Arrest Report - Tuesday - October 17, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, October 17, 2017:

Man's Meds Stolen While He Was Hospitalized

Last Friday, a home health nurse told a local deputy that while one of her patients was hospitalized, someone had broken into the patient’s house and stolen his medication.

While the man was hospitalized from Oct 10-13, someone entered the Packard Dairy Rd. residence and stole 30 Gabapentin pills, which has a narcotic effect used often for seizures and shingles.

No suspects were listed in the report. The case is not currently active.

Woman Accuses Ex of Stealing Her EBT Card

A county woman recently told a county deputy that she believes her ex-boyfriend might have stolen her EBT card and birth certificate while she was in jail.

Last Thursday, county woman Angel Smith told a deputy that her EBT card and several of her personal documents were missing, like her birth certificate, ID, and Social Security card. Additionally, Smith said her daughter’s Social Security Card and wallet were missing.

Smith told the deputy she believes her ex-boyfriend stole at least some of the items and had been using her EBT card without her permission while she was in jail in September, since the card was used while she was jailed and he was the only other person who knew the PIN number to the card.

Smith stated she had been issued a new card since being released from jail, but she is still missing her birth certificate, and her Social Security cards. Smith did not know the whereabouts of her ex.

The case was active as of yesterday.

Woman Accused of Putting 2 Toddlers into Oven

A 24-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her two youngest sons “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An official autopsy is pending.

The arrest warrant alleges Williams put her sons in the oven sometime between midnight Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday.

Atlanta police had said earlier that the two boys had “received burn marks on their bodies at some point, possibly from the stove.”

Police removed the stove from the home for further investigation.

Lamora Williams waived her first appearance in court Monday on felony murder charges, Fulton County jail officials said.

Williams called her sons’ father Friday night and showed him by video chat that something was wrong in her southwest Atlanta apartment home, the AJC previously reported.

Jameel Penn said he immediately called police after Williams panned around the room and he could see his sons on the floor.

“After I seen what I seen, you know I called the police,” he said.

When officials arrived at the Oakland City West End apartment on Howell Place, the boys, 2-year-old Ke’Younte Penn and 1-year-old Ja’Karter Williams, were dead.

“I ain’t got no soul no more,” Penn said Saturday night during a vigil as he held his other son, 3-year-old Jameel, in his arms.

Penn could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

The 3-year-old was in the apartment unharmed when police arrived Friday. Williams’ eldest child, a 6-year-old girl, was safe with family and not home Friday night, police said.

Friends and family members of Williams told the AJC she suffered from undiagnosed mental health problems that were exacerbated by her father’s death when she was 19 and by having four children under the age of 7. They said she was also a single mother who had some help from Penn, but not enough considering her mental health.

Williams’ longtime friend, Neesa Smith, said Williams quit a job about a month ago because she couldn’t find a babysitter for the kids.

“Nobody could tell what she was going through,” Smith said.

Smith said Williams called her first Friday night and said she “couldn’t do it anymore.”

When her longtime friend pressed for more details, Williams allegedly said the boys were dead. Smith told her to call the police, but she called Penn via video instead.

Police said Williams told them that she left the children with a caregiver at noon Friday and returned home late in the evening, finding the children dead and the caregiver gone.

But police said they did not believe Williams left her children with a caregiver.

Williams’ sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, said Williams is at risk and should be put on suicide watch in the Fulton County jail, where she remains without bond. A jail spokesman could not confirm Williams’ status, citing HIPAA laws.

Family members said they tried to visit Williams on Sunday but weren’t allowed to see her.

“She’s the only one who really knows what happened,” Hollingsworth said.


Escaped Work Release Inmate Wanted in Cherokee Co. - UPDATED

UPDATE: Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says the inmate is now in custody.

According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, investigators and deputies are searching for a work release inmate who left the job site on Monday, October 16, 2017 at approximately 10:30 am. Jimmy Wayne Blair Jr., 40, left a construction site in Centre in a truck belonging to his employer, a 2003 Dodge 3500 flatbed, blue in color. Blair was in jail on property crimes.

He is described as a white male, 6’2″ and weighing 210 pounds. His place of residence is Silver Creek, Georgia. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts should call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 256-927-3365 or the tip-line at 256-927-9999.


Tonya Craft Arrested For DUI

Tonya Craft, who was in the news when she beat charges of child molestation in a highly publicized case has been arrested for DUI, running a stop sign and speeding.

Ms. Craft, who last week announced she had passed the bar exam as an attorney and was opening a counseling center, was stopped by a Georgia state trooper on Saturday night.

She later said she cooperated with authorities. She said she refused a blood-alcohol test because she believes they are unreliable.

The arrest was on Highway 136 about four miles east of LaFayette.

Ms. Craft was taken to the Walker County Jail in LaFayette, where she was booked. She was released upon posting bond after remaining the required time for DUI defendants.

Ms. Craft said at Tonya Craft Consulting in Chattanooga she will work with people around the country falsely accused of molesting children. She said she wanted to build a team to help every step through the legal process.

The former kindergarten teacher in Catoosa County wrote a book about her personal experience in which she lost her two children for two years.


Deer Season Open in GA for Archers and Muzzleloader Marksmen

Deer season has opened in Georgia for hunters using bows and muzzle-loading guns.

The hunting season for Georgians using so-called primitive weapons started Saturday. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is giving those hunters a full week before the regular deer season for hunting with rifles opens statewide.

The state agency says nearly 42,000 hunters took advantage of the primitive weapons season last year and brought in nearly 6,000 dear.

Charlie Killmaster is a state deer biologist with the Georgia DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division. He says hunters need to remember they are required to report their kills to the state.

Georgia’s main firearms hunting season for deer opens Oct. 21 and runs through Jan. 14. The state DNR says about 320,000 hunters took part last year.


Police Looking for accused Hibbett Sports Thief

A man driving a motorcycle with a Tennesse tag is reportedly wanted by police for stealing merchandise from the Summerville Hibbett Sports.

A picture of the man was captured, and is pictured below.  According to employees, the man provided the name Zach Webbinside the store, though he could have been providing false information. He allegedly tried to exit without paying for merchandise. He is described as a white male, approximately 45 years old, around 5’11”, dark tan, short brown hair, with visible acne scarring on his face.

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Arrest Report - Monday - October 16, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, October 16, 2017:

Two Food-Themed Events at the Depot this Weekend

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This weekend at the depot is all about bonding with the local community over eat and drink- on Saturday, the city of Summerville will celebrate German traditions and food with Oktoberfest, which will feature German beers, a cuisine, music, and more. Then on Sunday, at the “Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner”, guests can hear old-timey bluegrass music, see the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train, and buy country cooking from servers dressed in antique clothes. For more info, click ‘read more’.

Summerville Oktoberfest – October 21

The sights, smells, and sounds of the German traditions will be found at the Summerville Depot on Saturday, October 21. Summerville Main Street is set to present an Oktoberfest featuring Oktoberfest beers, a German feast, musical performances, shopping, and more. The festival will be from 12 noon to 7 PM. Admission is free for this event.

Oktoberfest will include traditional local foods, along with an array of Oktoberfest traditions such as: bratwurst, beer cheese soup, bavarian pretzels, German Chocolate, strudels, other German inspired foods, artisans, and a bier garten featuring variety of brews. Festival attendees are encouraged to sport German wear and brush up on the chicken dance for extra fun.

For more information on events contact The City of Summerville at (706) 859-0900 Ext.1337 or visit

Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner At The Depot – October 22

Step back in time to a slower pace of life and enjoy an “Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner” at the Historic Summerville Depot. Servers and staff will be dressed in old fashioned attire for the day and event goers will have the opportunity to enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” while enjoying live bluegrass music by the Flat Bottom Boys. The meal will be served by a local restaurant at the cost of $7 for a meat and 2 vegetables, or $6 for a 4-vegetable plate. Meats will include a choice of fried chicken or ham. Vegetable offered will include mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, fried okra, baked sweet potato, and green beans. Bowls of pinto beans and cornbread will also be offered at the cost of $3.00.

An arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and a turning of the Summerville Turntable will also be featured. Other vendors will be on site for those wishing to shop. This event will operate from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and is free for the public.

For more information on events contact The City of Summerville at (706) 859-0900 Ext.1337 or visit

Gun Giveaway to Benefit Local Paramedic with Cancer

A benefit for local EMS paramedic and former firefighter Wanda Durham, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, will hold a raffle for the above pictured DPMS AR-15 .223/5.56 with a Tasco scope (scope not pictured). Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20. To enter, contact any member of local EMS.

The gun will be on display at Herb’s Trading Co. Winner will be announced Oct 21, 2017. Winner must be 18 years or older and be able to pass a criminal background check. In lieu of the gun, equivalent cash value of the prize can be awarded.

Georgia Power Closes All of its Payment Offices

Hundreds of workers are without jobs now that Georgia Power has officially shut down all its payment offices around the state.

Former Georgia Power payment offices across the state had dark windows and empty parking lots Friday on the first official day after the closing.

The measure to eliminate the offices was announced in July. The most notable impact customers will notice is you won’t have the option to pay your bills in person.

Robert Watkins, the Georgia Power External Affairs Manager, says the closings are in an attempt to save the company what money it can.

“Our revenues are pretty flat and costs are going up so we’re doing things that try to stream line the business so we can keep the rates down for our customers,” Watkins says. “Some found other things to do, some took an early out and some found jobs within the company and then some are going to be home agents. They’ll be the people you talk to when you dial the phone and call Georgia Power.”

He says there are still around 5,000 alternative payment locations across the state, such as Publix and Wal-mart, but for the customers walking up to closed doors in Columbus, the Georgia Power offices will stay closed for good.


Man's Speaker Lost in the Mail on Way to Repair Company

A Summerville man says he mailed his speaker off to a California repair company, but the company said that his package did not contain his speaker.

John Fain told an officer with the Summerville PD that he sent his speaker and a money order for $118.00 to a California repair company called ‘Soundstream’, but when Soundstream received the package he had put his speaker in it, according to Soundstream, the box was empty. Fortunately for Fain, the $118 money order was not cashed.

The incident has been turned over to an investigator.

Fight at Hops-n-Haze Leads to Arrests

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Recently released docket records show that on the last of September, a Summerville police officer responded to a bar fight at Hops-N-Haze Brewpub in Summerville.

Upon arrival, the officer issued 6 citations for disorderly conduct.

The officer then told the bar employees it was time to close up shop for the night.

“Because of the number of intoxicated patrons and the tension still around, the responding officer instructed bar employees that the bar was closed and everyone was to leave.”

Reports do not indicate which individuals were specifically arrested in the incident.

Arrest Report - Sunday - October 15, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, October 15, 2017:

Bike Ride to Benefit Local Paramedic with Cancer

A benefit for local EMS paramedic and former firefighter Wanda Durham, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, will hold a bike ride in Summerville in October to raise money for her and her treatments. Click ‘read more’ for information on registration and times.

Trion and Chattooga Friday Night Football Scores

Last night, both local football teams went south to play away games in Rome. Chattooga was up against the Model Blue Devils, and Trion was facing the Darlington Tigers. Chattooga played a great game against Model, getting ahead 21 points ahead in the first quarter, and getting a touchdown every quarter after that. The Blue Devils picked up 13 points in the second half, but that game still finished very much in Chattooga’s favor at 42-13.

Trion was neck-and-neck with Darlington all night, with Trion getting a one-touchdown edge over the Tigers in the second quarter, and steadily losing the advantage after halftime. The Tigers ultimately came out only four points ahead, 35-31.

If you missed the games last night, or just want to relive the action, be sure to tune in to AM 1180 at 1 PM this evening after the noon news to hear both games re-broadcast, starting with the Trion-Darlington game, followed by the Chattooga-Model game.

And be sure to tune in next week at 7 PM, as the Indians head back to Rome to play the Armuchee Indians, and the Bulldogs come back home to face Mt Zion Eagles.

Rabies Bait Distributed by USDA Next Week

DALTON, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s,
Wildlife Services has begun distributing oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits for wildlife in parts of northwest
Georgia this month. The smell of the ORV baits attracts targeted wild animals, such as raccoons, who eat
the baits and are then vaccinated against rabies.

The ORV bait distribution program is part of management activities to prevent the westward
movement of the rabies virus most often spread by raccoons. ORV baits are distributed using fixed-wing
aircraft, helicopters or from vehicles on the ground. The vaccine baits have been proven safe in many
species of animals, including domestic dogs and cats. Humans and pets cannot get rabies from contact
with the baits, but are asked to leave them undisturbed should they encounter them. If contact with
baits occurs, immediately rinse the contact area with warm water and soap.

The project is based out Dalton, Georgia and will take place from approximately October 15 – 22
and cover all of Catoosa and Dade counties and parts of Chattooga, Murray, Walker and Whitfield
counties in northwest Georgia, as well as areas in southeast Tennessee, northeast Alabama, and
western North Carolina. Almost 1 million baits will be distributed by fixed wing aircraft in rural areas,
including over 200,000 baits in Georgia. Last week, approximately 7,000 baits were dispersed by
helicopter in urban and suburban areas of northwest Georgia such as the city of Dalton.

Rabies is caused by a virus that infects the central nervous system in mammals and represents a
serious public health concern. If exposures to the virus are not treated it is almost always fatal. Costs
associated with detection, prevention and control of rabies exceed $300 million annually in the
U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90 percent of reported rabies
cases in the U.S. are in wildlife. People are urged not to make contact with or feed wildlife and to keep
their pets’ rabies vaccinations current.

ORV baits have been distributed in Georgia since 2003 as part of a larger effort by the Wildlife
Services, National Rabies Management Program to prevent the westward spread of raccoon rabies by
creating a barrier along the Appalachian Mountains from the Canadian border to Alabama.
For more information about the National Rabies Management Program, visit

Tax Bills Will Be Coming Soon According to Tax Commissioner

Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton says that tax bills were sent for printing on Friday afternoon and taxpayers can start paying taxes in person on Monday of next week.

Hampton said on Friday, “Property tax bills were sent to the printing company this afternoon. Their turn around time with proofing, printing and mailing the bills out takes a few days, but I expect bills to arrive in the mail by next Friday or the following Monday.  The costs associated with using this company saves us a significant amount of money as opposed to printing and mailing from our office.”

Taxpayers don’t have to wait until they receive their bill to pay- bills are showing online now, and can also be paid in person beginning Monday.
Tax Commissioner Hampton added, “Partial payments are allowed for those who wish to pay some now and pay the rest on the due date, which is December 20th this year.  Any amounts not paid by December 20th will incur additional fees, interest, and penalties.”

Arrest Report - Saturday - October 14, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, October 14, 2017: