Hiawassee man charged with theft, possession of hallucinogen

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of an unwanted subject at a local Dollar Store, later locating the male subject at a residence on Mauldin Circle in Hiawassee.

While the specifics surrounding the incident are unclear, the subject was taken in to custody shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Michael Thomas patrick

Michael Thomas Patrick

Michael Thomas Patrick, 54, of Hiawassee, was arrested by Towns County Sheriff’s Office for the following offenses:

  • One Count Theft by Taking
  • One Count Possession of Schedule III, V, IV – Hallucinogens
  • One Count *Dangerous Drug Defined*
  • One Count Drugs to be Kept in Original Container

Patrick was transported to the Towns County Detention Center. The case was forwarded to Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Patrick is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

While it is unknown which “dangerous drug” was recovered as a result of the incident, the term is defined as any other drug or substance declared by the General Assembly to be a dangerous drug; to include any of the following drugs, chemicals, or substances; salts, isomers, esters, ethers, or derivatives of such drugs, chemicals, or substances which have essentially the same pharmacological action; all other salts, isomers, esters, ethers, and compounds of such drugs, chemicals, or substances unless specifically exempted.

 

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Scams costing local seniors thousands

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith has been warning seniors of a rash of telephone scams that have cost local residents tens of thousands of dollars in recent months.

The latest Hiawassee victim fell prey to whom she believed was a representative from the Social Security Administration (SSA). According to Chief Smith, the caller convinced the senior that she was eligible for increased government benefits, and that personal information was necessary to begin the process. When all was said and done, the victim was drained in excess of $900, her funds transferred to a bank in Iowa. Fortunately, in this particular instance, the senior was reimbursed by her financial institute, but others aren’t always as lucky.

Smith cautioned that personal information should never be offered via telephone. “They’re not going to call you and ask for information they should already have,” the police chief explained.

Smith relayed that Caller ID cannot be trusted, as there are simple ways for thieves to skirt the system. Smith advised hanging up on suspicious callers, and dialing a known number in order to contact the agency in question. “That way you know that you’re talking to a legitimate person,” Smith said.

Smith referred to the scammers as professional criminals, adding, “These people are really good at what they do.”

Hiawassee Police Department states that there is a “good lead” on the suspect involved in the SSA scam.

 

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Four Young Harris Suspects Arrested for Burglary and Theft

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Towns County Sheriff's Office

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested and charged four suspects in reference to burglaries and theft on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Two burglaries were reported in the month of September, one occurring at a residence on Timberland Drive, the second at a residence on Laurel Hill Road. The theft was reported in June, occurring at Brasstown Valley Resort Equani Spa.

Upon investigation, deputies and investigators executed two search warrants at a residence on Meadow Lane in Young Harris. During the execution of the search warrants, investigators recovered property identified as being stolen in the burglaries and theft cases.Young Harris crime

The following suspects were arrested and charged with the following crimes:

Jeffery Dale Plott, 47, of Young Harris

  •  Two counts burglary in the first degree
  • One count burglary in the second degree
  • One count theft by taking

 

Carl Wallace Merritt, 47, of Young Harris

  • Two counts burglary in the first degree
  • One count burglary in the second degree
  • Two counts theft by receieving stolen property

 

Susan Kimberly Spears, 44, of Young Harris

  • One count burglary
  • One count theft by receiving stolen property

 

Candie Sue Merritt, 44, of Young Harris

  • Two counts theft by receiving stolen property

 

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

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