UPDATE: Escaped inmate recaptured near Johnson St.


DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The inmate who escaped from the Lumpkin County Detention Center this afternoon has been captured.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard reports that James Dowd, Jr., who is charged with fraud, escaped around 4 p.m. from the sally port area of the detention center by pushing away from the guard and running into a kudzu patch behind the jail.

Jarrard said a helicopter and canine unit were used in the search. “He tried to steal a phone from a pedestrian on Johnson Street,” Jarrard said.

He was captured at approximately 5 p.m., about one hour after he escaped.


UPDATE: Escaped Lumpkin County inmate identified


DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said an inmate who had just been brought to the Lumpkin County Detention Center pushed guards away and escaped from the sally port area of the Detention Center as he was being processed today (June 29) at approximately 4 p.m.

The inmate has been identified as James Dowd Jr. of Dahlonega, who is charged with fraud. Jarrard said Dowd does not have a history of violence. He was wearing handcuffs and an orange jump suit.

Jarrard asks that residents secure their homes and while the search continues and if you spot any suspicious activity to call 911.

Fetch Your News will have additional details as they become available.





False hit-and-run report leads to woman’s arrest


Jessica Remillard

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A false hit-and-run report filed with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office last week has led to the arrest of a 36-year-old Dahlonega woman.

On Nov. 29, Jessica Remillard, of 953 Morrison Moore Parkway, reported that her Kia Soul had been struck by another vehicle while she was shopping in the Fresh and Low on Main Street. Remillard told deputy Heath Higman that she had inspected the vehicle earlier in the day and there was no damage. Upon inspection of the vehicle, Higman said he became suspicious that the damage was not fresh.

Higman said he offered to go to the nearby bank and view their video cameras but, according to the arrest report, Remillard began acting confused and said the accident could have happened a day earlier. He said he offered her a form to complete and told her to present it to her insurance company.

Later, when he discussed the incident with Cpl. Frank Hughes, he was told the same person had attempted to file a hit-and-run accident report on Nov. 21.

Higman then went to Remillard’s residence where she admitted she lied and made the false report of a crime in an attempt to save money with her insurance company. She was placed under arrest and turned over to the Lumpkin County Detention Center staff.


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Lumpkin Man Charged with Aggravated Assault, Battery


Patrick Raymond Cadieux

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Patrick Raymond Cadieux, 25, of Dahlonega was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of family violence, aggravated assault, battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Deputies from the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office were called to 43 Imperial Drive where they met with Alissa Rose Butcher, 19, of Dahlonega.

According to the incident report, Butcher said she and Cadieux had been arguing all day and when she tried to leave, he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back into the residence. When she tried to run again, he again pulled her back inside and choked her until she couldn’t breathe then finally released her. When she ran a third time, she said he fired a gun at her and she ran into a nearby Air Stream camper and called 9-1-1.

Authorities confiscated a Taurus 40-caliber, a spent shell casing and brought them to the evidence locker. They booked Cadieux into the Lumpkin County Detention Center.


Dawson County Man (Almost) Got Away With It


GEORGE GALBREATHDAHLONEGA, Ga. – A bad day in the life of a Dawson County man would make a good feature on the Investigation Discovery TV program “I Almost Got Away With It.”

George Galbreath, 54 of 7345 Anderson Lake Road, was parked in the parking lot of Hickory Grove CME Church on Old Dahlonega Highway about 11:30 p.m. on April 17 when Lumpkin County Deputy Charlie Roberts approached the car. Galbreath said he had stopped to use bathroom and when  Communications ran his driver’s license and plate it came back as clear so he was allowed to leave.

Moments later, however, Communications said the car was now coming back as a stolen vehicle out of Dawson County.

Roberts caught up to Galbreath on Old Dahlonega Highway and notified him he was under arrest in connection with a stolen car. Galbreath said he purchased the vehicle from Laura Beth Poole for $700 and produced a vehicle title with Ms. Poole’s signature.

While searching the vehicle, Lumpkin County deputies found a paint can that contained three plastic bags suspected of being marijuana along with digital scales and rolling papers, a glass pipe with white residue and an empty bottle of tequila.

Galbreath was transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center and while conducting a pat down search, Kevin Sargent reported that a green fabric bag fell from Galbreath’s clothing that contained a yellow plastic tube with white crystals and five cotton swabs with a black residue.

When deputies made telephone contact with Ms. Poole, she stated that she had not sold the car to anyone and when she arrived at the Sheriff’s Office, she produced her signature that looked nothing like the signature on the back of the title. She also said that a number of personal items were missing from the vehicle.

Galbreath now faces a long list of charges, including theft by receiving stolen property, possession of dangerous drugs and crossing a guard line with drugs.


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