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Waynesville Police: Man pulls knife, pepper sprays security at store

An Old Fort man is facing several charges after police allege he stole merchandise from K-Mart in Waynesville then pulled a knife on security, pepper sprayed one of them and was later found with drugs.

Jackson C. Whisnant, 37, of 122 Parker Padgett Road, Old Fort, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and possession of methamphetamine after an incident at the store on Dec. 20.

According to Waynesville police reports, Whisnant stole several items from the K-Mart on Russ Avenue and after being confronted by the store’s security, Whisnant pulled a knife.

According to statements made by the security team, Whisnant pulled a knife from his pocket after he was seen putting several items into his pockets and being asked to come back inside.

Two security personnel grabbed the suspect in an attempt to unarm him. Whisnant allegedly yelled “I will kill you, I will kill you” to the two men trying to take the knife.

After a short scuffle, in which Whisnant allegedly assaulted one of the men, Whisnant also sprayed pepper spray into one of the security guard’s eyes.

Police arrived to find Whisnant fleeing from his truck in the parking lot. Police said Whisnant was shirtless, due to the scuffle and wearing two pairs of pants, one of which was stolen from the store.

After being taken into custody, police found pepper spray in Whisnant’s pocket. Whisnant said the guys assaulted him causing him to retaliate with the pepper spray.

Police then found several plastic baggies containing a “clear/white in color crystal substance” stashed in the hood of Whisnant’s truck, where police believe he was trying to hide it upon their arrival.

The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, the police report said.

Whisnant was taken to Haywood County Detention Center where he remains on $50,000 secure bond.

K-9 Vests For Local Law Enforcement

385_K-9BakerOPD-vest_Large_The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Waynesville Police Department have been awarded ballistic vests for two K-9 officers, thanks to the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

On Saturday, June 14, Haywood County Deputy Randy Jenkins will be presented with a ballistic vest for his K9 partner, Lenny, and Waynesville Police Officer Zachary Faulkenberry will be presented with one for his K9 partner, Valor.  The vests will be awarded during the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association All-Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trials at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.

The Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association donated $1,900 to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. to enable the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Waynesville Police Department K-9s to receive the vests.  WCDFA raised the money at their annual “Bark in the Park” event.  John Havrilla, a North Carolina artist, donated a painting to the winner of the raffle held to raise money for this cause.

North Carolina has lost several service dogs in the line of duty over the past year.  Events like this allow law enforcement agencies to protect K9s who are on the front lines with their handlers.

Haywood County Video Gambling Busts

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Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Waynesville Police Department, served two search warrants on business establishments believed to have been housing electronic video gaming machines in violation of state laws. The searches were conducted at 1190 Asheville Highway outside Canton and at 1659 South Main Street in Waynesville.  A total of 34 machines were seized from the locations, as well as U.S. currency and related business records. The investigation was prompted by numerous complaints to law enforcement from citizens throughout the county concerned about illegal video gaming and the negative impact it has had on the community. There have been no arrests made at this time, but individual cases are being forwarded to the grand jury.  The investigation is ongoing.