Drug Task Force Arrests 15

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The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug task force arrested fifteen people in a recent sweep in Northwest Georgia.  The Drug Task Force serves Walker, Dade and Chattooga Counties.  Commander Dewayne Brown said that those arrested were found to be in possession of drugs including meth and cocaine.  Some of those arrested had charges for driving violations and firearms possession by convicted felons.  The recent arrests were facilitated by the Drug Task Force and other local law enforcement agencies.

Beginning on June 11, 2019 and ending on June 13, 2019 the Lookout Mtn. Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, Dade County Sheriff’s Office, Trenton Police Department, Lafayette Police Department, and Walker County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint Narcotic Investigation Operation in Dade County, GA. Over the course of these dates the following were arrested.

Jatari Knox 28-YOA – Possession of MDMA, Possession with intent to distribute MDMA, Possession of drug related objects, Possession of counterfeit substance, Possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, Improper lane change, Possession of cocaine, Possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Possession of marijuana more than a ounce, Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Possession of THC, Possession of THC with intent to distribute.

Natasha Horton 34 YOA – Possession of schedule 1, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and Possession of marijuana less than an ounce, possession of drug related objects.

Kaitlyn Kreitz 20 YOA – Possession of schedule IV, Possession of schedule 1 two counts, Possession of a schedule II

Jordan Yue 24 YOA – Possession of methamphetamine, Possession of schedule 1 and Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Cassady Bedford 25 YOA – Possession of schedule 1 two counts.

James Depuy 46 YOA – Driving while license suspended, No insurance, Expired license Plate.

Jose Fuentes 21 YOA – Possession of marijuana, Possession of drug related objects.

Stephanie Breslin 24 YOA- Possession of a schedule II, Possession of a schedule I, Possession of cocaine, Possession of a schedule I, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Justin Breslin 30 YOA- Possession of schedule II, Possession of schedule I two counts, Possession of cocaine, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Gaberial Cabrera-Cruz 22 YOA- Possession of schedule 1, possession of marijuana, following too closely.

Joseph Everett 30 YOA- Fleeing and attempting to elude, Driving while license suspended, Improper lane change, Felony Theft by taking.

Rebeca Nieves 29 YOA- Possession of cocaine, Possession of schedule 1 two counts, Possession of schedule II, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Carolina Lopez 21 YOA- Possession of cocaine, Possession of marijuana, Possession of schedule 1, Crossing of guard line.

Mackenzie Mcneil 21 YOA- Possession of Schedule 1, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce, Possession of schedule IV.

Ashley Alexander 24 YOA- Possession of cocaine, Possession of schedule 1.

Victoria Lopez 22 YOA- Possession of MDMA, Possession of marijuana, Possession of LSD.

Kavin Pryor 22 YOA- Possession of schedule 1, Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Summerville Resident Reports Scam

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A Summerville resident fell victim to a scam this past week, according to reports from the Summerville Police Department.

Police were called after local resident Jackie Hamilton reported a check that he took for a transaction turned out to be fraudulent.

Hamilton told police that he contacted by a woman in Powder Springs, Georgia about a piano that he had for sale.  The out-of-town woman sent a check to Hamilton for the piano, which he deposited into his account at Regions Bank.  Hamilton told police that after he purchased money orders and paid for shipping for the piano, Regions Bank contacted him and told him that the checks he had deposited for the piano and delivery were no good.

Hamilton told police that he lost $1,490 in the phony transaction.

The incident is under investigation by the Summerville Police Department.

Gangster Disciples Active In Georgia

Last week a corrections officer at Hays State Prison was arrested on charges of bringing drugs and contraband into Hays State Prison in Pennville.  Officials say that the woman was supplying the contraband to “Gangster Disciples”, who are active in Georgia’s Prison system.  The gang has roots in Chicago but officials in Georgia say that the gang is quite active in Georgia.

Last week, thirty-nine-year-old Lakeshia Katersa Thomas was found in possession of more than an ounce of marijuana during the execution of a search warrant at her residence on Leon Street in Rome. The marijuana was intended for distribution to members of the “Gangster Disciples” criminal street gang at the prison in Chattooga County, according to the report. Thomas reportedly received financial compensation in exchange for her participation in smuggling contraband into the facility.

The Gangster Disciples are a national gang whose organization dates back to the 1970s. The US Attorney’s Office says that the gang is highly structured, with a hierarchy of leadership posts known as “Positions of Authority” or “POAs.” The gang strictly enforces rules for its members, the most important of which is “Silence and Secrecy” – a prohibition on cooperating with law enforcement. Violations of the rule are punishable by death.

Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta said recently, “The Gangster Disciples are a ruthless gang that has preyed upon the good people of our communities for far too long. We are dedicated to continue dismantling these organized and violent criminal enterprises until we reach our ultimate goal of ending their reign of terror.”


Dove Hunters: Season Changes for 2019–2020

Planning ahead for dove season? The 2019–2020 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations, which includes doves, were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources.

Doves are a federally regulated migratory bird. As such, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually establishes a framework (opening and closing dates, maximum season length, and maximum bag limits) within which the states must set their seasons. These frameworks are developed with input of state wildlife agencies, and are informed using biological population, harvest, and habitat data. Recent framework changes to the maximum closing date for doves allows Georgia to adjust its dove season responsive to public desires.

“For years our dove hunters have expressed a desire to end the dove season later,” said John Bowers, Chief of the Game Management Section of the Wildlife Resources Division. “The recent framework change allows us to provide dove hunting opportunity until January 31, and our dove season provides the maximum opportunity allowed.”

Dove season hunting dates are Sept. 7–30, Nov. 23–Dec. 1, and Dec. 6–Jan. 31. A complete summary of migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits is online at www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.

State license fees help support wildlife conservation in Georgia. The state receives federal funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, based on a number of factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses. In Georgia, these funds are approximately $14 million a year and have helped restore habitat and improve wildlife populations, expand public dove hunting opportunity and improve hunter access. Hunters may purchase licenses online at www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at more than 800 license agent locations.

For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.

Water Meter Tampered With In Summerville

Summerville Police recently investigated a water meter that was tampered with, according to reports from the police department.

Sixty-six-year-old Glenda Smith of a Woodland Avenune address was cited this past week after a city employee found that the water meter at her home had been removed.

Police say that Smith had the water turned on at the residence and then the meter was removed the same day.

Smith was cited in connection with the incident.

Arrest Report - Sunday - June 16, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Sunday, June 16, 2019:

Mohawk To Fly Largest U.S. Flag In The State

To honor its employees and celebrate its unique American heritage, Mohawk Industries will host a special American flag raising ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
“We are proud to be an American company, and we are inspired by the ingenuity and commitment of our exceptional people,” said Jeff Lorberbaum, Mohawk Industries’ chairman and chief executive officer. “Our competitive edge comes from more than 20,000 U.S. employees who make, sell and deliver our products, with about half of those working in Georgia. Hundreds are veterans who nobly served our country, which makes this flag especially poignant as a means of expressing our appreciation to our employees.”

According to the company, the flag will be the largest in Georgia, measuring 45 feet high by 75 feet wide and weighing over 150 pounds. Towering from a 130-foot pole on the company’s Union Grove campus, the flag will be a landmark for drivers along I-75. In addition to Union Grove, Mohawk said it operates a network of more than 30 manufacturing, distribution and administrative facilities across Georgia, providing a substantial economic impact in each community.

Mohawk said it takes great pride in the long tenure of its employees, with more than one in every eight having been with the company 25 years or more. During the event, Mohawk will recognize 15 area employees with 30 or more years of service.

“These individuals represent the thousands of men and women at Mohawk who produce the best American-made flooring, using state-of-the-art technology combined with old-fashioned innovation and creativity. We proudly raise this flag in their honor,” said Lorberbaum.

Mohawk added that it is supporting more than 120 nonprofit organizations, including the Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Local scouts will help raise the flag during the ceremony and, afterwards, will receive badges for their uniforms.

Mohawk will also donate flooring to Camp Sidney Dew and Camp Misty Mountain in northwest Georgia to refurbish indoor community spaces for use by future generations and will provide $10,000 to sponsor scouts to attend either camp or their national convention.

“These donations will have a huge impact on the boys and girls of the Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta,” said Carley Ferguson, a board member of Girl Scouts and vice president of internal audit at Mohawk. “The provided flooring will update facilities for members to experience nature and build lifetime friendships, while the funds will help them attend camps where they will learn teamwork and leadership skills.”

After the flag is raised, Rebecca Howell of Cochran, Ga., most recently featured on NBC’s The Voice, will perform the national anthem. Other event highlights include remarks by Mohawk’s Tom Lape, president of residential flooring, and Jeff Lorberbaum, plus a performance by the Spirit of Atlanta Drumline and a barbecue lunch.

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It's Time For Georgia Watermelons

After two years of extreme weather during their season, Georgia watermelon growers are reporting smooth sailing.

Overall acreage is down, but yields and quality are up, according to a news release from the Georgia Watermelon Association, LaGrange.

“The weather for this year’s growing season has been good so far,” Rob Greene, association president and owner of Lime Creek Farms, Arabi, Ga. “It is getting hot quickly, and that is watermelon weather.”

The state produces watermelons on more than 18,000 acres, and the first watermelons began arriving in stores June 10. Meredith McGlamory, the 2019 Georgia Watermelon Queen, will be promoting the fruit and educating consumers in stores throughout the summer, according to the release.

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Other promotions from the Georgia Watermelon Association include partnerships with Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. Participants in the annual Braves Country 5K on June 1 enjoyed slices of watermelon at the finish line. On July 4-5, attendees at Braves’ games will receive a hand-held watermelon fan to keep them cool.

Social media will feature a consumers’ sweepstakes that is entered by submitting photos enjoying Georgia watermelons. Prizes will be awarded weekly. See https://www.facebook.com/gawatermelons for more information.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Affecting Chattooga County

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The Georgia Department of Public Health says that our state is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak.  Public health officials say that 316 cases of hepatitis A have been identified across the state. In Northwest Georgia 143 cases have been confirmed, according to the Northwest Georgia Public Health District.

Twenty-four cases have been reported in Chattooga County.

Recently there have been reports from the Chattanooga area and the Fort Payne, Alabama area about cases of hepatitis A being spread by food service workers.  Health officials say that the disease is a highly contagious liver infection is spread like many viruses. It’s ingested from objects, food or drinks that are contaminated by small, undetected amounts of feces from an infected person.  Also, hepatitis A is also spread by sexual contact or even close personal contact.

High-risk groups such as drug users, men who have sex with men and the homeless are especially susceptible to the disease.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says that vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A and that frequent hand washing – especially for those working around food – is a way to prevent the spread of the disease.

You can find out more from the Georgia Department of Public Health here.

Arrest Report - Saturday - June 14, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, June 15, 2019:

More Charges For Man Accused Of Fleeing From Law Enforcement

Additional charges have been filed against Rome man who was already facing 47 felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with a chase with law enforcement on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the Georgia State Patrol charged 22-year old Anzrielle Antipartris Smith of a Williams Street address with felony counts of fleeing or attempting to elude, and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, as well as misdemeanor counts of obstruction of officers, failure to report a crash, speeding, suspended license, hit and run, tires requirements, and reckless driving.

The report at the jail stated that Smith fled from police at 80 miles per hour and rammed a patrol unit with two officers inside and fled the scene on foot at Alabama Highway at Highway 101.


Chattooga Residents Arrested In Walker County

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Several area residents from Chattooga County were arrested recently by authorities in Walker County.

According to the weekly arrest summary from the Walker County Sheriff’s Department:

Denton, Christopher Brady, age 34, Summerville, contempt of court

Henderson, David Steven, age 55, Summerville, failure to appear

Blackmon, Samuel Jacob, age 33, Trion, hold for court only

Parker, Stanley Wayne, age 29, Trion, window tint violation, driving while license suspended or revoked

Vann, Tearia Norton, age 56,  Trion, possession of meth

Slayton, Kelby Christopher, age 22, Summerville, driving while license suspended or revoked

Letter From Senator Isakson Presented To Chattooga WWII Marine

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One of Chattooga County’s most well-loved World War II Veterans was not able to make it to the World War II Veterans Luncheon that was held on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day at the Chattooga County Civic Center.  Former United States Marine Billy Locklear was in the hospital in Rome – so Ms. Odell Anderson took his letter from Senator Johnny Isakson to the hospital to honor Mr. Locklear.

Ms. Anderson and Chattooga County State Court Judge Jon Dennis were on hand at the hospital to present the letter to Mr. Locklear this week.  Mr. Locklear is Chattooga County’s last surviving veteran of the Battle of Saipian. Mr. Locklear received the Purple Heart and many other medals for his service in WWII. He served between 1943 and 1945, which included fighting at the Battle of Saipan in June 1944. Our prayers and best wishes to this special Marine from Chattooga County.

Arrest Report - Friday - June 14, 2019

Man Arrested For Theft Of Vehicle In Trion Over Three Years Ago

Law enforcement in Floyd County arrested a Bartow County man recently in connection with a vehicle theft that happened at Wal-Mart in Trion three-and-a-half years ago.

Floyd County Police say that they used DNA evidence to connect forty-seven-year-old Charles Allen Brock of Cartersville to the theft of a 1997 Jeep Wrangler.  The Jeep was found at a location on Firetower Road in Floyd County in November of 2015 after the theft was reported in Trion.

Police say that a radio was removed from the Jeep and that there were traces of blood around the area where the radio was located inside the Jeep.  Detectives used DNA evidence from the blood to link Brock with the crime.

Brock was booked into the Floyd County Jail last week in connection with the theft.


Mobbs Selected For New Principal At CHS

Earlier this week it was announced that Chattooga High School Principal Jeff Martin would be leaving his position and going to the school district’s central office as Title I Director for the school system.  Pending Board of Education approval, current Assistant Principal Emily Moseley Mobbs has been selected to take Mr. Martin’s position. Ms. Mobbs told WZQZ News, “It is an honor and privilege to be asked to serve in the capacity of principal at my alma mater.  Chattooga High School is an amazing place and I’m excited for this opportunity.  I look forward to a continued tradition of Tribe Pride.”

Mobbs has been in education for the past eighteen years and has been working in Chattooga County for the past seven years.   She was the CTAE Director for six of those seven years.  Her husband is Brent Mobbs and teaches PE at Lyerly Elementary School.  The Mobbs have two children, Brody and Emily and they live in Lyerly.

Ms. Mobbs graduated from Chattooga High School in 1998 and was the Indian Mascot as well as a cheerleader and participated in tennis and high school rodeo.

Mobbs told WZQZ News, “I am an Indian through and through” and says that she is excited about taking the position of principal at the high school.

Acting School Superintendent Jared Hosmer told WZQZ News that Ms. Mobbs would take over as principal at Chattooga High School on July 1st, if approved by the Chattooga County Board of Education.

Construction Employee Threatens Boss

A worker at the bridge construction project on Highway 48 at Cloudland is accused of assaulting his boss and threatening his life, according to a report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident was reported on Wednesday evening of this week.  Jason Thompson told a responding deputy that he is working on the bridge project on Highway 48 and one of his employees, identified as Keith Ford, verbally and physically assaulted him.

Mr. Thompson said that Ford had made threats and grabbed Thompson around the throat and threw him to the ground.  Other employees intervened and assisted in restraining Ford, according to Thompson.

The employee was fired on the spot and then allegedly threatened his former boss.  Ford is alleged to have said that he would be waiting for Mr. Thompson in Mentone, Alabama and that Ford said he  would “blow his (Mr. Thompson’s)brains out.”

Ford left the scene in a blue Ford Mustang.

The incident is still under investigation by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department.


"Quick-Change" Scammer Sought By Law Enforcement

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The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department says that they are searching for a woman that they believe has ripped-off two local grocery stores with a “quick-change” scam in recent days.

According to the sheriff’s department a woman came into Ingles Supermarket and conned the store by purchasing inexpensive items and paying with a large bill, then interrupting the cashier while they were counting back the change and asking for the original bill back.

It is believed that the same woman conned Save-A-Lot in Summerville as well this week with a similar transaction.

The woman is described as being a Hispanic woman.


Rome Man Charged After Fleeing From Police

A Rome man facing 47 felony and misdemeanor charges following a high-speed pursuit on Tuesday is now in custody.

According to arrest warrants, 22-year old Anzrielle Antipartris Smith of a Williams Street address tried to strike four officers with his vehicle while eluding law enforcement on 2nd Avenue at Glenn Milner Boulevard.

A warrant states that Smith attempted to strike a Floyd County Sheriff’s Office patrol unit multiple times on Calhoun Road at Bells Ferry Road.

Smith also reportedly ran several red lights and stop signs, passed multiple vehicles on the wrong side of the road, and drove into oncoming traffic, all on tires that were almost bald.

He then struck a guard rail but continued to drive away as Georgia State Troopers were trying to block him in.

Smith also allegedly refused to stop and let a passenger out of the vehicle after the victim asked him to do so several times.

Smith then ditched the vehicle and fled on foot.

He remained at large until his arrest early Thursday at a location on Williamson Street.

Smith is charged with four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of false imprisonment, obstruction of officers, fleeing or attempting to elude, aggressive driving, reckless driving, duty to report an accident, five counts of failure to obey traffic control devices, five stop sign violations, six counts of failure to maintain a lane, five counts of driving on the wrong side of the road, six counts of speeding, driving with a suspended or revoked license, two counts of improper passing, two counts of approach of a stationary emergency vehicle, too fast for conditions, two counts of vehicle entering the roadway, a single count of standards for brake lights and signal devices, a tire violation, and a seat belt violation.


Woman City After Being Warned About Chickens

A Summerville woman was issued a citation after being warned about her chickens roaming around.

On Wednesday of this week, April Phillips of a West Washington Street address was issued a citation after her chickens were found roaming free.  Summerville Police say that Ms. Phillips was issued a verbal warning from a Summerville Police officer a week prior to the citation being issued.

Police had pictures of the woman’s chickens roaming in neighbor’s yards on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.