Rabun Co. Arrests One on Murder Charge

December 6, 2012

By Craig Salmon, WRBN Radio, Clayton

One person is in custody in Rabun County on murder charges.

According to Investigator Gerald Johnson with the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a shooting at a residence on McCrackin Road just after 5 a.m. Wednesday and discovered the body of 21-year-old James Eugene Close Jr. of Lakemont, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation, as did Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman.

Following that investigation, Johnson says that investigators concluded the shooting was the result of an argument that had escalated between Close and a man identified as 38-year-old Travis Melvin Groom of Clayton.

Johnson says that Groom was transported to the Rabun County Detention Center without incident and charged with murder.

He is being held without bond.

Elsewhere, Toccoa Police say they have arrested Tavish Quenta Jackson of Hartwell on multiple drug charges.

Those charges include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of housing projects, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a park, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school, and felony obstruction.

Police say the arrest came on December 2 at about 7:30 p.m. while an officer was on patrol at Emory Johnson Park.

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