Eight additional drug suspects arrested in Towns County

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Towns County drug arrests

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies continue their strong push to arrest drug suspects throughout the Towns County area. During the past two weeks, eight additional drug suspects have been arrested as the result of traffic stops and executed search warrants.

On Thursday July 4,  a Towns County deputy made a traffic stop on State Route 180 on a GMC Sonomam pickup and upon further investigation into the traffic stop, Russell Eugene Elder, 60, of Jonesboro was arrested and charged with: 1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana, and 1-Count of Improper Tag Display.

On Sunday July 1, a Towns County Deputy made a traffic stop on State Hwy. 288 on a Saturn Ion and as a result and upon further investigation Jessica Christine Long, 48, of Hayesville, North Carolina was arrested and charged with 1-Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana, and 1-Count of Defective
Equipment.

On Wednesday, July 17, a search warrant was executed at a residence in the Bald Mountain Community of Towns County on Turtle Cove, and as a result of the search warrant and previous investigation into drug activity at the residence, five suspects were arrested:

  • William Rayford Blitch, 49, of Hiawassee:  4-Counts Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, sale of Methamphetamine.
  • Wendy Ree Carroll, 34, of Hiawassee:  3-Counts of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, sale of Methamphetamine.
  • Jolena Nichols, 49, of Hiawassee :  1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of THC Cart Schedule I
  • Walter Lee Burrell, 53, of Blairsville:  1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Diliaudid a Schedule II, 1-Count Drug Related Objects.
  • Shelia Marie Watts, 39, of Blairsville:  1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Diliaudid Schedule II, and 1-count Drug Related Objects.

On Wednesday July 17, deputies and investigators responded to a call of a suspicious person on Crooked Creek Connector and upon answering the call and execution of a search warrant at a residence on Crooked Creek Connector the following suspect was arrested and charged:

Dennis Lee Wheeler, 35. of Hiawassee: 1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, 1-Count Criminal Trespass, and 1-Count Disorderly Conduct.

The Towns County Sheriff’s Office will continue their strong effort to seek out the drug suspects within the Towns County Area, and additional arrests will be forth coming. The above cases will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution . All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Hiawassee man arrested, charged with alleged rape

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HIawassee rape

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office received a Monday, June 24 report of a sexual assault incident which allegedly occurred the evening prior, Sunday, June 23. Towns County investigators, along with the assistance of agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, conducted an investigation into the reported incident.

Peter Hohmann

Peter Hohmann

On Tuesday, June 25, Peter Hohmann, 30, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with rape. He is currently held without bond in the Towns County Detention Center.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office said that the investigation is active and ongoing, and the case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

Hohmann is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Robin H. Webb

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Young Harris traffic stop leads to additional methamphetamine arrests

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Towns County drug arrests

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – As in recent weeks, Towns County Sheriff’s Office has continued their pursuit of drug suspects in the Towns County area. On Friday, June 14, a Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Escape on State Highway 339 in Young Harris for a traffic violation.  Upon investigation, two suspects were arrested on drug related offenses.

 

Joe William Strain, 49, of Young Harris, was arrested and charged with the following:

  •    One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Possession of Methamphetamine)

  •    One Count Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

 

Perry Green, 56, of Young Harris was arrested and charged with the following:

  •  Two Counts Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Possession of Methamphetamine)

  •  One Count of Improper Tag Display

 

The cases remain active, and under further investigation. Additional drug arrests and charges are likely. The cases will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Feature Image: (L-R) Joe Strain, Perry Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robin H. Webb

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Murphy man charged in Young Harris stabbing assault

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Young Harris stabbing

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Wednesday, June 12, Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Towns County Emergency Medical Services and Towns County Fire and Rescue personnel, responded to a residence located on King Cove Road in Young Harris in reference to a stabbing which had occurred. Upon arrival, deputies  discovered that the victim had been transported to an area hospital by private vehicle. Upon further investigation, the victim was identified as Robbie Morrow. The scene was secured, and a search warrant was obtained for the residence.

The person allegedly responsible for the stabbing was located on the scene upon the arrival of deputies. After the execution of a search warrant and further investigation into the incident, including interviewing all parties involved, James Falvo, 53, of Murphy, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

  • One count of aggravated assault
  • One count of aggravated battery

The investigation is currently active and ongoing at this time. The case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit
District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Falvo is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

UPDATE: Towns County Sheriff’s Office corrected the first name of victim after publication, adding that the suspect, James Falvo, was denied bond at his first appearance hearing, and is being held at the Towns County Detention Center.

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Robin H. Webb

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Arrest warrant served at Hiawassee residence connected to Hayesville human remains

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies and invesigators arrived at a residence off Bell Street in Hiawassee shortly before 6 pm, Saturday, June 2, to serve a Clay County, NC arrest warrant for Caleb Anthony Ellis, 17, of Hayesville, NC.

Caleb Ellis

Caleb Ellis

FYN learned that Ellis was taken into custody by authorities without incident on an out-of-state misdemeanor charge. Ellis was transported to Towns County Detention Center for processing, and is being held without bond.

Of interest is that the location where Ellis was apprehended was the residence a female subject was taken for questioning two days prior, following the discovery of human remains in Clay County. A second subject, Brett “Dakota” Wilson, fled the residence in question shortly before law enforcement arrived May 31. Wilson, 22, was located and arrested in Cherokee County, NC on prior  warrants, June 1.

 

Caleb Ellis

Towns County Sheriff’s Office, serving the warrant for Ellis’ arrest

While it is unknown if Ellis has been questioned in the case, and no suspects have yet been charged by authorities, Clay County Sheriff’s Office informed FYN that a person of interest has been identified. While law enforcement has confirmed the discovery of human remains, and deemed the death suspicious in nature, the victim’s identity has not been officially identified by officials.

FYN is awaiting a press release from Clay County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

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Robin H. Webb

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Sheriff’s Office arrests Hiawassee man for manufacturing marijuana

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Towns County drug use

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators discovered illegal drugs at a residence searched Friday, April 26 on Foster Road in Hiawassee.

Roy Lee Moneypenny,

                            Roy Lee Moneypenny

Investigators arrested Roy Lee Moneypenny, 62, of Hiawassee, on the following charges:

  •  One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Manufacturing Marijuana)

  •  One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

(Possession of Marijuana)

  •  One Count of Possession of Drug Related Objects

The investigation is currently active and ongoing. Additional charges are possible.  The case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Moneypenny is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

While medical marijuana was legalized in Georgia, cultivation and use of the plant without a physician’s approval remains illicit. Georgia has allowed patients suffering from severe seizures and other illnesses to use cannabis oil since 2015. The state did not allow in-state cultivation, however, and thousands of individuals on the program’s registry risked defying federal law by transporting the drug across state lines. Advocates supported medical marijuana expansion, although the measure involved significant obsticals before cannabis oil could be manufactured and distributed in the state. Six private companies were permitted to grow medical marijuana, but the dispensaries could not operate without a state board license. April 17 marked Governor Brian Kemp’s historic signing of House Bill 324, which allows for legal cultivation and sale of cannabis oil in Georgia.

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Robin H. Webb

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Drug busts continue in Towns County

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Towns County arrests
Towns County drugs

William and Bonnie Fitzgibbons

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators obtained and executed two search warrants on separate investigations within the Towns County area. The first search warrant was served at a residence located on Hillcrest Spur in Hiawassee on Wednesday, April 17.

Investigators had previously served a search warrant at the same residence on Dec. 11, 2018. Seizure paperwork was filed on the residence as a result of the 2018 investigation, and both William and Bonnie Fitzgibbons were arrested and charged with numerous drug offenses at the time, and later released on bond.

The subjects were arrested a second time, the result of the recent search warrant executed at their residence on April 17. The Fitzgibbons were each charged with the following offenses:

 

– One Count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act

Distribution of a Schedule II Drug (Dilaudid)

– One Count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act

Trafficking of a Schedule II Narcotic Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)

– One Count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act

Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Dilaudid)

– One Count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act

Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Narcotic

Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)

Willis Dyer

Willis Dyer

Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators executed the second search warrant on Saturday, April 20 at a residence off of Mill Creek Road in Hiawassee. Investigators arrested Willis Dyer, 60, of Hiawassee on the following charges:

– One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

– One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act

Possession of Methamphetamine

– One Count of Drug Related Objects

Both cases are currently under active investigations, with additional arrests and charges possible. Towns County Sheriff’s Office stated that the cases will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robin H. Webb

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Hiawassee bank employee charged with forgery, theft by taking

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Cherish Stewart

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Cherish Serene Stewart, 46, of Hiawassee, was arrested and charged with five counts of forgery in the first degree, and five counts of theft by taking in excess of $1,500.

According to the arrest report obtained from Hiawassee Police Department, the date of the alleged offense was documented as occuring Dec. 21, 2018. The complainant was listed as United Community Bank. A total amount of $5,900 was recorded as allegedly stolen from United Community Bank by Stewart, via the report. A detective with Hiawassee Police Department met with the bank president March 29, upon consultation with an Enotah Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney, in order to acquire additional information on the investigation.

According to Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith, Enotah Judicial Circuit may claim an “open investigation/pending prosecution” case which would prevent additional details from being released at this time. FYN will update future information should it become available.

Stewart is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Robin H. Webb

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