Reported roadside domestic dispute leads to drug arrest

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drug arrest - Towns County

HIAWASSEE, Ga, – On Tuesday afternoon, August 13, an officer with Hiawassee Police Department reported to Towns County Sheriff’s deputies a possible domestic incident on the northbound shoulder of State Route 75 South. The officer observed a vehicle pulled over on the shoulder of the roadway, occupied by a male and female whom appeared to be engaged in a domestic dispute.

Towns County deputies responded to meet with the city officer. According to law enforcement, the female subject appeared and behaved as if under the influence of some type of drugs. Upon further investigation, the female was identified as Anna Damewood, 20, of Gainesville, Georgia. Damewood was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act (Possession of Methamphetamine)
  • 1 Count of Drug-Related Objects

The male subject was identified as Anthony David Stephenson, 37, of Dacula, Georgia. Stephenson was
arrested and charged with:

  • 1 Count of Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

Authorities determined that Stephenson was wanted on charges out of Gwinnett County for a probation violation warrant and Cobb County on a bench warrant for failure to appear on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The Towns County charges will be forwarded to the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Both suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Hiawassee suspect tased by deputy charged with multiple drug violations

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Patrick Oakes

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Patrick Ryan Oakes, 40, of Hiawassee, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 14, following a brief vehicle pursuit on State Route 288 after Towns County Sheriff’s Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Oakes crashed the white Chevrolet SUV that he was driving, slightly damaging a county patrol vehicle, prior to being subdued by taser by law enforcement. Oakes was initially charged with driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane.

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                Incident captured on film by Towns County Sheriff’s Office

Oakes was subsequently charged with multiple felony crimes as a result of the incident:

  • 2 Counts Felony Possession of Illegal Substances (Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine)
  • 1 Count Felony Aggravated Assault
  • 1 Count Felony Destruction of Government Property
  • 1 Count Felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement

 

Misdemeanor charges include:

  • 1 Count Possession of Drug-Related Object
  • 1 Count Reckless Driving
  • 1 Count Obstruction of an Officer
  • 1 Count Reckless Driving
  • 1 Count Violation of Window Tint
  • 1 Count Failure to Have License on Person
  • ! Count Driving Too Fast for Conditions
  • 1 Count Failure to Maintain Lane

Oakes is being held without bond at Towns County Detention Center. The case will be forwarded to Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Oakes is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Feature Image: Patrick Oakes/Facebook Profile

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UPDATED: Hiawassee subject in custody, tased after police pursuit

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UPDATED: Hiawassee subject in custody, tased after police pursuit

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Patrick Oakes

HIAWASSEE, Ga.- A Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputy engaged in the pursuit of a fleeing vehicle, following an attempted traffic stop, Wednesday, Aug. 14, on State Route 288 in Hiawassee.

Patrick Oakes

A social media profile photo of Patrick Oakes

Patrick Ryan Oakes, 40, of Hiawassee, led authorities on a short chase this afternoon before wrecking the white Chevrolet SUV that he was driving, causing slight damage to a county patrol vehicle. Towns County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the suspect was subdued by taser prior to his arrest. Oakes was transported by deputies to the Towns County Detention Center in Young Harris.

FetchYourNews is awaiting additional information on the incident from officials at this time.

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

UPDATED: Oakes was initially charged with driving too fast for conditions and failure to drive within a single lane. Additional charges are in pending status. Oakes is being held without bond as of Aug. 15.

UPDATED:

Hiawassee suspect tased by deputy charged with multiple drug violations

 

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Two fugitives taken into custody in Towns County

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Towns County crime

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Two fugitives were taken into custody during the past week by Towns County Sheriff’s Office, wanted on separate incidents and charges that stemmed from Oregon and Massachusetts.

On Monday, Aug. 5, deputies located Orville Benjamin Jordy, 50, camping on TVA property in the Bell Creek area of Towns County. Jordy was a registered sex offender from Oregon. White County Sheriff’s Office tipped deputies in Towns County to be on the lookout for Jordy. Jordy had been in the Towns County-White County area for several weeks, according to the information. Jordy had left the State of Oregon without notifying authorities. Jordy was arrested by Towns County deputies in violation of the Georgia sex offender laws for failure to register as a sex offender.Towns County arrests

On Tuesday Aug. 7, deputies assisted United States marshals assigned to the Fugitive Task Force with the arrest of a fugitive from Massachusetts. The subject was identified as Peter James Spinney, 60, Massachusetts. Spinney was arrested without incident, in a residence located off Lakeview Summit in Young Harris, Georgia. Spinney was wanted on a Probation Violation Warrant. Spinney’s original charges were of an assault type nature, and intimidating a witness.

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Towns County Sheriff’s Office awarded over $13K in cash, vehicle, handgun seizure

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Towns County seizure

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Wednesday, Aug. 7, Towns County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $13,973 dollars in cash, a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, and a 9MM handgun as a result of a traffic stop and drug investigation. The award was the result of a seizure filed by the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office on behalf of the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.

Loog - Paris TN

Joseph Loog

On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22, Towns County Sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop on a 2003 Black Chrysler PT Cruiser on Kelly Road in Hiawassee. Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators assisted the deputies with the traffic stop. Upon further investigation, the vehicle was impounded and investigators obtained a search warrant for the vehicle.

Towns County investigators and deputies arrested Joseph Carson Loog, 41, of Paris. Tennessee. Loog was 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 Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance
    Act, possession of marijuana.
  • 1 Count Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted
    Felon.
  • 1 Count Possession of Firearm during the
    Commission of a Felony.
  • 1 Count of Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement.
  • 1 Count of Driving on Suspended License.
  • 1 Count of No Proof of Insurance.
  • 1 Count of No Seatbelt.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Investigators during the course of the investigation seized a 2003 Chrysler
PT Cruiser, $13,973 in cash, a 9mm handgun, a portable scanner, a set of scales, along with other miscellaneous items. On July 19, the defendant Joseph Loog entered and closed his case with a guilty plea. On Aug. 7, a Condemnation and Forfeiture Hearing was held, and the results were that the seized property that being the $13,973 in cash, the 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, and the 9MM handgun was hereby condemned and forfeited to the Towns
County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to sincerely thank the Enotah Circuit District Attorney’s Office for all their hard work and assistance with filing the Condemnation and Forfeiture paperwork, and with the prosecution of the criminal charges,” Chief Deputy Terry Conner said.

Under Georgia law, the government must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that seized property is connected to a crime, or that there is no other likely source for the property other than criminal activity. Property owners who file an innocent owner claim bear the burden of proving that they neither knew nor consented to any illegal use of their property. Up to 100 percent of forfeiture proceeds go to law enforcement in Georgia.

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Seven arrested as Towns County deputies continue quest for drug suspects

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Towns County arrests

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies have continued to remain active this past week, arresting a total of seven suspects. “(Deputies) continue to uphold their pledge to seek out suspects involved in illegal drug activity within the county,” Towns County Chief Deputy Terry Conner said.

Three of the suspects arrested were the result of the obstruction of deputies attempting to arrest a drug suspect.

On Sunday, July 28, a Towns County deputy, assisted by a Hiawassee police officer, attempted to serve an arrest warrant in the parking lot of a local business, and upon further investigation arrested:

Blake Ledford, 34, of Hayesville, North Carolina was charged with the following:

1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of a Schedule II Drug.

1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Prescription pills not kept in the original container   

Towns County arrest

Blake Ledford

On Wednesday July 31,  Towns County deputies, with assistance from officers with The Georgia Department of Community Supervision, conducted a search of a residence located off Gumlog Road in the Young Harris area of the county, arresting four subjects. Towns County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies had an active arrest warrant for Peggy Mulkey, and the three additional suspects arrested at the time had obstructed and hindered law enforcement officers in their search for Mulkey. The suspects were taken into custody without incident. Mulkey was found hiding in a closet in the residence.   

The following suspects were arrested as a result of the search:

Peggy Ann Mulkey, 40, of Young Harris, Georgia was charged with:

1 Count of  Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act. Possession of Methamphetamine.

4 Counts of  Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Dangerous Drugs

1 Count of Drug Related Objects

1 Count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

Christina Canterbury, 45, of Young Harris, Georgia was arrested and charged with:

1 Count of  Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

1 Count Drug Related Objects

Amanda Jo Wade, 40, of Young Harris, Georgia, was arrested and charged with:

1 Count of Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

Allen Bell, 30, of Young Harris, Georgia, was arrested and charged with:

1 Count of Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer.

On Thursday August 1, a Towns County deputy conducted a traffic stop on State Highway 76/515 at Jack Dayton Circle on a white Chevrolet passenger car. As a result of the traffic stop and further investigation, Anthony Wayne Reagan, 24, believed to be from the Hayesville, North Carolina area, was arrested and charged with the following:

1 Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession Ecstasys

1 Count Driving with no driver’s license

1 Count of Headlight Requirement

On Friday, August 2, a Towns County deputy  made a traffic stop on State Highway 76/515 near Ridgecrest Circle on a Ford Expedition.  As a result of the traffic stop and further investigation, the following subject was arrested:

Jacob Crawford, 26, of Simpsonville, South Carolina. Crawford was arrested without incident and charged with the following;

1 Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana

1 Count of Illegal Window Tint    

“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 forthcoming,” Chief Deputy 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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Young Harris traffic stop leads to drug arrest

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Stephanie Phillips

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies continue their push to arrest drug suspects throughout the Towns County area. On Tuesday, July 23, a Towns County deputy conducted a traffic stop on King Cove Road at the intersection of Gumlog Road in Young Harris on a Toyota truck.

After initiating the traffic stop and upon further investigation, the deputy arrested Stephanie Nicolette Phillips, 40, of Marble, North Carolina on the following charges:

  • One Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Methamphetamine
  • One Count Driving on Suspended License
  • One Count Tampering with Evidence
  • One Count Possession of Drug Related Objects
  • Two Counts Defective Equipment (No Brake Lights, Busted Windshield)

“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 said.

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

According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) statistics, methamphetamine arrests throughout the state have increased approximately 16 percent in recent years:

  • 12,703 in 2015
  • 13,634 in 2016
  • 14,742 in 2017

“It’s in every county in our state, and it’s inundated our crime lab,” Deneen Kilcrease, the Chemistry Section Manager of the GBI Crime Lab in DeKalb County, said in February. “County after county, the number one drug is methamphetamine. We only see about half the amount of cocaine that we do methamphetamine.”

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Eight additional drug suspects arrested in Towns County

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Towns County drug arrests

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies continue their strong push to arrest drug suspects throughout the Towns County area. During the past two weeks, eight additional drug suspects have been arrested as the result of traffic stops and executed search warrants.

On Thursday July 4,  a Towns County deputy made a traffic stop on State Route 180 on a GMC Sonomam pickup and upon further investigation into the traffic stop, Russell Eugene Elder, 60, of Jonesboro was arrested and charged with: 1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana, and 1-Count of Improper Tag Display.

On Sunday July 1, a Towns County Deputy made a traffic stop on State Hwy. 288 on a Saturn Ion and as a result and upon further investigation Jessica Christine Long, 48, of Hayesville, North Carolina was arrested and charged with 1-Count of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Marijuana, and 1-Count of Defective
Equipment.

On Wednesday, July 17, a search warrant was executed at a residence in the Bald Mountain Community of Towns County on Turtle Cove, and as a result of the search warrant and previous investigation into drug activity at the residence, five suspects were arrested:

  • William Rayford Blitch, 49, of Hiawassee:  4-Counts Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, sale of Methamphetamine.
  • Wendy Ree Carroll, 34, of Hiawassee:  3-Counts of Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, sale of Methamphetamine.
  • Jolena Nichols, 49, of Hiawassee :  1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of THC Cart Schedule I
  • Walter Lee Burrell, 53, of Blairsville:  1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Diliaudid a Schedule II, 1-Count Drug Related Objects.
  • Shelia Marie Watts, 39, of Blairsville:  1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Diliaudid Schedule II, and 1-count Drug Related Objects.

On Wednesday July 17, deputies and investigators responded to a call of a suspicious person on Crooked Creek Connector and upon answering the call and execution of a search warrant at a residence on Crooked Creek Connector the following suspect was arrested and charged:

Dennis Lee Wheeler, 35. of Hiawassee: 1-Count Violation of Georgia Controlled Substance Act, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, 1-Count Criminal Trespass, and 1-Count Disorderly Conduct.

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. 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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