Arrest Report - Thursday - January 17, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, January 17, 2019:

Chattooga BOE Meeting - 5 Day School Week On Agenda

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The Chattooga County Board of Education will hold their first meeting of the New Year, and the first meeting with three new board members, coming up this evening.

Dr. Julia Houston, Brad Hayes and Sammy Ballard will take their seats on the board of education this evening and already the newly-elected board members will be discussing a return to the five-day school week.

According to an agenda released yesterday by the Board of Education, Dr. Julia Houston, who represents the Lyerly area on the school board, has requested a discussion of the five-day school week.

The school board will also be selecting a chair and vice-chair for the board of education at tonight’s meeting.

The meeting will take place at 6 PM at the Chattooga County Education Center board meeting room.

Inmate Serving Time For Chattooga County Thefts Recaptured After Escape

A thirty-six-year-old man serving time for theft in Chattooga County escaped from the Augusta Transitional Center earlier this week and has since been recaptured.

Kenneth Lee Arnold was sentenced to five years in prison for thefts committed in Chattooga County in 2014.  Arnold was sentenced in Chattooga County Superior Court for theft by taking and theft by receiving stolen property and began serving his prison term in 2017.

Arnold has a long history of arrests for theft in both Chattooga and Paulding counties.

He was serving time in Richmond County, Georgia at a transitional center.  The center houses 200 inmates who work in food service, sanitation and maintenance.   According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Kenneth Arnold did not return to the center from where he was working in Grovetown on January 14th.

Arnold was recaptured later that same day in South Carolina according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

"Deportation Bus" Candidate Pleads Not Guilty

Georgia Governor Candidate Michael Williams at a campaign stop in Chattooga County last year

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a “deportation bus” has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges.  Then-Senator Michael Williams had campaigned in Chattooga County last year ahead of the Republican Primary.

Williams was indicted last month in Hall County northeast of Atlanta on charges of insurance fraud and lying to investigators. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Williams requested a jury trial ahead of an arraignment hearing Wednesday. Attorney A.J. Richman said Williams “looks forward to his day in court.”

The charges stem from a May incident when Williams reported his campaign office was burglarized. Williams’ campaign manager said then that $300,000 worth of computers used to mine cryptocurrency was taken.

Williams finished last in the five-man Republican gubernatorial primary. He campaigned on loyalty to President Donald Trump and publicity stunts, including the “deportation bus,” symbolically targeting people in the country illegally.

Summerville Man's Stolen Suit Spotted At Church

A Summerville man gave police the name of a suspect that he believes stole some of his suits and wore one of them to church.

According to a report from the Summerville Police Department, James Watkins told a responding officer that someone stole around 150 suits from a Sixth Street house.  Watkins told the officer that he was in the process of moving from the house and had piled all of his suits on the bed and in the living room.  Watkins said that when he came back to the home to get the suits, they were gone.

Mr. Watkins provided the officer the name of a possible suspect who was seen wearing one of his stolen suits at a local church.

The Summerville Police Department is investigating.

Rain Today - Colder Air Returns For The Weekend

 

Rain returns to the area today and some of the coldest air of the winter season is headed our way for the weekend.   Rain will remain in the forecast from today through Saturday with showers and thunderstorms possible on Saturday and Saturday night.  There is a chance that as we go into Sunday morning we could see some snow showers across Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.  See the latest weather forecast from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia below:

Today
Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight
Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday
A 10 percent chance of showers before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Calm wind.
Friday Night
A 40 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Saturday
Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. High near 60. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Saturday Night
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then a chance of showers. Low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday
A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 21.
M.L.King Day
Sunny, with a high near 42.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
Tuesday
A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
Tuesday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Wednesday
A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

Murder Conviction: Orders To Kill Came From Hays Prison Inmate

A Duluth, Georgia man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a man who owed $500 to a gang leader that is incarcerated at Hays State Prison in Chattooga County.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that twenty-seven-year-old Durell Lewis pleaded guilty to three charges of felony murder, malice murder, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, criminal street gang activity and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Lewis admitted to killing Jeffery Anderson who had borrowed $500 to pay his rent from Gordon Evans.  Evans is reported to be a leader in the “Nine Trey Gangsters” and is serving a sentence at Hays State Prison.

The killing took place in November of 2015.  Investigators say that they had wiretapped a contraband cell phone that was being used by Evans inside Hays Prison.  Evans reportedly bragged about sending someone to “handle” Anderson because of the $500 debt.

Library Board Meeting

The Chattooga County Library Board of Trustees will be having a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019. It will be held at 5 p.m. at the Summerville, Library located on 360 Farrar Drive, Summerville, GA 30174.

DFCS Releasing Food Stamps Early

 Georgia’s Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) is making alternative arrangements for those who receive food stamps while the federal government shutdown continues. DFCS has released the February allotment of food stamp benefits early to all Georgia residents.

In statement released on Tuesday, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials made the decision to protect Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants access and announced that food stamp recipients will have access to their full benefits for February, even if the partial government shutdown continues.

DFCS says the USDA is working with states to load benefits onto recipients’ cards by Jan. 20, under a provision that allows them to award the benefits.

DFCS says Georgia SNAP recipients can now access their February benefits via their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards and do not have to wait until their regularly-scheduled issuance date for the month.

Georgia DFCS says it worked over the weekend with its EBT vendor, Conduent, and with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to provide early issuance of February benefits for all SNAP recipients.

The move was made in an effort to ensure families are fully prepared to purchase food in the event that the partial government shutdown is not resolved before current funding for the program is exhausted.

FCCLA Announces Ms. Chattooga Pageant

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The Chattooga FCCLA will be hosting the 70th annual Miss Chattooga County Pageant on March 23,2019 at 4 pm at Chattooga High School. Find details below.

This is a fundraiser event for Chattooga FCCLA at CHS. Proceeds from this event will help students participate in conferences, competitions, and leadership opportunities. Organizers say that everything possible has been done to ensure that this will be a successful event and enjoyable for all involved.

Contestants should be a resident of Chattooga County or a student in any Chattooga County school.

You can find our more here.

Applications can be picked up in the CHS front office or any school within the system. You can also access the application at the attached link: here.

If you have any questions please contact Kayla Hartline at khartline@chattooga.k12.ga.us or 706-857-2402

Arrest Report - Wednesday - January 16, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Wednesday, January 16, 2019:

Drunk Man Knocks On Random Doors

This past weekend an intoxicated man was yelling and knocking on doors of several homes in the West Summerville area.

The incident was reported around 1:05 AM on Sunday morning when the suspect was found yelling near a home on Dogwood Circle.  The man then reportedly began banging on the door of a residence and when the homeowner opened the door the man tried to force his way inside the home.  The suspect identified himself to the homeowner as “Stricklin” and then fled before responding deputies arrived.

While deputies were speaking with the complainant, they got a call from Chattooga 911 that someone was trying to enter a home on Marks Road, one street away from Dogwood Circle.  By the time deputies got to Marks Road, the suspect had fled once again.

Deputies spread out their search in the area and heard someone yelling on James Street.

Officers found the suspect, identified as twenty-nine-year-old Aaron Cord Stricklin.  The suspect was on the ground, curled up in mud beneath a vehicle.  Deputies ordered Stricklin out from under the vehicle and handcuffed him.

Stricklin was highly intoxicated and deputies reportedly found hydrocodone in his possession.  He was booked into the Chattooga County Jail on charges of criminal trespass, public intoxication and possession of hydrocodone.

Animal Advocates Providing Free Straw For Bedding

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Animal Advocates of Chattooga County have an offer to help keep your pets warm during the cold weather.  While supplies last, they are offering one free bale of wheat straw to anyone that needs it for bedding for their pets.  The straw is available at Pine Ridge Outdoor Supply in Lyerly on a first-come – first-serve basis.  There is a limit of one per family while supplies last.  Pine Ridge Outdoor Supply is located at 4999 Highway 114 in Lyerly and they are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 AM – 5:30 PM; Wednesdays from 8 AM until Noon and Saturdays from 8 AM until 3 PM.

Health Inspection Scores - First Half Of January

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Here are the latest health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the first half of January:

  • OAKVIEW HEALTH AND REHABILITATION

  • 960 HIGHLAND AVE SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 01-10-2019
  • LYERLY DRIVE THRU

  • 11 OAK HILL DR LYERLY, GA 30730
  • Last Inspection Score: 86
  • Last Inspection Date: 01-09-2019
  • EXPRESS INN & SUITES

  • 14364 HWY 27 TRION, GA 30753
  • Last Inspection Score: 87
  • Last Inspection Date: 01-08-2019

Should you ever have any complaint with any food service or tourist accommodation that operates in Chattooga County, you can register that complaint by calling the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department at 706-857-3377.

 

Custom Mail Box Stolen

A custom-built mailbox was stolen from a residence on Storey Mill Road this week and reported to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, Steve Teems told a responding deputy that he realized around 4 AM on Monday of this week, that his mailbox had been stolen.

Mr. Teems said that the mail box was inside a plastic truck that Mr. Teems had made from an old kid’s electric toy car.  There was also a “short iron sign” with Mr. Teem’s name on it that was on top of the mailbox.

Mr. Teems valued the stolen items at $300.00.

 

GNTC Announces President's And Dean's List For Fall Semester

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is proud to announce the students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2018 fall semester.

To be eligible for the President’s List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.8 or higher during the semester with a course load of at least 12 credit hours.

President’s List From Chattooga County: Grayson Bentley, Anita Curtis, Hannah Edwards, Haley Elliott, Dakota Finster, Morgan Hamby, Rachel Hammock, Wesley Harkins, Larry Holbrooks, Reisha Hughes, Clarissa Jimenez, Nancy Lawrence, Samuel Mangan, Jackie Mosley, Neyda Paiz, Clyde Patterson, Sarah Price, Tanner Purcell, Bailey Rowlls, Meagan RuBright, Kerrington Wagner, Ian Wagoner, Joshua Wyatt, Amanda York.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79 during the semester with a course load of at least 12 credit hours.

Dean’s List From Chattooga County: Kaitlyn Conner, Taylor Eagle, Nicholas Flood, Hayley Jones, Malia Little, Jamie Lopez, Tina Minter, Haley Price, Dallas Roberts, Ashley Rosser, Allison Rowlls, William Stiles, Jarret Van Gurp, Cydni White.

 

 

Sen. Jeff Mullis Serves on Governor’s Escort Committee

On Monday, January 14, 2019,  Governor Brian Kemp was escorted by a selection of some of Georgia’s most influential political leaders at his inauguration at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. Senator Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga) was one of the distinguished members of this Inaugural Escort Committee.

“It was an honor to serve on this committee with my colleagues in the Senate,” said Sen. Mullis. “Governor Kemp is a true leader who will ensure that all Georgians are put first, no matter what part of the state they come from. I believe with his platform and strong commitment to keeping Georgia the number one state in which to do business, our state’s future is bright as ever.”

Sen. Mullis was selected to serve for his work in the Georgia Senate, where he has been a leader on key issues such as revamping transportation across the state and focusing on fighting the opioid epidemic. He serves as Chairman of the Rules Committee and as a member on the Appropriations, Economic Development and Tourism, and Regulated Industries and Utilities committees.

Sen. Jeff Mullis Re-Appointed Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee

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Sen. Jeff Mullis was recently re-appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and to serve on several influential committees for the 2019 Legislative Session by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

“It is an honor to continue serving in my role as Senate Rules Chairman” Sen. Mullis said. “I look forward to a productive year where we focus on legislation that will increase economic development, job creation and access to quality healthcare. I do not take this duty lightly and I encourage all of my colleagues to reach out and be a part of the Rules Committee process.”

In addition to serving as Chairman of the Rules Committee, Sen. Mullis will serve as a member of Economic Development and Tourism, Regulated Industries and Utilities, and Appropriations Committees.

“I am incredibly excited to work alongside Sen. Jeff Mullis and the entire Rules Committee during the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan. “The committee process is extremely important to producing sound public policy and we’re confident that Sen. Mullis’ leadership as a committee chair will be an invaluable asset to the Georgia Senate. We’re excited for the opportunity to serve and look forward to delivering on reforms that benefit Georgians in every part of our state.”

Once a piece of legislation is introduced in the Senate, it is assigned to a committee, depending on its topic.  If the committee gives the legislation a “do pass” recommendation, then the proposed law is sent to the Rules Committee for consideration. The appointed chairs will oversee the operation and order of Senate committee meetings, including calling for action on bills, resolutions or other matters assigned to that committee.

The first session of the 155th Georgia General Assembly convened on January 14, 2019, at the Georgia State Capitol.

Senator Hufstetler Appointed Chairman Of Senate Finance Committee

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Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R – Rome) was recently appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and to serve on several influential committees for the 2019 Legislative Session by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Senate and state as a whole again as chairman of the Finance Committee,” said Sen. Hufstetler. “Ensuring that our state remains fiscally conservative while reducing burdensome taxes on its citizens is no small task, but one I am sure we can accomplish if we work together. I look forward to building on the accomplishment of the ‘number one state in which to do business’ through the work that this committee will do.”

In addition to serving as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Hufstetler will serve as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Retirement Committee, as a member of the Health and Human Services and Higher Education committees and as ex-officio member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“I am incredibly excited to work alongside Sen. Hufstetler and the entire Finance Committee during the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan. “The committee process is extremely important to producing sound public policy and we’re confident that Sen. Hufstetler’s leadership as a committee chair will be an invaluable asset to the Georgia Senate. We’re excited for the opportunity to serve and look forward to delivering on reforms that benefit Georgians in every part of our state.”

Once a piece of legislation is introduced in the Senate, it is assigned to a committee, depending on its topic.  If the committee gives the legislation a “do pass” recommendation, then the proposed law is sent to the Rules Committee for consideration. The appointed chairs will oversee the operation and order of Senate committee meetings, including calling for action on bills, resolutions or other matters assigned to that committee.

The first session of the 155th Georgia General Assembly convened on January 14, 2019, at the Georgia State Capitol.

Georgia DOT Working On Rome Boulevard

The Georgia Department of Transportation began work today on repaving the area around and leading up to the railroad tracks on Rome Boulevard in Summerville.  The work is affecting traffic on Rome Boulevard (Highway 27) and The Lyerly Highway (Highway 114).

The work began this morning and traffic was down to one lane.  The repair work was affecting access to the Ingles Supermarket Shopping Center and United Community Bank.

The DOT says that traffic will be slow as work progresses.  The road will remain open, but not all lanes will be operational

The  work is expected to be done throughout the day and resuming for several days until the work has been completed. Any thru traffic may want to access an alternate route to bypass this area until the work has been completed.