Cleveland man charged with statutory rape, sodomy


Michael Eugene McGuire

CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County authorities arrested a 37-year-old Cleveland man Monday who is charged with sodomy, two counts of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation.

White County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Rick Kelley said the arrest followed the investigation of a report that Michael Eugene McGuire was having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female.

Kelley said McGuire made his first appearance in court Tuesday and a bond hearing is set for next week. McGuire is currently being held in the White County Detention Center without bond.



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White County Man Injured When Trench Collapsed


CLEVELAND, Ga. — A White County man suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon while installing a waterline for Freeman Electric and the ground around him caved in.

Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said the man suffered back and leg injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Units from the Cleveland Fire Department and White County EMS arrived shortly after the accident and began clearing the dirt to free the man.
Pruitt said the man was working in a trench less than four-feet deep. A trench box is required to protect workers if the trench is deeper than four feet.

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