Jack Jones announces run for Lumpkin Co. sheriff

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Jack Jones

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Jack Jones, a private business owner who has been in and out of law enforcement in both Hall and Lumpkin counties since 1998, has announced he will run for Lumpkin County Sheriff in 2020.

Jones worked for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office until 2010 when, he said, politics intervened.

“I received a slap in the face when I stopped the wrong person and tried to charge him with two felonies and a misdemeanor,” Jones said. “I went from a hero to a zero as the result of a traffic stop on a politically-connected subject. I took him to jail and he ended up not being charged and turned over to his dad.”

Jones said he worked there for two more years but was miserable until he transferred to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. The plan, he said, was to fulfill the number of years required to qualify for retirement then run for sheriff.

“I came here to run for sheriff and to be firm, fair and consistent and to change the atmosphere for the employees,” he said.

Jones said he worked as school resource officer (SRO) in Lumpkin County until 2016 when he was moved to the night shift and submitted his resignation.

Jones has run his own pool company for nearly 20 years. He and wife Tonya have four children and attend The Torch church in Dahlonega.

 

 

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[UPDATED]-BREAKING: Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office responds to hostage situation

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to Lumpkin County Sheriff, Stacy Jarrard, officers are currently working a hostage situation off Oak Grove road. Jarrard explained that the suspect is wanted in Forsyth County for aggravated assault, aggravated assault towards an officer, as well as other violent charges, “He has shot at cops and has been shot at by cops.”

Jarrard also explained that the Forsyth County man stated that he was not going back to jail, and has entered his girlfriend’s Oak Grove residence, where he has taken a hostage. LCSO has called the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office for assistance, and S.W.A.T. is currently on scene.

LCSO released a statement on their Facebook page, stating that the situation is under control; travelers are also asked to avoid driving on Oak Grove road near Oak Grove Baptist Church for the time being.

UPDATE:

Jarrard has confirmed that the suspect has been taken into custody. According to Jarrard, the stand-off was resolved without any injuries, and the hostage was immediately taken to safety after escaping through a window. Jarrard told FYN, “I’m so grateful that this ended without any major injuries.”

The suspect, Hollis Dean Garmon (46), has been charged by LCSO with family violence battery, commission of a felony, possession of meth, and obstruction. Sonja Marie Pace (46), Garmon’s girlfriend, has also been charged with hindering apprehension of a fugitive. There is also an additional hold for Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Dramatic river rescue in Lumpkin County results in arrest

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McMeans was arrested after for DUI and child a dramatic river rescue on Friday, December 28

Dahlonega resident, Andrea McMeans, turned herself into Lumpkin County Sheriff Office for DUI and child endangerment charges, after causing a single-vehicle accident Friday morning.

The accident resulted in a dramatic river-rescue of her and her two-month-old son; following the rescue, Georgia State Patrol investigated the cause of the wreck, which resulted in a warrant for her arrest. According to the LCSO arrest report, McMeans has been charged with failure to maintain lane, DUI-endangering child under 14 YOA while DUI, and DUI/less safe. She was bonded out on Saturday, December 29.

This is an ongoing investigation; please check back for updates. For more details please read: BREAKING: Mother and infant rescued from river; DUI charges pending

BREAKING: Mother and infant rescued from river; DUI charges pending

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Forsyth County was en route but cancelled prior to getting on scene Lumpkin County Emergency Services made the rescues

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According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s office, LC first responders saved a female driver and her baby in a river rescue on Friday, December 28.

The vehicle had wrecked and ended up in the river south of Clay Creek Falls and was washing down the river, authorities told Fetch Your News. The Lumpkin County Fire Department tied off the vehicle for stabilization, and then extended a ladder for firefighters to use for retrieval.

Both mother and child were rescued and transported to the hospital for observation. The accident has been turned over to GSP for further investigation. The vehicle was left in Clay Creek Falls due to unsafe conditions.

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In a statement from Georgia State Patrol Post Commander, SFC Curtis Bradshaw, Andrea Marie McMeans of Dahlonega, (29) was traveling north on Clay Creek Falls Road in a 1996 Ford Ranger; the passenger was a two-month-old male also from Dahlonega. McMeans attempted to to negotiate a curve to the left, when her vehicle traveled onto the east shoulder and down a small embankment. After the vehicle struck a tree, it traveled into the creek, where the swift current of the rising creek pulled the Ranger approximately 300 feet downstream. The Ranger came to a rest in the middle of the creek facing north.

Due to the rising water in the creek and its swift current, the Forsyth County Swift Water Rescue team was en route to help the driver and passenger get out of the vehicle, but had to cancel prior to arriving on scene. Lumpkin County Emergency Services responded to the accident and were able to rescue McMeans and her infant. The driver and the passenger were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with non-life threatening injuries.

Bradshaw explained in the report that, “arrest warrants were obtained on Ms. McMeans for Failure to Maintain Lane, DUI, and DUI-Child Endangerment. It was raining at the time of the crash and the roadway was wet, and it appeared that the driver was wearing her seat belt and the baby was secured in a rear facing child seat at the time of the crash.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arrest made in GBI rape investigation

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Jose Luis Vazquez

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jose Luis Amaro Vazquez, 33, of Mexico, in Dahlonega.

In October 2018, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI initiate an investigation into allegations of rape, cruelty to children, and false imprisonment. The case agent was able to corroborate the allegations through an exhaustive investigation with assistance from a bilingual Gainesville Police Department Detective.

As a result, Vazquez was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of child cruelty, and one count of false imprisonment. Vazquez is currently housed in the Lumpkin County Jail.

Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution.

 

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Dahlonega man charged with child molestation

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James Millen Nester

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Lumpkin County authorities have charged James Millen Nester, 28, of Dahlonega with child molestation, aggravated child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes, all felonies.

The alleged incident reportedly took place in late July or early August. However, the mother of the child, who is not identified, did not learn about it until last week, at which time she reported to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Nester was arrested on a warrant on Nov. 11.

 

 

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BREAKING: Car theft and auto break-ins reported in Lumpkin County

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LUMPKIN, GA

This is an ongoing story; check back with Fetch Your News for updates.

The Lumpkin County Sheriff Office confirmed with Fetch Your News that a car has been reported stolen in the Pink Williams Road area in Lumpkin County, and entering auto reports have been received in the Frank Christian Road and Ben Higgins areas.

After the vehicle was stolen, the suspect proceeded to enter additional automobiles with the intent to steal. Lumpkin County investigator, Jason Canupp, does not have a suspect yet, but he asks for anyone who may have information, or who may have seen anything suspicious the night of November 6, to please contact him at the Lumpkin County Sheriff Office.
Canupp also reminds citizens to always remove any valuables from car if possible, don’t leave anything valuable in plain sight, and to lock their doors every night.

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Lula man charged with battery, cruelty to children

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Daniel Brock

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A 28-year-old Lula man has been charged with two counts of cruelty to children, two counts of making terrorist threats, simple battery and trespassing following a domestic incident at 2064 Coopers Gap Road last Friday.

Daniel Preston Brock is charged with punching his girlfriend in the face, pushing her head into a sink and threatening to do harm to himself and others. He has been booked into the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

According to the arrest report, Amanda Lynn Carter,26, was working as a housekeeper and cleaning the home on Coopers Gap. Brock picked up Carter’s daughter for her and brought her to that residence. Carter stated they began to argue and he grabbed her by the shoulders and started shaking her then punched her in the mouth.

A witness, Randy Buffington, attempted to intervene and was allegedly threatened by Brock. Buffington said Brock continued to scream at Carter, forced her head down toward the kitchen sink and began punching holes in the sheetrock with his other hand.

Brock left the residence when he saw Buffington calling 9-1-1. Lumpkin County Sheriff’s deputies arrested him two days later on a warrant.

 

 

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