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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
04/07/20
by Sheriff Robert L. Holland
Macon County Sheriff's Office

Effective immediately, the Macon County Sheriff's Office will no longer respond to "Anonymous" reports alleging violations against the "NC Governor's Order" or any other local orders currently in place related to COVID-19. Any person who wishes to file a complaint regarding any current order will be required to identify themselves when initially filing report. All violations reported appropriately will be investigated by our office. We will also keep District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch informed about our investigations and discuss any potential criminal charges that are to be filed.

As of this release, Investigators assigned to handling these complaints have investigated more than a dozen reported violations and at the conclusion of those investigations all parties were found to have NOT committed any violations and in compliance with the orders currently in place.

During these investigations, we found that educating either the reporter or the alleged violator was all that was necessary to resolve any issues or concerns. Investigators provided each individual visited with informational packets related to COVID-19 and the orders currently in place. Investigators reminded them that it is the responsibility of all citizens (Full Time, Part Time and/or Visitors) to understand any and all current requirements of the orders in place.

Unfortunately, while conducting some of these investigations, investigators concluded that some who filed anonymous complaints were taking advantage of the opportunity of reporting anonymously to harass their neighbors. Having been advised of this, all of us at your Sheriff's Office are respectfully requesting that you work out your differences with your neighbors and not use our services to harass them. We do not want to be forced into the position of also having to initiate investigations into "Filing of False Reports" related to COVID-19 but I will consider doing so if it becomes an issue in the future.

DO NOT report people simply because they are driving around town and have an Out-of-State license plate on the vehicle they are driving. That is not a crime and does not violate any Orders.

DO NOT report people because they have more people living in their home than you think they should. That is not a crime and does not violate any current Orders in place.

DO NOT report people for being in violation of the "self-quarantine" unless you know what the requirements are yourself. Those who have been requested to self quarantine still have the opportunity to leave the location they are residing in to take care of their essential needs. YES... the authorities have requested anyone self quarantining to not leave the place they are staying at for a period of 14 consecutive days and to also bring with them enough food and supplies to last them for the entire period of self quarantine.

While some may not agree with what one individual may consider to be essential needs for a family, one should remember that others may not agree with your definition of essential needs either.

Please feel free to report violations if you have factual information that violations of the orders are occurring. In the event you file such a report you should understand you will be required to provide your name, address and contact information. As with any criminal investigation, this information is very important because we may need to contact you for any future court proceedings as a result of your reporting of violation.

To report a violation related to Governor's Order or any local orders please call (828)349-2068

When reporting be prepared to leave your contact information along with the information about the violation that you are concerned about.

DO NOT call 911 to report anything other than an emergency.

Respectfully,
Sheriff Robert L. Holland
Macon County

link to Executive Order No. 121
Governor Roy Cooper


March 30, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
by Sheriff Robert L. Holland
Macon County Sheriff's Office

Just as we have done throughout the weekend, the Macon County Sheriff's Office will continue to conduct random "Informational Checkpoints" throughout Macon County. Since Saturday, and in partnership with Macon County Public Health & Macon County Emergency Management, deputies have held checkpoints & distributed over 600 fliers to motorists. These fliers contain information related to COVID-19 and the latest regulations that have been established by our county and also by North Carolina & announced by the Governor.

Please understand these are not "Roadblocks" that deputies are conducting. These checkpoints are not intended to ban individuals from entering our county or from entering North Carolina. We currently have no legal authority to take such action and have no intention of violating any individual's rights. To do otherwise, I would potentially be asking my deputies to violate the law and the Constitutional Rights of not only citizens of our state, but of our country.

Information provided on our 2 Page fliers that deputies are distributing at these "Informational Checkpoints" is as follows:

    Summary of Regulations Imposed in Macon County, NC, in Connection with COVID-19.
  • The entire state of North Carolina is under a "Stay at Home" order, effective March 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m., per NC Executive Order No. 121. People should stay at their residence and limit social interactions and travel to essential activities.
  • All Persons whose point of departure is identified as a "community spread" area, who enter Macon County, shall be subject to Quarantine and/or Isolation Orders by the Macon County Health Director; and are hereby requested to self-quarantine or self-isolate for a period of (14) days to limit exposure to our residents and prevent a hardship on our healthcare system. Effective March 27, 2020, 5:00 p.m., per Macon County Regulation Imposed in Macon County, NC, in connection with COVID-19.
  • No Mass Gatherings of persons in groups of more than 10 people are allowed. Effective March 27, 2020, 5:00 p.m., per Macon County Regulation Imposed in Macon County, NC, in connection with COVID-19.
  • All Lodging Facilities are closed, effective March 27, 2020, 5:00 p.m., per Macon County Regulation Imposed in Macon County, NC, in connection with COVID-19., including:
    • Hotels
    • Motels
    • Resorts
    • Inns
    • Guest Houses
    • Bed and Breakfasts
    • Campgrounds
    • RV Parks
    • Vacation Cabins
    • House Rentals
    • For a list of exemptions, see www.maconnc.org.
  • Restaurants are restricted to carry-out, drive-through and delivery only. Bars are closed. effective March 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m., per NC Executive Order No. 120
  • Only Essential Businesses are opened. All other businesses are closed except for minimal basic operations. Effective March 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m., per NC Executive Order No. 121.
  • Public playgrounds and their equipment are closed. People may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas while following social distancing and mass gathering guidelines. Effective March 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m., per NC Executive Order No. 121.
  • Most National Forest Access Points are closed. See https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc or https://www.facebook.com/nfsnc for the recreation information.

SHERIFF ROBERT L. HOLLAND
Macon Co. Sheriff's Office
18 Patton Ave
Franklin, NC 28734


March 26, 2020

Due to the recent concerns related to COVID-19, I authorized the temporary suspension of the fingerprinting of civillians at the Macon County Sheriff's Office. Effective March 26,2020, this seven day suspension will be lifted. The fingerprinting of civillians for Concealed Gun Permits, Adoptions, Foster Care, Education and Employment will be reinstated at the Macon County Sheriff's Office but by appointment only. We continue to discourage all citizens in having personal contact with other individuals and encourage maintaining the practice of "Social Distancing".

Having said this, as Sheriff, I am required by law to provide this service without any exceptions therefore, will continue to make this available upon a request by a citizen. If you are not concerned about the possible health risk of having personal contact during this process then you may contact the Macon County Sheriff's Office at (828) 349-2295. Please call during normal business hours to schedule your appointment. Scheduling is limited to availabkle times not reserved. As our community remains under current restrictions by local and state officials, I have authorized my officers conducting finger printing to temporarily refuse this service to any individual who appears to be suffering from a communicable dsease.

Applications for Gun Permits and Conceale3d Gun Permits will remain on teh Macon Count5y Sheriff's Office webpage located at http://maconnc.org/sheriffs-office.html or go directly to our gun permit applications on line at http://maconnc.org/gun-permits.html.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Our thoughts and prayers remain with our community as we work through our current crisis related to COVID-19. We are facing this together and we will overcome. As always, be safe and remain calm during these difficult times.


March 24, 2020

INMATE VIDEO VISITATION

Due to our current situation related to COVID-19, "Inmate Visitation" will be ADULT ONLY visitors. When our current situation improves we will re-evaluate our restrictions. All visitations will take place via video conferencing. Inmates will remain secured in detention center and visitors will utilize temporary visitation rooms located in front of detention center.

All visitors must provide valid identification at time of arrival for visitation.

Visitors MUST check in upon arrival at the area between Visitation #1 and Visitation #2 no less than ten minutes prior to scheduled visitation time.

VISITATION SCHEDULE:

Monday through Friday 1pm-4pm Those requesting to be scheduled for a visit may call (828) 349-2295 Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Those wishing to visit with inmates must be on inmate's pre-approved visitors list.

Temporarily there will be no children permitted to participate in inmate visitation. We apologize and will change this policy whenever we feel it is safe to do so.

Attorney/Client visitation - Monday through Friday 9:00am-4:00pm Clergy may visit Mon - Fri 9:00am-4:00pm (Must show valid credentials)

VISITATION RULES:

Only 2 visitors allowed per inmate Visitors must be on the inmate's "Visitors List".

The only items that may be brought to visitation are money orders or cashier's checks (Payable to the inmate).

It is the inmate's responsibility to inform family who is on their "Visitors List".

Scheduling of visits will be limited so you are encouraged to call 48 hours in advance of your visitation. Visitors are required to check with ID no less than 10 minutes before scheduled visit to allow inmates to be transferred to location video conferencing takes place.

THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE RULES.

THANK YOU for working with us as we make these changes in an effort to adapt to our current situation but still make it possible for you to visit your family member who may be incarcerated in our facility.

Sheriff Robert L. Holland

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