Dawsonville man is charged with beating, threatening to kill his girlfriend

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — A 25-year-old Dawsonville man was arrested last week and charged with beating his girlfriend, pointing a firearm at her and threatening to kill her if she left the home.

Dustin White was arrested on a warrant after Erica Ann Taylor, 21, of 165 Greenwood Parkway reported that she and White were involved in an argument and White pulled her hair, slammed her head into a laundry room wall so hard it made a hole in the wall and then pointed a loaded .45-caliber Glock firearm to her forehead.

Taylor, who lives inside Lumpkin County near the Dawson County line, said she attempted to call 911 but White took her cell phone away and left. She then drove to the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. Dawson County deputies escorted her to the Lumpkin County line where they turned her over to Lumpkin County authorities.

Deputies observed bruises on her forehead and dried blood on her lip and ear. They then traveled to the Greenwood Parkway residence attempting to arrest White, but he was not there.

He was arrested on a Lumpkin County warrant March 28. He is charged with aggravated assault, battery, theft by taking and manufacturing dangerous drugs.

 

 

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Authorities investigating apparent murder-suicide

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Three people are dead and two others injured in what Lumpkin County authorities believe is a murder suicide that took place at 72 Bryn Lane in Dahlonega this morning.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said deputies responded to a “shots fired” call at approximately 8:30 a.m.  Upon entering the home, they discovered two victims had been shot. While they were clearing the house, they heard three more shots downstairs where they discovered the body of a man and his wife.

Jarrard said the incident stemmed from a domestic incident in Florida.

“It appears something happened in Florida that caused the wife to flee to her sister’s home here in Dahlonega in an attempt to hide,” Jarrard said. “Unfortunately, the suspect found them.”

Jarrard said a 16-year-old girl was shot and transported to an Atlanta-area hospital. “Her injuries appear to be survivable,” he said.  A 13-year-old and a 2-year-old were also injured but their injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

Jarrard said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to take the lead in the investigation, aided by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Jarrard said it  is unknown how the suspect traveled to Dahlonega and that authorities are on the lookout for a gold- or champagne-colored Ford Explorer SUV, driven by a white female wearing aviator-style sunglasses.”

Authorities have not released the victims’ identities.

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Big Easter Egg Hunt at R-Ranch March 31

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office has joined with R-Ranch and Lumpkin County Family Connection to host the second annual community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31, starting at 2 p.m. at R-Ranch.

There will be egg dying, bouncy houses and a petting zoo. The hunt begins at 3 p.m. More than 50,000 eggs will be hidden for the kids to find. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

 

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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.”

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard

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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