Arrest Report - Saturday - March 17, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Health Inspection Scores First Half of March

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Here are the latest health inspection scores from the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department for the first half of March, 2018:

Summerville Middle School – 33 Middle School Road, Summerville, GA – 100

Little Caesar’s Pizza – 11600 Highway 27, Summerville, GA – 96

Should you ever have any complaint with any food service or tourist accommodation that operates in Chattooga County, you can register that complaint by calling the Chattooga County Environmental Health Department at 706-857-3377.

Menlo Man Charged Multiple Charges in Floyd County

A 26-year old Menlo man was booked into the Floyd County Jail Thursday night on multiple charges, including terroristic threats and acts.

According to Floyd County Jail records, Evan Tyler Ellis failed to stop for police who were trying to pull him over for speeding in the area of West 2nd Street and Riverside Parkway. Ellis reportedly ran several red lights and a stop sign. He was then caught on video while in the patrol car, threatening to kill two officers, according to the report. While being medically cleared at the hospital, Ellis reportedly made a scene and was also accused of damaging outside furniture at 201 Broad Street.

In addition to terroristic threats, fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, three counts of running a red light and one count of running a stop sign, he is additionally charged with DUI, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass,

Smoking Marijuana Sets Off Fire Alarm at High Rise

The Summerville Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the High Rise last weekend.  When fire fighters arrived on the scene, they discovered a room that was full of marijuana smoke and called the Summerville Police Department.

When police arrived on the scene, they spoke with the occupant, fifty-nine-year-old Raymond Cotte.  Officers told Mr. Cotte it was obvious that he had been smoking marijuana, since the room was still full of marijuana smoke.  Mr. Cotte readily admitted to smoking the pot and when asked by officers how much he had left he replied, “not much.” Mr. Cotte showed the officer what little marijuana there as left in the residence.  When asked how much marijuana he usually smokes, Mr. Cotte told the officer “a lot.”

Officers said Cotte was cooperative throughout the whole investigation.  He was cited for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

Summerville Woman Reports Debit Card Fraud

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A Summerville woman reported a case of debit card fraud to the Summerville Police Department.  According to a report released Friday, by Summerville Police, Brenda Williamson of a Church Street, Summerville address reported that her bank debit card had been charged several times with unauthorized transactions.  Most of the transactions took place in Portland, Oregon but one was in San Francisco, California.  The debits totaled over $900.  The case has been turned over to an investigator.

Toys-R-Us Closing Across the Nation - Includes Rome Location

The Rome Toys R Us, located on an outparcel in front of Mount Berry Mall is now slated to be closed along with all of the other stores in the chain.

Northwest Georgian News reports that several store employees said they were upset with the decision to close the local store. Employees said they have no idea, at this point, when the closure would take place and that they had not received any kind of information from corporate headquarters with respect to potential liquidation sales.

Toys R Us has not yet announced a timeline for the liquidation, but bankruptcy court filings indicate sales could begin immediately and will end by July 31. The chain will honor gift cards and other rewards dollars for the next 30 days.

News of the shutdown came about six months after Toys R Us sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At the time, the struggling retailer sounded optimistic about a turnaround, and it secured a loan of more than $3 billion to keep business going during restructuring.

But U.S. sales over the holidays were “well below worst case projections,” Toys R Us said in a bankruptcy court filing. The bankruptcy took a toll on the confidence shoppers and vendors had in the chain, which also said it had trouble matching competitors’ prices.

Read more here from Northwest Georgia News



Arrest Report - Friday - March 16, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

GDOL Announces Hiring for Prime Care Nursing

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The Georgia Department of Labor is hosting a job fair for Prime Care Nursing Services in LaFayette.

The event is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 28 at the GDOL LaFayette Career Center located at 200 W. Villanow St., LaFayette.

Prime Care is hiring for personal care aides for the LaFayette, Rock Spring and Chickamauga areas. There are about 30 openings.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, have at least one year experience in caring for the elderly, have a regular driver’s license and be able to pass a criminal background check.

Job seekers interested in attending the event may visit to create an account so you can prepare and submit a résumé. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process.

Applicants are encouraged to bring their résumés, driver’s licenses and dress business casual to improve their chances to be hired.

Visit to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services and to connect with us on social media.

"Microquake" Strikes Just North of Trion


According to the US Geological Survey, a small earthquake happened on Thursday morning shortly before 10 AM, just north of the Chattooga County line.

The quake happened off of East Armuchee Road in Walker County, which has a Trion address.

The quake measured 1.2 in magnitude and the epicenter was listed as 9.9 miles East-Northeast of Trion.

The rumble was measured by seismographs, but was not felt.  About 900,000 “micro-quakes” happen each year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.



Man on Meth Causes Disturbance

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An incident on Dogwood Drive in Lyerly on Wednesday of this week resulted in a man being arrested for disorderly conduct.

According to the sheriff’s department report, a deputy arrived on the scene around 10:30 Wednesday night and spoke with the complainant who said that she had heard a loud noise from outside her residence.  The woman told the deputy that her niece reported seeing a man “destroying things” and claiming that two men were chasing him and beating him up.

The man, identified as thirty-six-year-old Lamar Battles was also observed running down the street and yelling for his wife.

Witnesses told the deputy that Mr. Battles had also been trying to provoke a fight between family members earlier.

While the deputy was talking with the complainant, Mr. Battles arrived on the scene.  The deputy said that Battles’ shirt was torn and he was acting in an erratic manner.

Battles admitted to taking methamphetamine earlier in the day.  He was subsequently arrested and was booked into the Chattooga County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct.


Accident with Deer Damages Road Sign

An accident on Wednesday night near the Gore Fire Hall on Highway 27 resulted in extensive damage to a vehicle and to a highway sign.

Felix Knowles was traveling south on Highway 27 shortly before midnight on Wednesday, when a deer ran across the highway and struck his 2015 Toyota Corolla.

Knowles ran off the road and struck a road sign which caused the damage to the vehicle.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the accident, according to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.


Graves Votes for School Safety Bill

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Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14)  voted for and the House passed the STOP School Violence Act this week, which was bipartisan legislation to provide safety grants to schools.

“No child should ever fear for his or her safety at school,” said Rep. Graves. “This bill will help school districts across the country identify, prevent and stop violent behavior. It’s an important step in ensuring every child feels – and is – safe at school.”

H.R. 4909 authorizes $75 million annually for grants that state and local schools can use to improve security. For example, recipient schools could use the grant funds to implement an anonymous reporting system for students, train students and staff to identify early signs of violence, and improve the school’s physical security features.

Graves represents Chattooga County and all of Northwest Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rome Man Charged with Stealing Vehicle

A 19-year old Rome man was jailed Wednesday charged with theft by taking a motor vehicle.

According to arrest warrants, Jeffrey Dakota Perry admitted to forcing open the door of the victim’s vehicle in the middle of the night and driving it to Alabama.

The driver’s side back window was damaged as was the door when he removed the lock.

Perry was arrested by Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputies at his home on Flannery Street.

He was also charged with entering an automobile with the intent to commit a theft or felony and criminal trespass.




Man Reports Pasture Gates Stolen

A man came to the sheriff’s department this week to report a theft on his property.  Mr. Darryl Stiles told a deputy that someone had stolen gates and fence posts from property he owns on Cooper Pit Road.  Mr. Stiles said that the gates and posts have been up for about 20 years.  He reported that both a 14 foot and 16 foot gate had been removed from the property, along with several fence posts.  The case was turned over to an investigator.

Arrest Report - Thursday - March 15, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

Ford Recalls Vehicles

Ford Motor Company  is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheel can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control.

The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years.

Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.

Dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones that have more aggressive threads and a nylon patch to stop them from coming loose.

Just over 1.3 million cars in the U.S. are being recalled. The rest are in Canada and Mexico

Mobility-Impaired / Youth Early Turkey Hunt in Georgia

Turkey season opens in Georgia on March 24th, but youth and mobility-impaired hunters utilizing private land have a chance to harvest a bird during a special early opportunity turkey season on March 17–18.

“This special opportunity season for youth and mobility-impaired hunters allows these groups to get in the woods before the season opens statewide the following weekend,” said John Bowers, chief of Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Game Management.

This weekend hunt opportunity is available only for youth 16 years of age and younger or hunters that are mobility impaired.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) who may call for, but not take or attempt to take, a turkey.

All turkey hunters, including those under 16 years of age, landowners, honorary, lifetime, and sportsman license holders, must obtain a free harvest record each season. Before moving a harvested turkey, hunters are required to immediately enter the date and county on the harvest record, and within 72 hours, must complete the reporting process through Georgia Game Check. Find more information here.

Resident youth hunters under age 16 will not need a license. Hunters age 16 years or older (including those accompanying youth or others) will need a hunting license and a big game license unless hunting on their own private land. Get your license here, at a retail license vendor or by phone at 1-800-366-2661.

Calhoun Woman Charged in January Police Chase

A Calhoun woman is facing a long list of charges in Floyd County in connection with an incident back on January 31.

According to arrest warrants, 32-year old Tabatha Denise Baldwin refused to stop for police at Old Dalton Road and the Armuchee Connector.

Police were trying to stop Baldwin because she reportedly failed to move over for a patrol car with emergency lights activated.

Baldwin then fled at speeds of over 110 miles per hour, passing other vehicles, driving over medians and on the wrong side of the road, ignoring traffic signals.

Arrest records state that she was speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour construction zone.

The chase lasted 15 minutes and covered some 22 miles, according to the warrant.

Baldwin reportedly resisted arrest, resulting in injuries to an officer and she allegedly admitted to smoking meth.

She is charged with two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude, three counts of felony obstruction of officers, failure to show due regard, passing in a no-passing zone, DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving on a divided highway, speeding, failure to maintain a lane, failure to obey traffic control devices, a construction site speed violation, and driving on a suspended or revoked license.


Fire Marshall Looking into Lafayette Fire

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The State Fire Marshall has been called in to investigate a suspicious house fire in Walker County that happened on Tuesday evening of this week.

Lafayette Fire Chief Stacey Meeks says that the call came in about the fire at 11:15 PM on Tuesday evening at a house that was being remodeled  on Glenn Street in Lafayette.

Meeks says that there was no power connected to the house at the time of the blaze.

A quick response by the Lafayette Fire Department led to about 50 percent of the structure being saved.  There were no injuries reported.  Walker State Prison Fire Department also responded to the scene.


April 3rd Tax Sale Approaching

Chattooga County Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton says 60 properties still remain on the tax sale list for the April 3rd tax sale.  Another 150 have been sent to the collections company for the May tax sale.

By this time, property owners who have not paid 2016 and prior year taxes have received at least 3 letters per year in addition to their bill reminding them to pay.

Hampton says, “Although we go to great lengths to notify property owners of delinquencies, it is very important to update your mailing address to ensure we have the correct information on file for tax notices.  We never want to have to sell properties to collect taxes, as that is the last resort.  I would like to again urge property owners to visit my website,, where they can do a search by name, address or parcel number to confirm that their bills are paid.”

Payments and address changes can also be submitted on the website.