Dahlonega man arrested for kidnapping, aggravated assault and battery

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Chase Howard

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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Three arrested for trafficking methamphetamine

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Michael Hooks

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — What started as a routine traffic stop n Hwy. 400 by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office on July 22, resulted in three felony arrests for trafficking methamphetamine.

According to the arrest report, Deputy Corey Morgan spotted a Dodge Ram pickup truck with the driver side rear view mirror broken off and initiated the stop. The driver, 42-year-old Michael Todd Hooks of Forsyth, Ga., admitted that his license was suspended and that he may have a warrant from another county.

Kathy Eargle

Hooks, along with passengers Kathy Sue Eargle, 56 of Orange Springs, Fl. and Oscar deJesus, Rodriguez, 22 of Gainesville, were asked to exit the vehicle. A search of the vehicle produced a small amount of meth, digital scales, meth smoking devices.

All three were charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine and transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

Oscar Rodriguez

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Candidate apologizes for DUI arrest

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Steven Leibel

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Steven Leibel, a candidate for State Representative in House District 9, apologized today for being arrested in 2010 for DUI.

“This was an embarrassing moment in my life that happened 10 years ago,” Leibel said during a phone interview with Fetch Your News. “I sincerely apologize and I ask that the voters forgive me for what happened. It has not been repeated and never will be.”

According to an incident report, on Nov. 2, 2010, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Hughes stopped a white Chevy Tahoe after the driver failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Warwick Street and North Chestatee Street.

The deputy stated that as he approached the vehicle he detected the strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver who identified himself as Steven Leibel. Hughes asked him if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages and Leibel said he drank two beers at Shenanigans, a popular restaurant in Dahlonega.

The report also states that Leibel declined to take a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and failure to obey a stop sign.

Leibel finished second in a six-candidate Republican Primary election in June and will face Will Wade in the Aug. 11 runoff. The winner will then face Democrat Sharon Ravert in November.

The incident report is below for readers to review.

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Simple traffic violation leads to felony drug arrest

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — What began as a misdemeanor arrest for driving on a suspended license last week turned into a felony arrest for possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped Robert Duvall’s vehicle traveling toward Dahlonega on Longbranch Road after they determine his license had been suspended for non-payment of child support.

Joshua Head, a passenger in the vehicle asked if it was OK for him to step out of the vehicle and when he did, the deputy observed a clear cylindrical, glass object on the seat, the kind used to smoke meth.

The object field tested positive for meth. According to the incident report, Head said the object belonged to him and he was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a drug related object.
Both men were transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

Dahlonega man charged with battery

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 50-year-old Dahlonega man on a charge of simple battery following a domestic violence incident on Crown Mountain Drive last week.

Gregorio Robles was transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center after he allegedly struck his wife with a mop handle and sprayed her in the face with insect spray during an argument.

Emily Lima, 38, said her husband became angry and jealous during the argument and struck her in the leg with the mop handle. Deputies observed and photographed a large red mark on her leg and, after hearing some inconsistencies in Robles account of the incident, handcuffed him and transported him to the detention center.

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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Lumpkin County inmate hangs himself

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – On Thursday, June 25, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested to investigate an inmate death by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. The initial information was at approximately 10:38 a.m., Lumpkin County inmate Randall Thomas Hanley, 38, of Dahlonega, was found hanging in his jail cell. Lumpkin County officers performed lifesaving measures and ultimately EMS transported Hanley to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Hanley was in custody for several charges related to a domestic violence incident. Hanley was denied bond on these charges on June 18, 2020 and his case was pending trial.

The GBI is conducting an independent investigation that is currently ongoing. Preliminary investigation indicates that Hanley died from self-inflicted hanging. The autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the GBI Crime Lab.

 

Sheriff’s Office asks for public’s help

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The two female suspects are wanted for questioning in an identity fraud case. If anyone has any information on a possible identification of these two suspects, please make contact with Investigator Brad Farris at 706-482-2625.

Lumpkin County man charged with aggravated assault, battery, DUI

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Donnie McKinzie, 42, faces charges of felony aggravated assault and battery in Lumpkin County and DUI in Dawson County following a domestic violence incident June 15.

McKinzie’s girlfriend Priscella Roper, 41, told Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies that McKinzie had been drinking all day and became violent, punching her in the face and threatening to stab her. She tried to escape into her mother’s room but he followed her and punched her 62-year-old mother in the face.

She said he had outstanding warrants and fled in a tan Chevrolet pickup truck before deputies arrived. Deputies issued a BOLO and deputies with Dawson County Sheriff’s Office stopped McKinzie and transported him to the Dawson County Detention Center.

 

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Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office receives state re-certification

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office recently received recognition by the Georgia Chiefs of Police for being a State Certified Sheriff’s Office.

This re-certification marks the 12th year of Lumpkin County being a certified agency. In order to remain in compliance the agency must maintain 367 standards and sub-standards.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard recognized Lt. Alan Roach for his work in making sure the sheriff’s office stays in compliance with the state.

“Thank you to all the employees at the Sheriff’s Office,” Jarrard said. “It is because of your professionalism that we continue to set the standards high.”

Only 27 of Georgia’s 159 county sheriff’s offices have been awarded the certification.

 

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Dahlonega man faces charges of battery, false imprisonment and trespassing

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Ian Joseph Almeida, 30, of 52 Joyce Lane in Dahlonega, was arrested Friday (June 12) after his girlfriend reported that he beat her and held her against her will when she broke up with him.

Alyssa Arlene Goodman, 22, told Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies when she told Almeida she wanted nothing more to do with him, he wrestled their car keys away from her, punched her in the face and kneed her in the face several times. According to the incident report, when she attempted to run through the door, she wound up on her stomach with him pulling her back into the room

At least one unidentified witness saw Almeida dragging her back inside and filmed that part of the incident.  Almeida left the scene before deputies arrived. He was arrested on a warrant charging him with battery, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.

 

 

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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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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 Co. Sheriff’s Office turns up heat on meth trafficking organization

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LUMPKIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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Lisa Ann Andrews

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. –The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), has been conducting an extensive Drug Investigation into a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO).

A previous press release on this Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) was issued on 3/16/2020 and 5/18/2020. During the most recent part of this investigation 2 persons were arrested: Lisa Ann Andrews 35 years old, of Dahlonega and Jeremy Lee Ball 33 years old, an Inmate in Autry State Prison.

Both were charged with: Participation in criminal gang activity, Criminal Attempt to Trafficking Methamphetamine. Lisa Ann Andrews also had the charges of Trafficking Methamphetamine and sale of Methamphetamine.

There are more charges pending on these 2 persons. This is still an ongoing investigation, and more arrests will be forthcoming.

 

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Dahlonega residents believed to be part of a statewide drug trafficking ring

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Justin Newell

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office and Appalachian Regional Drug Office (ARDEO) continued their fight to keep drugs off the streets with the arrest of three individuals charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Candide Newell

Dahlonega residents Kenneth Michael Hertz, 37, 29-year-old Justin David Newell and 32-year-old Candice Leeann Newell were arrested and charged with trafficking meth.

Michael Hertz

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said the arrests are part of an extensive drug investigation of a major drug trafficking organization that operates throughout the state. The latest arrests are connected to a March drug bust that took 265 grams of meth valued at approximately $260,000 off the streets. ARDEO agents and Sheriff’s Office deputies seized about $6,000 in drugs and a weapon during the latest bust.

Sheriff Jarrard said more arrests are anticipated.

 

 

 

 

 

Lumpkin Co. man faces assault, battery charges

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – A 58-year-old Lumpkin County man was arrested last week on charges of simple assault, simple battery and trespass – family violence after a domestic violence incident at 247 Spangler Road.

According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Janice Moore, stated that her husband had been drinking and doing drugs before he pointed a rifle at her, threatened to kill her then struck her in the foot with the weapon.

Deputy Charles Roberts attempted to talk to Lewis Moore but said the suspect was incoherent. EMS was contacted to ensure his safety then he was handcuffed and transported to Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 

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