Courthouse construction causes road closure

Community, News

MURPHY, N.C.- Murphy Police Department announced on Facebook today that beginning tomorrow morning (Dec. 7) at 8:30 a.m., a construction crew will be placing construction materials on the roof of the Cherokee County Courthouse.

During this time, Peachtree St. will be closed from the intersection of Central St. (Cherokee County Courthouse) to Alpine St. (Murphy Power Board/Murphy Police Department).

Barricades and road closure signs will be posted in this area indicating to drivers which way to go.

If all goes as planned, the roadway will be reopened around 11 a.m. when the construction crew and crane are removed from the roadway.

“We are asking everyone to avoid this area during this time unless you have business or work to get to. Thank You,” Police Chief Justin J. Jacobs stated.

 

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Gun found in local park sparks police investigation

Konehete Park, News

 

Photos courtesy of Alice Miller

MURPHY, N.C.- The Murphy Police Department is actively investigating after a gun and several other questionable items were found at Konehete Park Saturday morning.

 

In the morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, Alice Miller, a resident of Cherokee County, North Carolina, came upon five items, which included an unloaded pistol, flash light, cell phone, one boot, and a small case, found abandoned at Konehete Park.

Miller immediately called Murphy Police Department with the findings.  Issuing a statement on the incident, Assistant Chief of Police Dustin Smith said:

MPD Officers notified me of the items found in the park on Saturday. MPD Officer Wooten did attempt to locate the owners of the items and determine the reason for the items being in the park. We have not been able to determine that as of this time.  The firearm was not listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database as a stolen firearm and does not match stolen reports as of now. We will continue to investigate this incident and try to find answers as to why these items were left unattended in the park.”

At this time, MPD does not have a person of interest and have not made any arrests in this case. However, the investigators and law enforcement officers at MPD are working diligently on this case.

“It is important to make sure people are alert and if they see something suspicious to call it in.” Miller wrote in an email regarding the incident. “People should be careful, but not fearful.”

If you have any information regarding this case or any other suspicious activity, please contact Murphy Police Department at 828-837-2214. Continue to check back with us at Fetch Your News for updates on this story and other news in Cherokee County, North Carolina.  

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Georgia fugitive and accomplice arrested

News, Police & Government

The following press release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office:

MURPHY, N.C.- Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Nov. 16, 2017, arrest of 61-year-old John Zimmerman and 45-year-old Tracey Rebecca Evans, both of Marietta Georgia.

On the morning of Nov. 16, 2016, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a request from the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force to assist in the apprehension and capture of John Zimmerman, who was a wanted fugitive from Cobb County, Georgia, on aggravated assault charges.

During the early afternoon hours, members of the task force and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office went to the Boiling Springs community of Cherokee County where Zimmerman and Evans were encountered in Evans’ vehicle. From all appearances, they were headed from the suspected residence to continue Zimmerman’s flight from justice. Further inside Evans’ vehicle were articles of food and clothing, which belonged to both individuals.

John Zimmerman is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center under no bond. Zimmerman is expected to appear in Cherokee County District Court on Nov. 21, 2017.

Tracey Rebecca Evans was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where she was released after posting a $5000 secure bond. She is expected to appear in Cherokee County District Court on Nov. 21, 2017.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “We continue to team up to keep Cherokee County a safe place to live.”

Sheriff Palmer encourages anyone that has information 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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Registered sex offender arrested for continued violations of registry

News, Police & Government

MURPHY, N.C. — Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Nov. 16, 2017, arrest of 39-year-old Jason Boyd Parker for violations of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.

In June 2017, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was made aware that Parker, a registered sex offender, was not living at his registered address as he was required to do. Following an investigation, which included monitoring of reported address of Parker, it was determined that he was not living at the address that he had reported and had falsified paperwork in conjunction with his failures. The case was presented to the November 2017 Grand Jury who handed down a two-count indictment for failing to notify of a change of address and falsification of forms.

Parker was arrested at his last reported address without incident and brought to the Cherokee County Detention Center where the North Carolina Magistrate set a $20,000 unsecured bond and a Dec. 11, 2017 court date.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “This is not the first issue we have had with Parker failing to follow his duties in conjunction with the sex offender registry. Ensuring the safety of our community from offenders is a task that we take very seriously and will continue to work to maintain compliance of those individuals who are required to register for sex offenses.”

Sheriff Palmer encourages anyone that has information 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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Murphy Man Sentenced to 29 years in Prison for Child Sexual Assualt

Police & Government

 

The following press release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office:

Murphy, N.C. — Timothy Russell Rung, 42, of Murphy, pled guilty to Statutory Sexual Offense in Cherokee County Superior Court presided over by the Honorable Gary Gavenus on November 13th, 2017.

In November 2015, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that Timothy Rung had committed a sexual assault on a minor. Pursuant to that allegation an investigation was conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office which involved the Cherokee County Department of Social Services, HAVEN Child Advocacy Center, and the 30th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Gavenus sentenced Rung to a maximum of 29 years in prison, and he will serve at least 20 years before he is eligible for release. Upon his release from prison, Rung will be monitored by a satellite GPS tracking system, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life, and he is prohibited from ever having contact with the victim.

“This conviction keeps a very dangerous child predator off the streets while he serves a lengthy prison sentence and sends a strong message to the community that the District Attorney’s Office places the highest priority on protecting our children. I commend all of the dedicated professionals who partner with the District Attorney’s Office to give a strong voice to our most vulnerable victims. Congratulations on a job well done,” said District Attorney Ashley Welch.

Sheriff Palmer (said), “ This is some great teamwork by some very dedicated individuals. We echo District Attorney Welch’s sentiments and will continue to fight those who attempt to rob our youth of their innocence.”

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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City of Murphy 2017 Election Results: Murphy’s new Mayor is Rick Ramsey!

Community, Politics

Rick Ramsey is Murphy’s new Mayor!

 

TOWN OF MURPHY MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 2
View Contest Details
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Rick Ramsey REP 87 61.27%
Curtis Brown DEM 54 38.03%
Write-In (Miscellaneous) 1 0.70%
TOWN OF MURPHY COUNCILMAN (VOTE FOR 6)
Precincts Reported: 1 of 2
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NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Barry R. McClure REP 113 15.92%
Noland W. Smith DEM 108 15.21%
Karen Watson DEM 99 13.94%
Gail Walker Stansell REP 91 12.82%
Barbara J. Hughes DEM 87 12.25%
Sandra N. Sumpter DEM 75 10.56%
Frank Earl Dickey DEM 70 9.86%
Josephine (Jodi) Alverson DEM 66 9.30%
Write-In (Miscellaneous) 1 0.14%
TOWN OF ANDREWS MAYOR (VOTE FOR 1)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
View Contest Details
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
James D. Reid 273 75.41%
Nancy J. Curtis 88 24.31%
Write-In (Miscellaneous) 1 0.28%
TOWN OF ANDREWS ALDERMAN (VOTE FOR 4)
Precincts Reported: 2 of 2
View Contest Details
NAME ON BALLOT PARTY BALLOT COUNT PERCENT
Steve Jordan 235 17.08%
Scott Stalcup 231 16.79%
Richelle Phillips 165 11.99%
Mike Sheidy 156 11.34%
Gary R. James 138 10.03%
Randy Hogsed 89 6.47%
Bill Seal 84 6.10%
Ted Paul 81 5.89%
Philip A. Horton 79 5.74%
Gary Tatham 71 5.16%
Heath Woodard 47 3.42%
Write-In (Miscellaneous) 0 0.00%
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