Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Murphy

  • Agency: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Murphy
  • Address: 577 Regal St, Murphy, 28906 NC
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Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Murphy is located at 577 Regal St, Murphy, 28906 NC. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Murphy phone number is 828-837-2589.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Murphy News

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MURPHY MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the October 30th, 2018 arrest of Harry James Verner, a 18 year old Murphy North Carolina man for charges stemming from the sexual assault of a minor. On or about October 15th, 2018 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a young child had been sexually assault on or about October 13th, 2018 at a residence in the Hiwassee Dam Community of Cherokee County North Carolina. Pursuant to that information an investigation was conducted in which Verner was identified as the suspect which lead to his October 30th, 2018 arrest. Harry James Verner is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center for First Degree Statutory Sexual Offense with a Child and Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child. Verner’s secure bond is currently $200,000.00. Verner currently has November 08th, 2018 District Court date. Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “We thank the Cherokee County Schools, and the District Attorney’s Office for their cooperation and assistance in this investigation. These are difficult cases for all concerned. Because of the age of the victim and the nature of the crime there will be no further press releases from this office.” 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. ###

________________________________________ NEWS RELEASE ________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE From: Sheriff Derrick L. Palmer Cherokee County LOCAL SHERIFF OFFERS TIPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins, and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween. “Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” said Sheriff Palmer of County. The Sheriff reminds all Cherokee County residents to follow these safety tips: Motorists: • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. Parents: • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12. • Check the sex offender registry at sexoffender.ncsbi.gov/ when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route. You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby. • Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children's companions. • Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group. • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route. • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home. • Establish a return time. • Tell your youngsters not to eat any treats until they return home. • Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules. • All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency. • Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address, and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group. Costume Design: • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes. • Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath. • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. • Make sure that shoes fit well to prevent trips and falls. • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible. Face Design: • Do not use masks as they can obstruct a child's vision. Use facial make-up instead. • When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," "Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic." Follow manufacturer's instruction for application. • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes. Accessories: • Knives, swords, and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects. • Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark. • Carrying flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly. While Trick-or-Treating: • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision. • Walk; do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards. • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if there are no sidewalks. Treats: • Give children an early meal before going out. • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten. • Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces. • Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped or has a strange odor, color, or texture. Homeowners/Decorations: • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps, and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters. • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could catch fire. • Do not leave your house unattended. "Halloween is a fun time in Cherokee County,” Sheriff Palmer concluded, "but let’s make it a safe time as well.”

There has been recent media coverage concerning a Giglio letter that was sent to Deputy Eric Giles by the District Attorney’s Office citing concerns with the deputy’s credibility. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office looked into these concerns and in the end decided to continue to employ Deputy Giles. In recent days there has been some questions asked about the working relationship between the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the District Attorney. I would like to clarify that there is no animosity or strain between the two offices. We continue to serve the citizens of Cherokee County to the best of our ability. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office continues to work hand in hand to investigate crimes, make arrest, and prosecute those cases accordingly. Thank you for your continued support and may God Bless every one of you.

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BURGAW MAN ARRESTED FOR METH TRAFFICKING AND STEALING CAR Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the October 09th, 2018 arrest of a Timothy Wayne Barnes, a 34 year man who provided a Burgaw North Carolina address for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and stealing and possession of a motor vehicle. On October 09th, 2018 Cherokee County Emergency Communications received a call that a female had just had her car stolen. Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Murphy Police Department worked cooperatively to identify Timothy Barnes as the individual who had stolen the car. As the officers worked together they were able to ascertain a possible location of the car and Barnes. Upon arriving at the Martins Creek location the officers were able to retrieve the car and Barnes. Upon checking for wants and warrants information was found that Barnes had an Indictment from the April Cherokee County Grand Jury for Trafficking in Methamphetamine. Additionally during a search incident to arrest Barnes was found to have a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine on his person. Timothy Wayne Barnes was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was incarcerated for LARCENY OF MOTOR VEHICLE, POSSESS STOLEN AUTOMOBILE, POSSESS METHAMPHETAMINE, POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, TRAFFIC IN METHAMPHETAMINE. Barnes is currently under a $60,000.00 secure bond and has a October 25, 2018 court date. Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Good work between officers of the Sheriff’s Office and Murphy Police Department. This is the kind of team work that helps us continue our fight against drugs and their toll on our county.” 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. ###

FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHASE Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the October 13th, 2018 arrest of a Joshua Warren Boyle, a 34 year old Orlando Florida man for being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle and for felony eluding. At about 1 am on the 13th, of October 2018 Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office noticed a motorcycle with two riders at the intersection of 141 and US 74. The motorcycle operator, later identified at Joshua Warren Boyle, set through light changes apparently not able to turn left because the traffic light would not indicate a left turn. When one of the deputies approached in an effort to allow for Boyle to proceed with is turn, Boyle and the passenger sped off at a high rate of speed. The Deputy commenced a chase on US 74. At one point the passenger of the motorcycle was able to get off when the driver slowed to make a u turn. The chase lasted over 40 minutes with Boyle going into opposing lanes on several occasions on both two lane and four lane roads as well as exceeding over 115 mph. The chase ended when Boyle turned down a dead end road and lost control and hit a tree. There was minor damage to the motorcycle which later was discovered to be stolen out of Florida. Boyle, who fled a short distance on foot, was not injured. Joshua Warren Boyle was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was incarcerated for POSSESS STOLEN AUTOMOBILE, FLEE/ELUDE ARREST WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE, RECKLESS DRIVING - WANTON DISREGARD, FICT/ALT TITLE/REG CARD/TAG, INJURY TO PERSONAL PROPERTY, DRIVE LEFT OF CENTER, RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER, NO OPERATERS LICENSE, FAIL YLD STOP SIGN. Boyle is currently under a $30,000.00 secure bond and has a October 25th, 2018 District Court date. Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “This started out as a good Samaritan act by the Deputy and ended in the recovery of a stolen vehicle and several traffic charges. Good work by the deputies and we appreciate the assistance from Murphy Police Department as well. It is fortunate this took place when the traffic was nonexistent at the time which allowed the officers to bring this to a good conclusion.” 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. ###

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The scammers are at it again. We are receiving calls that SGT Wood has warrants out for folks and they need to pay up. This just isn't true! Lt. Wood asks that you stay alert and just hang up on them. If you fall prey to the scammers please contact 828-835-3144 so that Dispatch can get an officer in contact with you.