Accident victim waits six hours for help to arrive from Dawson County Sheriff’s Office

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The victim of a single-vehicle automobile accident last month waited more than six hours for help to arrive from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office because Sgt. Larry Busher feared the 911 call might be an ambush.

Christopher Cody Green was driving a Chevy Trailblazer when it overturned at the approach trail on Nimblewill Gap just before midnight on May 19.

Bill Skinner who was camping in the area found Green and attempted to contact 911 but could not get a signal on his cell phone. But Skinner, a ham radio operator, was able to make contact with Raul Perez a fellow ham radio operator who relayed the information to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. Lumpkin County then reported the accident to Dawson County at 12:24 a.m.

Fortunately, Green was not injured when his vehicle overturned because it would be more than six more hours before anyone from the Dawson County Sheriff’s office arrived on the scene. Green was able to exit the vehicle on his own.

911 operator Miki Mullis attempted to dispatch Busher. But the sergeant refused to go.

(Language Warning in the Dispatch video above)

The following is the transcript of the conversation between Mullis and Busher (video is the audio of this call):

BUSHER: “I’m going to get shot. You know that right.”

MULLIS: (Jokingly) “Have you taken medicine tonight? Busher, you’re not going to get shot. This is not an ambush. This is a wreck. He needs an accident report.”

BUSHER: “For a driver we don’t even know who he is?”

MULLIS: “Busher, we go to accidents all the time when we don’t know their ,27.”

BUSHER: “Not in the middle of nowhere. Think about it.”

MULLIS: “Busher, you’re fine. He’s not going to shoot you. This is a third-party caller.”

BUSHER: “We’ve made no contact with a third-party caller. The only person we’re talking to is Bill.”

MULLIS: “Busher you’re going to be just fine. You’re fine. Where are you now?”

BUSHER: “I’m not (expletive deleted) going anywhere. Randy Harkness is going with me.” (NOTE: Harkness was off duty at the time).

MULLIS: “Oh my God. So you’re not even close?”

BUSHER: I’m at Nimblewill Church Road and Nimblewill Gap Road. But you’re not telling him I’m on my way.”

MULLIS: “OK.”

BUSHER: “I’m sorry. Something about this isn’t right.

MULLIS: Busher!

BUSHER: If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. But if I’m right, it might just save my damn life.”

MULLIS: “OK.”

BUSHER: “Something about this is just weird.”

OPERATOR: “OK.”

BUSHER: “I mean who is Bill? Why is Bill up there? Where is Bill from? Why can’t Bill drive him down?”

MULLIS: “I don’t know.”

BUSHER: “Could be we’ve got some hermit living up on the mountain named Bill trying to lure a (expletive deleted) cop up there.”

MULLIS: “I don’t think that is the case. I think maybe you’re over reacting just a little bit.”

BUSHER: “Nothing about this is right. Nothing about this is right at all.”

MULLIS: “OK. Well, you be careful. We’ll wait for Randy. Are you going to be up there before shift change?”

BUSHER: “I don’t know. I’ll get there when I get there. If he’s injured, I’m getting there, but I want to make sure.”

MULLIS: “If so, that is going to be a heck of a lawsuit.”

BUSHER: “We don’t have the capability of getting there.”

MULLIS: “OK.”

BUSHER: “According to Randy (Harkness) that road is in Gilmer.

MULLIS: “No it’s not.”

BUSHER: “This whole ‘he might be injured thing’ is (expletive deleted) just to make sure we show up.”

MULLIS: “OK”

BUSHER: “Something ain’t right with this.”

MULLIS: “Allright goodbye.”

Skinner said he stayed with the victim for six hours. “We were in shock that it took so long to get there,” he said.  “We were told it would take a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get there and they had to go back and get one.”

Fetch Your News reached out to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson and Christopher Green, but neither returned our call.

Sources inside the sheriff’s office say Busher has not been disciplined.

 

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UPDATE: Friday fire on Carlisle Rd. beleived to be arson

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services (DCFES) responded to a storage building belonging to Alberta Carlisle at 865 Carlisle Road Friday  (April 26).

On arrival, Battalion 1, found a 20×20 outbuilding fully involved, with no exposures. Engine Companies 2 and 7 extinguished the fire using a single 1.75” attack line. The fire was rapidly extinguished and the area was overhauled.

Dawson County EMA Director/Fire Chief Danny Thompson said the fire is suspicious and a Monday press release from the State Fire Marshal’s Office indicated the fire is being investigated by his office, Dawson County EMS, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Dawson County Sheriff Office.

No injuries to civilians or fire service personnel were reported.

Safety Fire Commissioner Jim Beck is asking anyone with knowledge about this fire to call the Arson Hotline at 1‐800‐282‐5804. Rewards are offered of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist(s).

Calls are taken 24 hours a day and callers can choose to remain anonymous.

(Photos taken by Dawson County Fire & EMS)

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Owner of vehicle submerged in Lake Lanier remains a mystery

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County officials are withholding the name of the person who owns a 2009 silver Toyota Tacoma found submerged in Lake Lanier Tuesday (Feb. 26). Emergency personnel removed the vehicle  but found no victims.

Workers on the lake discovered the vehicle and called 911.

Dawson County Emergency Services received the call at 11:04 a.m. and Engine 2 arrived on scene at 11:11 a.m. Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and officers from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also responded.

DNR performed side sonar scans with negative findings. Hall County’s dive team performed an area grid search with no findings. Dawson County Fire Department will conduct shore line sweeps of the area once a day for the next seven days.

This incident is being investigated by Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. The cause is undetermined pending further investigation.

(Photos were taken by Laura Fulcher, Dawson County Public Relations).

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Bodies identified in suspected murder-suicide

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating what appears to have been a murder-suicide at 111 Crane Road in Dawson County Wednesday.

The deceased were identified today as Stacy and Ralph Mathews.

The Dawson County 911 center received a call about a shooting at that location at approximately 5:45 a.m. Wednesday

No other details are available at this time. Fetch Your News will post additional information as it becomes available.

 

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Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, GBI investigate possible murder-suicide

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to assist with crime scene processing at what is believed to be a murder-suicide on Crane Road in Dawson County today.
At approximately 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Dawson County 911 center received a call about a shooting at that location. When Dawson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived, they discovered two deceased persons.

The investigation is ongoing. No other details are available at this time.
Fetch Your News will post additional information as it becomes available.

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Correction: One officer demoted, four reprimanded

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – On Dec. 18, I posted an article entitled: One officer demoted four others reprimanded in which I incorrectly identified Deputy Jacob Champion as one of the deputies reprimanded. Deputy Champion was not given a reprimand. I apologize to Deputy Champion for the error. It is my policy and that of Fetch Your News to immediately correct factual errors in any article we publish.

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One officer demoted four others reprimanded following pre-dawn badminton game

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Night Patrol Shift Supervisor Donna Bennett has been demoted from sergeant to corporal after she and the entire night patrol shift left the county with no officers on the road last Wednesday to play badminton in a local middle school gym.

Corporal Casey Honea, and Deputies Jacob Champion, Richard Martin and Corey Gearin all received a verbal reprimand for their participation in the pre-dawn departure from duty. The officers reportedly met at the school to conduct a building-clearing exercise.

Johnson said the game lasted only 35 minutes, but a video surveillance camera shows the officers were in the gym from 1:45 a.m. until 3:46 a.m.

The incident is just the latest in a series of incidents that has created negative publicity for the sheriff’s office and caused some elected officials to questioning Johnson’s leadership. Some have quietly discussed finding someone to run against him in the next election.

The negative publicity started during Johnson’s first year in office when he angered county commissioners by filing a $700,000 lawsuit against them seeking additional funding in his budget. Johnson claimed the Board abused its discretion by setting the sheriff’s office budget at $8.4 million.

Senior Superior Court Judge Fred A. Bishop ruled against the sheriff and taxpayers were left to pick up the cost of the lawsuit. At the end of the year Johnson was surprised to learn that he had $400,000 remaining in the budget that he failed spend.

In the last three months, three Dawson County detention officers have been arrested.

In September, Luciano Pablo Betancourt was forced to resign and charged with violation of oath of office after a female inmate alleged she and Betancourt had carried on a sexual relationship.

One week later, detention officer Michael Kormos was arrested in Lumpkin County and charged with simple battery family violence following a weekend domestic dispute with his estranged wife.

On December 2, Richard Anthony was arrested in Cherokee County and charged with battery against his wife.

Fetch Your News attempted to contact Johnson for comment, but he declined to return our call.

 

 

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Dawson Co. sergeant charged with assaulting his wife

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WOODSTOCK, Ga. – A Dawson County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was arrested in Cherokee County Sunday and charged with assaulting his wife over the weekend.

Richard Anthony, 45, of Woodstock works at the Dawson County Detention Center. According to the incident report, a family member contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to report Anthony had physically attacked his wife Saturday, leaving visible injuries.

The report alleged the wife got into a verbal confrontation with her husband which escalated and turned physical when he proceeded to grab her by her right arm and place her into an arm bar, forcing her to the ground and causing pain, bruising and swelling in her forearm.

The wife further alleged that the marriage has been up and down over the past several months and that they argue at least once a week and it normally turns physical/ violent.

During the investigation it was determined that the female was a victim of Family Violence Battery and there was probable cause for the arrest. CID was contacted and the investigation was turned over to them.

 

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