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Franklin Apartment Fire

FireAn adult and two children are without a home after a fire at an apartment complex in Franklin. Firefighters were called to the Panther View Apartments on Ulco Drive just after 9:00PM Sunday night. One apartment suffered heavy damage, and is a complete loss. Three other apartments nearby were evacuated, but those residents were allowed to return to their homes. There were no reports of serious injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Franklin Stabbing

21 Kirkland Road, Franklin, NC 28734

21 Kirkland Road, Franklin, NC 28734

31-year-old Adam Lee Hensley of Franklin has been charged with first degree murder. Macon County Sheriff’s deputies responded Sunday afternoon to a 911 call and found victim Larry Nelson Wilt laying face down on a porch with multiple stab wounds. Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland said emergency responders tried to revive Wilt, but he was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. Sheriff Holland said the suspect was covered in blood and had his hands raised above his head when deputies arrived and took him from the scene. Both men have past records with Macon County Sheriff’s Department. We’ll bring you more details as they become available.

Investigators Still Trying to Determine Cause of Carbon Monoxide Related Death

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused an accident in Franklin on Friday that claimed the life of one and sent 15 others to the hospital after they were exposed to carbon monoxide fumes. Emergency personnel responded to a 9-1-1 call that was received around 7 pm on Friday at Norton Creek Farms on Prentiss Bridge Road in Franklin. The call said that two workers had been found unresponsive inside a refrigerated storage building at that location. One of the workers who was operating a fork lift at the time has been identified by authorities as Bobby Ammons and was later pronounced dead at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. The second victim whose identity was released on Tuesday is now known to be 43-year-old Melvin Lands. Lands was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital and was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning and since then been released. When law enforcement arrived on the scene they found the two unconscious men on the floor of the cooling unit being aided by bystanders. First responders then began performing CPR on Ammons who had stopped breathing. As a result of their attempts to aid the two men several of the rescuers including deputies, firemen, and the bystanders who first came to their aid began showing serious respiratory problems as a result of being exposed to the carbon monoxide. In total 15 emergency workers and civilians were admitted to the local hospital and treated and released that same evening. Macon County sheriff Robert Holland has confirmed that Bobby Ammonds death was caused by carbon monoxide toxicity. The cause of the incident is still under investigation by Macon County law enforcement and officials with the Occupational Safety and Health division of the North Carolina Department of Labor and it could be several weeks before the final reports on the incident are released.

Update: Additional Charges for Christopher Lee Burke


 CLBIn an update to a story reported several weeks ago by WRGC staff, on May 13th 2013 a special session of the Macon County Grand Jury was held. During this session, investigators of the MCSO and State Bureau of Investigation provided testimony against defendant Christopher Lee Burk.

At the Conclusion, 56 of 56 True Bills of Indictments were handed down by the Grand Jury. Deputies have now served Burk with all the indictments at the Macon County Detention Center where he was currently being housed on the original 11 charges related to crimes against children.

Burk’s previous bond of $500,000 has been increased to $1.5 million dollars and he presently remains incarcerated. The charges Burke was found guilty of ranged from 1st Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor to Attempted Incest of a Child under 13. Sheriff Holland states, “My officers continue to do a tremendous job and while these are difficult cases for even the most seasoned officers, I have confidence that they will be thorough and remain professional as they seek justice on behalf of not only the youngest citizens of our community but especially those involved in this case. We fully intend to seek additional charges against Mr. Burk in the coming weeks as detectives continue to sift through the evidence they have collected”.