Cedartown Teen Charged with Murder Extradited to Cherokee Co.

A nineteen-year-old Cedartown, GA man charged with Capital Murder has been extradited back to Cherokee County and is now in the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Matthew Gonzalez was booked in on Thursday on charges of Capital Murder during a Robbery in addition to Cruelty to Dog/Cats 1st Degree.

Gonzalez is accused of killing 4\\forty-five-year-old Matthew Lee Smith during the overnight hours of Saturday, December 2 at a residence in the Salem Community near Spring Garden.

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver stated that deputies and investigators responded to the home and discovered Smith with a gunshot wound to the head, he was pronounced dead at the scene by Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton.

Sheriff’s Office investigators assigned to the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit, Coroner’s Office and the JSU Center for Applied Forensics processed the crime scene.

Chief Investigator Josh Summerford and Investigator Michael Green interviewed Gonzalez at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody early Sunday, December 3rd after being charged with DUI by the Georgia State Patrol.

Gonzalez remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center and is being held without bail.

WEIS Radio

Man Falls and Dangles from Hunting Stand by Ankle for Two Hours in Cherokee Co.

Cherokee County Rescue Squad personnel and Sand Rock Firefighters were called to a residence on County Road 70 near Cherokee Rock Village early Sunday morning after a call reporting a hunter hanging approximately 25ft from a tree stand. That call came in at approximately 6:15 with Cherokee EMS also responding.

According to reports, the tree stand broke, causing the hunter to fall with one of the straps catching him by the ankle. He was suspended upside down for approximately two hours before he was found. Fortunately, the victim was able to walk away without injuries after rescue personnel, firefighters and paramedics freed him.

WEIS Radio

Murder in Piedmont

A Piedmont man has been charged with the murder of another man at a Piedmont residence during the early morning hours of Friday in the 600 block of Draper St.

Piedmont Police Chief Freddie Norton said that officers were sent to the residence to find an unresponsive male bleeding from the back of his head.

He was eventually taken to UAB, where he died.

Using witness testimony, officers located the suspect, forty-year-old Piedmont man Edward Maurice Johnson, and arrested him for Murder.

Johnson’s bond was set at $150,000. The victim was identified as fifty-three-year-old Piedmont man Marion Brown.

Read more at WEIS Radio.

Remember The “Four P’s” For Cold Weather: People, Pets, Pipes & Plants

With temperatures forecasted for the next several nights at well below freezing – you need to keep in mind the “Four P’s” for cold weather:  People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants. 

On the outside of your home, cover water spigots with a Styrofoam cover to prevent cold air front directly hitting your bare faucet. If you have any additional above ground water lines, covering them with pipe foam insulation will reduce the chance of busting a water line.

Inside, open cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks during below freezing nights. The warm air in your home will allow your pipes to stay away from freezing temperatures. To keep your home warm and saving a little bit on utilities, check for air leaks around windows and doors. If you find any leaks, you can purchase window and door silicone sealant to fix them. For a temporary solution, you can also cover air leak spots with a towel to stop cold air from coming in.

Consider moving any outdoor plants inside that can’t handle below freezing temperatures.

For outdoor pets, bring them inside if they are sensitive to cold air. If that isn’t an option, placing out extra bedding for warmth will help.

Lastly, cold conditions can be hard on the elderly. If you have some as neighbors, check on them every now and then.

Just remembers the four P’s mentioned above during this cold snap and winter season: Pipes, plants, pets, and people.

WEIS Radio

Power Restoration Efforts almost Complete

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Throughout Sunday, Georgia Power largely completed restoration efforts following the weekend’s winter weather. Crews have worked around the clock in snow, freezing rain, and ice since the storm hit, and they have restored power to hundreds of thousands of customers since Friday. Teams will remain engaged in restoration and repair work in the field until all customers are reconnected.

Customers in some of the areas of North Georgia hardest hit may not be able reconnect to Georgia Power service due to extensive damage. Georgia Power reminds customers that the electrical service entry point on their home or business, including the meter box and other components, must be repaired before Georgia Power can reconnect service. The company cannot, by law, connect power to a damaged meter box, or other non-Georgia Power components, and property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs in order for the company to reconnect service.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to approximately 365,000 customers.
  • As of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, approximately 13,000 customers are without power statewide according to Georgia Power’s Online Outage Map. Local estimated restoration times (ERTs) customers are available on the Outage Map and the company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the restoration process with any changes in these ERTs.
  • Approximately 1,200 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

Arrest Report - Sunday - December 10, 2017

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Sunday, December 10, 2017:

Black Ice Possible this Morning

Early-morning travelers and churchgoers, beware: the National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for Floyd, Chattooga, Gordon, Bartow, Polk, Paulding and surrounding counties.

Black ice will be possible on any roads that do not dry or where the recent snowfall has been melting. Temperatures are expected to fall into the teens and twenties Saturday night, so drivers should use caution if they hit the road before 10 AM, when temperatures will get above freezing.

Area McDonald's Restaurants Change Hands

According to WQCH Radio, three McDonald’s locations in northwest Georgia, including the one in Summerville, recently changed hands.

Jim Aaron reportedly bought tree locations of the fast food joint, in Lafayette, Chickamauga, and Summerville. They were purchased from a man named Steven Ensley, who is retiring.

Aaron has been working with McDonald’s since age 17, and now owns seven locations in Georgia and Tennessee.

Aaron said, “I was friends with Steve Ensley and told him (that) if ever wanted to sell (his McDonald’s locations), I would be interested”. The sale was completed in October of this year.

Power Restored to almost 300,000

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Repair and restoration efforts continued Saturday night, with Georgia Power personnel across the state remaining focused on safely restoring all customers impacted by this week’s winter weather.

Significant progress was made throughout the day today, with crews restoring power to customers throughout Northern Georgia and making critical repairs to restore the largest numbers of customers possible and address public safety concerns. Following heavy snowfall and freezing rain which lasted nearly 24 hours, crews in the field are facing challenging travel conditions with blocked roads, sub-freezing temperatures and additional icing expected overnight.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to approximately 295,000 customers.
  • As of 11 p.m. Saturday, approximately 50,000 customers were without power statewide according to Georgia Power’s Online Outage Map. Local estimated restoration times (ERTs) customers are being posted on the Outage Map and the company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the restoration process with any changes in these ERTs.
  • More than 2,000 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don’t step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road – it’s the law in Georgia.

Tools You Can Use 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Winter Weather Prep Videos – Check out a series of informational videos on winter weather preparation at  GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm.

Press Release

Several Items on Summerville City Council Agenda

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At Monday’s regularly scheduled monthly Summerville City Council meeting, the council will consider authorizing the purchase and planting of several trees to be planted in the downtown area.

They will consider whether to have city manager Tony Carroll only report on highlights from departmental reports during council meetings (though, if accepted, department heads would still submit full reports to the council; they just won’t be reported on at full length during council meetings).

The council is also scheduled to consider applications for multiple alcohol licenses, and to consider whether to authorize gas main extension agreement with Blount Construction Co., Inc.

The meeting will be at 5 PM at the new Fairway Recreation Center following a community open house for the new center that will begin at 4:30.

UPDATE: First Church Safety Seminar for Pastors, Asst. Pastors, Only

On his Facebook page, Sheriff Mark Schrader recently announced that the church safety seminar presented by his office will be the first of two, and that the first will be only for pastors and assistant pastors.

The second class will be open for more participants. Schrader asks that churchgoers share this information with their pastors.

Previously:

The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office will be presenting a program concerning church security and emergency preparedness on Saturday, December 16, from 9 AM-12 noon. It will be at the Chattooga County Agriculture Center on 44 Middle School Rd. in Summerville.

Sheriff Mark Schrader is inviting all local church leadership members to attend the program. Interested individuals are asked to contact Administrative Assistant Renee Montgomery at 706-857-3411 to pre-register. Pre-registration is mandatory for the event. Schrader asks that you include the name of the church you represent and the names of all attendants in your party.

Arrest Report - Saturday - December 9

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, December 9, 2017:

Empty Vehicle found Wrecked off Hair Lake Rd.

Local first responders responded to single-vehicle crash Friday morning on Hair Lake Rd. When first responders arrived on scene, they found a vacant vehicle overturned off of the roadway near Ridge View Dr. with no possible driver or occupants anywhere to be seen.

After an half-hour search of the area, the driver reportedly returned to the scene. The driver told deputies that he had walked to a the home of a nearby friend for cell phone service. Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office worked the crash as Georgia State Patrol was overextended due to weather-related crashes.

Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, Hays Fire Station 4, Summerville Fire Station 9 and Redmond EMS responded to the crash.

Woman Killed by Pack of Dogs on Sand Mountain

A 24 year old woman was killed in a dog attack Thursday morning on Sand Mountain. It happened at a home on County Road 121 in Section, Alabama.

Jackson County officials say Emily Mae Colvin died in the attack and another woman was injured. The second victim was treated and released.

They captured all five dogs believed to be involved in the attack later in the morning. One of the dogs was shot after trying to attack a deputy.

Deputies say the four remaining dogs that were captured are pit bulls.

WDEF

MI Fugitive Arrested in Cedar Bluff

A Michigander man is lodged in the Cherokee County Detention Center on charges of being a Fugitive from Justice.

Thirty-two-year-old Ryan Allen Dailey was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Office investigators on Thursday. Dailey is wanted on a ‘fugitive from justice’ warrant for family violence charges in Spring Lake, Michigan,

Cherokee County Investigators received information Dailey had fled the state and was staying in the Cedar Bluff area. He is also wanted for a probation violation charges and has a protection from abuse order against him.

The suspect was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he awaits extradition to Michigan.

Summerville to Reschedule Christmas in the Park

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The City of Summerville made the decision yesterday around noon to postpone Christmas in the Park at Dowdy Park.  When it will be held is still a matter to be determined.

AM 1180 spoke with Summerville Main Street Director Susan Locklear late Friday afternoon about the Christmas event.  Locklear said, “City Manager Tony Carrol really wanted to have Christmas in the Park with the snow on the ground, but ultimately it was determined that Dowdy Park might be too slippery and dangerous for it to go on.”  Ultimately, the decision was made to postpone the event.

Locklear said that initially the plans were to reschedule the event for next Friday, December 15th.  However, there was concern about Chattooga High School basketball games that will be going on at the same time next Friday.  Locklear said that there is a possibility the event will be held on Thursday.

When a decision is made about the rescheduled event, AM 1180 will pass that information along.

Summerville City Council to Discuss More Speed Humps

The City of Summerville will hold their regular monthly council meeting this coming Monday at the new Fairway Recreation Center and host an open house at the venue.

At Monday’s regularly scheduled Summerville City Council meeting, the mayor and council will decide on whether to install new speed humps on University St and in front of the new Fairway Recreation Center (it is unclear if they will discuss putting the speed hump on Fair Ground Rd., 7th St., and/or Senior Dr.).

Following up on unfinished business from November’s monthly meeting, the council will also deliberate on whether to adopt a new sever weather/emergency response policy.

The City of Summerville will celebrate the opening of the newly constructed Fairway Community Center with a community open house at 4:30 PM, and the regularly scheduled monthly meeting will directly follow at 5. Light refreshments will be served.

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Post-Snow Advice from Georgia Power

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As winter weather, including snow and freezing rain, continues to move across Georgia, Georgia Power is responding to service interruptions as quickly and safely as weather conditions allow. 

Restoration crews have been in the field throughout the day today and have restored power to more than 60,000 customers since noon. As of 10:30 p.m. Friday night, approximately 80,000 customers are without power statewide according to Georgia Power’s Online Outage Map.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don’t step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.

Tools You Can Use Year-round

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

For additional video tips on preparing for winter weather, visit GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep. The site features information on a variety of winter weather topics including Watches vs. Warnings, Staying Connected, Electrical Safety and more.

Press Release

Mt. Vernon Shutting Down Operations Friday Night

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After first saying that all shifts would work as planned tonight (Friday, December 8), Mount Vernon Mills in Trion has reversed their decision to go ahead with planned shifts.  The revised schedule was release around 5:30 PM:

Denim Mill will stop at 7:30 p.m. tonight.  Finishing Plant will stop at midnight.

Road Updates from Chattooga County EMA

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Here is a list of road conditions from Chattooga County EMA:

Here are some of the areas within the county that we are beginning to see snow accumulations on the road.
****S Little Sand Mountain Rd- accessible by 4×4 vehicles only****
****Highway 48- From Shinebone Rd to the top of the mountain- covered in snow****
****Trion Teloga Rd- Highway 337- 1/4 inch of snow****
****Highway 27 Taylors Ridge- snow is beginning to stick to roadways****
****E Armucheee Rd is seeing accumulations of snow****
****Club Drive in Trion is covered in snow***
*****Bridges in Trion- both on Highway 27 and on Fourth St are seeing accumulation of snow***

GADOT and Maintenance Crews have been made aware of these locations.
PLEASE- DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY TO DO SO!!!