Cleveland man charged with child molestation, sexual battery

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Investigators with the White County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason Smidt, 48, of Cleveland Oct. 9 and charged him with sexual battery and child molestation.

Captain Rick Kelley said the arrest followed a report of inappropriate contact between Smidt and a juvenile.

Smidt was released from the White County Detention Center on Oct. 11 on $15,000 bond.

Kelley declined to release any further information as the investigation is ongoing.

 

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White County man faces drug charges

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — A 34-year-old Cleveland man was arrested Saturday and charged with sale, distribution or possession of a dangerous drug, speeding and driving while license is suspended or revoked.

While on patrol, White County Deputy Daniel Amoling observed a silver Ford Explorer traveling at an excessive rate of speed on Hwy. 129 South near Totherow Road.  Radar detected the speed to be 74 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.

Amoling initiated a traffic stop and the driver, Stephen Maye, presented his drivers’ license. According to the arrest report, Maye advised  the deputy that his license had been suspended and that he had a limited driving permit, which he said had also been suspended due to a second DUI.

White County Communications advised Amoling that Maye also had a warrant out of the Clayton Police Department.

Asked if he had anything illegal in his possession, Maye surrendered a bag of pills (Trazodone, a dangerous drug) for which he had no prescription and a pipe with marijuana residue.

Amoling had the vehicle towed and transported Maye to the White County Detention Center.

 

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Cleveland man arrested for possession, intent to distribute meth

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Citizens’ complaints led to the arrest of a White County man on drug charges Wednesday,

The Cleveland Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) arrested Lamar Swindoll at his residence on Skitts Mountain Road.

A search of his residence uncovered 19 grams of methamphetamine. Street value of the narcotics is estimated to be $2,000. Swindoll was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. He was transported to the White County Detention Center.

For additional information about ARDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look for ARDEO@appalachiandtf on twitter or follow on facebook@appalachianrdeo and/or Instagram.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County the Cleveland Police Department, the Lavonia Police Department, and the Toccoa Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Cleveland man charged with aggravated assault

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Linton Gordon Adams, 20, of Cleveland was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly brandished a revolver and threatened to kill Steven Ruis, a friend of Adams’ mother.

According to the police report Adams had been arguing with his wife Faith Adams. When he attempted to get in his vehicle to leave, Ruis said Adams’ mother, Amy Eller, attempted to stop him because he was intoxicated.

The argument then escalated to include Eller and Ruis and at some point, Adams allegedly went into the residence at 336 Nelms Road to retrieve a weapon and threatened to kill Ruis.

Eller told police that Adams’ grandparents came outside and took the pistol from her son at which point, he walked back into his grandparents’ residence and said he was going to hang himself if he went to jail.

Deputies Michael Ramey and Chris Williamson of the White County Sheriff’s Office say when they arrived at the scene Adams was staggering while walking and very erratic in his speech.

Williamson recovered the pistol and gave it to Ramey who placed Linton under arrest and escorted him to the White County Detention Center where he was being held without bond.

 

 

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Cleveland man charged with Jan. 30 rape

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — After a lengthy investigation the White County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the rape of a 66-year-old Cleveland woman.

According to the arrest report, Matthew Daniel Gillespie, 26, was arrested Sept 18 and charged with of Jan. 30, 2018 rape as well as first-degree burglary (felony); possession of methamphetamine; exploitation or infliction of pain or deprivation of essential services to disabled person, elder person or resident (felony); and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon, or silencer.

The victim stated she was awakened by a male intruder in her bedroom who was wearing a white mask and white gloves. She told deputies the man was startled when a neighbor’s car started. When she told the man her neighbor usually checks on her, he left the bedroom and ran away.

One of the gloves was left behind and deputies took it into evidence.

 

 

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Jordan charged with aggravated assault and battery

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Hixon Rainer Jordan Sunday morning and charged him with aggravated assault and battery on his girlfriend Jennifer King.

Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call in reference to a vehicle in the ditch call and found Jordan who said he couldn’t remember what happened. Deputies contacted Georgia State Patrol and turned the scene over to them. After GSP completed its investigation, White County dispatch informed deputies that King wanted to file an assault charge against Jordan.

King told deputies she and Jordan spent Saturday night drinking at a bar in Helen shooting pool and watching a football game before returning to their campsite near Poplar Stump Road.

King said once they arrived they got into an argument and he pushed her, knocking over the tent they had set up. When she attempted to get up he shoved her again and she punched him in the face. Jordan then allegedly grabbed her around the throat and started choking her until she delivered a kick, causing him to relinquish his grip.

King said Jordan got into his truck and left. When he didn’t come back, she walked to a restaurant in Helen where she called her mother to come pick her up. She went to her mother’s house and went to sleep then reported to the Helen Police Department shortly after noon where she filed a complaint.

According to the report King had visible bruises that were photographed.

Jordan was charged with aggravated assault and battery and transported to the White County Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

 

 

 

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Cleveland woman arrested for simple battery

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A Cleveland woman was arrested last week and charged with simple battery, driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane.

According to the incident report, White County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call in reference to a domestic dispute at 378 Heather Way where they were met by Jesse Lee Sears, 37. Waters told them him and his girlfriend 40-year-old Ali Renee Marie Ann Harrison, 40, had been arguing.

Sears said Harrison had been drinking all day and that the argument became physical when he tried to keep her from driving. Deputies observed scratches on his face, wrists and chest. Sears said she drove off in a black Volkswagen before they arrived.

Deputies located the vehicle and made a traffic stop at Hwy. 255 South and Huntington Drive.

Deputies noticed Harrison had a black eye and asked how she got it. She said she was sitting in her car listening to music and Sears wanted her to turn it down. When she refused, he told her to get her things from inside the house and leave. She said when she attempted to do that Sears threw her on the ground and kicked her in the face. She said he must have received the scratches when she was trying to defend herself.

Sears said she got the black eye when he pushed her away to prevent her from scratching him and she fell and hit her head on the table.

 

 

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Cleveland man charged with battery, obstruction

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County deputies have charged 54-year-old Kenneth Wayne Law, of Cleveland, with battery, willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession of marijuana after his ex-girlfriend accused him of beating and kicking her.

On Aug. 13, Deputy Daniel Amoling was called to 1283 Westmoreland Road in connection with a domestic dispute. Vickie Nix reported that she was at her son’s home on TS Drive when Law began beating on the door and trying to knock it down.

Nix said he eventually made entry through a rear door and began hitting and kicking her and threw her on the floor. She said he told her was going to his vehicle then come back and kill her.  According to the incident report, while he was outside she ran to another residence where there were some Georgia Power workers and she ran to them asking for help.

She said Law then grabbed her by the arm, but she broke away and ran again and he got into his truck and left.

Law was located the next day and, following a foot chase through the woods, he was arrested and transported to the White County Detention Center.

 

 

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