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.

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…”

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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.

Four Indicted for Distributing Heroin

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