Arrest Report - Sunday - September 21, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, September 26, 2021:

 

 

Georgia Inmate Convicted Of 2017 Murder Of Two Correctional Officers

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A Georgia inmate was found guilty of murder Thursday in the slayings of two prison guards shot during a bloody escape in 2017, leaving the jury to decide next whether the crime warrants a death sentence.

The Putnam County jury took just a few hours to convict Donnie Rowe of malice murder and other crimes in the killings of Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, news outlets reported. The two Baldwin State Prison officers were shot with one of their own guns on a prison transport bus.

One of Rowe’s defense attorneys told jurors there was no question he had committed serious crimes. Still, lawyer Adam Levin said during closing arguments Thursday that prosecutors had failed to prove that Rowe intended for either of the guards to die.

Monica and Billue were transporting prisoners by bus in June 2017 when Rowe opened an unlocked security gate separating the guards from the inmates. Fellow inmate Ricky Dubose followed Rowe through the gate. Rowe used chains from his shackles to strike Monica, who had fallen asleep, while Dubose grabbed a gun from a weapons box and fired seven shots that killed the officers.

The fugitive inmates were arrested in Tennessee days later.

GNN/Compiled Sources

COVID Booster Shots Available Starting Tomorrow

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced Friday it will follow federal recommendations for COVID booster shots.  COVID boosters in Georgia will be available under guidelines at health department vaccination locations starting tomorrow, Monday, September 27, 2021.

Under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP), here are the following recommendations for the booster shots:

  • People 65 years and older, and residents in long-term care settings should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot at least 6 months after their primary two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.
  • People ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot at least 6 months after their primary two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.
  • People ages 18-49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot at least 6 months after their primary two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • People ages 18-64 who are at an increased risk for COVID exposure and transmission due to occupational or institutional factors may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot at least 6 months after their primary two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot based on their individual benefits and risks.

According to the Georgia DPH, the Pfizer-BioNTech is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized as a booster dose as of Sept. 24. The recommendations listed above only apply to individuals who have already received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their primary two doses.

Georgia’s DPH said it has an “adequate inventory” of the Pfizer vaccine and will work to ensure it is accessible statewide. It also stresses the importance of getting vaccinated for all Georgians ages 12 and older.

Is It COVID Or Allergies?

Fall is officially here and with it, comes seasonal allergies. From coughing to sneezing, and even that scratchy throat, how can you tell the difference between your allergies and COVID-19?

The answer might not be as simple as it seems. The easiest way to determine the difference is by getting a COVID-19 test.

A fever does not accompany allergies, so if you have one it could be the first sign that you may want to get tested for COVID-19. Experts warn that you can also be sick with COVID-19 and not have a fever, however. As we enter the fall, parents bracing themselves for the usual cold and flu threats now have to be on the lookout for COVID-19 and spiking RSV cases in parts of the country.

Now, the changing of seasons has some people concerned about whether their sniffles are from fall allergies or something more severe. As a first step toward protecting yourself and your children, it is recommended to get tested when someone in the immediate family falls ill.

Social distancing, masking, and washing your hands are always the best practices to keeping from getting sick.

If you feel sick, your first call should be to your primary care provider. Doctors say when it comes to allergies, antihistamines can be very effective. Monoclonal antibody infusions are also effective for people who find themselves with COVID-19, are at high risk, and older than 12.

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Two Chattanooga Men Arrested For Fort Oglethorpe Murder

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released a statement on Saturday saying that two Chattanooga men were arrested for the murder of Jaylon Everhardt of Fort Oglethorpe.

On Friday, September, 24, 2021, the GBI and Fort Oglethorpe Police arrested and charged Keishun Rowe, age 18, and Malachi Housley, age 18, both of Chattanooga, TN, with Felony Murder, in connection to the death of Jaylon Alexander Everhardt, age 19, of Fort Oglethorpe.

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, at approximately 10:27 p.m., the GBI was requested by Fort Oglethorpe Police Department to assist in a murder investigation. Fort Oglethorpe Police found Everhardt deceased at the 900 building of the Oglethorpe Ridge Apartments from apparent gunshot wounds.

Everhardt was transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

Local School System's Weekly COVID Reports

Both Chattooga County Schools and Trion City Schools have released the weekly COVID reports for last week.  Both school systems have seen a significant drop in the number of students testing positive for COVID-19 over the past week.

 

Attorney General Warns Of Impostor Scams

Georgia’s attorney general issued a warning over so-called impostor scams on Thursday, cautioning people against phone calls and text messages promising things such as sweepstakes winnings and AirPods prizes.

AG Chris Carr said in a release that his office has been receiving reports of at least three different types of scams, and said “consumers should be very wary of unsolicited text messages, emails and phone calls.”

One of the scams involves a fake order confirmation, with people receiving phone calls claiming to be from a big retailer such as Walmart, Costco or  Target saying they’ve recently made a purchase “for a big-ticket item totaling several thousand dollars.”

The AG describes people being told they’re to expect a shipping confirmation and then an automatic charge to their credit card on file. The message asks them to call a phone number if they did not make any such transaction or wish to question or report it.

But, the way the scam goes, “if you dial the number, you will likely be asked to provide your account credentials or payment information so that your account can be ‘credited.'”

“The scammers will then use that information to steal your money or commit identity theft. This scam can also occur via email or text message,” Carr’s release said.

It cautions that you should not, under any circumstances, call a number provided in this kind of message or click on a link if sent through a similar sort of email.

“Instead, log-in to your online account with the retailer, or contact the company through a verified telephone number or website to see if, in fact, there was an unauthorized charge made to your account,” the attorney general’s release states.

Another scam, Carr said, involves calls or letters in the mail promising sweepstakes winnings.

People are asked for payments – “usually via wire transfer, gift cards or prepaid cards” to cover the taxes or handling fees on their “winnings.”

“First and foremost, consumers should know that if you are asked to pay money to collect a prize, no matter what the reason, it is a scam,” the Georgia attorney general says. “Being asked to wire money or pay via gift cards or prepaid cards is another red flag of a scam.”

Lastly, Carr warned of a raffle scam involving Amazon AirPods as a supposed prize. People have been sent text messages claiming to be from Amazon, providing a link asking for more information so they can claim their “prize.”

“Do not click on the link,” the attorney general warns. Doing so could load malware onto your device or lead you to a phishing website that prompts you for personal information, such as your Amazon login and password.”

“Scammers may try to gain your confidence by posing as a legitimate company or government agency,” Attorney General Carr said in a statement. “Consumers should be very wary of unsolicited text messages, emails and phone calls and avoid providing sensitive information, clicking on links, or downloading file attachments unless they know for a fact that the sender or caller is who they claim to be.”

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Arrest Report -Saturday - September 25, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, September 25, 2021:

Chattooga Adds Three More COVID Deaths

Chattooga County added three more COVID deaths from Thursday to Friday, according to the latest numbers from the Chattooga County Health Department.

That brings the number over 100 for Chattooga County.  The total as of Friday was at 102 deaths being reported for the county.

Floyd County reported six more deaths in the same time period. Floyd County is now at 257 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Statewide, there were 157 confirmed deaths reported Thursday for a total of 21,865.

Georgia has now passed 1.2 million COVID-19 cases since February of last year.

3,508 of those cases were reported from Wednesday to Thursday.

Drug Task Force Makes Two Arrests For Trafficking

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The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force made two arrests of suspects this week that were believed to be trafficking drugs.

Forty-one-year-old Becky Marie Davis and thirty-four-year-old Michael Zachery Taylor were both found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin, Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled substances.

Davis and Taylor were both charged with possession with intent to distribute.

Georgia DNR Free Fishing Day Today

Georgia offers three Free Fishing Days in honor of National Fishing and Boating Week and National Hunting and Fishing Day and today, September 25, 2021, is one of them! So, for today residents do NOT need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas. Get out there and enjoy it and take someone with you! More info  HERE

Southern Baptist In Georgia Gearing Up To Fight Gambling

The proponents for legalized gambling in Georgia are facing some opposition from the state’s largest Christian denomination.

The Georgia Baptist Convention represents 1.4 million Georgians in over 3,600 churches throughout the state.  Leaders of the convention say that they are prepared the organized gambling lobby that is pushing state lawmakers to legalize casino gambling.

The fight is likely to pit the conservative religious organization against some conservative Republican lawmakers who have show a willingness to consider legalized gambling in the state.

All past attempts to legalize casino gambling in Georgia have failed but Georgia Baptists are urging their church members to let their governor and lawmakers know not only that they’re opposed to casinos but also that they’ll be holding them accountable at the polls if they don’t toe the line.

The Christian Index contributed to this article

GOP Contender Plans To Face Off With MTG

This week, Republican Jennifer Strahan launched her U.S. House campaign in Georgia’s 14th congressional district. A mother and small business owner, Strahan will be challenging Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene in the Republican Primary.

“Georgia’s 14th district deserves a representative who is focused on serving, not being a celebrity,” said Strahan. “There is too much at stake right now. Democrats in Washington – from Joe Biden to Nancy Pelosi – are infringing on our constitutional liberties, jeopardizing our national security, and threatening our jobs, but the 14th district is left without a real advocate or even a single seat on a congressional committee. We deserve better. I’m a no-nonsense conservative who knows how to get things done. As a congresswoman, I’ll make sure we have a seat at the table, bring real results back to the district, and put Georgia first.”

Jennifer is the founder of J. Osley & Co, a national advisory firm that partners with healthcare organizations to build efficient and effective solutions in order to drive better patient care and system sustainability. Under her leadership, the company has trained more than 3,000 individuals and delivered a bottom-line impact of more than $20 million while improving patient experience and overall clinical care.

Jennifer has also held various leadership positions in the healthcare industry, including System Executive Director with Wellstar Health System, Director with VHA Georgia (now Vizient Southern States), and a consultant with the Advisory Board Company. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a doctorate in Healthcare Leadership.

Jennifer and her husband, Bowen, have been married for 17 years and have one son.

DeKalb County Murderer Denied Parole

DeKalb County, Alabama District Attorney Mike O’Dell recently announced that he had received notice from the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles that William Randall Headrick was denied parole for the brutal 1995 murders of his wife, Carolyn Jean Headrick, and his mother-in-law, Dora Ann Dalton.

On July 7, 1995, Headrick traveled to the home of his mother-in-law in Henagar, Alabama, during his lunch break from work. He then proceeded to brutally murder Carolyn, age 45, and Dora, 62, and then calmly return to work as if nothing had happened.

Mrs. Dalton was attacked first and was found on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to the middle of her forehead, multiple stab wounds to the back of her neck and chest, and in the lower portion of her back. In addition, a long wooden-handled spear was protruding from her right side under her arm. Mrs. Headrick had retreated to the back bathroom in an attempt to flee from her attacker. She suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her head, along with numerous stab wounds to her neck, chest, and lower back.

“This was a particularly vicious and savage attack on these two innocent, defenseless women,” District Attorney O’Dell stated. “After a lengthy investigation, Headrick ultimately pled guilty to the two murders and received sentences of 30 years in the state penitentiary for each killing. At the time of his parole hearing, Headrick had served just over 21 years of the 30-year sentence.”

“I have opposed his parole each time he has had a hearing set, and I have committed to objecting every time he comes up. Because he was denied recently, he will not be eligible for another hearing for another 5 years,” O’Dell pointed out.

“One of the ramifications of serving in this office for nearing 41 years is that more and more of my time is now spent filing aggressive parole objections for the many murders we have put in the penitentiary over the past 4 decades who are now becoming eligible for parole hearings,” O’Dell stated. “It is a continuing opportunity to serve and represent the many family members of the victims of these violent crimes. It is an honor to stand up for them and speak on their behalf.”

Fishing Rodeo At Sloppy Floyd Today

Be sure to get in on the fun at Sloppy Floyd State Park taking place today for Your State Parks Day.

The Fishing Rodeo starts at 8:00 and will last until 3:00. Bring your own bait and fishing equipment; children 16 and under who catch a tagged fish get a prize. There will be free hayrides, popcorn, hotdogs and cokes. Homemade ice cream will be available for purchase at $2 per cup. The food will be at Shelter 1 near the children’s playground, and the hayrides will start at the playground.
Guided History Hikes to the Marble Mine will be offered at 9:30 and 11:00. Leave from the bridge.
Bring the kids for the Storybook Trail Hike that will start at 10:00. Leave from the Pollinator Garden by the office.

Tax Commissioner Says Tax Digest Has Been Approved

Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton said Friday that she had obtained approval from the Georgia Department of Revenue for the 2021 Chattooga County Tax Digest.

Hampton told WZQZ News, “This has been the smoothest year we’ve had yet, and I want to sincerely thank the Chattooga County Tax Assessor’s office for all their hard work in making this happen.”

Chattooga County property taxes will be due on December 1, 2021.  Tax Commissioner Hampton says that residents can begin paying their property taxes now.

Arrest Report - Friday - September 24, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, September 24, 2021

Centre, Alabama Man Killed In Tractor-Trailer Accident

A two-vehicle crash in DeKalb County, Alabama on Monday of this week has claimed the life of a Centre man.

James Darold Lindsey, 62, was fatally injured when the 2014 Volvo tractor-trailer he was driving was struck by a 2013 Mack tractor-trailer that crossed the center-line.  As a result, the Volvo left the roadway and struck a guardrail.

Lindsey was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Mack, Steven Mark McCollum, 59, of Crossville, was injured and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.  The crash occurred on Alabama 68 near DeKalb County 30, approximately five miles west of Collinsville.

Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

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Defense Department Announces Contract Modification To Showa Best Glove

The United States Department of Defense announced on Thursday that Showa Best Glove, headquartered in Menlo, has been awarded a $43,701,247 modification to a previous let contract.

The contract is for glove production for the Department of Defense’s Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell, at Robins Air Force Base, in Georgia, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.

This modification provides for the exercise of an option for additional production capacity of  almost 67 million gloves per month.

Work will be performed in Fayette, Alabama, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 21, 2024.

The modification of the contract will make the cumulative face value at $81.2 million.

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Northwest Georgia Unemployment Rate Steady At 2.7%

Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate unchanged at 5.6 percent, Rome Down

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate did not change from July to August and ties the all-time low set last month. 

“Although we are seeing fewer unemployed individuals now than before the pandemic started, we are also still seeing a decreased total number of people in the workforce when compared to numbers recorded prior to the pandemic,” said Comm. Butler. “This will continue to cause a hiring crunch until we can attract more people back to the workforce to fill the record number of job openings.”

In Northwest Georgia, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.7 percent in August. A year ago, the rate was 5.5 percent.

The labor force decreased in August by 1,878 to 421,256. That number is up 20,886 over-the-year.
Northwest Georgia ended August with 410,025 employed residents.  The number decreased by 1,761 in August but was up 31,498 as compared to last year.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased 27 percent in August. When compared to last August, claims were down about 84 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 4,746 active job postings in Northwest Georgia for August.

Visit gdol.ga.gov to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers.