Drug Task Force Officer Arrested


Jasper, Ga. – The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and released reports for warrants and booking for one Charles Daniel Hamrick.

According to the Arrest Warrant, Hamrick is accused of using his position as a peace officer to convince a person to send nude and semi-nude photos to him. The offense violates his oath as a public officer.

The warrant alleges that Hamrick convinced a lady that she was a confidential informant for him and that she could have potential criminal charges brought against her. He then allegedly told her that he had destroyed her confidential informant file in return for the photos.

Having been arrested and booked on the charges, Hamrick has since paid a $1,000 bond and been released. As the official charge states Violation of Oath by Public Officer, it is charged as “a violation of the Oath taken by Hamrick as a Deputy with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Deputy Commander of the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force…”


Arrest made in Pickens County after search warrant recovers numerous stolen items


Pickens County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on July 11th for a residence on Reavis Road in Marble Hill.

The search recovered numerous stolen items and may also include property from Cherokee County’s jurisdiction.  Tony Elbert Merrell, 45,  was arrested after the warrant was served to search his home and the surrounding property. He is being held at the Pickens Adult Detention Center for a multitude of Felony Charges. Some of these include the Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Possession of Controlled Substances and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Additional charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

The search revealed a variety of potentially stolen items including eighteen guns, hundreds of knives, eight cars, jewelry, and different collectibles. Detectives are sorting through the items with hopes of finding the rightful owners. Along with Pickens Sheriff’s Office, detectives from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office are actively working to verify other potentially stolen property from their jurisdiction as well.

FYN spoke with Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Kris Stancil, who told us, After speaking with detectives that are still sorting through property to try and get pictures out, we are going to wait until Tuesday (July 18th)  to send any formal release so that we can also provide access to images and help get stolen property returned to owners. They also have potential for additional warrants that they need to finish first as well.

Merrell is being held without bond, the case is still very active. FYN will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Scam Alert – GBI’s Main Line (404-244-2600) Spoofed




Decatur, GA – Please be advised that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s main line (404-244-2600) has been compromised as a result of telephone spoofing.  This is a scam that the GBI has been dealing with for approximately one month.  When a telephone number is spoofed, the Caller ID of the caller will appear to be coming from a valid number.  In the cases specifically related to the GBI, the individual being called will see telephone number 404-244-2600.

In many of the phone calls, the caller has called home phones and cell phones stating that they are with the GBI collecting a debt with the IRS or collecting a debt for college and that there would be a warrant out for their arrest if they didn’t pay the fine.

The GBI does not contact individuals for debt collection.  If you get a call from anyone claiming to represent the GBI in this manner, you are urged not to conduct any business over the phone if you did not initiate the call.  Additionally, do not give credit card information out to someone who has called you.

The GBI is currently investigating this matter.


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