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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Gusty Winds expected Murphy, NC

BREAKING NEWS, WEATHER

FROM North Carolina’s Weather Authority

Out goes the rain in comes the wind, a strong cold front will blast through NC Sunday morning clearing out the rain and bringing with it strong winds. Westerly winds will increase dramatically Sunday morning with the strongest winds Sunday afternoon and overnight hours.

Impacts Tree limbs will be blown down. Trees in waterlogged soil will topple over, increasing the potential for power outages. Driving high profile vehicles will be very difficult. The highest winds will be in the mountains with gusts up to 60 MPH, across the Foothills and Piedmont will see 40-50 MPH wind gusts, and in eastern NC 30-40 MPH wind gusts

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Murder in Murphy NC has a “No-Change” verdict on Day 3 deliberations

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John Anthony Hill 

The jury has been in deliberations since Monday at approximately 3:15 p.m. after hearing about the evidence surrounding a murder committed in Murphy, NC in 2014. Today, at the close of court, the jury came back with a “No-Change” verdict against John Anthony Hill. Hill’s trial has been in session for nearly three weeks

Hill was accused of murdering “his best friend of five years”, Paul George Pfleiderer, Jr., age 57, a resident of the Peachtree community in Murphy.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department arrested Hill for the murder of Pfleiderer on June 29, 2014. Hill has been in custody at the Cherokee County Detention Center since.

Paul George Pfleiderer

Pfleiderer passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014, after sustaining massive blows to his head. Allegedly, Hill stated he gave as many as six blows to Pfleiderer’s head with an an aluminum baseball bat following a brief struggle at Hill’s home.

The jury deliberations center around what verdict to return against Hill.

Court will reconvene 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the Cherokee County Courthouse located at 33 Peachtree Street in Murphy.

More details will become available when the verdict is reached.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heavy rain predicted in Cherokee County through the weekend

BREAKING NEWS

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 County Board of Commissioners 2019 meeting schedule

Community, Politics

Cherokee Board of Commissioners meet at the Cherokee County Courthouse, 75 Peachtree Street, Multi-Purpose Room 342, Murphy, NC.

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Cherokee County (NC) Board of Education meeting schedule for 2019

Cherokee County Schools, Community, News

The 2019 Cherokee County Board of Education meeting schedule is now available. For more information, please phone 828-837-2722 for times and school location addresses. You may also visit their website at https://www.cherokee.k12.nc.us/ for more details.

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American Lung Association – Wood Burning Stove Change-Out Program Launches In Murphy

Community, Lifestyle

Program replaces high pollution wood stoves in an effort to lessen pollution and improve air quality

MURPHY, N.C.  (February 21, 2018) – The American Lung Association today announced the launch of the North Carolina Woodstove Changeout Program. The program works to improve indoor and outdoor air quality by removing old, high polluting, low efficiency wood stoves and qualified fireplaces by replacing them with cleaner burning, more efficient EPA-certified woodstoves and hydronic heaters or heat pumps.

 

The program covers residents of Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Mecklenburg and Swain counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The American Lung Association has long been committed to reducing resident’s exposure to wood smoke. Since 2010, the Lung Association has successfully implemented a number of woodstove changeout programs across the country.
“According to the EPA, replacing older wood burning appliances will reduce emissions of hazardous pollutants that pose a significant danger for our families and communities by over 70 percent,” said Martha Bogdan, MSA, Executive Vice President of the American Lung Association, Southeast Region.

 

Particle pollution is made of soot or tiny particles that come from coal-fired power plants, diesel engines, wildfires and wood-burning devices. These particles are so small that they can lodge deep in the lungs and trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes. They can even cause lung cancer, and early death.
The wood stove changeout program lowers particle pollution emissions in the area and supports local retail stove businesses who are working with the American Lung Association. Participating retailers are Fireside Hearth and Home Shop in Murphy (54 Canterbury Rd, Murphy, NC 28906), Hearth and Patio in Charlotte (4332 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205) and Mountain Air Mechanical Contractors Inc. in Arden (27 Loop Rd. Arden, NC 28704).  Retailers will be added across the targeted counties as the program continues to grow.

 

Homeowners who live in the project area and own a non-EPA certified woodstove or qualified fireplace can apply for a voucher. Vouchers are available for:

  • Up to $750 for replacement of a non-EPA-certified wood stove or qualified fireplace with a new EPA-certified wood stove
  • Up to $1,500 for replacement of a non-EPA-certified wood stove or qualified fireplace with a new EPA-certified wood-pellet stove, ductless heat pump or new gas stove
  • Up to $4,000 for a single story home or up to $4,500 for a two or more story home for replacement of a non-EPA-certified wood stove, with a new EPA-certified wood or wood-pellet stove, or ductless heat pump with a new heater rated gas stove, for an income-qualified homeowner
  • Up to $6,000 or up to $10,000 for income qualified for replacement of an older technology hydronic heater with a new EPA certified wood pellet hydronic heater, or other clean technology home heating device

Applications for the vouchers are available online. Applications must be submitted directly to the American Lung Association via physical mail. Once applicants receive their voucher, they will have four weeks to enter into a purchase agreement with one of the participating retailers. The retailer then installs the new stove and recycles and makes the old stove inoperable. The number of vouchers is limited.

For more program details, go to http://www.lung.org/woodstove or call 1-800-548-8252. For more about the American Lung Association, go to: www.lung.org.

Holiday Events in Murphy and surrounding areas

Community

MURPHY, N.C.- Here is a list of holiday events happening in Murphy and the surrounding areas:

The annual Harshaw Rd. synchronized Christmas light display will be taking place from now until New Year’s Eve with weather permitting. Any proceeds made will go directly to Toys for Tots. Hours of the display are Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The display is located at 3351 Harshaw Rd. in Murphy.

The Polar Express began Nov. 10 and will operate through December 31.
The round-trip excursion is a little over an hour long and is set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack. Guest will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while enjoying the train ride. Santa Claus joins riders on The Polar Express for each ride, greeting all children and presenting them with a special gift, just as in the story, along with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols are sung on the return trip back to the Bryson City Depot. For more information about the schedule and ticket pricing, please follow this link: Schedule and ticket information

Murphy First Baptist Church will hold its 41st annual Singing Christmas Tree. This event is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Dec. 9 through 11. Saturday’s performance is a matinee beginning at 4 p.m. while Sunday and Monday performances are slated to start at 7 p.m. First Baptist Church is located at 517 Hiwassee St. in Murphy.

Santa Claus will be at Bojangles in Murphy from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Attendees bringing a toy for Toys for Tots will receive a free sausage, ham, gravy or jelly biscuit for children ages 12 and under. Murphy High School will be setting the tone for the special visit with the school chorus singing Christmas carols.

If you would like us to add additional events, let us know at Tiffany@FetchYourNews.com

 

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