JASPER, GA – Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the several reports of threats and safety concerns regarding the now suspended transgender bathroom procedure at Pickens County Schools.
The Sheriff’s Office has been actively involved in a couple of incidents listed below.
On Thursday, October 10th, a student made two statements on social media. One encouraged other students to lash out in violence against other students. The second statement was generic but referred to individuals that signed a petition making good target practice. The student called individuals who signed the petition against the transgender bathroom policy, “transphobic.”
Within an hour of the post, deputies were with the student and parents at the student’s home. Following the investigation, the student was charged as a juvenile with disorderly conduct.
During the following days, Pickens Sheriff’s office has received two reports of threatening graffiti found in Pickens High School bathrooms. One piece used images to illustrate an anti-gay viewpoint while the other depicted an anti-transgender stance. Both instances occurred before the Monday meeting.
At the high school, two students have reported bullying issues to School Resource Officers (SRO). These issues were investigated by administrators and deputies and appropriate disciplinary action has been taken.
SRO officers are also investigating the rumors of boys peeing in the girls’ restrooms and in the hallways. However, at this time, camera footage doesn’t substantiate these claims. Neither have they found evidence of someone defecating in front of the school.
One instance of possible urination may have in fact been another liquid due to the highly trafficked area, where it supposedly occurred. It wouldn’t have been easy for someone to use the bathroom in that area without being noticed.
The sheriff’s office is also investigating threatening calls and social media posts that were made to school administrators and at least one board member. A detective is working the case to determine the nature of the threats made and identify where they originated. At this time, it’s too early to tell the type of threat that was made. The detective is working to try and identify the caller and what actually happened, so they can take appropriate action. These calls started on Thursday but weren’t reported until later.
Pickens Sheriff’s Office intends to take every threat or vandalism seriously in order to protect the school system. Deputies are constantly monitoring the school and have heightened security in place.
The school reinstated separate male and female restrooms on Oct. 16. Last week, in an administrative action, a transgender bathroom rule was put into place that allowed students to use the bathroom that they identify with. However, after a three-hour public forum on Monday, the school went back to the previous procedure for transgender students to use the nurse’s or teacher’s lounge bathroom.
Jasper, Ga – The Pickens Sheriff’s Office uniform patrol and criminal investigations divisions are investigating a rash of car break-ins in the Wild Timber and Winchester Oaks subdivisions. In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 24th, approximately 21 unlocked automobiles were entered, resulting in multiple theft reports of belongings, including 5 firearms. One vehicle, a 2019 Ford Explorer, was stolen, and later tracked and recovered, in Lithonia, Georgia.
As of Tuesday, some items from other vehicles were recovered from the cars and returned to owners. However, some of the items stolen include firearms and authorities advise that the wrong-doers could be armed and dangerous. If you notice any suspicious activity, contact Pickens County Sheriff’s Office by dialing 911. Do not attempt to confront any unknown individuals in your neighborhood under unusual circumstances.
Law enforcement advises citizens to turn on the lights and call 911 immediately.
Several surrounding counties have experienced similar mass car break-ins, including Cherokee, Forsyth, and Bartow. The evidence suggests crimes are related and law enforcement working together to hopefully find the perpetrators.
As soon as recovered evidence and belongings are properly processed, Pickens deputies will be contacting victims to identify items.
They are asking ALL Pickens County residents to please maintain security of your vehicles and homes at all times. Please lock your vehicles, recreational vehicles, campers, etc. Please remove valuables and refrain from leaving valuables in plain sight, even in locked vehicles.
Pickens County Sheriff’s Office also requesting assistance from the local community with solving this investigation, but as mentioned earlier do not approach the suspects.
If you are a resident in the vicinity of these two (2) neighborhoods and have any form of camera/surveillance footage that could be beneficial to this investigation, please contact the criminal investigations division at 706-253-8900.
Additionally, Nelson experienced a number of overnight car break-ins over the weekend as well.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. More information will be provided as we learn more.
Pickens County, GA – On Monday, August 5, 2019, Pickens’ Detectives and Uniform Patrol Deputies arrested Jeremy Lee Remlinger at his business located at near the Georgia Highway 53 East and Camp Road intersection for inappropriate sexual conduct with minors.
Detectives are conducting an ongoing investigation, based on reports that Remlinger had inappropriate sexual contact with minors in Pickens County, GA. At the time of his arrest, his offenses included: Rape, Statutory Rape, Child Molestation, Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, Sexual Battery, Solicitation of Sodomy, False Imprisonment, and Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation.
Remlinger is a Registered Sex Offender in Pickens County GA. Additionally, the active investigation expects to add charges against Remlinger as it continues.
Fetch Your News will update this story as more information becomes available.
JASPER, Ga. – The Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking the whereabouts of Dustin Anthony Fendley for outstanding warrants as of Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
Fendley is wanted for aggravated assault, battery against a pregnant female and false imprisonment.
This information was posted to the Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:07 pm, but according to Captain Kris Stancil, Fendley still hasn’t been located.
He was last seen on Saturday, June 8, 2019 in the area of Wilderness Parkway in the Big Canoe Subdivision / Community, though it is believed he has since fled the area.
He has been known to drive a silver 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais with the Georgia tag RQH1301, as well as a black pickup truck. The Sheriff’s Office describes him as a 35 year old caucasian male with blue eyes and brown shaved hair, five feet nine inches tall, 205 pounds, fair complexion with a visible scar on his chin.
Fendley is a registered sex offender and is currently on parole with the Department of Community Supervision, though he has removed his ankle monitor.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Fendley please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office or 911.
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Pickens County Georgia, May 2, 2017: During the night of Friday, April 28th, an inmate hung himself in a holding cell of the Adult Detention Center. Detention Officers located an inmate hanging from the bunk bed in his holding cell.
Detention Officers immediately began CPR and continued to do CPR and attempted to use an AED defibrillator until the arrival of Emergency Medical Personnel. Upon the arrival of medical personnel, the inmate was transported to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, where he was pronounced after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Due to the nature of the death being a suicide, we are not releasing the inmate’s name at this time.
The inmate had been arrested earlier in the day for the misdemeanor charges of Simple Battery and Criminal Trespass. He was still in the holding area awaiting an opportunity to post his bond. There were no additional inmates in the cell with him at the time of the incident. The individual was a 48 year old, white male. He was arrested locally, not housed for another jurisdiction.
Due to the incident involving an inmate in custody, Sheriff Craig requested the aid of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Due to the active nature of the investigation, additional details related to the incident are not available now.
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.
According to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office the missing person search has ended with sad news. The information was updated Dec 9th at approximately 8pm.
UPDATE ON MISSING PERSON
It is with great sadness that we report that Mr. Robert Joseph Petti was found deceased today near his residence.
This case is currently still under investigation, and we will provide additional information as soon as it is available.
Please keep Mr. Petti’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
Pickens County Sheriff’s office have been searching for a missing man since earlier on October 16th. Ben Thebaut, a 79 year old white male, who was seen leading his residence in the Preserve subdivision to walk in the woods. Thebaut, a retired doctor, was thought to be in good physical health and routinely took walks around his home. At this time, he has not returned home. His clothing description is unknown at this time.
Detectives and Deputies from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office are working closely with first responders from the Pickens Fire Department to locate him. The PCSO has stated they know people are concerned and wanting to assist in the search for Mr. Thebaut. They used a helicopter to scan the area and a K9 team in the woods. They had to spend time searching for helpful neighbors that were detected from the air and the individuals in the woods prevented the dog from having good success.
FYN contacted Kris Stancil with the Pickens County Sheriff’s office who said he has been on the search team in the woods.
Please do not go into the area until the search is broadened in a safe manner. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Mr Thebaut, please call 911 and relay that information. FetchYourNews.com will update as more info becomes available.
Pickens Sheriff’s Office and Pickens Fire are currently in the Sharp Mountain Preserve Subdivision attempting to locate a missing 79 year old white male. He was last seen walking near his home on Terrace Way at around 3 pm yesterday, wearing a brown sweatshirt and a camouflage “boonie” style hat. His name is Ben Thebaut. Ben is 5’09” tall and weighs 180 lbs with grey balding hair.
Mr. Thebaut has been suffering from dementia like symptoms but this prognosis has not been confirmed by a doctor at this time.
Crews from the Sheriff’s Office, Fire and air support from the Georgia State Patrol searched well into the night and then the investigation moved into the office to begin tracking any possible destinations that Mr. Thebaut could have been traveling to. At day break, crews were joined by the Georgia Department of Natural Resouces on the ground and air support, Georgia Department of Corrections and Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and searching has resumed ever since. At this time, search and rescue teams from Cherokee County are responding to assist as well.
If anyone sees or has any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Thebaut, please call 911 and let them know. At this time, we are only utilizing fire and law enforcement units in the search to ensure that we can use the canine capabilities and safe conditions can be monitored. In the event that the search does expand, the Pickens Sheriff’s Office will share this information on their Facebook site.