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.”
JASPER, Ga.- Friday, March 22, 2019, at approximately 9:06 a.m. a man gained access to Tate Elementary school. He was in the building for 5 minutes before being escorted to the office by office personnel, at which time a copy of his ID was obtained. It was found that this man was on the sex offender registry. No students or staff were involved.
Jasper, Georgia – An incident occurred this morning at Tate Elementary School where at approximately 9:06 a.m., a male individual gained access to the building. After being in the building for 5 minutes, he was confronted by office personnel, at which time he was escorted to the office. A photocopy of his ID was obtained. School personnel ran his ID information and discovered that the male subject is listed on the sex offender registry.
Due to the upgraded security camera system, district staff can confirm that the subject had no direct interactions with students. Warrants have been issued for his arrest and an ongoing investigation continues with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
We want to assure all parents and our community that we take these situations seriously. We must all work together as a community of students, parents and school personnel to keep our campuses safe. Our number one goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for all students and staff, and we will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts.
If you have any questions, please contact the district office at 706-253-1700.
JASPER, Ga. – “A pretty good hit for a small county like Pickens,” that is how Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones referred to the Jones Mountain Road incident that lost an entire lane and part of the bank as well as ripping out a water line.
The incident occurred on February 22, 2019, after the massive rains the area had suffered in recent weeks. Chairman Jones had confirmed the road closure that is still in effect today. Original plans were that the road was to be reopened in the following week. However, the damage is larger than originally thought.
Jones confirmed with FYN today that rough estimates indicate the repair project could end up costing close to $1.8 million in total. There is a proposal before the BOC for repairs using GSI (GeoStabilization International), a company commonly used to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Jones said the proposal, if approved, would make a priority to reopen the section as a single lane for traffic within seven days which could include some gravel over the back shoulder in an effort to alleviate the single lane squeeze. He wants the lane open as he asserted it will be at least a month before this proposal would have Jones Mountain Road fully repaired.
The $1.8 million project also represents a titanic hit to the county’s budget this year. To respond to this, Jones told FYN he is actively seeking aid from both State and Federal agencies as the county starts looking at a long-term recovery process that could easily drift into late spring.
FYN received a release today from the Pickens County School Board involving an incident at the high school. FetchYourNews.com will update when more information becomes available. See release below:
Jasper, Georgia – An incident transpired at Pickens High School today and we want to make sure you
have accurate information and dispel any rumors you may hear about the incident.
At approximately 11:25 a.m., two male students were involved in a verbal exchange, at which time one of
the students allegedly pulled a knife and charged toward the other student. No injuries were reported.
Immediate action was taken by our administration and school resource officers. The student who pulled the
knife was taken into custody and charges are pending. The incident is still under investigation.
We want to assure the community that we will always take these situations seriously. We must all work
together as a community of students, parents and school personnel to keep our campuses safe. Our
number one goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for all students and staff, and we will
continue to remain vigilant in our efforts.
Jasper, Ga. – A small plane has collided with multiple vehicles at the Pickens County Airport today, November 28, causing minor injuries to two.
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.
(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.