Dahlonega man charged with aggravated assault and battery

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — A Dahlonega man was charged with aggravated assault and battery on his sister, following an altercation Oct. 14 at their mother’s home on Brookwoods Lane.
Matthew Richard Wylie said the altercation began when Lisa Marie Wylie began screaming at their mother and he interviened. Ms Wylie said her brother slammed her into a kitchen table three times and began to strangle her until she bit him.
According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Ms. Wylie had scratches on her arms and legs. Matthew Wylie was handcuffed and transported to the Lumpkin County Sherriff’s Office.

 

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Dahlonega woman helps inmates smuggle drugs into Detention Center

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga — On Sept. 8, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office learned of contraband being brought into the Lumpkin County Detention Center. Once this information was learned, Investigators started an investigation into the Contraband. During this investigation it was determined that Methamphetamine had made its way across the Guard Line and into the Lumpkin County Detention Center Housing area.

On Sept 29, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, continued the investigation through searches, drug screens, reviews of recorded phone calls, video chats, surveillance camera footage, and interviews of inmates within the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. The results of this portion of the investigation led to the determination that a female by the name of Kimberly Biggs was bringing methamphetamine to various locations so that it could be brought into the Lumpkin County Detention Center by inmates on work detail.

On Sept. 30, to further the investigation the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the known residence of Kimberly Biggs, 108 Summerour Road. During this search warrant methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located. Also, the investigators seized Kimberly Biggs cell phone and executed a search warrant on it.

On Oct. 1, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and GBI Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) conducted two more search warrants one in Lumpkin County and one in Hall County. Through this investigation it was determined that these two locations were linked to Calvin J Turner, who is known as being a drug supplier to Kimberly Biggs.

During the investigation into the inmates in the Lumpkin County Detention Center obtaining Contraband and the later execution of the two search warrants multiple people were arrested. These arrest with booking photos and charges are attached below by each individual location:

Dahlonega man charged with sexual battery

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Michael Alan Noble, 53, of Dahlonega was arrested on Sept. 22 and charged with the sexual battery of a juvenile female.

According to the incident report, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Gooch Road residence at 6:59 p.m. in response to a sexual abuse incident. The juvenile told deputies she went downstairs to the attached apartment where Noble lives and that he began touching her in an inappropriate manner.

Deputies questioned Noble, who appeared to have been drinking, about the incident and he admitted to touching the girl but that he did not know she was underage.

Noble was then handcuffed and taken to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 

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Dahlonega woman charged with aggravated assault

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — A 30-year-old Daholenega woman was arrested last week on charges that she assaulted her mother at a residnce on Hwy. 52 in Lumpkin County.

Tiffany Dunagan is charged with aggravated assault, battery-family violence and cruelty to children.

According the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Dunagan punched her mother, Juli Dunagan, in the face twice and slapped one of the juveniles present in the face before fleeing the residence

Juli Dunagan told authorities she believed her daughter was under the influence of alcohol or possibly methamphetamine.

Dunagan was arrested at the Adam Circle Apartments in Lumpkin County.

 

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Sheriff’s Gun Show set Oct. 11-12

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard announced recently the 7th Annual Sheriff’s Gun Show will be held on Sat Oct. 11 and Sun. Oct. 12 at StruXure Outdoor, 154 Ethan Allen Drive.

Operating hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Guns, ammunition and accessories will be on sale to benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Youth Homes. Jarrard said this year, proceeds from the sale will also benefit D.A.R.E. and the Dahlonega Lions Club purchase of a vision machine.

“Come see us Oct. 10 and 11,” Jarrard said. “There will be a lot of firearms there and a lot of vendors. We look forward to seeing you.”

 

Lumpkin County man charged with burglary

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Ryan Williams

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Ryan Williams, 36 of Dahlonega on Aug. 21 and charged him with the theft of dozens of tools and lawn equipment from a residence on Rancho Del Oro Court.

According to the incident report, the homeowner spotted a suspicious person driving a four-wheeler around the residence at approximately 5:30 a.m. and called 911. When officers responded, they spotted Williams driving a lawn mower on Mt. Olive Church Road. The homeowner stated the items on the lawnmower and dozens of items was stolen from his barn.

While waiting for the homeowner to identify the items, Williams fled the scene on foot. Deputies gave chase, but lost him in the nearby woods. He was arrested three days later at his home on Jess Grizzle Road.

Items identified as stolen, include a lawn mower, two mitre saws, two nail guns, a trailer, two routers, a table saw and dozens of smaller tools. Most of the items were stolen from the barn, but several items appeared to have been stolen from an unoccupied and secured house where entry was made via a broken window in the basement.

Williams has been charged with second degree burglary, forced entry burglary, entering an auto and obstruction of officers.

 

 

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S.C. man charged with possession of heroin

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — A man found sleeping in a truck on Hwy. 52 in Dahlonega was arrested Aug. 17 for possession of heroin, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime, theft by receiving and giving a false name to officers.

According to the incident report, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered Micah Joseph Wales,28, in the driver’s seat with the motor running. He identified himself as Jordan Wales but later admitted that was not his name.

He told deputies he had a firearm inside the truck and gave permission for them to retrieve it. The Glock handgun was inside a red bag that also contained a scale what appeared to have heroin residue on it and a small plastic wrapper that contained a substance consistent with heroin.

A check of the serial number on the Glock indicated the weapon had been stolen in South Carolina.

Wales was handcuffed and transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

Deputy’s suspicion leads to arrest of suspected mail thief

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Lumpkin County, Ga. – An alert off-duty Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s suspicion about a male lurking around a residential mailbox on Grindle Bridge Road early Sunday morning led to the recovery of hundreds of pieces of stolen mail.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said the officer was not aware of the stolen mail at the time, but placed a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the man’s vehicle. Shortly thereafter, calls began coming into the sheriff’s office about stolen mail.

A Helen Police Department officer spotted the vehicle and attempted to make a stop, but the driver, Kristopher Beasley, 26 of Clarkesville, refused to stop. Beasley eventually abandoned the vehicle and led the officer on a foot chase before being captured.

Beasley is currently in the White County Detention Center where he is charged with drug possession. He is scheduled to be returned to Lumpkin County to face charges related to the mail theft.

“Just what we’ve gone through so far, there is more than 160 victims from Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Hall and Union counties,” Jarrard said Tuesday.

 

 

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Massive mail theft discovered in North Georgia

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — According to a Facbook post from the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, thousands of pieces of stolen mail have now been recovered.

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said the theft spanned over five counties in North Georgia.

The Sheriff thanked those whose work led to the discovery of the missing mail. “Nice work to all the deputies and investigators involved with the solving of a huge mail theft case,” he said.

Jarrard added that the victims of the mail theft will be contacted shortly.

Follow Fetch Your News for more information on this case.

 

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Dahlonega man arrested for kidnapping, aggravated assault and battery

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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.

 

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