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Traffic stop nabs man who owes over $50,000 in child support

The following news release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.


Reginald Ralph Cox

Reginald Ralph Cox

Murphy, NC— Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin announced that Ralph Reginald Cox, a 39 year old Murphy, Carolina man was arrested following a routine license check.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on June 22, 2014 deputies from the Uniformed Services Division of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a license check point to ensure compliance with North Carolina Motor Vehicle laws. During the check a vehicle operated by Ralph “Reggie” Cox came through the check point. During questioning Cox provided false driver’s identification information. After further questioning and records check Cox was identified and information was located that Cox had an outstanding warrant for the violation of the Compulsory School Attendance Law as well as outstanding civil contempt judgments for back child support for an amount totaling over $55,000.00.

In addition to the School Attendance Law Violation and the two civil contempt charges Cox was also charged with Resisting a Public Officer, and Driving While License Revoked. Cox was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center and is currently being held on a $1,000.00 secure bond and a $3,000.00 unsecure bond and has a July 7th 2014 Cherokee County District Court date. Cox is currently being held on the civil contempt orders where he is required to pay the back child support before he can be released.

Sheriff Keith Lovin remarked, “the Office of the Sheriff in Cherokee County works 24/7 to protect the people we serve. Alert and diligent officers took the time and extra effort to help bring a parent to account for their responsibilities to provide care and support to their children. This is another example of the interdiction effort we continue to operate around the clock to deter crime in Cherokee County.”

To report crime in Cherokee County you can submit an anonymous tip at, call 828-837-1344 or report it to 911.

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