Fugitive still being sought by Sheriff’s Office

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Courtesy of the Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office. Click to enlarge.

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.

Authorities investigating a pedestrian fatality in Pickens County


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.


Pickens Sheriff’s Office issues Update on missing person in Pickens County


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.


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 searching for Missing Man



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.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has released the following statement:

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.

Updated: Pickens County High School Teacher Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with Students

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Mr. Daniel Culbreth, a math teacher at Pickens High School, was arrested on Thursday night (October 6, 2016) for Computer Exploitation of Children and Sexual Assault by Persons with Supervisory Authority.  Culbreth, also a PCHS running back coach was arrested for DUI of alcohol in 2015. (see arrest/booking report below). The arrest came during an investigation into inappropriate communications with a student. Led by Detective Steven Holmes of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, who also serves as an agent for the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, detectives began following up on a tip that Mr. Culbreth had been using the popular teen social media app Snapchat to communicate with female students. According to the information received by detectives, the content of some of his communication was highly inappropriate. After receiving and verifying this information, Pickens Sheriff’s Office Detectives executed a search warrant on Mr. Culbreth’s Snapchat account and found this information to be true.



Numerous Pickens High school students were identified in the content of Mr. Culbreth’s Snapchat account. The content indicates that Culbreth had engaged in inappropriate conversations with several students. As a result, search warrants were obtained which led to additional information being gathered. This information together with multiple interviews with students verified Mr. Culbreth had multiple cyber relationships with students and had a physical relationship with at least one student.

Once verified, Mr. Culbreth was arrested without incident and is currently being held at the Pickens County Adult Detention Center. He is awaiting a First Appearance Hearing before a Judge to determine if bond will be set.

Detectives are also examining all evidence, and additional charges may be forthcoming.

Sheriff Donnie Craig stated, “In cases like this, nobody wins.” He went on to explain, “Yes, we may have made a good arrest, but a number of teenage girls have been made victims by someone that we, as parents, have entrusted to care for them.”

The Pickens Sheriff’s Office is urging parents to be very proactive in knowing how their kids are using social media. Detective Steven Holmes urges parents to “know who your kids are talking to and what they are sending over these sites.” If you believe that your child may have been a victim of inappropriate communication with Mr. Daniel Culbreth, you can contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office at 706-253-8935.

If you would like to learn more about what you can do to prevent your child from becoming a victim of internet crimes, please visit http://www.gaicactaskforcecom.

Murder for Hire Plot Results in Arrest by PCSO

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Pickens County Deputy notices suspicious activity leading to drug – gun arrest


On May 10th, Tuesday evening,  around 4:00 PM, Deputy Tucker was returning to headquarters from apprehending a fleeing felon that he had to chase on foot and deploy his K9 partner – Flash. He noticed two suspicious people looking into the windows of a camper in the area of Refuge and Parker Roads. Deputy Tucker stopped to investigate and one individual gave him a false name (using a name of an individual that Tucker knew well). Deputy Tucker then ran a check of the motorcycle that the suspect was driving and it revealed that it was stolen.

After a brief altercation, where nobody was injured, the suspects were detained. A search of the suspects and the motorcycle yielded close to 100 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded handgun, and over $4500 in cash.

The suspects were later identified as Mason Pittman and Richard Yeaney. Both suspects were placed under arrest and transported to the Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

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