• Doctor arrested for sexual contact under pretext of medical treatment

    CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC. – A local doctor has been arrested and charged with four counts of felony sexual contact in Cherokee County. Thomas Vann Clayton, the chief of staff at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, was charged as the result of a ‘lengthy investigation’ that began last year. According to a press release from Cherokee County […]

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  • Wanted woman found and arrested

    PRESS RELEASE – On the afternoon of January 26, 2023 the Cherokee Indian Police Department’s Community Response Team obtained information that a wanted person was at a residence on Stillwell Branch Road, in the Yellowhill Community of the Qualla Boundary. After responding to the residence, officers determined that Tansi Elaine Young, a wanted 42 year-old […]

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  • Multiple bear encounters reported

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    PRESS RELEASE – The U.S. Forest Service – National Forests in North Carolina is receiving reports of bear encounters throughout the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. Visitors say bears are tearing down bear bags from trees, carrying off backpacks, spending hours near campsites and are not affected by efforts to scare them away. A hard-sided, bear-resistant canister […]

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  • Georgia man arrested in Cherokee County after 50 break-ins

    MURPHY, NC – A repeat offender from Georgia has finally been arrested in Cherokee North Carolina after 50 break-ins in the Cherokee County area. The arrest came on March 31, 2022 when Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office apprehended 35 year old Jack Earnest Smith, of Baldwin Georgia, in connection with multiple break-ins committed on 30 March […]

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  • Traffic stop leads to three arrested

    The Cherokee County Sherriff’s Office made 3 arrest after a routine traffic stop turned into a drug bust on Jan. 27, 2022. Detective Payne and Myers, deputies of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, were parked near Hembree road when they observed a maroon Honda Pilot coming off Hembree Rd. onto James Rd. ‘rolling the stop […]

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  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Children Ages 5-11

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    PRESS RELEASE – Children ages 5 to 11 can now receive a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized a lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children in this age group, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend all children 5–11 get the vaccine to protect […]

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