Cherokee County Deputies Respond to Shots Fired Call

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On Monday December 12th, 2022 at approximately 11pm Cherokee County E911 Communications received a 911 call indicating a disturbance with several gun shots fired at 1790 Upper Bear Paw Road. Cherokee County Deputies were immediately dispatched and arrived on the scene at approximately 11:17pm. Deputies attempted to make contact with the alleged shooter but was unsuccessful. Recognizing there was an armed suspect present and the potential for a hostage situation, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant and requested assistance from the Cherokee Indian Police Department SWAT Team. The suspected shooter engaged in a verbal altercation with officers and emerged from a camper trailer and confronted officers. Members of the Cherokee Indian Police SWAT Team fired upon the suspect and wounded him. The suspect was transported to Erlanger in Chattanooga Tennessee where he was last reported in stable condition.
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations was called to investigate the matter. After consultation with the District Attorney’s Office, Jason Harley Kloepfer, age 41, of 1790 Upper Bear Paw Road, Murphy, NC has been charged with Communicating Threats and Resist, Obstruct, and Delay. The matter remains under investigation and more charges may follow. Cherokee County Sheriff Dustin Smith wishes to thank the Cherokee Indian Police Department, Cherokee County EMS, and Cherokee County E911 Communications for their assistance with this incident. If anyone has any information about this incident please contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Investigation’ s Division at 828 837-2589.

Murphy Man Arrested for Secretly Peeping

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Murphy, NC—The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reports the December 10, 2021 arrest of Shawn Michael Robinson, a 34 year old male of Murphy North Carolina for Child Sex Charges and Secretly Videoing a Child.
In August 2018, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into an allegation in which Shawn Robinson had secretly placed a cell phone and videoed a minor female in the bathroom of the residence they occupied in the Peachtree Community of Cherokee County North Carolina. Because Robinson was residing in the residence as the victim the Cherokee County Department of Social Services as well as HAVEN Child Advocacy Center were called upon to assist in the investigation.
During the investigation numerous search warrants were obtained to seize and examine computers, cellular phones and various social media accounts belonging to Robinson. During the examination of the computers the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab was requested. Due to a backlog of cases from other agencies in the state the examination took approximately a year to retrieve the evidence from the electronics.
In January of 2021 the case was submitted to the Cherokee County Grand Jury which issued indictments for two counts of Indecent Liberties with a child and two counts of Secret Peeping. At the time the warrants were issued Robinson had moved from his Cherokee County Residence.
On December 10, 2021 Graham County DSS who is now assisting in the investigation of the case made contact with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and provided an address in Clay County North Carolina where Robinson was believed to be living. With the assistance of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Robinson was arrested at a Mission Dam Road residence without incident. It was later found out that Robinson had moved back into the residence where the victim was living.
Robinson was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention center and placed under a $80,000.00 secure bond. Robinson is presently out on bond and expected to be in Cherokee County Superior Court on 02/21/2022
Chief Deputy Joe Wood stated “Great team work by Cherokee and Graham County DSS Departments, HAVEN Child Advocacy Center, and both the Clay and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office as well as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Lab. Again by getting these players together we are able to provide a safer community.”
To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at [email protected].

Fentanyl, Cocaine and Heroin Delivered in the Mail to a Young Harris Residence

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The Towns County Sheriff’s Office has received information through various sources that drugs are being delivered through the US Postal Services to Towns County.
On December 6 , 2021 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call to report that a North Carolina State Trooper has turned in drugs which had been received by mail to a residence in Young Harris, Georgia.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) and US Postal Inspectors were called to assist with the investigation.
The investigation revealed on November 6 , 2021 an envelope was delivered to a residence in Young Harris containing drugs. The drugs were addressed to a female living in the residence, who was in drug rehabilitation.
The mother of the female opened the envelope and discovered the envelope contained drugs. She contacted and delivered the drugs to a North Carolina State Trooper. That agent took the drugs to the Cherokee County, NC Sheriff’s Office. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office contacted Towns County and turned the drugs over to Towns County Sheriff’s Office.
The drugs were field tested and discovered to be vials and needles loaded with fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin.
The two local postal mangers were notified regarding the issue of dangerous drugs were passing through their facilities.
Fentanyl is a dangerous drug that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin and hands, therefore just handling Fentanyl can cause an adverse medical effect on the individual.
Towns County Sheriff Ken Henderson stated the sheriff’s office is taking this case very seriously.
He is also concerned about fentanyl and heroin being in our area and wanted to make our community aware.
This is currently an active investigation into the origin of this package.

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