Sheriff Stacy Jarrard makes strong case for reelection           

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – The first time he campaigned for Lumpkin County Sheriff in 2008, Stacy Jarrard promised to turn the agency into one of the most professional sheriff’s offices in Georgia. Thirteen months later, Lumpkin County became only the 13th sheriff’s office to achieve state certification.

Promise made. Promise kept.

Now, Jarrard is seeking his fourth term in office and he has built quite a resume for himself and the agency. After 31 years of carrying a badge and gun, Jarrard, 52, was named President of the powerful Georgia Sheriff’s Association last year, giving Lumpkin County a strong voice among state legislators.

He has been voted Best Elected Official 11 years in a row and Best Law Enforcement Officer 12 consecutive years.

But Jarrard is most proud of the 95 employees of the Sheriff’s Office. “We train as hard as we can throughout the year,” he said. “The state of Georgia only requires law enforcement officers to have 20 hours of in-service training a year. We require 60 hours. I believe in being the best trained agency we can be.”

Despite their level of training and professionalism, Jarrard says, “I’m always worried about their safety. When the phone rings, you’re always concerned about what is going on, what has happened. It’s like sitting on an egg shell. You’re always wondering if it’s going to crack somewhere.”

Jarrard’s concern intensified in the Summer of 2018 when approximately 4,000 out-of-county people descended on Lumpkin County for the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering then again  one year later at a pro-Trump rally on the square.

“Both had a potential to be real problems,” Jarrard said. “I’m thankful both ended well. Whenever you’re putting a plan together in that type situation where there is a potential for loss of life or loss of property. There was a lot of sleepless nights for me leading up to both events because of so much friction. But, as sheriff, you have to stay neutral. You can’t take sides.”

Jarrard said he is also proud of the advancement in technology at the 911 Center. “Our 911 system is unbelievable. It is state-of-the-art with the technology we have there now and we’re working on a system that will allow the public to text 911.”

Asked about the challenge of the next few years, Jarrard said the budget is a concern.

“We still have some growing to do,” he said. More upgrades of equipment are needed at the Justice Center and the roof at the detention center is 20 years old. “We will have to start roof repairs soon. We also need to get the pay up and we need better insurance rates for our employees.”

As a constitutional officer, Jarrard recognizes that he is required to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars.

“Housing out-of-county inmates like we have done for years, brings money into the community to help offset taxes,” he said. “It’s important the sheriff has the mindset to do that. I have that mindset.” He estimates that the county receives between $400,000 and $600,000 annually.”

Jarrard serves the community in many other ways. He has served on the Boards of Enotah Family Drug Court Foundation, Child Fatality Review Board, Lumpkin County Family Connection and No One Alone: Family Violence.

He and wife Rebecca have been married 16 years and have three children, McKenzie, Briana and Luke.

 

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BOC discusses 2nd Amendment Sanctuary resolution

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners discussed joining a growing number of Georgia counties in adopting a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution during Tuesday’s work session. A vote is expected at the next regular meeting.

The movement to declare sanctuary counties started in Virginia when Gov. Ralph Northam introduced a package of gun-control legislation, including red flag laws, universal background checks and a limit of one gun purchase per month.

That movement quickly spread to Georgia where many counties have already adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions or are considering doing so. But passing any form of gun control would be a lot more difficult in Georgia with a Republican governor and a Republican-controlled Legislature.

Lumpkin County commissioners (Chairman Chris Dockery was absent due to an illness) expressed support for the Second Amendment Tuesday, but questioned whether the resolution was necessary of merely symbolic.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard addressed the Board saying, ”I can tell you we have a Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office that is very pro-Second Amendment. We have a skeet shoot every year. I teach hunter safety and firearm safety. We open the gun range to the public. I hold a gun show yearly and a fundraiser. I don’t know how much more pro-gun rights I can actually be.”

Georgia has very specific laws to protect gun owners. “O.C.G.A. 38-3-37 states rules regarding the right to carry will not be changed by declaring a state of emergency,” Jarrard stated. “Any person from the government, including the National Guard, is prohibited from seizing any firearm or ammunition in the possession of a license holder. So what does it really do, becoming a sanctuary county? “If someone came to me and told me I would have to collect people’s firearms that would be the day I would resign. I could not fulfill that obligation and by not fulfilling that obligation, I could be arrested.”

Commissioner Bobby Mayfield proposed passing a “pro-Constitution county proclamation” rather than the Second Amendment resolution. “Fortunately, we live in a state where our Second Amendment rights are not at risk,” he said. “Many of our other rights are being challenged as well – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble, freedom of life. If we are going to do something, I suggest doing something similar to what our friends in Floyd and Hart counties have done and that is to pass a pro-Constitution proclamation. That really makes a statement about our commitment to uphold our Second Amendment rights but also the rest of the Constitution and its amendments.”

During the public comment period, two speakers rose in support of the resolution. Zane Doles said, “This is about being proactive and getting ahead of the rash of bills that will be introduced. Let’s make it clear that the representatives of Lumpkin County stand with the citizens, side-by-side in their intent to make Lumpkin County a Second Amendment Sanctuary county.”

Other issues discussed during the work session that will be voted on during the regular meeting include the following:

RESOLUTIONS

Veteran’s Affairs Advisory Committee name change request

Reappoint members to Development Authority

Reappoint Member to Public Building Authority

Reappoint Members to Hospital Authority

Identity Theft Prevention Program Update (Finance Director Abby Branan)

2020 – 09 – Georgia Fund 1 – General Fund Account (Finance Director Abby Branan)

2020 – 10 – Georgia Fund 1 – 2020 SPLOST Account (Finance Director Abby Branan)

2020 – 11 – Georgia Fund 1 – 2019 TSPLOST Account (Finance Director Abby Branan) •

CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

GMRC Addendum to the CDBG Senior Center Expansion Project Contract (Finance Director Abby Branan)

GMRC Regional Pay Study Agreement (Community and Employee Services Director Alicia Davis)

GEMA Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement (EMA Director David Wimpy)

LMIG Road Resurfacing Contract Award (Public Works Director Larry Reiter)

TSPLOST Road Resurfacing Contract Award (Public Works Director Larry Reiter)

UGA Cooperative Extension and Lumpkin County MOU (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

Community Center Gymnasium Goal Lift System Bid Award (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

Ratify Contract for Land Purchase (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Contract Extension – North GA Consulting Group LLC (EMS Director David Wimpy)

OTHER ITEMS

2020 SPLOST Work Plan (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

2020 SPLOST Work Plan (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

Road Maintenance & Improvement Tax 2020 Work Plan (Special Projects Director Allison Martin)

TSPLOST Bond (Trey Monroe)

Abandonment of George Avery Road (Public Works Director Larry Reiter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Lumpkin County man dies in officer involved shooting

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Lumpkin County, Ga (November 20, 2019) – On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, the Georgia
Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an
officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 1:24 pm, Lumpkin County 911 was
contacted by Wylene Cheek, 66, who reported a domestic disturbance involving her husband,
Paul Cheek, 55, at their residence located at 1851 Black Mountain Road, Dahlonega.

A responding Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Deputy made contact with Paul Cheek in the front yard
of the residence, at which time Cheek pulled out a knife. During the confrontation, Cheek was
shot by the deputy one time. Cheek was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured in this incident.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the
Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.

Several law enforcement agencies combine in drug bust

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CLERMONT, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Multi Agency Narcotics Squad (MANS), and Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) combined forces in a drug investigation and arrest that took more than $61,000 worth of methamphetamine off the street Wednesday.

Justin Pacer Smith, 44, was arrested at his home on Fieldstone Court in Clermont.

Lt. Don Scalia with the Hall said in a press release, “This person had been on and off our radar – in fact, this location had – for a pretty good while now. “Then, we got recent information that there was some increased activity there.”

With that information, Scalia said agents obtained search warrants for the house in Clermont.

In addition, agents confiscated digital scales, packaging materials and drug paraphernalia.  They also found $1,100 in cash at the residence. Scalia said Smith was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine.

No other arrests are anticipated.

 

 

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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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Canton woman charged with computer invasion of privacy

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – A 22-year-old Canton woman has been charged with computer invasion of privacy, a felony, in an alleged attempt to remove money from her boyfriend’s bank account without his permission.

Lumpkin County deputy Clifford Devore filed the arrest report which states he met with 23-year-old Joshua Warren and Warren’s attorney Michael Weaver at the Sheriff’s Office Aug. 29.

They stated Morgan Snelling-Rader, the mother of the couple’s child, attempted to gain access to Warren’s personal bank account at BB&T. He also stated she attempted to remove money in reference to an ongoing dispute.

Warren provided numerous texts from the woman in which she requested money for babysitting their child. He also provided texts from BB&T, showing an attempt from an unknown source showing activity in an attempt to change passwords from 4:34 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. on Friday Aug. 23.

 

 

 

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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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James Carver

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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Update: Missing woman’s body found in Forsyth Co.

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard announced today the body of 21-year-old Hannah Bender, has been found in a partially-wooded, partially-pasture land area off Parks Road in Forsyth County.

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Hannah Bender

Authorities with the Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation were led to the discovery through leads developed during the investigation.

Ms. Bender’s mother reported her missing Sept. 14 and a murder warrant was issued for her one-time boyfriend Austin Todd Stryker, 21, of Dawson County. Authorities also want to talk to 78-year-old Jerry Harper they describe as a person of interest.

Investigators found a black Ford Ranger pickup truck on Monday near where the body was discovered they believe belongs to Harper.

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Austin Todd Stryker

The West Virginia State Patrol Facebook page reports that Stryker was seen in Clay County, West Virginia.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Marcus Sewell at 706-974-6824.

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Authorities locate pickup truck connected to missing woman

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Authorities today located a Ford Ranger pickup truck they believe is connected to Hannah Bender, the 21-year-old Lumpkin County woman reported missing Sept. 14.

A murder warrant was issued last week for her former boyfriend 21-year-old Austin Todd Stryker.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said Monday the GBI, U.S. Marshals, and law enforcement agencies in Dawson and Forsyth counties have joined in the search for Stryker and a 2000 white Ford Explorer, license plate PXH 4402.

Austin Stryker

Stryker was last seen with 78-year-old Jerry Harper who they believe is the owner of the Ford Ranger recovered today. Jarrard named Harper as a person of interest.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s deputies searched an area between Lumpkin and Dawson counties Saturday and located bloody clothing and other items believed to belong to the missing woman.

She was reported missing by her mother Carol Gilreath Sept. 14.

Anyone with information about Ms. Bender or Austin Todd Stryker is asked to contact Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Marcus Sewell at 706-974-6824.

“I would like to ask everyone to keep Ms. Bender and her family in their prayers,” Jarrard said.

Jerry Harper

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Dahlonega man charged with rape, child molestation

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Jonathan Black was arrested by Lumpkin County deputies last week and charged with statutory rape and aggravated child molestation.

White County deputies were called to the home of Robert Kirk in reference to their 15-year-old daughter. Parents reported she had run away earlier that day. The daughter was quickly located and returned home. Her parents also reported their daughter met Black at a Lumpkin County High School football game. They alleged he took her home and had sex with her.

Following an investigation, a warrant was obtained for Black’s arrest. He was taken into custody and transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

No other information is available at this time.

 

 

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Clyde Banks charged with aggravated assault and battery

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Clyde Banks, 33 of Dahlonega, was arrested last week and charged with punching his wife Amber Banks, 31, in the face and slashing her wrist with a knife.

According to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Ellison, he responded to 494 Flanders Road in reference to a domestic dispute where Amber Banks explained that she and her husband had gotten into an argument on the way to church that morning. Later in the day, she began packing his clothes. She added that when her husband entered the room, he placed her in a choke hold, then struck her in the face and head with his fist before pulling out a knife inflicting a minor slashing wound on her wrist.

She was able to locate another phone and call 911 for help. Clyde Banks fled the scene before deputies arrived but he was arrested at 5 p.m. in Dawsonville.

Banks has been charged with aggravated assault family violence, battery family violence, criminal trespass and interfering with an emergency call for assistance.

 

 

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Two Lumpkin County residents charged with sale of methamphetamine

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APPALACHIAN REGIONAL DRUG ENFORCEMENT OFFICE

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Kelly Ann Haas

DAHLONEGA, Ga. On Thursday, August 15, 2019, following a 3-month long investigation, Members of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office along with Agents of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) executed two search warrants in Lumpkin County. ATF Agents and the Georgia Department of Corrections also assisted in the raid.

Search warrants were executed at 223 Royal Court, Dahlonega, GA and 265 King Arthur Court, Dahlonega, GA.

Kelly Ann Haas (38) of 223 Royal Court, Dahlonega was arrested at her residence and charged with: Sale of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Xanax (schedule IV narcotic).

Andrew Evans

Andrew Jonathon Evans (20) of 265 King Arthur Court, Dahlonega, and son of Haas, was
arrested at his residence and charged with three (3) counts Sale of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to distribute, Sale of Buprenorphine, and four (4) counts of Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Both suspects were transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.
Approximately 2 ounces of Methamphetamine was seized throughout this investigation
Additional Charges are pending.

ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via Facebook 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 County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County and Franklin County,
along with the Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, the Toccoa Police
Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public
Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Dahlonega man charged with aggravated stalking

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Shawn James Scheinoha, 50, of Dahlonega has been charged with aggravated stalking and violation of a family violence order, a felony,  following his arrest on Aug. 2.

Scheinoha’s wife Tricia Scheinoha called Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office after her 15-year-old daughter spotted him driving slowly past their home at 115 Lake Laurel Drive. A neighbor also saw Scheinoha’s F150 truck and took photos and submitted them to sheriff’s deputies.

Deputy Frank Hughes obtained warrant for Scheinhoa’s arrest and he was transported to Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 

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Lumpkin County Tax Commissioner announces retirement in 2020

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

Lumpkin County Tax Commissioner, Rachel Pruitt, has announced that she will retire from her position as Tax Commissioner once the 2019 term has ended. 

After working in the Tax Commissioner’s office for 30 years, and serving as the Lumpkin County Tax Commissioner since 2009, Pruitt told Fetch Your News that it was “time to turn the reins over;” she also expressed her gratitude towards Lumpkin County for electing her to serve as their tax commissioner for the past decade in an interview with FYN, ” I have really enjoyed serving Lumpkin County as their Tax Commissioner and I hope I have made them proud and are leaving them with a good legacy. Helping taxpayers with payment plans to pay their property taxes or helping them with their complex registrations issues makes me feel that I have served them well, with a true Servants Heart.”

Pruitt said her most important accomplishment since being elected tax commissioner was succeeding in increasing the tax collection rate up, “We succeeded and we have kept the yearly collection rate in all future years at a 99 % rate or better.”

So far, there is at least one candidate who plans on running for Pruitt’s position in 2020 – Mike Young. He currently works in the tax commissioner’s office and he has Pruitt’s full support, ”I have been training him in all aspects of the office, and there is a lot to learn. He has my full support [running for tax commissioner] and I wish him well.”

 

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