Dahlonega man arrested for kidnapping, aggravated assault and battery

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — A Dahlonega man was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and false imprisonment after he allegedly attacked a 45-year-old woman at her home on Elbert Gaddis Road on Tuesday (Aug. 4).

According to the incident report, when a deputy with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office arrived in response to a physical domestic in progress, the woman was lying on the driveway bruised and bloodied as Chase Martin Howard, 22, attempted to cover her mouth and drag her into an outbuilding. He attempted to flee, but was handcuffed and taken into custody.

The woman said Howard moved into her house shortly after being released from jail and they began to argue. She said he busted her television, threw her to the floor and from that point on, she was held against her will.

She said she had been kicked and hit in the back of the head, ribs, back, and stomach repeatedly. She suffered multiple bone fractures around her eye and a broken nose during the attack.

 

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William Taffar arrested for credit card theft

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — A Cleveland man was arrested by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office last week on charges of financial transaction card theft.
According to the incident report, the victim stated he had his credit card out paying bills when 36-year-old William Matthew Taffar visited. When Taffar left, the card was missing.
The victim stated the card had been used at multiple locations and charges totaled $200.

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Dahlonega man arrested for aggravated assault

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Randall Hanley

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Randall Thomas Hanley, 38, of Dahlonega was arrested last week on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, battery, false imprisonment and criminal trespass following a domestic violence incident on Rock Garden Place.

According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Hillary Lisa Watson, 32, said when she returned home, Hanley became verbally abusive, punching her in the face, grabbing her by the throat and throwing her to the ground.

Watson said when she saw an opportunity to escape, she ran to her car and drove away.  When Lumpkin County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, there were visible signs of an altercation, including blood on the bed. When deputies contacted Watson she returned to the scene and deputies observed a bloody lip and bruises on her arms.

Deputies handcuffed Hanley and transported him to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 

 

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Lee arrested for battery, cruelty to children

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Christopher DeWayne Lee, 34 of Dahlonega, has been charged with third degree cruelty to children and battery –family violence following a domestic incident on Ben Higgins Road Saturday (May 28).

According to an incident report by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, the victim, Tesha May Robertson, 28, returned home from work to find Lee intoxicated. Robertson stated that Lee began calling her names and when she asked him to stop, he slapped her on the ear, pushed her onto the bed and bit her. The report states there were visible signs of both.

The cruelty to children charge stems from the fact that a juvenile witnessed the incident.

The report further states that Lee was heavily intoxicated and gave contradictory statements to deputies. He first stated he had not bit Robertson, but later admitted he did. Deputies handcuffed him and took him to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 

 

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Lumpkin County man arrested for battery, criminal trespass

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – A 24-year-old Lumpkin County man was arrested on charges of simple battery-family violence and criminal trespass last week.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call on Thursday (May 28) where, according to the incident report, Joanne Rider said her son, Tyler Holloway, chased her through the house and punched her before punching through a window and cutting his arm.

Holloway’s grandfather said he was asleep when he heard screaming and awoke to see Holloway fighting with his mother before he called 911. According to the report there was no visible sign of injury to Joanne Rider and she later changed her story to say her son did not hit her.

Holloway was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for medical treatment then to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 

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Lumpkin County woman charged with battery

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – A 53-year-old Lumpkin County woman was arrested last week on charges of simple assault, simple battery and two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree, following an altercation with her daughter at 780 King Richard Court in Murrayville.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy Kyle Kupari and Sgt. Rebecca Nix responded to a domestic call at 2:20 p.m. on April 15. According to the arrest report, Joni Deanne Etris said her mother, Juanita Hunt, had been staying at her home and watching her two children while she was at work. She told deputies that when she got home from work, she and her mother got into a heated argument that got out of hand and her mother pushed her.

One of the juveniles said there was a video of the incident and, after viewing the video, deputies arrested Hunt, placed her in handcuffs and transported her to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 

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Murrayville woman charged with forgery, ID fraud

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Casey Posten, 34, of Murrayville was arrested Dec. 21 and charged with forgery, theft by taking and identity fraud.

Posten’s arrest follows a six-month investigation by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office that started in July when Ronald Cartledge told authorities he believes Posten, a former employee, forged checks on his bank account and charged items to his credit card without authorization.

According to the arrest report, Cartledge asked his daughter Frania Cartledge to check his accounting books when something seemed to be wrong. She compiled a 139-page report that included bank statements, text messages, Paypal statements and credit card statements that lead to Posten’s arrest.

 

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Man accused of attacking sister with pickaxe handle is arrested

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A 45-year-old Dahlonega man was arrested last week after he allegedly attacked his sister, striking her on the back of the neck with a pickaxe handle.

Joy Protsman told Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Deputies she was in her RV home at 1511 Clay Creek Falls Road at approximately 4 p.m. when her brother Jody Ridley entered and began beating her, accusing her of wrecking his car.

She stated that he knocked her down, then jumped on top of her injuring her knee and began pulling her hair out.

Deborah Evans, the aunt, said she heard Protsman screaming, saw Ridley holding her down and tried to pull him off of her.

Both women said Ridley had left the scene in a grey Chevrolet Impala.

The vehicle was located at the Clay Creek Falls Grocery. Ridley was arrested there and transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 

 

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Dahlonega man faces charges of aggravated child molestation

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — A 36-year-old Dahlonega man is in the Lumpkin County Detention Center today, facing charges of child molestation and aggravated child molestation.

A female student at Lumpkin County High School told Alan Hogan, a counselor and tennis coach at the school, that Jason Bittinger had molested her and her sister for years, starting when they were five years old until the time they reached the age of 13.

The counselor brought the information to School Resource Officer Nichols Parrish who conducted an interview. The girl said Bittinger lived in the same home and that when she told her mother, they argued about it.

She said she didn’t come forward because she feared retaliation. Hogan also made a referral to the Department of Family and Children’s Services.

The incident was turned over to Lumpkin County CID and after an investigation, Bittinger was arrested Sept. 29.

 

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Lumpkin County man charged with robbery, false imprisonment

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County deputies arrested Jason Thomas Lemley, 44, of 1334 Burnt Stand Road last week. He is charged with aggravated assault and battery, false imprisonment and robbery.

Tiffany Rena Fister, 34, reported to authorities that Lemley, who she described as her ex-boyfriend, took her to his house, forcibly took her cell phone and locked her in a room.  According the arrest report he then texted her current boyfriend Christopher Rupert and told him to come to the home. When he arrived, Lemley allegedly chased after him with a baseball bat.

Rupert escaped uninjured and Fister was able to get out of the room. They met back at Rupert’s car and drove to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office where they reported the incident to a deputy.

Jonathan Blake Phillips, 21, who arrived at the home with Rupert signed a witness statement.

 

 

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GBI makes two more arrests in Hannah Bender murder case

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga – Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with assistance from Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested two more suspects in the murder case of Hannah Bender last night (Sept 30).

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard reported just moments ago that Isaac Huff and Dylan Reid were arrested in Dawson County and are now in the Dawson County Detention Center.

Jarrard said officials with the GBI are meeting today with the District Attorney Lee Darragh to determine what charges to file against both men.

Jarrard also said he expects more arrests in the case. One more could come as soon as today.

Bender’s mother Carol Gilreath last saw her daughter on Sept. 14 and reported her missing on Sept. 19. Authorities found her body in a ravine near Parks Road in Forysth County five days later.

The primary suspect in the case is Austin Todd Stryker who is still at large. His fiancee Elizabeth Donaldson and another man, Jerry Harper, were arrested last week.

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

 

 

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James Carver charged with battery, false imprisonment

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Dahlonega man last week charged with battery and false imprisonment.

According to the arrest report, Michelle Louise Carver said her husband, James Douglas Carver, 37, had physically and verbally abused her during a domestic dispute at their residence on Ben Higgins Road.

She said her husband is always been abusive but she has never reported it because she was afraid of him. She added that in the most recent incident, he was mad and began punching holes in the wall and making threats toward her, telling her to “sleep with one eye open.” When she tried to leave, he pushed her and held her down on the ground.

When he let her go, she tried to leave in her vehicle, he followed her outside and jumped in front of her car to block her from leaving. He then jumped inside the car and continued to argue. When he finally let her go, she went to the sheriff’s office to report the incident.

Deputies went to the couple’s residence but did not find him. He was arrested Sept. 24 on a warrant.

 

 

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Arrest Made in Threat to University Professor

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(Lumpkin County, GA) August 8, 2018 – On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the University of North Georgia Police Department to assist in an investigation involving threats of violence made to a university professor.

The threats, made by email and letter, involved a threat of gun violence to the professor, other staff, and students if the professor did not resign. An extensive investigation by the GBI and the UNG Police Department resulted in the arrest of Jose Gomez, 23, of Alpharetta, for Terroristic Threats and Acts. Gomez was arrested at his Alpharetta home on August 4, 2018 by the Alpharetta Police Department.

Gomez was transported to the Lumpkin County Jail where he will face the charge in Lumpkin County Superior Court.

East Ellijay Police Officer Arrested. Theft by Taking

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The GBI arrested East Ellijay Police Office Michael McClure at approximately noon today February 14th 2018.  A copy of Booking report and warrant below.  FYN has requested a statement from the GBI and East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan.

Below is a Press Release Statement from East Ellijay Chief of Police, Larry Callahan.

Drug Task Force Officer Arrested

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Jasper, Ga. – The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and released reports for warrants and booking for one Charles Daniel Hamrick.

According to the Arrest Warrant, Hamrick is accused of using his position as a peace officer to convince a person to send nude and semi-nude photos to him. The offense violates his oath as a public officer.

The warrant alleges that Hamrick convinced a lady that she was a confidential informant for him and that she could have potential criminal charges brought against her. He then allegedly told her that he had destroyed her confidential informant file in return for the photos.

Having been arrested and booked on the charges, Hamrick has since paid a $1,000 bond and been released. As the official charge states Violation of Oath by Public Officer, it is charged as “a violation of the Oath taken by Hamrick as a Deputy with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Deputy Commander of the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force…”

Four Indicted for Distributing Heroin

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