Archive for Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Assistance in Identifying Male

10942460_868184906565760_8306161362118663428_nThe Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in identifying a male subject who was involved in passing stolen checks at both the Sylva and Cullowhee State Employee’s Credit Unions on Jan. 14. The subject was driving a black newer model car, seen in the photos. The male was accompanied by an unknown female subject in the passenger seat. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 828-631-1125 or crimestoppers@jacksonnc.org

Two Jackson County Employees on Administrative Leave

Two Jackson County employees are on paid administrative leave after reports of a Halloween party surfaced. Dispatcher Maria, employed by emergency services, and her husband Deputy James Henry, were alleged to have been in attendance at the party at Dillard’s Excavating where according to a warrant, a 14-year-old student from Smoky Mountain High School told state agents she was raped at a nearby house after attending the party. Allegations of underage drinking were also in the warrant.

Keith Dillard is the proprietor of Dillard Excavating, and his wife, Michelle, is a former jail nurse. The county terminated her contract Oct. 30th.

The investigation has been turned over to state investigators with the department of alcohol law enforcement, so far no charges have been filed.

Sheriff’s Office Ask For Help In Anonymous Letter

Monday morning, October 27, 2014, Smoky Mountain High School Resource Officer, Sergeant Avery Brown was notified of a potential sexual assault which had occurred over the weekend at a private residence. Sergeant Brown immediately notified the investigators with the Sheriff’s Office who quickly began the investigation into the assault. Sergeant Brown also notified Sheriff’s Office administration about a party which had occurred that may have involved a contracted Sheriff’s Office employee and reported underage drinking of alcohol. Due to the conflict of interest involved with the report about the party, the Sheriff’s Office contacted the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement to conduct an unbiased independent investigation. The investigations into both incidents have been ongoing since the initial report on Monday. Numerous persons have been interviewed and many more are anticipated. Sheriff’s Office investigators have been in contact with the District Attorney’s Office in regards to this matter as well. The investigation is ongoing.

A letter was circulated from an anonymous and concerned parent regarding these cases. This letter indicates some information not otherwise provided to the Sheriff’s Office which indicates further criminal activity. The Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with this person and anybody else that has information regarding sexual assaults. Provided is the contact information for the Sheriff’s Office investigator who handles sexual assaults. Additionally, provided below is information on contacting the NCALE. We encourage anyone with information regarding underage drinking to contact them as it relates to this case or any other underage drinking cases.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Andi Clayton, 586-1392.
North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, Asheville District, 670-5055

Webster Man Charged in Domestic Incident

53ac376c094c4.preview-300A Webster man has been charged with multiple felonies after a domestic situation on Wednesday. Jackson County Authorities were called to home in the Webster community after a woman called saying her estranged husband had entered her residence and pointed a handgun at the parties inside. During the domestic altercation, the female victim and other parties had a physical confrontation with the suspect, David Lee Hinnant, 30. Hinnnt fled the scene before law enforcement arrived but an accurate vehicle description was obtained by 911 dispatchers. A short time after, the suspect was apprehended without incident.

Hinnant is charged with 5 counts of assault by pointing a gun, 5 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, 7 counts of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill, 2 counts of breaking and/or entering, 7 counts of first degree kidnapping, and 1 county of carrying a concealed weapon.

Armed Robbery in Jackson County

David Earnest Frizzell

David Earnest Frizzell

On Sunday, June 8, 2014, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigated an armed robbery on Buff Creek Road in Jackson County involving an 86 year old victim.  The crime was perpetrated by using a firearm at the victim’s residence as he returned home.   The suspect, David Earnest Frizzell,was known and identified by the victim and investigators believe this was an isolated incident involving the armed robbery.  Deputies located and arrested the suspect a short time after the incident occurred and is currently being held in the Jackson County Detention Center.  The suspect had previous outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest for other property crimes.

Blue Ridge School Break-In

crime-sceneIn the early morning hours of April 7, 2014, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was requested by the Cashiers Fire Department to come to Blue Ridge School.  The Fire Department was already on scene for a fire alarm activation.  Suspects had forced entry into the school and thousands of dollars of damage to the interior of the building was done.  Damages included spray painting and flooding.  The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident and is asking for anyone with any information to contact Detective Rick Buchanan.  The Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for anyone with any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of an offender in this case.  Please contact Detective Rick Buchanan at (828) 269-5698, email him at rlbuchanan@jacksonnc.org or contact Crime Stoppers,at (828) 631-1125 or crimestoppers@jacksonnc.org

Shooting in Whittier on October 3rd

Yesterday the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a gunshot wound at 248 Old Glory Ridge Road in Whittier at 12:30 p.m. The victim, Dean Williamson was flown to Mission Hospital and remains in critical condition. Police questioned Williamson’s wife, Debbie Williamson. It is not known at this time if Debbie Williamson is considered a suspect.

Body Found in Tuckasegee River Believed to be that of Missing Local

On Thursday a body was recovered from the Tuckasegee River believed to be that of a local missing person. On March 30th the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a missing persons report on Fernando Vargas Gonzales who was, at the time, residing in the Tuckasegee area. Jackson County deputies along with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation made various searches by foot and by air of the Coppermine Court area which was the last known location of Mr. Gonzales. Numerous searches have been ongoing throughout the past several days. On Thursday June 6th the Jackson County Sheriff’s office was notified of a body being found in the Tuckasegee River. With the assistance of the Jackson County Rescue Squad a body believed to be that of Mr. Gonzales was recovered from the river about one half mile down river from the trailer park that was his last known location. The local medical examiner was on the scene during the recovery, and the body has been taken to a state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death. The investigation of the circumstances causing this death are ongoing.

All Charges Dismissed Against Major Shannon Queen


Copy of Order of Protection Dismissed in Court

Today, in Jackson County District Court, Katherine Queen dismissed all charges and the protective order against her husband, Major Shannon Queen of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. In court documents obtained by WRGC, Katherine Queen gave voluntary notice of the dismissal of the case, with prejudice. In a press release following this decision Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe said, “Concerning the recent court hearings involving Major Shannon Queen.  Both parties have worked together to amicably terminate their marriage and provide for the welfare of their children.  The protective order on Major Queen has been voluntarily dismissed and no further issues exist in the court system.  Major Shannon Queen has served the citizens of JacksonCounty with honor and distinction for more than 15 years and will return immediately to active duty.” Back in February, Katherine Queen, had accused her husband of assaulting her and her children, threatening her life, and of having problems with alcohol and anger management. For these stated reasons, at the time she filed for a court order of domestic violence protection against Major Queen which was dismissed today in court.

Local Law Enforcement Officer Accused of Domestic Violence and Making Threats

Major Shannon Queen

Court Order of Protection involving Major Queen Court Order of Protection involving Major Queen


On February 20, the estranged wife of Major Shannon Queen of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, filed a complaint against him alleging that he has threatened her life, assaulted her and her children, and has problems with alcohol and anger management. The complaint was filed in conjunction with an order of domestic violence protection. On March 1, District Court Judge Monica Leslie, continued Katherine Queen’s request for an order of protection and scheduled a protective order hearing for March 12.  Leslie’s continuation order, made allowances for Major Queen to have weekend visitation with his children, but requires that he not physically discipline them and abstains from the use of alcohol before and during their visits.