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Four press releases issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

Cherokee County NCThe following press releases have been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

To report illegal activity call 828-837-1344 or you can email to



Harold Clyde Laney

Harold Clyde Laney

Murphy, NC— 53 year old Harold Clyde Laney, who gave a Murphy North Carolina address, was arrested by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office investigators for Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child. The charges were brought from an investigation conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division based on allegations that Laney had engaged or attempted to engage in sex acts with a child who was in his care and custody at the time.

Upon his arrest, Laney was taken before the Cherokee County Magistrate where Laney was placed on a $20,000.00 unsecured bond. Laney is scheduled to appear in Cherokee County District Court Later this month.

Based upon the age of the victim and the sensitive nature of the case, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any additional information concerning this incident at this time.



Jacob Black

Jacob Black

Murphy, NC— A joint marijuana eradication operation conducted in Cherokee County North Carolina on Wednesday July 17th, 2013 netted an indoor grow and a substantial amount of marijuana.

During the July 17th, operation personnel from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the North Carolina Air National Guard discovered a sophisticated indoor marijuana grow in the Marble Community of Cherokee County. The initial discovery was made when an airborne unit observed several marijuana plants in the back yard of a residence on Day Lilly Drive. The owner of the residence, Jacob Black a 28 year old Marble North Carolina man was identified by investigators as the person who was growing the marijuana. Investigators confiscated a substantial amount of marijuana along with several items used in the manufacture of marijuana.

On July 22, 2013, Black surrendered himself to the Cherokee County Detention Center and was released on a $10,000.00 unsecured bond. Black has a Cherokee County District Court date later this month.



David Corso

David Corso

Murphy, NC— David Corso, a 29 year old Murphy North Carolina man was arrested for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. The charges against Corso were brought after investigators concluded their investigation into the June 19th, 2013 discovery of the suspected methamphetamine lab.

On Wednesday June 19th, 2013 investigators from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on West Hollow St. in Murphy North Carolina. During the course of the search several “One Pot Meth Labs” or “Shake and Bake Meth Labs” were discovered at a campsite along with material that was would normally be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations Lab Response Team was called to assist in the investigation. Upon their arrival the SBI response team took control of the evidence and chemicals.

During the investigation information was discovered that Corso was actively making methamphetamine at the West Hollow St. address and was injured from some type of chemical explosion. Corso is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $17.500.00 secure bond. Corso is to appear in Cherokee County District Court later this month.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that the manufacture of methamphetamine is extremely dangerous due the chemicals that are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. If someone in Cherokee County were to discover what they believe to be a meth lab they are instructed to call the 911 so that the item can be inspected. People are cautioned against handling the suspected meth labs due to their dangerous nature.



Loretta Lynn Townsend

Loretta Lynn Townsend

Murphy, NC— Loretta Lynn Townsend, a 40 year old Murphy North Carolina woman was arrested after information it was discovered that she had been on the property of Tri County College which also houses the Tri County Early College a local high school.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received information that Loretta Lynn Townsend, a registered sex offender had went onto and remained upon the properties of Tri County Community College. Through an investigation it was revealed that Townsend had been on the property and had visited the cosmetology department for a period of about four hours.

Townsend, was also on probation from an previous sex offender registration violation in which she had created an account on the social networking site Facebook. Townsend was arrested and booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center and released the next day on a $5,000.00 secure bond. Townsend is scheduled to appear in Cherokee County District Court later this month.

The North Carolina General Assembly created the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry in January 1996. This law outlines registration requirements for persons living in North Carolina, non-resident students and non-resident workers.

The Registry serves as a resource to help protect and inform the public. “The North Carolina Sex Offender Registration Program”, a publication of the North Carolina Department of Justice, provides more detailed information about the state’s Sex Offender Registry.

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