U.S. Air Force Airman Ryan J. Henry graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Henry is the son of Christine M. Jacobs, grandson of Richard A. McPherson, and husband of Krista G. Henry, all of Murphy, N.C.
He is a 2016 graduate of Appalachian Academy, Murphy, N.C.
The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On Wednesday February 22, 2017, around 2:21 AM, Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an explosion in the area of 4157 Myers Chapel Road in Hayesville. Sheriff Davis said there it was discovered that a farm shed was on fire. The shed was completely destroyed in the fire, along with its contents.
Since then Clay County Sheriff’s Investigators have been working with arson investigators following up on leads. According to Sheriff Davis, this last week there was finally a break in the case when the prime suspect confessed to the incident.
Peter Crawford Tiger, 20, of Hayesville had recently been arrested for breaking and entering and larceny. Sheriff Davis said while he was in jail he confessed to burning the shed. He has been charged with Arson, Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering, and Second Degree Trespassing. He is currently being held in the Clay County Detention Center on an additional $10,000 bond.
The following press release has been issued by Town of Murphy Police Department. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Official Press Release
Location: 209 Beal Circle, Murphy, NC 28906
Defendant #1: Mr. Isaiah Zavier Nelson
Victim #1: 17 Year Old Male Family Member (Name withheld for privacy reasons)
Victim #2: 21 Year Old Female Family Member (Name withheld for privacy reasons)
Victim #3: Mr. Breslin Drake Allen
Victim #4: Various Law Enforcement Officers from MPD
Date of Incident: April 9th, 2017
Time of Incident: 5:41 pm
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
Cherokee County Detention Center
Cherokee County 911 Dispatch Center
Cherokee County Emergency Management
Cherokee County EMS
Cherokee County Magistrate's Office
Cherokee Tribal Police
Murphy Police Department
At or around 5:41 pm, on April 9th, 2017, the Cherokee County 911 Dispatch Center received a call in reference to a disturbance at 209 Beal Circle. The reporting party had advised that the male, Mr. Nelson, had been swinging a sword at her and advised that if any law enforcement showed up at the residence that Mr. Nelson would shoot them. Upon the arrival of law enforcement from the Murphy Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, they were advised that Mr. Nelson had barricaded himself inside with other occupants of the residence.
Shortly thereafter, the occupants of the residence were released and were able to come outside. During this time, multiple attempts were made by law enforcement and Mr. Nelson's mother to come outside of the residence via mobile phone and a patrol vehicle PA System, but Mr. Nelson refused. After much persuasion, Mr. Nelson was able to put the makeshift firearm down and exit the residence as he was making various threats to the assisting law enforcement officers. Mr. Nelson was then taken into custody as he was resisting being placed in handcuffs and placed inside of the patrol vehicle.
Mr. Nelson had made various threats to officers of the Murphy Police Department while being arrested and taken into custody. Given our previous history with Mr. Nelson, we found these threats to be credible.
Cherokee Tribal Police SWAT was notified of the incident and placed on standby. They were later cancelled after the defendant was in custody.
Mr. Nelson is currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center on the following charges:
- Second Degree Kidnapping (2 Counts)
- Resisting Public Officer (2 Counts)
- Communicating Threats (3 Counts)
- Injury To Personal Property (1 Count)
- Go Armed To The Terror Of The Public (1 Count)
- Assault With A Deadly Weapon (1 Count)
Mr. Nelson was given a $40,000.00 secure bond for the listed above offenses. His first court appearance is scheduled for April 25th, 2017 at 9:00 am in the Cherokee County Courthouse.
Prior to the above listed charges, Mr. Nelson has been charged with 42 prior offenses since 2009 here in Cherokee County alone. They range from Misdemeanor Larceny, Assault On A Government Official, Possession Of Methamphetamine, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Assault By Strangulation, Unauthorized Use Of A Motor Vehicle, Injury to Railroad Property and various Court and Probation Violations.
"I would personally like to thank the quick response from all assisting Deputies from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the Officers of the Murphy Police Department. I would also like to thank the Cherokee County 911 Dispatch Center for their assistance in getting all the crucial information needed to the responding law enforcement officers during this stressful situation. With all of these great people, and them doing what they do, they helped bring this unfortunate event to a quick resolution."
Due to the pending nature and charges of this investigation, this is all of the information that can be shared at this time. We will keep the general public informed as the investigation continues.
Justin J. Jacobs
Chief of Police
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A local radio station owner was arrested Saturday around 1:00 pm immediately after his radio program ended. Tim Radford, age 44, of Murphy, NC states that he was minding his own business when local law enforcement forced their way into the WKRK studio arresting him on charges of being "too smart and too good looking."
It's true that Radford has battled these problems all his life, but did not realize it was a crime to be that gifted. Radford states, "so that I don't bother others with these issues, I just stayed locked inside a studio trying to not to hurt anyone. I try to be friendly so that people will like me. Everyone wants to be super attractive and smart, but they don't realize what a curse it can be. I urge everyone to please just try to be average and fit in with others."
Radford does possess an IQ close to those of Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, but once again argued that such a thing should not be a reason to arrest someone.
Radford is being held on a $2,000,000 secured bond as he is a tremendous flight risk.
The arresting officer stated, "This is the kind of thing that cannot be tolerated in our community and we will not rest until we see this monster do his time in jail."
If you have read down this far, I'm hoping that you have figured out that this is an April Fool's joke and not an actual news story.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine! -Tim
Tri-County Community College will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on April 19 for students, faculty, staff, and community members interested in donating blood.
“Our goal for this drive is 38 units of blood,” said Dotie Stafford-Ortega, chair of the events committee at Tri-County Community College.
“We have 48 appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the limited number of appointments, I would encourage anyone wanting to sign up as soon as possible,” Stafford-Ortega said.
According to the American Red Cross, approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed in the United States every day.
“We organized this blood drive as part of our ongoing effort to give back to our community,” Stafford-Ortega said.
Stafford-Ortega said the blood drive will take place in front of the McSwain Building on the main campus in Peachtree from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If you would like to donate blood on April 19, please contact Stafford-Ortega at 835-4208, or visit the Student Engagement Office/Marketing Department in the McSwain Building, Room 109 to make an appointment.
To expedite the process further, ask about FASTpass. FASTpass gives you an opportunity to fill out all the paperwork prior to your appointment and bring it with you or present a QR code to the nurse from your smart phone.
For more information about the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Tri-County Community College, log onto www.tricountycc.edu.
When Shahadah Lloyd, 36, decided to return to school at Tri-County Community College, she knew the ultimate goal in furthering her education was to benefit her community.
“After spending 15 years as a restaurant manager, there simply wasn’t any room for me to grow,” Lloyd said. “I’m a people person in a limited job market, and becoming a nurse aide would give me the ability to do some good.”
According to Lloyd, who has served as a board member for Family Resources of Cherokee County for five years, furthering her education was another avenue for her to give back.
“Whatever you choose to do with your life, you have to be proud of it,” Lloyd said. “You have to ask yourself, ‘What am I doing to better my community?’ For me, Tri-County was an opportunity to further my education and to give to my community.”
Lloyd also said the draw of the nurse aide training program stemmed from her interest in helping senior citizens.
“I care deeply for the elderly,” Lloyd said. “I worked at the Senior Center when I was a junior in high school and it really opened my eyes to the struggles and vulnerabilities the elderly face.”
Lloyd said she plans to complete the second nurse aide class before looking at whether she wants to continue her education or begin working in the health care industry.
“I’m very rooted in this community,” Lloyd said. “I want to do something meaningful with my life. By gaining my nurse aide certification, I can continue working toward my constant goal of doing what I can to benefit someone else’s life.”
For Lloyd, returning to school at Tri-County Community College has allowed her to not only gain a credential to find a job, but also gave her the opportunity to exercise her deep love of learning.
“For future or younger students, I would encourage them to always ask questions,” Lloyd said. “The best way to gain knowledge is to seek it.”
For more information about the nurse aide training program at Tri-County Community College, contact Deborah Raper at 835-9564.
The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
A Hayesville man was arrested once again for breaking and entering after stealing a bike. Peter Tiger, 20, broke into an outbuilding on Friday March 24, 2017, and stole a bicycle according to Sheriff Davis. Sheriff Deputies had just had an interaction with Tiger at the Sheriff’s Office and saw him walk up to the office, and he was actually asked to leave after causing a disturbance in the lobby. A short time later, one of the same Deputies witnessed Tiger riding a bicycle on Courthouse Drive right after another deputy witnessed him throw the back down and embankment on Courthouse Drive.
Sheriff Davis said the deputies approached Tiger to see where he acquired the bicycle. He then admitted to the deputies he took it because he was tired of walking. Upon further investigation it was discovered an outbuilding at a residence on Courthouse Drive had been broken into and the bicycle taken from it.
Tiger was arrested for breaking into the new Dollar General on Hwy 64 East, and for breaking into a building near the Dollar General in February of this year. Tiger recently received a bond reduction and was able to get out of jail on March 13, 2017.
According to Sheriff Davis, Tiger was arrested and charged with Felony Breaking and Entering and Felony Larceny on Friday. He is currently in custody in the Clay County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond.
On Saturday March 25, 2017, Captain Litchfield and Captain Crisp from Clay County Sheriff's Office had the distinct privilege of attending the North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) 2017 Employer Recognition Banquet in Greensboro, NC. Cody Harris, a Detention Officer at the Sheriff’s Office, is also with the North Carolina National Guard. He nominated the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center for going above and beyond in supporting him in his duties as a guardsman.
The Above and Beyond Award is presented by the ESGR State Committees to recognize employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits, and other similar benefits.
Captain Litchfield said it was an honor to represent Sheriff Davis at this event and we are grateful for the service of Cody Harris and other guardsman like him. Captain Crisp also said it was an honor to be present with Officer Harris at the banquet; and for being recognized for doing what he feels like everyone should do in support of the Guard and Reserve.
As a guardsman, Office Harris could be called on to deploy at a moment’s notice. He spent time last year on the coast of North Carolina helping with hurricane relief and will be deployed later this year to Cuba for a full year.
A loud burst of laughter fills the conference room where Thomas Nelson, adviser for Tri-County Community College’s new United Promise initiative meets with first-year college student Naeem Ahmed to discuss resources available to him on campus.
“The United Promise program at Tri-County exists to provide a resource to first-year minority male students on our campus,” Nelson said as he explained the program to Ahmed. “This is a new initiative aimed at bringing a group of your peers together so that you all can support and encourage each other throughout your time here.”
Nelson, who also works for Cherokee County Schools and is a native of Cherokee County, said he is excited about working with students at Tri-County Community College through his role in the United Promise program.
“Anytime I get to work with students is great," Nelson said. "I moved back here to help the kids growing up in the same community I grew up in."
The United Promise program is funded through the North Carolina Community College System’s Minority Male Success Initiative aimed at recruiting and retaining minority male students across the state.
“This program provides an important outreach into our community to equip our minority male students with anything they need to succeed during their educational journey,” said Dotie Stafford-Ortega, coordinator for the program. “Our goal is to build a cohort of likeminded individuals to serve as role models both on and off campus.”
Ahmed, who joined the program this semester, said he is looking forward to connecting with his peers.
“I really enjoy being involved on campus,” Ahmed said. “This program is a way for us to have support in each other, so that no one feels alone.”
For Nelson, the United Promise program also provides a vital service in helping students feel included on campus.
“I’m fortunate enough to know most of these students already, so it’s great to really have someone be here for them that they feel comfortable enough to confide in,” Nelson said. “Tri-County has so many resources they can take advantage of, and the positive things we can do through this program within our community are endless.”
For more information about Tri-County Community College’s United Promise program log onto www.tricountycc.edu/TC-UP, or call Dotie Stafford-Ortega at 835-4208.
The following press release has been issued by the Office of Ashley Welch, District Attorney.
David Joe Shuler, 52, of Bryson City was convicted today by a jury in Swain County Superior Court of being an accessory before the fact to statutory rape. Shuler facilitated the crime by pretending to be the father of one of the minor victim's girlfriends who had come to pick the victim up for an all girls sleepover. He assured the victim's family that there would be adult supervision, and that there would be no boys around. Instead, the defendant dropped the victim off with an adult male at a mobile home that the defendant owned, and the crime occurred over the course of the next day and a half. Shuler was immediately taken into custody after the jury's verdict and ordered to serve 58 to 82 months in the custody of the Division of Adult Correction.
"We all share an obligation to protect the children in our communities, and this conviction demonstrates how seriously my office takes that responsibility. I commend Sheriff Cochran and the Swain County Sheriff's Office for bringing us the evidence we needed to achieve justice in this case," said District Attorney Ashley Welch.