Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Roger Bradley has sentenced Charles William "Billy" Givens to life in prison without parole for the double murder of Laura Schell and Wayne Alan Poole, Jr. at Whitestone in July 2010. Givens also committed aggravated assault against Robbie Payne at the same crime scene, when he shot Payne in the face. Payne survived.
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Submitted by Melissa Cummings
Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division
Seeing a black bear in Georgia, even in metro Atlanta, is not unusual, especially during spring. That’s because during spring and summer, young male bears that are “on their own” for the first time sometimes venture into suburbs and even urban areas.
Adult males typically force these young males out of familiar territory in what would be considered traditional bear range. The young bears roam as they try to establish their own territory.
Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an armed person call Tuesday afternoon at approximately 5:50pm. The location of the incident was 921 Laurel Crest Drive inside the Eagle Watch subdivision. Responding deputies determined a 16 year old male was armed with a 357 Magnum revolver and had threatened to shoot his mother. The mother, who was the 911 caller, was safely removed from the house; however the suspect remained barricaded inside the residence.
While not physically at last week’s Pickens Tea Party meeting, the spirit of current 9th District Congressman Tom Graves was invoked repeatedly.
All candidates running for that seat this November wanted to paint themselves as the popular Ranger Republican’s heir – citing everything from regular pray sessions with Graves to being mentored by him at the state house.
Press release from Pickens Sheriff
On Friday afternoon, April 27, Detectives from the Pickens Sheriff's Office made an arrest regarding the individual breaking into vehicles in the Worley Crossroads area. The individual arrested is a juvenile and has been turned over to the Juvenile Detention Center in Dalton, Georgia.
Thank you for all of your assistance. Please continue to remain diligent in securing your property and vehicles to make you a more difficult target of similar crimes.
Original Press release from Pickens Sheriff
The Pickens sheriff's office received several reports of cars being entered and items being taken from them. The incidents appear to have occurred overnight and the primary location is in the area of Worley Crossroads, in the southern portion of Pickens County. At this time, all reports indicate that the cars were left unlocked and no force was used to break into the vehicles.
Please ensure that you remove personal property that may be of any value and that you lock all vehicles. Another way that you can make your home a tougher target would be to use flood lights or other outside lighting sources to deter a potential break in.
If you have any information that may assist in the active investigation, please contact the Pickens Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 706-253-8935.