Accident stalls traffic in from of Walmart

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JASPER, Ga. – A serious accident has occurred in front of Walmart in Jasper, Georgia.

Authorities are on scene responding to the incident and traffic is slowly moving around the accident. If citizens wish to avoid the traffic, it is suggested to find alternative routes.

Various reports indicate that a motorcycle was involved as well as possibly a jeep, however, these are currently unconfirmed.

FYN is awaiting official information from the authorities on scene and will update as we receive it.

Sheriff’s Office responds to rumors of officer injury

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JASPER, Ga. – Rising concerns from citizens and added confusion over incidents tonight have prompted the Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office to respond with details and assurances that there was not an officer involved in a shooting.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, earlier tonight deputies received a call of shots being fired near the area of Big Ridge Road in West Pickens County. Officers were dispatched to the scene. The Sheriff’s Office has stated, “While attempting to respond, a Deputy was involved in an accident near Bent Tree when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree. The deputy was transported to the hospital and is being treated for minor injuries.”

Though authorities have made one arrest in relation to the shots fired call, and a continuing investigation is underway by detectives, the Deputy who collided with the tree was a separate incident.

Authorities went on to say, “As the event unfolded, many who were listening to police scanner traffic believed it to be an officer involved shooting. This was NOT the case.”

Helicopter Crash in Talking Rock

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UPDATE: FYN has received updated information about the pilot airlifted from the helicopter crash earlier today. Unfortunately, the pilot, Johnny Kent, died from his injuries from the crash. He was airlifted out of the scene and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died at 5:44 p.m.

The FAA is still on the scene of the crash and are investigating the incident.

 

Talking Rock, GA    Deputies and first responders were on the scene Tuesday morning, March 5th, with a helicopter crash behind 7866 Ellijay Road in Talking Rock Georgia.   The pilot is being airlifted from the area at this time.   The pilot was alert and EMS staff were able to communicate with him.

The helicopter had saws attached and appeared to be trimming trees near a power line and at some point the helicopter struck a tree.
No additional details are available at this time.  FYN will update as soon as more details are known.

Multi-Agency search ends with suspect capture

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(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.

Truck fire shuts down 515

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JASPER, Ga. – Traffic is grinding to a halt on Highway 515 southbound today as a tractor trailer accident resulted in a fire.

According to reports from the Jasper Fire Department, the incident is not only completely shutting down Highway 515 Southbound, but is backing up and affecting all traffic stops in the area of the intersection of 515 and Highway 53, the main intersection between Kroger and Ingles.

Jasper Fire Department is asking citizens to avoid the area for the time and find alternate routes.

Officials have not released a statement on the driver of the truck or other vehicles involved yet.

 

Plane collides with vehicles injuring two

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Jasper, Ga. – A small plane has collided with multiple vehicles at the Pickens County Airport today, November 28, causing minor injuries to two.

Photo Courtesy of Pickens County Airport

Photo Courtesy of Pickens County Airport

Public Information Officer Kris Stancil of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office stated that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a government agency, would be conducting the interviews and investigations on why the crash occurred, but the Sheriff’s Office was called to assist with the incident.

Stancil said that at this time, it appears the plane may have lost control at some point in its landing process and “clipped another parked plane on the runway and then drove into, actually three different vehicles that it made contact with. One took the brunt of the front of the plane more than any of the others.” Stancil did note that the vehicles were unoccupied resulting in the two in the plane being the only injuries from the accident.

Stancil said the two people only received minor injuries and are being treated now for those injuries.

As for the three vehicles, the plane had veered off the runway and struck them near a garage. Stancil said that while one took the plane’s impact head on and another received significant damage including busting out the windows, the third vehicle only received scrapes and minor damage. Authorities were able to move the third vehicle from the scene.

Though Stancil said that no major fires erupted after the accident, he did note that fuel had been spilled onto the pavement. One plane was reported to have been delayed for take-off at the time of the accident.

At this time, NTSB is taking over the investigation of this unusual incident.

Accident affecting 515 traffic

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JASPER,Ga. – Authorities are helping traffic after a major accident on Highwat 515.

At the intersection  of Highway 108 and Highway 515, the wreck occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, November 3.

Authorities have responded to the accident at this time.

Accident causes water loss in Jasper

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(Photos provided by the City of Jasper)

JASPER, Ga. – Authorities in the city of Jasper are asking for citizens patience during a major issue causing water outages south of Roland Tire.

According to an official release, an auto accident took out a fire hydrant causing a massive loss in the water system. As officials already have men working on the break, they are informing citizens of the loss. The official release states,

“Due to an auto accident, which has broken a fire hydrant at Solomon and South Main Street. Anyone South of Roland Tire could possibly have little or no water until the problem is corrected, please note City crews are working and will get it repaired as soon as possible.”

Officials also confirmed there is “no need to boil at this time, we are just having water loss from the hydrant.” Despite citizen concerns and questions, there is no word at this time as to how long the water loss will remain. However, as the city indicates a localized area of effect, citizens in other parts of the city should not experience a loss.

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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Authorities investigating a pedestrian fatality in Pickens County

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FetchYourNews.com has confirmed with authorities an accident which occurred earlier Tuesday evening, January 17th has resulted in a fatality.

According to Captain Kris Stancil with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, deputies are currently assisting the Georgia State Patrol and emergency crews on a pedestrian accident involving a fatality in the area of Big Ridge Road.

Specific details are not available at this time.  FYN will update as more information is known.

 

Gilmer Responds to Tour Bus Collision

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Shortly after the incident involving a wreck of a Tour Bus and a Semi-Truck on Highway 515 in Gilmer County, Tony Pritchett, Director of Public Safety for Gilmer County, held a conference to answer questions.

dsc08331Director Pritchett stated a call came in to Gilmer County 911 at 11:02 for response to the accident.

When FYN arrived on the scene, several helicopters were still circling the area including both news choppers and Life-Flight services. The accident is suspected at this time by authorities to have occurred while a tour bus was traveling north on Highway 515 collided with a Semi-Truck who was crossing into or across the highway from Whitestone Road.

Minutes after the call came in, emergency response was on the scene to provide care and Gilmer County also responded with its Mass Casualties Trailer to aid in on-scene triage. Pritchett confirmed one fatality in the wreck belonging to the driver of the Tour bus. While four people remained uninjured, another 43 have sustained injuries requiring one to be Life-Flighted and others transported via ambulance to local hospitals including Fannin Regional Hospital, Northside Cherokee Hospital, and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital according to Pritchett.

dsc08324FYN has been informed that the tour bus was carrying a majority of elderly passengers and had sustained extensive damage collapsing the front end. However, the quick response units were able to arrive and get on the bus quickly to begin caring for those on board.

More aid was quickly brought to the scene as well due to several mutual aid agreements in place with surrounding areas. In fact, authorities from  Gilmer Fire and Rescue and EMS as well as Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department, Georgia State Patrol, Fannin County EMS Resources, Pickens County EMS Resources, Dawson County EMS Resources, and Murray County EMS Resources were all confirmed to be on-scene aiding with the incident. Pritchett went on to say he was “very thankful for the response of those surrounding jurisdictions, they were very helpful.”

While the limited sight distance at the location was referenced as a possible factor with the incident, no official statement was given with regards to cause or circumstance involved in the incident as the investigation is ongoing. Director Pritchett did confirm with FYN that he could recall at least one other incident involving a fatality occurring at the same location earlier this year. Witnesses have also been confirmed on scene and are speaking with officials at this time.

Currently, 515 will remain shutdown as a continuing investigation will be undertaken by the Georgia State Patrol and authorities are redirecting traffic around the accident. One traffic officer FYN talked with suggested those heading North on 515 to detour down Highway 136 to Old 5 to bypass it.

For more information on the accident and the Press Conference watch the video below and stay connected with Fetch Your News as more information becomes available.

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Hit and Run by Walmart in Gilmer County leaves 18 year old with serious injuries

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Police are investigating a hit and run which occurred Friday night, August 12th at approximately 10:40 pm.  FYN spoke with the sister of the 18 year old man who was struck while searching for his phone on the service road which runs by the Walmart in Gilmer County.   The hit and run left the young man with a fractured skull and eye socket.  Authorities were called and the victim was transported to Kennestone Hospital where he was treated and kept overnight.

Witnesses describe the car involved in the hit and run as a dark colored,  newer model Chevrolet Camaro possibly dark blue or black.   Police and family members are asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle.  The victim’s sister has this plea for the public,

Please let us know if you have any information about this person, he(she) needs to be held responsible for what he did to my brother.

Be on the lookout for a dark colored car which likely has damage to the hood.  Anyone with any information should contact local authorities.    FetchYourNews.com will update as additional information becomes available.

Hit and Run Fatality Accident in Ranger Georgia

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Pickens County Deputies assisted the Georgia State Patrol in a fatality accident investigation on Dry Pond Road in Ranger Georgia on April 21st at approximately 3 – 3:30 pm.  The accident was a hit and run.

The State Patrol sought the public’s assistance in locating Ms Shanda Sperin.  Ms Sperin was wanted for questioning regarding the accident. She was was seen driving a Gray Ford Ranger truck which most likely had damage to the front end and bumper. Authorities were asking anyone with information on where she could be located to please contact 911.

Later on Thursday evening, approximately 6:30pm Ms Sperin and the vehicle were located.  Deputies working with the Georgia State Patrol were able to safely pick her up.

No additional details are being provided at this time regarding the victim or the accident.

Pickens County Deputy involved in rollover crash

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Early this morning, February 14th, 2016,  a Pickens County Deputy, Sgt. Rick Hales,  was involved in an accident on Hwy 515 near Noah drive.    
The deputy’s vehicle rolled over and he was ejected. He was airlifted to Kennestone Hospital and and  his family followed. The other driver was also transported to an Atlanta Hospital in serious condition.
As of the Sunday evening, the deputy involved in the accident, Sergeant Rick Hales,  was still in ICU being evaluated with a broken femur and being checked for other possible injuries. He has regained some feeling in his lower extremities but doctors are continuing to run tests to verify all details.

The other driver (whose name has not been released until all family has had a chance to be notified) is also doing well. She did suffer a head injury believed to be a concussion at this time and she is still being monitored closely as well.

Since the Georgia State Patrol accident reconstruction team is conducting the full investigation of the accident (due to an officer being involved), The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is not able to release the particular details of the incident.

As more details become available, we will provide an update.
Pickens Deputy Rollover

Traffic Stop Goes Wrong Results in Multiple Charges for Driver in Pickens

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Pickens County Sheriff’s Office planned to initiate a traffic stop which turned into an accident on January 21st.  The accident then led to an arrest.

Thursday afternoon traffic on Hwy 136 and Whitestone Rd was affected for approximately 30 minutes after the accident.   As deputies approached the vehicle to make a traffic stop, the driver began driving erratic and wrecked.  A chase never occurred and the accident took place even before blue lights were activated.

The driver is being charged with a variety of charges including obstruction, possession of burglary tools, false name, possession of a stolen gun, and more. FYN will update as more information becomes available.

Tractor Trailer Overturned – Hwy 53 East

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An accident occurred at approximately 8:00 am this morning, June 15th, on Hwy 53 East in Pickens County, GA. (more…)

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