Two arrested in Young Harris for possession of methamphetamine

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Towns County crime

YOUNG HARRIS, GA – Deputies and investigators with the Towns County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects on drug charges following a March 12 traffic stop.

Andrew Hogsed

Andrew Hogsed

Deputies stopped a white Ford Astro Van on Highway 17 in Young Harris, GA, on a traffic offense. According to the sheriff’s office, the driver provided the deputies with a false name. Upon further investigation into the traffic stop, the following suspects were arrested and charged with the listed offenses:

Emily Silknitter

Emily Silknitter

Emily Ann Silknitter, 35, of Murphy, NC

  • One count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
    (Possession of Methamphetamine)
  • One count drug Related Objects
  • One count Violation of Tail Light Requirement
  • Two counts Seatbelt Violation (Juvenile)
  • One count Giving False Name to Law Enforcement

 

Andrew Chase Hogsed, 23 ,of Murphy, NC

  • One count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
    (Possession of Methamphetamine)
  • One count of Drug Related Objects

 

The investigation is active and ongoing. The case will be referred 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 traffic stop results in two drug arrests

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Towns County crime

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Two suspects were arrested after Hiawasse Police Department stopped a white Chevrolet pickup on Highway 76, Wednesday, Feb. 20, within the city limits. 

The traffic stop led Hiawassee Police Department to request the assistance of a Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigator. Upon completion of the initial investigation, a quantity of illegal drugs and firearms were discovered in the vehicle.Hiawassee drug arrests

Towns County Sheriff’s Office secured warrants and arrested two suspects on felony drug charges.

The occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody at the scene and charged with the following offenses:

Jake Scott Davies, 41, of Hayesville, NC

– One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substances Act -(Possession of Methamphetamine)
– Four Counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Timothy Jeffery McCoy, 39, of Marble, NC

– One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act -(Possession of Methamphetamine)

“The Sheriff’s Office looks forward to continuing the partnership and teamwork between the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department in combatting the illegal activity within the Towns County community,” Towns County Sheriff’s Office stated.

 

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Hiawassee Police Department – Year in Review

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Hiawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith presented the department’s 2018 activity statistics during the first city council meeting of the new year, Jan. 28.

In 2018, 1,142 traffic stops were conducted by Hiawassee Police Department, with the most activity occurring in July. Smith relayed that the summer spike was due to the Hands-Free Georgia Act. As a result of the traffic stops, 681 tickets were issued, 362 written warnings were given, and hundreds of verbal warnings were extended.

Hiawassee Police Department

Hiawassee Police Department arrest statistics

Last year, the city police department made 118 arrests, 21 of which were misdemeanor drug violations, and 16 were cited as felony drug offenses. The remainder of the arrests amounted to 11 felonies and 70 misdemeanors. According to data, there were 98 fewer arrests made in 2018 than in 2017. Likewise, fewer drug arrests occurred in 2018 than the prior year. Of the 118 arrests, Smith informed that 80 of the arrests were the result of traffic stops, accounting for half of felony arrests.

Hiawassee Police Department

Hiawassee Police Department

A total of 335 reports were filed in 2018, consisting of 205 incident reports, 87 accident reports, 32 miscellaneous reports, five domestic violence cases, and two juvenile reports.

While the statistics show that criminal activity has decreased, Hiawassee Police Department remains vigilant in their duties, a reasonable explaination as to why there has been a reduction in arrests. “It’s good to see numbers drop in law enforcement,” Chief Smith said.

(Graphics courtesy of Hiawassee Police Department)

 

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Search warrant leads to drug arrests

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies executed a search warrant at a residence located on Hill Crest Spur in Hiawassee.

During the course of executing the search warrant, investigators seized a quantity of marijuana with a street value of $2,500. In addition, a quantity of prescription pills, cash, as well as drug related objects were seized.Towns County Sheriff

As a result of the search warrant and investigation, the following suspects were arrested on the charges listed.

William Irwin Fitzgibbons, 67, of Hiawassee:

– 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Sale of Schedule II Drug Dilaudid
– 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Possession of Schedule 1 Drug LSD
– 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Possession of Marijuana (Felony)
– 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute
– 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Possession of Schedule I Drug THC
– 1 Count of Drug Related Objects

Bonnie Joy Fitzgibbons, 65, of Hiawassee:

– 2 Counts Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Sale of Schedule II Drug Dilaudid
– 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Possession of Schedule I Drug LSD
– 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Possession of Marijuana (Felony)
– 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Possession of Marijuana with intent to Distribute
– 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
Possession of Schedule I Drug THC
– 1 Count Drug Related Objects

The investigation is active and ongoing. The case will be referred to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

The suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. (more…)

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Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigations result in drug arrests

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Towns county Sheriff's office

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two suspects on drug charges in two separate incidents.

On Wednesday, June 13, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators, along with deputies, searched a residence located off Bell Gap Road in Hiawassee. Upon completion of the search, investigators arrested Dena Beasley, 47, of Hiawassee, on the following charges:

  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Possession of Drug Related Objects
  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance
  • 1 Count Probation Violation

Towns county Sheriff's office

On Thursday, June 14, Towns County Deputies investigated a separate incident on Brad Road in Hiawassee, and arrested Rachel Ann Carrasco, 43, of Hiawassee ,on the following drug related charges:

  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance
  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
  • Prescription Drugs not in the original container

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

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Young Harris search warrant leads to three arrests

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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators, along with deputies, executed a search warrant Friday, May 25, at a residence located on Pat Plott Road in Young Harris, Georgia.Towns County Sheriffs Office (more…)

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Unrelated Hiawassee checkpoints result in arrests, increased child safety

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Hiawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Police Department mobilized traffic checkpoints at two separate locations on the evening of Wednesday, May 23, charging motorists with driving under the influence and drug-related offenses.

The initial checkpoint took place at approximately 8 p.m. in the vicinity of the Bell Creek Car Wash on state Route 75 north. According to the incident report, Hiawassee Police Department made contact with a grey Chevrolet Impala, occupied by three subjects. Upon interaction, the officer detected the odor of alcohol within the vehicle. The male driver consented to a preliminary breath test, which detects the presence of alcohol, and the breathalyzer registered 0.103 percent blood alcohol concentration. The maximum limit in Georgia to operate a motorized vehicle is .08 percent.  The suspect then consented to standardized field sobriety testing, soon thereafter declining to participate. The driver was taken into custody by the officer. In addition, morphine pills were discovered in an unmarked bottle within the vehicle, and the suspect was charged with driving under the influence, drugs to be kept in original container, and creating hazardous or offensive conditions.

A subsequent checkpoint occurred on South Main Street, near Azalea Drive, at approximately 10 p.m.  A female motorist was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, open container violation, and obstructing law enforcement officers. Several bottles of alcohol were discovered within the vehicle by Hiawassee officers after the odor of alcohol and marijuana was detected, providing officers with probable cause to conduct a search. According to the incident report, the female suspect proceeded to ingest “a green, leafy substance.” The subject denied possession of marijuana.

Chief paul smith

Chief Smith describes evidence seized from a recent search warrant during a city council meeting.

In other news, at a recent city council work session, Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith provided additional information on a significant drug arrest that took place within the city limits May 15, 2018. Federal and state charges resulted from the observation of the odor of marijuana noted by officers upon response to an unrelated panic alarm, originating from the AT&T store on Main Street. It was determined by responding officers that the odor wafted from an adjoining apartment, and a warrant to search the residence was obtained. Upon execution of the warrant, illicit substances, firearms, $700 in cash, and a postal scale were seized as evidence. Barry Hunter Collins was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including a federal charge. Collins was an employee of the Blairsville postal service at the time of his arrest.

Chief Smith released the regularly-complied department activity report for the month of April, and while statistics continue to show a decrease in drug-related arrests – with only a single misdemeanor arrest for possession of under an ounce of marijuana and drug-related objects – the overall amount of issued citations increased in comparison to the previous month. A total of 115 citations were written in April, 35 of which were warnings. Data from March revealed a total of 79 citation, 21 being warnings. The highest amount of citations were the result of speeding, followed by tag registration and license requirements, safety belt violations, and brake lights or turn signal infractions.

Hiawassee Police Department conducted 237 calls for service in April, a combination of dispatched and self-initiated.

On Saturday, May 26, the Hiawassee Police Department held a child car seat safety check on Hiawassee Town Square. The event drew 20 participants, with 11 cars seats determined defective, and replaced at no charge.

Hiawassee police department

Hiawassee Police Department replaced defective car seats on Memorial Day weekend.

[Feature photo: Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith displays the department’s former patch, while sporting the newly-acquired design, created by Smith]

 

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Two arrested on unrelated drug charges

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Towns County arrests

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