Traffic Stop in Helen Nets Drugs, Weapons

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CASTROHELEN, Ga. — What appeared to be a routine traffic stop in the pre-dawn hours in Helen Monday resulted in the confiscation of drugs, weapons and the arrest of three individuals on related charges.

Helen Police Department Officer R. Blevins reported that when he witnessed a Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling south on Main Street weaving across the double yellow center line with a license plate obscured, he executed a traffic stop in the parking lot of America’s Best Value Inn.

According to the report, the driver, who first identified himself as Jose Antonio Diaz, couldn’t stand in one spot for more than a few seconds and seemed overly concerned about Officer Blevins looking inside the vehicle.

Blevins said he observed two individuals, one male and one female in the back seat of the truck and detected the odor of burnt marijuana. When Officer D. Westmoreland arrived to provide backup, the two passengers exited the vehicle. The male identified himself as Antonio Menguaro. The female said her name was Ally Klueber. The male passenger later admitted he had given a fictitious name and identified himself as Martin Herman Castro.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a crack pipe with a liquid residue, pocket knife, two small bags of a green leafy substance, two bags of a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine, $85 in cash, loose hypodermic needles, a small compressed canister of butane, and a butane torch lighter, a loose prescription pill identified as “Citalopram,” a spoon with a white powdery substance, a set of voice recorders, digital scales and a set of brass knuckles.

All three were placed under arrest and transported to the White County Detention Center. The truck was impounded and taken to the Helen Police Department for an additional search pending a search warrant.

Diaz is charged with failure to maintain lane, possession of drug related objects, and possession of drugs. Klueber faces charges for possession of drug related objects, prescription not in original container and possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

Castro faces the most serious charges, including giving a false name to a law enforcement officer, possession of a knife, possession of a concealed weapon, brass knuckles, possession of drug related objects, possession with the intent to distribute, prescription not in the original container

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Helen Police Plan Two Events to Protect Citizens

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BRIAN STEPHENSHELEN, Ga. — The Helen Police Department will hold two events aimed at protecting its citizens.

During Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, Helen Police Chief Brian Stephens announced his department will hold a class aimed at preventing identity theft on Monday May 8 at 6 p.m. inside City Hall. The class will last about 90 minutes.

Stephens said a lot of information will be provided along with handouts followed by a question and answer session for those who attend.

Issues covered will include how to protect yourself, knowing what to do and what not to do. Stephens said it will also cover the latest scams being used to gain your identity. The class is free and open to all Helen and White County residents. To reserve a seat, call the Helen Police Department at 706-878-2722.

On June 26 and 27 at 10 a.m. in the Helen Library Stephens said his department will conduct an event aimed at helping to identify missing children.

Stephens said parents can bring their child to the library to be finger printed and submit a DNA sample, “In case, God forbid, something did happen to the child. It’s aimed at protecting the children.”

Stephens said the DNA sample can be provided by the parent taking a clipping of the child’s hair. The clipping would then be put together with the fingerprints and kept in a safe place.

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Myers Charged with Stalking, Aggravated Assault

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — A Cleveland man wanted by police in Helen for alleged stalking, aggravated assault, escape and willful obstruction of a police officer was arrested by White County Sheriff’s deputies on March 21.

Brandon Alvin Myers, 28, is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend Samantha Roberts, 27 of Helen, the mother of his infant son. Roberts filed a complaint with the Helen Police Department in November that indicated Myers called her phone and texted her constantly after they broke up. She also claimed that he followed her and tried to run her car off the road as she returned from grocery shopping.

Officer Phillip Wood confronted Myers in the parking lot of a public housing project on Petes Park in Helen last November. Wood reported that Myers became agitated while being questioned, pushed the officer away and then bolted into the woods behind the complex. Officers gave chase, but could not locate him.

Myers is currently housed in the White County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $42,000.

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Helen Police Arrest Gainesville Woman, Seize $14,000 in Meth in Local Motel

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HELEN, Ga. –Tammy Kay Leonard, 47, of Gainesville was arrested at a motel room in Helen Wednesday and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug related objects.

Acting on a tip, the Helen Police Department obtained a search warrant that resulted in the seizure of more than five ounces of methamphetamine with a street value of $14,000, scales used to weigh the drugs and needles and other drug paraphenalia.

Chief Brian Stephens said no other arrests were made in connection with the incident aht that Leonard has been denied bond.

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Helen Police Arrest Man in Stabbing Incident

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HELEN, Ga. — Charles Casey Roper, 25, has been charged with aggravated assault and burglary after he allegedly entered a relative’s apartment on Brucken Strasse late Saturday evening.

According to Helen Police Chief Brian Stephens, an argument ensued and 47-year-old Scott Cecil Ramey was stabbed. Ramey was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville where he was treated for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Roper, who has a criminal record, fled the scene following the stabbing. Helen Police found him nd hiding in a nearby utility room and arrested him at about 10:45 p.m. He was taken to the White County Detention Center where no bond has been set.

The incident is still under investigation.

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