Nine arrested in Towns County drug raid

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Towns County drug raid

HIAWASSEE, Ga, – On Monday, March 9, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence located on State Highway 288 near Dollar General in Hiawassee.

Investigators and deputies arrested the following suspects:

James Michael Peterson, age 60, of Hiawassee, Georgia

1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine

David Lee Chastain II age 38 of Hiawassee, Georgia

1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine

Thomas Wooten age 29 of Hiawassee, Georgia

1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine

Levi Peterson age 37 of Hiawassee, Georgia

1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine

Curtis Cooper age 58 of Hiawassee, Georgia

1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine

Derek Taylor age 45 of Hiawassee, Georgia

1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine

Lessie Eugene Montgomery age 20 of Hiawassee, Georgia

1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine

Ramona Montgomery age 50 of Hiawassee, Georgia

1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine

Roxanne Wodarski age 51 of Hiawassee, Georgia

1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine

Towns County drug raid

Furthermore, on Monday, March 2, a Towns County deputy made a traffic stop on a Ford Expedition on Highway 76 in Hiawassee. Upon further investigation, the driver was identified as Derek John Bowen, age 39 of Clarksville, Georgia, and was arrested and charged with: 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine, 1 Count Drug Related Objects,1 Count Defective Equipment(Cracked Windshield), and 1 Count Headlight Violation.

“Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies continue to identify and arrest suspects on drug-related charges,” Towns County Chief Deputy Terry Conner said. “The ten suspects arrested come on the heels of twenty-seven suspects previously arrested during the two previous months. These arrests were the result of a traffic stop and the execution of a search warrant. The sheriff’s office continues to make good on their promise to seek out suspects involved in illegal drug possession and activity in the Towns County Community.”

All the listed cases are active and ongoing, and they will be forwarded to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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

According to the sheriff’s office, additional arrests are forthcoming.

Young Harris shooting leaves community baffled

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Dawn Thurman shooting

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Limited details released by authorities surrounding the recent shooting of Dawn Thurman Wright have puzzled a community concerned with Wright’s well-being and their own sense of security.

As previously reported, Wright – the ex-wife of late Hiawassee Police Chief Jimmy Wright – suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound at a residence on Chicken Pit Road in Young Harris during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec 3, following what was later described to authorities as a three-man home invasion. According to the Towns County Sheriff’s Office, Wright’s neighbor summoned emergency responders at 5:35 a.m. on Wright’s behalf.

FetchYourNews (FYN) has since learned through sources that Wright purported that she was forced to consume pill medication by the unidentified male subjects, prior to sustaining the bullet wound to her left shoulder. As a result of the gunshot, Wright was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries for medical treatment.

While county law enforcement has asked the public to report suspicious activity in the area of the alleged attack,  descriptions of the involved perpetrators have not been issued, nor identifying details of a getaway truck which was allegedly utilized in the commission of the crime. “The weapon believed to have been used has been recovered,” Towns County Chief Deputy Terry Conner divulged, however, in a press release issued Dec. 6. Conner did not indicate where the retrieved handgun was located.

The GBI, who is assisting Towns County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation, has remained equally tight-lipped on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Special Agent in Charge of Privacy and Compliance Brad Parks responded that information requested by FYN is “not subject to dissemination until the investigation is concluded, which may also include prosecutorial actions and the appeals process.”

The shooting investigation remains open and active at this time.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office continues to ask anyone with information on the case to dial 706-896-4444.

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UPDATED: Shooting confirmed in Young Harris

Five arrested as crackdown on drugs continues

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Towns County crime

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Towns County Sheriff’s Office has continued to make good on their promise to pursue and arrest drug suspects within the jurisdiction. Traffic stops and a search warrant have produced drug arrests in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, a Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on State Highway 288 in Hiawassee that resulted in a drug arrest. The deputy conducted the traffic stop on a Ford F-150 in the area of Shallow Creek Road. Upon investigation into a passenger in the vehicle, Chad Patterson, 41, of Hayesville, North Carolina was arrested on the following charges: 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act – Possession of Methamphetamine, 1 Count of Drug Related Objects, 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act
– Possession of Marijuana, 1 Count Open Container.

On Friday, Nov. 1, Towns County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on State Highway 76 in Young Harris on a Pontiac Grand Am. Upon further investigation, the passenger in the vehicle – Michael Dakota Russell, 18, of Morganton, Georgia –  was arrested without incident, and charged with 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act – Possession of Marijuana.Towns County crime

On Saturday, Nov. 2  a Towns County Sheriff’s deputy issued a traffic stop in Young Harris on a Ford Mustang on State Highway 76. Upon further investigation, the deputy arrested the driver identified as Robert Lyn Byrd, 39, of Blairsville, Georgia without incident. Byrd was arrested and charged with the following: 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act – Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act – Possession of Methamphetamine, 1 Count Possession of Drug Related Objects, 1 Count Vehicle Window Tint Violation, 1 Count Vehicle Tag Obstruction.

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, a Towns County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on State Highway 76 in Hiawassee, on a black BMW vehicle. The deputy upon further investigation into the traffic stop arrested the driver identified as Benjamin Jason Rayburn, 44, of Murphy, North Carolina. He was arrested without incident and charged with: 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act – Possession of Heroin, 1 Count Possession of Drug Related Objects, 1 Count Driving on Suspended License, 1 Count Failure to Maintain Lane. 1 Count Impeding the Flow of Traffic.

On Thursday, Nov. 7,  Towns County Sheriff’s Office obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence located on Ford Circle in Young Harris. Upon completion of the search warrant, deputies arrested Chelsey Joy Brock, 25 of Hayesville, North Carolina without incident. Brook was arrested and charged with the following offenses: 1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act – Possession of Methamphetamine,  1 Count Possession of Drug Related Objects.

“The Towns County Sheriff’s Office will continue their strong pursuit of drug suspects in the Towns County community and additional arrests will be forthcoming,” Towns County’s Chief Deputy Terry Conner said.  “All the cases are still active and ongoing.”

The 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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Burglary suspect arrested in alleged Hiawassee theft

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on State Highway 76 in Hiawassee Wednesday, Sept. 11 in reference to a reported burglary. Upon arrival, deputies met with the homeowners who advised a white male had entered the residence, leaving the area on foot. A lookoiut was placed on the subject and a perimeter was formed by law enforcement. A deputy located the suspect at a Hiawassee restaurant shorthy thereafter. The items reported as stolen from the residence were recovered with the exception of a cellular phone.

Hubert Gibson, 54, of Blue Ridge, GA was identified as the suspect involved.

Gibson was arrested without incident and charged with burglary, theft by taking, and criminal trespass.

Towns County Sheriff’s Offiice extends appreciation to Hiawassee Police Department for their assistance in seachung the area for the suspect. The case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Gibson is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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AUDIO: 911 tape disputes Towns County Sheriff’s “facts” on fatal accident

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Towns County Sheriff's Ofice

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office released a written statement March 13, continuing to distance itself from what many in the community believe was a preventable tragedy. On the evening of Feb. 23, Hiawassee resident Terry Silvers crashed his Toyota truck head-on into a vehicle on NC-69, seriously injuring a grandmother and psychologically-damaging her granddaugter. Silvers died upon impact. A 911 caller that pursued Silvers, pleading for unanswered assistance from law enforcement, remains traumatized by the horrific event.

In the ill-received statement to citizens, Towns County Sheriff’s Office provided a list of “facts” which include mileage statistics, information on a simultaneous call issued for a possible prowler in progress, and reminded that although the call for help originated in Georgia, the fatal accident occurred in North Carolina.

Terry Silvers

Terry Silvers

In the statement, Towns County Sheriff’s Office claims that a sheriff’s office deputy was not specifically assigned or dispatched to a reckless driver. “Towns 911 dispatch gave a lookout to any and all law enforcement officers who may have been in the area of Highway 76 and Highway 17 to be on the lookout for a reckless driver,” the statement reads. Towns County Sheriff’s Office Deputy 112, Greg Joseph, however, was the sole deputy assigned to the area in question at the time that the transmitted emergency “lookout” for Silvers’ Toyota pickup was issued.

In addition, Towns County Sheriff’s Office states, “The horrifying details that can be heard on the 911 tape as the caller describes to the dispatcher the way the subject is driving was not given or described in the lookout.” In the embedded audio, Towns County 911 is heard relaying to law enforcement that a “small, white Toyota truck” is “reckless driving” and “pulling into the Cornerstone BP.” Dispatch verbalizes that the vehicle is said to be occupied by a “Silvers’ subject.”

Undisputed by those who have listened to the disturbing 911 audio is the fact that Deputy Joseph’s patrol siren can be heard bypassing the 911 caller in lieu of a possible prowler, an incident which two officers had covered.

Within the 911 audio , Towns County Sheriff’s Deputy 116 Eddie Spradlin, along with Hiawassee Police Officer 305 John Carter, voiced radio reponses to 911 dispatch in reference to the potential prowler on Clark Drive, prior to the fatal be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) for Silvers’ vehicle. Furthermore, Towns County 911 asks for the combined status of Deputy 116 and Officer 305 three separate times.

Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton claimed, however, that western-zoned Deputy Joseph was unaware that two officers had responded because “the city officer never advised the 911 Center by radio that he was enroute.” This “fact” is disproved by the audio embedded within this article. Hiawassee Police Department informed FYN that the city officer responded to the call to assist from Towns County Deputy Spradlin in order to shorten response time. The county deputy and city officer were actively clearing the residence at the time that the BOLO for Terry Silvers’ vehicle was issued.

A troubling detail which preceded the deadly accident is the fact that Silvers was released without charges the evening prior to the fatality by the same deputy who raced past Silvers’ vehicle the following day. Several witnesses, including a Union County deputy whose fence was damaged when Silvers’ truck veered off the roadway, attested that Silvers was clearly under the influence of intoxicants the night before his death. Records show that Silvers had a history of accidents, and despite widespread knowledge of drug use, the father of six was repeatedly released without charges by Towns County Sheriff’s Office.

Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton posted Deputy Joseph’s body camera footage from Feb. 22 on the internet, causing widespread scrutiny in response to the handling of the incident. In the video, Silvers apologizes to the deputy for having to respond to the incident. “Well, I’d rather come out here and do this than having to pick your body up somewhere,” Deputy Joseph replied. “But you need to quit driving.” Approximately 24 hours later, Silvers was killed in the head-on collision.

Also questionable in the minds of the community was a released, recorded phone conversation between Towns County Sheriff’s Deputy 116 Eddie Spradlin – the eastern-zoned officer – and the 911 dispatcher, shaming the emergency operator for issuing a BOLO during the potential prowler incident. FYN published the controversial transmission along with the frantic 911 call for assistance last week.

“The Towns County deputies on duty and working on Feburary 23rd acted and responded appropriately as to the information that they had been given at the time,” Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton stated, offering condolences to Silvers’ family and sympathy toward the victims of the crash.

Due to overwhelming outcry, FYN remains on special assignment and will continue to actively investigate the circumstances surrounding Towns County Sheriff’s Office involvement in the tragic case.

Results of a toxicology report, ordered on Silvers by North Carolina Highway Patrol, are expected in coming weeks.

 

Young Harris traffic stop results in meth arrest

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Meth arrest - Young Harris

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Saturday, May 18, a Towns County Sheriff’s Office Deputy conducted a traffic stop on Highway 76 in Young Harris that resulted in a felony drug arrest. A deputy stopped a black Chevrolet pickup on a traffic offense and discovered illegal drugs within the pickup upon further investigation.

Frederic Debray, 61, of Morganton, Georgia was arrested without incident and charged with One Count of Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation as “currently active and ongoing.” The case will be referred to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Debray is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Female fugitive found hiding in Hiawassee home

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Stephanie Hamilton

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Tuesday, July 9, Towns County Sheriff’s Office received information that a subject who was on the run and wanted on two warrants from several different locations was hiding out at a residence located in the area. Deputies, acting on the information received, searched a residence located on Michael’s Way in Hiawassee, and located a female suspect hiding in a closet within the residence.

The female was identified as Stephanie Elaine Hamilton, 40, of Hiawassee, Georgia.  Deputies confirmed that Hamilton was wanted on a total of six warrants.

 The warrants were out of Union, Fannin, and Rabun counties in Georgia, as well as one from Oconee County, South Carolina.

The warrants were theft related,  along with one probation warrant.  Deputies arrested Hamilton without incident.              

UPDATED: Young Harris subject questioned in stabbing incident

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Clay County NC stabbing

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – At approximately 11 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, June 12, a 911 call was dispatched to Towns County Sheriff’s Office, Towns County Emergency Medical Services, and Towns County Fire and Rescue in relation to a possible stabbing on King Cove Road in Young Harris.

A male victim suffered a non-life threatening injury to the arm region, and was transported by personal vehicle to a medical facility for treatment.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a male subject has been taken in for questioning regarding the incident, although no arrests have been made at this time, as the investigation remains active and ongoing.

Follow FYN for updates as they become available.

UPDATED: 6/13 @ 8 a.m. – According to Towns County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant on a residence was in the process of submission as of yesterday afternoon. FYN spoke with Towns County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Terry Conner on Thursday morning, who informed the agency plans to speak with the Enotah Circuit Distirct Attorney’s Office today, prior to the release of further information.

UPDATED: Attempted murder suspect captured in Clay County

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Crystal Carter

HAYESVILLE, NC – Towns County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Crystal LeAnn Carter, an attempted murder suspect in a September shooting, was arrested Tuesday, April 16, in Clay County, NC.

On Saturday evening, Sept. 8, 2018, Towns County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Chatuge Regional Hospital in Hiawassee in reference to a male subject who was brought to the hospital with a bullet wound to the chest. The victim was identified as William Craig Henderson of Young Harris, GA. The victim was air lifted from Chatuge Regional Hospital to another medical facility with a trauma center. The victim remains in stable condition.

Crystal LeAnn Carter

Crystal LeAnn Carter

Towns County Sheriff’s Investigators were called to the hospital to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident. Upon investigating the incident, the investigators identified and secured warrants on Crystal LeAnn Carter for the following:

  • One Count of Attempted Murder
  • One Count of Aggravated Assault

Crystal Carter, upon dropping off the victim at Chatuge Regional Hospital, left driving the victim’s Chevrolet Tahoe. A lookout was placed on the Tahoe and the suspect. The vehicle was found abandoned Sept. 8, in the parking lot of the Marathon station on Highway 75 North in Hiawassee. Investigators determined that Carter left the Marathon station in a red Ford pickup that belonged to the suspect. Investigators, following leads Sept. 9, located the red Ford pickup at a residence in Clay County North Carolina.

Acting on yet another tip, Deputies of the Clay County Patrol Division returned to a residence that had been searched multiple times in the past. Carter was at the residence and taken into custody without incident.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) expressed their gratitude for the assistance of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in their “relentless efforts to finally bring a dangerous fugitive to justice.” This is just one more example of our two communities helping each other to keep the fine people of Clay and Towns Counties safe, Clay County Sheriff’s Office stated. Sheriff Deese said, “One of my goals was to develop and maintain the best of relationships between my office and all our neighboring law enforcement. The relationship between Clay and Towns County Sheriff’s Office is the best its ever been and I thank Sheriff Clinton and his staff for that.”

Carter is awaiting extradition to Towns County Detention Center. The GBI is leading the investigation.

 

UPDATED: Press Release from Clay County Sheriff’s Office

Hayesville, NC – (April 18, 2019) Clay County resident, Joe Tiger, has been charged with a Felony for his part in assisting GA fugitive, Crystal Carter. Clay County Deputies took Tiger into custody Thursday morning without incident as investigators executed a Search Warrant at his residence. Evidence of Crystal Carter’s crime was located and seized from inside Tiger’s home along with Carter’s personal property.

Law enforcement authorities from GA and NC had responded numerous times on tips of Carter’s presence at Tiger’s home. Authorities had spoken to Tiger on multiple occasions and advised him of Carter’s fugitive status.

Carter will be extradited to GA to answer for her 2018 crimes in Hiawassee. Tiger was given a $5000.00 unsecured bond and a 05/06/2019 court date in Clay County for his charges.

Hiawassee man arrested, charged with alleged rape

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HIawassee rape

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office received a Monday, June 24 report of a sexual assault incident which allegedly occurred the evening prior, Sunday, June 23. Towns County investigators, along with the assistance of agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, conducted an investigation into the reported incident.

Peter Hohmann

Peter Hohmann

On Tuesday, June 25, Peter Hohmann, 30, of Hiawassee was arrested and charged with rape. He is currently held without bond in the Towns County Detention Center.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office said that the investigation is active and ongoing, and the case will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

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

Towns County Sheriff’s Office awarded state re-certification

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Young Harris shooting

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton accepted the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Re-certification Award from Georgia Sheriff’s Association President Stacey Nicholson at the Towns County Courthouse. President Nicholson presented the award to Sheriff Clinton on behalf of the Towns County Sheriff’s Office in front of a courtroom filled with supporters and staff.

Sheriff Chris Clinton

Georgia Sheriff’s Association President Stacey Nicholson with Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton

The State of Georgia Law Enforcement State Certification Award is presented to law enforcement agencies that currently meet approved standards. A team of assessors, who have received training conducting on-site evaluation assessments, ensured that the agencies being evaluated continue to meet the 139 approved standards. The on-site assessment typically consists of a two-day event conducted by three assessors. Towns County Sheriff’s Office is one of 23 sheriff’s offices, out of 159 counties within the state of Georgia, to hold state certification status.

State certified law enforcement agencies are required to undergo re-assessments every three years to maintain the certification. The State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification was a goal Sheriff Clinton set for the Towns County Sheriff’s Office to meet. Sheriff Clinton and staff met and achieved that goal, receiving the initial award in October 2012, and has since received recertification two additional times; once in January, 2016, and recently on April 4. Towns County Sheriff’s Office Certification Manager Sandy Morgan also received an award from Georgia Sheriff’s Association President Stacey Nicholson for a “job well done”.

Towns County Chief Deputy Terry Connor said that the achievement of the state certification award was accomplished by the effort put forth by staff members of the Towns County Sheriff’s Office throughout the year.

Hiawassee man accused of pointing shotgun at young child

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Suspect arrested in Hiawassee boat theft

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Melvin Masters

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Saturday, Dec. 15,  Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence located off of Highway 288 Sunnyside Road in Hiawassee in reference to a reported theft.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the victim who reported a boat stolen from his property. Within a short period of time, upon investigation into the incident, deputies located the stolen boat at a residence located off of Tay Walk Way in Hiawassee.

Melvin Linn Masters, 40, of Hiawassee, was arrested and charged with One Count of Burglary and One Count of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property.

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

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

 

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