‘Most dangerous doctor’ arrested in Helen

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Ronald Wheeler

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Before his license was revoked, Wheeler was a urologist who specialized in the treatment of prostate cancer with high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) at his office in Sarasota, Florida. He was arrested at that office last July, three months after his license was revoked, following an anonymous complaint.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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Cleveland man charged with terroristic threats

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 43-year-old Cleveland man Saturday after he allegedly struck his mother and threatened to burn her house and barn.

Jonathan David Sarbon has been charged with battery, making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

According to the incident report, the victim’s husband John Joyner called 911 after hearing his wife, Jane Joyner, scream. He then went outside to talk to Sarbon who had flipped a 4-wheeler on its side. Joyner said Sarbon wanted the keys to the vehicle and when he refused, Sarbon threatened to burn the 4-wheeler, the house and the barn.

Jane Joyner stated her son had been drinking, started an argument and began cursing at her. She added that Sarbon pushed her and deputies observed an injury to her elbow.

Sarbon, who had fled into the nearby woods, returned to the residence and was taken into custody before being transported to the White County Detention Center where bond was not set.

 

 

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Law enforcement disrupts major marijuana distribution ring operating in three counties

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Steven Pruitt

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Agents with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) and multiple local law enforcement agencies including White County and the Cleveland Police Department disrupted a large marijuana distribution organization operating in White, Habersham and Gwinnett counties last week.

White County authorities learned about the organization through tips from the local community. On Feb. 2, search warrants were executed at Steven Pruitt’s residence at 110 Rolling Ridge Drive in Cleveland where eight pounds of marijuana, 200 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wax and numerous firearms were confiscated.

ARDEO Agents and Norcross Police also executed a search warrant at Evan Johnstone and William Blake Moore’s townhome in Norcross where they found 14 pounds of marijuana, 200 grams of THC wax, 104 .500 mL THC Vape Cartridges, and $42,169 in cash.

Evan Johnstone

Johnstone and Ryan Crispin were arrested with cash and drugs in their possession during traffic stops in White County. An investigation indicated Crispin was coming to White County to purchase marijuana from Pruitt and that Johnstone and Moore supplied Pruitt with marijuana and the THC wax.

Overall, the operation yielded $56,253 in cash and took $546,000 of illegal narcotics off the streets.

Agents believe a large quantity of the marijuana was smuggled into Georgia from states that have legalized marijuana. It also appears Johnstone and Moore were producing their own THC wax, a highly potent THC-concentrated mass that contains extraordinarily high THC levels.

William Crispin

Pruitt, 33, Crispin, 20, and Johnstone, 25, were charged under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute and transported to the White County Detention Center. A RICO warrant has been issued for Moore, but he has not yet been arrested.

Anyone with information about Moore or who would like to report suspicious drug activity can do so via instant message or by calling 706-348-7410.

 

 

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Cleveland man charged with attempted burglary

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Bryan Christopher Thornton

CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County deputies arrested Bryan Christopher Thornton, 39, of Cleveland last week, following a 911 call referencing a suspicious person knocking on a door in Sautee.

White County Sheriff’s Captain Rick Kelley said when deputies located Thornton, he told them he was lost. However, Thornton was wearing an empty gun holster and carrying handcuffs. Kelley said the deputies also discovered paperwork and a bolt cutter in close proximity to Thornton they believe to have been stolen.

Thornton was transported to the White County Detention Center where he was charged with possession of tools for the commission of a crime, entering an automobile, criminal trespass, theft by taking, and criminal attempt to commit burglary.

The investigation is ongoing, said Kelley.

 

 

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