Grand Jury indicts Shelby of cruelty to children, child molestation, sexual battery


CLEVELAND, Ga. — A White County Grand Jury last week indicted 44-year old Scott Shelby of Cleveland on 10 counts of cruelty to children, four counts of aggravated child molestation, sexual battery, two counts of simple battery and aggravated assault.

Those charges are in connection with alleged incidents that occurred at a residence on Rocket Drive February 7.

At the time of the arrest, Capt. Rick Kelley said there were four children in the home ranging in ages from 10-15 years old. The investigation showed a history of abuse. Shelby is charged with three counts of cruelty to children in the first degree and one case of aggravated assault.

The grand jury heard a total of 43 bills addressed and all were true billed.

The grand jury also inspected the White County Detention Center and heard reports from White County Sheriff Neal Walden, Probate Judge Garrison Baker and Superior Court Clerk Dena Adams before recommending the county make the pay of law enforcement personnel commensurate with the hourly rate paid in surrounding counties.



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Grand Jury Indicts Former Hall County Deputy


Michael Paul Lusk

CLEVELAND, Ga. – A White County Grand Jury indicted former Hall County Sheriff’s deputy Michael Paul Lusk, 51,  of Cleveland Monday on charges of Computer Invasion of Privacy and Violation of Oath of Public Office, both felonies.

In May 2015, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office called the GBI in to investigate what they believed to be Lusk’s unauthorized procurement of personal data for his own personal gain.

Lusk was fired that same month and the GBI sought warrants on May 22 from White County Chief Superior Court, Judge Murphy C. Miller.

Lusk surrendered himself at the White County Jail and was later released on a $10,000 bond.

Count One of the indictment reads: “Michael Paul Lusk, on or about the 2nd day of May 2015, did willfully and intentionally violate the terms of his oath as prescribed by law in that he did swear and abide by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and then did violate the laws of the State of Georgia by committing the offense of Computer Invasion of Privacy and stalking, contrary to the laws of said State…”

Count 2 reads: The Grand Jury aforementioned in the name of and on behalf of the citizens of Georgia, charge and accuse Michael Paul Lusk with the offense of Computer Invasion of Privacy for that said accused in White County, Georgia, on or about the 2nd day of May 2015, did intentionally use a computer network to examine personal data relating to Rusty Myers with the knowledge that such examination was without authorization of said person contrary to the laws of the State…”

No trial date has been set.



Former Corrections Officer Indicted on Sexual Assault Charge


CLEVELAND – A White County Grand Jury returned an indictment this week against Grady Harold Speers, a former Georgia Department of Corrections officer.

Speers, 37, is accused of the sexual assault of an inmate at a correctional facility violation of oath of office.

According to the indictment, the alleged assault took place “between the 3rd day of October 2015 and 26th day of January 2016 when Speers was an employee and the victim was someone “who the accused knew, or should have known was a detainee of Lee Arrendale State Prison, contrary to the laws of said State, the good order, peace and dignity thereof.”

The victim was reportedly on a work release program and working in Helen at the time of the alleged sexual activity took place.

Speers is no longer employed by the Georgia Department of Corrections.



James Lyn Holcomb Indicted for Murder


CLEVELAND, Ga. — The Cleveland man who struck and killed 3-year-old Easton Levi Cain with his pickup truck in the Ingles parking lot was indicted by a White County Grand Jury Tuesday.
Thirty-six-year-old James Lyn Holcomb was indicted on three counts of first degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, driving with an expired license and no proof of insurance.

Holcomb is no stranger to law enforcement. He was arrested for DUI in 2001 when he was legally under age and again in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2013. He was not prosecuted on the first two arrests because the District Attorney’s office allowed the statute of limitations to expire.

The Grand Jury heard 37 cases and returned 37 true bills, including the indictment of Christopher Tyler Courville , 18, and Courtlen Conner Daniel,19, in connection with the shooting death of Savion Williams whose body was found in the basement of a Eagle Ridge home last July.

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