 27, of Pine Creek, Cullowhee, was charged with domestic criminal trespass. No bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Darrel Lee Mcauley, 49, of Laurel Ridge Dr, Sanford, was charged with failure to appear for escape from custody or resisting arrest. A $215 bond was set. Daniel B. Wellmon made the arrest.

Juliayne Saldutti Spinn, 39, of Gateway Rd., Whittier, was charged with domestic violence protective order, Dwight D. McMahan made the arrest.

Elliott Neal Mattox, 22, of Black Hill Rd., Bryson City, was issued a true bill of indictment for larceny after break/enter. Dwight D. McMahan made the arrest.

March 11

Amber Nicole Stover, 27, of Stillhouse Branch, Bryson City, was charged with resisting public officer, assault on a government official. A $5,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Joshua Allen Charles Godwin, 21, of Skyland Dr., was charged with domestic violence protective order violation. No bond was set. Dwight D. McMahan made the arrest.

Cody Jacob Scott Jenkins, 24, of Clingman Ave., Bryson City, was charged with failure to appear for all other offenses. A $250 bond was set. Ricky L. Buchanan made the arrest.

Robert Lee Washington, 21, of Long View Ln., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked, failure to wear seat belt. A $500 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

March 12

Mildred Elaine Cucumber, 51, of Medicine Woman Rd, Whittier, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana less than half ounce. A $500 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Anthony Jovohn Greene, 27, of Patriot Dr., was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked. A $250 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

Kyle Warren Broom, 20, of Barlow Ct. Tuckasegee, was charged with simple physical assault, failure to appear for failure to wear seat belt for driver, driving while license revoked, simple physical assault. A $500 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

March 13

Keith Martinez, 47, of Boyd Catolster, Cherokee, was charged with expired registration card and plate, failure to appear driving while license revoked. A $500 bond was set. Daniel B. Wellmon made the arrest.

Daniel Bruce Groenewold, 42, of John Reagan Dr., Cherokee was charged with simple physical assault upon an officer, escape from custody or resist arrest, failure to appear for possessing/concealing stolen property, larceny. A $80,000 bond was set. Daniel B. Wellmon made the arrest.

Talmage Lee Middleton, 33, of Shawfield Ridge, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine. A $10,000 bond was set. Brandon D. Hooper made the arrest.

Tori Shey Gunter, 27, of Don Craig Rd., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A $3,000 bond was set. Brandon D. Hooper made the arrest.

Derrick Michael Lenart, 40, of Blackhawk Rd., Cullowhee, was charged with failure to report new address-sex offender, probation violation. A $5,000 bond was set. Michael R. Brooks and Kyle P. Efird made the arrest.

March 14

Douglas Malcolm Moore, 64, of Dix Gap Circle, Cullowhee, was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. Kyle P. Efird made the arrest.


The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests March 16 - 22. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

March 17

Rebecca Bowmen Jones Milligan, 39, of Shallow Hollow Rd., was charged with contempt of court, perjury, court violations. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Joel Lynch made the arrest.

Steven Chase Stanley, 22, of Belmont Dr., was charged with contempt of court, perjury, court violations. A secured bond of $500 was set. Joel Lynch made the arrest.

Eugene Edward Lamb, 48, of Grandview Dr., was charged with failure to appear for injury to personal property, communicating threats. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Pandora Renee Cobb, 19, of Olive Hill Rd., was charged with parole and probation violations. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

Jeffery Todd Bates, 35, of Sloan Rd., was charged with assault on a female. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Annette Pressley Fletcher, 43, of Creek Terrace Circle, was charged with personal weapons hands and feet, assault on handicapped person. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

March 18

Elijah Joseph Blanchard, 16, of Arnold Branch Rd., was charged with disorderly conduct. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Troy L. Burt made the arrest.

Theresa Green Willis, 43, of Sycamore Dr., was charged with failure to appear for release order. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Joshua D. Stewart made the arrest.

Robert Donald Bohanon, 31, of Sunday Dr., was charged with domestic violence order violation. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Adam L. Crawford made the arrest.

March 19

Jessie Mal Cowart, 24, of Sprinkle Rd., was charged with personal weapons hands and feet, flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane control, improper backing. A secured bond of $126,000 was set. Kenneth J. Adams made the arrest.

March 20

Timothy Seth Ashmore, 24, of Ulco Ridge Rd., was charged with fugitive from other state for controlled substance. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Cody Mitchell made the arrest.

Tammy Lynn Tillery, 51, of Trimont Trail Rd., was charged with possessing methamphetamine, drug violations for equipment/paraphernalia, possessing marijuana up to 1/2 oz. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Cody Mitchell made the arrest.

Matthew Shawn Carpenter, 20, of Sassy Trail, was charged with contempt of court, perjury, court violations, parole and probation violations, drug violations for equipment/ paraphernalia. A secured bond of $7,500 was set. Anthony Hopkins made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

March 18

Luis Alfred Cerino, 25 of Hardman Ln., Dillard, Ga., was charged with assault of an executive court officer, assault to inflict serious injury, ethnic intimidation. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

Nina Marie Junaluska, 31, of Standing Deer Dr., Cherokee, was charged with driving while intoxicated for alcohol and/or drugs. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Kevin J. Breedlove made the arrest.

March 19

Ann Keneipp Hatch, 36, of No Name Rd., was charged with all other offenses. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Jonathan C. Bean made the arrest.

March 20

Martinez Zarate Celerino, 45, of Carolina Mountain Dr., was charged with driving while intoxicated alcohol and/or drugs, no driver’s license. No bond was set. Robert G. Ray III made the arrest.

March 21

John V. Cheek Jr., 56, of Cheek Rd., was charged with driving while intoxicated for alcohol. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Elija D. Kirkland made the arrest.

John Russell Sanfilippo, 48, of Kingwood Cir., was charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, injury to personal property. An unsecured bond of $5,000 was set. Timothy J. Lynn made the arrest.

Michael Aaron Chavis, 45, of Brittany Ln. was charged with personal weapons hands and feet, simple physical assault. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Timothy J. Lynn made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

March 16

Eddie Columbus Taylor, 38, of Park Place, Cullowhee, was charged with possessing a controlled substance prison/jail premises, escape from local jail. A $10,000 bond was set. Ernest A. Scherman III made the arrest.

March 17

Caleb Anthony McCoy, 29, of Sulpher Springs, Cullowhee, was charged with probation violations. A $5,000 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

John Preston Rickman, 27, of Likawanta Dr., was charged with failure to appear for misdemeanor larceny. A $60,000 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

Derrick Michael Lenart, 40, of Cullowhee, was issued a child support purge order. A $15,475. bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

Kyle Walelu Sampson, 25, of Same George Jr. Rd., Cherokee, was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked, fictitious information to officer. Dwight D. McMahan made the arrest.

Travis Lindsey Heffner, 21, of Paniolo Dr., was charged with possession of controlled substance on prison/jail premises. A $10,000 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Charles Albert Weeks, 33, of Maple Hill Dr., Cullowhee was charged with possession of controlled substance on prison/jail premises. A $10,000 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

March 18

Christie Anita Frady, 37, of Songbird Ln., was charged with assault on a government official resisting a public officer, simple physical assault. No bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

Michelle Leigh Lackey, 32, of Big Cove Rd., Cherokee, was charged with harassing phone calls violation of court order. A $5,000 bond was set. Kyle P. Efird made the arrest.

Douglas Malcolm Moore, 64 of Dix Gap Circle, Cullowhee, was charged with interfering with emergency communications, assault on a female. No bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

March 19

Tina Lee-Cole Bryson, 42, of Carter Ln., was charged with failure to appear for fictitious title/registration card/tag. driving while license revoked. A $250 bond was set. Dwight D. McMahan made the arrest.

Rodney Rogers, 48, of Spirit Mountain Rd., was charged with resisting arrest, assault on a female. No bond was set. Daniel B. Wellmon made the arrest.

March 20

Kelsie Marie Burch, 23, Single Tree Dr., was charge with Possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of scheduled II controlled substance. A $6,000 bond was set. Rollie L. James III made the arrest.

Heather Riann Hoyle, 37, of Begonia Ln., was charged with misdemeanor probation violation, possessing drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer. A $2,000 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

Timothy David Kibel, 30, of Berry Mountain Rd., was issued a child support purge order. A $3,236 bond was set. Robert D. Nicholson made the arrest.

March 21

Bobby Joe Smith, 23, of Smith Rd., Cherokee, was charged with driving while intoxicated level-2, misdemeanor probation violation, possession of stolen goods/property, obtain property by false pretense. No bond was set. Robert D. Nicholson made the arrest.

Katelynn Hope Ledford, 24, of Hilda Queen Rd., was charged with larceny, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, displaying fictitious registration plate, possession of stolen property, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute methamphetamine. A $45,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

Bobby Joe Smith, 24, of Smith Rd., Cherokee, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute methamphetamine. A $25,000 bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.

March 22

Zachary Luke Smith, 17, of Hillwood St., Shelby, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI substance. A $5,000 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

James Anthony Brooks, 18, of Webb Rd., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI substance. A $5,000 bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

Amber Nicole Stover, 27, of Dogwood Cove Rd., Bryson City, was charged with possession of methamphetamine. A $5,000 bond was set. Robert D. Nicholson made the arrest.

Jeffery Alan Harlow, 54, of Hillcrest St., was charged with left of center, driving while intoxicated-alcohol. No bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.


The Macon County Sheriff ’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff ’s Department made the following arrests Feb 25. - March 9. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

February 25

Bayshen Emanuel Chavis, 17, of West End Dr., was charged with burglary, criminal damage to property. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Ryan Angel made the arrest.

Joshua Henry Dale Driver, 21, of Roller Mill Rd., was charged with breaking and entering. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Cody Mitchell made the arrest.

February 26

Thomas Alan Moore, 39, of Georgia Rd., Otto, was charged with maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked. A secured bond of $80,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

February 27

Jeffery Todd Bates, 35, of Sloan Rd., was charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, criminal damage to property (vandalism). No bond was set. Scott Nelson made the arrest.

Cameren Paul Shaffer, 22, of Connors Park, was charged with first degree burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. No bond was set. Kenneth Adams made the arrest.

February 28

Cora J. Fitzpatrick, 20, of Strawberry Ln., Highlands, was charged with possession of marijuana up to 1/2 oz, possession of marijuana paraphernalia. An unsecured bond of $2,000 was set. Joshua Stewart made the arrest.

Eddie Mitchell Kresal, 30, of Wilkie St., was charged with breaking and entering, injury to personal property. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Audrey Parrish made the arrest.

Joshua Aaron Freeman, 19, of Terrace Dr., Weaverville, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Joshua Stewart made the arrest.

March 1

Evan Cole Thrift, 23, of Gamet Ln., Ga., was charged with driving while intoxicated-alcohol and/or drugs, escape from custody or resist arrest. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Scott Nelson made the arrest.

March 2

Kelsie Diane Elliot, 26, was charged with failure to appear for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving to endanger. A secured bond of $4,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

March 3

Kenyon Skyler Frady, 19, of Buddy Ln., Otto, was charged with breaking and entering, injury to personal property, misdemeanor larceny. A secured bond of $750 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

March 4

Matthew Shawn Carpenter, 20, of Lopes Loop, was charged with parole and probation violations. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Dereck Jones made the arrest.

March 6

James David Petrone, 37, of Buck Creek Rd., was charged with trespassing, littering no greater then 15 lbs. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. William Stamey made the arrest.

March 7

Jamie Thomas Blythe, 41, of McDaniel Dr., was charged with communicating threats. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Gavin Andrew McKinney, 25, of Cottontail Ln., was charged with first degree trespassing enter/remain. An unsecured bond of $2,500 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Sandra Lee Lewis, 44, of Larkin Ln., was charged with cyberstalking. An unsecured bond $1,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

March 8

Jesse Ronnie Stiwinter, 20, of West Rd., was charged with simple physical assault. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Joshua Edward Stiwinter, 18, of West End Rd., was charged with assault inflicting serious injury. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

March 9

Larry Jake Dills, 37, of Union Otto Day Care Rd., was charged with parole and probation violations. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Dalton Keith Bates, 21, of Timberland Ridge Trail, was charged with breaking and/or entering. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley Sr. made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

March 3

Derek Lee Tuncap, 26, of Lafayette Ave., Petoskey, Ill. was charged with flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Laurie Beagle made the arrest.

Chris Leo Ortega, 19, of Westwood Dr., was charged with breaking and entering, larceny. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Timothy Lynn made the arrest.

March 5

Dustin Bo Rodmaker, 33, of Lickskillet Rd., was charged with a probation violation. A secured bond of $7,000 was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

March 2

Elliott Neal Mattox, 22, of Black Hill Rd., Bryson City, was charged with larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering. No bond was set. Rollie L. James III made the arrest.

March 4

Alicia Karlene Huskins, 40, of Hamging Dog Rd., Murphy, was charged with simple assault. No bond was set. Kenneth D. Woodring made the arrest.

Steve Allen Ross, 38, of Pathfinder Ln., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to 1/2 oz, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin. A $20,000 bond was set. Brandon D. Hooper made the arrest.

Charles Richard Rogers, 67, of Pine Creek Rd., Glenville, was charged with communicating threats. No bond was set. Daniel B. Wellmon made the arrest.

Dillon Wayne Watkins, 23, of Cope Creek Rd., was charged with failure to appear for traffic court. No bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

Trent Vaughn Huskey, 21, of Sunset Farm Rd., Whittier, was charged with simple assault. No bond was set. Josh A. Yopp made the arrest.

Mary Delena Smith, 29, of Calhoun Rd., Cherokee, was charged with misdemeanor larceny. A $3,000 bond was set. Megan L. Rhinehart made the arrest.

March 6

Taylor Nicole Jones, 22, of Chateau Dr., Gastonia, was charged with simple assault. No bond was set. Tyson W. Crawford made the arrest.

March 7

Daniel Lucius Jones, 32, of Touchstone Way, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault on a female. A $60,000 bond was set. Brandon E. Elders made the arrest.

James William Crowe, 39, of Country Acres, Whittier, was charged with assault on a female. A $5,000 bond was set. William M. Hawkins made the arrest.

March 8

Darrell Scotty Broom, 47, of Robinson Creek, Glenville, was charged with communicating threats, assault on a female. No bond was set. Samuel G. Page made the arrest.


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