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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Following Guilty Plea Miller Attempts To Make Prison Sentence Favorable

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Attorney Mark Miller plead guilty Wednesday, July 19, to multiple counts of theft and financial fraud. The day after Miller received his sentence, he phoned his wife from the Pickens County Adult Detention Center. The call took a turn when Miller asked his wife for a specific favor in relation to his time being served,

It is a very political animal so I need you to make a very concerted effort to contact and make an appointment to go see David Ralston.

He then continued the conversation by giving her specific details,

What we want David to do is write a letter, to the Department of Corrections and the Parole Board, saying I’m interested in Mark Miller, as a professional colleague of mine, etc. if you would keep me informed of what’s going on with him. That will flag me in DOC jargon and I will get better treatment and better placement and better parole opportunities and everything else because it is so political. The speaker of the House of Representatives writing a letter will go a huge way.

FYN contacted David Ralston’s office and we are currently awaiting more information.

Officers at the jail are baffled by his attempt believing it is just another bad decision on his part.

 

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Press Release Arrest Made In Hinton

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Jasper, GA –

Press Release from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office:

On July 25th, a tip led to the capture of one individual committing a burglary on a residence in the Hinton Community. Following a tip from a citizen, Sheriff Donnie Craig located a U-Haul truck parked near an unoccupied residence and requested the aid of additional deputies to determine the reason for the truck being in the area.

 

While awaiting backup, one individual fled into the wooded area behind the residence. A second individual was located near the scene after a brief search. It was found that the individuals had broken a lock on the residence and they were removing items to load into the truck. Also in the truck were stolen items from multiple other areas as well. Some were linked to cases in Walker and Catoosa Counties.

During the investigation, it was determined that Jason Lamar Wright, age 37 was the individual in custody and Robert Eric Ownbey, age 44 was the individual that fled into the woods. Detectives quickly began the work of identifying information about Ownbey and gathering details about the items that had been recovered during the burglary.

Jason Wright                                          Robert Ownbey

While the investigation was in progress, a report of a motorhome being stolen from a nearby residence was received. Deputies and detectives began an immediate search of the area to attempt to locate the stolen motorhome.

The following date, July 26th, a 911 call was received from the original burglary location from a family member of the victim. The family reported that they came to the residence to change the locks on the home that was broken into on the previous date.

Once in the residence, the male victim was grabbed by a white male matching the description of Ownbey. The suspect then held a knife to the individual and ordered him to a closet. Seeing a chance to escape, the gentleman ran from the residence to where his wife was located outside. The suspect then fled on foot into the woods.

Deputies and detectives quickly responded to the residence and began to search for the individual when a call came in stating that a 4-wheeler had just been stolen nearby. Sheriff Craig and multiple deputies responded to the area. When they arrived and searched, they heard a 4-wheeler in the wooded area; it sounded like it was stuck.

Craig and the deputies then went into the woods and located Robert Eric Ownbey trying to get the 4-wheeler out of a creek. Ownbey was taken into custody without incident. Pickens Sheriff’s Office Robert Ownbey has now been charged with Armed Robbery, Burglary, Battery, Criminal Trespass, Giving False Name to Police and has additional charges pending the completion of the investigation. Deputies and Detectives are still working to locate the missing RV.

It is believed that it could still be in the area and parked in a wooded area. It is also possible that a third individual assisted with the removal of the vehicle from the area, but no additional evidence has been found to support this.

Anyone that has seen the Motorhome is urged to please contact detectives at 706-253- 8935.

The case is still actively under investigation and more details may become available later.

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Board of Education maintenance Supervisor Arrested for Theft

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Sewell Bond Hearing Update

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Arrested on December 7th and charged with Theft by Deception and Falsification of Public Records, Steve and Cheryl Sewell were scheduled to have their bond hearing last Thursday, January 12th in Annex West at 35 West Church Street. (more…)

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