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Three more sign on to run for Jackson County Sheriff.

On Monday, Feb. 10, Assistant District Attorney Ashley H. Welch (R) officially filed her notice of candidacy for the Office of District Attorney, 30th Prosecutorial District, in the 2014 election. Welch filed at the State Board of Elections Office in Raleigh. The 30th District consists of Macon, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood and Jackson counties. Welch has been a North Carolina Assistant District Attorney for more than a decade and has been in the 30th District since May 2005.


Last week the Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) made arrests in a recent burglary incident totaling more than $40,000 in personal property loss. Law enforcement first arrested Joshua Wiggins and Dalton Bates after an investigation was launched into the burglary of a local residence.

Dalton Bates was arrested and held under a $75,000 bond. Charges against Bates include four counts of injury to real property, four counts of second degree burglary, three counts of felony larceny, two counts of possession of stolen goods, breaking and or entering and larceny after break/enter.


MCSO arrested registered sex offender Donald Muncey, 86, of Franklin on Friday, Feb. 7, for indecent liberties against children. His bond was set for $300,000.

Holland reported that during the course of the sheriffs department's investigation involving Muncey, MCSO detectives received information that Muncey was working in a children's orphanage in Belize with a ministry.

"We are in the process of trying to seek additional information," said Holland. "We are seeking the public’s help with that information. Contact Detective Amy Stewart if you know what organization has this registered sex offender working for them in a children's orphanage.”


Macon County is in the process of contracting with a forensic auditor to more fully probe into the county’s Board of Elections department. After discovering that more than $50,000 had been embezzled from the department, Board of Elections Director Kim Bishop was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a full investigation.

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) along with the District Attorney’s Office suggested that Macon County obtain a third party forensic auditor to look into the situation at the Board of Elections. According to County Manager Derek Roland, the county began the search for a forensic auditor immediately following the initiation of the investigation by the SBI and Macon County Sheriff’s Office.


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