Ongoing investigation leads to additional burglary arrests

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Towns County Burglary

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office has continued to arrest suspects in local burglaries and thefts.  Two additional suspects have been recently arrested and booked into the Towns County Detention Center in reference to an ongoing investigation into reported burglaries and thefts in the area.

Zachary Patterson

Zachary Eugene Patterson, 22, of Blairsville, Georgia, was arrested on Dec. 28, 2017, and charged with one count of first degree burglary, one count of possession of burglary tools, one count of theft by receiving stolen property, and one count of attempted burglary.

Also arrested in reference to the investigation was Ashley Lauren Patterson, 22, of Blairsville, Georgia, who was charged with one count of making false statements to an officer.

Ashley Patterson

The investigation is active and ongoing. Additional arrests are possible.

 

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

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Jeffrey Plott

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Saturday, Dec. 30,  2017, Towns County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jeffery Dale Plott,  46, of Young Harris, Georgia, charging him with one count of violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, for possession of methamphetamine.

The arrest was made on Byers Creek Road in Young Harris following a traffic stop involving a black Toyota Tacoma pickup. The Georgia State Patrol assisted Towns County deputies during the traffic stop.

 

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Young Harris man arrested at Dollar General for public indecency

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Darwin Diaz

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, Towns County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Dollar General in Young Harris in reference to a reported incident involving an act of public indecency at the store.

Upon arrival, deputies located the suspect.  Sheriff’s deputies arrested Darwin Pena Diaz, 31, of Young Harris, Georgia, charging him with one count of public indecency, one count of theft by taking and one count of obstruction of an officer.

As in all cases, Diaz is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Arson suspect charged with additional burglaries

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Austin Shook Hiawassee

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s deputies rearrested Austin James Shook on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, charging him with an additional count of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools.  The charges stemmed from two reported burglaries within Bald Mountain Park.

Shook was released on bond at the time for previous charges of burglary and arson, which occurred during the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. The residence, located on Glassy Mountain Road, was unoccupied at the time of the incident.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that the residence was burglarized prior to the start of the fire.

Sheriff’s Investigators executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence located near the scene of the crime, recovering related evidence. Investigators arrested Shook, 19, of Hiawassee, Georgia, charging him with two initial counts of burglary in the first-degree, one count of possession of burglary tools and one count of arson in the first-degree.

This investigation is active and ongoing at this time.  As the investigation proceeds, additional charges are likely.

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Legacy of the Law: Memories of Towns County Sheriff Jay Chastain Sr.

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Sheriff Jay Chastain

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Forty-three years ago, during the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 1974, Towns County suffered the traumatic loss of one of its finest. Sheriff Jay Vernon Chastain Sr. was slain in the line of duty during a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 288 in Hiawassee, Georgia. Sheriff Chastain served six years in office prior to his untimely death at the age of 47. He left behind a wife, a 5-year-old son and a community devastated by his senseless death.

A retired Towns County deputy, who once served under Sheriff Chastain, reached out to Fetch Your News in late September. “No one has ever told a true remembrance of the sheriff that was killed, and I think that you can. Please help me to help others see the values he served,” Danny Garland wrote.

Sheriff Chastain’s son, Jay Chastain Jr, offered his blessing.

Many conversations took place between Garland and Towns County’s news correspondent over the course of several months.

Jay Chastain

Sheriff Jay Chastain Sr.

“I met Jay when I was 16 or 17 years old. Dad knew him, they were friends. Jay was working at Lockheed with him at the time. He was always talking to everyone, especially the youth and seniors. Jay began mentioning running for sheriff, as Towns County needed a real sheriff, and he felt a call to serve his community. After much prayer and thought, he decided to do just that. Dad supported him until Jay ran on the Republican ticket. My dad was a diehard Democrat,” Garland explained.

“I begged dad to support Jay. It became a pretty hot and heated race, and when my dad did at last support him, dad was nearly fired from a state law enforcement job because the state was held by Democrats. Jay was elected though and devoted much time, spending long hours with the county’s youth, positive time at the high school, going above and beyond in helping others with their needs,” the retired captain recalled.

“Just before I turned 18, I enrolled in a new college program which gave me a jump start on my criminal justice degree. An internship had to be completed so I asked Jay if he could help me. The next week, I was riding in a patrol car, soon in uniform, toting a gun with a badge. The sheriff bought the badge out of his own pocket. I still have it,” Garland said.

Sheriff Jay Chastain

Garland’s badge, a gift from Sheriff Chastain

Dorothy Puett, the widow of Edwin Puett who also served as one of Chastain’s first deputies, remembers the sheriff fondly as well.  “When he was elected, they handed him the keys to the jail and a cigar box full of warrants. That’s it. He was offered bribes, but never would take them. The first person he ever arrested, in fact, was his daddy-in-law,” Puett laughed.

“Jay would stop by the house each night for milk and cornbread,” Puett continued in a somber tone. “He was a good friend of ours. He dropped by at midnight on the night he was killed, just a couple of hours before it happened. He told us on that very night that they had done everything they could to get him out of office, that the only thing left was to kill him. He was a fine man who was trying to clean up Towns County.”

Fetch Your News pressed as to who “they” were, but Puett understandably declined to go on-record.

In a separate interview, retired Captain Garland also spoke of the late sheriff’s premonitions: “When Jay was killed, there was much in action to help needy families with food or money. There was only two of us who knew the plan. Jay told me once while we were riding, if something happens to me, you know where the list is and who gets what. Today, it is eerie when I think about it. Even after his death, he gave many gifts and helped dreams come true. His goal was compliance without arrest, if possible. Many times he’d mediate issues between people, leaving all satisfied. Sheriff Chastain was the mark of a dedicated servant of God and the people.”

Lynn Garland, a younger sister of Danny Garland, also wished to add to the sheriff’s legacy.

“I remember when some people wanted to have a recall and another election,” Lynn Garland began, “but the sheriff had more support than those who wanted him out. I don’t remember all of the details about the incident that started that ball rolling, but it was resolved in his favor. I was at the courthouse with my family, playing on the steps while they were in a meeting. Sheriff Jay came walking out, and I was so excited to see him. He said, ‘I don’t think I’ve got to hug you since everything turned out alright.’ He picked me up, hugged and kissed me, said, ‘Always remember how much I love you!’ That was the last time I saw him alive. I loved that man so much. I would get so excited to see him. I would jump up and down and run to him. The night I was told that he had died, that he had been shot and killed, there was a part of me that died too. He was killed 6 days before my 10th birthday. I went to his funeral and there were so many people from the community, law enforcement from all over. I think some were from out of state. I had never seen so many people or flowers in my life. Everyone was crying or looked like they were still in shock. It’s been 43 years, but it might as well be today. The hurt is so deep still. That’s how much I still love and miss him.”

Sheriff Jay Chastain

Sheriff Chastain’s final resting place

Danny Garland offered more memories.

“Many times, and not even with law enforcement issues, he was a true friend. Sheriff Chastain proved that so many times. He gave me money to take to people and told me not to tell them where it came from – family deaths, homes that burned, and especially at Christmas time,” Danny Garland said.

“The sheriff inherited a department that had one worn out patrol car, one mobile radio and an office with a base radio,” Garland continued. “There was such disarray. As I remember, he bought a second patrol car and equipped it, along with a base radio for his home. His wife answered the emergency phone and dispatched from their home at night while raising their young son. Jay recruited some great men as deputies, many of them part-time and most never paid, strictly volunteers. They were as regular as clock work though.  He had leadership ability and a community devotion that made people happy to help him meet his goals for the county he loved.

“Jay and I once took food upstairs in the old jail to a man required to serve time or to pay a $200 fine. I remember it was cold up there that day. The man offered to sell Jay a .357 revolver for two hundred dollars. Jay told the inmate he couldn’t go to his house and get it. The man said you don’t have to.  I’ve got it here in my coat and handed it to Jay through the bars. Good ole weak kneed Jay agreed to buy the gun. Jay was the only real life sheriff  I’ve ever known that had regulars waiting in their cars or on the porch of the old rock jail, waiting for Jay to lock them up and so they could get sober. If there were no prisoners and the door was unlocked, we’d find them upstairs laying on a cot.

“Jay built a respectful department from nothing. He was always happy. He did like to argue in a fun way though. Most of all he loved God. He was a very giving person. In the spring, summer, and fall we would hoe gardens, string beans and shuck corn to help the older folks in the community.

“If I remember correctly, on the night Jay was killed, his wife was dispatching and there was a power failure, lightning struck, and it kept the news from being heard at home. I think God honored Jay and his family that night. The call was picked up by Union County and help was dispatched from there. At the hospital, I saw a heartbroken mother and child being walked in by officers. My thoughts were that the shooter got justice, fair and swiftly,” Garland said.

(The man who shot Chastain was killed on scene by a deputy.)

“Jay instilled a prayer of service, and I still pray this prayer, even retired, every day. ‘Ask God to direct you to help another, if it ain’t in God’s plans for helping one at least, let me bring a laugh or smile to at least one person, that might change a person forever,'” Garland recalled.

“He’d say never miss a chance to bring a smile. Jay walked the Thin Blue Line before it was ever painted,” Captain Garland concluded.

There is no doubt the sheriff was what legends are made of – throughout his life and thereafter.

Gratitude for your service, Sir.

 

(Featured Photo provided by Jay Chastain Jr.)

 

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UPDATED: Female suspect in Thanksgiving Eve armed robbery apprehended, BOLO issued for accomplice

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Daniel Walls

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 22, at 8:25 p.m., the Hiawassee Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Save-A-Lot located at 236 N Main Street.

Chelsea Alferink

Chelsea Alferink is being held without bond at the Towns County Detention Center

It was reported that a masked man, armed with a handgun, locked one employee in a cooler while another person emptied the safe at gunpoint. The suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot.

Following an extensive investigation, an arrest warrant was issued Dec. 4, 2017, for Chelsea Alferink, the assistant manager at Save-A-Lot, for the offense of false statements and writings. She was taken into custody without incident.

The following day, arrest warrants for the offense of armed robbery were issued for Alferink and her boyfriend, Daniel Walls.

Alferink is being held at the Towns County Jail without bail.

Walls has not been apprehended at this time. The featured photo is from an earlier arrest.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office offered Hiawassee Police Department assistance in confirming the robber’s identity, although Hiawassee PD states they were investigating Walls as a suspect days prior .

UPDATE: Sheriff Chris Clinton tells Fetch Your News that Daniel Walls surrendered without incident at 5:56 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.

This investigation is still on-going, with the possibility of further charges being filed.

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

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Detective Brandon Barrett at 706-896-2888  ext. 3

Follow Fetch Your News for future developments surrounding this case.

 

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Suspects arrested on burglary charges, warrants issued for third

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Towns County Sheriffs Office

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – During the course of investigating recently reported thefts and burglaries in the areas of Woodlake Circle in Young Harris and Bugscuffle Road in Hiawassee, Towns County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested two suspects.

caleb hart

Caleb Hart

Jonathon Caleb Hart, 24, of Young Harris, has been charged with one count of second degree burglary, one count of first degree burglary, one count of theft by taking and one count of theft by receiving stolen property. Hart is being held currently in the Towns County Detention Center without bond.

Kristy Megaha

Kristy Megaha

Kristy Megaha, 37, of Young Harris, was also arrested and charged with one count of burglary.  She has been released on bond from the Towns County Detention Center.

Warrants have been issued on a third suspect, Zachary Patterson, 22, of Blairsville, Georgia.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Zachary Patterson is asked to contact the Towns County Sheriff’s Office at 706-896-4444.

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Suspect arrested for arson and burglary

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Austin James Shook

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – During the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, a structure fire was reported at a residence located on Glassy Mountain Road in Bald Mountain Park.  The residence was not occupied at the time of the fire.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that the residence was burglarized prior to the start of the fire.

Towns County Sheriff’s Investigators executed a search warrant at a suspect’s residence located near the scene of the fire and burglary, recovering evidence related to the crime.  Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Austin James Shook, 19, of Hiawassee, Georgia, charging him with two counts of burglary in the first degree, one count of possession of burglary tool, and one count of arson in the first degree.

The investigation is active and ongoing at this time.  As the investigation proceeds, additional charges are likely.

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