SCSO Arrests Man for Attempted Extortion

A Clayton man faces charges in Stephens County after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 52-year-old Robert Pietrowicz recently and charged him with three counts of criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion. Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it started with a phone call from an industry within the county. “The Sheriff’s Office […]

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GBI To Investigate “No-Knock” Warrant in Habersham That Injured Child

The GBI will investigate the incident in Habersham County where authorities threw a “flashbang” grenade into a residence while serving a search warrant, injuring a 19-month-old child in the process. In a press release, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said agents from its Cleveland office met Tuesday afternoon with Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman. The GBI said during […]

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Downtown Clarkesville Fire Investigation Continues

Investigators with the State Safety Fire Office are still looking into the March fire that damaged several businesses on the square in downtown Clarkesville. Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office Spokesman Glenn Allen said that the investigation may be coming to a close soon. “Hopefully, we can have a final determination on the cause of that fire early next […]

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Busy Summer Starts This Week in Downtown Toccoa

Downtown Toccoa is gearing up to start two summer event series this week. First on Thursday, Main Street Toccoa will host “Summer Movies at the Schaefer Center.” Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said the movies will take place every Thursday night starting this week and lasting through July 31. “Each Thursday night during the months of June and July, […]

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Martin Hydrant Flushing To Start Today

Hydrant flushing is starting today in part of the town of Martin. Martin town officials said that as a requirement of a program mandated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the town is flushing fire hydrants in the Gumlog Road area starting today. The town said the hydrant flushing will continue in the Gumlog Road area until next Wednesday, June […]

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Work Underway on Schaefer Center Roof

Work is continuing on renovations to the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa. Crews began working on the roof of the building recently. That comes after Toccoa City Commissioners approved the bid of John’s Roofing of Toccoa to do the work at their meeting on May 20. John’s Roofing bid $23,850 for the project. That was higher than the other bid […]

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Toccoa Police Arrest Four on Drug Charges

Four people face charges after local law enforcement served search warrants at two Toccoa locations recently. Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said a month-long investigation by police and the Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team into drug activity led to search warrants being served last week at a home on Elberton Street and at the Forest Avenue Apartments. “After performing […]

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Three Toccoa Residents Arrested for Armed Robbery in Rabun Co.

Three Toccoa residents face charges in connection to an alleged armed robbery in Rabun County. The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office said it occurred on May 29 at about 8 pm. in the parking lot of the Clayton Wal-Mart. Rabun County Sheriff Frank Andrews said his department arrested 26-year-old Cameron Gholston, 24-year-old Marcus Quillian, and 22-year-old Madaysha Moorer, all of Toccoa, […]

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Toccoa Looking At Ward Creek Lift Station Improvements

The city of Toccoa is continuing to move forward with plans for an upgrade to part of its sanitary sewer system. Last month, commissioners received an update from engineers on the Ward Creek Liftstation. During periods of heavy rain, the liftstation on Fern Valley Drive can become overloaded. As a result, diluted wastewater overflows and spills into the creek. Earlier […]

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