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Cherokee Sheriff Press Release
Updated -- Cherokee County, Ga. July 28, Kenneth Michael Williams 37 years of age, who is currently being housed in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, has been charged with Vehicular Homicide 1st degree and Vehicular Homicide 2nd degree due to the death of a passenger in the vehicle accident that occurred Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The passenger, Sandra Potts 37 years of age, died Thursday, July 27, 2017 as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident on Tuesday.>
Original story -- Cherokee County, Ga. July 26, 2017>. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched Tuesday, July 25, 2017at 3:10 p.m. to a motor vehicle accident on Upper Bethany Rd at Damascus Road involving two vehicles. >
The preliminary investigation showed that a white Ford Ranger, driven by Kenneth Williams 37 years of age of Ellijay, failed to yield at the intersection and was struck by an oncoming black Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Blake Sears 29 years of age of Ball Ground.
Not going anywhere - Animal advocates say they intend to keep the pressure on with more protests and attendance at public meetings until changes are made at the county shelter.
There was no shortage of emotion at the July commissioners’ meeting, where animal rights advocates rallied around a former shelter employee and chided the board about what they say are “deplorable” conditions at the facility.
Unrest about the Pickens County Animal Shelter has been steady since assistant director Judy Moody was fired by commission chair Rob Jones on June 20th. Jones, who the animal activists accuse of cronyism, utilized the law in Georgia that allows employers to fire someone without giving reason. Jones simply said that Moody’s services were “no longer needed.”
Read complete story and what our reporter found during a trip to the shelter in our print or e-edition this week.
Mark Miller listens as the judge cautions him on conditions of his negotiated guilty plea last week in Pickens Superior Court.
“Economic downturn. Lack of self control. An addiction to money. Stupidity.”
These are the reasons former attorney Mark Miller gave the judge when asked during his sentencing last week why he had stolen over $1 million dollars from his clients, something he admitted to doing during a plea agreement. The plea deal let both the defense and state avoid a trial that both sides previously acknowledged would be difficult and likely to last three weeks or more. Read complete story in our print or e-editions this week.
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Mark Miller arrested for numerous fraud, theft charges -- (no subcription needed) - June 2016
Attorney Mark Miller jailed for contempt of court-- original story (no subscription needed) - June 2016
Captain Kris Stancil
Public Information Officer
Pickens Sheriff’s Office
We have been made aware of a Scam that is taking place around our community. The scam involves individuals calling our citizens and claiming to be an employee of the Sheriff’s Office. They are even using the names of employees that they have been able to access. They are then advising to avoid being arrested, they need to send money. They have even been able to disguise the number they are calling from to match an agency or county number.
WE DO NOT CALL INDIVIDUALS AND HAVE THEM PAY MONEY OVER THE PHONE.
If a member of our office ever calls related to an outstanding warrant, the will only advise you to turn yourself in, not to send money to avoid it. Please do not become a victim of this scam.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today introduced the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, a criminal justice reform bill aimed at lowering recidivism rates among federal offenders.
“A lot of people look to Washington as the hope of the world, and we need to ask daily how we can be the hope of our communities. The Redemption Act answers part of that question.