Drug Arrests continue in Young Harris

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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – In recent weeks, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies have continued the execution of search warrants in search of illegal drugs and stolen property.

In the past week, investigators and deputies executed two search warrants in the Young Harris area.

The search warrants were in reference to separate information developed by investigators. The first search warrant was executed on Thursday, Oct. 11, at a residence located on Red Fox Farm Road.

Investigators seized a quanity of marijuana during the search with a street value of $13,500.

Jennifer Ann Max, 52, of Young Harris, was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

  • One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
    Manufacturing Marijuana
  •  One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
    Felony Possession of Marijuana
  • One Count of Drug-Related Objects

 

The second search warrant was executed on Friday, Oct. 12, at a residence on Meadow Lane.

Investigators arrested two suspects during the course of the warrant execution.

Carl Wallace Merritt, 47, of Young Harris, was arrested and charged with the following crime:

  • One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
    Possession of Methamphetamine

Candie Sue Merrit, 44, of Young Harris, was arrested and charged with the following crime:

  • One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act,
    Possession of Methamphetamine

Investigators recovered several items during the execution of the search warrant which had been previously reported as stolen in a burglary in the Towns County area.

The investigation is active and on-going. Additional charges are likely.

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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Towns County Sheriff’s Office seizes $27,000 Street-Value in Marijuana Manufacturing Operation

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Towns County Sheriffs Office

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Monday, Oct. 1, Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 7500 block of Gumlog Road. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers seized marijuana plants with a street value of $27,000.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office arrested three suspects on the following charges:

Chris Lee Brooks, 64, of Young Harris – One count violation of Georgia Substance Control Act, Manufacturing Marijuana – One count violation of Georgia Substance Control Act, Felony Possession of Marijuana – Possession of drug related objects

Ronald Christoper Smith, 44, of Blairsville – One count violation Georgia Substance Control Act, Manufacturing Marijuana – One count violation of Georgia Substance Control Act, Felony Possession of Marijuana – Possession of drug related objects

Thomas Dexter Shook, 42, of Hiawassee – One count violation of Georgia Substance Control Act, Manufacturing Marijuana – One count violation Georgia Substance Control Act, Felony Possession of Marijuana – Possession of drug related objects

All suspects are being held without bond at the time of publication.

The case 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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Chatuge Gun Club hosts 10th Annual Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes fundraiser

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Towns County Sheriff's Office

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Chatuge Gun Club, sponsored by Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton, hosted the 10th annual fundraiser for the children of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes (GSYH). “A good time was had by all” was the statement of Chatuge Gun Club President Ed Jones, strongly seconded by Sheriff Clinton, along with those that participated in the event.

Each year for the past decade, Sheriff Chris Clinton and the Chatuge Gun Club has partnered to raise money for Georgia’s most at-risk youth. The children, through no fault of their own, find themselves in need of someone to care for them, teaching them the skills they will need to become successful adults.Sheriff Chris Clinton

Over ten years ago, Sheriff Clinton went to Chatuge Cun Club President Ed Jones with an idea.  There had, according to the Sheriffs’ Association, never been a fund raiser for these children in our area. Thankfully, that has changed.  Out of that meeting came an annual partnership that has consistently helped Towns County be one of the “Top Ten” contributors to the GSYH per capita.  When one considers there are 159 Georgia counties and five with GSYH campuses, that in itself is impressive.  Towns County has reached the number two spot for top contributors and has never been lower than the top ten since Sheriff Clinton and Chatuge Gun Club members teamed up to help provide for these children in need.

This year, rather than a trap shoot, gun club members suggested a steel plate match.  The interest was high and the event was a huge success with ten teams of five.  It was a fast-paced day with two relays of five firing at two different stations.  Meanwhile, down on the lower range sat a dueling tree where many a competitor challenged friends to a race against each other on the dueling tree.  The dueling tree has six swinging arms and starts with three on each side.  Competitors try and get all six targets to their opponent’s side, with a total of twenty rounds and at least one magazine change.
This year’s event drew good participation from law enforcement, with deputies from Towns, Union, Rabun, and Fannin County Sheriff’s SWAT participating.  There were plenty of good-hearted rivalries and more than one called out for a match on the dueling tree.  At times, the dueling tree gave shooters the opportunity to redeem themselves after a bad run.  Other times, it added insult to injury.  No one forgot that it was about having a good time for a great cause.  At the end of the day there were no injuries but maybe a few bruised egos, with a promise to return next year more prepared.

Chatuge Gun ClubMany of the deputies from surrounding agencies asked Sheriff Clinton when the next match would be.  “That was a first this year. I think the excitement is high for shooting steel and being able to go head to head on the dueling tree,” Sheriff Clinton said, ” It gave these deputies time to reacquaint with old friends, meet new ones, and have a great time of fellowship and good-hearted competition and all the proceeds go to help children.  Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.”
Sheriff Clinton thanks Ed and Verlee Jones, Thad Bynum, Duane Mowrey,  and all the volunteers (too many to name) from the Chatuge Gun Club for their hard work and willingness to give of their time and effort to help these children.  Sheriff Clinton would like to thank their sponsors for making this all possible.  They were: Dr. Dan Eichenbaum, MD, PA, Bynum Insurance Agency, Crane Creek Vineyard, Jacky Jones Ford, Correctional Resource Group, Southern Health Partners, Twiggs Construction, Coosa Creek Marketing Products, and Combined Public Communications.

Sheriff Clinton would also like to congratulate Union County Deputy Brandon Hogsed for having the top score as an individual shooter.  Hogsed, along with second-place shooter Deputy Seth Dyer, led Union County’s team to a first place victory.  The top five competitive shooters were:

 

  • 1st Deputy Sheriff Brandon Hogsed – Union County
  • 2nd Deputy Sheriff Seth Dyer – Union County
  • 3rd Deputy Sheriff Bill Conway – Towns County
  • 4th Sheriff Chris Clinton – Towns County
  • 5th Tom Halasz – Chatuge Gun Club

 

Top five teams were:

 

  • 1st “Ragamuffins”
  • 2nd Union County Sheriff’s Office
  • 3rd Towns County Sheriff’s Office (Team Five)
  • 4th Towns County Sheriff’s Office (Team One)
  • 5th Bynam Insurance

 

All individual shooter and team scores are available at chatugegunclub.com

Towns County Sheriff’s Citizen Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA) volunteers are planning a third annual fund raiser for the GSYH on Oct. 27 at Sundance Grill in Hiawassee with food, drinks, and live music by The Chris Clinton Band, George and Andy, and Bill Rinaldo from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Tickets are on sale now.

For more information, contact Towns County Sheriff’s Office at 706-896-4444.

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Robin H. Webb

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Sheriff’s Office seizes vehicle, over $13K in drug distribution arrest

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Joseph Carson Loog

Joseph Carson Loog

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22, Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Black Chrysler PT Cruiser on Kelly Road in Hiawassee. Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators assisted the deputies with the traffic stop. Upon investigation, the vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was obtained.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Carson Loog, 41, of Paris, TN.

Loog was charged with the following crimes:

  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute
  •  1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of marijuana
  • 1 Count Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • 1 Count Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Felony
  • 1 Count of Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement
  • 1 Count of Driving on Suspended License
  • 1 Count of No Proof of Insurance
  • 1 Count of No Seatbelt

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, during the course of the investigation, seized a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, $13,973 in cash, a 9mm handgun, a portable scanner, a set of scales, along with other miscellaneous items.

The investigation is active and ongoing; additional arrests and charges are probable.

The case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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

Feature Photo: (L-R) Investigator Jay McCarther, Sheriff Chris Clinton, Lt. Aaron Deyton

 

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DEVELOPING: Report of Overnight Domestic involving Double Shooting

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Towns county Shooting

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – FYN received a credible report regarding an overnight domestic violence incident, involving a double shooting, in Towns County.

The extent of injuries are unknown at this time, although fatalities were not reported.

FYN is awaiting details from the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

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UPDATED: Young Harris man arrested for methamphetamine distribution

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Michael Byers Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Michael Dean Byers, 46, of Young Harris, was apprehended and arrested following a traffic stop on Friday, Sept. 7, after three felony warrants for trafficking methamphetamine were issued. Towns County Sheriff’s Office seized the BMW 325 that Byers was driving.

Towns count Sheriff's Office

BMW driven by Byers, seized by Towns County Sheriff’s Office

According to law enforcement officials with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), a search of Michael Byers’ home on Sept. 5,  in Young Harris off of KIng Cove Road, led to the discovery of an ounce of methamphetamine.

FYN has learned that Byers was wanted in connection with an ARDEO operation, “Unicoi Pipeline,” a 16-month investigation involving a dozen law enforcement agencies which led to the seizure of 15 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at over $750,000.

According to law enforcement officials, Charles Michael Ledford and Bobby Roger Burch were responsible for distributing methamphetamine in North Georgia, and Clay County, North Carolina, over the course of a two year period.

Clay County Sheriff's Office

Firearms seized from a Clay County residence

According to GBI Special Agent in Charge Mitchell Posey, three pounds of methamphetamine was concealed in a battery in Burch’s truck after allegedly leaving Ledford’s Conyers residence, traveling toward Hayesville, North Carolina.

Authorities state twelve additional pounds of methamphetamine were discovered upon execution of a search warrant at Ledford’s home.

Methamphetamine seized by ARDEO

In addition, law enforcement seized firearms from Burch’s residence in Clay County, North Carolina, many of which were alledgedly stolen.

UPDATED: Charles Michael Ledford, 48, of Conyers was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine. Ledford was transported to the Rockdale County Detention Center.

Bobby RogerBurch, 47, of Hayesville, NC was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine. Warrants are pending in Clay County, NC for Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for Controlled Substances, Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine, and Possession of Stolen Firearm. Burch was transported to the Hall County Detention Center.

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

Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton would like to express special appreciation to ARDEO, Enotah District Attorney’s Office, and the additional law enforcement agencies that assisted in the joint operation.

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Robin H. Webb

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UPDATED: Female subject injured in alleged break-in at local restaurant

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Michelle Renee Harper

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – FetchYourNews (FYN) received information regarding an incident which occurred Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, at Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House.

According to a credible source, a female subject, who was allegedly under the influence of intoxicants, attempted entry into the restaurant by breaking a window, setting off an alarm. Upon attempting entry into the establishment, the subject is said to have sustained a substantial leg injury due to the manner of passage.

Hawg wild Break In

Hawg Wild BBQ & Catfish House

FYN was advised that the female suspect allegedly had two prior encounters with Towns County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the day. The subject is said to have out-of-area warrants from a jurisdiction unwilling to extradite.

FYN contacted Towns County Sheriff’s Office to gain further insight into the situation. According to law enforcement, the subject is currently at a medical facility due to the injury incurred during the incident.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office states that additional information will be released once family members have been notified.

Follow FYN for additional information as it becomes available.

UPDATED: FYN has learned the subject is Michelle Renee Harper, 39, of Fitzgerald, Ga.

Harper was charged with one count Criminal Damage to Property upon release from the medical facility.

The case will be referred to Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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

 

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Robin H. Webb

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Young Harris man arrested for physical assault on elderly

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Carnes Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a physical assault on an elderly victim on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at a residence in Young Harris.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to Murphy Medical Center in Peachtree, NC, to follow-up with the reported elderly victim.

Upon completion of the investigation, Joshua Dustin Carnes, 40, of Young Harris, was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

  • One Felony Count of Exploitation and Intimidation of the Elderly Due to Inflicting Physical Pain and Injury
  • One Misdemeanor Count of Battery of a Person over 65 years (Family Violence Act)

The elderly victim was treated and released from Murphy Medical Center, The case will be forwarded to Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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

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Robin H. Webb

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