Sharktop Ridge land annexed into Jasper

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JASPER, Ga. – The second part of the development of Sharktop Ridge Road has reached its conclusion with a city approval to annex the land into the city.

Originally meeting last month to discuss the topic, the council had agreed to table the item to allow for a more detailed study on Burnt Mountain Road as feasible alternatives to access the land being developed.

The annexation is a part of a Planning and Zoning issue revolving around Paul King looking to have a residential development in the area connecting to Sharktop Ridge. The development would host around 23 homes, according to King. While he would utilize city water for the project, the sewage would be dealt with in septic tanks.

Three new points of detail were offered in favor of keeping the entrance at Sharktop Ridge Road including a survey from Chastain & Associates, P.C., a cost estimate on building the road from Burnt Mountain Road, and an accident report on the intersection of Cove Road and Sharktop Ridge Road.

Mark Chastain of Chastain & Associates, P.C., speaks with the city council on his study of accessing the development from Burnt Mountain Road.

Mark Chastain of Chastain & Associates, P.C., speaks with the city council on his study of accessing the development from Burnt Mountain Road.

Mark Chastain was on hand from Chastain & Associates, P.C. to discuss what it would take to build the entrance down from Burnt Mountain Road. Speaking mostly on the grade, or slope, the road would have to take and how long it would need to be to not exceed the maximum grade. Chastain did say that an entrance from Burnt Mountain Road could be possible, but it would need to be close to a quarter mile at maximum grade on the road. He went on to say that he had originally recommended to those looking to develop the property because “it’s a safety aspect of having to climb or descend at maximum grade for that long to achieve the difference in elevation from highway to the road.”

He explained later that fire code preference is a 12% grade, meaning you rise 12 feet for every 100 feet you travel. Chastain continued saying that in his time in engineering and surveying experience, traveling at maximum grade for that long could cause extra stress to vehicles. Without some way to level out or alleviate stress on the vehicles, you could approach an increased risk to situations “where clutches fail.”

However, this suggested that if added points of leveling for vehicle stress relief or other extra steps were taken, it could be possible. Chastain noted however that, in his opinion, Sharktop Ridge Road provides a better, more pleasant, grade to make it a safer entrance relative to Burnt Mountain Road.

Paul King, of Sharktop Ridge LLC., offers his costs estimate of changing entrances to the development, calling it a "deal killer."

Paul King, of Sharktop Ridge LLC., offers his costs estimate of changing entrances to the development, calling it a “deal killer.”

The second point came when Paul King, the representative of Sharktop Ridge, LLC., presented a quote he received on accomplishing the Burnt Mountain Road entrance, he noted an extra $200,000 in costs on top of the current costs of developing the property. King called the extra costs a “deal killer” for the project.

King noted the original plan from Chastain saying he didn’t want to spend the extra money on a “marginal, somewhat unsafe road to come into the development.” He went on to say that the road would also take out one of the planned lots for the development representing a loss to the usable residences in addition to the road costs.

Finally, King asked Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell to comment on the accidents at the intersection of Cove Road and Sharktop Ridge Road regarding a comment from the June meeting indicating an already bad intersection due to a high number of accidents.

Chief Lovell reported there were no wrecks there in two years. Though two accidents were noted, one in 2007 and another in 2009. However, citizens present at this meeting still noted numerous instances where they had to quickly slam on their breaks or nearly missed other vehicles at the location. They also commented saying that the council should take into account all the extra traffic they would be bringing to location as well.

Though the council did ultimately approve the annexation, this is not the end of the discussion of Sharktop Ridge. The council noted several times that they would revisit the issue. They discussed options such as if the city could place certain restrictions on the development. Mayor John Weaver noted that the city had an option of a planned unit development. He noted that the council could approve the planned development before the council and any change made would have to come before the council. However, all these ideas will come later.

City Manager Jim Looney stated, “There will be opportunities for the developer to work with the mayor and council, and city manager,  on what it looks like if it is annexed in and developed.”

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Shooting at Dalton High School

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DALTON, Ga. – The Dalton Police Department is on scene at Dalton High School where shots have been fired.

Dalton Police report that no student was injured by the shooting and all students are out of harm’s way. They also report the subject, a teacher, has been taken into custody.

The subject had barricaded themselves into a classroom earlier today before firing a weapon. Local police and Georgia State Patrol responded to the initial call. Concerning those reports that have come about a student injured during the evacuation, the Dalton Police were adamant that no student was injured by the shooting.

Police are also asking parents to NOT go to Dalton High School as they say, “The area inside the school has been evacuated and there are no students believed to be in the school at this time.”

The evacuated students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Trade Center where police report parents should go for their children.

 

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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.

Jasper City Police Seeking Information

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case# 17-08-6850

Lieutenant Matt Dawkins is seeking information regarding the identity of the below depicted female subject regarding, leaving scene of accident at local establishment on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 11:45hrs.

If you know the identity of the female subject depicted here:
Please contact Lieutenant Matt Dawkins.

 

Any information is greatly appreciated.

Contact information listed below. Text messages preferred.
Tipster(s) will remain anonymous.

Thank You
Lt. Matt Dawkins
Jasper Police Department
55 Dixie Street Jasper, GA 30143
706-692-9110 Office
404-317-2532 Cell
mdawkins@jasper-ga.us

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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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Arrest made in Pickens County after search warrant recovers numerous stolen items

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Pickens County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on July 11th for a residence on Reavis Road in Marble Hill.

The search recovered numerous stolen items and may also include property from Cherokee County’s jurisdiction.  Tony Elbert Merrell, 45,  was arrested after the warrant was served to search his home and the surrounding property. He is being held at the Pickens Adult Detention Center for a multitude of Felony Charges. Some of these include the Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Possession of Controlled Substances and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Additional charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

The search revealed a variety of potentially stolen items including eighteen guns, hundreds of knives, eight cars, jewelry, and different collectibles. Detectives are sorting through the items with hopes of finding the rightful owners. Along with Pickens Sheriff’s Office, detectives from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office are actively working to verify other potentially stolen property from their jurisdiction as well.

FYN spoke with Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Kris Stancil, who told us, After speaking with detectives that are still sorting through property to try and get pictures out, we are going to wait until Tuesday (July 18th)  to send any formal release so that we can also provide access to images and help get stolen property returned to owners. They also have potential for additional warrants that they need to finish first as well.

Merrell is being held without bond, the case is still very active. FYN will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Hit And Run Update

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Wednesday, June 28, Thomas Marlow had his first court appearance in Pickens County.

Judge Alan Morris set his bond at $100,000, cash only, and made the statement to Marlow:

“Leaving the scene of an accident shows you are not willing to stick around and makes you a flight risk.”

He will be applying for an attorney and will have to show proof that he isn’t a flight risk to consider his bond being lowered. Depending on paperwork, he may have a court date set in September.

Following the appearance, FYN spoke with Kim Fitts, daughter of the victim, Craig Wooten. When she was asked about her father’s condition and how she felt the court appearance went, she stated:

His surgery went as good as it could have went and should be able to go home at the first of next week. His goal is to be able to get back on his Harley. I believe in the justice system and feel like things went how they should today. We appreciate the community’s support.

Fetch Your News will be following this case as it progresses.

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Arrest Made In Serious Hit And Run In Pickens County

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Sunday, June 25 a hit and run occurred between a motorcyclist and a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck allegedly hit the motorcycle head on and fled the scene leaving the driver seriously injured.  The victim is currently in ICU in serious condition.  Sources tell us the motorcyclist received assistance from motorists who stopped to help prior to medical assistance arriving, which may have been life saving.

According to Officer Kris Stancil, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol are working the accident. However Stancil did issue the following statement regarding the suspected driver of the pickup truck:

Our deputies located the driver and arrested him this afternoon. After receiving an anonymous tip that Mr. Thomas Marlow has been visiting an area near Talking Rock, deputies set up surveillance and observed him traveling on Whitestone Road. They were then able to stop and arrest him and a juvenile passenger without incident.

Following this statement we attempted to contact the Georgia State Patrol and are currently waiting for a response.

Mugshot of Thomas Marlow

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