CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
SHERIFF DERRICK PALMER FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHEROKEE COUNTY MAN CHARGED IN SHOOTING INVESTIGATION
Friday, December 21, 2018
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Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick announced the December 19th, 2018 arrest of 39 year old Nathon Wesley Barnett of Murphy North Carolina on charges alleging he assaulted a man with a firearm.
Shortly before 9pm, December 19th, 2018 the Cherokee County Emergency Communications Center received a call stating a person had been shot and was in need of emergency assistance. As deputies were responding to the scene additional information was being provided by the caller who later was identified as the victim, 34 year old Jared Hawkins, that Barnett had shot him in the head. First responders and Life Force Air Ambulance staged and awaited the arrival of law enforcement.
Upon arriving to the scene deputies made entry into the residence and located the victim and the assailant. Nathon Wesley Barnett was detained and subsequently arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center for the assault of Hawkins.
Jared Hawkins was airlifted by Life Force to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga TN where he remains in stable condition at the time of this release.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in processing the crime scene.
Nathon Wesley Barnett is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee Detention Center for Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent To Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and has a $150,000.00 secure bond. Barnett is expected to be in the Cherokee County District Court on January 03rd, 2019 at 9 am.
Sheriff Palmer stated “We appreciate the assistance of our local first responders who provide invaluable assistance in these situations. We are glad to be able to partner with the North Carolina SBI who are a super resource in these cases. Our prayers go out to both families during this time. There are many questions that still have to be answered as we continue our investigation.”
To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at email@example.com.
Murphy, NC— On September 7th, 2018 a Union County Georgia Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle just over the North Carolina/Georgia state line off Highway 129 in Union County Georgia. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot from the stop and was not apprehended. UCSO requested a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy to go an address Carson Lane address, in the Martin’s Creek Community of Cherokee County, to do a welfare check on the registered owner of the vehicle and assist in furthering their investigation.
Cherokee County deputies arrived at the Carson Lane address and found the victim, 73 year old Jerry Dalrymple unresponsive and in immediate need of medical attention. Cherokee County EMS arrived on scene and Mr. Dalrymple was air lifted to a Chattanooga Tennessee hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
Through further investigation, 19 year old Isaiah Beavers, of the Martins Creek community of Cherokee County was developed as a suspect and warrants were obtained for the Murder of Jerry Dalrymple.
On or about September 8th, 2018 Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Union County Sheriff’s Office Deputies took Beavers into custody at a residence in the Nottely Dam community of Union County Georgia. Beavers is currently held in the Towns/Union County jail awaiting extradition back to Cherokee County. There are additional persons of interest and additional arrests are anticipated.
Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “We continue our investigation in this this very grave crime. We are diligently searching for the additional suspects we have identified. My Office extends thanks to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Probation and Parole, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation all which were extremely helpful in this investigation. We continue to ask for prayers for all concerned.”
To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org
Around March of this year the Murphy Police Department learned through social media that the River Walk area in Murphy had been vandalized. The vandalism took place around the Leech Place area of the River Walk. The Murphy Police Department started an investigating of incident and also utilized extra foot patrols on the River Walk area. During the investigation Officers identified several suspects. Officers determined the suspects to be juvenile’s. Officers conducted several interviews in this case and this case is still ongoing. The disposition of this case is still pending but due to the suspects being juvenile’s there will be no further press release on this case. The juvenile suspect’s are cooperating with law enforcement in this case.
The River Walk area is a beautiful area and a great asset for our community, we along with our community take pride in the River Walk. We ask the public to assist us in taking care of the area, by notifying the Murphy Police Department of suspicious activity in this area or any area as soon as possible.
The Murphy Police Department would like to thank the workers of the River Walk for their hard and dedicated work so we, the community can enjoy it.
Dustin D. Smith
Assistant Chief of Police
Murphy Police Department
93 Peachtree St.
Murphy, NC 28906
(O) (828) 837-2214
(F) (828) 837-2002
“No evidence has been presented to show any violation of code of Judicial Ethics by Judge Weaver. Instead, the evidence appears to show a personal dislike of the Judge.”
Last week the Georgia Judicial Qualification Commission dismissed the complaint against Appalachian Judicial District Chief Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver.
“The complaint of Thomason, Stookey, Doss and the GCSPJ are without any basis in law or fact. The complaints are nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to enlist the JQC in their fixation upon harming Judge Weaver. The JQC will have no further part in it. All complaints are hereby dismissed.”
The complaint was submitted to the JQC by Mark Thomason, former publisher of the Fannin Focus, his attorney Russell Stookey and Fannin County Attorney Lynn Doss.
In the JQC conclusions they addressed the Georgia Chapters Society of Professionals Journalist complaint that Weaver mounted an attack on freedom of the press.
“Calling oneself a “journalist” and “reporter” should not be a cover for pursuing personal vendettas.”
Stookey and Thomason with the assistance of Fannin County Attorney Lynn Doss raised a complaint to the FBI to initiate an investigation.
JQC, “The FBI investigated the allegations raised by Stookey and Thomason but found no wrongdoing.”
On June 15th Atlanta Attorney Gerry Weber, representing Russell Stookey and Mark Thomason, sent a demand letter and Ante Litem Notice to Judge Brenda Weaver, District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee and Pickens County Board of Commissioners.
Part of Weber’s summary of claim, “This case has already garnered national attention. It involves breathtaking abuse of power by a Judge, prosecutor, and law enforcement who manipulated the criminal justice system to wage a personal vendetta against a local newspaper publisher and his attorney.”
Weber’s claim for damages conclusion, “Further accounting for damages stemming from the emotional distress in false arrest and malicious prosecution and for the punitive damages due to egregiousness of the actions leading to the arrests, Stookey’s and Thomason’s damages exceed 1,000,000.”
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