Kayakers find man’s body on Amicalola River

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – During the late afternoon of Tuesday (May 19) the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call reporting that a body of a white male had been found on the Amicalola River. The body was discovered by a couple who were kayaking.

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, along with the Department of Natural Resources Game Wardens responded and recovered the body. A cause of death is not apparent at this time. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.

Fetch Your News will have more details as they become available.

Drugs recovered during Dawson County traffic stop

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — A traffic stop on April 23 led to the arrest of a Gainesville man on charges of DUI and possession of and the recovery of a small amount of marijuana and 38 grams of methamphetamine.

Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson reported that Sgt. Zach Smith conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Michael Vernon Allison of Gainesville for traffic violations including an improper functioning brake light and weaving over the road.

After further investigation and inquiry, Smith determined that Allison was operating his vehicle without valid insurance. Allison was also suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

Georgia State Patrol responded to assist with the DUI investigation.

Allison was subsequently arrested and transported to the Dawson County Detention Center. A search of the violator’s vehicle incident to arrest revealed a small amount of suspected marijuana. Upon entrance into the facility and after being thoroughly searched, deputies’ recovered two baggies of suspected methamphetamine concealed in the offenders pants. The total weight of the methamphetamine is 38 grams.

 

Dawson Co. deputies looking for murder suspect Austin Stryker

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Sheriff’s deputies are conducting a search of the Cowart Road area in Dawson County looking for Austin Todd Stryker, who authorities believe murdered 21-year-old Hannah Bender of Lumpkin County.

At approximately 2 p.m. today they arrested 78-year-old Jerry Harper in a traffic stop near Cowart Road. He was wanted in connection with the murder and he and Stryker were believed to be traveling together.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation obtained an arrest warrant on Harper Thursday. The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office obtained a murder warrant on Stryker Saturday.

Bender’s body was found in a ravine in North Forsyth County Wednesday. Authorities believe the 21-year-old woman she was murdered at a campground in Lumpkin County.

Fetch Your News will have more details as they become available.

Four-vehicle accident reported on Ga. Hwy 53 Tuesday morning

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A four-vehicle accident that involves an overturned truck carrying 10,000 pounds of dynamite on Ga. Hwy. 53 near Sundown Way has closed Hwy. 53 in both directions this morning (Sept. 10). The accident occurred east of Ga. 400.

Georgia State Patrol, Dawson County Emergency Services the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene and motorists are asked to avoid the area. Units from HAZMAT are also on the scene to clean up an oil spill.

Hwy. 53 is closed in both directions between Blue Ridge Overlook and Dawson Forest Road,

Fetch Your News will have more information as it becomes available.

Marcus Sewell enters race for Dawson County Sheriff

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PRESS RELEASE

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Marcus Sewell, a veteran law enforcement officer and current member of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Command Staff where he serves as head of Criminal Investigations, today announced he is a candidate for Sheriff of Dawson County.

“For two and a half years, I have witnessed the fiscal and professional mismanagement within the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office,” Sewell said. “This has to change. With my leadership, integrity, experience and my passion for Dawson County, I am confident that I can give our citizens a Sheriff’s Office they can depend on and be proud of.”

A graduate of Dawson County High School and longtime resident of Dawson County, he launched his law enforcement career in 2004 working in the Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto.

In 2005, he transitioned to Dawson County where he worked under Sheriff Billy Carlisle. He started as jail deputy then was promoted to sergeant while working in the jail.  Sewell then transferred to the patrol division. In 2009, he accepted a position in the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office as assistant Jail Commander and once again his law enforcement abilities propelled him upward.

After a stint as Assistant Jail Commander, he rose to Jail Commander, Special Services Commander (drug investigations, K9 deputies, school resource deputies, victims advocate and animal control) and today commands Criminal Investigations. His experience also includes a three-year stint as Georgia Sheriff’s Association region 3 representative for the Jail Management Advisory Committee. The committee does jail management and operations while coming up with safe, efficient solutions for jails.

Marcus has been very involved in the community. He was a collegiate wrestler at Anderson College and he has coached many Dawson County youth in wrestling and football. In 2003-2004 he assisted in coaching the Dawson County High School wrestling team to a third state title. He is also a Leadership Lumpkin graduate, and a member of the Rotary Club of Dawson County.

Marcus’ wife Amber is a nurse at Mount Sinai Wellness Center. They have two children, Tristan, age 8, and Alena, age 4. They attend Harvest Baptist Church where Marcus is also a home preacher.

“I ask for your vote, your support but most of all your prayers as I undertake the challenge of serving as Dawson County Sheriff,” he said.

Please visit Marcus Sewell’ s Facebook page at Marcus Sewell for Sheriff.

 

 

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Multi-vehicle crash with injuries on Price Road near county line

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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — At 2:45 p.m. today (July 6) , Dawson County Fire/EMS responded to a multi-car accident with numerous injuries. The incident was located on Price Road, just inside Dawson County. Three engines and three Med units from Dawson responded, along with a med unit from Hall and Lumpkin Counties.

A critical pediatric patient was flown by Air life to Children’s of Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Multiple other patients were transported to Northeast Georgia and CHOA by various EMS ground units. A total of 7 seven patients were transported from this scene.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. Dawson and Hall County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control at this incident. No other patient information is being released at this time.

Fetch Your News will have more details as they become available.

(Photo credits Dawson County Fire)

Dawson Sheriff’s Office searching for armed robbery suspect

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***BOLO***ARMED ROBBERY***BOLO

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office issued a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) following the armed robbery at Dollar General at approximately 9:40 a.m. today (June 24).

The Dawson County posted the following on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page today:

“On June 23, 2019 at approximately 9:40p a white male wearing black glasses, black hat, dark jeans, gray t-shirt, and a black jacket enters the Dollar General located at 6533 Highway 9 South, Dawsonville GA. This male subject walks through the store up and down the aisles and appears to be casing the store. A few minutes later, he exits the store. At approximately 9:43p, another white male with fair skin enters the store wearing a black hat with gold lettering (possibly some type of military emblem), black half-rimmed glasses, gray t-shirt, blue jeans, clean shaven and purchases a drink. As the cashier has the cash drawer open, this white male displays a black handgun and demands money. Money was given to the suspect and he then exits the store. Anyone with any information please contact Investigator Brady with Dawson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-344-3636.”

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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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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Dawson Co. sergeant charged with assaulting his wife

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Richard Anthony

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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Dawson County jailer arrested in Dahlonega

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John Michael Kormos

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – For the second time in eight days, a Dawson County Sheriff’s Office jailer is in trouble with the law.

John Michael Kormos, 30, a detention officer at the Dawson County Detention Center, was arrested in Dahlonega Tuesday and charged with simple battery and reckless conduct following a weekend argument with his estranged wife during which a firearm was discharged.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies Jacob Smith, Damon Nix and Jameson Grulla responded to a frantic 9-1-1 call at 218 John Dowdy Road in Dahlonega Saturday during which Erica Christine Vibert, 24, was crying hysterically and claiming that Kormos was attempting to commit suicide.

According to the incident report, as the deputies reached the front door, they could see a man (later identified as Kormos) standing over a woman (identified as Vibert) who was kneeling. Both were ordered to lay face down on the floor.

Once the scene was secure, Kormos told deputies he and Vibert had been separated for a short and they were arguing about her seeing someone else.

Vibert said when she attempted to leave, he went to a room, took out a gun, pointed it at his head and threatened to kill himself. She then attempted to wrestle the firearm away from him and it discharged into the bed. Vibert said Kormos had been taking medication for depression and that he never meant to hurt her.

Deputy Smith said he could smell alcohol on Kormos’ breath and ordered him taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for a mental evaluation while a warrant was taken for his arrest.

Kormos turned himself in at the Lumpkin County Detention Center Tuesday.

 

 

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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).

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.

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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Secrecy surrounds “mishandled funds” complaint

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City Manager Bob Bolz

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – One month after the City of Dawsonville filed a complaint with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office regarding “mishandled funds” during former Mayor James Grogan’s administration, city officials have kept the details of that complaint a closely guarded secret.

Taxpayers have been kept in the dark regarding how their money was mishandled and how much money is involved.

City Manager Bob Bolz responded to Fetch Your News open records request (ORR) last week in an email that stated: “Because of certain information pertinent to the investigation revealed in the (complaint), that information was deemed confidential by our attorneys.”

The City’s failure to disclose details of the complaint has raised serious questions about the validity of the complaint and especially its timing, coming just weeks before the special election that will decide if Grogan is to regain his seat or be replaced for the next four years by interim Mayor Mike Eason. Advanced voting has begun and Election Day is March 20.

Former Mayor James Grogan

City Council members Angie Smith, Caleb Phillips and Jason Power voted last May to remove Grogan as mayor for alleged violations of the city code and policies. The decision was not popular with voters and may have cost Smith her seat on the Council. She was voted out of office in November.

Grogan has maintained from the beginning that he has done nothing wrong and the complaint of “mishandled funds” is politically motivated.

“It is a politically-motivated witch hunt,” Grogan said. “But I believe the voters will see it for what it is.”

In fact, Grogan doubts there is any investigation. “I believe they filed the complaint just to hurt me. It’s been almost a month since the complaint was filed and nobody from the sheriff’s office has questioned me.”

In making the motion to refer the issue to law enforcement, new City Councilman Stephen Tolson said, “I think in the interest of full transparency it would be a good idea to go ahead and hand over all those documents and any related documents of the prior investigations conducted.”

Yet one month later, the documents have not been turned over to the media or made available to the public. Election Day is Tuesday, March 20 and the voters will finally have a chance to decide who will lead the city forward.

 

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