Defendant in aggravated assault case enters plea, sentenced to serve three years


HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Jacob Lea Rose, a Hiawassee resident arrested for numerous crimes in late-2018 by Hiawassee Police Department, plead guilty to aggravated asault charges, Friday, May 31. Rose is set to serve three years of a ten year sentence, Towns County’s Clerk of Court’s Office told FYN. Charged by law enforcement with crimes ranging from previous methamphetamine possession, aggravated stalking, interfering with a 911 call, and cruelty to children, in connection to a domestic violence incident, additional charges on Rose were dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea on the assault charge.

“(The victim) stated she tried to leave the residence with (the children) and Mr. Rose caught her on the front porch of the residence, and used his hand to grab her around her throat, and began strangling her,” Hiawassee Police Department wrote in the December incident report. “(The victim) stated she was able to escape from Mr. Rose only to be caught by him again next to the van he had driven them to the house in which was parked in the driveway. (The victim) stated while next to the van, Mr. Rose used his hand, grabbed her around her throat, and began strangling her again while he banged her head against the side of the van. (The victim) stated when she was able to get away from Mr. Rose, she ran inside into the living room area of her home to get her cell phone to call 911. (The victim) stated while attempting to call 911, Mr. Rose grabbed the cell phone out of her hand, threw, and smashed the cell phone on the ground, breaking it. (The victim) stated after Mr. Rose broke her phone, he again used his hand to grab her around the throat and punched her in the face and head area several times. (The victim) stated both the family violence battery incident on the front porch, and the family violence incident in the living room of the residence, took place in the presence of (the children).”

Four months prior to the domestic dispute, Rose was arrested for methamphetamine possession, drug related objects, and driving on a suspended license by Hiawassee Police Department.


Suspect in Hiawassee stabbing charged with aggravated assault


HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Anthony “Scott” Barrett, the suspect involved in the Monday stabbing of Danny Gibson, has been charged with aggravated assault, Towns County Sheriff’s Office said. Additionally, Barrett is being held in Towns County Detention Center on a probation violation warrant out of Fannin County, GA.

On Monday, April 22, Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to investigate a report of a knife stabbing. Deputies, along with emergency medical services, responded to the Friendship Store located at the intersection of State Route 76 and State Route 288 in Hiawassee. Gibson, the victim, drove his truck to the store and requested the clerk to call 911.  The incident was reported to have occurred at a residence located nearby, off Cedar Cliff Road, east of the store.

Deputies responded to the location on Cedar Cliff Road and secured the residence. The house and surrounding area were searched for the suspect. Deputies discovered the suspect hiding in a Ford Explorer. Barrett was taken into custody without incident.

Gibson was transported by ambulance to Union General Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening knife stab to the back.

The investigation is currently active and ongoing at this time. The case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Barrett is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Bruce Lyle Gross, 63, of Hiawassee, is facing additional charges stemming from a recent arrest involving a shotgun and a four year old. Gross is accused of pointing a firearm at a neighbor and his four year old son during a dispute on Monday, Jan. 14. Towns County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident, charging Gross with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of cruelty to children in the first degree. The suspected shotgun used in the crime was seized by law enforcement officers at the time of the subject’s arrest with the case forwarded to the criminal investigation unit of the sheriff’s office (more…)

Aggravated Assault Suspect Arrested


On Tuesday night, February 16th , a domestic violence incident was reported to the Towns County 911 center. The incident was reported to have occurred at a residence on Shake Rag Road in Hiawassee. Sheriff Clinton, Towns County Sheriff’s deputies, and a Hiawassee Police officer, arrived on the scene to discover that the alleged offender had fled the scene in a red Ford truck. The offender was reported to be armed with an assault rifle and handguns.

An alert citizen called 911 to report that she had seen a truck fitting the description turn onto a side road on Bell Mountain at a high rate of speed. Sheriff Clinton and Patrol Commander, Lieutenant Mark Henderson, traveled on foot a short distance out the road and located the suspect’s vehicle. After clearing the vehicle, which had been abandoned, a Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit was requested. Deputies secured the location, as Sheriff Clinton and the Hiawassee Police officer provided security for the K-9 team. The K-9 tracked the suspect around the side of the ridge and back to the home where the original incident took place. Cell phone records suggest that a phone was used at the residence.

The suspect, identified as Casey Don Allen, age 35 of Hiawassee, was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Cruelty to Children 3rd Degree.

***All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.***

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