Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 03/12 to 03/17

Arrest Reports

PCSO arrest report/photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Piedmont Mountainside named one of the Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals

Piedmont Mountainside

Jasper, Ga. (March 11, 2019) — Piedmont Mountainside Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. The study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

“At Piedmont Mountainside, we share a commitment to providing unsurpassed medical care to all who need our services,” said hospital CEO Denise Ray. “We take our promise of making a positive difference in every life we touch seriously, and that’s why we’re so proud to be recognized as a Top 100 Hospital this year.”

Overall, the IBM Watson Health™ 100 Top Hospitals study found that the top-performing hospitals outperformed non-winning peer group hospitals in a variety of performance measures, including higher survival rates, fewer complications and infections, shorter length of stay, shorter emergency department wait times, lower inpatient expenses, higher overall profit margins and higher patient satisfaction.

Based on the results of this year’s study, Watson Health extrapolates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 103,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
  • More than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved; and
  • Approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.

“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare as other high-income countries, yet still has poorer population health outcomes , the 100 Top Hospitals are bucking the trend by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The hospitals on this list represent the current vanguard in value-based care and we applaud their commitment to quality.”

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 10 clinical and operational areas addressing: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, adjusted operating profit margin, and HCAHPS score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.

About Piedmont Mountainside Hospital

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital – a 52-bed hospital, located in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains – dedicates itself to delivering unsurpassed medical care to the residents of Pickens. Gilmer and North Cherokee Counties and surrounding communities. We provide a range of services from cardiac rehabilitation and imaging to orthopedic services to cardiac catheterization and general surgery. Piedmont Mountainside offers intensive care, 24-hour emergency services with 18 beds and a fast track area.

At Piedmont Mountainside, we take pride in providing outstanding care and our record of accomplishment speaks for itself. In the past few years, Piedmont Mountainside has consistently ranked in the top five Atlanta hospitals in patient experience as well as received top marks for our commitment to patient safety by Leapfrog 7 consecutive times. Other awards received are the Press Ganey Partner of Choice Award, Best Place to Practice Award, 2011 Small Hospital of the Year, AJC’s 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Top Workplace, the Women’s Choice Award for Best in Obstetrics and Best in Patient Safety, and Business of the Year by the Gilmer Co. Chamber.

About IBM Watson Health

Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world’s biggest health care challenges, including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more.


Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 03/04 to 03/11

Arrest Reports

PCSO arrest report/photos provided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Pickens County. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Multi-Agency search ends with suspect capture


(Photos provided by Pickens County Sheriff’s Office)

MARBLE HILL, Ga. – According to Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Captain Kris Stancil, a recent accident led to a drawn-out search and capture of one Richard Eric Duckett, 25.

Richard Eric Duckett

Richard Eric Duckett

The Pickens Sheriff involved support from four other agencies including GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation), Georgia State Patrol, the Gilmer Sheriff’s Office, and the Cherokee-Pickens multi-agency SWAT team.

Though they did eventually capture Duckett, what follows is the Pickens Sheriff’s Public Release about the events leading up to his capture.

During a bizarre twist of events, an accident that deputies responded to on Highway 53 East in Marble Hill Georgia on March 7th at approximately 10:30 pm, turned out to be an Aggravated Assault case. Upon arrival at an accident, deputies found the driver of one vehicle to be suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Another vehicle, a motorcycle, was also found wrecked with no driver in site.

Recognizing that this was more than an accident, deputies requested the assistance of detectives, the Georgia State Patrol and later the GBI Crime Scene Unit to respond as well.

What we have learned about this active case is that a domestic dispute erupted at a residence on Andiron Way in Marble Hill Georgia. During the dispute, Richard Eric Duckett (age 25) shot Roy Joseph Holloway in the right leg. After shooting Holloway, Duckett then fled the residence on a Yamaha Motorcycle. Holloway then got into a Lexus passenger car and began to chase after him.

As they traveled East on Hwy 53 East, Duckett lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked in the 10000 block of Hwy 53 East, near the J.M. Huber Corporation. Holloway then continued to travel East for approximately ½ mile before he wrecked the car near Pea Ridge Road.

Holloway was transported by ambulance and was treated for his injuries and released.

A search for Duckett began using the assistance of a Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office canine unit. Following a track and additional witness information, it was determined that Duckett had received a ride back to the residence at 18 Andiron Way. Once this information was obtained, detectives obtained a Search Warrant and Arrest Warrant for Mr. Duckett. Due to no one answering the multiple attempts to come to the door, the Cherokee-Pickens multi-agency SWAT team was requested to execute entry and conduct a search warrant.

During the execution of the search warrant, Mr. Duckett was not found in the residence but Patrick Scheibel (age 20) was arrested for Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers.

Deputies continued to search for Duckett in the immediate area throughout the night.

On Friday, March 8th, deputies were called to a residence in the area of Duckett Lane for an individual requesting an ambulance due to a motorcycle accident. Upon arrival, they learned that the individual was Mr. Duckett. He had what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. Detective accompanied him on the transport.

This case is still being actively investigated to determine the events that led up to the shooting and to process the evidence obtained at the residence and in the vehicles.


Donald Milton Williams: Obituary


Donald Milton Williams

August 24, 1968 – March 05, 2019

Mr. Donald (Digger) Milton Williams, age 50, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at his residence in Jasper.

Mr. Williams is survived by his Father: Alex Williams of Jasper; Mother: Elizabeth Armstrong of Ball Ground; Sister and Brother-in-law: Adonna and Gary Walker of Ball Ground. Sister: Marian McArthur of Jasper. Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Visitation will begin Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 8:00 AM until the funeral hour.

Funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home. David Shivington will be officiating.

Pallbearers will be Cody Walker, Clate McArthur, David Lawson, Brett Mullins, Matthew Mullins, Tommy Padgett and Hagen Mullins. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Scottie Weaver and William Mullins.

Interment will be at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Escorted by Old Souls Brotherhood.

The Family will accept flowers but prefer donations be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with Funeral Expenses.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Williams family

Edna Grace Duckett: Obituary


Edna Grace Duckett

January 03, 1932 – February 15, 2019

Mrs. Edna Grace Duckett, age 87, passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at her residence in Nelson.

Mrs. Duckett is survived by her Sons & Daughters-in-Law: Carl & Lisa Duckett of Jasper; Terry & Lynn Duckett of Marble Hill; and Richard & Jenny Duckett of Nelson. Daughters: Gail Schien of Marble Hill; Sharon Smith of Marble Hill and Brenda Duckett of Marble Hill. Brother: Charlie Bozeman of Florida. Sisters: Mildred Wilson of Jasper and Carol Henson of Canton. Sister-in-Law: Mabel Bozeman. Also surviving 26 Grandchildren; 43 Great-Grandchildren and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews.

Edna was preceded in death by husband: Luke Duckett. Son: Greg Duckett. Mother & Father: Turner & Lora Bozeman.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM. Sunday, February 17, 2016 from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM and Monday, February 18, from 8:00 AM until the funeral hour.

Pallbearers: Chris Schien, Jeff Bell, Casey Duckett, Gabe Duckett, Eric Duckett and Jesse Duckett. Honorary Pallbearers: Tyler Weaver, Dan Wilson, Jermiah Beck and Zac Duncan

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home. Rev. Lee Roy Blackwell and Rev. Bruce Weeks will be officiating.

Interment will be in the Arbor Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Duckett Family.

Virginia Alice Chastain: Obituary


Virginia Alice Chastain

February 12, 1927 – February 14, 2019

Mrs. Virginia Alice Chastain, age 92, of Hinton Community passed away at her residence February 14, 2019.

Mrs. Chastain is survived by her Sons & Daughters-in-Law: Virgil & Margaret Chastain of the Hinton Community and Johnny & Anita Chastain of Hinton Community. Daughter & Son-in-Law: Patricia & Chris Huston of Hinton Community. Sister: Cleo Patterson of Calhoun. Also surviving are Six Grandchildren and Nine Great-Grandchildren. Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Virginia is preceded in death by her husband Ulyess Chastain.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 15, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM and Saturday, February 16, from 8:00 AM until the Funeral Hour.

Pallbearers: Mitchell Patterson, Ricky Patterson, Mark Chastain, Matt Chastain, Richard Chastain, Ronald Lee Evans, Larry Buttrum, Ray Buttrum, Chris Chastain and Keith Chastain. Honorary Pallbearers: Jeff Chastain.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday, February 16, 2019 in the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home.

Interment will be in the Hinton Community Cemetery.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chastain family.

Kenneth Lee Adams, Sr: Obituary


Kenneth Lee Adams, Sr

July 27, 1940 – February 13, 2019

Mr. Kenneth Lee Adams, Sr., age 78, of Jasper passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 At Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

Mr. Adams is survived by his loving wife of 58 Years – Kathleen Ann Adams of Jasper, GA; Sons & Daughters-in-Law: Kenneth L. Adams, Jr & Cathy of Jasper; David W. & Cheryl Adams of Covington, GA; Son: Kris D. Adams of Griffin, GA. Daughters & Sons-in-Law: Sharon A. & Richard York of Plymouth, WI; Darlene M. and Ronald Petersen of Greensboro, GA; Patricia L. & Gregory Daniel of Jasper. Brothers: Dick Adams of Willard, OH; Hobert Adams of Willard, OH; Brother & Sister-in-Law:Fred & Sandra Capelle of New London, OH. Sisters: Helen Banworth of Willard, OH; Carol & Paul Boring of Gainesville, GA; Susie Peck of Chillicothe, OH; Linda Sly of Fairborn, OH. Uncle: George W. Adams of Plymouth, OH. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by his mother Agnes Roberts Adams (Capelle, Smith), father Stanley J. Adams; Sister: Louella & Teddy Walker and Dorothy George; Brothers: William and Stanley Adams and Granddaughter: Robbyn Leanne Wood.

He proudly served his country for 12 years in the USAF, where his military career took him to Japan, France, Vietnam and stateside bases. He was later involved in sales and management positions in the corporate world and retired after owning and operating an insurance agency as well as a retail business. He had a passion and interest throughout his life in owning several motorcycles, airplanes and RV’s, which led to further travels in the US and for 18 years as a member with RV Volunteers US MAPS with the Assembly’s of God. He had a passion for flying that began at a very young age, resulting in his sons loving to fly.

He earned his BA degree in theology at Central Bible College in Springfield, MO and was a licensed minister in the GA and Southern Missouri district of the Assemblies of God.

Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 16, 2019 and continue until the funeral hour.

Pallbearers: Andy Trent, Jesse Adams, Colin Adams, Kenneth Adams III, Andrew Adams II and Kyle Petersen

Graveside service will be held at Sunrise Memorial Gardens at 2:00 PM, with Rev. Rusty Sharp, officiating.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Adams Family.

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