Suspects arrested after armed robbery at Cleveland convenience store

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Cleveland Police Department
Press Release

CLEVELAND, Ga. — Saturday (May 23) at approximately 6:18 pm, a male subject entered the Chevron Convenience Store on East Kytle Street in the City of Cleveland brandishing two firearms and demanding money.

The Clerk handed over the requested items and the subject left the scene getting into a small white car with a female driver with dark hair. Arriving Officers were able to get a description of the car and gave a lookout to the surrounding counties.

A short time later a Habersham County Deputy saw a car matching the description given and conducted a traffic stop. The subjects were detained for responding units from the Cleveland Police Department.

The suspects were subsequently arrested for armed robbery. The male suspect was identified as Giovanni E Annucci- Romero , age 22 of New Jersey. The female suspect was identified as Terrisa Thammavongra, age 22 of Alto, GA.
No one was injured during the incident or during the arrest. The stolen money and two guns were recovered.

Cleveland man charged with Christmas Day assault on parents

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — A Cleveland man has been arrested for a Christmas Day attack on his parents at their home on Clara Bell Drive.

According to the arrest report, Michael David Love, 37, punched his father, Kevin W. Love, 61, in the face several times then placed him into a choke hold on the family’s sofa. When Love’s mother, Brenda K. Love, 58,tried to stop the attack, her son struck her in the face several times.

The couple’s grandson audio recorded the incident on a cell phone.

Michael Love left the scene before deputies from the Cleveland Police Department arrived. They located him shortly after the incident at his residence on Campbell Street in Cleveland. Deputies said he was armed with a loaded handgun during the incident.

According to the arrest report, Michael Love said he went to his parents’ home for Christmas and to discuss a family matter when his father “got into his face and grabbed him.” He said he was forced to defend himself. He also said his mother grabbed him and pushed him into his father causing him to hit his father. He added that his father swung at him and missed and accidentally hit his mother.

While being questioned by authorities, he complained of a shortness of breath and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

He has been charged with two counts of battery and one count of aggravated assault. Bond was set at $12,000.

 

 

 

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Taco Bell employees thwart armed robbery Wednesday

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JAMES MCCORMICK

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Cleveland Police have identified the man who attempted to rob the Taco Bell on Parkway Plaza shortly before midnight Wednesday as 27-year-old James Dennis McCormick of Lawrenceville.

Chief John Foster said the man entered the fast food chain just before midnight and brandished a  45-caliber handgun. But employees overpowered the man and held him until police arrived and took the man into custody.

McCormick received some minor injuries in the encounter and White County Emergency Services arrived and cleared him medically. He was then transported to the White County Detention Center. He has been charged with armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of or attempted commission of certain crimes.

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Authorities seize illegal narcotics with street value of $4,430

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Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office
News Release

CLEVELAND, Ga. — On Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, the Cleveland Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) arrested three individuals following a joint investigation.

This investigation led authorities to the area of Duke’s Creek Cabins. Multiple cabins were searched, and a search warrant was secured for 42 Daytona Place, Sautee Nacoochee. During the investigation, approximately 40 grams of methamphetamine was seized along with a quantity of “high grade” marijuana. The estimated street value of the narcotics was approximately $4,430.

Arrested were:

Conor Christopher Dimick, 26, of Marietta, GA. Charged with violation of Parole, and an outstanding warrant for forgery.

Alan Richard Smith, 41, of Villa Rica, GA was charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Kimber La’Ran Clark, 27, of Cleveland, was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Additional charges are pending.

All defendants were transported to the White County Sheriff’s Office.

ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via Facebook IM or at 706-348-7410 or contact your local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department.

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 and Franklin County, along with the Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, the Toccoa Police Department, 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 simple battery

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Brandon Dixon

CLEVELAND, Ga. — Brandon Dixon, 22 of Cleveland, has been charged with simple battery, following a domestic violence incident on Oakwood Court in Cleveland on May 21.

According to the arrest report, Officer Sarah Emery of the Cleveland Police Department reported to the residence in reference to a verbal domestic at 7:15 p.m. where she met with Dixon’s father, Gary Dixon, 55. He stated his son had been staying with him since his release from jail and had asked for money. When he refused, he said his son began arguing and cursing at him. He ordered his son to leave and, when he refused, the father called 911.

The report stated Brandon Dixon fled before police arrived, but returned at approximately 10:51 p.m. and began arguing again. During the argument, Brandon Dixon’s brother Cody went into his brother’s room and found their father’s gun. He then brought it to their father. When Brandon attempted to take the gun, he struck his father on the arm.

When officers returned to the residence, they found Brandon Dixon hiding behind a white Jeep near some woods and arrested him. Officers also learned that there was a statement from the court ordering him to stay at least 500 feet from his father.

 

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Public safety officials will conduct training exercise at White County High School May 28

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White Co Emergency Management Agency

For More Information

Contact David Murphy

706-865-9500

      NEWS RELEASE

CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Public Safety Officials in cooperation and coordination with the White County Board of Education will be conducting a mock exercise and training at the White County High School Campus, located at 2600 Hwy. 129 North on Tuesday (May 28) between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This training exercise will simulate emergency response to an incident at the high school utilizing law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services.  Drivers passing the school and those residents around the school will notice several emergency vehicles on and around the school campus.  The White County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency, with support from Cleveland City Police, Cleveland City Fire, White County Fire, White County EMS, and White County Emergency Management Agency.  GEMA, Homeland Security and Georgia State Patrol will also be part of the exercise.

The exercise will be using UAV (drones) support and aviation assets if available.  Students and school personnel have also volunteered to participate in the training exercise.

This training exercise is one part of the school safety initiatives implemented by the Board of Education and local public safety agencies.

“We take every opportunity to train and exercise our plans to protect the students and faculty at all our schools,” stated Public Safety Director David Murphy. “This drill helps us to identify more efficient ways and improvements to our school safety program.”

For more information concerning this exercise & training event, contact the White County Emergency Management Agency at 706-865-9500.

 

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White Co. Drug bust nets $13,000 in illegal narcotics

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – In the continuing effort to remove illegal narcotics from the community and deter drug dealers, law enforcement officials from several agencies searched 31 residences Thursday, made two arrests and confiscated $13,000 in illegal narcotics.

Based on information received from the public, agents from the White County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, Department of Community Supervision, the Department of Corrections K-9 and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) arrested Adam Chadwick Moody, 41, of Clermont, at 2548 Skitts Mountain Road for trafficking methamphetamine. Agents confiscated approximately four ounces of the illegal narcotic.

At 128 Donald Alexander Road, they arrested Angel Nicole Piper, 30, and charged her with for possession of methamphetamine.

The street value of the illegal narcotics seized is $13,000.  Piper and Moody were transported to the White County Detention Center.

ARDEO encourages citizens to report any suspicious drug activity via IM or at 706-348-7410 or contact your local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department.

 

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 and Franklin County, along with the Cleveland Police Department, Lavonia Police Department, the Toccoa Police Department, the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

 

 

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Tennessee man charged with theft by receiving

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Robert Ray Spagnolo, 32, of Knoxville, Tn. was arrested by the Cleveland Police Department Friday, Nov. 23 and charged with two counts of theft by receiving.

According to the police report, Deputy Chris Casey conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 Nissan Sentra on Donald Thurmond Parkway at 1:25 p.m. in reference to a possible stolen tag. The tag and vehicle were confirmed as stolen from David Miles of Savannah and Spagnolo was arrested and charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property.

A passenger in the vehicle was not charged. Spagnolo was transported to the White County Detention Center where bond has been set at $6,000.

 

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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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Report: Juvenile threatens to ‘shoot up’ school

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A juvenile male is being detained at the Regional Detention Center after he reportedly made threats to shoot up the Ninth Grade Academy Thursday.

Cleveland Police Lt. Donna Sims said the juvenile was overheard threatening to shoot up the school when classes resume on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Sims said officers with the Cleveland Police Department began interviewing subjects who say they heard the threats. Once they got corroborating information, the juvenile was detained at the Regional Youth Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing, but there are no other suspects being sought. If any other students heard anything that was said, they are asked to call the Cleveland Police Department at 706-348-7078.

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Cleveland man charged with neglect of disabled wife

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — A report by a home health nurse last week led to the arrest of a Cleveland man who is charged with neglect of a disabled person along with eight counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and the operation of a moohshine still in his home.

Cleveland Police arrested Lee Carter Blake, 53, at his home Friday, April 6, and transported him to the White County Detention Center where he is being held on $13,000 bond.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said deputies went to the home occupied by Blake and his 65-year-old wife, Patricia Blake, who is confined to a wheelchair and found the home to be in “deplorable condition.”

In searching the home, they discovered that Blake, a convicted felon, was in possession of several firearms. He was convicted of theft by taking in 1993.

The search also uncovered an illegal still.

 

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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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Cleveland man charged with aggravated assault

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Charles Gregory Tompkins, 46, of Cleveland turned himself in at the White County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 14. Tompkins is charged with aggravated assault with a gun, cruelty to children in the first degree and reckless conduct.

According to the Cleveland Police Department report, on Oct. 5, Tompkins “Pulled a firearm on a juvenile while sitting in the parking lot of the (Cleveland) Walmart” and told the boy he was going to rob Walmart before laying the gun barrel on the boy’s leg.

The report does not indicate Tompkins made any attempt to rob the store but does indicate he might be “having a diabetic episode.”

After a month-long forensic investigation, Tompkins decided to turn himself in and was immediately charged. Bond was set at $20,000.

 

 

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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 Police arrest gang member

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Richard Nash

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Cleveland Police Department arrested alleged gang member Richard Nash, 25, of Cornelia on a long list of felonies, including willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer by use of threats of violence Jan. 10

Nash is believed to be a member of Ghost Face Gangsters, a prison-based gang that has been in Georgia for more than 20 years. The gang is believed to be responsible for a prison break last June that left two correction officers dead.

Cleveland Police attempted to question the driver of a vehicle parked at the Walmart store when Nash, a passenger, jumped from the vehicle and ran. He was quickly apprehended and booked into the White County Detention Center.

Nash is also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempted commission of a felony and criminal use of an article with an altered ID tag.

 

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Cleveland Police Arrest Two on Drug Charges

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Lisa Wertz arrested by Cleveland Police.

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Cleveland Police Chief John Foster announced in a press release that deputies arrested 44-year-old Lisa Wertz and 29-year-old Ruben Derrick Hoffman at a residence at 435 Pine Circle in Cleveland Monday on multiple drug charges.

Foster said the two are suspected of selling between two and three ounces of meth a week from that location.

Wertz is charged with distribution of meth, possession of meth, possession of drug related objects and cruelty to children in the first degree. She is being held at the White County Detention Center. Hoffman is charged with  distribution of meth, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects, and cruelty to children first degree.

Hoffman is being held at the Habersham County Detention Center on unrelated charges.

Foster said the investigation is ongoing.

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