Tense, seven-hour standoff with law enforcement officers follows single-vehicle crash on Hwy. 255

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A single-vehicle wreck that knocked down a power pole on Hwy. 255 South Thursday afternoon led to a tense, seven-hour standoff between the driver of the vehicle and law enforcement officers and first responders from several jurisdictions.

The driver of the vehicle, 39-year-old Nathan Shane McCain of Cleveland, was not injured in the crash and when White County deputies arrived on the scene, he fled into a nearby home. The homeowner told authorities McCain first asked them to call 9-1-1 but then began to act erratically, slashing himself  with a knife, causing them to flee the home unharmed.

White County Sheriff Neal Walden said the White County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Alto Police, and Demorest Police surrounded the home and tried unsuccessfully for the next seven hours to get McCain man to surrender.

Around midnight, Walden said, authorities fired several tear gas canisters into the home, ending the standoff and causing the man to surrender.

He was taken to the White County Detention Center where he is charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers and leaving the scene of an accident. Additional charges are pending and an investigation is ongoing.

Walden said deputies were able to enter the house on a couple of occasions, but had to withdraw when McCain fired several shots into the floor of the home.

“It was a team effort by everyone involved,” Walden said. “It was a very dangerous situation and I’m just glad none of the officers was injured.”

Hwy. 255 South was closed for several hours after the incident.

 

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Cleveland man charged with hit and run

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County authorities have charged 33-year-old Cale Lee Abernathy of Cleveland,  with hit and run, aggravated assault, aggressive driving and failure to report an accident after he allegedly drove his Toyota pickup truck into to the rear of another man’s vehicle, forcing him off the road and down an embankment.

The victim, Nicholas Nottingham, 31 of Cleveland, suffered only minor injuries.

Nottingham said he was on his way to retrieve some belongings from the home of an ex-girlfriend, Carie Abernathy, Cale Abernathy’s ex-wife.

As he approached the home, he spotted Abernathy who, he said, attempted to punch him through an open car window. He then attempted to turn around and go home, but saw Abernathy follow him and then ram his car twice on the rear bumper, causing him to crash.

Deputies went to the Abernathy home and saw scuff marks on the suspect’s truck which he said came from running into a barbed wire fence on his property.

Carie Abernathy, however, said she witnessed her ex-husband driving after Nottingham.

Deputies arrested him and transported him to the White County Detention Center where bond was set at $6,500.

 

 

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First responders rescue woman whose vehicle capsized on flooded roadway

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – On Thursday, May 31, at approximately 5:30 p.m., White County Fire Services personnel responded to a report of a Hummer-type vehicle travelling on Joe Franklin Road in northern White County that had left the heavily flooded roadway and overturned into Duke’s Creek.  It was also reported that the vehicle had a single occupant who was visiting White County from a southern Georgia county.

Two White County Fire personnel and two White County Sheriff deputies walked the rugged hillside terrain along the overflowing and fast moving waters of Duke’s Creek.  Within 15 minutes, rescue personnel located the female who had exited the vehicle and was holding onto a holly tree, the water was about 4- to 5-feet deep from the flooding.  Rescuers brought the female out of the water and walked her back to the awaiting ambulance for evaluation; the female refused transport.  The entire operation lasted about an hour and a half.

 

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‘Most dangerous doctor’ arrested in Helen

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HELEN, Ga. — White County authorities along with the Helen Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at a doctor’s office on South Main Street Tuesday and charged Ronald Wheeler, 71, with practicing medicine without a license.

The newly opened business belonged to Wheeler and Dr. Ben Johnson. Wheeler, has been called “one of the most dangerous doctors” in Florida where he practiced for many years before having his license revoked by the state medical board.

No charges have been filed against Dr. Johnson and the office on Main Street is still open, but the investigation is ongoing.

Before his license was revoked, Wheeler was a urologist who specialized in the treatment of prostate cancer with high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) at his office in Sarasota, Florida. He was arrested at that office last July, three months after his license was revoked, following an anonymous complaint. Undercover police officers posed as cancer patients were told an office visit cost $3,445 and HIFU-based treatments start at $50,000.

In March, Sarasota police charged Wheeler with a scheme to defraud between $20,000 and $50,000 after he diagnosed a man with prostate cancer who did not have cancer at all.

Wheeler also had an office in Sautee before opening the new office in Helen.

Captain Rick Kelley of the White County Sheriff’s Office asks that any patient who has been seen or treated by Wheeler contact him at 706-865-5177.

 

 

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Helen man charged with practicing medicine without license

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HELEN, Ga. — White County authorities along with the Helen Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at a doctor’s office on South Main Street Tuesday and charged Ronald Wheeler with practicing medicine without a license.

The newly opened business belonged to Wheeler and Dr. Ben Johnson.

Captain Rick Kelley of the White County Sheriff’s Office asks that any patient who has been seen or treated by Wheeler contact him at 706-865-5177.

The investigation is very active and ongoing. FetchYourNews will have more details as they become available.

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‘Active shooter’ training exercise at White County Middle School April 4

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CLEVELAND, Ga . — White County Public Safety Director David Murphy wants the public to be aware that an “active shooter training” exercise will take place at White County Middle School on Wednesday, April 4, from 7 a.m. until noon.

This is a joint exercise by the school system, Cleveland Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, White County Public Safety, Cleveland Fire Department and the Georgia Emergency Management-Homeland Security Agency.

Murphy said the exercise will evaluate the plans for both the system and first responders in the event an actual situation should occur. This exercise will include volunteer students and faculty from White County Schools and Truett – McConnell University.

The public should be aware of the increased presence of personnel on this date and not be alarmed as this is only an exercise of emergency response plans.

School systems and public safety personnel all across Georgia have conducted these exercises for some time, but the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and faculty Feb. 14, has led to a heightened awareness of the importance of such exercises.

 

 

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Citizen tip leads to drug bust in White County

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A citizen’s complaint is responsible for taking more methamphetamine off the streets of White County this week.

Following a two-month investigation, the White County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) served a search warrant at David Bell’s residence, 96 Greenview Court, that resulted in the seizure of 16 grams of methamphetamine, a .22 caliber handgun and a sawed-off shotgun.

The street value of the illegal narcotics is $1,600. Christian Poulos, 22, was at Bell’s house and was arrested for probation violation warrants. Bell, 36, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers. Bell and Poulos were 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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Registered sex offender arrested in Helen

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HELEN, Ga. – White County authorities arrested Justin Lee Myers, 21, of Cleveland, a convicted sex offender, last week and charged him with failure to register as a sex offender, providing false information, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, failure to register a firearm and violation of the terms of a probation.

Deputy Daniel Amoling spotted Myers walking near the intersection of Edelwiss Strasse and Tannen Weg in Helen and stopped to question him. The deputy informed the suspect that he had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation and that he was under arrest.

According to the arrest report, as Amoling was attempting to place Myers’ hands behind him, the suspect began to reach for a green and gold item clipped to his belt.

That item turned out to be a Penguin .380, a single-shot firearm that looks like a cell phone and fires electrically charged darts. The deputy retrieved the weapon and placed Myers in handcuffs.

 

 

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