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Jeff Pruett of the North Caroina State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Memorial Day holiday, which is set aside to honor deceased men and women from the Armed Forces, is expected to be a busy one and officially kicks off the summer vacation season in North Carolina, This means more people will be on the highways, increasing the chance of traffic crashes

Troopers across the state will increase patrols on all interstates and major four lane highways during the holiday weekend. Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state.

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The May 26 issue of The Macon County News mistakenly reported that a building had been destroyed in the vicinity of a debris fire which broke out on Hwy. 441 South in the Otto community on Wednesday afternoon.

Smoke from the fire was visible from miles away, but the blaze remained contained to a small area and did not reach any of the structures of nearby businesses, including the Archery Barn and the Carolina Wood Pellet Plant off Riverside Drive.

According to David Key of Macon County Emergency Services, some construction materials on the property were consumed in the blaze, and one firefighter suffered a minor injury, but no other serious damages or injuries were reported.

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On Monday, May 23, a grand jury indicted a Franklin man on one count of murder, stemming from the brutal death of a Cartoogechaye man last year.

Randall Boyd Fouts, 44, has been charged with the first-degree murder of Thomas Larry Ramsey. Fouts was arrested on Tuesday.

Ramsey, who was 61 at the time of his death, was found at his Johnson Road home in the Cartoogechaye community on the morning of Aug. 12. According to his autopsy report, Ramsey died from strangulation by asphyxiation and blunt force trauma to the head. The victim had also reportedly been bound by the hands and feet with electrical chord.

 

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Superior Court judge sentences Franklin man for death of Mathis in vehicular accident

Counts include felony death by vehicle, serious injury

Superior Court Judge Phil Ginn handed down his sentence for a Franklin man who lost control of his truck and drove off a road last October, killing 19-year-old Parker Mathis and seriously injuring Jesse Welch, 23.

Donald Thomas Courtney, 20, of Hidden Valley Road pled guilty to one felony count of death by vehicle, one felony count of serious injury by vehicle and one misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

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