Tennessee fugitive arrested following chase

Police & Government

MURPHY, N.C. — Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the April 25, 2018, arrest of Mason Kelly Nykolajcuyk, a 26-year-old Bradley County, Tennessee, fugitive who was captured following a lengthy chase in and around Murphy, North Carolina, during the noon-time hour.

A little after 11:30 a.m. April 25, 2018, Lt. Wood with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division spotted a vehicle matching the description of a wanted vehicle, which had been involved in an incident in Polk County, Tennessee, the previous day during which a Polk County Deputy was stabbed. At the time, the vehicle was just west of Murphy on U.S. Hwy. 64 and headed west.

As Lt. Wood began following the vehicle to make an investigative stop, the vehicle pulled off the side of the road and then fled back east. During the chase, the vehicle reached speeds above 80 mph often times in crowded business areas as well as in residential areas, which included an elementary school. Additionally, the driver was driving erratically, which included driving in the east bound lane of U.S. Hwy. 19 near the Murphy High School into oncoming traffic, and at times almost struck pedestrians in the area as well as striking two law enforcement vehicles and attempting to strike other law enforcement vehicles.

At one point in the chase, a unit from Murphy Police Department set up and deployed stop sticks, which damaged one or two of the vehicle’s tires; however, Nykolajcuyk continued his high speed flight. Shortly after Nykolajcuyk entered a small two-lane road in the Texana Community of Cherokee County, Lt. Wood was able to utilize a pit maneuver to disable the vehicle, at which time Nykolajcuyk was captured.

Nykolajcuyk is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center. Nykolajcuyk is charged with Felony Fleeing to Elude Arrest, Felony Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vechile. Nykolajcuyk is currently under a $100,000 secure bond and has a hold placed on him for pending out of state charges.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated, “Outstanding work and cooperation bringing a very dangerous situation to a safe closure. We appreciate the cooperation of Murphy Police Department.”

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

Vandalism of the River Walk area in Murphy

Press Release

Around March of this year the Murphy Police Department learned through social media that the River Walk area in Murphy had been vandalized. The vandalism took place around the Leech Place area of the River Walk. The Murphy Police Department started an investigating of incident and also utilized extra foot patrols on the River Walk area. During the investigation Officers identified several suspects. Officers determined the suspects to be juvenile’s. Officers conducted several interviews in this case and this case is still ongoing. The disposition of this case is still pending but due to the suspects being juvenile’s there will be no further press release on this case. The juvenile suspect’s are cooperating with law enforcement in this case.

The River Walk area is a beautiful area and a great asset for our community, we along with our community take pride in the River Walk. We ask the public to assist us in taking care of the area, by notifying the Murphy Police Department of suspicious activity in this area or any area as soon as possible.

The Murphy Police Department would like to thank the workers of the River Walk for their hard and dedicated work so we, the community can enjoy it.


Dustin D. Smith
Assistant Chief of Police
Murphy Police Department
93 Peachtree St.
Murphy, NC 28906
(O) (828) 837-2214
(F) (828) 837-2002

Convicted felon arrested for drugs and guns

News, Press Release

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.

Murphy Police Department conducted a Traffic Enforcement Detail

Police & Government

The following press release has been issued by the Town of Murphy Police Department.

On Friday, March 10th, 2017 between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, the Murphy Police Department, in partnership with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (Troop G), conducted a traffic enforcement detail within the town limits of Murphy and its outskirts. The purpose of this detail was to place emphasis on Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Enforcement and Inspections. Based on statistical crash data collected by the Cloverlab, US Highway 19 and US Highway 64 were identified as two of the Commercial Motor Vehicle high crash corridors for Troop G.  One of the NCSHP Specialty Units assisting with this detail is the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP).

During this detail, we had a total of 15 NCSHP Troopers from various counties across Western North Carolina and 3 MPD Officers participating in this assignment. One of the things that stood out during this detail was when one individual that was issued a North Carolina Uniform Citation for Speeding by an MPD Officer, had already received one from the NCSHP just minutes earlier. We look forwarding to hosting this Enforcement Detail again in the future with the NCSHP. I would personally like to thank First Sgt. Fairchild, Sgt. Dills and Sgt. Williams, as well as all the assisting Troopers and MPD Officers that assisted with this assignment. I have listed below the enforcement actions taken by the NCSHP and MPD.

Here are the following enforcement actions taken by the Highway Patrol:
20 Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections were conducted.
53 Total Commercial Motor Vehicle Violations were detected.
12 Commercial Motor Vehicles were placed Out of Service.
50 North Carolina Uniform Citations were issued (Various).
23 North Carolina Highway Patrol Warning Citations were issued.

Here are the following enforcement actions taken by MPD:
4 North Carolina Uniform Citations were issued (Speeding).
1 North Carolina Uniform Citation were issued (Unsafe Movement).
3 Verbal Warnings (Various).

Here are some safety links for operating safely around large trucks and buses:


Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions, comments or concerns.

Thank You,
Justin J. Jacobs
Chief of Police


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