Murphy High principal arrested, suspended amid allegations of misconduct

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MURPHY, N.C. – According to a statement from Cherokee County (N.C.) Schools (CCS) issued Saturday morning, Feb. 10, Thomas Graham, principal of Murphy High School, has been suspended with pay from school duties in response to allegations of misconduct and Graham’s subsequent arrest Thursday, Feb. 8.

In the statement, Graham’s suspension came from CCS Jan. 26. “Mr. Jason Forrister has been acting principal during this time and will continue in that role as long as necessary,” CCS stated.

The statement from the school system continued to say:

“Cherokee County Schools has been working with local and state law enforcement agencies and has fully cooperated with their investigation. Because personnel matters are considered confidential under state law, CCS cannot make any further comment regarding Mr. Graham. Further it is imperative that CCS strive alongside law enforcement agencies to seek the truth and impart fairness to all parties involved … Student safety is the first priority of Cherokee County Schools and CCS takes the appropriate measures necessary to provide a welcoming and safe atmosphere for all students, staff, parents and volunteers. Cherokee County Schools would like to thank the state and local law enforcement officials for the professionalism they have demonstrated thus far. CCS will continue to work with law enforcement throughout the entire process.”

According to CCS, the law requires any suspension taking place during an investigation to be paid.

Graham, 45, was arrested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Thursday afternoon, Feb. 8, and later released from the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond.

According the booking report from CCSO, Graham is charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student stemming from incidents occurring in January and February of 2016. Graham is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Murphy March 5, at 9 a.m.

 

 

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Andrews woman arrested for falsely reporting crimes

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MURPHY, N.C.— Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Jan. 16, 2018, arrest of 28-year-old Samantha Carol Head, of Andrews, North Carolina, for falsely reporting crimes.  

On Jan. 14, 2018, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation of a female who during the past two years had been calling the administrative phone lines at the 911 center and falsely reporting an array of crimes. The reports included vehicle accidents, fights, and breaking and entering in progress. Head was identified as the calling party, and it was later determined that she was using an Android phone application on her phone to disguise her number.

Head was brought to the Cherokee County Detention Center where she was booked on 19 counts of falsely reporting an incident. Head was released on a $10,000 unsecure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court Feb. 26, 2018.  

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated, “This type of crime might appear insignificant, but in reality, could have some serious implications. Not only does this tie up our communicators who may be needed on real emergencies, it also ties up law enforcement and other public safety agencies whose services may be needed to attend to serious life-threatening situations.”

To report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law, please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.  

Armed man arrested after standoff

Press Release

MURPHY, N.C. — Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Dec. 20, 2017, arrest of 41-year-old Clyde Dean Dyer, of Andrews, North Carolina, for charges stemming from an armed standoff with Cherokee County Deputies.

On Dec. 19, 2017, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Patrol Deputies of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to an Andrews, North Carolina, residence to investigate a report of a Clyde Dean Dyer, who was armed and holding a mother and two children against their will. Further information was provided that if law enforcement officers arrived at the residence, Dyer stated, he would kill the officers.

As Patrol Deputies arrived on scene, Cherokee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was staged at a safe distance to provide further assistance, if needed. Additionally, the Cherokee Tribal Police Department SWAT team was requested to come to the scene to provide additional tactical assistance.

As the situation unfolded, the Patrol Deputies positioned themselves and were able to remove the two children from the residence. Shortly thereafter, Dyer pointed a rifle at the Patrol Deputies and discharged it.

After assuring the safety of the two children, the Patrol Deputies re-positioned themselves around the trailer, and a short time later, Dyer exited the residence and was subdued by the Patrol Deputies. It was later learned that Dyer had been wrestling with his wife, who had taken a loaded .45 caliber pistol from Dyer just prior to his exit from the trailer. The .45 caliber pistol and a .22 magnum rifle were seized from the residence.

Dyer was arrested and transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was charged with three counts of kidnapping first degree, five counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, and five counts of resisting an officer. Dyer is currently under a $250,000 secure bond. Dyer is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court Jan. 19, 2018.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “We thank both Cherokee County EMS and Cherokee Tribal for the assistance they provided. I want to compliment the bravery and courage of the officers who placed their safety and lives on the line in removing the children from the threat and re-engaging to subdue Dyer. This shows the caliber of officers we are blessed to have serve our community. Job well done!”

Sheriff Palmer asks if anyone should have any information concerning this case or any other case, to please report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law by calling 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Marble man arrested after shooting spree

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MURPHY, N.C. — Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Dec. 12, 2017, arrest of 32-year-old Matthew Allen Glantzer, of Marble, North Carolina, for going armed to the terror of the public and injury to personal property.

On Dec. 12, 2017, deputies with the patrol division of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to Airport Road in Marble to investigate a report of an individual walking in the roadway discharging a firearm.

The responding deputy, assisted by Sheriff Palmer and a detective from investigations, located Glantzer who was discharging a small caliber pistol in the air near the intersection of Airport Road and Bluff Road. The responding deputy was able to get Glantzer in custody at which time it was discovered that Glantzer was extremely intoxicated. During the investigation, it was also discovered that Glantzer had damaged road signs as well as other personal property.

Glantzer was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where the North Carolina Magistrate set a $2,500 secure bond. Glantzer made bond the next day and is awaiting a Dec. 19, 2017, District Court date.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “Alcohol and firearms do not mix for sure. This had all the makings of a very dangerous situation.”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law, to please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Convicted felon arrested for drugs and guns

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MURPHY, N.C. — Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Dec. 11, 2017, arrest of 27-year-old Joshua Bryan Folston, of Warne, North Carolina, for being in possession of a firearm while a convicted felon as well as violations of the Controlled Substance Laws.

On Dec. 11, 2017, deputies with the patrol division of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office assisted by officers of the Murphy Police Department conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Folston was a passenger.

During a wants and warrants check on Folston, it was confirmed that he had an outstanding warrant for obtaining property by False pretense. During a search of the vehicle, a pistol was located, which was determined to be in the possession of Folston who was a convicted felon. A subsequent search of Folston and his belongings revealed a quantity of suspected methamphetamine.

Folston was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where the North Carolina Magistrate set a $15,000 secure bond. Folston later made bond and has a Dec. 19, 2017, District Court date.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “Again, good work by all concerned. The mixture of illegal drugs and firearms, especially by convicted felons, makes for a dangerous situation. We appreciate the assistance of the officers with Murphy Police Department. Team Work!”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law, to please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Robbinsville man arrested for possession of sawed off shotgun

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MURPHY, N.C. — Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Dec. 10, 2017, arrest of 32-year-old Trenton Ray Fabian, of Robbinsville, North Carolina, for being in possession of a weapon of mass death and destruction.

On Dec. 10, 2017, deputies with the patrol division of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. During the investigation, Fabian was found in possession of the vehicle. During a search subsequent of arrest, a short-barreled shotgun was found in the possession of Fabian.

Fabian was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where the North Carolina Magistrate set a $15,000 secure bond. Fabian is currently in custody and awaiting a Dec. 19, 2017, District Court date.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “Excellent work by the officers involved. They took the initiative to follow through with the investigation, which not only returned a vehicle to its rightful owner, but helped get an illegal weapon off the street.”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law, to please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Seven arrested in drug raid

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MURPHY, N.C.— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Nov. 10, 2017, culmination of a multi-month investigation, which resulted in the arrest of seven Cherokee County, North Carolina, individuals on various drug possession charges.

Since January 2017, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office has conducted an investigation into activities in and around a Marble community residence. Several complaints have been made by local citizens of activities that are consistent with the illegal possession and sale of controlled substances. As the investigators collected information from various sources, including calls for service, traffic infractions of individuals visiting the Marble residence and local and anonymous reports, they were able to obtain a search for the residence which garnered a trafficking amount of methamphetamine and marijuana as well as various items of drug paraphernalia.

The following individuals arrested at the residence:

Derek Wilson: Trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $150,000 secure bond and awaiting a Nov. 21, 2017, court date.

Tya Rogers: Trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $75,000 secure bond awaiting a Nov. 21, 2017, court date.

Noel Martin: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of Marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Is currently free upon posting a $3,500 secure bond and is expected to be back in Cherokee County District Court on Nov. 21, 2017.

Chanda Mcgowan: Possession of methamphetamine. Is currently free upon posting a $2,500 secure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court on Nov. 21, 2017.

Charles Frazier: Possession of methamphetamine. Is currently free upon posting a $2,500 secure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court on Nov. 21, 2017.

Heather Frazier: Possession of methamphetamine. Is currently free upon posting a $2,500 secure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court on Nov. 21, 2017.

Bobby Foster: Possession of methamphetamine. Is currently free upon posting a $2,500 secure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court on Nov. 21, 2017.

Sheriff Palmer said, “These are very time-consuming cases, but we are following all leads to
attack the drug problem in Cherokee County. As you can see, we are utilizing all resources
available and encourage continued support of our community.”

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Sheriff Palmer encourages anyone that has information on this crime or any other to
report it. To report crime in Cherokee County, you can call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-
1344 or email a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov or call 911 if you observe a crime in
progress.

Dallas Dwayne Carringer pled guilty to assault with a deadly weapon

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MURPHY, N.C. — Dallas Dwayne Carringer, 25, of Murphy pled guilty to assault with a
deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in Cherokee County Superior Court
presided over by the Honorable Gary Gavenus on Nov. 13, 2017.

In May 2017, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Candy
Mountain Road in the Hiwassee Dam community of Cherokee County to a report of an
individual being shot. At the culmination of the investigation, Carringer was arrested.

Judge Gavenus sentenced Carringer to not less than 67 months nor more than 93 months in
prison.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “This was some outstanding work by individuals in my office who
quickly made an arrest. We thank District Attorney Welch and her staff on teaming up with us
to present a case and bring Carringer to justice.”

Sheriff Palmer encourages anyone that has information on this crime or any other to
report it. To report crime in Cherokee County, you can call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-
1344 or email a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov or call 911 if you observe a crime in
progress.

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