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Mt. Zion Baptist Church Pastor Ben Mock and Pickens County Corporal Chris Leake
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At a forum Sunday night at Mount Zion Church on the dangers of social media, Corporal Chris Leake with the Pickens Sheriff’s office advised parents to use today’s technology to their advantage, teach kids how to behave civilly on social media sites, and above all never post anything your grandmother wouldn’t approve of.
Deputy hears mom say
son was only protecting her
A 16-year-old Jasper juvenile male is charged with murder following the stabbing death of his stepfather Friday, Nov. 23 in The Preserve at Sharp Mountain gated community.
Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig said the juvenile stabbed his stepfather with a sword, later identified as a “Dha” (similar to a samurai sword) following an argument that began over a minor issue just before midnight Friday.
The deceased has been identified as Christopher Todd Allen, 36. The name of the suspect was initially withheld due to his age, but later released as he is being charged in superior court at this time. The suspect has been identified as Joseph M. Addis. There is some confusion about whether a 16-year-old facing a murder charge is treated as a juvenile in the court system.
The 16-year-old is in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center in Dalton. He was arrested at the scene after a relative called 911.
At the time of the stabbing, the family was living in the basement of their relatives’ house in The Preserve.
The incident report states that the victim had picked up his wife at 8 p.m. from Rocco’s Pub where she worked on the night of the killing. The report states that Marcie Allen, the wife of the victim and mother of Addis, told officers that the victim “had already been drinking” when he picked her up.
Ms. Allen went on to tell officers in her initial interview more details about the tragic evening.
For Hill City Elementary Principal Dr. Carlton Wilson, this holiday season will be one of recovery after he undergoes revision surgery to replace two metal hips that have been recalled for high failure rates and unwanted side effects.
“When I found out about all of the symptoms of this, that upset me,” Wilson said the day before one of the metal-on-metal hips he had installed over four years ago would be replaced. “But when I found out that the company knew about all of this a year and a half before they put the first one in, that made me kind of angry.”
DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, manufactured the hips and there are now hundreds of lawsuits that have been filed against DePuy. Questions have also arisen about the way in which the hips gained approval for manufacturing.
Worldwide over 93,000 people have received this variety of hip implant, and it is estimated that over 40,000 of those patients are in the U.S.
Above, Hill City Elementary School Principal Carlton Wilson
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Updated - The 16-year-old suspect charged with murdering his step father Friday made his "First Appearance Hearing" in court Monday morning. Chief Judge Brenda Weaver cleared the court as the suspect is considered a minor at this time. It is expected that the court will order psychological evaluations during the hearing.
The case may be transfered to superior court during this hearing, removing the suspect's juvenile status.
A 16-year-old Jasper juvenile male is charged with murder following the stabbing death of his step-father Friday in the Preserve at Sharp Mountain gated community.
Sheriff Donnie Craig said the juvenile stabbed his step-father with a sword, later identified as a “Dha” (similar to a samurai sword) following an argument over a relatively minor issue around midnight Friday. The deceased has been identified as Christopher Todd Allen, 36. The name of the suspect is being withheld.
The 16-year-old is in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center in Dalton. He was arrested at the scene after a relative called 911. The family was living in the basement of relatives’ house in the gated community.
Craig said the juvenile, a former PHS student being homeschooled currently, was not known to be troubled or have past issues based on the initial investigation.
Craig said he didn’t believe that the young man had any martial arts training. “They had a collection of replica (swords),” he said.
The step-father was found by deputies still alive with a large wound in his abdomen. He was transported by Pickens EMS to Kennestone where he died in surgery.
The young man was initially charged with aggravated assault, later changed to murder when his step-father died.
Pictured (l to r) are John Edwards, Commissioner Rob Jones and Lawton Baggs thumbing through Georgia Marble Company records at the old marble jail on Camp Road.
After sitting dusty and forgotten for decades, records and artifacts from the Georgia Marble Company are now finding a proper home at the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books at Kennesaw State University.
“I’m really pleased they are going to be in such good hands with professionals who know how to handle them,” said John Edwards, member of a local committee charged with finding a way to preserve the documents.
Last Tuesday, November 13, boxes and boxes of the old Georgia Marble records, including promotional items, advertisements and personnel records were transported from the old marble jail on Camp Road to Kennesaw State, where the long process of archiving and documenting would begin.