Armstrong charged with burglary, possession of heroin

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Christopher Armstrong

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County authorities have arrested  25-year-old Christopher Armstrong, 46-year-old William Clay Mitchell and Tyler Mitchell, 25, in connection with the Jan. 24 burglary of a Pinewood Place home.

The burglary was reported by the homeowner Melissa Gilbert. Gilbert said when she and her mother returned home shortly after noon, they found the home had been rifled through and called the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

After a preliminary inspection, Gilbert discovered that two loaded pistols, jewelry, two cameras, a PlayStation, headphones, an iPad and an iPhone had been stolen.

On Feb. 5, deputies were assisting a parole officer in conducting a search when they discovered the stolen iPad. The next day, authorities raided 1809 Martins Ford Road where they located some of the stolen items and arrested the suspect who is charged with burglary and possession of heroin.

Tyler Mitchell is charged with burglary and theft by receiving. William Mitchell is charged with theft by receiving.

 

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Lumpkin County man charged with aggravated stalking

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Christopher Lee Ingram

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Deputies from the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Lee Ingram, 39, of Dahlonega, last week and charged him with aggravated stalking, a felony.

Deputies were called to 2992 Duffy Grizzle Road by Jerrell Lee Ingram, 66. Jerrell Ingram reported that the suspect was at the home in violation of a criminal bond and that he had locked himself in a bedroom.

Cpl. Frank Hughes and Sgt. John Simpson attempted to have Christopher Ingram unlock the door. When he refused, they received permission from Jerrell Ingram and kicked the door in and placed him under arrest.

As they were transporting him to the Lumpkin County Detention Center, the suspect began banging his head on the cage, splitting his forehead open. Lumpkin County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was contacted. After they bandaged Ingram’s head, he was booked into the jail.

 

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Jones charged with aggravated assault and battery

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Jackie Jones

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County authorities have charged Jackie Jones, 58, of Dawsonville, with aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery and false imprisonment, all felonies, and misdemeanor battery, following a report of a family violence incident at 7980 Dawsonville Highway on Christmas Day.

Glenda McDaniel Jones, 57, called 911 to report the incident. When Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy Jeffrey Moore and Cpl. Kyle Rosso arrived, she advised them her sister, Tina Melissa McDaniel, 51, was in a back room having a seizure. Lumpkin County EMS arrived and transported McDaniel to Northside Hospital Forsyth.

Jones said her ex-husband had been drinking, and as they argued, he slapped her in the face, grabbed her around the throat, threatened to kill them and then fired a shot from a handgun before fleeing the scene. Moore observed a bullet hole located in the wall behind where McDaniel had reportedly been sitting. He also observed a handgun laying on a nearby table and a spent bullet casing on the floor.

While deputies were speaking to Glenda, she received a call from her ex-husband. When Moore took the phone, Jones said he was at the Amicalola Falls Lodge in Dawsonville. Moore and deputies from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office then located him and took him into custody without resistance.

Jones was transported to Lumpkin County Detention Center where he is being held on $32,700 bond.

 

 

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Lumpkin Sheriff’s Office, ARDEO make drug bust

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – An investigation by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) led to the arrest Tuesday (Dec. 19) of 45-year-old Tony Anthony Monteith, of Dahlonega.

Agents seized methamphetamine, marijuana, clonazepam and hydrocodone with a street value of $2,200. Monteith was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of clonazepam (a schedule IV controlled substance), and possession of hydrocodone. He was transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via IM or at 706-348-7410 or contact your local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department. The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White, Lumpkin, Towns, Banks, Habersham, Stephens, Rabun and Franklin counties, along with the Cleveland and Lavonia Police departments and the Georgia National Guard Counter, Drug Task Force, Department of Public Safety and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Wahsega 4-H Director Back in Jail on Child Porn Charge

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Paul Travis Williams

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Paul Travis Williams, the 4-H director who was arrested last month on a charge of possession of child pornography and subsequently released on $10,000 bond, is back in the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

Williams, 48, was arrested again last week after authorities added 30 new counts of accessing child porn.

The initial investigation was conducted by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the University of Georgia Police Department following a cyber tip showing that suspected child pornography had been uploaded from inside the Wahsega 4-H Center.

Williams’ attorney Catherine Bernard stated in an email, “Travis Williams maintains his innocence on these charges, and it is unfortunate that the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office is employing deceptive tactics despite Travis’ good faith cooperation with law enforcement.

“The sudden re-arrest on October 26th was unnecessary. On October 11th, the lead investigator called Travis and informed him that a warrant had been issued and that he could turn himself in the next day. At that time, the investigator specifically volunteered a promise that he wasn’t going to “play the game” of having Travis re-arrested on new warrants for the same charge as the investigation continued.”

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But Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said, “He would never say that because he had no way of knowing how many more counts may be coming.”

Bernard also said, “It appears that the Sheriff’s Office is attempting to try this case in the media before even making any evidence available to a grand jury or to Travis and his counsel.”

Jarrard strongly denied the accusation, saying, “We held only one press conference and that was so we wouldn’t have to respond to so many media inquiries at different times.”

Bernard said her client has complied with all conditions and instructions from the court and law enforcement. “Travis will be seeking to return to bail as soon as possible so that he can defend himself against these charges,” Bernard added.

 

 

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Motorcyclist Injured After Police Chase in Dahlonega

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – What started as a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) for a motorcyclist riding in a reckless manner, ended in a high-speed chase, crash and the arrest of seven of the motorcyclist’s fellow riders.

Lt. Alan Roach of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office reported that a deputy on patrol on Ga. Hwy. 9 received the BOLO then spotted a black motorcycle travelling north near Ben Higgins Road at a high rate of speed.

The deputy activated the lights and siren on his marked patrol vehicle. As the pursuit entered into City of Dahlonega, the driver of the motorcycle lost control and crashed while negotiating a curve.  The responding officers provided medical attention until EMS arrived.

Roach said deputies had difficulty communicating with the unidentified  motorcyclist in an attempt to determine the extent of injuries due to a language barrier.

“He was able to communicate to the officer in some broken English that he was hurting in his hip and also in his shoulder,”  Roach said.  “The officer, of course, immediately kept him stationary and waited for fire and EMS to get there to treat him for the injuries.”

After EMS arrived, the motorcycle rider’s fellow riders arrived on scene to check on him.  The officers checked the identification of the riders and found that seven were operating the motorcycles without a license.

They were arrested and transported to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Detention center.  The original rider was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.  The accident was turned over to the Georgia State Patrol, and charges are pending on the driver that had been involved in the accident.

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4-H Director Denies Involvement with Child Porn

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Attorney Catherine Bernard

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Catherine S. Bernard, the attorney for long time Wahsega 4-H Director Paul Travis Williams who was arrested last week and charged  with one count of possessing child pornography, said today her client is “shocked and horrified by the charge against him.”

Bernard added that Williams completely denies any involvement whatsoever with child pornography.

“He has cooperated fully with law enforcement, including providing access to his electronic devices and turning himself in to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and he will continue to assist in all possible ways with the investigation of inappropriate content.

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Paul Travis Williams

“Travis has nothing to hide, and he is confident that a thorough investigation will show that he is innocent of any wrongdoing. He is grateful to all of the members of the community who have reached out to support him during this difficult time, and prays for a swift and just resolution to this serious matter.”

Williams’ bond was set at $10,000 and he bonded out immediately. Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Lt. Alan Roach said last week that authorities followed up on a cyber tip and discovered a hard drive at his residence contained child pornography.

 

 

 

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ARDEO Shuts Down Multi-Million Dollar Meth Lab

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) and the FBI’s North Georgia Major Offender Squad shut down a massive methamphetamine conversion lab in Suches Friday, capable of producing more than $3.2 million worth of crystal meth and arrested five suspected drug traffickers.

ARDEO special agent in charge Mitchell Posey said in a press release that a traffic stop of Angel Luis Rivera-Santiago and Victor Rafael Aponte yielded the seizure of 15 kilograms of methamphetamine. During the subsequent investigation, Lumpkin County authorities and FBI agents executed a search warrant at 990 Flanders Road in Dahlonega. Valentine Duarte-Vejar ran from the residence but was captured and was in possession of a handgun.

This search warrant yielded a few grams of cocaine and $166,000 in cash. Agents continued to follow investigative leads until a conversion lab was located at 843 Cooper Creek Road in Suches. A conversion lab is used to convert liquid methamphetamine to its crystal form. Agents located a handgun and 15 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at the lab.

ARDEO agents processed approximately 300 pounds of environmental waste largely containing methamphetamine oil. Agents on scene estimated the lab was capable of producing a minimum of 25-50 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at a time. The Union County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, and Fire Department assisted with safely processing the lab.

This short but effective investigation was a federal, state, and local partnership that disrupted and dismantled a drug distribution network’s attempt to flood our communities with this destructive drug for their own financial gain. The street value of the 30 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine is $3,234,000.

“This was a surprise find for us,” Posey said. “It was something that fell in our lap and we realized that it could turn into something bigger, all it required was just some good old-fashioned hard work.”

Angel Luis Rivera- Santiago, 42, of Norcross, Victor Rafael Aponte, 30, of Dahlonega and Valentine Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega were charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Eleoncio Perez-Pineda, 29, of Dahlonega, and Jose Mario Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega were later arrested in Dahlonega and charged with conspiracy to manufactory methamphetamine. The five men were transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center. Their immigration status is pending. Additional charges are pending in Union County.

“Shuttind down something of this magnitude is huge for North Georgia,” Posey said.

This investigation continues. ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via Instant Message or by calling 706-348-7410 or your local sheriff’s office or police department.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County and Franklin County, along with the Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The operation was a joint effort of the ARDEO, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s North Georgia Major Offender Squad.

NOTE: The names on the mugshots do not always match the names in this article because some suspects gave a fictitious name.

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