Andrews Man Jailed For Domestic Violence

Police & Government

Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer July 22nd, 2018 arrest of 40 year old Benjamin Lee Stanley of Andrews North Carolina for domestic violence.

On Sunday July 22nd. 2018 at about 5:30 pm Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office went to the Andrews North Carolina residence of Benjamin Lee Stanley in an attempt to serve warrants for violations of a domestic violence protective order as well as cyberstalking. Stanley refused entry to the deputies and fled to a crawl space area as he had done during his arrest in April of this year. Deputies located Stanley in the crawl space, who was hiding in a makeshift compartment he had constructed causing delay in his capture. During the search and eventual arrest of Stanley radio communications was lost with the deputies and units with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded and were able to notify dispatch that the officers were safe and sound.

Stanley was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center for: INTIMIDATING WITNESS, VIOLATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION ORDER X 2, CYBERSTALKING. The North Carolina Magistrate set a $50,000.00 secure bond on the Intimidating State Witness Charge, however no bond has been set on the Domestic Violence and Cyber Stalking charges at this time.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Good work by the deputies locating and apprehending Stanley. There was a very tense 20 minutes or so during the time that communication was broken with the deputies at the scene. We thank the Troopers from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol who responded to let us know our folks were safe.”

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.

Short Takes – Perspectives in Violence

Opinion

Perspective, about deadly events, means nothing if you are the victim facing any threat that could kill you. Currently, the objet d’jour of outrage is against guns because they are noisy, frightening and, if semi-automatic, can do a lot of damage quickly. One such, in the hands of a disturbed individual just killed a lot of innocent people as well. But, so can a determined person with a vehicle by smashing into crowds of holiday makers, school children lining up for their bus or pedestrians window shopping on a city street. Jihadists are using this inexpensive technique.

 

The violence by guns statistics of Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis and Detroit alone, makes the perspective of other means of violent death seem trivial in comparison. Deaths in the four cities mentioned exceed the numbers of soldiers killed in Middle-East conflicts.  American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq in an eleven year period, 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. Add the number of American women killed in domestic violence by husbands or boyfriends, at 11,766, and it nearly doubles the number of casualties killed in the recent wars.

 

Here’s where ‘perspective‘ changes. In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving collisions  accounting for nearly a third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. 209 children, aged one to fourteen, were among those statistics as victims of drunk drivers. In 2015, nearly 1.1 million drivers were apprehended for DUI by alcohol or narcotics. A studied survey conducted by the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers group revealed 14,000,000 (yes, 14 million) people drive impaired daily on our streets and highways. Where is the outrage?

 

On top of that, the death rates caused by illegals lurking in sanctuary cities, is unbelievable. What happens to them? They are sometimes deported only to return a few months later to do it all over again.  Another large contributor to the high vehicle death rate is driving while texting. The death rate here is roughly nine killed and a thousand injured every day. Using cell phones accounts for nearly 1.6 million crashes a year (2015 statistics).

 

Deaths by Domestic violence has occurred since the beginning of time between two partners who have a disagreements. Usually it’s men vs. women, often resulting in death or injury to responding police officers. Add in the Gay partnerships and well, they’re not immune either.  

 

A really big death offender is the medical and pharmacies industry. 100,000 Americans are killed annually by drugs prescribed by doctors (Source: www.CDC.gov). These killings go on year after year with no consequences to drug companies or doctors. Doctors can simply bury their mistakes. Overdose deaths average 13 teenagers an hour yet no one in the Congress has the courage to seal the Mexican-US border from the $50 billion in drugs crossing there annually.  At least 64,000 Americans died from illegal drugs in 2016 that crossed our southern border. (Source: www.drugabuse.gov).  Did I not mention killings, by knives, hammers or baseball bats? 1,490 people were killed by cutting instruments in 2013. Rifles, including the AR-15, killed only 285 folks while shotguns killed 308. The highest death rates have been in “gun free” zones.

The discussion on “gun violence” is the mantra of the Left. They only want complete and total gun confiscation. To them, no other solution is worthy of discussion. Our society is seriously divided between constitutionalists and the dark forces of complete socialism. A disarmed America is their total goal. Once the 2nd amendment is neutralized and Americans are relieved of the responsibility for their own self-defense, then watch the crushing mantle of Communism spread over the land, enforced by the only armed group left, their police forces. Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!

Security training provided for places of worship

News

MURPHY, N.C.- The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office announced via Facebook Sheriff Derrick Palmer will be providing security training to places of worship this holiday season.

The announcement on Facebook reads:

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association (NCSA) has convened a group of sheriffs and sheriff’s personnel from across the state to develop training materials that will help places of worship create security plans to keep citizens safe during the holiday season.

The group was established by Sheriff Hubert A. Peterkin (Hoke County, N.C.), President of the NCSA, at the suggestion of Sheriff John W. Ingram V (Brunswick County, N.C.) as a result of recent attacks at community gatherings and in places of worship in the U.S. and abroad.

The group’s goal was to prepare materials to be used by sheriffs and their personnel to train places of worship to develop security plans designed to minimize harm done in the event of an active shooter.

“When you’re a sheriff, you have to be prepared for many different types of events in order to effectively protect the citizens that you serve. In light of last summer’s tragic attack in a Charleston (S.C.) church, North Carolina sheriffs from the mountains to the coast have received requests to provide training at churches and other places of worship regarding appropriate security measures,” said Peterkin.

The NCSA Church Security Group worked this fall to develop materials that all sheriff’s offices in North Carolina can use to provide training, upon request, to places of worship in their county. The training is designed to teach church personnel and members how to attempt to prevent critical incidents and how to react if a critical incident occurs during worship services.

“We have typically felt safe in our communities without much thought of danger in our places of worship. However, recent events have shown that no community is safe. From Charleston, South Carolina, to Sutherland Springs, Texas, we see that no community is exempt from tragedy. It is our duty to provide training to any place of worship that desires to be proactive and help make our communities as safe as possible,” said Sheriff Palmer.

Topics discussed in the training materials include:

– Conducting a Security Risk Assessment;

– Developing a Place of Worship Security Plan;

– What to do during the Critical Incident;

– What to do immediately after the Critical Incident; and

– The need to provide Crisis Intervention Stress Management afterward.

“The sheriff’s of North Carolina are dedicated to assisting the churches and houses of worship in their counties with security and safety training to improve public safety across our state. A place of worship should be a place of peace and a safe haven,” said Peterkin.

Sheriff Palmer will be leading this training on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at 7 p.m. The location will be at Little Brasstown Baptist Church 6120 Harshaw Rd, Brasstown, NC 28902. All citizens are invited to attend.

Anyone with questions concerning the training seminar can contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 828-837-2589.

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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

News, Police & Government

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

News, Police & Government

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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Gun found in local park sparks police investigation

Konehete Park, News

 

Photos courtesy of Alice Miller

MURPHY, N.C.- The Murphy Police Department is actively investigating after a gun and several other questionable items were found at Konehete Park Saturday morning.

 

In the morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, Alice Miller, a resident of Cherokee County, North Carolina, came upon five items, which included an unloaded pistol, flash light, cell phone, one boot, and a small case, found abandoned at Konehete Park.

Miller immediately called Murphy Police Department with the findings.  Issuing a statement on the incident, Assistant Chief of Police Dustin Smith said:

MPD Officers notified me of the items found in the park on Saturday. MPD Officer Wooten did attempt to locate the owners of the items and determine the reason for the items being in the park. We have not been able to determine that as of this time.  The firearm was not listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database as a stolen firearm and does not match stolen reports as of now. We will continue to investigate this incident and try to find answers as to why these items were left unattended in the park.”

At this time, MPD does not have a person of interest and have not made any arrests in this case. However, the investigators and law enforcement officers at MPD are working diligently on this case.

“It is important to make sure people are alert and if they see something suspicious to call it in.” Miller wrote in an email regarding the incident. “People should be careful, but not fearful.”

If you have any information regarding this case or any other suspicious activity, please contact Murphy Police Department at 828-837-2214. Continue to check back with us at Fetch Your News for updates on this story and other news in Cherokee County, North Carolina.  

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