Pickens County Sheriff’s Office 2018 Lip Sync Challenge

Community, Police & Government

Your wait is over….here is the PSO 2018 Lip Sync Challenge Video.

The Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge was created to show our communities and nation the humanity behind the badge. It was light-hearted fun that did an excellent job of showing the humor and joy law enforcement individuals have. We, of course, wanted to have our own fun. As many of you have seen, the challenge was extremely successful and hopefully provided each of you with a lot of laughs.

However, there is also a different side to law enforcement we want to draw your attention to.

As we thought about this challenge and its purpose, we also wanted to show you that side. Every day we try to serve, protect, and provide compassion. This job is not always easy, but each day we choose to give it our all and we do it for you, our community. We are extremely proud of this video and hope it shows you just that. The Pickens Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the staff who volunteered their time, energy and dedication to the success of this production. A special thanks to PSO’s own Shane Godfrey for the videography and editing, Sgt. Jody Weaver for the screenplay, and Sheriff Donnie Craig for his never-ending support of his staff, and willingness to grant us freedom in our creativity. Disclaimer: The Pickens Sheriff’s Office neither expresses, nor implies, any ownership or copyright of the music selections used in the production of this entertainment video. Those rights belong exclusively to the artists, performers and / or writers of the original recordings. The participants in this video are, or were, employees / relatives of employees of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office at the time of this production.

*TRIGGER WARNING. Please watch with caution.


Former directors of the Ruth House arrested for theft by conversion


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

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.”


Pickens Sheriff’s Oath Of Office and Recognized Commendations

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Pickens 4During the administration of the Oath of Office to Deputies and Detention Officers of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Craig recognized Lt. Chris Webb as the Division Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. He also took the time to recognize one of our newest Sergeants in the Adult Detention Center, Sgt. Chris Bruce.
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In addition to Oaths and promotions, Lt. Tucker and Sheriff Craig recognized Deputy Jaques and Detective Romine for their incredible effort that led to the arrest of six store burglars that were striking out convenience stores.

After presenting a letter of recognition, a commendation from The Jasper Police Department was also sent to recognize their efforts.

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While swearing staff in, Sheriff Craig spends some time recognizing Lt. Chris Tucker for his appointment as the Division Commander of the Uniform Patrol Division.

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Gang related charges for 2 in arrest of 6 in Burglary of Jasper Convenience Store same suspects involved with Fannin Robbery


Update January 4th 2016

FetchYourNews.com has confirmed with authorities two of the six arrested will be facing gang related charges.  FYN will update as more information becomes available.

Pickens County Georgia, January 3, 2017:

During the night of January 1st , deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office and Jasper Police Officers arrest 6 individuals for breaking into the Dunn’s Food Mart in Talking Rock Georgia.scene

Deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office spotted a suspicious vehicle near the Dunn’s Food Mart located at the intersection of Hwy 515 and Antioch Church Road in Talking Rock Georgia. While the deputies were speaking with the two individuals, Jasper Police Officers confirmed that a break in had taken place at Dunn’s Food Mart.


As both agencies continued the investigation, 4 additional individuals were arrested in connections to the case. Detectives then began the work of processing the scene and learned that another convenient store in Fannin County had also been burglarized during the night. After reaching out to detectives with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined that the same individuals were involved in that burglary as well.

At this time, all individuals are being charged with Burglary and additional pending charges.

The individuals arrested are:

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 Kendra Nicole Brown, 32 year old, black female from Decatur Georgia  Harriett Renea Gray, 44 year old, black female from Atlanta Georgia  Anquesia Rena Gray, 26 year old, black female from Atlanta Georgia  Phillip Brandon Kemp, 23 year old, black male from Forrest Park Georgia  Kelly Montique Rabon, 18 year old, black male from Atlanta Georgia  Trayvis Dwong Gray, 25 year old, black male from Atlanta Georgia


Due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing and active, no additional details are available.

Related Six Arrested on Suspicion of Burglary

Aid Pours into Pickens in Search and Rescue


According to Facebook Posts by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, aid continues to come in from surrounding counties in the search for the missing  79-year-old Ben Thebaut.

While other counties are sending in manpower in the form of teams from Gilmer County Search and Rescue and Calhoun Search and Rescue, citizens are also attempting to aid. So much so that the Pickens Sheriff’s Office had to ask people two days ago to not go into the area until the search had been broadened safely.

Ben ThebautMore volunteers have come in from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, Pickens County Emergency Preparedness, Georgia Department of Corrections, and Cherokee County Georgia Search & Rescue teams. The combined effort has scoured the woods and still continues the work “with amazing volunteers.”

Though there is still more work to be done, Pickens County has no shortage of support from locals and neighbors throughout the area. As more volunteers continue to help, coordination and briefings are continuing through Pickens Fire and the Pickens Sheriff’s Office.


Pickens Sheriff’s Office Searching for Wanted Man


According to Pickens County Sheriff’s Office a search is launched for a wanted man.  FYN pulled the following from a post by Pickens Authorities.   Roger Crocker is actively being searched for after he fled from Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Georgia. Crocker was last seen wearing only a hospital gown with his EKG leads still connected as he left the hospital.

Deputies have learned that he did receive a ride to the area of Parker Road in Jasper.

Crocker has active warrants for Felony Probation Violation, Possession of Meth, and Misdemeanor Obstruction of an officer.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Crocker (or if you see a white male walking on the road wearing only a hospital gown) please contact our emergency dispatch center at 706-253-8911.

Attempted Robbery at Jasper Save-A-Lot


After an attempted robbery last night, July 30, at the Save-A-Lot, suspects fled through the woods behind Garner Ace Hardware according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies immediately began assisting the Jasper City Police Department and GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) as they searched for the suspects along East Church Street. The descriptions were released as two white males in dark clothing with ball caps and hoodies and possibly still carrying the handgun they used to threaten the store clerk with.

Earlier today the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office had this to say, “During the night search, two individuals were located in the wooded area, along with weapons that were located as well. One individual was questioned and later released. The other individual was arrested, but on a separate crime that happened to have occurred during the same time.”

The authorities are continuing their search at this time, following all possible leads available. FYN will continue to follow this story as updated information becomes available.


Fatal wreck on Highway 515 at Highway 136

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