Towns County students return to renovated campus, second resource officer

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Towns County Board of Education

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County students are scheduled to return for the 2018-2019 school year tomorrow, Aug. 16.

First-stage renovations to the school campus have been completed on time, and a second school resource officer is signing on to provide additional safety measures for students and staff.

Towns County Board of Education decided at their regular monthly meeting on Aug. 13, to hire Towns County Sheriff’s Deputy Sally Tanner to fill the role. Tanner, a former Union County school resource officer, has served with the Towns County Sheriff’s Office since 2017. Tanner will be assigned to the elementary school, with veteran Resource Officer Donnie Jarrard manning the middle- and high school areas.

Towns County School Superintendent Darren Berrong

Towns County Board of Education voted unanimously at a special-called meeting on July 19 that a second school resource officer was in the best interest of student safety, as Officer Jarrard has been assigned to traffic duty in the past, when classes begin and end each day, and often travels with students out-of-town for field trips and to sporting events.

Towns County Board of Education will be responsible for funding 75 percent of the cost of the additional officer, with the remaining 25 percent taken from the Towns County Sheriff’s Office budget.

As for the renovations, the second phase is expected to begin next summer, and will include an updated fire alarm system, electrical rewiring, painting, and new flooring and doors. The construction that occurred this summer consisted of  roof replacement and an overhaul to the HVAC system.

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Loitering suspect arrested for methamphetamine at local store

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Hiawassee Police Department

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Towns County Sheriff’s deputies, along with an officer from the Hiawassee Police Department, responded to the Lakeview store on Highway 76 East in Hiawassee, in reference to a subject who was loitering on the property.Kendall Hiawassee

Upon arriving on the scene, the officers located the subject whom the compliant was received about, still on the store property.

Upon further investigation, the subject identified as Carey Edward Kendall, 37, of Hiawassee.

Kendall was arrested and charged with One Count of Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer, and One Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine.

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

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

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Blairsville man arrested for Hiawassee auto theft

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Towns county sheriffs Office

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Aaron Dale Patterson, 29, of Blairsville, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.Towns County Sheriffs Office

Patterson was charged on the following warrants:

  • Two Counts of Theft by Taking (Motor Vehicle)
  • Two Counts of Entering Auto
  • One Count of Criminal Damage to Property, Second Degree

Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators secured warrants for Patterson related to incidents which were reported to authorities during the early morning hours of Feb. 18, at separate residences, located on Bug Scuffle Road and Konehtah Road in Hiawassee.

According to the Towns County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicles were recovered at the time, although one of the vehicles had sustained damage.

The case is considered active, and will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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

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Young Harris man arrested on additional drug charges

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Jeffery Plott

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Jeffery Dale Plott, 47, of Young Harris, a second time on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, for Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, and Possession of Marijuana.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Plott after conducting a search of a residence on Meadow Lane in Young Harris, on Tuesday afternoon.

Plott was released on bond the time of his arrest for previous charges of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

The investigation is active and on-going, and additional charges may be forth coming.

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

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Sheriff Chris Clinton and Colonel Gene Moss address Fourth Amendment

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Sheriff Chris Clinton

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Fourth Amendment was the topic of discussion at Mountain Movers and Shakers on the morning of Friday, June 29, 2018. Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton and Colonel Gene Moss – a retired law enforcement officer from Forsyth County, Georgia – advised citizens of their constitutional rights pertaining to search and seizure.

Gene Moss Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Colonel Gene Moss

The Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights reads: The right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Colonel Moss, who spent over four decades serving in law enforcement, opened the forum by asserting that citizens have the right to an expectation of privacy._

“We’re going to talk a little bit about searches, vehicle searches,” Moss said, adding that vehicle searches tend to be controversial, “First of all, if you’re in law enforcement, you’ve got to have a reason to stop somebody, ok? You’ve got to have a reason…Law enforcement, how far they push this thing to get into your car, to look in your vehicle,” Moss reiterated, “You’ve got to have a valid reason to stop somebody.”

Moss went on to explain that stopping a vehicle for infractions, such as driving with a broken or dim taillight or failure to maintain lane, in itself does not constitute a legitimate reason for a law enforcement officer to conduct a search.

Sheriff Clinton mirrored the colonel’s thoughts. “Anybody that’s been around me very long knows that I’m a liberty guy, a lover of the constitution,” Clinton said, going on to state that only one percent of the population commits crimes, and his office sees no reason to “harass” the other 99 percent.

The sheriff explained that reasonable and articulated suspicion, probable cause, a warrant issued by a judge, or citizen consent is necessary for a lawful search to be conducted. “For my purposes, I require by policy, our deputies have to be able to articulate what it was that lead them to ask for consent to search,” Clinton said, “This garbage about ‘Well, I don’t know you, and you don’t know me, and we’ve got a lot of drugs out here in the world. Mind if I go rifle through your stuff?’ Well if you don’t know me, and I don’t know you, why are you calling me a bad person? Shouldn’t I be observant enough and good enough at my job to know when criminal behavior is afoot?”

Reasonable suspicion is a standard of proof in United States law that is less than probable cause, the legal standard for arrests and warrants, but more than a hunch; it must be based on specific and articulable facts, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, and the suspicion must be associated with the specific individual.

Probable cause is the standard by which police authorities have reason to obtain a warrant for the arrest of a suspected criminal or the issuing of a search warrant. The principle behind the standard is to limit the power of authorities to perform random or abusive searches, and promote the lawful gathering of evidence during criminal arrest and prosecution.

Mountain Movers and Shakers meet Fridays at 8:00 a.m. at Sundance Grill in Hiawassee, with different community speakers each week. Meetings are open to the public, and membership is not required.

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Towns County Sheriff’s Office seeks assistance in locating wanted subject

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Zachary Hart

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance from the public in locating an individual, currently holding six active warrants.

Zachary William Hart, 20, of Warne, North Carolina, is wanted out of Towns County on the following warrants:

  • One Warrant for Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer
  • One Warrant for Theft by Taking
  • Three Warrants for Financial Transaction Card Theft
  • One Bench Warrant for Financial Transaction Card Theft and Transaction Card Fraud

In addition, Union County Sheriff’s Office and Clay County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina hold active warrants on Hart.

Zachary Hart frequents the area between Gumlog and Warne, North Carolina.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Hart is asked to call the Towns County Sheriff’s Office at 706-896-4444 or 911.

All information will be kept confidential.

 

 

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Young Harris burglary leads to arrest

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Sheriff Chris Clinton

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Friday, May 4, Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Chatuge Woods Campground, located off Red Banks Road, in Young Harris, in reference to a reported burglary. The incident was turned over to investigators.Towns county Sheriff's office

Upon completion of an investigation, Terry William Henderson, 44, of Warne, North Carolina, was arrested Thursday, June 7, on the following charges:

  • 1 Count of Burglary
  • 1 Count of Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary
  • 1 Count of Theft by Deception
  • 2 Counts Theft by Taking
  • 1 Count of False Statements/Writings
  • 1 Count of Hindering the Apprehension of a Criminal

The investigation is active and ongoing, with additional charges possible.

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

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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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