Rep. Collins hosts symposium on mental health resources

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) hosted a symposium at Lanier Technical College Wednesday to explore mental health resources for first responders.

In 2018, at least 159 first responders nationwide died from suicide — nearly 10% more than the total number of line-of-duty deaths resulting from causes such as assault, vehicle accidents, heart attacks, and duty-related illness.

“Mental health is just as essential as physical health in order for our law enforcement officers to remain effective in keeping our communities safe, yet first responders often face serious trauma resulting from their line of work,” said Collins. “As the son of a Georgia State Trooper, I understand firsthand the challenges facing our officers, and I am committed to ensuring they have access to the resources needed to address their health and well-being.”

The following agencies presented on resources available for first responders: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-Disaster Technical Assistance Center; Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services; Federal Emergency Management Agency-National Fire Academy; Department of Veterans Affairs-National Center on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Georgia Public Safety Training Center; Georgia State Patrol-Wellness Officer; Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office-Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator; and Hall County Employee Assistance Program.

The following agencies attended the symposium: Commerce Police Department; Forsyth County Sherriff’s Office; Habersham County Emergency Medical Service; Hall County Sheriff’s Office; Hall County Fire Service; and Jackson County Emergency Medical Service.

“I want to thank the many agencies who traveled near and far to participate in today’s symposium. Their feedback is invaluable as we explore ways to help meet the needs of our first responders, and I will continue to seek their input as we work towards drafting legislation to address these issues.”

In March 2019, the Department of Justice submitted a report to Congress detailing the gap of law enforcement mental wellness and programs. The report listed several recommendations to assist first responders’ access to mental health care, including possible legislative solutions.

 

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Deputies make multiple arrests at Silverwood Drive home

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Justin Brister

DAHLONEGA, GA. – An attempt by Lumpkin County Sheriff’s deputies, Hall County deputies  and agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office to serve warrants on Justin Brister at 44 Silverwood Drive Wednesday ended in the arrest of Brister and six other individuals.

Brister had multiple warrants out of Hall and Lumpkin counties. When officers arrived at the residence, one subject was immediately detained, and another male subject released an aggressive dog on law enforcement and the male ran back inside.

Neither the dog nor the officers were injured. Once the occupants saw the number of law enforcement officers present and that no escape was possible, a total of four occupants came out and surrendered.

While checking the residence for other occupants, officers located two more individuals hiding inside. The following individuals were arrested:

  • Donald Nalley, 34, of Dahlonega, for Hindering Apprehension of a Criminal;
  • Wesley Martin, 27, of Dahlonega, for Hindering Apprehension of a Criminal and Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer;
  • Jessica Brown,39, of Dawsonville, for Hindering Apprehension of a Criminal;
  • Tamera Brown,30, of Jasper, for Hindering Apprehension of a Criminal;
  • Christopher Strickland, 39, of Cumming, for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer;
  • Quinton Bailey, 41, of Dawsonville, for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer;
  • Justin Brister, 29,  of Dahlonega for Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, Fleeing Attempting to Elude Police, Reckless Driving, Operating of Vehicle with Improper License Plate, Tire Requirement, No Passing Zone, Failure to Maintain Lane, Stop Sign, and multiple charges pending in Hall County.

 

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Donald Nalley

Jessica Brown

Wesley Martin

Tamera Brown

Christopher Strickland

 

 

GBI investigates officer involved shooting in Hall County

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GBI PRESS RELEASE

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — On Monday, July 8, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) to investigate an officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicolas Dixon, age 28.

Preliminary information indicates that on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at approximately 11:09 pm, Deputy Dixon attempted to stop a stolen vehicle occupied by four males. A chase ensued and ended with the subjects fleeing on foot.

Deputy Dixon and another deputy made contact with the subject, Hector Garcia Solis, age 19, in the yard of 43 Highland Avenue Gainesville and gunfire was exchanged. Deputy Dixon was shot one time and subsequently died from the wound.

Garcia was struck multiple times and is in critical condition at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Another subject was detained, and two other subjects remain at large. Attempts are ongoing to identify and locate them by HCSO, Gainesville Police Department, and the GBI.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Hall County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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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Father, Son Drown at Dicks Creek Falls Tuesday

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Dicks Creek Falls in Chattahoochee National Forest

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A father and his 6-year-old son drowned at Dicks Creek Falls in Lumpkin County Tuesday (June 20) around 2 p.m.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said according to numerous witnesses, the father, 38-year-old Joshua Kistler of Dahlonega, slid down one of the rock slides first then waited for his son, Jaxon, to follow. But the boy apparently got caught in an undertow and never resurfaced. The father made several attempts to bring his son to the surface but drowned himself.

“This is such a tragedy,” Jarrard said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family. I hope everyone will keep them all in their prayers.”

Jarrard said witnesses spotted the father’s body floating downstream, pulled him to the shore and tried to do CPR but were unable to revive him.

Several agencies responded to the incident, including Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Lumpkin County Fire Department, EMS, Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. The Lumpkin County swift water rescue team recovered the child’s body.

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Video Camera Leads to Arrest of Three Hall County Suspects Accused of Theft from Parked Autos

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Sheriff StacyJarrardDAHLONEGA, Ga. – A joint investigation conducted by the sheriff’s offices in Lumpkin and Hall counties has led to the arrest of three Hall County residents suspected of thefts from parked cars in both counties.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said most of the thefts took place in the late night, early morning hours and a video camera at a parking lot of an apartment complex that led to the arrests.

“It was a joint effort ” Jarrard said. “Investigators in Hall and Lumpkin counties did a great job making these arrests. “The suspects would go to one car and if it was locked, they would go on the next one until they found one that was unlocked.”

Austin Lasseter, age 22, Mitchell Evans, 20, and Emily Jordan, 20, all from Hall County, were initially brought to the Hall County jail where they were charged with multiple felonies before being transported to Lumpkin County where they face additional felony charges.

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