Arrest Made In Serious Hit And Run In Pickens County


Sunday, June 25 a hit and run occurred between a motorcyclist and a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck allegedly hit the motorcycle head on and fled the scene leaving the driver seriously injured.  The victim is currently in ICU in serious condition.  Sources tell us the motorcyclist received assistance from motorists who stopped to help prior to medical assistance arriving, which may have been life saving.

According to Officer Kris Stancil, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol are working the accident. However Stancil did issue the following statement regarding the suspected driver of the pickup truck:

Our deputies located the driver and arrested him this afternoon. After receiving an anonymous tip that Mr. Thomas Marlow has been visiting an area near Talking Rock, deputies set up surveillance and observed him traveling on Whitestone Road. They were then able to stop and arrest him and a juvenile passenger without incident.

Following this statement we attempted to contact the Georgia State Patrol and are currently waiting for a response.

Mugshot of Thomas Marlow

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Authorities investigating a pedestrian fatality in Pickens County

News 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


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.



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


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. will update as additional information becomes available.

Hit and Run Fatality Accident in Ranger Georgia


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


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


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.


Two Car Accident on Hwy 136


Pickens County Deputies and First Responders assisted the Georgia State Patrol on a 2 car accident.


Pickens wreck wreck friday

The accident occurred on Hwy 136 Conn at Willow Ln. in Pickens County on Friday evening January 15th at approx 6pm.  The road was shut down for approximately 45 minutes while the vehicles were cleared from the roadway.  FYN has no information on any injuries or what may have caused the accident.  

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