Arrest made in overdose death of Cleveland woman

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a Cleveland woman whose body was discovered in a room at the M Star Hotel on Aug. 19.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) and the Cleveland Police Department arrested Olaffia Hester, age 27, of Gillsville Wednesday.

Hester was arrested for felony murder in connection to the overdose death of Katelyn Baker, age 23, of Cleveland. Baker’s body was discovered in a room at the M Star Hotel Cleveland by cleaning staff. The Cleveland Police Department and the White Coroner’s Office responded to the hotel and asked for ARDEO’s assistance when the death was suspected to be an overdose.

Hester was taken into custody in Gainesville with assistance from the Hall County Sheriff’s
Office. This is an ongoing investigation, and more charges are anticipated. 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, Banks County, Jackson County,
Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, Gilmer County, Fannin
County, the Cleveland Police Department and the Toccoa Police Department, along with the
Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia
Department of Community Supervision, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Missing man found dead in his overturned vehicle

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The body of a Cleveland man reported missing on Aug. 16 was recovered Friday Aug. 20  from his crashed vehicle on SR 75 (Helen Highway) near Helen.

State Patrol Troopers who investigated crash said 50-year-old Robert McKenna was driving his Chevrolet Silverado north on Helen Hwy., traveled off of the east shoulder and struck a dirt embankment.  The Silverado vaulted over a driveway and landed in a ditch, overturning, coming to a final rest on its roof.

He was last being seen on Sunday, Aug. 14.  A missing person investigation had been launched by the Cleveland Police Department and included a ground search of the area and a search from the air by the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit.  Any further information regarding that investigation should be directed to the Cleveland Police Department.

Routine traffic stop is not so routine after all

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – A routine traffic stop of a speeding vehicle on Sunday turned out to be more serious than first expected when the driver, 19-year-old Nicholas Castillo of Gainesville was found to have a gun tucked into his waistband, THC vapes – a Schedule I drug – marijuana, and multiple containers of alcohol.

Cleveland Police Chief Jeff Shoemaker said the narcotics were packaged and ready for distribution.

Castillo was charged with speeding, open container, possession of alcohol under 21, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule I drug, possession of a Schedule I drug with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

He was transported to the White County Detention Center without bond.

UPDATE: Search for missing Cleveland woman reaches fifth day

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Cleveland Sheriff Jeff Shoemaker said today that there are no results to report in the search for Mattie Mizell, a 69-year-old Cleveland woman missing since New Year’s Day.

Mattie Mizell

“We have searched now for five days without any major developments in regards to the whereabouts of our missing person,” Shoemaker said in an email to Fetch Your News.  “We have had ground crews searching outlying areas near the last known locations and have utilized helicopters to search adjacent waterways and areas that are more difficult to access by foot.”

Ms. Mizell is a black female, black hair, brown eyes, approximately 5 feet, 3 inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue pants or jeans, purple/blue hooded sweatshirt, blue shoes with white trim.

Authorities are interested in talking to the driver of a copper/ orange/ red pickup that was observed on NOK drive on Jan. 1 between 4 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. in hopes that they may have observed the missing person.  A woman who matched the description of Ms. Mizell was spotted on a video recording walking on NOK Drive about that time.

Shoemaker also stated: “We would like to speak with visitors to Babyland on 1/1/22 between the hours of 3 pm to 6:00 pm. We ask for anyone with information to please call the Cleveland Police Department at 706-865-2111, White County E911 at 706-865-0911.”

Ms. Mizell’s daughter works for the City of Cleveland and Mayor Josh Turner spoke at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. “I want to thank you and your staff,” he said. “It’s been a rough couple of days for the City of Cleveland in search of one of our residents. This hits close to home for us in the City of Cleveland. (Ms. Mizell’s) daughter works for the City. So I want to thank Director (David) Murphy and Sheriff (Rick) Kelly and their staff for the countless hours of the last few days.” The mayor also thanked the private citizens who have participated in the search.

 

 

 

 

 

Mattie’s Call issued for missing Cleveland woman

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Mattie Mizell

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The City of Cleveland Police Department has issued a Mattie’s Call for 69-year-old Mattie Mizell. Ms. Mizell was last seen in the area of White Street and Wilford Ash Parkway in Cleveland at approximately 1 p.m. Saturday, 1/1/22. If you see Ms. Mizell, please call 911. The clothing she was last wearing is unknown.

She may be suffering from dementia and is believed to have left walking to an unknown destination. Mrs. Mizell is a black female, black hair, brown eyes, approximately 5 feet, 3 inches tall, and weighs 160 pounds.

She was last seen wearing blue pants or jeans, purple/blue hooded sweatshirt, blue shoes with white trim. If anyone has any information regarding Mrs. Mizell please contact the Cleveland Police Department at 706-348-7078, White County E911 706-865-0911.

Maysville man charged with DUI, possession of meth, assault on an officer

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Timothy Aaron Lott, 32, of Maysville, was arrested by the Cleveland Police Department last week and charged with aggravated assault on an officer, fleeing or attempt to elude, DUI, possession of methamphetamine and multiple motor vehicle violations.

Officer Ray Rutledge stopped Lott on Hwy. 11 at approximately 7:45 p.m. for driving without headlights being illuminated while it was raining. According to the incident report, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana. When he asked Lott to step out of the vehicle, Lott sped off. The officer reached into the vehicle in an attempt to stop Lott, and was thrown to the ground.

A chase ensued and Lott turned right onto Donald E. Thurmond Parkway where he struck another vehicle and the guardrail then went down an embankment before fleeing on foot into the woods. He was apprehended a short time later and transported to the White County Detention Center.

A search of Lott’s vehicle uncovered a large amount of meth, a brown substance that appeared to be heroin, clear glass smoking device with a white substance that appeared to be meth.

The officer was not seriously injured.

 

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Cleveland woman charged with drug trafficking

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga — A 60-year-old Cleveland woman was arrested following a two-month drug investigation on February 17.

Mary Pamela Clay, 60, of Cleveland, GA was charged with trafficking of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana with Intent to distribute. Also assisting with the investigation were the White County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police Department and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Approximately 2.5 ounces of Methamphetamine and 1.5 ounces of Marijuana, along with $3,183 in cash were seized as a part of the investigation. The illegal drugs seized during the investigation possessed a street value of $2,000 dollars.

This investigation is still active and ongoing.

For additional information about Appalachian RDEO 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, Gilmer County, Fannin County, the Cleveland 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. 

 

 (Photo courtesy of ARDEO)

 

 

Three arrested in robbery at Knights Inn

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Cleveland Police Department
Press Release

On Jan. 20, at approximately 6 a.m. officers with the Cleveland Police Department responded to a robbery at the Knights Inn located at 244 South Main Street, Cleveland.

Upon arrival officers learned that Jessica Neal and Dustin Wacaster of Gainesville, had been in a motel room with James Grant and then another unknown suspect came to the room to pick up Neal and Wacaster. Upon the arrival of the third person, all of the person’ s and Grant got into an argument and then an altercation. During the altercation, Grant was robbed of his money, car keys, and wallet.

The people all left the motel with Mr. Grant’ s items. A subsequent investigation found that the other person involved in the Robbery was John Flanagan IV of Dahlonega. After interviews were completed it was found that all of the suspects were involved in the taking of Grant’ s belongings and all were arrested or warrants were obtained, for robbery and theft by taking.
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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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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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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.

Fetch Your News will have more details as they become available.

 

 

 

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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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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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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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