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MCSO reports 24 COVID19 positive inmates, one hospitalized

From Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland:
As we reported last week, all inmate visitations remains suspended due to multiple cases of Covid being suspected in our detention center. This decision was made in the best interest of staff and inmates and done as a precautionary measure. Working with our local health department and our detention center physician & nurse to have all inmates and all of our detention officers tested. This was requested as voluntary testing. As reported earlier, all but two inmates agreed to be tested.

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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. 

 

September 5
 

Name:  Charles Gilber Ownby

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest:  Assault on a Female 
 

Name:  Jaqueline Helana Kidd 

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest:  Larceny

 

September 6
 

Name:  Nicole Dominique Bradley 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  FTA on Misdemeanor x2, FTA on a Felony 
 

September 7
 

Name:  Casey Wayne McKeehan

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest:  Trafficking Meth- Transport , Trafficking Meth- Poss, Maintain Vehicle for Use/Sale /keeping of CS, Poss Drug Para, Carrying Concealed Gun, Carrying Concealed Weapon, Display Fictitious Registration Plate, DWLR
 

Name:  Lori Wiley Turpin 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI, Assault on Government Officer/Employee, Resist x3 , Obstruct and Delay Law Enforcement Officer, Open Container after Consuming Alcohol
 

Name:  Kristin Amy James-Bates 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA
 

September 8
 

Name:  Heath Allen Leggett

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Meth, Simple Poss SCH II CS, Poss Drug Para 
 

Name:  Mary Elizabeth Henson 

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest:  Warrant Service 

 

September 9
 

Name:  Joshua Gage Davis 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Parole Violation 
 

Name:  Tony Dustin Bateman 

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest:  Resisting Officers 
 

Name:  Joshua Lee Justus 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI
 

Name:  Amanda Jo Dixon 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Criminal Contempt 
 

Name:  Dustin Bo Rodmaker 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA for Poss Meth, Poss Drug Para, DWLR, H/I Felony PV, Trafficking Meth, Maintain VEH/ Dwell/Place/ CS
 

Name:  Mellisa Lynn Pruett 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA- Poss Meth x2, Poss Drug Para x2, DWLR, FTA on Felony, Felony Larceny, Poss of Stolen of Goods 

 

September 10
 

Name: Matthew Dakota Shuler 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Trafficking in Meth, Warrant Service- Going Armed to the Terror of the People, WS- Discharging Firearms, WS- DWLR, FTA on Misdemeanor x3 
 

Name: Morgan Faith Byrd

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Trafficking in Meth x2
 

Name:  Staci Michelle Bekampis 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI
 

September 11
 

September 12
 

Name:  Jeffery Alan Tedesco 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: B&E MV, Resisting Public Officer, Intoxicated and Disruptive 
 

Name:  Austin Henery Posey 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Injury to Real Property x2,  Resisting Public Officer x3 

 

Name:  Jennifer Marie Gerba 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Meth, Poss Drug Para 
 

September 13
 

Name:  Christina Mellisa Phillips 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Drug Para x2 , Poss Meth, Poss Marijuana up to 1/2 oz 
 

Name:  Wylene Elizabeth Wall 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: H/I Felony PV x2 

September 5
 

Name: 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: 
 

September 6
 

Name: 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: 
 

September 7
 

Name: Tanner Curtis Wiggins 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI, Resisting Public Officer 
 

September 8
 

Name: Terri Frances-Welch Griffin 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA on a Misdemeanor x2
 

September 9
 

Name: Melinda Jayne Franklin 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI
 

September 10
 

Name: Gelisa Kimberly Muse 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Drug Para, Poss Meth 
 

September 11
 

September 12
 

September 13
 

Name: Glenn Michael Eddins 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWI
 

Name: Dontee Pressley 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Carrying Concealed Gun, PWISMD SCH I CS, PWISMD SCH II CS

September 5
 

September 6
 

Name: Thomas Michael Joseph Wade 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Assault on a Female, Battery of Unborn Child

 

Name: Cory Clyde Keith Case 

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: Felony Poss Of Meth, Simple Poss of SCH II CS, Poss of Drug Para 

Name: Travis Lee Collins 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Child Abuse 
 

Name: Amanda Jo Dixon 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Failure to Report crime against Juvenile 


Name: Casey Wayne McKeehan 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWLR


Name: Travis Lee Collins 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Injury  
 

 

September 7
 

Name: Heather Nicole Moose 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA- School Attendance Law Violation, Obtaining Property by False Pretense 
 

Name: Adam James Cartwright

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: WFA DVPO Violation
 

Name: Ruth Ann Taylor 

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: Disorderly Conduct 

 

September 8
 

Name: James Phillip Howell

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Of Firearm by Felon, Poss SCH II Crack Cocaine 
 

Name: Brandon Marsell Barker

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA/ Criminal Summons 
 

Name: Justin Reeves Lambert 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Fentanyl, Poss Meth 
 

Name: Tracy Vonetta Shepard 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Resisting Public Officer 
 

September 9
 

Name: Phillip James Manley 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DVPO Violation 
 

Name: Brandon H Evans 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA Second Degree Trespass 
 

Name: Kaitlyn Brooke Price 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Resisting Public Officer, False Report to Police Station, FTA-Shoplifting Concealment of Goods, FTA- Poss Drug Para, FTA- Simple Poss SCH II CS, FTA- Poss Stolen MV
 

Name: Kyle Lee Lackey 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss of SCH II CS, Poss Meth, Poss of CS on Jail Premises, Poss Drug Para 
 

Name: Ariane Alene Cucumber 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Meth, Drug Equipment Violations 

 

September 10
 

Name: Richard Morgan Owenby 

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: Felony OFA Poss of Heroin, OFA Poss of Drug Para 

 

September 11
 

Name:  Kristen Danette Jones 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Forgery of Instrument, Uttering Forged Instrument, Obtaining Property by False Pretense 
 

Name: Jeffery Lenn Carpenter 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Poss Of Drug Para, Poss of Meth
 

Name: Gabrielle Uriah Carver 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA- PV, FTA Poss of Stolen Property

 

Name: Alex Samuda 

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: B&E

 

September 12
 

Name: Lacy Anne Bryson 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA- Felony Larceny 
 

Name: Heather Nicole Steele 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  FTA- DWLR, FTA- Poss Drug Para, Felony PV

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.

AWDW – Assault With a Deadly Weapon 
DWLR – Driving While License Revoked
DUI/DWI –Driving Under the Influence
MV – Motor Vehicle 
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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