Sheriff’s office requests public to report vehicle sightings

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Sheriff requests public to report vehicle sightings.
Sheriff urges citizens to be on lookout for vehicle.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard urges Lumpkin County to report sightings of the above vehicle.

Be on the lookout for this vehicle. If you see it please contact the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (706) 864-3633.

Dispute ends in neighbor’s hospitalization

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Sheriff requests public to report vehicle sightings.

Following a dispute, Sheriff Stacy M. Jarrard addressed residents’ concerns about safety:

I wanted to alert everyone to an incident that occurred earlier today in Lumpkin County. On 1/25/2022 at approximately 1:20 pm, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service that two neighbors had gotten into a dispute resulting in one being shot by the other. The victim of the gunshot was transported to a medical treatment facility where they are undergoing medical treatment. We have received numerous calls from people in the area concerned for their safety and I would like to let everyone know that there is a suspect in custody on this incident and there does not appear to be any danger for those in the area.

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Phone Scam Warning From Sheriff Stacy M. Jarrard

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I would like to bring to everyone’s attention that the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a Phone Scam that is ongoing. This particular Phone Scam hits close to home since it is someone saying they are an employee of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. As far as we have been made aware of this caller has been calling a specific group, health care providers, within our community saying that the health care provider needs to take care of a serious law enforcement matter by paying money to avoid arrest. Please understand this is not how Law Enforcement Operates requesting money by phone to pay off warrants before the person is arrested. If you receive one of these calls please hang up, it is not us. However, if you want, you can call the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office at 706-864-0414 and ask for the employee that is supposed to be calling you or call the non-emergency dispatch number at 706-864-3633 and ask the dispatcher to inquire for you if someone is looking for you.
Thank You!
Sheriff Stacy M. Jarrard

Search warrant leads to arrest for methamphetamine trafficking

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Jonathan Whitehead

LUMPKIN COUNTY Ga. — On Aug. 2, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant with the assistance of Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office and Georgia Department of Corrections K9 unit at an address off of Summerour Rd.

This Search Warrant was based upon an investigation that had been occurring over multiple months. During the search investigators located approximately 1,600 grams of methamphetamine. Jonathan Michael Whitehead a 25-year-old Lumpkin County Resident, was arrested and charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine.

“Armed and dangerous fugitive” is in custody


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Shortly after noon today (Monday, July 12), a multi-agency group of law enforcement officers captured Gerardo Jonathan “Jerry” Flowers, following a dangerous all-night manhunt during which Lumpkin County deputies came under fire from the fleeing fugitive.

Flowers was captured near some abandoned buildings and sheds near Colonel Stringer Road and Hwy. 52 East.

The incident began with a domestic violence call from the Waffle House in Dahlonega where Flowers broke several windows and slashed the tires on his girlfriend’s car. When officers arrived, he fled in a car but crashed and then fled, shooting at the officer.

He faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and attempting to flee. Flowers also has outstanding warrants in Hall and Habersham counties.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard

In addition to Lumpkin County investigators and deputies, Georgia State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement, and FBI Gang Task Force participated in the search.

“I want to thank everyone for the job they did,” Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said. “They stayed out all night working. Some of them still haven’t gone home yet. I’m thankful they are all safe and I hope we can get this man some help.”

Dahlonega man charged with battery, making terroristic threats


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – 31-year-old Ian Joseph Almeida was arrested on charges of simple battery and making terroristic threats against his sister Bayley Hermina Almeida at a residence on Joyce Lane on June 27.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene in reference to a physical domestic where they found Bayley Almeida and an unidentified female had barricaded themselves into a bedroom to escape Ian.

Bayley said her brother punched her in the back of the head and threatened to kill her before they managed escape into the bedroom. She told deputies Ian punched the door several times to try and gain entry. When he was unable to do so, he left the scene.

He was located at a nearby church, handcuffed and transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center

Dawsonville man charged with aggravated assault, battery

Sheriff addresses concerns following dispute.

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – Jamey Michael Tuggle, 44 of Dawsonville, has been charged with aggravated assault, battery, and false imprisonment following a domestic altercation with his girlfriend, Kristi Michelle Thomas, that occurred in March at a local motel.

According to the arrest report, the incident took place after Thomas bonded Tuggle out of the Lumpkin County Detention Center.   The victim stated that when they arrived at the motel, he threatened to kill her, struck her several times and strangled her with a belt. When the alleged assault stopped, they drove to a friend’s house. The friend was not at home so they returned to the motel where she was allowed to call her mother. The mother and uncle arrived and took her to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for observation. Thomas told hospital security she did not want to talk to law enforcement and she returned home.

Three days later, Tuggle allegedly kicked in her door and another altercation occurred before Lumpkin County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and took him to jail.

Man wanted in Hall, Habersham arrested by Lumpkin County deputy


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — A Gainesville man with outstanding warrants in Hall and Habersham counties ran from Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies when they attempted a traffic stop in the Hamp Mill Road area on June 15.

According to the incident report, Deputy George Albert Jr. witnessed 33-year-old Brandon Myers driving erratically and attempted to execute a stop but Myers sped away, turning on to Oak Grove Road and into the Oak Grove Mobile Home Park. When he reached a dead end, he got out and fled on foot into the nearby woods.

The deputy followed and eventually tackled the man who, according to the report admitted to having a meth pipe on him and digital scales inside the vehicle. One scale was located in the center console, the other in a backpack.

A background check revealed Myers had outstanding warrants in Hall and Habersham counties. He also faces Lumpkin County charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related items, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement officers, and obstruction of officers in addition to multiple traffic violations.

Dahlonega man, wife face felony charges


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – A Dahlonega man and his wife face multiple felony charges following a pre-dawn traffic stop on South Chestatee Street on June 6.

According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Deputy George Albert observed a gold Infiniti sedan driving erratically and conducted a traffic stop. Upon approaching the vehicle, he detected the smell of marijuana and conducted a search that produced the illegal drugs and a stolen handgun equipped with a silencer.

Tina Mann

Bobby Joe Mann, 63, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm with a silencer, possession of methamphetamine and DUI.

Tina Mann, 56, is charged with theft by receiving, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

Bobby Joe Mann and Tina Mann were transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

Dawsonville men charged with possession of heroin


Kevin Smallwood

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Two Dawsonville men were arrested near the public square and Park Street May 26. Kevin Smallwood, 27, and Wesley Smallwood, 39, both of Dawsonville were charged with possession of heroin, possession, manufacturing of a controlled substance and crossing a guard line with weapons, intoxicants or drugs.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy George Albert Jr. responded in reference to two suspicious males who appeared to be intoxicated on the square. When he arrived one was standing by his vehicle the other laying on the ground.

Wesley Smallwood

After questioning both men and conducting field sobriety arrests, Albert arrested Kevin Smallwood. A subsequent search of their vehicle, he located a small plastic bag that contained a substance consistent with heroin.

Deputy Nicholas Weathington questioned Wesley Smallwood and during a body search, located a small plastic vial of white powdery substance that Smallwood said was crushed oxycontin.

Both men were transported to Lumpkin County Detention Center.


Teen who drowned in Dicks Creek on Memorial Day identified


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Lumpkin County Coroner Mark Cox today identified the teenager who drowned in Dicks Creek on Memorial Day as 15-year-old Michael Cole of Lithonia.

According to Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon, Cole was swimming with his family when he slipped on a rock and went under. The body was recovered with a Lumpkin County Fire Department crew and transported to the Coroner’s Office.

Meanwhile, the search continues today for the body of Xi Zhu who disappeared Saturday near Shoal Creek in Lake Lanier. The 56-year man left an inflatable raft to recover an oar when he disappeared.

A third drowning death occurred when a 3-year-old boy drowned in Carter’s Lake in Murray County.


Lumpkin County Missing Person Alert










Missing from Lumpkin County, Georgia

Tony Cates without beard

Tony Cates with beard

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Tony Lamar Cates, a 50-year-old white male, is a missing person from Lumpkin County, Georgia. On Sunday 5/9/2021, Tony Lamar Cates was last seen and appeared to be in good condition. On Monday morning 5/10/2021, Tony Lamar Cates spoke with a coworker on the phone and appeared to be in good condition. Later on, 5/10/2021 at 5:30 am, the truck that is normally driven by Tony Lamar Cates was found parked at Mill Creek Baptist Church. The last Tony Lamar Cates was seen he had a beard. Shown below are pictures with and without a beard. Please if anyone has any information on Tony Lamar Cates or his location, please contact Captain Marcus Sewell at 706-482-2619 or via email at [email protected] .

Dahlonega man charged with aggravated assault and battery


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – A 38-year-old Dahlonega man has been charged with aggravated assault and battery following a domestic argument on May 1.

According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to a domestic violence call on Rider Road Spur at approximately 3:27 a.m. but Hubert Daniel Rider, 38, and Joann Michell, 44, had left the scene. Friends told deputies that Michell went to her mother’s house in Dawsonville.

When they spoke to her on the phone, Michell told Lumpkin County deputies that she and Rider got into a verbal argument and when she tried to walk away, he placed her in a choke hold until she nearly lost consciousness. Michell said he then released her and slammed her into a wall, breaking her arm.

Later that day, Michell said she went to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville where they confirmed she did have a hairline fracture of the upper arm.

Warrants were taken on Rider who was arrested on May 4.

Four arrested in Lumpkin County drug bust


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — A multi-agency task force arrested four individuals and took 295 grams of methamphetamine and an undisclosed amount of heroin off the street Wednesday (Apr 13).

Following months of investigation, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office served a warrant at 1085 Lewis School Road. During the service of this search warrant four individuals were arrested.

The following were arrested: 34-year-old Terri Lynn Gee of Dahlonega, 59-year-old Sandra Louise Whitlow of Dahlonega, 40-year-old Michael Troy Sexton of Oakwood and 26-year-old Austin Lamar Mote of Braselton.

All four individuals are being charged with Trafficking methamphetamine. Terri Gee is also charged with sale of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects, and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Sandra Whitlow and Michael Sexton are also being charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects.

Teri Lynn Gee

Sandra Louise Whitlow

Michael Troy Sexton

Austin Mote

Dahlonega man charged with murder


DAHLONEGA, Ga. – On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, the GBI and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffrey Wayne Burns, 46, of Dahlonega, GA, and charged him with  Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Homicide by Vehicle. The arrest was in connection to the death of Cheynne Jean Burns, 24, also of Dahlonega. Burns was booked into the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 On Saturday, April 3, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office to assist in a death investigation at a residence on Clayton Burns Road, Dahlonega, GA. The investigation revealed that an argument between several individuals resulted in a vehicular confrontation which resulted in Cheynne Burns’ death.

Also arrested for his involvement in this incident was Allen Stamey, 19, of Dahlonega, for reckless conduct. Warrants have been issued for David Godbout, 25, and Johnathon Hampel, 38, both of Dahlonega, for reckless conduct. Both Godbout and Hampel are currently wanted on the outstanding charges. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Godbout or Hampel is asked to contact Lumpkin County 911 or the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution.

Hudgins charged with kidnapping, assault and terroristic threats


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — A 55-year-old Lumpkin County man has been charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.

According to the incident report, Larry Calvin Hudgins shared a trailer with the unidentified female complainant and another man. Following a domestic dispute and break up on March18, Hudgins moved out of the trailer and the woman drove him to Forsyth County. She told Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy George Albert Jr. that Hudgins held a knife on her all the way and “threatened to cut her throat and to return with some family members to blow up the trailer.”

After she dropped him off in Forsyth County, she filed a complaint with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. Hudgins was taken into custody by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Albert drove to Forsyth County to take custody of the prisoner and transported to the detention center.


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