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The case of the shooting death of a Jackson County woman has come to an end, and upon review of investigation files, the incident has been ruled accidental by District Attorney Mike Bonfoey.

“The investigation conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was thorough and comprehensive,” said Bonfoey in a May 3 statement. “The investigation of the death of Hannah Frey reveals no evidence of criminal homicide. Furthermore, the investigation indicates that the death of Hannah Frey was the result of a tragic accidental shooting. Based on the investigation and a review of the law the District Attorney’s Office concurs with the Sheriff’s Office that no criminal charges should be initiated.”

In the early morning hours of Feb. 18, Hannah Frey, 24, was shot and killed by her uncle, James Dennis Eller, 49, who mistook her for an intruder, according to authorities.

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On Friday, May 13, at 12 noon at the Macon County Courthouse Square, citizens are invited to honor those North Carolina Law Enforcememt officers who gave their life while serving.

Guest speaker is Al Caiata, deputy chief, Cape Coral Florida Police Department, retired.

Presented by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81, Macon and Jackson counties.

 

 

 

 

At least one fatality was reported in Rabun County, Ga., as a result of a massive storm system that rolled through the southeast last week, spawning a record number of tornados as it tore through the region, leaving a path of destruction behind.

The death of one man in the area of Lake Burton was directly related to the storm. According to the county coroner’s office, Elbert Earl Patton, Jr., age 83, died of injuries sustained during the storm. Several injuries have also been reported.

According to the National Weather Service, as the weather system moved over North Georgia late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning, a class three tornado with maximum wind speeds of 165 mph touched down at multiple locations along a 14 mile path in Rabun County, from Lake Burton in the south to Mountain City in the north.

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Franklin construction crew volunteers during Mountain City cleanup

“This can all be taken care of,” said Karen Byers. “We’re alright, our animals are alright, so we're just thankful.”

Byers was surprisingly upbeat on Saturday as she looked around her Mountain City home surveying the destruction done by severe weather last Wednesday night, especially given the uprooted trees and extensive damage done to her house on N. Johnson Ave. A large section had been ripped from her roof, and pieces of galvanized roofing lay hanging in branches and strewn across her neighbor's property.

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