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Macon residents sentenced in drug trafficking ring
Jackson County man arrested for defrauding Macon residents
We have been able to update our weekly Public Safety Newsletter to now include arrest reports from Swain County Sheriff's Office, Bryson City Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Sylva Police Department, Macon County Sheriff's Office, Highlands Police Department, and Franklin Police Department. All individuals listed here are innocent until proven guilty. 

February 16

Name: Michael Christopher Ferguson 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Of Heroin, Poss of METH, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS x 2, Trafficking in opium or Heroin, PWIMSD METH, Simple Poss SCH III CS, Simple Poss SCH IV CS
 

Name: Megan Elizabeth Thomas 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: True bill of Indictment 
 

Name:  Candice Brook Cole 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Drug PARA, Poss Herion, Poss CS Substance Prison/Jail Premises, Poss Heroin, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS x2, Trafficking in Opium or Heroin, PWIMSD METH, Simple Poss SCH III CS, Simple Poss SCH IV CS

 

February 17

 

Name: Aaron Cherise Parker 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI,DWLR Impaired REV
 

Name:  Jacob Matthew Holland 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI
 


February 18

 

Name:  Steven Chase Stanley 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Heroin, Poss Drug PARA, FTA On a Felony, Assault Inflict Serious Injury, Communicating Threats, PWISDM Heroin, Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS

 

Name: Dakota Charles Mathis 

 

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest: B&E, Larceny After B&E, Poss Of Stolen Goods
 

 Name: Dewayne Vitalino 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Simple Assault x2 Violate Domestic Violence Protection Order 

 

February 19

Name: Samantha Elizabeth Mccoy 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Conspire to Sell Heroin
 

Name: Haley Morgan MCcall

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Misdemeanor PV x2
 

Name: Tanya Haynes Jenkins 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA on a Misdemeanor 

 

Name: Joe Sanchez Perez 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI

 

Name: Andrew Hesselbirg 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Assault by Strangulation 

 

Name: Jessy Dakota Beaver 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: H/I Felony PV x2

 

February 20

 

Name: Larry Turner Turlington 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Parole Violation 

 

Name:  Bryon Robert Buie 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA on a Felony x3, H/I Felony PV

 

Name: Brittin Nycol Hereford Walsh 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Extradition/Fugitive other State 

 

Name: Lacy Anne Bryson 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Felony Larceny 

 

Name: Danny Brice Fowler 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA on a Felony, H/I Felony PV x2

 

February 21

 

Name: Richard Steven Willis 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:FTA on a Felony 

 

Name: Kevin Eugene Allen 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Misdemeanor Larceny 

 

Name: John Clayton Debrowski 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss METH, Poss Drug PARA

February 15

 

Name: Nathan Alexander Posey

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA

 

Name: David Donavan Braun 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Assault on a Female

 

Name: Justin Dewayne Earls

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Burglary-1st Degree/Forced, Child Abuse, Simple Assault

 

February 16

 

Name: Sheena Smith Dockery  

Department: Bryson City PD

Arrest: Resisting Public Officer, Fictitious/ False Information to an officer, Failure to Appear on Misdemanor

 

Name:  Bianca Diane Donaldson 

Department: Bryson City PD

Arrest: FTA on a Felony 

 

Name:  Joshua Gage Davis 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Flee/Elude Arrest with a a Motor Vehicle, DWI, Reckless Driving Wanton Disregard, Expired No Inspection, Expired Registration Card Tag, DWLR Not Impaired, Unsafe Tires 

 

February 17

 

Name: Amanda Beth Hall 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: School Attendance Law Violation x3, FTA to Appear on a Misdemeanor x3

 

Name: Diamond Spring Wolfe 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Felony FTA-PV 

 

Name: Dustin Ryan Dyer

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Criminal Summons 

 

February 18

 

Name: Mitchell Blaine Jenkins Jr

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: 2nd Degree Kidnapping, Burglary-1st Degree/Forced, Misdemeanor Child Abuse

 

Name: Justin Dewayne Earls

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Burglary-1st Degree, Assault and Battery, Misdemeanor Child Abuse 

 

 Name: Randy Manaraj Short 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Warrant Service for other jurisdictions 

 

Name:  Jessica Leigh Posey 

Department: Bryson City PD

Arrest: Simple Assault 

 

Name: Jose Juna Merced-Ortiz

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Hold For Marshal 

 

Name:  Thomas Webster 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI

 

February 19

 

Name:  Roger Dwayne Cantrell

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Hold for US Marshell 

 

Name: Jessica Leigh Posey 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Simple Assault 

 

February 20

 

 Name: Ryan Keith Watty  

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Assault on a Female 

 

 Name: Candice Tavenne Hillery 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Probation Violation 

 

 Name: Timothy Howard Johnson 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Possession of Marijuana less than 1/2 oz 

 

Name:  James Cassidy Smith 

Department: Bryson City PD

Arrest: OFA- For School Attendance Violation, Violation of Release Order , Assault on a Female 

 

February 21

Name: David Donavan Braun 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Assault On a Female 

 

Name: Brandon Keith Martin 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI

 

Name: Knox Anthony Chapman 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI

 

February 15


Name: Kyle Warren Broom 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Child Abuse 
 

Name: William Leonard Parris 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Second Degree Trespass 

 

February 16

Name: Stephanie Rae Kitchen 

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest:  WFA-Felony-Fail to Report New Address-Sex Offender, WFA- Felony-Fail Inform of New/Changes to Online ID 

 

Name: Tazman Ricardo Byfield

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: WFA- Jackson-DVPO Violation 


Name: Brandon Lee McQuillan 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Possess Marijuana PARA, Possess Less than 1/2 oz of Marijuana, Disorderly Conduct 
 

Name: Dennis Lewis Bumgarner 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Possess Sch VI x 2, Poss METH, Maintaining a Dwelling for CS, PWIMSD Marijuana, PWIMSD METH 
 

Name: Kimberly Ann Santy 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: First Degree Trespass 
 

Name: Mario Dewayne Mcgee 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  FTA-DWLR, FTA- Speeding
 

February 17
 

Name: Cetan Wanagi Merziak 

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest: Felony Flee to Elude, Resisting Public Officer, Reckless Driving to Endanger 

 

Name: Richard W. Merzlak 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Resist Obstruct and Delay Law Enforcement, Drive while license revoked, Fail to heed blue light and siren, Felony Speed To Elude, Reckless Driving 

 

Name: Garrett Kelly Nations

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: OFA- Felony PV
 

Name: Lane Elizabeth Stocker 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA-Resisting Public Property, FTA- Injury to Personal Property

Name: Kenneth Christopher Potts

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA- Assault on a Female 
 

Name: Billy Jack Gage 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Driving while License Revoked, Carrying Concealed Weapon, Felony Possession of Cocaine 

 

February 18
 

Name: Dennis Wayne Sturgis 

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest:  WFA- First Degree Trespass Enter/Remain 

 

Name: Ivan Knight 

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest: OFA Assault in a Female 

 

Name: Melinda Earlene Murphy Howell

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA-PWIMSD SCH VI CS, FTA-Maintain/Veh/Dwell/Place CS, FTA-Felony Poss Marijuana, FTA- Poss Drug PARA, FTA-Poss METH

 

Name: Jacob Tyler Smith 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Poss Drug Para, Poss Of Heroin

 

Name: Carolyn Rachel Reed 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Harassing Phone Calls 


February 19

 

Name: Lindsey Nicole Adams 

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest:  WFA- Communicating Threats 

 

Name: Lisa Monique Hawkins 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

Name: Tanya Hanes Jenkins

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA- Macon- First Degree Trespass Enter/Remain 

 

Name: Darrion Justin Ulmer 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Assault on a Female, Simple Assault, Damage to Personal Property

 

Name: Jessica Marie Millett 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Larceny After B&E, Larceny of Cell Phone, B&E- Forcible

 

February 20
 

Name: Georgeanna Taylor Arch 

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest:  FTA-Larceny 


February 21

 

Name: Randy Marinan 

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest:   WFA-Animal Control Ordinance Violation, WFA-Communicating Threats
 

Name: Paul Anthony Namotka 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Second Degree Trespass, Poss Stolen Goods/Property, Misdemeanor Larceny, B&E Motor Vehicle
 

Arrest Report Abbreviations


To streamline the arrest reports and make them more efficient, I am going to be abbreviating reoccurring words and language in charges. Here is a list of abbreviations for reference.

DWLR – Driving While License Revoked
DUI/DWI – Driving Under the Influence
Poss – Possession
Meth – Methamphetamine
Para-- Paraphernalia
PV- Probation Violation
ROD – Resist/Obstruct/Delay law enforcement
FTA – Failure to Appear
AOF- Assault on a Female
PWISDM – Possession with intent to sell, deliver, manufacture
OFA – Order for Arrest
B&E- Breaking and entering
AWDW- Assault with a deadly weapon
Sch CS - Schedule Controlled substance 
Sch I - Heroine, Ecstasy, GHB, Methaqualone, Peyote, Opiates (and others)
Sch II - Cocaine, Raw Opium, Opium Extracts-Fluid and Powder, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Morphine,
Methadone, Methamphetamine, Ritalin (and others)
Sch III - Ketamine, Anabolic Steriods, Some Barbituates (and others)
Sch IV - Valium, Xanax, Rohypnol, Darvon, Clonazepam, Barbital (and others)
Sch V -Over the counter cough medicines with codeine (and others)
Sch VI- Marijuana, Hashish, Hashish Oil

*All individuals listed are innocent until proven guilty*

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