Search warrant leads to drug arrests

Arrest, News

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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Robin H. Webb

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Hiawassee man charged with sexual exploitation of children

Arrest, News
Edward Trusky

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies assisted agents from Homeland Security Investigations with the execution of a search warrant at a residence located within Bald Mountain Park.

Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and State Probation Officers assisted with the warrant.

During the course of executing the search warrant, law enforcement officers recovered evidence which resulted in the arrest of a suspect.

Edward Lee Trusky, 38, of Hiawassee, was taken into custody on the following charges:

  • One Count of Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • One Count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

 

The investigation is active and ongoing.  

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

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

 

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Robin H. Webb

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Sheriff’s Office seeks public’s help in abandoned puppies case

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BRASSTOWN BALD, Ga. -Towns County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the person or persons that abandoned three puppies.

On Friday morning, Dec. 7, deputies responded to a call in reference to puppies that were abandoned at a trash dumpster located on Highway 180 Spur near Brasstown Bald.

Upon arrival, deputies located three small puppies at the scene. The puppies appeared to not have eaten in several days.

The puppies were transported to the Mountain Animal Shelter to be checked and cleared medically, and afterwards will be likely placed for adoption.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cruelty to animals incident.

Anyone with information as to the person or persons responsible for leaving the puppies at the dumpster is asked to call the Towns County Sheriff’s Office at 706-896-4444.

All information received will be kept confidential.

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Robin H. Webb

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Man sought for assault on law enforcement faces drug charges

Arrest, News

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Law enforcement officers from the Towns County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Hiawassee Police Departmet arrested a suspect at a residence on Sampson Road in Young Harris on Sunday, Nov. 25, on outstanding warrants stemming from Towns, Union, and Gordon Counties.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators seized metamphetamine with a street-value of $5,000, illicit Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs, additional drug-related objects, and cash. Christopher Ray arrest

The suspect was identified as Christopher Steven Ray, 34, of Murphy, North Carolina. Ray was taken into custody, and charged with the following offenses:

  • One Count Trafficking in Methamphetamine
  • One Count Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute
  • One Count Possession of Methamphetamine
  • One Count Possession of Schedule II drugs
  • One Count Possession of Schedule IV drugs
  • One Count Possession of Drug-Related Objects
  • One Count Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers

In addition to the listed charges, investigators served warrants on Ray which involved a previous encounter with the subject on Sept. 6, 2018. The warrants were related to the following crimes:

  • One Count Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Three Counts Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers
  • Two Counts Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Schedule IV drugs

Gordon County Sheriff’s Office held outstanding warrants on Ray for Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer along with several traffic offense warrants.

Union County Sheriff’s Office had previously issued a warrant for Ray for Violation of Probation.

The Towns County Sheriff’s Office warrants and charges will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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

Feature Photo: Evidence seized from the Young Harris residence where Ray was apprehended.

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Robin H. Webb

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Sandy Springs Police Department gifts Towns County Sheriff’s Office with equipment

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Sheriff Chris Clinton

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Monday, Nov. 26, the Towns County Sheriff’s Office received over $25,000 worth of donated equipment from the Sandy Springs Police Department. Sheriff Clinton expressed that he is “very happy” to receive the donated surplus equipment for the Sheriff’s Office, adding that Santa Claus came early this year.

The equipment received includes the following items: six blue light bars for patrol vehicles, a tag reader, push bumpers, window bars, consoles, laptop brackets, dry erase boards, various blue light marker lights, and other miscellaneous items. According to the sheriff, the items will be highly beneficial in savings to the Sheriff’s Office budget.

Sheriff Clinton thanks the Sandy Springs Police Department for the donated equipment.

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Robin H. Webb

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Sheriff Clinton asks community’s help in making Christmas brighter for local children

Community, Sheriff's Desk

From the Desk of Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton:

Most of us have family traditions that we enjoy during the Christmas season. Families with small children may spend Christmas Eve baking cookies for Santa or listening to Christmas carols, while enjoying eggnog by the fire. As a small child I remember the anticipation of Christmas being so intense. I was in awe and wonder dreaming about what might be inside all those presents wrapped so nicely under the tree. I would just stare at the Christmas tree and day dream about Christmas Day.

For me, even at 49, Christmas is still the most magical time of year. I love Christmas lights and the sounds of Christmas carols everywhere. The world just seems to be a nicer place during the Christmas season. I love to watch young children open gifts and see their eyes light up with joy. There is no other feeling like the feeling Christmas. While Christmas is about much more than material possessions, the spirit of Christmas, is certainly captured in the joy of a child receiving a gift on Christmas morning.

So, what about the children who are less fortunate? Imagine the child whose family has fallen on hard times. Do they wake up to just another day of struggling to make ends meet? Imagine if you were a parent who loved your child, but had fallen on hard times. I doubt that there would be anything much harder than not being able to provide your child, whom you love, the wonder of Christmas morning.

It breaks my heart to think that, as the rest of the world enjoys the most blessed day of the year, some families wake to another day of not having enough. While providing toys for these children isn’t going to make the rest of their problems go away, I can’t help but believe that, at least for a time, their world becomes a little brighter and things seem a little better than before.

Each year the Sheriff’s Office attempts to provide the joy of Christmas gifts for these children. This effort is only made possible by the help of generous people in the community who donate to this cause. Names of children in need are collected and toys are gathered. We try whenever possible to provide at least one item that the child has specifically asked for. The toys are then given to the parents, of the child to handle Christmas in their family’s tradition. It is all done in such a way as to protect the dignity of the family and allow them to share in the joy that many of us take for granted.

This year has been a tough one for some local families. We are hoping to provide for each child, but we need your help to do so. If you would like to be a part of this effort, or if you know of a family with children in need of help, please contact your Sheriff’s Office at 706-896-4444.

I hope that each of you has a blessed and joyous Christmas this year!

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Robin H. Webb

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Love Triangle ends in Attempted Murder Charges

Arrest, News

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Wednesday, Sept. 26. Towns County deputies responded to a residence on State Hwy76, east of Hiawassee, in reference to a shooting.

Upon arrival, law enforcement officers located a male subject in the residence, suffering from a gunshot wound. The male subject was identified as Jason Rewis of Hiawassee. Towns County EMS arrived on the scene, and transported the victim to a medical facility with a trauma unit. A Hiawassee Police Department Officer responded to Chatuge Regional Medical Center where a female gunshot victim, identified as Ginger Rewis from the same residence, had been transported by a private vehicle. The female was identified as the wife of the male gunshot victim found at the residence off of State Hwy 76. Officers took a male subject into custody at the hospital at the time who was determined to be the shooter.

The shooter was identified as Jacob Bowman, age 31 of Hiawassee Georgia. He was at that time charged with the following:
– 2 Counts of Felony Aggravated Assault in reference to the shooting incident.

The incident is believed to be domestic in nature. The gunshot victims were admitted to a medical facility, and they were listed in stable condition at that time.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, along with an investigator from Towns County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the reported shooting.

Upon further investigation into shooting incident, warrants have been issued for:
Jacob Bowman, 41, of Hiawassee, Georgia
– 1 Count of Attempted Murder

Ginger Rewis, 35, of Hiawassee, Georgia
– 1 Count of Attempted Murder

Warrants were served on both suspects, and they are being held in the Towns County Detention Center without bond.

The case will be referred to the Enotah Circuit District Attorneys’ Office for prosecution.

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

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Robin H. Webb

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Sheriff’s Office budget amended, reimbursed for prisoner transport

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Towns County Courthouse

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office was recently reimbursed $1,133 in travel costs by a wanted subject who had fled to Tampa, Florida, causing local law enforcement to venture to the sunshine state in order to transfer the wanted male back to Towns County to face prosecution. The subject was sought on several bench warrants, including drug and firearm possession, and was transported on Sept. 18 – 19.

Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw amended the Towns County Sheriff’s Office budget during a special-called meeting, replacing the travel expenses with the reimbursed funds. Towns County Sheriff’s Office Colonel Terry Conner told FYN later in the day that it is unusual to receive restitution in such a timely manner, rather, repayment is typically attached to probation terms.

Commissioner Bradshaw stated that he is pleased that the sheriff’s office was able to retreive the funds so quickly.

Of note, Towns County regular monthly meeting will not be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, as the commissioner will be out-of-town attending his son’s military graduation at Fort Benning, Georgia. The next scheduled county session is set for Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Towns County Courthouse.

Meetings are open to the public.

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Robin H. Webb

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