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Franklin Man Sentenced to min 70 years for drug trafficking
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. 

January 23

Name: Johnathon Lee Smith 

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest: Felony OFA Obtaining Property False Pretense, Misdemeanor Larceny, Misdemeanor Poss Stolen Goods 

 

Name: Joan Beck Hobbs 

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest: Felony OFA Poss METH, OFA Poss Drug PARA, Misdemeanor OFA Simple Poss Sch IV, OFA Aid & Abed Larceny, OFA  PV

 

January 24

Name: Wesley Bruce Pearman 

Department: Highlands PD

Arrest: DUI, Driving Left Of Center

 

January 25

Name: Brandon Keller Robert

Department: Franklin PD 

Arrest: WFA-B&E, WFA-Felony Flee to elude, WFA-Careless and reckless driving, WFA-Speeding 

  

January 26

Name: Stephanie Sue Ellen Larson 

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest: Misdemeanor PV x2

 

January 27

Name: Robert Ryan Oteri  

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Obtain Property False Pretense, Poss Stolen Firearm, First Degree Trespass x2

  

  January 28

Name: Michael Anthony Duncan 

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest: Felony Poss METH, Poss Drug Para

  

Name: Dean Leonard Myers

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: True Bill Indictment: Trafficking in Opium Or Heroin, Poss METH, Simple Poss SCH IV CS x2, Simple Poss SCH III CS 

 

Name: James Richard Atkinson 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: PV, Felony FTA

 

Name: James Bryson 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Concealment of Merchandise in mercantile establishment, Felony OFA Firearm by Felon

 

Name: Jennifer Lynn Nations 

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest: B&E, Injury to Real Property

  

Name: Michael Adam Crisp

Department: Franklin PD 

Arrest: Felony True Bill Of Indictment

  

Name: Anthony Eliiston Walker 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Weapon Mass Destruction, Carrying Concealed Gun 

 
January 29

Name: Adrienne Nichole Carver 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: WRIT

  

Name: John Paul Mccall 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Felony Larceny, Poss of Stolen Goods, Break Coin/Currency Machine 

  

Name: Jacob Keith Bateman 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: True Bill Of Indictment x3, H/I Felony PV

  

Name: Esteban Vasallo Corteguera

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Resisting Public Officer, Poss Drug PARA x2, Poss Meth, Revoked Bond 

  

Name: Anthony Christopher Beaver 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Heroin, Bond Revoked 

  

Name: Kayla Nichole Woods 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss METH, Poss Drug PARA

  

Name: Teresa Marie Roqumore 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: PV

January 30

Name: Patricia Anne Geiger-Morgan

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Simple Assault 

 

Name: Jennifer Marie Gerba  

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Simple Assault 

January 31

Name: Biaggio Withers 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Meth, Poss Drug PARA, Simple Assault, Assault on a female, Injury to Personal Property, Communicating Threats 

 

Name: Matt Dillian Laws 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Felony PV Out of County 

 

January 23-

Name: Craig Hurst 
Department: Bryson City PD 
Arrest: OFA-Misdemeanor Larceny 

 
January 25-
Name: Rex Rufas Rogers 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Assault on a Female 

 
January 26-

Name: Krystal Leeann Allen 
Department: Bryson City PD 
Arrest: Warrant Service, Felony Conspiracy, Poss of Stolen Goods, Larceny of Chose in action 

Name: Brenton David Wilding 
Department: Bryson City PD 
Arrest: Warrant Service- B&E A Motor Vehicle, Poss of Stolen Goods x2 

Name: Branson Ridge Humphery
Department:  Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Parole Violation 


Name: Randy Edward Milsaps 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Warrant Service 

Name: Alice Louise Parton 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: True Bill Indictment x2

 
January 27-

Name: Dustin Ryan Dyer
Department: Bryson City PD 
Arrest: DWI 

Name: Randal Ray Bettis  
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: True Bill Indictment x2

Name: Jessica Ashley York 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Warrant Service 

Name: Stephen Charles Allred 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: B&E, Larceny B&E, Poss of Burglary Tools 

Name: Rickey Gene Hill
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest:  B&E, Larceny B&E, Poss of Burglary Tools 

Name:  Andrea Lynn Teesatuskie 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff  
Arrest: Defraud Drug or Alcohol Test 

    
  January 28-

Name: Matthew Adam Freeman 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Warrant Service x2- Resisting Public Officer, Poss Manufacture Fraudulent Id, Identity Theft

Name: Tyler Joseph Morgan 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property, B&E, Misdemeanor Larceny, Poss of Stolen Goods, Poss Drug PARA, Resisting Public Officer 

Name: Jeffery Allen Buley 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Hold for US Marshall 

Name: Miranda Lynn Dotson  
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Hold for US Marshall 

Name: Bryce Alan Honea 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest:  Hold for US Marshall 

Name: Christopher Dwayne Price 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest:  Hold for US Marshall 



 
 January 29-

Name: Clyde Parker Jr.
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Forcible Rape- 2ND Degree

Name: James Coy Wimberley 
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest: Littering 

Name: Escobio Rios  
Department: Swain Co Sheriff 
Arrest:  Hold for US Marshall 

January 25-

Name: Michael Wayne Walkingstick 

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: DWLR Not Impaired Rev, Dr/Allow Reg Plate Not Display 

 

Name: Dillion Wayne McKay Watkins 

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: Misdemeanor Larceny x2, Misdemeanor Poss of Stolen Goods, Larceny, Poss Of Stolen Goods 

 

Name: Lauren Marie Smith 

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: Misdemeanor Aid and Abiding larceny x2 

 

Name: Shannon Marie Graham 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Fugitive/Extradition other state 

 

Name: Cara Jones Brown 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Resist Public Officer, Dwi 

 

January 26-

Name: Errika Leah Arkansas

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Second Degree Trespass 

 

Name: James Stephen Ray Gammon 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Assault on a Female 

 

January 27-

Name: Amber Nicole Simon 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Trespass of Real Property, Violation of Court Order  

 

Name: Ellen Yellowhammer Lincoln 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA Poss Stolen Goods/Prop x3, Misdemeanor Larceny x3

 

Name: Tarrell Lawnshawn Williams 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Fentanyl

 

  January 28-

Name: Kristin Lee Devecki 

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: Felony Trafficking Opium or Heroin, Felony Maintain a Vehicle/Dwell/Place CS, Poss CS Prison/Jail Premises

 

Name: Cornelious Ashe IV

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: Felony Poss METH, Poss Drug PARA

 

Name: Lyndsey Alicia Gonzalez 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: OFA for Probation Violation 

 

Name: James Parker Bryson 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: True Bill of Indictment- Poss of Firearm by Felon 

 

Name: Shane Alexander Hancock 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: WFA-Speeding, WFA-Resisting Public Officer 

 

 January 29-

Name: Robert Dewayne Lowery 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: Poss Drug PARA, Poss Heroin 

 

Name: Stephanie Ann Taylor 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: Cyberstalking, Communicating Threats 

 

Name: Jon Bantom Legere

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: First Degree Trespass Enter/Remain 
 

January 30-

Name: Nathan Karl Brady 

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest: Misdemeanor Poss Of Drug PARA, Felony Escape from Imprisonment/Custody, Criminal Mischief of Property 

 

 January 31-

Name: Tad Norman Thompson 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: Domestic Criminal Trespass, Attempted B&E

 

Name:  Eugene Kelley Langley 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: Assault on a Female 

 

Name: Sierra Salone Jenkins 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: Simple Assault 

 

Name: Stephanie Ann Taylor 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: WFA- Cyberstalking, WFA- Communicating Threats 

 

Name: Joseph Diaz 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: WFA- Obtain Property False Pretense, WFA- Poss Of Stolen Goods, WFA- Larceny, WFA- B&E Motor Vehicle 

 

Name: Matt Dillan Laws 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff  

Arrest: Felony PV out of County 

 

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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