Hunt continues for Hiawassee theft suspects

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Hiawassee Antique Mall burglary

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects believed to be involved in thefts occurring at Hiawassee Antique Mall on State Route 76.  According to authorities, an unidentified, masked white male allegedly entered the business through a broken window during the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 3, stealing an undisclosed amount of jewelry from the antique store. The suspect was described as small-framed in appearance.

A subsequent theft occurred at the Hiawassee Antique Mall during business hours on Thursday, Nov. 7, with video surveillance revealing a large-framed black male allegedly shoplifting jewelry from the location. Hiawassee Police Department believes that the store was surveyed by the suspects prior to the thefts and that the two incidents are likely connected.

The incidents were captured on video surveillance by business owners and turned over to law enforcement. Neither suspect appeared to be armed at the time of the incidents.

Hiawassee Antique Mall was previously targeted in 2017, resulting in an arrest.

“Our investigation is still ongoing,” Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith said. “We are following up on multiple leads and hope to crack the case soon.”

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call 911 or contact the  Hiawassee Police Department at 706-896-2888.

 

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Hiawassee Police Department updates recent drug arrests

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Hiawassee, GA – As previously reported by FYN on Oct. 23, officers with the Hiawassee Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Oct. 20 for numerous equipment violations. During the traffic stop, officers searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs and drug paraphernalia. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested.

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James Bailey

James Bailey was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Less than One Ounce of Marijuana, Possession, and Use of Drug Related Objects (x3), Failure to Maintain Brake Lights, and Defective Lighting Equipment. Rachel Goodwin was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Less than One Ounce of Marijuana, and Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects (x3).

Rachel Goodwin

 Rachel Goodwin

“It has been several years since we have seen cocaine in Hiawassee,” Chief Paul Smith stated Nov. 6. “Bailey and Goodwin also had other drugs in their possession that we were unable to identify with our field test kits. Those drugs have been submitted to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab for testing and identification. Once the drugs are identified, additional charges may be brought against the two. As always, I am very proud of the hard work done by the officers of this department.”

According to law enforcement, the unidentified substance appeared to be “black tar” heroin.

Additionally, Hiawassee Police Department officers stopped Daniel Jones Oct. 27 for a moving violation. Upon searching the vehicle, officers located multiple bags of methamphetamine which were packaged for distribution. Jones was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession, and Use of Drug-Related Objects (x2), Possession of Less than One Ounce of Marijuana, Driving While License Suspended, and Improper Use of Central Turn Lane.

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Daniel Jones

Hiawassee Police Department serves within the city limits of Hiawassee.

The cases have been turned over to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Hiawassee K9 receives ballistic vest, heat alarm donation

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Prissy and Andy Armstrong Trust recently made a substantial contribution to the Georgia Police K9 Foundation, which in turn will protect “Buddy,” Hiawassee Police Department’s drug-detection K9. “We will be receiving a ballistic vest for Buddy, and a heat alarm system for the patrol car,” Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith said, expressing appreciation to the Georgia Police K9 Foundation for their generous donation.

“The Prissy and Andy Armstrong Trust is named for Metro Atlanta architect Andy Armstrong of Armstrong Associates Architects and his beloved Beagle, Prissy. The Foundation supports local animal causes, mostly canine. Bulletproof and stab-proof vests for working dogs serving in law-enforcement and military arenas are the current focus,” the Georgia Police K9 Foundation said. “These custom, soft body armor vests, created and distributed by LOF Defence Systems, were developed in conjunction with police and military handlers to provide ballistic and edged weapon protection for major vital organs, while allowing complete freedom of movement in all working conditions. The company emphasizes comfort, allowing a working dog to wear the vest for a full shift even in Georgia’s heat and humidity, ensuring the dog is always protected when confronting a threat.

“Extremely generous contributions to Georgia’s law enforcement K9 units made by The Prissy and Andy Armstrong Trust have included more than $53,000 in protective vests and $3,000 in heat alarms. Thank you to Trust founder Susan Mack-Armstrong for her continuous and unwavering support to protect these K9 officers. While highly trained, K-9 lives are at stake as much if not more than their human counterparts. K-9 Officers are trained to subdue a suspect until he can be taken into custody by their handlers, increasing community safety. They also can be trained to search for narcotics, including cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth and heroin, and more than a dozen explosive odors.”

Buddy was trained for drug-detection and donated to the Hiawassee Police Department by PAWS Dog Training K9 Behavior Center.

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Hiawassee Police Department welcomes drug detection dog

 

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Cocaine, heroin charges possible following Hiawassee arrest

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – FetchYourNews (FYN) obtained information regarding a drug arrest conducted by Hiawassee Police Department Sunday, Oct. 20. James Marlin Bailey, 37, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon by the city law enforcement division and booked at the Towns County Detention Center on pending charges.

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FYN has since learned from law enforcement that possession, including trafficking, of cocaine and what appeared to be “black tar” heroin charges are possible following the Sunday afternoon arrest.  FYN is awaiting additional information on the incident from Hiawassee Police Department at this time.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, black tar heroin comes in the form of a dark, sticky substance. Distinguishing between the powder and black tar forms of heroin is typically simple, even for the untrained eye, since black tar gets its name from its resemblance to roofing tar.

All forms of heroin are derived from morphine, a powerful opioid painkiller. Black tar heroin is primarily produced in Mexico, according to the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Some South American and Asian countries have also been known to export the drug.

Bailey’s social media information shows that he is from the Jacksonville, Florida area, and attends North Georgia Technical College.

Rachel Iris Goodwin, 37, was additionally arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession, and use of drug-related objects, and crossing state/county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, and/or drugs without consent. Goodwin is listed by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office as being held without bond. Goodwin’s social media profile states her residence is also located in Jacksonville, Florida.

Should charges prevail, the case will be forwarded to Enotah Circuit District Court for prosecution. Bailey and Goodwin are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Follow FYN for additional details as they become available.

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Hiawassee traffic stop leads to morphine, meth arrests

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Darla Conner

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Two females were arrested and charged with drug possession Tuesday, Sept. 17, following a traffic stop conducted on Bell Creek Road by Hiawassee Police Department.

Upon investigation, Darla Lin Conner, 36, and Shannon Marie Austin, 35, both of Blairsville, GA, were taken into custody after a vehicle search led to the discovery of  illicit substances. A male passenger was released without charges after officers determined that the subject was not in posssession of illegal items. According to the arresting officer’s report, the “faint odor of green marijuana” was detected in the vehicle, giving the officer probable cause to search

Darla Lin Conner was charged with the following: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a drug related object, and brake light requirements.

Hiawassee drug arrests

Shannon Austin

Shannon Marie Austin was charged with the following: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of a drug related object, possession of a controlled substance (morphine) and possession of a dangerous drug.

Several morphine pills were reported by law enforcement as found in a small box with Austin’s possessions. Morphine is a prescribed narcotic used medically to relieve acute or chronic moderate to severe pain.

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

Austin and Conner are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Hiawassee suspect arrested on methamphetamine charges

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Randall Leo McNabb, 61, of Hiawassee was arrested Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, on methamphetamine charges. According to the police report obtained by FetchYourNews, a subject who was later identified by authorities as McNabb appeared to be avoiding a Towns County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy when Hiawassee Police Department was notified of the suspicious behavior.

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Randall Leo                 McNabb

A traffic stop was conducted by a city police officer on a white Dodge Dakota truck on Bell Creek Road in Hiawassee. “The reason for the stop was the upper brake light out,” Hiawassee Police Department’s report reads in part.

Upon investigation, law enforcement officers allegedly discovered a small quanity of methamphetamine and drug-related objects inside of McNabb’s vehicle. McNabb was taken into custody without incident, and charged with the following crimes:

  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of drug-related objects
  • Possession and use of drug-related objects

The case will be forwarded to Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  McNabb is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Hiawassee Police Department welcomes drug detection dog

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – A drug detection dog recently joined the ranks of Hiawassee Police Department. “Buddy,” a year-and-a-half old yellow labrador, was donated to the law enforcement agency by Ed Able, owner and operator of P.A.W.S. Dog Training K-9 Behavior Center, in Young Harris.

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Buddy joins in Hiawassee Police Department’s mission to fight crime.

Able, a 40-year veteran canine trainer, told FetchYourNews in May that his goal in forming the organization, in conjuntion with local veternarian Dr. Hilty Burr, was based on the goal of training canines for law enforcement and first responders. The trainer said that it typically takes six-to-eight weeks to train the canines, followed by additional time spent in the field teamed with the handler.

Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith spoke fondly of the department’s new addition. Buddy has been assigned to assist Hiawassee Sergeant Tracy James. “Sergeant James has previous experience in canine handling,” Smith said. “He and Buddy have been training for about three weeks now. The dog is alerting on three different drugs. There’s four drugs he has to alert on in order to be certified. There’s marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. He’s alerting on everything but heroin right now, They just haven’t started on it. He’ll do fine when they introduce that to him. He’s a very smart dog.”

Chief Smith expressed sincere appreciation for Able’s contribution, adding that a dog of Buddy’s caliber would have cost the department roughly $15,000.

 

 

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Sheriff’s Office continues crack down on drugs

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Investigators and deputies with the Towns County Sheriff’s Office continue their pursuit of drug suspects in the Towns County area. On Sunday evening, Sept. 15, Towns County deputies responded to a residence off Valley View Drive in Hiawassee in reference to a domestic incident. Upon further investigation, deputies arrested the following suspects:

Charles Marion Adams III, 61, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Manufacturing Marijuana

Debra Adams, 60, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Distribution of a Schedule IV Drug, Xanax.

Nathan Adams, 18, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled
    Substance Act, Possession of Schedule IV Drug
    Xanax
  • 1 Count of Drugs Not in Original Container

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Towns County deputies arrested Joseph Larry Maney, 38,  of Cleveland, GA at a residence off Huey Lane in Hiawassee. Maney was charged with the following:

  • 1 Count Violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act,Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Drug Related Objects
  • 1 Count Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

Maney was additionally wanted on a warrant out of Hall County for a probation violation.

On Wednesday Sept. 18, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence located off Scataway Road in Hiawassee. Upon the completion of the search warrant, deputies arrested the following suspects:

Brittany Wright, 32, was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of a Schedule IV Drug Xanax
  • 1 Count Drugs Not Kept in Original Container
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Related Objects

Jamison Chadwick Williams, 42, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana
  • 7 Counts Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Williams is additionally being held on a Jackson County probation warrant.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, Law enforcement officers obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence located off Sunnyside Road in Hiawassee. Information that was provided by a City of Hiawassee Police Officer assisted county deputies with obtaining the search warrant. The following suspects were arrested upon the completion of the
search warrant:

Bobby Croy, 46, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with the following:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Schedule II Drugs
  • 1 Count of Drug Related Objects.

Ryan Croy, 26, of  Hiawassee was arrested and charged with the following:

  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Schedule II Drugs
  • 1 Count Drug Related Objects

“The Towns County Sheriff’s Office will continue their strong effort to seek out the drug suspects within the Towns County area, and additional arrests will be forth coming,” Towns County Chief Deputy Terry Conner stated. “The above cases 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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