Arrest Report - Friday - April 16, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, April 16, 2021:

GBI Asks Public's Help In Unsolved Murder Case

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April 15, 2021 marks 17 years since the disappearance of Patrice Endres.  The woman’ s disappearance and subsequent death have never been solved according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

According to the GBI,  Endres was taken from her hair salon, Tamber’s Trim-N-Tan on Georgia Highway 369 in Cumming, Forsyth County, Georgia in 2004. Her remains were found in Dawson County, Georgia on December 6, 2005.
This week, the GBI asked that anyone with information about this case, please call the GBI Cleveland Office at 706-348-4866.
Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

Hays Sate Prison Recruiting New Officers

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Hays State Prison in Trion has announced new salary increases for correctional officers and is currently hiring new officers.  The prison has opened a new recruiting office located at 777 Underwood Drive in Trion.  The recruitment office is open from 9 AM until 2 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

New officers start out at $16.42 per hour and after six months receive a salary increase of $17.08 per hour.  After twelve months, new officers will receive $18.06 per hour.  Promotional opportunities are available for new hires after one year of employment.

Officers receive paid sick leave, annual and holiday leave and 100% paid training.

For more information, you can call 478-283-6764.

Chattooga BOE Moving Forward With Plans For New Menlo School

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The Chattooga Board of Education met on Thursday evening and voted to move forward with plans to construct a new school in Menlo.

The vote was 4-1 to proceed with the plans.  Board members Eddie Elsberry, Lyn Hall, B.J. Montgomery and Brad Hayes voted in favor of the measure.  Dr. Julia Houston, who had previously vocalized her opposition to a new school for Menlo, voted against the motion made to decommission the current facility.

Board Chairman Eddie Elsberry told WZQZ News on Thursday evening that the vote to decommission the current facility will start the preliminary process to construct a new Menlo school.

Elsberry explained the decommission process: “It a process that has to be done by July 1 in order to maximize the amount of money earned toward the construction of new school. The state estimates we will earn about 3 million if we decommission before July 1.  A decommissioned can continue to be occupied but it does not earn money. Instead, the earned money is at a higher rate toward the future school.”

The school facilities at Menlo are the oldest in Chattooga County, with some portions of the building dating back over eight decades.

Health Inspection Scores - First Half Of April

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The Chattooga County Environmental Health Department has released the following scores for the first half of April, 2021:

  • LEROY MASSEY ELEMENTARY

  • 403 DOT JOHNSON WAY SUMMERVILLE, GA 30747
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 91
  • Last Inspection Date: 04-01-2021

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 Health Department at 706-857-3377.

CRC Announces Cleanup Day

In February of this year, the Hope Rebirth Homeless Shelter’s board of directors voted to donate their facility in Summerville to the Community Resource Center (CRC) of Chattooga County.

The former homeless shelter, along with all of its contents was donated to the CRC.  The CRC of Chattooga County helps coordinate efforts that include feeding the hungry and food-bank efforts, along with housing for at-risk women and foster care support.

CRC is asking the community to participate in a cleanup day on Saturday May 1, 2021 at 50 Eleanor Avenue in Summerville starting at 10 AM.  The event is expected to last until 4 PM and Small Town BBQ will be hosting fundraiser on sight and will donate proceeds to CRC.

CRC helps over 700 families in Chattooga County each month.

New Head Coach At LaFayette High School

LaFayette High has a new Head Football Coach… Andy Scott.  He comes to the Ramblers from Hiram High, where he served as Defensive Coordinator.  He was Head Coach at Kennesaw Mountain for five years and at Perry High for five years.
Coach Scott succeeds Paul Ellis, who resigned after three years as the Rambler Football Head Coach.

LaFayette had a 4 and 6 record last season,  but the Ramblers earned a state playoff berth ending Georgia’s longest-running postseason drought.

LaFayette High School Principal Maggie Stultz thanked members of the interview committee  along with Superintendent Damon Raines and the School Board, for their help in the recruiting process.

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GA FOP Donates Ballistic Vests To District Attorney's Office

The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) announced Thursday, that it has donated two (2) ballistic vests to the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. The vests will be used by the two investigators assigned to this office. These vests, provided through the Georgia FOP’s “Protect the Protectors Program,” were presented to District Attorney Christopher Arnt by Carlton Stallings, National Trustee for the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police.

“Operation Protect the Protector” is designed to donate ballistic vests to law enforcement agencies across Georgia, specifically to those agencies that have limited budgets.

“Officer Safety is a very important issue to all of us in law enforcement, and the ballistic vest has been proven to save lives and reduce injuries,” said Stallings. “Every officer should wear a ballistic vest every day. The FOP is working to ensure that more officers within our state have this extra level of security. Being able to present these vests to officers that I have worked with over the years is special to me,” Stallings said. In the world we live in now it is extremely important that all law enforcement officers wear protective vest and the FOP is proud to assist in that effort. District Attorney Arnt expressed his gratitude to the FOP for the vest and the dedicated service our law enforcement officers.

The Georgia FOP represents more than 5,200 law enforcement members across the state and is part of the nation’s largest law enforcement organization with more than 356,000 members nationwide. The FOP is committed to improving law enforcement through education, legislation and training for its members so they can provide quality service to the public.

As of this delivery, the FOP has provided 975 vests to 168 agencies.

Lifeforce Lands In Trion

Lifeforce landed in Trion Thursday evening to transport the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader told WZQZ News that the incident happened in the Tate Road area. The victim was being transported to a Chattanooga trauma unit.

Arrest Report - Thursday April 15, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday April 15th, 2021:

Stolen Medication Leads To Report

Reported stolen methadone lead to one very upset Chattooga County man this past Sunday.

Chattooga County Deputies met with Kenny Brown on Tinney Road in Trion on Sunday regarding some stolen medication.

Brown states that he has a black lockbox that contains 25 bottles of methadone that he keeps locked and with him at all times. Around 7pm Brown went to the store with the locked box in his truck. When he entered the store he placed his jacket over the box and exited the vehicle. He thought no more about the box until about 3am the following morning when he went out to retrieve the box.

The box containing the methadone was no longer in the truck nor in his residence. Brown stated that the only other person who knew about the box was a person who had worked for him for several years. While the truck was locked up, a broken glass that had tape on it, made it easy to gain access to the inside.

Deputies noted that Brown was very upset over the missing box as he was worried he would get sick if he didn’t get his medication that he has taken for the past 15 years.

A report was placed on file and the information forwarded to the Drug Agents with the Sheriffs Department.

Resident Scammed Over The Internet

A local woman reported that she was the victim of a scam to Chattooga County Sheriff Deputies over the weekend.

Rebecca Groce reported to Deputies that she had received a phone call from someone identifying himself as James Wilson who told her that she needed to call a specific phone number regarding the Amazon app on her laptop. Groce stated that she called the number and after giving information about her Acer laptop, she was told the person on the other end of the line was going to take control of her computer to remove the Amazon app.

When Groce tried to use the laptop sometime later, it was no longer working. She took the laptop to the computer repair shop in Summerville.

Chamber Of Commerce Raising The Curtain On The Tooga

The Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce along with the Commissioners officer are inviting everyone to participate in helping Raise the Curtain on the Tooga, a fundraising effort to revamp the Chattooga Theater. The Chamber and the Commissioners officer are spearheading a campaign to raise funds to renovate the old Chattooga Theater, which hasn’t been used since the last production of the Chattooga Curtain Call group in 2019.

The new Tooga Theater will be a multi purpose indoor facility with events ranging from movie nights, to weddings, plays, and business meetings with a host of other public and private events. It will also serve as the new headquarters for the Chattooga Chamber, as its’ centralized location makes it ideal industry and tourism meeting place.

There are different levels of ways to give, starting with the Take a Seat  level where you donate in honor of someone and a plaque will be placed on a seat with their name. This donation is $300. Other donations range from $500 to $10,o00. All donations are tax deductible and can mailed be to the Commissioners office.

Wallet Stolen From Local Restaurant

A local resident has reported that her wallet was stolen while she was visiting a local restaurant.

Last Saturday, Deputies met with Lejean Messer regarding a missing wallet. Messer stated that she was paying for her food at the China Buffet in town and after exiting the restaurant she noticed that her purse felt lighter. She checked her purse and noticed that her burgundy wallet was no longer in her purse.

Messer then turned around and retraced her steps back toward the building. Messer stated that as she was headed back in she passed a female with pink hair exiting the restaurant quickly with something concealed in her hand. The unknown female entered a truck with two males and left.

Messer stated that she and the other female were both in the restaurant at the same time and in fact were the only two people in there. Messer was advised to cancel any cards and contact her bank in regards to her checks.

Stolen Phone Returned To Owner

A lost, then stolen cell phone was returned to the rightful owner after Chattooga County Deputies sent a text to it.

Last Sunday, Betty Mosteller reported that she had lost her cell phone at the Murphys gas station in Trion. Mosteller stated that she had dropped it but did not realize it until sometime later.

When Mosteller returned to the gas station to look for the missing phone, another individual told her that they had witnessed a male picking up the phone and appeared to have turned it in to the clerk.

After discovering that the phone had not been turned in, Deputies got creative and sent a text to the missing phone stating that it needed to be returned or a warrant would be issued. Several hours later the missing phone was returned to Murphys gas station by an unknown male. Deputies retrieved the phone and returned it to Mosteller.

Northwest Georgia Felons Arrested In Mississippi

Two wanted felons from Northwest Georgia were arrested in Mississippi following a traffic stop in Biloxi.

According to reports from the Biloxi, Mississippi Police Department, officers stopped a 2011 Chrysler 200 that was displaying a tag that was believed to be stolen.  When officers stopped the vehicle, the male driver ran from the vehicle and jumped into a nearby body of water.  Police used boats to apprehend the suspect who was identified as twenty-five-year-old Shannon Reeves from Rome.

A female passenger in the vehicle was identified as twenty-seven-year-old Mackenzie Joyane Tucker of Summerville.

Both Reeves and Tucker were arrested after officers found drug paraphernalia and  “multiple sets of burglary tools”, according to Biloxi Police.

Reeves and Tucker also both had outstanding felony warrants from Georgia for Grand Larceny.

 

AAA: Double Trouble Behind The Wheel

With 4/20 rapidly approaching, AAA is issuing a warning about the dangers of driving impaired. New AAA research suggests that users of both alcohol and marijuana (not necessarily at the same time) are often some of the most dangerous drivers on the road. According to the research, drivers who consumed marijuana and alcohol within a 30 day period were more likely to engage in risky behavior like speeding, texting, intentionally running red lights, and aggressive driving.

“Regardless of whether marijuana is legal or prescribed, driving under the influence of the drug is illegal and extremely dangerous,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Although some drivers think marijuana makes them a better driver, research shows it can inhibit concentration, slow reaction times, and cloud judgment. That judgement is even more compromised by a marijuana user who also drinks alcohol. It’s important that drivers know the risk that comes with these two drugs and never drive impaired.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index found that drivers who use both marijuana and alcohol were significantly more prone to driving under the influence of alcohol (Table 1) versus those who only drink alcohol but do not use marijuana. These motorists identified as someone who consumed alcohol and used marijuana in the past 30 days, and in some cases, they may have used both at the same time. They also engage in various other dangerous driving behaviors far more than drivers who consume either just alcohol or abstain from either drinking alcohol or using marijuana.

Driving Habits of Marijuana and Alcohol Users vs. Users of Alcohol only

Compared to alcohol-only users, drivers who admitted to using both drugs were more likely to report such behaviors as:

  • Speeding on residential streets (55%) vs. alcohol-only (35%)
  • Aggressive driving (52%) vs. alcohol-only (28%)
  • Intentional red-light running (48%) vs alcohol-only (32%)
  • Texting while driving (40%) vs. alcohol-only (21%)

Unsurprisingly, the study found drivers who neither drink alcohol nor use marijuana were considerably less likely to engage in the sorts of risky driving behaviors examined. This Foundation research was published in January 2021 in the peer-reviewed journal Transportation Research Record. (See abstract)

Drug Use by the Numbers

Previous research suggests that users who drive high are at least twice as likely to be involved in a crash.

According to government data, alcohol and marijuana are the most widely used drugs in the United States – 139.8 million people aged 12 or older reported drinking alcohol in the past month, and 43.5 million reported using marijuana in the past year.  As of today, 16 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use. And in 2021, 15 state legislatures are considering medical or adult-use marijuana legalization bills.

AAA is committed to educating the public about the dangers of substance-impaired driving. Through AAA Foundation research, AAA is working to improve understanding of the topic and work collaboratively with safety stakeholders to reduce the impact of substance-impaired driving-related crashes.

AAA Analysis of Self-Reported Driving Behaviors

Table 1. Prevalence of Self-Reported Impaired Driving Behaviors in Relation to Alcohol and Marijuana Use in a Sample of 2,710 U.S. Drivers, Weighted to Represent U.S. Driving Population Ages 16 and Older.

 

No Alcohol or Marijuana Use

Alcohol Use Only

Marijuana Use Only

Both Alcohol and Marijuana Use

Total Respondents 1,434 1,036 103 137
DUI*—Alcohol N/A 14% N/A 39%
DUI—Marijuana N/A N/A 37% 52%
DUI—Prescription Drugs 4% 4% 14% 25%
Riding w/ intoxicated driver 5% 12% 13% 37%
Drowsy driving 21% 25% 22% 35%

Note: Percentages include responses of “a few times,” “fairly often,” or “regularly.”

* DUI refers to self-reported driving under the influence, not being charged with a DUI by law enforcement

 

Table 2. Prevalence of Self-Reported Risky Driving Behaviors in Relation to Alcohol and Marijuana Use in a Sample of 2,710 U.S. Drivers, Weighted to Represent U.S. Driving Population Ages 16 and Older.

 

No Alcohol or Marijuana Use

Alcohol Use Only

Marijuana Use Only

Both Alcohol and Marijuana Use

Total Respondents 1,434 1,036 103 137
Read text b 24% 30% 31% 53%
Type/send text b 16% 21% 24% 40%
Speed—highway b 34% 43% 46% 55%
Speed—residential b 28% 35% 46% 55%
Running a red light a 28% 32% 38% 48%
Aggressive driving a 21% 28% 41% 52%
Drive w/o seatbelt b 11% 11% 16% 18%

a Percentages include responses of “a few times,” “fairly often,” or “regularly.”

b Percentages include responses of “just once,” “a few times,” “fairly often,” or “regularly.”

 

Arrest Report - Wednesday April 14, 2021

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Wednesday April 14th, 2021:

Georgia Highlands College Hosting Virtual Career Fair Featuring More Than 20 Employers

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Georgia Highlands College’s (GHC) upcoming Spring Virtual Career Fair will feature more than 20 local employers with career options in healthcare, finance and more. The event is free and open to the public and available via Zoom on April 15.

While the event will be held virtually, Director of Student Support Services Angie Wheelus said the career fair will feature various rooms and remain similar to an in-person format.

“If the participant wants to have someone review their resume, or practice their interview skills, they can choose the ‘Resume Doctor’ or ‘Mock Interview’ room before meeting our visiting employers,” Wheelus said. “When ready, participants can meet with employers individually in breakout sessions and prepare for their interviews.”

When a participant joins the Spring Virtual Career Fair in Zoom, they will be welcomed by several members of GHC’s Student Support Services team to introduce the event. Participants are encouraged to turn on their camera and dress professionally, as participation in the career fair could lead to a job offer.

“Attending a virtual event like a Career Fair can be intimidating, but we want to encourage our students, alumni and the general public to come meet with these local employers who are interested in adding to their workforce,” Wheelus said.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 15, from 10AM to 2PM. It will be hosted via Zoom at https://highlands.zoom.us/j/94525290719. The passcode is: 587574

For more information, visit GHC’s Online Career Center at www.collegecentral.com/highlands or email Megan Conner at mconner@highlands.edu

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Announces Photo Contest

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has announced that she will be holding a photo contest to hang the winning photos in her office in Washington, DC.

Congresswoman Greene will be featuring twelve photos, one from each county in the 14h Congressional District.
Those twelve counties include Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.
If you would like to participate, please send in photos you have taken from your county, identify where the photo was taken, include your first and last name and the city in which you reside. The contest is open to every regardless of age or political affiliation.
“I would love nothing more than for the walls of my office to feature beautiful scenes from around Northwest Georgia!  So get busy taking photographs from around your county (or ones you’ve taken in the past) and send them in just as soon as you can!”