Murphy Police Department

  • Agency: Murphy Police Department
  • Address: 93 Peachtree St, Murphy, 28906 NC
  • Chief:
Phone: 828-837-2214
Fax: (828) 837-2002

Murphy Police Department is located at 93 Peachtree St, Murphy, 28906 NC. The Murphy Police Department phone number is 828-837-2214.

Murphy Police Department News

Please join us for our 13th "Coffee With A Cop" Event. The McDonald's of Murphy will be providing free coffee for those that stop by. No agenda, we just address any questions or concerns you might have. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Due to the "Calling The Train Home" Event taking place tomorrow evening, October 5th at 7:00 pm, the Town of Murphy Police Department will be closing the following roadways at 5:00 pm. Peachtree St. and Central St. (Cherokee County Courthouse). Valley River Ave. and Hickory St. (Hick's Service Center). Tennessee St. and McClelland St. (Murphy Auto Parts). Hiwassee St. and Church St. (Downtown Pizza). This unfortunately will cause some inconveniences to the businesses in this area, but this is the only way we can ensure everyone's safety prior to setting up for the event. If you plan on parking in the area that the event will be taking place, please remember that you may not be able to get out until after the event is over and the majority of the crowd has dispersed from the roadways. We will have road closed ahead and detour signs properly posted in this area directing traffic around the event area before it begins. We want to make sure that everyone stays safe and has a great time. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Sgt. Ryan Cunningham, and myself, were honored to be able to speak with the wonderful and inquisitive students at The Learning Center this morning. To be clear, a lot of you "mommies" out there are speeding according to your children. However, the "nana's" and the "dad's" do not for some reason. We also discussed "monsters" under the beds, what to do in case of a fire and how do we know who the "bad guy" is. I also want to thank the wonderful Teaching and Instructional Staff, Mrs. Shirley Kephart for inviting us and Director Mary Jo Dyre and the rest of the wonderful staff, for allowing us this opportunity. Community Policing is one of the things that we strive to do for the community. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Press Release from the Murphy Police Department: On September 7th, 2018 at around 8:57 pm the Cherokee County 911 Center received several 911 calls in reference to shots being fired at The County Store, a local convenience store in Murphy, North Carolina. Callers advised that a male subject had been shot in the parking lot of the store, and the armed suspect fled on foot at the time toward an adjacent school area where a high school football game was taking place. Law enforcement immediately notified school personnel and school law enforcement of the situation. Law enforcement secured the scene of the shooting while Cherokee County Emergency personnel attempted to provide life saving measures on the victim. The victim was transported to Erlanger Murphy Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The victim was identified as Johnny Mark Lowery of Marble, North Carolina. The suspect was identified as Shane Donovan McKinney of Marble, North Carolina. The suspect fled to his residence in the Marble area where he was later apprehended without incident after a short standoff with Law Enforcement. Shane Donovan McKinney was charged with murder and discharging a firearm in the city limits. McKinney was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center and currently being held with no bond. At this time this will be the only press release, this case is still currently under investigation. On behalf of The Murphy Police Department I would like to thank our law enforcement community and all the different agencies for the assistance in this case. The cooperation between our Law Enforcement agencies helped to bring this case to a fast conclusion. Thank you to Cherokee County 911 Center Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Cherokee County Emergency Services Cherokee Tribal Police North Carolina Highway Patrol North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Cherokee County Schools Cherokee County School Police 30th, District Attorney's Office Dustin D. Smith Assistant Chief of Police Murphy Police Department 93 Peachtree St. Murphy, NC 28906 (O) (828) 837-2214 (F) (828) 837-2002

****Press Release**** Given the incident that occurred at Nate's Country Store, here in the Town of Murphy last night, we will be giving a press release when we have more information and as the investigation continues. It could be later this afternoon, tomorrow or possibly Monday before one is released. We would kindly ask for all media outlets to not tie up emergency phone lines with questions. Everyone will be notified at the same time. The suspect in the incident, Mr. Shane Donovan McKinney, is currently incarcerated at the Cherokee County Detention Center with no bond. We would also kindly ask for everyone to keep the victim's family's privacy in mind during this tragic time. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Please join us for our 12th "Coffee With A Cop" Event. The McDonald's of Murphy will be providing free coffee for those that stop by. No agenda, we just address any questions or concerns you might have. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

The Town of Murphy Police Department is extremely saddened by the recent passing of Nada R. Pullium. Nada had worked for the department back in the early 70's before working for other government organizations here in Cherokee County. At one time, she was a sworn officer for the Murphy Police Department. She then returned in the mid-90's as a Dispatcher and retired as the Administrative Assistant here a few years ago. After her retirement, she would often fix breakfast for our Patrol Officers at her home. Often times bringing various baked goods to the department. She will greatly be missed by this department and this community. Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs. https://www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com/index.php/obituaries/1914-pullium-nada

Recently, given the popular polls conducted by the Cherokee Scout regarding crime watch and neighborhood watch programs, we have have received many calls on how to start one of these programs. The Town of Murphy Police Department has assisted three residential areas within the town limits in the past years on implementing these programs. Our first one began in 2012 to combat a known drug house on their street. The other two began shortly thereafter for the same reason. We want to also let the citizens and business owners of Murphy know that we also conduct residential security checks and provide free educational materials to the public. We also provide free materials and safety training for women in today's world. If you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch program in your area, please feel free to contact us. We provide the training materials, window stickers, yard signs and street signs free of charge. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Given that Cherokee County Schools will be starting back this coming Monday, August 27th, we want to remind the citizens and travelers of Murphy and Cherokee County that school buses will once again be on our roadways. We want to make sure that everyone gets into the habit of them being back on our roadways and be mindful of the students safety riding them. Parents and guardians, for those of you that have children riding the bus, please remind them to still look both ways before crossing the road to get on or off the bus. We want to make sure everyone gets to and from their school safely every morning and every afternoon. We also want to remind everyone that will be travelling on Valley River Ave. here in Murphy in front of the Murphy Elementary School, to expect some traffic delays in the afternoons. Especially during the first and second week of school. We want to wish all of the principals, teachers, bus drivers, lunch ladies, school staff and our wonderful students, a Happy School Year!!! Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

On August 16th, the Town of Murphy Police Department was honored to set up a safety booth during the "2018 Parent Fair" held at The Learning Center. We were able to properly fit and provide 60 bicycle helmets to the children and students that needed one. These helmets were provided through the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation "Bicycle Helmet Initiative." We were also able to provide free information and materials from the "Watch For Me NC" Program and North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program. If you are interested in any of these safety materials, please feel free to contact us. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Here are a few reminders that the Town of Murphy Police Department would like to share concerning the July 4th Parade and Fireworks Display to be held tomorrow afternoon and night. 1. The "Patriotic Fourth of July Parade" will leave the L&N Depot at 2:00 pm. The procession will then follow Hiwassee St., coming through the traffic light in downtown, to Valley River Ave. It will then end at Konehete Park (ball field side). We recommend that anyone that is planning to watch the parade to be already at your viewing site before 1:45 pm. We will then be closing off the various side streets along the parade route at 1:50 pm. This will allow all other motor vehicle traffic time to exit the parade route before it begins. 2. The July 4th Fireworks will begin after dark. This will also depend on the weather. Once the fireworks begin, due to the volume of spectators in the park, no motor vehicle traffic will be allowed to enter the park. We also want to remind everyone that Conaheeta St., on the ball field side, is One Way. All motor vehicles leaving the park after the fireworks end will have to effect a right hand turn onto Hill St. towards Andrews Rd./Bulldog Dr. No motor vehicles will be allowed to turn left. This is to ease the flow of traffic. People should also allow an extra 25-30 minutes during your travel time due to the amount of traffic we are expecting. Please be patient, we want to make sure that everyone has a safe and good time. 3. As always, we encourage everyone to use the sidewalks and designated crosswalks for their safety. We also recommend parents with small children to have a designated meeting area for their children in the event they were to become separated from you. For pet owners bringing your animals to the fireworks display, please be mindful that they may not enjoy them, or the crowds, as much as you do. Rain Date for the fireworks is scheduled for July 5th. The Town of Murphy Police Department wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Fourth of July!!! Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

The Town of Murphy Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in reporting any suspicious activity that they may observe at the Piney Knob Trails off of Piney Knob Hill Rd. As you can see by the pictures provided, various sizes of nails and tacks have been found on the hiking trails themselves. Not only do they pose a potential health hazard for the hikers, but can also create substantial property damage to bicycle tires. These trails are for everyone to enjoy here in our area and this form of vandalism will not be tolerated. Please contact the Murphy Police Department at (828) 837-2214 if you observe any suspicious behavior or persons in this area. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Here is a list of events that will be happening here in Murphy this Memorial Day Weekend: May 26th: "Hump 22" March - Will be leaving The Daily Grind at 08:00 and will be travelling Hwy. 19/74 West until the turn around at the Cherokee County Landfill. It will then proceed back to Murphy and end back at The Daily Grind. This march is to bring awareness to the 22 Veterans that commit suicide everyday. This march will congregate at the Warriors Veteran Outreach behind The Daily Grind. Please come out and show your support. May 28th: Memorial Day Event - Will be taking place at Veteran's Park here in the Murphy Town Square at 11:00. MPD will be closing down the roadways in this area at 10:45 for safety purposes so please make sure you get there on time. This event will conclude around 12:00. We will then reopen the roadways up by 12:15. We all know that Memorial Day is more than the sales commercials you see advertised on television, offering you a great deal on a mower or grill. Unfortunately, this is what most people are accustomed to year after year. This year, as in all year's past, we honor all the Veterans that have paid the ultimate sacrifice to give us the freedoms that the true "Patriots" of this Great Nation truly know and understand. We also honor the families that have experienced the loss of the their loved one in times of war or while serving. This weekend will be a busy weekend with lots of traffic on our roadways. Please be mindful of our fellow travelers out there as well. We want to make sure that everyone has a great and safe Memorial Day!!! Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

The Town of Murphy Police Department is requesting the public's help in identifying this female. This subject was involved in a recent identity theft that we are currently investigating. We would kindly ask if anyone knows who she is to please contact the Murphy Police Department at (828) 837-2214. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Please join us for our eleventh "Coffee With A Cop" Event. The McDonald's of Murphy will be providing free coffee for those that stop by. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Beginning at 5:00 am on Saturday morning, May 5th, the Town of Murphy Police Department will be closing various parts of Tennessee St. for the First Annual Murphy Spring Festival. Listed below are the streets that will be closed: Tennessee St. and Valley River Ave./Hiwassee St. Tennessee St. and Depot St. Tennessee St. and McClelland St. Tennessee St. and Willow St. We will have signs, barrels and message boards displayed indicating where people should avoid. This roadway closure will end at 7:00 pm that night after all vendors have safely cleared the area. We are asking everyone to use caution during this time due to the amount of foot and motor vehicle traffic coming through town during this event. Pedestrians should use all designated crosswalks where available. We want to make sure everyone has a great and safe time during this event. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Please join us for our tenth "Coffee With A Cop" Event. The McDonald's of Murphy will be providing free coffee for those that stop by. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

The Town of Murphy Police Department would like to thank the Women's Missionary Group with the Ranger Baptist Church for bringing us this basket of goodies. We greatly appreciate the community's continued support. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

I would like to thank the nine Operators of the Warriors Veteran Outreach for assisting a disabled Veteran get moved into his residence this past weekend here in Cherokee County. This Veteran had contacted me approximately two weeks ago needing assistance but did not know anyone in the area to help. Without blinking an eye, these dedicated Operators jumped at the chance to help a fellow Veteran. These Veterans continue to serve our community just as much today as they ever had in the past. Just in a different capacity. For that, we are forever grateful for your continued service. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Please join us for our ninth "Coffee With A Cop" Event. The McDonald's of Murphy will be providing free coffee for those that stop by. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

The Town of Murphy Police Department would like to thank Mr. John Ivie and the entire staff of Ivie Funeral Home for bringing us this delicious tray of cookies from the Downtown Bakery. It is our honor to serve the citizens, business owners and the travelers of the Town of Murphy and Cherokee County. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that came out today to talk with us during our "Coffee With A Cop" Event. I also wanted to thank McDonald's of Murphy for hosting us. Mr. Ben Katz (Cherokee Scout) Mr. Barry McClure (Murphy Town Council) and Mrs. Gail Walker-Stansell (Murphy Town Council) were in attendance. Also present were Patrol Sgt. Cunningham and Patrol Officer Allen (MPD). For those that could not attend, we will be hosting another one on March 8th. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

Please join us for our eighth "Coffee With A Cop" Event. The McDonald's of Murphy will be providing free coffee for those that stop by. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.

I want to personally thank all the law enforcement officers in our Town, County, State and our Great Nation, for the sacrifices that they make every day. It does not matter if you wear a shield or a star, a blue uniform or a brown uniform, you will always have our support and appreciation. Thank You, Chief Justin J. Jacobs.