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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Jail assault at Cherokee County Detention Center

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MURPHY, N.C. – On May 2, 2018, an incident occurred at the Cherokee County Detention Center. The incident regarded an allegation of two detention officers involved in an assault of a federal inmate George Victor Stokes, who was sentenced and awaiting transport to federal prison. The detention officers involved were identified as Wesley Gage Killian, a part-time employee, and Sgt. Josh Gunter.

As the incident was brought to Sheriff Derrick Palmer’s attention, he requested Lt. Joe Wood, of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division, to conduct an internal investigation of the detention officers named. Upon conducting interviews and reviewing available physical evidence, Lt. Wood reported back to Sheriff Palmer his preliminary findings. Sheriff Palmer, upon recommendation of Lt. Wood, suspended the two detention officers pending the completion of the internal investigation.

Upon completion of the investigation, Sheriff Palmer then terminated the detention officers due to violation of department policy and procedure as regarding the treatment of inmates. The unlawful assault of an inmate is a violation of Cherokee County Detention Center Policy and Procedure.

Sheriff Palmer made immediate contact with the District Attorney Ashley Welch. Upon conversation with the district attorney, it was agreed that a joint request should be made to the state Bureau of Investigation by both the District Attorney’s Office and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to have a criminal investigation conducted regarding the conduct of the two detention officers. The request was then made and accepted by the state Bureau of Investigation.

Due to the fact that Stokes was a federal inmate being housed at the Cherokee County Detention Center, the U.S. Marshall’s Office was notified of the incident. The state Bureau of Investigation assigned an agent to investigate the matter. All evidence gained, including detention center video surveillance, interviews, statements and reports obtained in the internal investigation conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was turned over to the state Bureau of Investigation as part of their ongoing criminal investigation. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with the state Bureau of Investigations and the District Attorney’s Office in full cooperation until this matter is to a resolution.

Overall Summary & Full Video of Cherokee Co NC BOC meeting

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MURPHY, N.C.- ​September​ ​19,​ ​2017​ ​at​ ​6:30 p.m.​ the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Commissioners​ ​held​ ​a​ ​meeting​ ​on​ ​Tuesday,​ ​discussing​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​county’s​ ​tumult​ ​topics.​ ​

Some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​topics​ ​included​ ​finances​ ​and budget,​ ​taxes,​ ​and​ ​animal​ ​control.

Representatives​ ​from​ ​many​ ​fields​ ​were​ ​present​ ​to​ ​verify​ ​budget​ ​spending​ ​and​ ​cash​ ​flow. During​ ​this​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​meeting,​ ​the​ ​Cherokee​ ​County​ ​Detention​ ​Center​ ​requested​ ​an​ ​amount from​ ​their​ ​influx​ ​of​ ​recent​ ​funds​ ​to​ ​use​ ​towards​ ​new​ ​equipment​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​the​ ​centers​ ​operation, one​ ​element​ ​being​ ​a​ ​new​ ​transport​ ​vehicle.​ ​

Many​ ​other​ ​budgets​ ​were​ ​drawn​ ​out,​ ​this​ ​just​ ​being one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​longer​ ​topics​ ​of​ ​interest.  The​ ​most​ ​considerable​ ​topic​ ​of​ ​the​ ​evening​ ​consisted​ ​of​ ​those​ ​concerned​ ​with​ ​animal control.​ ​

Sheriff​ ​Derrick​ ​Palmer​ ​spoke​ ​in​ ​terms​ ​for​ ​the​ ​proposed​ ​animal​ ​control​ ​plans​ ​for​ ​the county.​ ​His​ ​speech​ ​included​ ​animal​ ​owner​ ​responsibilities,​ ​animal​ ​control​ ​officer​ ​operation,​ ​and a​ ​budget​ ​for​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​considered​ ​expenses​ ​it​ ​entails.​ ​

Public​ ​figures​ ​also​ ​stood​ ​up​ ​and​ ​spoke​ ​on their​ ​thoughts​ ​about​ ​the​ ​plan.  The​ ​meeting​ ​overall​ ​disclosed​ ​many​ ​important​ ​topics​ ​to​ ​be​ ​considered​ ​to​ ​help​ ​improve the​ ​county​ ​as​ ​a​ ​whole.​ ​Tune​ ​into​ ​the​ ​video​ ​below​ ​for​ ​more​ ​in-depth​ ​information.

 

 

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Packed Courthouse for Commissioners meeting

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DOWNTOWN MURPHY, N.C.- Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting happened last night, September 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Sean Paul was there from FetchYourNews.com. Look for those articles on last nights BOC meeting to be published sometime this week, but for now we bring you a #FetchYourNewsFirst YouTube video available right now. You can see the complete BOC meeting by clicking PLAY on the video below, enjoy.

 

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Cherokee County Sheriff offers advice for local churches during solar eclipse event

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C.- Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer offers local churches some advice for how to proceed during the upcoming total solar eclipse event on Aug 21, 2017. Churches will need to discuss and decide for themselves how they will prepare for and weather the actual event, but he does offer some thoughts. Churches generally have large, open parking lots that people looking to get off the roads will gravitate towards so that they can park and safely view the eclipse. He states that churches and businesses with large lots should leave entrances open to help alleviate traffic and congestion, because many times people gain entrance despite chains or other blocking devices. With people comes the need to use the facilities, so churches will need to decide whether they will open their doors to the public to use restrooms and get a respite from the heat and sun. He advises that if churches do allow public access to their facilities, they should only open certain designated areas and close off the rest of the buildings. Sheriff Palmer also notes that large events like the eclipse will leave the county with “eclipse refugees,” that is, people who have become stranded through various circumstances. Churches and businesses, like homes, should be watched over to prevent the possibility of break-ins and theft if left unattended.

 

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MURPHY MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS

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Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the February 11th, 2016 arrest of 37 year old Deodrick Santrez Boykin, of Murphy North Carolina for possession of a stolen vehicle and the illegal possession of controlled substances.

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On February 11th, 2016 Boykin was stopped by members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Boykin was arrested during the traffic stop based on warrants for possession of a stolen vehicle. During a search of the vehicle subsequent to the arrest on the warrant, Methamphetamine and Heroin along with items of paraphernalia were found.

Boykin was brought to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was charged with POSSESS WITH INTENT TO MANUFACTURE/SELL/DELIVER HEROIN, POSSESS METHAMPHETAMINE, POSSESS STOLEN AUTOMOBILE, MAINTAIN PLACE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, SIMPLE POSSESSION SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. Boykin is currently being held on a $10,000.00 secure bond awaiting a February 24th, 2016 District Court date.

Sheriff Palmer stated “Whatever it takes and however many times we need to put people in jail so that they learn that we will not tolerate the illegal sale and distribution of drugs in Cherokee County we will continue doing what we are doing and encourage our community to continue to partner with us, we are making a difference.”

Sheriff Palmer encourages any one that has information on this crime or any other to report it. To report crime in Cherokee County you can call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress.

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