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May 25, 2020

Pinnacle Park Incident Spurs New Legislation

Law Enforcement have not yet been able to pinpoint who placed  more than 60 nails and spikes along trails in Sylva’s Pinnacle Park back in February. The incident has sparked a new state law which aims to classify the crime as “domestic terrorism”.
Mecklenburg County Republican state Representative John Bradford has introduced a bill that would classify spiking trails or setting other traps on public mountain paths as such. His bill would create a misdemeanor offense for anyone “who willfully and maliciously sets a trap in a public park for the purpose of injuring another person.” The crime would be a felony if someone was injured, or if the trap was “camouflaged or concealed.”
The bill was give the green light by the House Judiciary II Committee unanimously earlier this week, and now goes to the House floor.
Investigators are still actively pursuing the assailant in the Pinnacle Park crime.

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Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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