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On Tuesday, Jan. 3, at approximately 6:52 p.m., the Jackson County 911 Communications Center received notification of a panic alarm at the Cashiers BP station at the intersection of US 64 and NC 107 and subsequently dispatched the deputy working Cashiers to that location.

An employee of Blue Ridge Public Safety overheard the communication with the deputy over the scanner. This employee responded on his own as he was very close to the BP.

The deputy working Cashiers was notified by the 911 Center of the Blue Ridge employee and requested that he remain outside the store. However, the Blue Ridge employee had already entered the store and detained William Tyler Zorn, 20, of Cashiers.

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Last Wednesday at approximately 10:20 a.m. the Cullowhee Branch of the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union was robbed by an armed and masked white male later identified as 21-year-old Brian Anthony Edwards, according to Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

The robbery suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of United States currency. A dye pack which was placed in the bag by an employee of the bank did go off while the suspect was fleeing the scene.

The communities around Western Carolina University were advised to “Shelter in Place” and to remain where they were until the suspect could be apprehended. Both WCU and Cullowhee Valley Elementary school were placed under a lock down after WCU police were able to confirm the suspect was armed.

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Authorities in Franklin are investigating the recent robbery of a local fast food restaurant.

Sometime early Tuesday morning, Wendy’s of Franklin was broken into. The store, located along 441 South, has not ever seen such a break-in robbery, according to store managers.

“They came through the drive-thru window,” said assistant restaurant manager Carl Golden on Wednesday. “It looks like they used a pry bar of some sort to get in.” Markings and traces of yellow paint were found on the window, he explained. The late night robber then made his way through the kitchen and to the manager’s office where the safe was located.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information in regards to thefts across the county. The holiday season has showed a spike in break-ins and thefts across each community in Jackson County. Residents, businesses and vehicles have all been targets of thieves. Particularly, homes are being targeted that are unoccupied for short amounts of time.

Anyone with any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. If anyone has other helpful information, they are asked to contact crime stoppers at (828)631-1125 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Already arrested in connection with several residential thefts and a break in at Southwestern Community College, is:

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