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An Otto couple facing the charge of first degree murder for the death of their son was granted bail last week.

At the October 29 session of Macon County Superior Court, judge Charles Ginn gave Frank Kelly Pruitt, 62, and his wife, Kathy Paulette Pruitt, 53, both $100,000 secured bonds. Should the defendants make bond, they are to have no contact with the victim’s family, and will be required to wear GPS ankle bracelets so their whereabouts are known to authorities.

On July 8, Robert Pruitt, 34, was shot at a residence on Coweeta Lab Road. His parents, Frank and Kathy, have been charged with their son’s first degree murder. Around the time of the incident, Frank Pruitt had called 9-1-1and declared to dispatch that he was going to shoot his son on the grounds that he was armed and drunk. Subsequent toxicology reports prove however that the son did not have alcohol in his system at the time of his death.


The day before Halloween and just a shadow away from a full moon, nearly a dozen community members and government officials were arrested and detained at Franklin's Town Hall. With crimes ranging from impersonating an officer, to drunk and disruptive behavior and resisting arrest, Chief David Adams with the Franklin Police Department had his hands full Tuesday morning with a room full of guilty culprits.

Early Tuesday morning the crime raid began with the arrest of Franklin High School Principal Dr. Chris Baldwin. After being taken out in handcuffs by Officer Dwayne Cabe, Baldwin was escorted to Town Hall to appear before the volunteer judge, Assistant District Attorney Ashley Welch.


Technology may be the next best defense for the Macon County Sheriff's Office. According to a report giving by Sheriff Robert Holland to the Board of Commissioners last week, a national program called LeadsOnline could be an essential crime-fighting tool for the area.

Holland informed the board that after a 30-day trial of LeadsOnline, the Sheriff's Office was able to tap into the database, which is the largest online investigative system in the country, and solve a string of church break-ins which occurred in Macon County. The database lead officers to Bonita Springs, Fla., where the suspect had driven and pawned the items at a pawn shop. “We were able to go down to Bonita Springs and retrieve those materials because of LeadsOnline, and bring them back to Macon County,” said Holland. “We were also able to successfully prosecute that individual, and also solve some other break-ins in the area.”


The Macon County News traditionally provides our readers with profiles of candidates running for office in the weeks prior to the election. This week the focus is on the candidates for the 11th Congressional District; the candidates for the 50th District seat in the N.C. Senate; and the candidates for the District III seat on the Macon County Board of Education.

11th Congressional District Seat

Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows, 53, is the Jackson County Republican candidate vying for the 11th Congressional District Seat, currently occupied by Congressman Heath Shuler.


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