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16-year-old killed by SWAT sniper following standoff in Cherokee

 

     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.

9th District candidates address TEA Party

     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.

Burn Ban begins May 1 for Pickens, other counties

Experts saying restriction on outdoor burning improves air quality

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On May 1, an outdoor burn ban will begin in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. Affected residents are asked to refrain from burning yard and land clearing debris, whose smoke can negatively impact the state's air quality during the hot summer months by contributing to high ozone levels.

"These restrictions are required by the state Environmental Protection Division so that fewer chemicals and particle pollutants are released into the air," said Georgia Forestry Commission Chief of Forest Protection, Frank Sorrells. "The risk of wildfire is also high at this time, and the Georgia Forestry Commission will be closely monitoring fire activity to keep Georgians and their property safe."

The burn ban will be in effect from May 1-September 30, 2012. The 54 Georgia counties affected are: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.

Residents in Georgia counties not included in the annual burn ban will continue to be required to secure a burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission before conducting any outside burning. Permits can be requested online at GaTrees.org, or by calling the local office of the Georgia Forestry Commission. If conditions are safe for burning, permits will be automatically granted.

"Last year unwelcome records were set in Georgia, with almost half a million acres of forest land lost to fire," said Sorrells. "We're also dealing with the effects of ongoing drought. Everyone needs to work together to ensure a safe and fire- free summer."

For more information about annual summer burn restrictions, burn permits and services of the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit GaTrees.org.

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Worley Crossroads area residents be on the lookout for car break-ins

Updated Monday morning -- Arrest made for car break-ins

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.

 

Owners advised to lock cars

 

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.

Sheriff Jeep Jam coming this fall -- video of four-wheel action

 

 

Nine jeep enthusiasts from around the state rode trails in Tate April 21st as part of a trial run for the 2nd annual Sheriff’s youth homes fundraiser, JeepFest 2012.

See a video of all the action here.

 

Jeepers were being asked in advance for suggestions to make the three day event “as fun and safe as possible,” said organizer Gregory Baker.

A large number of jeeps from around the region is expected before the ride takes place September 14-16. Sandy Bottoms in Tate has been chosen for the location, where two thousand plus acres will be prepared with trails and water crossings to give jeepers of all experience levels a fun experience.

To learn more about JeepFest 2012, visit the Pickens Sheriff’s JeepFest 2012 website at