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Trappalachia Exploring the lesser-known facets of Southern Appalachia; crime, courts, culture and politics. Trappalachia Reports aim to inform and facilitate discourse within the region. Journalism at all costs; Truth by any means necessary. A remedy to basic news.
Trappalachia is an online news blog covering crime, courts, politics and culture in Southern Appalachia; Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and North Georgia. Launched on April 21, 2018, Trapp began by working its way out into WNC from its main base of operations -- Macon County. The site aims to provide an independent, alternative news source for the people of the mountains. Eventually, Trapp will also produce regular podcasts, videos and features, in addition to its straight news and investigative reporting materials. Visit Trapp today at Trappalachia.com!
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Trapp founder and editor Davin Eldridege was born in Bradenton, Florida in 1986. Despite all manner of challenges and the disadvantages that come from a lower middle-class single parent upbringing, he's managed to make a name for himself as a writer and reporter. On the side, Eldridge sometimes sustains a living for himself as a contractor for various publishing houses as a ghost writer or freelancer for various publications. He's been a working journalist since August of 2008, and has served as editor for a number of publications, including Blue & White Magazine, The Daily Tar Heel, HorrorHomework.com and now Trappalachia.com.

Mission: Journalism At All Costs, Truth By Any Means Necessary; Justice For Every Citizen, Freedom For Every American; Respect For All Souls, A Voice For All People.

Now that the deadline for filing closes tomorrow, U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows just announced that he will not be seeki...
12/19/2019

Now that the deadline for filing closes tomorrow, U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows just announced that he will not be seeking re-election after his current term in office. A bombshell has been dropped this morning, and while it has certainly devalued one of our longest running investigations so far, further volatility still awaits the district.

Today's announcement does not exempt Meadows from this outlet's own scrutiny. While Trappalachia still considers its coverage of the congressman in the near-future as one of its higher profile projects, it nevertheless takes lesser priority to other assigments. We look forward to our release of the information on Meadows and what many claim are his questionable activities at home come the New Year! The hardwork of many has uplifted this piece from the scrap bin more than once since 2018, following their insistence.

Until then, those readers interested in learning more about this bombshell are encouraged to check out the work of area reporters like Cory Vaillancourt and Kyle Perrotti -- under which either's name can be found an accomplished body of past coverage. Otherwise, enjoy the fun fonts we used to circulate Meadows' announcement! #happythursdayyouguys #funwithfonts #heyheyhey

U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows has announced that he will not be seeking re-election after his current term in office. Wh...
12/19/2019

U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows has announced that he will not be seeking re-election after his current term in office. While this news has certainly devalued one of our longest running investigations now, it does not exempt this WNC official from our scrutiny. While Trappalachia still considers its future coverage of Meadows as one of its higher profile projects, that assignment now has less priority. Nevertheless, we look forward to our release of information on Meadows and his questionable activities at home in the New Year! Until then, enjoy the fun fonts we used to circulate his recent announcement! #funwithfonts #heyheyhey

The federal court district of Western North Carolina has made history today! This is the first conviction of its kind; m...
12/14/2019

The federal court district of Western North Carolina has made history today! This is the first conviction of its kind; murder for hire involving radiological material. Here's to radioactive isotopes, bad intentions and justice! #cheers

The State Board of Elections on Friday approved modifications to a certified election system for use in North Carolina t...
12/13/2019
The State Elections Board Just Approved New Modifications To NC’s Voting System

The State Board of Elections on Friday approved modifications to a certified election system for use in North Carolina that improve the security and functionality of the system. Some groups are wary of the changes.

Press Release | NC State Elections Board RALEIGH – The State Board of Elections on Friday approved modifications to a certified election system for use in North Carolina that improve the security…

Is a school teacher bullying their students?Franklin, North Carolina's "One Mad Mama" writes: "I am writing this letter ...
12/12/2019
Letter: Why Is The Teacher That Makes My Son Feel Unsafe Still Protected By His School?

Is a school teacher bullying their students?

Franklin, North Carolina's "One Mad Mama" writes: "I am writing this letter to express my concerns about our schools and over the lack of protection they give to our students, our children. All the schools preach about anti-bully this, and "safe schools" that-but so far all I've seen a lot of big talk after something tragic happens with little follow-through later on.

“One Mad Mama” | Letters From Trappalachia This Letter was received on December 10, 2019, at 2:58 p.m. Sent to editors by “One Mad Mama”, of Franklin, N.C. am writing this…

The only raiding around here was done to our fridge. We're out of Butterfinger icecream. You wouldn't like us, when we'r...
12/12/2019

The only raiding around here was done to our fridge. We're out of Butterfinger icecream. You wouldn't like us, when we're out of our Butterfinger icecream.

12/11/2019

Prepare yourselves. Tonight, Trappalachia discloses to the media and people of Macon County some rather alarming information. #brokenoaths #gigliotime

12/05/2019
Macon County Sheriff's Office

"Again we will make no statements until the conclusion of this investigation... Anyone who believes they have important information related to this incident are encouraged to contact us immediately."

We are releasing the following preliminary findings of yesterday’s shooting incident in an effort to keep the public informed as to the progress and providing as much details as we can without compromising our ongoing investigation.

Christopher Prince is being identified as the individual who was shot after he illegally entered the home during the early morning hours of December 4th. Mr. Prince succumbed to his injuries during the evening of December 4th at Mission Hospital.

According to the female who called 911, Christopher Prince was her ex-husband. Detectives have been able to obtain court documents showing the two have been divorced since October 2019. Prince was brought to the residence by an individual who has been identified but that person did not stay. Once at the home, Prince walked around the house multiple times eventually entering the home without permission. After entering the home Detectives believe Prince disconnected the DVR that had been connected to the home surveillance system. During the execution of a search warrant, Detectives were able to review video that had recorded Prince moving about the outside of the residence in the dark and then entering and exiting a room in the carport prior to the initial 911 call. Once inside the home, Prince is believed to have then used a small knife to unlock and enter the bedroom occupied by his ex-wife and another male individual. Once Prince entered the room he turned on the light and used a metal pipe to assault the male victim who was sleeping. That pipe has been identified as a metal handle of a large floor jack. A floor jack with a missing handle was located inside the first room Prince was seen entering on the recording device. The victim was struck multiple times about his body including his head. At this time we are still not identifying this person and only referring to him as the “Victim” to ensure all his family has received proper notification before we consider identifying him. The victim’s current medical condition is listed as critical. According to statements of Prince’s former wife, it was following the initial assault that Mr. Prince then raised the pipe handle and moved in her direction. At this time, Prince’s former wife fired a small caliber pistol striking Prince at least once in the head.

Following the shooting, the former wife states that she and her minor daughter immediately rendered aid to both injured men and also called 911. Following the shooting, she made two calls to Macon County 911. Both Prince and the other male were treated by first responders and immediately transported by EMS. The victim remains hospitalized and listed being in critical condition.

At the time of this incident, Christopher Prince had outstanding arrest warrants in Henderson County for First Degree Burglary (F) and Identity Theft. In Macon County, a Domestic Violence Protection Order was issued & signed by judicial office Monday afternoon at the request of his former wife. Prince was being sought for “SERVICE” of that order.

This investigation is still a very active investigation and while we have released some preliminary findings, we remind the public that these are preliminary findings. Having provided this updated information, we will not release any additional information until a thorough investigation has been conducted and is complete. District Attorney Ashley Welch has been briefed throughout this investigation and will be provided the complete case file upon the conclusion. Following the District Attorney's review of the case she will make recommendations as to what possible criminal charges could be filed that are appropriate.

Again, we will make no other statements until the conclusion of this investigation as we continue to gather the facts surrounding this tragic situation.

Anyone who believes they have important information related to this incident are encouraged to contact us immediately.

On behalf of the Sheriff and staff at the MCSO, Our thoughts and prayers are with the families & friends affected by this tragic incident and for their loss.

Sheriff Robert L. Holland

From the talented Jessi Stone: Todd and Koval formed a nonprofit — Pretrial Justice Project of Macon County — in an effo...
12/05/2019
Sisters form Pretrial Justice Project of Macon County

From the talented Jessi Stone:
Todd and Koval formed a nonprofit — Pretrial Justice Project of Macon County — in an effort to bring more awareness to the shortcomings within the system and to implement pretrial programs that will decrease the overcrowdedness in the Macon jail and cut down the costs for taxpayers.

“There’s been a sweeping outcry across the country and bipartisan support for criminal justice reform,” Koval said. “It’s costly to keep people in jail and it’s shown to not make us any safer.”

News, issues, and events from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in western North Carolina.

Numerous domestic violence charges were filed against Prince for years leading up to this morning's shooting. Most of th...
12/05/2019
Man Shot By Ex-Wife Dies In Hospital, Questions Of Prevention Raised By Criminal Past

Numerous domestic violence charges were filed against Prince for years leading up to this morning's shooting. Most of them were dismissed by prosecutors.

Davin Eldridge | Trappalachia She wore a smile like a loaded gun silent but ready to fire. -Ex-wife’s Facebook About 20 hours ago, the suspect of a fatal pre-dawn shooting altogether stoppe…

The latest reports on this morning's shooting indicate the ex-husband who allegedly broke into his ex-wife's home on 33 ...
12/05/2019

The latest reports on this morning's shooting indicate the ex-husband who allegedly broke into his ex-wife's home on 33 Tiger Lilly Trail passed away recently. Sources state he was shot in the eye. This information is only an initial report, and so nothing yet is set into stone until authorities give final confirmation. The decedent is said to have been flown to Mission Hospital, where his odds of survival ebbed and flowed throughout the day. Trappalachia will be following up with a special report soon. Still no word from Sheriff Robert Lester Holland, so all subject identities shall remain anonymous for the time being. We can confirm however that the incident regarding another individual's head trauma reported earlier was in fact linked to the shooting incident. Our thoughts go out to all involved.

12/05/2019
Macon County 9-1-1: It's My Ex-Husband

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We have made some small corrections to our release, which is now no longer restricted. Stay tuned. We have a lot more on the way. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact investigators today. 1.828.349.2104.

More on this will be reported soon.

12/04/2019
Macon County 9-1-1: It's My Ex-Husband

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This morning's incident of domestic violence in Macon County originated from an individual who has reported her ex-husband for similar offenses in the past. Nearly all of such charges, and others, have been dismissed without leave by the District Attorney's office. Trappalachia is awaiting response from authorities.
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More on this coming soon.

More on this soon.

12/04/2019

Stay tuned folks. We have some important updates on the way today. Check WLOS ABC 13 later on for coverage on one of these matters as well!

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact investigators at 828-349-2104.
12/04/2019

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact investigators at 828-349-2104.

Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies are on scene of a domestic related shooting that occurred early this morning at a residence off Tiger Lily Trail in Macon County. Two people have been transported for medical help due to injuries sustained during an altercation that occurred inside the residence. The resident of the home who originally called 911 and who was involved in the shooting is currently cooperating with detectives and has been forthcoming with information. Detectives believe that one of the injured was brought to the residence by someone prior to the altercation but then immediately left the area. We are currently attempting to identify and locate that person. We are not releasing any names of those involved in the incident but may do so in a future update or through our local media contacts.

We are currently limiting the information being released due to this being an ongoing investigation & an active crime scene.

While the information we are currently providing is extremely limited, we believe there are people who may have information related to this incident or who may be able to identity the person who provided the ride to one of the injured parties. We are encouraging and asking you to contact us immediately.

Telephone numbers you can call to provide information to the MCSO:

(828)349-2104 or (828)349-2061.

Crime-Stoppers Hotline (828)349-2600

Again, additional information will be released when we feel it is appropriate.

Sheriff Robert L. Holland

12/04/2019

Initial reports suggest a near-fatal shooting incident went down in Macon County today. At approximately 4:17 a.m., firefighters, emergency services and law enforcement were dispatched to 33 Tiger Lilly Trail, off Sanderstown Road. A second ambulance was dispatched at 4:32 a.m. All units were responding to references of a shooting. The first ambulance (Medic 3) requested a second ambulance and the MCSO has transported at least one person so far to a medical facility. Sources indicate no 10-72 (arrested person) was reported. Later on, EMS was reportedly transporting an individual to Mission emergency traffic. They are said to have suffered a depressed skull fracture. There's no word yet whether the two cases are related. Trappalachia will have more on this and a past fatal incident later today!

Check out our latest on the upcoming Nikwasi Initiative developments.
12/04/2019

Check out our latest on the upcoming Nikwasi Initiative developments.

The recent decision of a three-judge panel has drawn a new set of lines onto the political map of North Carolina. Within...
12/03/2019

The recent decision of a three-judge panel has drawn a new set of lines onto the political map of North Carolina. Within the westernmost portion of that map is once again the whole of Asheville and Buncombe County. But while the new change makes the mountains a bit more purple, a candidate from the Green Party has announced her congressional bid. Her name is Tamara Zwinak, and she comes from the same political machine as several Republicans--Macon County.

"When it comes time to vote, make sure you vote for who signs your check."'I have ways of finding out how my employees v...
12/02/2019
The Color Of Government: Why Sheriffs & Their Deputies Often Behave As They Do

"When it comes time to vote, make sure you vote for who signs your check."

'I have ways of finding out how my employees voted.'

"Remember who you're working for. The man gave you a job."

'Do whatever you can to feed your family. Contribute money to the sheriff's campaign, put his signs in your yard, attend bean dinners and other political meetings, make campaign appearances on his behalf, and work the polls on election day.'

Introduction by Davin Eldridge | Trappalachia UNC School of Government | North Carolina Case Law What color is government? Whenever someone says that it’s one of two primary colors, they&…

11/30/2019
Update from Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Office on escaped inmate

Hey folks! It's compare and contrast time. Who can tell us how this statement to the press from an area sheriff's office differs from those made in the past by Macon County's Robert Lester Holland? Video courtesy of WSPA 7News.

Update from Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Office on escaped inmate

Hey gang! We trust that your Turkey Day was every bit as lovely as ours was. "Was" being the operative word. Everything ...
11/29/2019

Hey gang! We trust that your Turkey Day was every bit as lovely as ours was. "Was" being the operative word.

Everything was going as smooth for us as gravy until we came across this little gem while researching some things for our next news run. At first, we just thought it was the tryptophan making this financial disclosure form appear hazy. But this morning, things aren't any clearer for us. And the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement isn't open again until next week!

So, Trappalachia's turning to you guys--our super cool, smart, funny, talented, ambulatory and downright neat readers--for help. Anyone who's capable of making out what the response is to this economic interest form, and DM's us their findings with a well-reasoned explanation gets to know the name of the official who wrote it! Do so before 5 p.m. today, and we'll give you advanced reading of one of our highly volatile upcoming news reports! It's gonna be a wild weekend, folks. Strap in.

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