Archive for Franklin NC

Fatal Accident in Franklin Claims Mother and Son

A traffic crash in Macon County claimed the lives of a mother and son from Franklin.

Troopers say a van and a suburban collided Wednesday afternoon on Highway 64, also known as Highlands Road. The accident happened about 2pm near the entrance to the Riverbend RV Park and Campground.

They say the van, driven by 16 year old Caleb Sloope, was heading west when it ran off the road. Authorities say Sloope over-corrected and rolled the van into the path of the suburban, which was heading east.

Caleb Sloope’s mother, Joy, was in passenger seat and died at the scene. The highway patrol says Caleb Sloope died later at the hospital. His sister, 17 year old Cameron is in critical condition at Mission Hospital, but expected to live.

86 year old Herwart Hugel and his 80 year old wife Ingrid were taken to Mission Hospital.

Methamphetamine Trafficking in Macon County

On Friday, July 24, agents of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, the Macon County, Sheriff’s Office, and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation took action in an ongoing methamphetamine trafficking investigation.

Joseph Anthony Persicketti, 26, of 214 Omega Hills Road, Franklin, was arrested in Clayton, Ga., and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Denise Andrews, 35, of 713 Eskona Street, Newland, N.C., was arrested in Franklin, and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Karrie Elisa Varner, 33, of 214 Omega Hills Road, Franklin, was arrested in Clayton, Ga., and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Rona Burrell Stone, 48, of 192 Omega Hills Drive, Franklin, N.C., was arrested, in Franklin, and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Agents executed three search warrants in North Carolina which resulted in the seizure of approximately 11.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine (street value of $32,890).

These arrests were the result of an extensive investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Franklin Gazebo May See Renovation

An iconic Franklin landmark may soon be seeing changes. In the new town budget, city leaders of Franklin have appropriated $50,000 to make improvements upon or even completely replace the Main Street Gazebo that is located in downtown Franklin. The iconic structure has served as a stage for performers, and festivals, acted as a gathering spot for seekers and rallies, and generally acts as a central hub for all of Franklin’s downtown activities. Amid all the aformentioned activity the structure has been slowly deteriorating, including the roof and the wooden supports. Also, some have raised concerns that the small floor space and lack of any weather tight storage don’t make the building conducive for all the roles it has been made to fulfill. Before any work can begin on improvements or remodeling of the structure, city leaders would want some minor legal questions answered. Macon County is technically the owner the land that the gazebo is located on. The city of Franklin currently leases the land from Macon county for a low yearly fee and that lease agreement is soon set to expire. City leaders want to properly ensure that the property is locked down in another lease agreement before investing money in renovations or a new structure. Franklin city leaders hope to have all questions answered, and a new and improved gazebos ready and in place by this years Pumpkinfest which will be held in late October.