Farrells’ Bond Hearing Continued

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JASPER, Ga. – The Bond hearing for Neil Roger Farrell, 56, and Janet Lynn Farrell, 54, began today as they face charges in the case of Olivia Farrell.

However, the Bond Hearing has not reached a conclusion yet as the defense requested, and was granted, a continuance by Superior Court Judge Mary Beth Priest.

Both defendants are charged with Exploitation and Intimidation of Disabled Adults, False Imprisonment, and 2 counts of Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree. The bond hearing was originally set for 2:00 p.m. today, June 28, to be heard by Magistrate Court. However, a release from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday announced the hearing had changed to 10:00 a.m. to be heard by the Superior Court.

The day began with a delay as the defense requested an extra ten minutes to discuss matters with their clients and the prosecution. Both Attorneys for the prosecution and defense approached the bench twice during the delay as well.

Upon returning, an official motion was made for a continuance. According to the defense, the trial came up so quickly that they were unable to have all the supporters and preparation that they would have wanted for the bond hearing. While it was admitted that a continuation on a bond hearing is unusual, the request was made and granted based on the quick hearing and the changes to the hearing made only the day before.

However, as attempts were made to schedule the continuance, a specific date around the coming holiday week could not be reached immediately. Judge Priest did note that she was not assigned the case and another judge could hear it. With that in mind, she left the prosecution and defense to settle on a date and to schedule it with the appropriate judge.

Though no date has been set at this time, FYN will continue to offer updates when made available.

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Two arrested for cruelty to animals

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JASPER, Ga. – Following a tip from a concerned citizen Monday, May 21, 2018, deputies responded to a residence in the Twin Mountain Lake area of Pickens County. Upon their arrival, deputies observed the partially buried corpses of multiple dogs and observed several additional dogs coming in and out of a residence that appeared to be abandoned.

Upon obtaining a search warrant, deputies and detectives were forced to wear breathing apparatuses to enter the home due to the odor of decay and fecal matter throughout the residence. During the execution of the search warrant, deputies discovered two other dogs living in crates found inside the home. Additional dogs were found to be roaming in and out of the home. According to detectives, every horizontal surface of the home was covered with fecal matter and filth.

During the investigation, detectives were able to learn that the residence belonged to Thomas Lamar Raye and that it had been vacated months before the welfare check. Deputies also learned that James William Raye, the son of Thomas, had been “caring” for the animals by feeding them.

While on scene, a local veterinarian was requested to come to the scene along with Animal Shelter employees from Pickens County, the Pickens County Marshals Office, and Pickens County Fire and EMS. In addition, animal control officers from Cherokee County responded to assist in the capture of the remaining dogs at large. The local veterinarian stated that this case of abuse was the most “disgustingly filthy” that he had witnessed in 20 years.

Four of the dogs that were able to be captured were evaluated by veterinarians and found to all have hookworms and roundworms. All dogs are currently in the care of the Pickens County Animal Shelter and being treated for their ailments. Traps are still remaining at the residence to attempt to rescue any remaining dogs that were unable to be caught on site.

Detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants for both James and Thomas Raye for two felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and four misdemeanor counts of Cruelty to Animals. Both have been arrested and are held at the Pickens County Adult Detention Center awaiting a first appearance hearing before the judge to determine bond amounts and conditions.

East Ellijay Police Officer Arrested. Theft by Taking

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The GBI arrested East Ellijay Police Office Michael McClure at approximately noon today February 14th 2018.  A copy of Booking report and warrant below.  FYN has requested a statement from the GBI and East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan.

Below is a Press Release Statement from East Ellijay Chief of Police, Larry Callahan.

Former directors of the Ruth House arrested for theft by conversion

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PICKENS COUNTY, Ga. –  Jan. 12, 2018: Following an October search warrant of the Ruth
House in Ranger, Georgia, Greg and Detra Mason have been charged with felony theft by
conversion.

Original complaints of mismanagement of funds led to the investigation into the handling of the local
ministry for women with substance abuse issues. After a search warrant was executed on the
property, boxes of receipts and financial documents were gathered and have been studied
extensively. Following the review of documents covering a recent period of time, Pickens Sheriff’s Office detectives
presented the evidence to a judge and were able to obtain arrest warrants for both Greg and Detra
Mason. The warrant was issued for theft by conversion, a felony in the state of Georgia.
The Masons willingly turned themselves into the Pickens County Adult Detention Center on Jan. 2 and were
booked for the charges. On the same date, both were able to post the $10,000 bond that had been
set for each.

Captain April Killian with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office stated that the investigation is still continuing
as additional documents are being reviewed, but sufficient probable cause was found at the time to
warrant the arrest. “After digging through the past year of documents, we have been able to identify
over $26,000 that had been converted from Ruth House funds to their own personal use,” Killian stated.

Killian added, “We still have a lot of documents to review and additional charges could be found
as the investigation continues.”

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Four Indicted for Distributing Heroin

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Police Department Capture

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Jasper, GA – Pickens County Sheriff’s Office found out that the Dalton Police Department was able to capture the suspects mentioned in our previous counterfeit post.

The individuals were caught at a Dalton BoJangles drive through attempting to pass additional counterfeit money. In addition, they had hit 4 other stores in the area within minutes of their arrest.

It appears that they have been traveling from town to town in the North Georgia area.
Arrested was Rachael Nicole Webb and De-Andre Jamahl Rice, both from the Cobb County area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great work Dalton!

 

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Attorney Mark Miller Pleads Guilty

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JASPER, GA – Former attorney Mark Miller was active in many groups and causes around Pickens County. He was the chairman of the Lion’s Club Council of Governors, among several other roles. Citizens say it came as a shock to the community last year when he was arrested for fraud against former clients.

On Wednesday, July 19,  Miller pleaded guilty in Pickens Superior Court to multiple counts of theft and financial fraud, foregoing a trial which would have begun in August.

The plea settlement negotiated back and forth all day Wednesday. Miller has been sentenced to 40 years, though he will serve 5 years. The remaining 35 years will be served on probation. He has been jailed since June of 2016 and will be granted credit for that year.

Miller will be required to make restitution of $1.3 million to former clients who he pleaded guilty to taking funds from their accounts.

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