Andrews Police Department responds to lockdown at high school

Cherokee County Schools, News

ANDREWS, N.C.- Andrews Police Department released a statement via Facebook, about the lockdown that occurred at Andrews High School today. The statement posted on Facebook reads:

The Andrews Police Department (APD) would like to inform the community that there was lockdown at Andrews High School due to a domestic situation that arose out in the county earlier this morning.

“Andrews police officers were on the scene investigating a secondary incident and following up on the lockdown when a 911 call came in that a subject with a gun was in the building. The reporting parent rushed to advise Andrews officers that they had just received a text message from the child that an armed subject was in the school.

“Andrews officers and SROs (School Resource Officers) reacted immediately to the threat and began an immediate search of the school. The school was cleared and secured rapidly and APD officers along with SROs and the school staff had the situation under control.

“There were no armed individuals located in or around the school and no injuries were reported.

“The school superintendent responded and requested the sheriff respond with secondary support for the incident. The superintendent (along) with the sheriff made the decision to release school for the day. Andrews officers along with SROs and CCSO (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office) deputies remained on scene to provide security for children and families while school let out.

“Andrews Police Department would like to commend the students, teachers and parents of Andrews High for their cooperation and understanding in a high-stress situation.”

 

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UPDATE: After Andrews High lock down, schools will have early dismissal

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UPDATE: Cherokee County Schools made an announcement on Facebook concerning the lock down that is occurring at Andrews High School. The posted announcement reads:

“There is no impending Danger to students in the Andrews area; however, due to parent concern, Andrews area students will be released immediately. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

ANDREWS, N.C.-  At about 11:30 a.m. this morning, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department announced that Andrews High School is on lockdown. At this time, it is unsure whether all of the schools in Andrews are on lockdown as well. The announcement posted on Facebook reads:

“The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is aware that Andrews High School is currently in a lock down. This protective measure was taken by the Andrews High School due to a current domestic situation where a non-custodial parent had made statements about coming to the high school and removing a student.

“There is no current information to indicate that the individual who made the statements is on the grounds of the school. Presently all students and staff are safe and secure. The lockdown has been accomplished to ensure continued safety.

“The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Cherokee County Schools Company Police, and the Andrews Police Department continue to work with the school’s staff during this situation.”

Continue to check back with Fetch Your News as more information develops.

 

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Convicted felon found with semi-automatic guns and drugs in Murphy

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MURPHY, N.C.- Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced that on Nov. 25, 2017, Victor Thomas Jacob Runge, 23, of Murphy, North Carolina, was arrested for charges involving illegal possession of drugs and a stolen gun.   

On or about Nov. 25, 2017, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was assisting the North Carolina Highway Patrol who was operating a driver’s license checkpoint. As Runge, who came through the checkpoint, was questioned concerning his driver’s license, Runge was observed reaching for something in the center console. During a incident to arrest search of the vehicle, a stolen semi-automatic pistol was located, which later was identified as being stolen from Athens, Tennessee. Additionally in the search, a quantity of suspected methamphetamine was seized along with U.S. currency. Additional investigation revealed that Runge was previously convicted of a felony and was not allowed to have a firearm in his possession.

Runge was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center where the North Carolina Magistrate set a $30,000 secure bond for the following charges: felon in possession of firearm. possession of stolen firearm, possession of methamphetamine, carrying concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia. Runge is expected to appear in Cherokee County District Court on Dec. 5, 2017.   

Sheriff Palmer stated, “This had the potential of a very bad ending. We do not know what this individual’s intentions were by reaching toward the console where the gun was found, but alert officers were able to diffuse the situation and get drugs and guns off the street. This is a great example of the teamwork we enjoy with fellow agencies in Cherokee County. We appreciate the cooperative effort of the Troopers and all the law enforcement agencies that help keep Cherokee County safe and secure.”

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 and please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.   

 

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Murphy woman charged with felon child abuse

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MURPHY, N.C.- Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced that on Nov. 20, 2017, Lilyaunna Helene Kiff-Hall, 17, of Murphy, North Carolina, was arrested for charges involving injuries to an infant.

On or about Nov. 15, 2017, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a physician at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who stated that earlier in the day an infant was flown from the Martins Creek community in Cherokee County to their hospital as the child was experiencing breathing issues. The physician further explained that after examining the infant, there were injuries that were consistent with child abuse. The information provided was given to Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee County Department of Social Services.

Upon receiving the information, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office commenced an investigation that included search warrants for the residence of the infant. During the search, items of evidence were collected, which included at least one cellular device.

Kiff-Hall was arrested at the Cherokee County Detention Center on Nov. 20, 2017, and presented to the North Carolina Magistrate who set a $50,000 secure bond for felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. Kiff-Hall is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court Dec. 5, 2017, at 9 a.m.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “This is a very sad situation, especially this time of the year. We appreciate the cooperative effort of the Cherokee County Department of Social Services who are partnering with us. Our investigation is far from over, and we expect additional charges as we progress.”

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 and please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

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