Cleveland man charged with burglary

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Justin Owenby

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — On April 4, 2021 the White County Sheriff’s Office responded to 302 New Bridge Road in reference to a burglary. Justin Owenby, 22 of Cleveland was arrested at the residence and charged with burglary 1st degree and criminal damage to Property 2nd Degree. Owenby was charged with Entering Auto and Criminal Damage to Property 2nd degree from an incident at 304 New Bridge Road that was discovered around the same time as the other call. The victim from the 304 New Bridge Rd. incident alerted the victim at 302 the suspect was inside their house at the time. Owenby damaged items belonging to both victims.

North Carolina woman charged with serious injury by vehicle

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — A 43-year-old Warne, N.C. woman has been charged with serious injury by vehicle following an incident at Hulsey Rd. and NOK Drive last week.

On Mar. 11, at 11:19 pm, the White County Sheriff’s Office responded in reference to an adult male with injuries. Deputies made contact with 23-year-old Corey Porch Jr. who, at the time, was unable to recall what happened. Deputies located evidence, which led them to believe Porch was struck by a vehicle, that left the scene.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office followed up on the incident, resulting in the arrest of Sheba Renee Maree. Maree is also charged with serious failure to report an accident and obstruction of law enforcement officers.

2-year-old suffers serious dog bite injuries after walking away from home

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – On Friday, Mar. 5, White County Sheriff’s Office responded to 243 Hiawatha Hills Rd. in reference to a missing 2-year old, who had been missing for a short period of time. As Deputies arrived, they were met by the child’s mother and another adult, who had located the child at a neighbor’s residence, where it appeared he had walked to. Deputies learned the child had been bitten multiple times, by a group of dogs and had serious injuries. The child was transported to the hospital by White County EMS and was last said to be in stable condition.

Multiple law enforcement agencies seize drugs, weapons

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. – Law enforcement agencies from Lumpkin, White and Hall counties joined forces with the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) to remove three pounds of methamphetamine and nine firearms off the street Tuesday (Feb. 23.).

After a four-month investigation, ARDEO agents served a search warrant at 7058 Britt Gailey Road in Clermont and arrested the following people:

  • Stacey Callaway Oliver, 41, of Clermont, charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony;
  • Rosa Estrada, 34, of Gainesville, charged with trafficking methamphetamine;
  • Wesley Oliver, 55, of Clermont, charged with possession of methamphetamine;

The methamphetamine seized possessed a street value of $21,000 dollars. During the investigation it was determined that this drug organization was supplying illegal drugs to a large area in Northeast Georgia

This investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.

 

For additional information about ARDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look for [email protected] on twitter or follow on [email protected] 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 Toccoa Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of PublicSafety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

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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 [email protected] on twitter or follow on [email protected] 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)

 

 

White County deputies chase, arrest burglary suspect

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – Alert White County deputies arrested a Cleveland man who is suspected of burglary Tuesday.

According to a White County Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies had been searching for Corey Franklin Cantrell for several weeks in connection with a burglary investigation.

While searching for Cantrell, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen vehicle in the Swiss Colony community, which is close to the Sautee Express. Deputies were already in the area when they spotted the stolen vehicle.

Deputies then made contact with Cantrell inside the stolen truck. While attempting to remove him from the vehicle, there was an altercation and Cantrell fled the scene in the stolen truck.

He then parked that vehicle at a nearby residence and stole a second vehicle. When he attempted to flee from the Swiss Colony community in the stolen truck, deputies deployed two sets of spike strips to disable the vehicle, stopping it at the entrance of the Sky Mountain subdivision and, after a brief pursuit on foot, Cantrell was taken into custody.

He is charged with burglary, two counts of theft by taking, fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction, possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, probation violation. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

“Our deputies did an outstanding job,” said Sheriff Rick Kelley. “As a result of their determination, training, and experience they were able to safely take Cantrell into custody. Last night, our deputies exhibited their strong dedication in serving and protecting the citizens of White County. I couldn’t be more proud of them than I am today.”

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Cleveland man charged with battery, stalking

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – A Cleveland man has been charged with battery, family violence, aggravated stalking, resisting arrest and cruelty to children, following a domestic violence incident on Ivy Hills Drive on Jan. 14.

White County deputies were called to the scene shortly after midnight where they were confronted by an angry Danny Ramey, age 40, who, according to the incident report, forcefully resisted arrest. The deputy gained control of the situation and placed him into custody.

Ramey was transported to the White County Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

 

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Cleveland man charged with burglary

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — On Jan. 23, the White County Sheriff’s Office responded to 120 Wildwood Trl., Cleveland in reference to a burglary. Deputies spoke with the victim, who stated the suspect fled from the residence, when they arrived home. The victim advised the suspect previously forced entry into the residence and took an item(s) when they fled. The victim was familiar with the suspect. As a result of the investigation, Mauriceo Wood, age 29, was charged with Burglary 1st Degree. Mauriceo listed his address as homeless.

Murrayville man charged with meth possession

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – A 39-year-old Murrayville man was charged with possession of methamphetamine and half dozen traffic offenses following a routine traffic safety stop last week near the intersection of Bill Pressley and Ricky West Road.

White County deputies stopped Brian Ballard’s ’97 Ford F150 pickup and discovered the tag had expired by more than two years. When they ran the tag, they learned it did not come back to the pickup truck. During a search of the vehicle, they located a small plastic baggie that contained a white crystal like substance and a pipe.

Ballard was transported to the White County Detention Center. In addition to possession of meth, Ballard was charged with possession of drug related objects, affixing a plate to conceal identity, operation of an unregistered vehicle and failure to wear a seatbelt. Bond was set at $5,000

Multi-agency drug bust in North Georgia

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, several arrests were made across numerous counties in North Georgia as the culmination of a year-long investigation conducted by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Community Supervision, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Major Offender’s Task Force, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office.

Throughout the investigation, law enforcement seized 433 grams of methamphetamine, 4 pounds of marijuana, 89 grams of crack cocaine, 53 grams of powder cocaine, 90 grams of heroin, 3 firearms, more than $19,000 U.S. Currency, and other assets valued at over $20,000. Two stolen ATV’s were also recovered as a part of the investigation.

The primary suspect of the investigation, Bernard Jermaine House, 43, of Buford, was arrested on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, and five counts of Distribution of Heroin, with further charges pending. Four search warrants were conducted on Wednesday at addresses associated with House’s drug trafficking organization. Other individuals arrested are as follows:

Christian Wright, 30, of Gainesville, was charged with two counts of Trafficking Heroin, Distribution of Heroin, Trafficking Cocaine, Trafficking Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana.

Bobby Joe Holloman, 47, of Gainesville, was charged with two counts of Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Cocaine.

Jason Brannon, 44, of Homer, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute.

Tiffany Kinney, 38, of Homer, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute.

Brendan Hand, 31, of Cleveland, was charged with Possession of Heroin.
DesiRay Rider, 32, of Cleveland, was charged with Possession of Heroin.

Ptia Moss, 27, of Cleveland, was charged with Possession of Heroin, Crossing of Guard Lines with Drugs, and Possession of Drug Related Objects.

Jacob Loden, 21, of Cleveland, was charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Related Objects.

Additionally, several other individuals wanted for unrelated crimes were also arrested during this investigation.

For additional information about Appalachian RDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look for [email protected] on twitter or follow on [email protected] 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.

Hiker who died Tuesday identified as White County woman

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities have identified the woman who was killed in a fall from Yonah Mountain Tuesday as Jennifer Randall of White County.

Randall was hiking with her husband and young son when the accident occurred. Sources say Randall had hiked the area several times with her family.

White County Emergency Services responded to the rock face formation of Yonah Mountain on Tuesday at 10:27 a.m. for a reported fall of a female subject from the rock face.

White County Fire Services, EMS and Sheriff’s Office with mutual aid from Helen Fire Department and the Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade responded to the incident.

EMS and Fire personnel had to use a rope system to access the patient, who was pronounced deceased on the scene. Due to the location of the patient personnel had to use the rope system and basket stretcher to lift the victim back to the top of the rock. This was an extremely treacherous area and the safety of personnel were of concern.

It took several personnel to assist in the recovery of the victim, and the seen was cleared at approximately 3:30PM. This is one of those tragic accidents that can occur while hiking in the trail areas of our county.

The White County Sheriff’s Office, and GA Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident.

Residents evacuated following propane leak

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County 911 received a call at 12:56 p.m. Monday (Aug. 10) advising of a gas leak at 690 Holiness Campground Rd. Firefighters from Fire Stations 2 and 4 responded along with White County EMS and White County Sheriff’s Department.

Mutual aid was requested from Hall County Fire Station 2 and Hall County Hazmat team. Approximately 2,800 gallons of liquid propane leaked from a broken valve on a delivery truck.

Residents were advised via the CodeRed emergency alert system to evacuate the area and a shelter was established at the Park & Rec Department on Asbestos Rd. Firefighters went door to door and assisted residents in the immediate area to evacuate. Several roads in the area closed including Holiness Campground

The Hall County Hazmat team was canceled as the leak was contained before their arrival. Firefighters cleared the scene at 3:12 pm and residents were advised they could return to their homes.

Female inmate found dead in White County Detention Center

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County Sheriff Neal Walden confirmed today (Aug. 7) that Mercedes Brackett, 28 of Gainesville, was found deceased in the medical center in the White County Detention Center at approximately 8:30 a.m.

The cause of death is unknown at this time. The Sheriff’s Office has requested the GBI conduct an investigation. Sheriff Walden said Ms. Brackett was arrested on a probation violation.

Fetch Your News will have more information as it becomes available.

 

 

Millage rate public hearing set Monday

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners will hold the first of three millage rate public hearings and a called meeting on Monday (July 27) at 8 a.m. in the County Administration Building on Helen Hwy.

The Board will present the proposed millage rate then call for comments from the public in favor of or opposed to the proposed rate.

Commissioners are required to hold three public hearings this year. The second millage rate public hearing is scheduled for Monday (July 27) at 4:30 p.m. in the Administration Building. During the afternoon session, commissioners will consider:

Requests from the Sheriff’s Office, including six new vehicles, two ballistic shied panels for courthouse security, 24 laptops for patrol vehicles and approval of an IT position;

Approval of a contract with Southern Geotechnical Consultants for the 2020 road paving and rehabilitation project for construction materials testing and construction inspection services;

Approval of a contract with ACG Solutions for the county courthouse access control project;

A land use application filed by Joshua Wells to request a conditional use permit on 3.01 acres at 156 Bear Mountain Trail in Helen to be placed in the short-term rental program;

A land use application filed by Cleve McAfee to redistrict property on 8.77 acres at 4389 Hwy. 115 East in Cleveland from C-1 Community Commercial District to C-2 Highway Business with a conditional use for single-family residences;

A land use application filed by Steve Seabold for a conditional use permit on 1.73 acres at 5494 Hwy. 356 in Sautee Nacoochee to be placed in the short-term rental program;

A land use application filed by William Porter for a conditional use permit on 1.38 acres at 121 Laura Lane in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;

A land use application filed by Wendy Moses for a conditional use permit on one acre at 164 Pine Ridge Drive in Helen to be placed in the short-term rental program.

 

 

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GBI, White County deputies investigate murder

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and White County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting death of 41-year-old Mitchell Smallwood.

Deputies received a 911 call to 32 Happy Hollow Road in Cleveland on June 30 where they found the victim deceased. Rita Sanders-Luse, 66, has been charged with murder. No other details were immediately available.

BOC will hold public hearing on budget Monday

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing and called meeting Monday (June 15) at 4:30 p.m.

Finance Director Jodi Ligon will present the proposed fiscal year 2020-2021 budget which call a balanced overall budget of $24,744,021 and a general fund budget of $19,778,496. There are no increases in the 2020 departmental budgets with the exception of an increase in employee insurance premiums of $733,495. The increase in premiums will not be passed along to employees.

The public will then be given an opportunity to speak in favor of or in opposition to the proposal before commissioners conduct the final vote.

Commissioners will also consider the following:

  • A surplus resolution for the Sheriff’s Office;
  • A land use application filed by Samuel and Louise Hersey to request a conditional use permit on one acre located at 433 Laurel Ridge Road in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • Mid-year board appointments to the White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors;
  • White County DFACS Board;
  • White County CVB Board of Directors; Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

The Board will also consider approval and/or the renewal of the following contracts:

  • Rushton & Company, LLC letter of engagement fot the fiscal year 2019-2020 financial audit;
  • Chattahoochee Group for landscaping at Freedom Park;
  • Unlimited Lawn Care for treatment of all athletic fields at Asbestos Road Parks and Recreation Complex, Yonah Preserve Ballfield Complex and Tesnatee Sports Complex;
  • Avita Community Partners (Mental Health) General Fund;
  • County Health Department General Fund;
  • Enotah Court Appointed Special Advocates – General Fund;
  • Family Connections – General Fund; Sautee Nacoochee Community Association
  • Hotel/Motel Tax Fund;
  • White County Board of Library Trustees – General Fund; White County Development Authority; White County Historical Society Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.

 

 

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