Other (indicate in message) Submitted: January 21, 2020 | Updated: December 9, 2020

(January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

Hello Graham County, NC Government,

I would like to make a public records request for the following information:

Please provide a spreadsheet containing arrests within Graham County, North Carolina from 01/01/18 - 12/31/19. This should include approximate location, type of arrest (drug arrest, robbery, etc), time, date and arresting officer (or ID number, whichever is easiest).

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Government Denied Request

Activity:

  • December 9, 2020 1:05 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Jerry Crisp <[email protected]>
    cc: Dale Wiggins <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 9, 2020, 1:05 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good Afternoon Mr. Crisp,

     

    Thank you for your reply!

     

    Regarding your recent statement – “We have provided you with the requested information. It is up to you to remove what parts you do not want and it is up to you to put it in the format that you want. We have satisfied your request.”

     

    We assume you’re alluding to the fact NC Public Records Law doesn’t require your office to create new records or formats that do not already exist. However, that is not the reason we’ve been following up about the request.

     

    Since June 01, 2020 we have followed up with various email addresses we’ve been directed to in regards to Edward’s response to us in May (about the original request sent January 23, 2020. Also found here).

     

    Respectfully – it is not accurate to say that we’ve been provided with the responsive records requested. Not only did we receive numerous additional fields that we did not request, but also we weren’t even provided with all of the fields that were requested.

     

    The public records request sent in January asked for the following:

     

    “Please provide a spreadsheet containing arrests within Graham County, North Carolina from 01/01/18 – 12/31/19. This should include approximate location, type of arrest (drug arrest, robbery, etc), time, date and arresting officer (or ID number, whichever is easiest).”

     

    To reiterate – that requested info was:

     

    – Approximate location (of the arrest)
    – Type (of arrest)
    – Time (of arrest)
    – Date (of arrest)
    – Name of arresting officer (or officer ID number)

     

    What we received instead from Edward on May 21 was a 216 page .pdf called “Booked During Period – Media Report From: 1/1/2018 00:00 to 12/31/2019 23:59” containing only the following:

     

    – Name (of the person charged)
    – Address (presumed home address, of the person charged)
    – Age (of the person charged)
    – Booked On (date)
    – Released On (date)
    – Charge Description
    – Charge Status
    – (Case) ID Number
    – Date Sentenced

     

    Sunshine Request does not fulfill requests for police reports, calls for service, or criminal / arrest type records for a single individual, incident, or address. We will not publish individual’s names and addresses which may be personally identifiable related to arrests, on our site.

     

    It is clear that the original request did not ask for the unnecessary (and personally identifiable) additional fields as provided by Edward. Additionally, of the fields that were requested, the only responsive records we actually received were the Type (description) of arrest, and the Date of arrest. There were no other records provided for the Time (of arrest), Approximate location (of the arrest), or Officer name (or officer ID).

     

    Moreover – It is clear that the intention of the original request was not to ask for the names of individuals, their personal addresses, or case numbers etc. It was simply a data request for the Time, Date, Approximate location (block level), Type of arrest, and Arresting officer, for all arrests made by Graham County, NC from 01/01/18 – 12/31/19.

     

    Please let us know if you are now able to provide the records as originally requested in January. If you are unable to fulfill this request, or it is not possible to query the data in a manner that can satisfy what has been requested, kindly let us know. Also, if you will be denying the request, please provide us with a copy or documentation of any policies within your office as well as NC Public Records Law which will justify a reason for denial. We’ll post this information on our website for our users.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • December 8, 2020 5:17 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Jerry Crisp <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: Dale Wiggins <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 2, 2020, 5:17 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Sir / Ma’am,

     

    I went back through the original emails regarding this request prioir to my taking office and discovered where then Captain Edward Cable of our Detention Center responded to your request providing all the requested information we had. You then replied back telling everyone that this was too much information and ask us to remove and revise it.

     

    We have provided you with the requested information. It is up to you to remove what parts you do not want and it is up to you to put it in the format that you want. We have satisfied your request.

     

    Sincerely;
    Jerry Crisp, Sheriff
    Graham Co. Sheriff’s Office
    PO Box- 622
    Rodney Orr Bypass
    Robbinsville, NC 28771
    W: 828-479-3352
    C: 828-735-4866


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • December 2, 2020 3:45 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: [email protected],
    [email protected],
    [email protected]
    date: Dec 2, 2020, 3:45 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good afternoon Catrina,

     

    Following up again on this public records request that was sent in on September 9th to confirm that it had been received and was being processed: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    This is our 4th time following up and we haven’t received a reply to this point. For now we have marked the request as “Denied” on our site, however, should you wish to reply at some point or would like to complete the request, we’ll be happy to reopen it at that time.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Government Denied Request
  • November 5, 2020 3:41 pm

    2 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: [email protected],
    [email protected],
    [email protected]
    date: Nov 5, 2020, 3:41 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good afternoon Catrina,

     

    Following up again on this public records request that was sent in on September 9th to confirm that it had been received and was being processed: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    We will follow up again at the end of the month if we don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • October 15, 2020 12:18 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: [email protected]
    date: Oct 15, 2020, 12:18 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good afternoon Catrina,

     

    We’re following up on this public records request we sent to you on September 9th to confirm that it has been received and was being processed: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    We will follow up again at the end of the month if we don’t hear back before then.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • September 29, 2020 4:13 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Sep 29, 2020, 4:13 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good afternoon Catrina,

     

    We’re following up on this public records request we sent to you on September 9th to confirm that it has been received and was being processed.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • September 9, 2020 12:28 pm

    4 months ago

    **9/9/20 Editor’s Note: Today we called Graham County Sheriff’s Office and were told to send this request to Office Administrator Catrina Buchanan. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!

     

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Sep 9, 2020, 12:28 PM
    subject: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good Afternoon Graham County Sheriff’s Department,

     

    We’ve received a public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    I work for a website called Sunshine Request www.sunshinerequest.com. We built a site that makes it easier to make public records requests by filling out a simple form, and the results of any requests are posted on our site. This allows citizens to learn more about our local government, while saving staff from having to fulfill duplicate requests. If you have any questions about the project, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to answer.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    We originally sent this request back in May and we got a reply from Edward Cable. The document he provided had the following fields: Name, Address, Age, Booked / Released date, case ID Number, Charge Status, Charge Description, Date Sentenced. The requested fields were only “… approximate location, type of arrest (drug arrest, robbery, etc), time, date and arresting officer (or ID number, whichever is easiest).”

     

    We’d like to ask that you revise and only provide the specific fields of information listed in the original request, removing the additional personally identifiable information. We also believe that the request for “ID number” relates to the “Officer ID number”, rather than the case ID number.

     

    It would be best to provide this using a spreadsheet format, if that’s possible.

     

    Here are the original details of the request:

     

    Subject: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 –12/31/19

     

    Message: “Hello Graham County, NC Government,

     

    I would like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    Please provide a spreadsheet containing arrests within Graham County, North Carolina from 01/01/18 – 12/31/19. This should include approximate location, type of arrest (drug arrest, robbery, etc), time, date and arresting officer (or ID number, whichever is easiest).

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • August 27, 2020 4:51 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Edward Cable <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 27, 2020, 4:51 PM
    subject: Re: GRAHAM SHERIFFS OFFICE NC BOOKING REPORT

     

    Good afternoon Edward,

     

    Thank you for this update. We reviewed the department directory on Graham County’s website to locate the additional email addresses that were CC’d since we hadn’t heard back on this request in 3 months. It’s unclear who else would be the appropriate contact, can you please refer us to the appropriate email address to get this records request completed? Or contact information for someone who can assist further?

     

    We appreciate your assistance!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • August 27, 2020 4:37 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Edward Cable <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 27, 2020, 4:37 PM
    subject: Re: GRAHAM SHERIFFS OFFICE NC BOOKING REPORT

     

    To whom it may concern:
    I am no longer in the Detention Center. Also the cc people in this message are no longer with the Sheriff’s Office.
    Please remove me as your contact.


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • August 27, 2020 4:23 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Edward Cable <[email protected]>
    cc: [email protected],
    [email protected]
    date: Aug 27, 2020, 4:23 PM
    subject: Re: GRAHAM SHERIFFS OFFICE NC BOOKING REPORT

     

    Good afternoon Edward,

     

    Hope you’ve been well.

     

    We just wanted to follow up again on our previous email (in regard to this records request on our site) that was sent on July 1st.

     

    See copied below:

     

    “Good afternoon Edward,

     

    Thank you for your help with the request, and for sending this info back to us!

     

    We cannot publish this document on our site, however — Sunshine Request does not fulfill requests for police reports, calls for service, or criminal / arrest type records for a single individual, incident, or address. We will not publish individual’s names and addresses which may be personally identifiable related to arrests, our site.

     

    You provided the following fields: Name, Address, Age, Booked / Released date, case ID Number, Charge Status, Charge Description, Date Sentenced. The requested fields were “… approximate location, type of arrest (drug arrest, robbery, etc), time, date and arresting officer (or ID number, whichever is easiest).”

     

    We’d like to ask that you revise and only provide only the specific fields of information listed in the original request, removing the additional personally identifiable information. We also believe that the request for “ID number” relates to the “Officer ID number”, rather than the case ID number.

     

    It would be best to provide this using a spreadsheet format, if that’s possible.

     

    Please let us know if you have any questions.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request”

     

    If you could please reply back to us with the requested clarification we can mark this request as completed on our site.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • July 9, 2020 12:15 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Edward Cable <[email protected]>
    date: Jul 9, 2020, 12:15 PM
    subject: Re: GRAHAM SHERIFFS OFFICE NC BOOKING REPORT

     

    Good afternoon Edward,

     

    Hope you’ve been well.

     

    We just wanted to follow up on our previous email that was sent on July 1st.

     

    Please let us know if you have any questions.

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • June 1, 2020 4:27 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Edward Cable <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 1, 2020, 4:27 PM
    subject: Re: GRAHAM SHERIFFS OFFICE NC BOOKING REPORT

     

    Good afternoon Edward,

     

    Thank you for your help with the request, and for sending this info back to us!

     

    We cannot publish this document on our site, however — Sunshine Request does not fulfill requests for police reports, calls for service, or criminal / arrest type records for a single individual, incident, or address. We will not publish individual’s names and addresses which may be personally identifiable related to arrests, our site.

     

    You provided the following fields: Name, Address, Age, Booked / Released date, case ID Number, Charge Status, Charge Description, Date Sentenced. The requested fields were “… approximate location, type of arrest (drug arrest, robbery, etc), time, date and arresting officer (or ID number, whichever is easiest).”

     

    We’d like to ask that you revise and only provide only the specific fields of information listed n the original request, removing the additional personally identifiable information. We also believe that the request for “ID number” relates to the “Officer ID number”, rather than the case ID number.

     

    It would be best to provide this using a spreadsheet format, if that’s possible.

     

    Please let us know if you have any questions.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Requested
  • May 21, 2020 9:52 am

    8 months ago

    from: Edward Cable <[email protected]>
    to:[email protected]” <[email protected]>
    date: May 21, 2020, 9:52 AM
    subject: GRAHAM SHERIFFS OFFICE NC BOOKING REPORT

     

    Here is the reports as you requested

     

    **Editor’s Note: The document that Sunshine Request received contained personally identifiable information and will not be posted on our site. We have since asked for an updated document and will post any updates here. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • May 14, 2020 4:21 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    cc: [email protected]
    bcc: Becky Garland <[email protected]>
    date: May 14, 2020, 4:21 PM
    subject: Records Request: Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good Afternoon Graham County Government,

     

    We’ve received a public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    I work for a website called Sunshine Request www.sunshinerequest.com. We built a site that makes it easier to make public records requests by filling out a simple form, and the results of any requests are posted on our site. This allows citizens to learn more about our local government, while saving staff from having to fulfill duplicate requests. If you have any questions about the project, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to answer.

     

    We originally sent this request to Graham County Manager/Finance Officer, Becky Garland back in January. She then forwarded this request to your office and we haven’t gotten an update since. She recommended we email you the request directly.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Message: “Hello Graham County, NC Government,

     

    I would like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    Please provide a spreadsheet containing arrests within Graham County, North Carolina from 01/01/18 – 12/31/19. This should include approximate location, type of arrest (drug arrest, robbery, etc), time, date and arresting officer (or ID number, whichever is easiest).

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • May 14, 2020 4:21 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Becky Garland <[email protected]>
    date: May 14, 2020, 4:21 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good afternoon Becky,

     

    Our apologies for the delayed reply! Thank you for your help here, we’ve emailed them directly.

     

    Have a good day,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • April 2, 2020 8:15 am

    9 months ago

    from: Becky Garland <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 2, 2020, 8:15 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good evening:

     

    I have forwarded this request as well as the original request to the office of the sheriff. As he is an elected official in NC and runs his own operation with no oversight by our board or my office, the best means to reach and make further requests is to email his office at [email protected] or his administrative assistant, [email protected]

     

    Thanks
    Becky

     

    Rebecca E. Garland, MPA, CPA

    County Manager/Finance Officer

    12 North Main Street

    Robbinsville, NC 28771

    828-479-7770 (Direct Line)

    828-479-7988 (Fax)

    828-361-6387 (Cell)


    Status: Clarification Provided
  • March 26, 2020 3:38 pm

    9 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Becky Garland <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]
    date: Mar 26, 2020, 3:38 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good afternoon Becky and Graham County Sheriff’s Office (CC’d),

     

    Becky, we appreciate your help in forwarding our original email/request (pasted below) to the Sheriff’s Office back on February 12th! We just wanted to follow up and check in if you’ve heard anything from the Sheriff’s Office, or if the Sheriff’s Office was able to give us a direct update?

     

    Here’s the original email we sent to the Graham County Manager’s Office on 1/23/20:

     

    “Good Afternoon Graham County Government,

     

    We’ve received a public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    I work for a website called Sunshine Request www.sunshinerequest.com. We built a site that makes it easier to make public records requests by filling out a simple form, and the results of any requests are posted on our site. This allows citizens to learn more about our local government, while saving staff from having to fulfill duplicate requests. If you have any questions about the project, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to answer.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Message: “Hello Graham County, NC Government,

     

    I would like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    Please provide a spreadsheet containing arrests within Graham County, North Carolina from 01/01/18 – 12/31/19. This should include approximate location, type of arrest (drug arrest, robbery, etc), time, date and arresting officer (or ID number, whichever is easiest).

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • March 9, 2020 4:34 pm

    10 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Becky Garland <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 9, 2020, 4:34 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good afternoon Becky,

     

    Thank you for your update from back in February where you said you had forwarded this request to the Graham County Sheriff’s Office. We still haven’t heard back from them and were wondering if you could provide us with the email you sent our request to so that we may follow up with them?

     

    We appreciate your help,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • March 9, 2020 5:04 pm

    10 months ago

    from: Becky Garland <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 12, 2020, 5:04 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    I have forwarded your request to the Graham County Sheriff Office. They keep all of those records.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Rebecca E. Garland, MPA, CPA

    County Manager/Finance Officer

    12 North Main Street

    Robbinsville, NC 28771

    828-479-7770 (Direct Line)

    828-479-7988 (Fax)

    828-361-6387 (Cell)


    Status: Follow up
  • February 12, 2020 4:46 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Feb 12, 2020, 4:46 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good afternoon Becky,

     

    We’re following up on this public records request sent on 1/23/20.

     

    Please confirm that the request has been received on your end, and if / when it will begin being processed. Please provide a timeline or rough estimate as to when the request will be completed, and we will follow up again at that time if we have not heard back before then.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • January 23, 2020 12:19 pm

    11 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: Jan 23, 2020, 12:19 PM
    subject: Records Request: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Good Afternoon Graham County Government,

     

    We’ve received a public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    I work for a website called Sunshine Request www.sunshinerequest.com. We built a site that makes it easier to make public records requests by filling out a simple form, and the results of any requests are posted on our site. This allows citizens to learn more about our local government, while saving staff from having to fulfill duplicate requests. If you have any questions about the project, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to answer.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (January 2020) Request for Graham County, NC arrests info 01/01/18 – 12/31/19

     

    Message: “Hello Graham County, NC Government,

     

    I would like to make a public records request for the following information:

     

    Please provide a spreadsheet containing arrests within Graham County, North Carolina from 01/01/18 – 12/31/19. This should include approximate location, type of arrest (drug arrest, robbery, etc), time, date and arresting officer (or ID number, whichever is easiest).

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • January 21, 2020 4:21 pm

    1 year ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending