Murphy, October 7, 2015 – No Contract Cellular and nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers are asking Cherokee County and surrounding residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, Cherokee County and surrounding residents can provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.
Beginning today, residents can donate their phones and/or tablets at No Contract Cellular, 1474 Andrews Rd, Murphy, NC 28906 – Inside Circuit World at Big Lots Shopping Center.
Comments from owner of No Contract Cellular:
"No Contract Cellular is proud to help sponsor and support our Veterans. I personally have met with the founder of Cell Phone For Soldiers, and as a combat Veteran I know what it costs military personnel to be able to call their family when serving outside the U.S. This is a great non-profit organization with a tremendous program. I had the pleasure of being personally involved in connecting 150 troops serving in Afghanistan with Cell Phones for Soldiers in which only about 20% of them could afford to call home. Through this program, each soldier is now being provided a way to connect with their family simply by folks like you who have donated their old phones or donated money. This is a simple way for you to show your gratitude, and support for those who are serving our country, and have served this country. We ask that you search your home for any phones you may not be using or need, and donate to this great cause. If you do not have any phones, but want to contribute we will be taking up donations that 100% will be given to buy airtime for soldiers serving our country, and Veterans in need that kept our nation free."
Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 3,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.
“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like No Contract Cellular that take the initiative to support our military members,” said co-founder Robbie Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones For Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”
For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.
Since 2004, more than 11.6 million phones have been recycled or repurposed. Approximately half of the phones processed are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:
Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
Copper wiring from phone chargers
Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
For more information, please visit www.nccmurphy.com or www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.
Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 213 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,700 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages.
The following press release has been issued by Town of Murphy Police Department.
At approximately 7:27 am, on Monday, October 5th, 2015, Patrol Officer Samuel R. Allen was dispatched to McDonald's of Murphy regarding a breaking and entering that occurred earlier that morning. After observing the video surveillance, Patrol Officer Allen was able to identify the male suspect by previous experiences with him. It appeared that the male suspect entered the business between 1:00 am and 3:00 am. During this time, the suspect helped himself to various fountain drinks and a few clothing items and then removed the businesses computer server. This was why McDonald's was closed and unable to serve customers.
Patrol Officer Allen was later able to locate the computer server in a garbage can behind a nearby sign. McDonald's of Murphy was then able to open later that day.
The Murphy Police Department would like to thank local media outlets for getting the information out to the public. We want to also thank the public for their concerns and information.
At no point was McDonald's of Murphy robbed and at no point was the public's welfare in danger.
The Cherokee County Magistrate's Office has issued two warrants for arrest for the male suspect.
Due to the ongoing investigation, this is all the information that we can share at this time.
We are not releasing the male suspect's name until we are able to locate him.
Justin J. Jacobs
Chief of Police
Murphy Police Department
The following press release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the arrest of 59-year-old Kelvin Wayne Blaylock, a Murphy, North Carolina resident for Murder.
Shortly after 8:30 pm on October 4th, 2015, Cherokee County Communications received a call for assistance at a Peachtree Community address where the caller stated there had been a domestic dispute and that a male party at the residence had been shot.
Upon arrival at the residence, the responding deputy sheriff secured the residence to allow Emergency Medical Services entrance to provide services. Although attempts were made to provide lifesaving measures to the victim, 30-year-old Michael (Chicago) Davis, they were not successful. During the investigation, a search warrant of the residence was completed and several items were seized as evidence.
Kelvin Wayne Blaylock was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center and charged with Murder. Blaylock is presently being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center under no bond.
Sheriff Palmer stated, “We are in the early stages of the investigation and continue to follow leads. Although we know there were issues involved at this residence we will not speculate until we have done a thorough investigation. I would like to thank Cherokee County EMS, Peachtree Volunteer Fire Department, the Cherokee County Rescue Squad and the District Attorney's Office for their assistance in this investigation."
To report crime in Cherokee County, call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at email@example.com or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress.
The following press release has been issued by Towns County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Towns County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a second burglary and drug suspect within a four-day time frame.
On Monday, September 28th, Towns County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Bruce Partin, Jr., age 30 of Young Harris, Georgia. He was arrested and has been charged with the following offenses:
3 counts of Burglary (1st Degree)
1 count of Burglary (2nd Degree)
1 count of Theft By Receiving Stolen Property (Felony)
1 count of Theft By Deception
1 count Entering of an Auto
1 count VGCSA Possession of Marijuana less than 1 oz.
1 count Possession of Drug Related Objects
1 count Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime
1 count Possession of Firearm/Knife during the Commission of a Crime.
1 count Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun
During the course of the criminal investigation, investigators located and recovered approximately $16,950 worth of stolen property.
At this time, the Partin and Lowe suspects do not appear to be connected.
Below are updated charges for Burglary Suspect Joshua Ryan Lowe (previous press release.)
Lowe is currently being held on the following charges:
1 count VGCSA Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute
2 counts VGCSA Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance
1 count VGCSA Possession of Schedule III controlled Substance
1 count VGCSA Possession of Dangerous Drugs
1 count VGCSA Possession of Marijuana less than 1 oz.
1 count Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
Towns County Sheriff’s investigators, in conjunction with Union County Sheriff’s investigators, have identified some of the property seized at the time of the traffic stop as being stolen.
Union County and Gilmer County Sheriff’s Offices have placed hold requests on Joshua Lowe for charges pending in both counties. Additional charges are likely in Towns County as well.