North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition anti-litter contest

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If you are a North Carolina public, private, charter or home school, please consider entering the North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition anti-litter contest, the image and economy of your community depends upon changing the habits of those that litter.

America the Beautiful Club” Anti-Litter Contest Rules

The North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition is encouraging all Cherokee County elementary, middle and high schools to compete in our annual anti-litter competition contest. Please submit information about your school anti-litter efforts per the following format. We must teach our youth about the negative effects of highway and community litter plus the cost of vandalism and how it affects the image and economy of Cherokee County.

This competition will recognize the first, second and third place entries in each of the three school categories and there will be an overall winner selected; there are no prizes, only bragging rights. Schools wishing to be part of this anti-litter competition are required to mail (4) four copies of their submission to North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition along with an email copy of their submission no later than the last day of the school year.

These eight questions can yield a maximum of 380 points and will determine the outcome of this contest.

Contest Questions:

1) All contestant entries are to highlight their school logos and contact information (principal’s name, school phone number, webpage name, Facebook page, etc.) that would help someone to research, reach out to, and contact their school. All contest submissions are to be formatted so they can be easily printed out with the push of the “print” command, including photographs. Make your submission easy to share with others. There is no limit to the number of pages of text that you can submit. (40 points)

2) List the names of the teachers and students that are involved in your anti-litter contest. (40 points).

3) What is your school doing to convince your students and parents that those that litter and vandalize have a negative effect on the image and economy of your school and Cherokee County? (40 points).

4) Who do your students think benefit from their anti-litter efforts and how do they, as students benefit? (40 points).

5) Who are your teachers and students inviting to join them in their anti-litter efforts? How do you encourage spectators at your sporting events to not litter? (40 points).

6) Schools are encouraged to include a maximum of (5) five photographs (one group and four action photos) with their submission, a picture is worth a 1000 words, choose your photos wisely. All photos sent to the NCLFC and the media should be at least 300 DPI. Do not, under any circumstances, embed any photo within a Word document, etc. In addition, don’t send your photo via Facebook or Twitter, simply email the photos as raw images, and we’ll do the rest. No Polaroid images, computer printouts of photos, etc. For best quality, start right at the source. (60 points).

7) Throughout the school year, schools are encouraged to submit photos and comments about, what you’re doing?, why you’re doing it?, who benefits from your efforts? why you want others to join your effort? (40 points).

8) Submit your stories to the Cherokee Scout for publication at Editor@CherokeeScout.com or any other publication (20 points per story published and four stories maximum if submitted with your entry).

Contact Gary Chamberlain-Spokesman, North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition PO Box 98, Murphy, NC 28906, FolksvilleUSA@gmail.com, (928) 202-1186 (AZ Phone) for more details.

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Cherokee County Sheriff’s office warns of Possible Police Impersonator

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Murphy, NC    The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office states it has received reports of a white 2019 Ford Explorer with a regular car tag on it operating blue lights that has been stopping individuals in the Cherokee County Area.  They do not have a vehicle as described above. If you should  encounter that particular vehicle please contact Cherokee County Emergency Communications at 828-835-3144 so that they can determine if this an official vehicle or an impostor (blue light bandit).

If for some reason an unmarked car attempts to stop you in an area that you feel unsafe please call 911 and find a safe area to stop until such time as they can ensure the stop is legitimate.

Murphy Man Charged in Car Thefts

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Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the February 21st, 2019 arrest of 36 year old Joshua Charles Hampton of Murphy North Carolina in connection with several motor vehicle thefts.

On February 21st, 2019 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Murphy Police Department conducted a joint investigation which identified Joshua Charles Hampton as a suspect in numerous vehicle thefts as well as breaking and entering into the vehicle.

Following information as to the location of the stolen vehicles members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Murphy Police Department located Hampton near a housing area in Murphy North Carolina. Hampton immediately fled on foot and was captured a short distance later.

Joshua Charles Hampton was arrested and brought to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was charged with: LARCENY OF MOTOR VEHICLE X 2, MISDEMEANOR LARCENY X 2, POSSESS STOLEN AUTOMOBILE, LARCENY OF FIREARM, BREAK AND ENTER MOTOR VEHICLE X 2, FINANCIAL CARD THEFT X 2, FINANCIAL CARD FRAUD X 2. Hampton is currently incarcerated under a $105,000.00 secure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court March 07th, 2019.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Great job working with the Murphy Police Department on getting Hampton off the street.”

To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

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Heavy rain predicted in Cherokee County through the weekend

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As a heavy rainfall pattern continues to work its way to Cherokee County through this weekend, please take precautions when driving on rain soaked roads for potential flooding in lower lying areas.

Cherokee County Forecast

Today

Cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the morning, then rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower to mid 50s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Tonight

Rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then rain after midnight. Lows around 50. Southeast winds 10 mph or less. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Thursday

Showers in the morning and early afternoon, then showers likely late. Highs in the lower to mid 50s. Light winds. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Thursday Night

Cloudy with showers likely. Lows in the upper 40s. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Friday

Showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 10 mph or less. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Friday Night

Cloudy with showers likely. Lows in the upper 40s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Saturday

Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower to mid 60s.

Saturday Night

Showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Chance of rain 80 percent.

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Cherokee NC Sheriffs Office Arrest Reports 07/29 to 08/04

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Cherokee County  NC Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report without images.  Pursuant to the state open records law, North Carolina General Statutes Public Records § 132-1, Criminal investigations, § 132-1.4, Access to Records, § 132-9, allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Cherokee County, North Carolina. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for your viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Cherokee NC Sheriffs Office Arrest Reports 07/22 to 07/28

Arrest Reports

Cherokee County  NC Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report without images.  Pursuant to the state open records law, North Carolina General Statutes Public Records § 132-1, Criminal investigations, § 132-1.4, Access to Records, § 132-9, allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Cherokee County, North Carolina. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for your viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Cherokee NC Sheriffs Office Arrest Reports 07/15 to 07/21

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Cherokee County  NC Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report without images.  Pursuant to the state open records law, North Carolina General Statutes Public Records § 132-1, Criminal investigations, § 132-1.4, Access to Records, § 132-9, allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Cherokee County, North Carolina. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for your viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

UPDATE: Cherokee County Inmate Death

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Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to cooperate with the State Bureau of Investigation in its inquiry into the death of a Cherokee County Inmate. Preliminary investigation reveals the following:

Around 5 pm on July 11th, 2018 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to an individual acting irrationally in the Wolf Creek community of Cherokee County. When deputies responded, an investigation ensued resulting in the arrest of 30 year old Joshua Shane Long for, Simple Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting, Obstructing or Delaying an officer in performance of his duties. Deputies arrived at the Cherokee County Detention Center at seven o’clock pm. Long was set a $1000.00 secure bond by a North Carolina Magistrate. Information found during the arrest of Long showed that he had a Blairsville, Georgia address.

Long was non-combative at the detention center and was processed and placed in an observation “holding” cell, located in the detention booking area. During this time, he remained in the observation cell with no other cell mate. Detention Officers made their documented rounds checking on Long with no incidents or issues.

At appoxiamately11:12 pm, July 11th, 2018 Detention Officers made an observation of Long conscious and alert as they made their rounds. At approximately 11:14 (two minutes later) detention officers found Long unresponsive in his cell. Detention Staff began life saving measures and notified Cherokee County Emergency Communications, who summoned Cherokee County EMS. Lifesaving measures were continued by jail staff until they were relieved by paramedics from Cherokee County EMS. Long was transported by EMS to a Life Flight Air Ambulance where he was flown to a Tennessee Hospital where he was examined and pronounced dead.

As mandated by North Carolina General Statutes, Detention Office staff contacted the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the District Attorney’s Office, and the North Carolina DHHS (Detention Division).

On Friday July 13, 2018 an autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A preliminary verbal report was given to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office by the medical examiner that conducted the autopsy. It was reported that there was no obvious cause of death and they did not find any obvious trauma to Mr. Long. A toxicology analysis is being conducted and when finished, a complete report will be written and hopefully a cause of death can be determined. At this time the official cause of death is undetermined. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is in the process of interviewing witnesses, reviewing jail video surveillance tapes and reviewing officer’s reports. Anyone with information regarding the death of Mr. Long are encouraged to contact the State Bureau of Investigation immediately.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased. We are cooperating fully with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and will continue to do so.”

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