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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 Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests Nov. 4-Nov. 10. Note that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

November 5

Teresa Gaye Ledford, 49, of Four Wheel Drive, was charged with domestic criminal trespass. No bond was set. Adam Crawford made the arrest.

November 6

Mitchell Lee Adams, 32, of Courtney Lane, was charged with escape by hired prisoner. A bond of $3,000 was set. Tracy Burt made the arrest.

Brandon William Holland, 24, of Elizabeth Drive, was charged with felony larceny, possession of stolen property, injury to personal property. A secured bond of $25,000 was set. Patrick Merritt made the arrest.

Nicole Tabitha Queen-Bates, 32, of Punchbowl Drive, was charged with defrauding drug/alcohol screen test, probation violation. A secured bond of $12,000 was set. David Blanton made the arrest.

Kevin Allen Johnston, 18, of Gray Fox Road, was charged with larceny. An unsecured bond was set. Cindy Waller made the arrest.

November 7

Christopher Adam Jones, 30, of Cool Breeze Road, was charged with probation violation, driving while license revoked, failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Patrick Merritt made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

November 5

Cecil Garner Middleton, 34, was charged with worthless checks. No bond was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

Audreyana Joan Nesbit, 24, of Middle Creek Road, was charged with larceny by employee. An unsecured bond of $5,000 was set. Dwayne Cabe made the arrest.

November 6

Veronica Jones Kemp, 40, of Bailey Hills Road, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $7,500 was set. Matt Pelicer made the arrest.

November 7

Kevin Lee O’Conner, 35, of Ridge Road, was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $6,000 was set. Timothy Lynn made the arrest.

November 8

Johnny Thuman Carroll, 51, of Mill Creek Road, was charged with worthless checks. No bond was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

November 10

Leslie Dorothy Dennis, 61, of Highlands Road, was charged with driving while impaired, open container, driving with no drivers license. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Jonathan Bean made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

November 4

William Kenneth Watson, 64, of Puma Trail, was charged with larceny. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Celeste Holloman made the arrest.

November 5

William Joseph Conner, 22, of River Park, was issued a true bill of indictment; possession of a controlled substance on prison/jail premises, possession of methamphetamine, larceny. No bond was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

Joseph Terry Lanier, 57, of Balsam View Drive, was charged with trespassing, possessing/concealing stolen property, larceny. A secured bond was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Cortney Leigh Hicks, 22, of Hicks Hollow Road, was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Brandon Hooper made the arrest.

Rebecca Ann Washam, 29, of New House Road, was charged with larceny of firearm. A secured bond was set. Brandon Hooper made the arrest.

November 6

Nichole Dominique Bradley, 21, of Sim Taylor Road, was charged with resisting an officer. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Johnathan Jones made the arrest.

Charity Leighanne Smith, 35, of Rocky Branch Road, was charged with motor vehicle theft. A written promise was given. Ronald Mathis made the arrest.

Amber Sherice Crowe, 26, of Mink Branch Road, was charged with failure to appear in court; possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $2,000 was set.

Talmage Lee Middleton, 32, of Middle Ridge Road, was charged with domestic violence protective order violation. No bond was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

November 7

Jonathan Lee Scott Buckner, 31, of McClean Road, was charged with simple worthless check. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

Talmage Lee Middleton, 32, of East Fork Road, was charged with assault on a female. A secured bond was set. Jennie Rumsey made the arrest.

November 8

Donald Lee Ensley, 40, of Wolfetown Road, was charged with misdemeanor child abuse. A secured bond of $4,000 was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Amanda Dawn Clawson, 32, of Neal Bryson Road, was issued a true bill of indictment; possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine. No bond was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

November 9

Marcello Santiago Garcia, 24, of Fenway Place, was charged with attempted breaking and entering, domestic criminal trespassing. No bond was set. James Henry made the arrest.

Mckayla Joe Cook, 17, of Swiftwater Drive, was charged with failure to appear in court; larceny, resisting an officer. A secured bond of $4,000 was set.

November 10

Julieayne Spinn, 37, of Gateway Road, was charged with a domestic violence protective order violation. A secured bond was set. Daniel Wellmon made the arrest.






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