K9 Diesel aids in locating and apprehending fleeing suspect

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Diesel helped deputies apprehend Joshua Tharp last week and confiscate a quantity of methamphetamine, counterfeit $100 bills and a weapon after a high-speed chase on Cleveland Highway and Mt. Zion Church Road.

Deputy Damon Nix spotted Tharp’s Chrysler Sebring. The tag reader system identified the owner as having a warrant out of White County. Nix attempted to stop the vehicle which then increased speed and began to flee northbound on Cleveland Highway.

The vehicle then turned left onto Mt. Zion Church Road and the driver tossed a black bag out the window before pulling into a private driveway and fleeing on foot into a heavily wooded area.

Deputy Morgan and his K9 Diesel located the suspect who refused to comply until he was advised the K9 would be released and would bite. He was then handcuffed and transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

In searching Tharp, Nix found a syringe that contained suspected methamphetamine and a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana.

Diesel was also able to locate the suitcase thrown from the vehicle which contained suspected crystal meth, an electronic scale, eight suspected counterfeit $100 bills.

A female in the Tharp vehicle was identified as Justice Dermire. She was transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center. Another male in the vehicle could not be located.

 

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Teenager charged with punching her stepfather

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Sarah Bender, 17, has been charged with battery, family violence in connection with a domestic violence incident on April 25 at 4946 Camp Wahsega Road.

According to the arrest report by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call at 8:33 p.m. Bender told Lumpkin County Communication, “I just beat the hell out of my stepdad.”

When deputies arrived, Bender immediately said she struck her stepfather, Chad Gilreath and stated he called her names, “So I hit him.”

According to the report, Gilreath had obvious scratches and bruises on his face. He and his wife, Carol Gilreath, said he had been arguing with Bender, calling her names and she stepped in to separate then and Bender began striking Mr. Gilreath in the face approximately five times.

Mr. Gilreath stated that he did not need medical attention. Bender was then transported to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

 

 

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UPDATE: No charges yet in Saturday’s shooting death in Dahlonega

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office are investigating Saturday’s shooting death of Jason Burnett, 43, of Dahlonega.

The shooting took place at 156 Bill Anderson Road in Dahlonega, the home of Axel Willis, 23, of Lumpkin County. Willis was initially charged with possession of marijuana pending further investigation. The shooting is believed to be the result of a domestic assault at the residence.

As of Tuesday morning, Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jeff Langley had not filed charges on the shooting and Willis has been released on bond.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said his prayers go out to the family and friends affected by this tragedy.

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Shooting death reported in Lumpkin County Saturday

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Sheriff Stacy Jarrard reported today that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting death last night (April 20) of Mr. Jason Burnett, 43, of Lumpkin County.

The shooting took place at a residence off Bill Anderson Road between 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Authorities have arrested Axel Willis, who is in his early 20s in connection with the shooting.

No other details are available at this time.

Sheriff Jarrard said his prayers go out to the families who are affected by this tragedy.

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Body found in Chestatee River today has been identified

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Alan Roach confirmed just moments ago that the body found in the Chestatee River around noon today has been positively identified as that of Belinda Butterfield, 34 years old of Canton.

Ms. Butterfield was reported missing Monday morning. Authorities said at the time that she had last been seen swimming in Tesnatee Creek, which flows into the Chestatee River.

Roach said a canoeist who read about the missing woman on social media found the body shortly before noon.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, White County Sheriff’s Office, Fire-EMS and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources conducted the recovery operation at noon today. The body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsy.

 

 

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Body discovered by canoeist in Chestatee River today

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Alan Roach reported that a canoeist discovered the body of an unidentified female just below the surface of the Chestatee River around noon today near Lewis Grindle Road in Lumpkin County.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, White County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources were conducting a recovery operation at noon today.

The body was located below the area where authorities in both counties have been searching for 34-year-old Belinda Butterfield who was reported missing on Monday, April 15. Ms. Butterfield was last seen swimming in the waters of Tesnatee Creek in White County. The creek runs into the Chestatee River.

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White, Lumpkin authorities search for missing woman

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lt. Alan Roach in the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office issued the following press release:

On April 15 at approximately 6 a.m. The White County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service involving a missing person near the White/Lumpkin County line on Sandy Flats Road and Dugas Road. Once on scene, The White County Sheriff’s Office requested The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office to assist with the call. The missing person is 34-year-old, Belinda Butterfield from Canton Georgia. Belinda was last seen wearing white shorts and a pink tank top swimming in the waters of the Tesnatee creek in White County. This creek runs into the Chestatee River.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources also assisted with this call and will be conducting future searches from the air along the waterways and shoreline associated with this incident. These flights will continue until the Georgia DNR feels that they are no longer needed. Please if anyone has any information regarding this incident please contact Inv. Chad Edwards with the White County Sheriff’s Office at 706-865-5177 ext. 251 or by email at cedwards@whitecounty.net . Or you can contact The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office investigator that is assisting with the case, Inv. Aaron Norrell at 706-482-2631, or by email at Aaron.Norrell@lumpkincounty.gov

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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”

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