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Operation Pill Crusher event nets 18,286 pills

Each year, organizations across North Carolina team up with Safe Kids and the Department of Justice for drug takeback events to properly dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

Locally, the Macon County Sheriff's Department, along with both the Franklin and Highlands Police Departments work together throughout the year for Operation Pill Crusher. Through events that coincide with the state's Operation Medicine Drop, as well as each law enforcement agency having permanent medication drop boxes, Macon County officials work year round to keep unwanted medicines off the streets.

Last Saturday, the Macon County Sheriff's Department collected 18,286 pills during its annual spring drug take-back event. Since October 2014, through similar events as well as their permanent drop box, the sheriff's department has collected 90,462 pills.

Officer injured apprehending a suspect

Macon County Sheriff's Department Detective Tim Holland is still at home recovering from surgery that was a result of injuries incurred in a police chase that ensued Thursday evening.

Detective Holland, along with Detective Will Rhoden were involved in a chase Thursday after a suspect failed to stop for a routine traffic stop. While briefly attempted to flee police in his vehicle, Jessie Mal Cowart, 25, wrecked on Arthur Drake Road before taking off on foot.

According to Sheriff Robert Holland, Cowart fled into a wooded area and was immediately pursued by both Rhoden and Holland at which point Cowart refused to cooperate with law enforcement's commands to stop.

East Franklin’s fourth grade science fair asks ‘the big questions’

Fourth grade students at East Franklin Elementary put on their thinking caps last week for the 11th annual science fair. Project choices were selected by the students according to their interests and they were asked to follow the scientific method. The students came up with a "big question," created their hypothesis, conducted research and then completed their experiment in order to draw a conclusion.

"The kids were all very excited and a few were nervous but they all had a great time showing off their projects to other East Franklin students and their families," said East Franklin Fourth Grade Teacher Lora Neitz.

Warrior hikers begin 2,168-mile journey

Franklin one of 35 stops along the Appalachian Trail.

In 1948, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Now at 2,168.1 miles, the journey is an ambitious mission in itself, but completing the trek wasn't Shaffer's sole mission. His intention was to "walk off the war" to forget about the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II.

It took Shaffer a little over four months to hike the entire trail. Recognizing that having to become reaccustomed with day to day life, and to set aside the training and instinctual reactions taught by the military as being no easy feat, following in Shaffer's footsteps, Marine Corps Captains Mark Silvers and Sean Gobin turned to nature to help become reassimilated into life after service.

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The Franklin Police Department, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests June 4-June 12.

Macon County Sheriff’s Office

June 5

Eric Wayne Hughes, 34, of Gardenview Dr., was issued true bills of indictment. A secured bond of $8,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Robin Rene Lugo, 45, of Southard Valley Ln., was charged with larceny by an employee. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 6

Jack Rushin Hungerford Jr., 29, of Franklin, was charged with driving while impaired. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Thomas Tenhagen made the arrest.

Nicholas Deshane Peralta, 34, of Boone Ave., was charged with breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking and/or entering and possession of stolen goods. A secured bond of $7,000 was set. Matthew Canzone made the arrest.

Heidi Lightfoot Moore, 30, of Green Farm Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Jonathan Phillips made the arrest.

Patricia Anne Morgan, 31, of Northside Dr., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Dale Edward Phillips, 38, of Pressley Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 7

Chereda Hamilton Flores, 63, of Coweeta Church Rd., was charged with simple assault. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Joseph Brian McCosker, 32, Lauren Ln., Athens, Ga., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Paul Randolph Hedfund, 30, of Perks Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Sandra Leigh Ann Turlington, 22, of Taylor Rd., was issued a true bill of indictment. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 8

Joey Allen Stockton, 48, of Addington Bridge Rd., was charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods. A secured bond of $20,000 was set. Stephanie Robbins made the arrest.

June 10

Amy Marie Gibson, 33, of Wells Grove Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Carol Miriam Tanner, 50, of West Cove Ln., was charged with driving while impaired. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. David Blanton made the arrest.

June 11

Diane Davis, 53, of Willow Cove Rd., was charged with communicating threats and cyberstalking. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Katherine Jeter, 25, of Georgia Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Clint Ammons, 34, of Sylva Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $13,403 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 12

William Ray Tallent, 29, of Georgia Rd., was charged with failure to pay child support. A secured bond of $3,421 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

June 7

Jessica Shanae Phillips, 29, of Snowbird Rd., was charged with larceny. No bond information was given. Laurie Beegle made the arrest.

June 10

Clifford Arnold Cooke, 46, of Prentiss Bridge Rd., was charged with driving while impaired and displaying a revoked registration plate. A secured bond of $500 was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

Jackson County Arrests

June 4

William Dillian Plemmons, 21, of Locust St., was charged with possesion of stolen property, financial card theft and misdemeanor larceny. No bond was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Jesse Derrick Franks, 20, of Myers Dr., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

Marie Jean Moore, 29, of Cinderella St., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Kenneth Woodring made the arrest.

Gregory Hoyle, 46, of Skyland Drive, was charged with misdemeanor probation violation. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Sean Bryson made the arrest.

June 5

Joey Alan Ball, 40, of Lantana Ln., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Sean Bryson made the arrest.

Dennis James Rattler, 53, of Angel Watch Ridge, was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Stephen Watson made the arrest.

June 6

Adrian Emanuel Aguilera, 22, of Goose Creek Rd., was charged with three counts of second degree trespassing and three counts of misdemeanor larceny. A secured bond of $6,000 was set. Stephen Watson made the arrest.

Trevis Jorge Button, 21, of Lewis Rd., was charged with failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance. A secured bond of $106,500 was set. John Beegle made the arrest.

June 7

Charles Alexander Stanton, 48, of Otter Ridge, was charged with felony worthless check. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Earnest Scherman made the arrest.

Henry James Driver, 31, of Tooni Branch, was charged with faiilure to appear. A secured bond of $20,000 was set. Rollie James made the arrest.

June 8

Sheri Ann Simpson, 34, of Lantana Dr., was charged with drug paraphernalia and failure to appear. A secured bond of $500 was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

Joshua Brent Squirrel, 25, of Ela Rd., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $7,000 was set. Kenneth Woodring made the arrest.

Dylan Keith Wahnetah, 26, of Tom McCoy Rd., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $51,000 was set. Kenneth Woodring made the arrest.

Kevin Brian Smith, 39, of Mini Lane, was charged with violation of court order and probation violation. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Stephen Watson made the arrest.

June 9

Steven Cody Moore, 20, of Fisher Creek Rd., was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. Johnathan Jones made the arrest.


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