Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
On May 14th deputies with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office were dispatched 515 Northwoods drive near Ball Ground in reference to a welfare check. At the location, authorities located the deceased body of James Reece, 77 years old of Ball Ground. It appeared Reece had been deceased for several days. Investigators learned that the daughter of Mr. Reece, Andrea Blanton, 45 years old of Ball Ground, lived at the home with Reece and was his primary caregiver. It was determined that Blanton had been staying in the home with her father’s body and despite the advanced stages of decomposition, Blanton had failed to report the death.
Blanton was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and charged with Concealing a Death. She was released Tuesday night on an $11,200.00 bond. On Wednesday an autopsy of Reece’s body was performed at the GBI Crime Lab and revealed that Reece had died of strangulation. Ms. Blanton was taken into custody this morning and charged with Murder.
Blanton remains in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention with no bond.
Drivers unharmed in Highway 53 accidents
Three horses were killed after being hit by vehicles on Highway 53 West near Big Ridge Road last night in a string of three separate accidents.
None of the occupants to the vehicles were injured.
The accidents all occurred within a half mile of each other over a short span of time, but with the windy road, officers at the first collision could not see the other wrecks.
According to Pickens Sheriff Office spokesman Kris Stancil four horses got out of the same pasture and wandered onto the road about 4:30 a.m.
The fourth hourse was herded back into the pasture after it was discovered running loose. Deputies had already responded to the first call when the other two accidents occurred.
A pickup truck over-turned either after striking one of the horses or trying, unsuccessfully, to avoid it. One of the other vehicles was a transfer-truck. The third vehicle, also a pickup truck, only suffered minor damage, according to sheriff reports.
In an interview this morning, Stancil said the owner of the horses was notified and came immediately to the scene. No charges are pending.
Stancil said a livestock owner would be charged criminally only if it is shown that the animals were running loose because of neglect.
Spanish Moss hangs from trees around pristine parts of Jekyll Island if developers get their wish and marsh areas are counted as land, then more of the island will be opened for future use.
By Pam O’Dell
The Jekyll Island Authority has asked the Attorney General’s office to weigh in on a task force’s recommendation that marsh not be considered in determining the island’s land base. The land measurement is significant because it determines, according to state law, the amount of development that can occur on the island.
Hence, the determination on whether or not marsh is counted as land pits environmentalists and citizen activists against those who favor greater development on the island.