Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Offices locates runaway juveniles

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According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Michael Gravely met with two complainants at the LCSO, regarding two runaway juveniles on March 3.

Complainant one explained that his fourteen-year-old daughter had her fifteen-year-old-friend staying with her for a sleepover at his Dahlonega residence. Sometime between 8:00PM and 11:30PM, they left the residence, and the complainant was unaware of where they had gone, since the two juveniles did not have permission to leave. After the information was confirmed by complainant two, they both told police that they had spent the night/early morning looking for the missing teens.

Officials searched the known areas and people who might know the juveniles, in an attempt to locate them. A Missing/Lost Persons Report was filed for both teens, and a BOLO was sent out for the local area/surrounding counties. The juveniles were also put on the LCSO media page, with guardian permission.

Investigators learned from an informant, who was the boyfriend of the runaways, that both girls were at the birthday party around midnight and were in good spirits during the party. About 15 minutes after their arrival, both girls left, (presumingly on foot), but returned to the party after some time, in a gray, four-door, passenger vehicle, (possibly a Honda Civic), with a Georgia tag.

They were with two white males, whom he had never met. He noticed the males acting suspicious, by hiding every time a car drove by. The informant further explained that the two males had revealed that they were on probation and had warrants out for their arrests.

The white males also stated that the juveniles had told him that they had run away, and were scared of getting caught, due to the potentiality of juvenile court.

Further questioning led investigators to a Dawson County residence, where the missing juveniles were possibly hiding. Deputy Gravely reports seeing a gray, four-door, passenger sedan with a Georgia tag at the residence, but they could not locate any individuals at the residence.

On March 3, at exactly 8:00PM, Deputy Gravely received text messages from the original complainants, stating that they both believe they had new information on the teen’s whereabouts, and at 8:22PM on March 3, the LCSO posted on their Facebook page that the missing teens had been found, “Both teenage girls have been found safe. I would like to thank everyone for your assistance and prayers during the search.  Thanks! Sheriff Stacy M. Jarrard” attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month for ad server. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and has between 15,000 to 60,000 per week Facebook page reach. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or visit




Arrests are made after motor-vehicle pursuit



According to a press release from the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, LC deputies were involved in a motor vehicle pursuit, starting in Lumpkin County and ending in Hall County.

The pursuit occurred after an LC deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop on a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee that contained four occupants, for defective equipment. The Cherokee failed to stop after the deputy initiated their emergency equipment, and the occupants appeared to be trying to hide items within the interior of the vehicle.

The pursuit ended in Hall County on the block of 5800 Cool Springs Road after the driver lost control of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, leaving the roadway and striking a wooden fence. The occupants all fled on foot, but Hall County deputies apprehended two of the suspects. A Lumpkin County Deputy, along with his K-9, caught the other two suspects, after engaging in foot pursuit.

The suspects arrested were Samantha Woody, Brandon Flanagan, Herman Dover, John Rodgers II. They have been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Related Objects. The driver, Samantha Woody, was also charged with traffic violations.

LCSO released a statement of gratitude for help in apprehending the suspects, “The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Hall County and the Georgia State Patrol, for their assistance in the pursuit and capture.” attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month for ad server. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and has between 15,000 to 60,000 per week Facebook page reach. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or visit


GBI investigates officer involved shooting in Lumpkin County



According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office:

On Friday, March 15, 2019, the GBI was requested by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS)investigation involving a Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Deputy.  The initial investigation revealed that the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office was called to 155 Pecks Mill Creek Road, Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, Georgia, at 7:19 p.m. concerning a report of a residential alarm.   

Upon arrival, a deputy located a subject, identified as Valery Michelle Barron, age 33, of Cleveland, GA, at the residence found to be in the process of burglarizing the residence.  As the deputy attempted to arrest Barronshe resisted and entered a vehicle she drove to the residence.  While trying to flee the scene, Barron struck the deputy with her vehicle.  The deputy fired on the vehicle during the incident.  Barron was able to flee the scene, driving in an erratic manner.  She was subsequently arrested at her residence by the Lumpkin and White County Sheriff’s Offices.  It was determined that Barron was not injured as a result of the incident. 

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.  Once complete, the investigation will be provided to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review. attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month for ad server. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and has between 15,000 to 60,000 per week Facebook page reach. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or visit

BOLO released for burglary suspect in Lumpkin County

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According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, there has been a ‘Be On The Look Out’ (BOLO) released for a female suspect, after an attempted break-in.

Deputies responded to a call for a possible break-in the Pecks Mill Creek area on Friday, March 15. While trying to run from the scene, the female suspect swerved her vehicle towards a police officer, who then shot at the tire of the vehicle to prevent escape.

Investigators and police know who the suspect is and are currently are looking for her. The LCSO released a statement on their social media page, “A short time ago, deputies responded to the Pecks Mill Creek area on a possible burglary in
progress. Deputies confirmed while on location that the home is secured and we know who the suspect is.

You may see an increase in patrol units in the area. At this time, we do not believe anyone is in danger but just be aware and if you see anything suspicious, call 911. This is an ongoing investigation.

Sheriff Stacy M. Jarrard”

Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call 911.

This is an ongoing investigation. FYN will have more information as it is received. attracts more than 300,000 page views and 3.5 million impressions per month for ad server. FYNTV attracts approximately 15,000 viewers per week and has between 15,000 to 60,000 per week Facebook page reach. For the most effective, least expensive local advertising, call 706-276-6397 or visit

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



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.


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




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


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


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.


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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Michael Jarrard: Obituary

Michael Jarrard

March 05, 1954 – November 01, 2018

Michael Jarrard, age 64, of Dahlonega went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Michael was preceded in death by his granddaughter Chandra Reece Jarrard and his father LJ Jarrard.

He was married for 41 years to Terri Jarrard, whom he completely loved and utterly adored. They spent those years devoted to the happiness of the other, and their love remains a testament to the truest of partnerships—a manifestation of two souls who found their mates. Out of that love came two beautiful children, who took the love from which they came and grew families of their own.

Michael retired from Amicalola EMC after bringing literal light to our lives for 34 years. But the light Michael brought this world was something far greater than mere electricity.

He was a deacon at Oak Grove Baptist Church where he spent his time serving the church family he loved so much. And that love extended outside those walls. He loved people, loved being surrounded by them. Regardless of the occasion, Michael was, more often than not, the first one there and very likely the last to leave. Sometimes, he did the coming and going in his beloved ’67 Chevy Chevelle—the man and his car making quite a picture. Though perhaps Michael was happiest when spending time with his grandchildren. He cherished each one of them, and they gave his heart the purest of joys.

Now that Michael has gone, it feels as though the world has gone dark. But just as Michael spent much of his life restoring light to our homes, his memory and the love he left behind will once more bring his light back into our hearts. And with that, the very best of him isn’t gone at all. He’s still here with us, shining as bright as the stars.

In addition to his wife Michael is survived by his daughter and son in law Jessica and Shane Smith; son and daughter in law Jonathan and Amber Jarrard; grandchildren Jessie Smith, Luke Smith, Jet Jarrard, and Laken Jarrard, all of Dahlonega; mother Betty Jean Jarrard, Dahlonega; twin brother and sister in law Mickel and Cindy Jarrard, Dahlonega; brother Marty Jarrard, Dahlonega; sister and brother in law Sherry and George Murphy, Pendergrass; and sister Carol Meeks, Dahlonega.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home. The Rev. Shane Wehunt, the Rev. Lyman Caldwell, and the Rev. Paul Shadburn will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Kris Butler officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00PM at the funeral home.

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