CLEVELAND, Ga – An unidentified hiker was injured Wednesday when he fell from the top of the waterfall area of Raven Cliff at about 3 p.m.
White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said in an email that the hiker had gone to the top of the falls where he slipped and fell onto the last ledge before the main drop of the falls (approximately 55 foot vertical drop). White said firefighters from White County’s Stations 2 and 3 with mutual aid from the City of Helen Fire Department and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade responded to the call and removed the hiker from the falls to an area where Georgia State Patrol aviation using a Bell 429 helicopter with a hoist extracted the hiker and transported him to White County Med 2 where he was further evaluated and then transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment.
White said the injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.
CLAYTON, Ga. – A Cleveland man led Georgia State Patrol and law enforcement units from Rabun County, Sky Valley and Dillard on a high-speed chase Thursday, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph before crashing his motorcycle as he attempted to turn right onto Ga. 246 headed toward Sky Valley.
According to State Trooper 1st Class Jesse Lewis, he first noticed a motorcycle with no registration plate and attempted to make a traffic stop near Tallulah Falls. Lewis said, 45-year-old Eric Anthony Moss indicated he would pull over but then accelerated.
Lewis’ report states the chase lasted about nine minutes and, at a point near Ga. 15, he fell behind a unit from Dillard Police Department. “When they negotiated the turn at Ga. 246, Lewis said, “I observed that the violator had crashed and Dillard PD was handcuffing the violator. I assisted with the arrest and advised the violator he was under arrest for fleeing and eluding.”
Lewis said Officer Parker with the Dillard PD also confiscated a green, leafy substance from Moss’ motorcycle believed to be marijuana. Moss was transported to the Rabun County Detention Center where he faces multiple charges, including felony fleeing, reckless driving, aggressive driving, driving with a suspended license, failure to obey a traffic control device, no proof of insurance on a motorcycle, failure to signal when changing lanes, failure to change address on identification card, failure to maintain lane, passing on the shoulder of the road, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
He also faces additional charges in Dillard and Mountain City.
Our interview Friday with Speaker of The House David Ralston focused on rural Georgia. Ralston went into detail about the new Rural Georgia Economic Council. This council will be co-chaired by (R) Terry England from Auburn, (R) Jay Powell from Camilla and Vice Chair (R) Sam Watson from Moultry. The council will be holding meetings across Georgia to hear from elected officials, local businesses and citizens about how they feel rural Georgia economy can best be improved. Ralston said jokingly that he better not find out that one meeting took place in Atlanta.
Health care is a major concern in rural Georgia. Several hospitals have closed in rural Georgia areas including one in Ralston’s district in North Georgia. We spoke to Ralston abut one possible solution to meet rural Georgia health care needs. Ralston used the example of the first stand alone emergency room, opened by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Gilmer county. In this interview we asked Ralston if Gilmer county still had the possibility of having a full hospital.
Ralston told us that sometime within the next month Governor Nathan Deal would be visiting Gilmer county’s Fire Station 1 to sign the fire fighter’s workmen’s compensation bill. We asked Ralston the difference in this years campus carry bill opposed to last year’s bill which Governor Deal vetoed. Not being able to speak for the Governor, Ralston said he felt they made the changes necessary to get Deal to sign the bill. We also discussed the pay raises agreed upon in the 2017 legislative session for teachers, state law enforcement, and D.F.C.S workers.
Our final question in our interview friday: Speaker Ralston do you see the governor’s mansion in your future?
CLEVELAND, Ga. — Three people were injured Tuesday when they were involved in a three-vehicle accident on Ga. 11 (U.S. 129) at Rogers Road in White County.
Trooper 1st Class Jordan Stamey of Georgia State Patrol Post 6 in Gainesville investigated the wreck and reported that 10-year-old Kaeden Willis, of Cleveland, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. The child was later airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where he is believed to be in serious condition.
Willis’ parents, Christopher Willis, 36, and Jamie Willis, 36, were also transported to Northeast Georgia Medical center and treated for minor injuries before being released.
According to Stamey’s report a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Jancedyn Terry, 17, of Cleveland was stopped on Rogers Road facing west at its intersection with Ga. 11. A 2002 Kia Sportage driven by Christopher Willis was traveling north on Ga. 11 approaching the intersection with Rogers Road.
A 2007 Peterbilt tractor with empty flatbed trailer driven by Lamar Webster, 62, of Cleveland, was traveling south on Ga. 11 in the right lane negotiating a curve as it approached the intersection with Rogers Road.
Terry’s vehicle failed to yield and turned right into the path of Wills’ Kia. Wills steered left in an attempt to avoid impact into the southbound lane of Ga. 11. He then steered to the right and re-entered the northbound lane but over-corrected and lost control of his vehicle which then started to rotate counter-clockwise as it crossed the northbound lane and traveled into the southbound lane.
At that time, the tractor-trailer was changing into the left southbound lane. The Kia struck the left rear wheel of the tractor with its right front fender. After that initial contact, the Kia then struck the tractor trailer in the left side and left rear wheel of the trailer with its right front corner. After the second impact, the Kia came to rest in the road facing east.
No citations were issued pending an investigation.
CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Sheriff’s Office, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and a K-9 unit from Alto are searching this morning for a suspect who robbed Woodlawn Gardens and Farms at 3778 Hwy. 254 in White County at about 10:30 p.m. Monday and shot an unidentified male.
White County Sheriff Neal Walden said the suspect is a white male with a tattoo on the left side of his face who was wearing a hoodie at the time of the robbery.
Walden said the victim was transported by White County EMS to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries.
Fetch Your News will have more details as they become available.
WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County firefighters. the Georgia State Patrol and U.S. Forest Service were called on to rescue a lost hiker Wednesday evening.
The hiker had driven to US Forest Road 79 (Tray Mountain Road) in northern White County to begin the hike. White County Public Safety Director said he apparently became lost after veering off the path and could not find his way back to his vehicle.
Firefighters were contacted and they called in a Georgia State Patrol helicopter. The lost hiker was able to talk directly to the helicopter crew who guided the to Odis Barron Road in Habersham. U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement met him and escorted him to safety. He was not injured.
The incident lasted about 3 1/2 hours.
CLEVELAND, Ga. — A White County school bus transporting students home from Mossy Creek Elementary School was involved in a minor accident at about 3:17 p.m. Wednesday. The accident took place on South Main Street near Tractor Supply.
White County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson reports that a car pulled out onto Hwy 129 and sideswiped the bus. “There were two students on the bus but the good news is that no one was injured,” he said.
There was little damage to the bus which had to remain on the scene until Georgia State Patrol could investigate and the students were transported the rest of the way home by another bus.
CLEVELAND, Ga. — A three-year-old child was seriously injured today when he was struck by a pickup truck in the parking lot of Cleveland Ingles store.
Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said the child’s mother was placing groceries in the back of her car when the pickup truck backed out of the opposite parking space and pinned the child between the truck and his mother’s car.
Paramedics arrived and performed CPR and a helicopter was called to airlift the child but due to his condition, he was transported instead by ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating. Fetch Your News will have more details when they become available.