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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

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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.