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The Town of Franklin -- all of Macon County and Western North Carolina lost an incredible public servant last night. 

Franklin Mayor Bob Scott shared to facebook this morning, that Council Member Barbara McRae lost her second battle with cancer. "Franklin and Macon County lost a wonderful public servant last night.
Vice Mayor Barbara McRae passed away after a long and valiant battle against cancer.  She was our historian, champion of women's rights, not afraid to take on any issue which would better the lives of us all.  She wrote countless columns about our history and the natural world around us.  She knew the name of every plant and animal on the Greenway.   

More than likely there is nobody around here whose family Barbara did not write about in some way.  Helping us discover our heritage.  Preserving our history.  She supported the Macon County Heritage Museum.  Wrote books about us and especially the Cherokee Nation.
Her latest passion was the Women's History Trail of which she will now be a part of the Trail itself. The Nikwasi Initiative would not be in existence without her steering it.  She knew the value and significance of the Nikwasi Mound to the Town.  

She served admirably as the Town's Vice Mayor.  Always willing to pitch in in any way.  Never ever having a harsh word about any issue or person, regardless if she didn't agree.

Barbara was not a native. But she certainly now qualifies as one.
RIP Barbara.  It will never be the same without you.  Thanks for all you did for us.  And preserving what makes us who we are." - Mayor Scott
 

Mrs. McRae was a friend to anyone who met her. She was kind and compassionate. I first met Barbara when I was first hired at the Macon County News in 2011. Mrs. McRae was the long-time editor of The Franklin Press and despite working for competing newspaper, she was never anything but kind to me. 

 

She had a remarkable vision for Franklin, for women’s history, and preserving the culture of Macon County. Much of the history and background we have and many of the stories we have heard about Macon County, are because Mrs. McRae had the foresight to preserve it and dedicated so much of her time to capturing the best parts of Macon County for generations to come. 

 

Today and all the rest of our days will be a little less bright without her shining light.

Macon County assists Cherokee County in drug arrest
1/22/2021 Detectives with Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit as well as assisting Deputies and Detectives from Graham County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 5161 Junaluska Road, Andrews. During the search a trafficking amount of suspect fentanyl and an amount of Methamphetamine was seized. On 2/16/2021 Michael Christopher Ferguson and Candice Brooke Cole were arrested in Macon County on outstanding Cherokee County warrants for arrest in relation to the search warrant and a separate traffic stop on 1/22/2021. 
Macon assists Cherokee County in multi-arrest of meth distribution conspiracy
Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the February 26, 2021 arrest of 53 year old Terry Leon Simmons of Andrews, North Carolina, 43 year old Tina Jane Hill of Marble, North Carolina, and 39-year-old Keith Ryan Noles also of Marble, North Carolina for conspiring to possess crystal methamphetamine.
 
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 22
 

Name: Dan Thanah Tran 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  DWI

 

Name: Shana Sue McDowell

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  DWLR

 

February 23


Name: Ronald Lee Wickham 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Poss METH, Poss Drug PARA, Poss of Firearm by Felon
 

February 24


Name: Alex Livorio Rivera

Department: Franklin PD

Arrest:  Misdemeanor Larceny x2, Poss of Stolen Goods x2

 

Name: Benjamin Gary Speed 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Extradition/Fugitive Other State 

 

February 25


Name: Rickey Anthony Caldwell

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  FTA on a Misdemeanor x4, FTA on a Felony 

 

Name: Misty Michelle Bates 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA on a Felony 

 

Name: Kylen Jordan Jenkins

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  FTA on a Felony, H/I Felony PV x4, Injury to Personal Property, Poss Stolen Motor Vehicle, Larceny of Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor Larceny, Felony Larceny  

 

Name: Edward Andrew Fowler 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: 

 

Name: Kelly Lee Bowers 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  

 

February 26

 

Name: Willie Eldon Watts 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Assault on a Female, Interfere Emergency Communications 

 

Name: Michael Anthony Roland 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  Misdemeanor PV x2, H/I Felony PV, FTA on a Misdemeanor x14 

 

Name: Joshua Wayne Shirley 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  DWI, DWLR, Assault to Inflict Serious Injury 

 

Name: Zachery Andrew Shirley 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  

 

Name: Zacariah Mathew Sedivic 

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Violate Domestic Violence Protection Order 

 

February 27

 

Name: Juan Gabriel Hernandez

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Assault on a Female 

 

Name: Jeffery Scott Johnson

Department: Macon Co Sheriff 

Arrest:  FTA on a Felony 

 

Name: Michael Trevor Reese  

Department: Highlands PD 

Arrest: Misdemeanor Larceny, Poss Of Stolen Goods 

 

February 22

 

Name: Vanessa Dockery 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Hold For US Marshal 

 

Name: Cierra Brianna Long 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Hold For Marshal 

 

Name: Paiton Chanon Rickman 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Serving 10 Day Sentence 

 

February 23

 

Name: Dennis Brandon Shuler 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Of Stolen Goods, Poss Drug PARA, Resisting Arrest/Hinder & Delay 

 

Name: Herman Milo Hardin Jr 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Assault On A Female 

 

Name: Jeffery Alan Arthur 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Hold For US Marshall 

 

Name: Jon Bantom Legere 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Violate Domestic Violence Protection Order x2, Harassing Phone Call, First Degree Trespass, Second Degree Trespass 

 

Name: Dennis Brandon Shuler 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Resisting Public Officer, Poss Drug PARA, Poss Stolen Goods 

 

Name: Shane Swimmer 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: US Marshall 

 

February 24

 

Name: Jonathan Eugene Henderson 

Department: Bryson City PD

Arrest: Assault on a Female 

 

Name: Tommy Lee Henderson 

Department: Bryson City PD

Arrest: Assault on a Female

 

Name: Jason Michael Miles 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Hold For US Marshall 

 

February 25

 

Name: Dontavius Juan Cox 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Hold For US Marshall 

 

February 26

 

Name: Hunter Eric Adams 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Burglary/Breaking & Entering, Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest/Hinder & Delay, Malicious Conduct by Prisoner, Injury to Personal Property 

 

Name: Ashley Heatherly 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Hold For Marshall

 

February 27

 

Name: Jeffery Scott Johnson 

Department: Swain Co Sheriff 

Arrest: FTA x3

 

 

February 22

 

Name: Joseph William Ferro Grier 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Assault on a Female, Communicating Threats, Interfere with Emergency Communications 

 

Name: Kelly Marie Walkingstick 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Child Support OFA

 

Name: Dorell Nijay Leshore 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: PWIMSD SCH II x2 , PWIMSD METH, Poss of DRUG PARA, PWIMSD SCH VI CS, Maintain VEH/Dwel/Plave CS, Poss METH, Poss Marijuana up to 1/2 OZ, Poss Marijuana PARA

 

Name: Gina Ann Waltonowski 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: PWIMSD SCH VI CS, PWIMSD SCH I CS, PWIMSD MDA/MDMA, Poss Of SCH II, Poss Marijuana PARA, Trafficking Opium Or Heroin, Poss Drug PARA

 

February 23

 

Name: Darrion Justin Ulmer 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Drug PARA, Violation of Court Order

 

Name: Crystal Lovedahl Queen 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Child Support OFA

 

Name: Tobias Nathaniel Dillard 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Child Support OFA

 

Name: Christopher Michael Johnson 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Marijuana PARA, Poss Drug PARA, Poss Marijuana PARA, Poss Drug PARA, Poss Marijuana up to 1/2 OZ, PWIMSD METH, Traffic METH by Possession, Traffic METH by Transport, Failure to Return Rental Property 

 

Name: Celenia Leann Rowe 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: WFA-School Attendance Violation 

 

Name: Lauren Ashley Cauthan 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Drug PARA, Simple Poss SCH VI, Poss METH

 

Name: Andrew Doyle Boggs 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Forcible B&E 

 

Name: Kenny Loan Nguyen

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest: WFA- Violation Of A Domestic Violation Protection Order

 

February 24

 

Name: Robert Dylan Thomas 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Injury to Personal Property, Communicating Threats 

 

Name:  Raynard Antione Flagg 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Felony Maintain Veh/Dwell/Place CS, PWIMSD Cocaine, Felony Poss of Cocaine, Simple Poss SCH V CS, Poss Marijuana More than 1/2 OZ, Felony PWIMSD Marijuana, Poss Marijuana PARA, Poss Drug PARA

 

Name:  Nakeshia Denise Roberts 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Felony Poss Of Cocaine, Poss Drug PARA, Felony  PWIMSD Cocaine, Felony PWIMSD MDA/MDMA, PWIMSD SCH VI CS, Felony POSS SCH II CS, Felony SCH VI CS, Carry Concealed Gun

 

Name:  Stacie Lee Glance 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Drug PARA, Carrying Concealed Weapon, Poss Stolen Firearm 

 

Name: Tinola David Wildcat 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Drug PARA, Poss Heroin 

 

February 25

 

Name: Dontavius Juan Cox 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: U.S. Marshals Warrant- PV

 

Name:  Regina JoAnn McQuaig 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: WFA Jackson Communicating Threats 

 

Name:  Kenneth Lee Tramper 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Poss Drug PARA, Poss Heroin 

 

Name: Briana Jilpas 

Department: Sylva PD 

Arrest: Assault with Deadly Weapon, Injury to Personal Property 

 

February 26

 

Name: Norman Rozelle Walkingstick 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: DWLR Not Impaired Rev, Felony Poss Stolen Goods/Property, Felony Larceny 

 

Name: Quenten Carrie Riggs

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest: Felony Poss METH, Poss Drug PARA x2

 

Name: Mallory Yvonne Littlejohn

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest: WFA- Felony Obtain Property By False Pretense

 

Name: Lindsey Nicole Adams

Department: Sylva PD

Arrest: WFA- Assault and Battery

 

February 27

 

Name:  Jeffery Thomas Burnette 

Department: Jackson Co Sheriff 

Arrest: Resist Obstruct Delay 

 

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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