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Macon County authorities are looking for an unknown man who reportedly sexually assaulted someone at their Rose Creek Cove Road on Monday evening.

At approximately 6:10 p.m., authorities responded to a 9-1-1 call referencing a breaking and entering and sexual assault that occurred just an hour or so before that day. According to reports, the victim did not know the suspect, nor did they know his mode of transportation is also unknown.

Immediate after the incident was reported, an investigation began and two Investigators were assigned to the case that night, at which time they began processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses.

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Several Superior Court cases were continued for fall hearings last week in Macon County. The honorable Judge Sharon Tracey Barrett presided during the proceedings.

— Nathaniel Joshua Cabe, 27, faced several charges stemming from an incident last Spring including false imprisonment, extortion, communicating threats, interfering with emergency communications and injury to personal property. Cabe continued his hearing until Sept. 26.

Along with co-defendant Ian Thomas Spies, 22, Cabe was arrested near South Macon Elementary after being stopped by deputies on April 19. After initially being spotted in a grey Mitsubishi car matching the victim’s description, both suspects attempted to flee Officer Bryant Hodgin, who eventually captured Cabe.

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Even after 150 years, the voices of some Civil War soldiers of Western North Carolina can still be heard, or at least read. Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library has a special collection of about 200 Civil War letters and documents, most of which range from 1862-1863 to and from family members and friends of soldiers. This collection is only a small piece of a national puzzle, but gives a more personal perspective of residents of western North Carolina and the realities of the Civil War.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War when, in 1861, Fort Sumter, S.C., was fired upon.

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A Franklin man was arrested last month after allegedly assaulting an eight-year-old boy and threatening to stab him.

On the evening of July 18, Sergeant A.C. Stahl, of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a complaint of an assault on a child at 648 Jones Ridge Road.

According to 9-1-1 dispatch, the caller stated the assailant “has him by the throat and he just threw him down on the floor and is threatening to stab him.” Upon arrival, Stahl met the child's mother who made the call. A young boy was with her.

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