Update on school threat


ELLIJAY, Ga. – As the incident of the school threat continues in Gilmer, FetchYourNews (FYN) sat down with Gilmer County Charter School System Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes to discuss the incident.

Wilkes told FYN the school system would not be identifying any of the students or current details about the case. However, Wilkes did take time to share with FYN the incident basically occurred when a student, student one, took a photo of himself with what appears to be a gun. Student one then shared the photo with a peer, student two, who shared it with another peer, student three.

Wilkes tells FYN this student, student three, was the one who added text to the photo representing a possible threat and shared it through social media with others. While administration assumes the photo was originally taken prior to this school year, it was not shared until this weekend.

Additionally, student one, who took the photo without any text, was not arrested or disciplined and is currently still in class. As student three admitted to adding the text and sending it to multiple individuals, he faces school-level disciplinary action as well as charges filed against him by law enforcement.

Wilkes has previously stated that the school treats all threats seriously and continues to assert the importance of student safety to school and system administration.

Follow more on this story as FYN continues to update you and by reading our previous article, “Threat resolved at Gilmer High School.”


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Threat resolved at Gilmer High School

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Rumors continue circulating this morning about messages students have been receiving on SnapChat. Allegedly, a child has threatened the school and others inside it.

According to Gilmer County Charter School System Administration, the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office became involved during the night and have identified the suspect. As administration has continued working with the sheriff, they stated on social media, “The safety of our students and staff is always our main priority. All appropriate action will be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Today, administration stated progress had been made and the Sheriff’s Office had made an arrest in the case stating, “At this time, there is no credible risk to students and staff of Gilmer High School.”

However, claiming laws for student confidentiality, administration is declining to comment further on the student involved or more information on the incident.

In light of the continued rumors about the credibility of the threat, administration did offer this: “It is imperative for students and everyone to know that credible or not, threats of this type against our schools cannot be tolerated or accepted.”

Repeated comments from citizens and students claim the threat came as a picture on SnapChat of a student holding a gun and saying not to come to school Monday.


Arrest Made in River Hill Shooting


CHERRY LOG, GA – According to recent information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation  (GBI), an arrest has been made in relation to the shooting death of Charles Patrick Thurman, 26, of Ellijay.

Brenton Thaddeus Pastuzka, 27, of Ellijay, was arrested earlier today, July 26, on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The GBI has stated the charges are a direct result of the investigation of the death, but the investigation is still continuing onward.

The GBI’s full news release states:

On Thursday, July 20, 2017 at approximately 4:00 AM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a death investigation. At approximately 3:30 AM, a 911 call for assistance in reference to a shooting was received by the Gilmer County 911 Center. Deputies responded to a location near River Hill Rd. where they found Charles Patrick Thurman, 26, of Ellijay, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. The person responsible for shooting Thurman has been identified. The shooting appears to be the result of a domestic dispute.

On Wednesday, July, 26, 2017, Brenton Pastuszka, 27, of Ellijay, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. These charges were taken as a result of the investigation into the shooting death of Charles Patrick Thurman. Pastuszka was the other person involved in the domestic dispute which resulted in Thurman’s death. The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of the investigation it will be submitted to the District Attorney for review and prosecution.

Check out FYN’s previous information on the Shooting Death in “Alleged Murder in Gilmer County” and “GBI Issues Statement on Shooting Death.”


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Updated: Arrests Made in Abernathy Murder Investigation


December 28, 2015, at approximately 11:30 pm, Gilmer Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 74 Brook Hollow Circle in reference to a male subject being shot. Upon their arrival, deputies found Andrew Abernathy inside the residence. He had been shot and was deceased.  Gilmer Sheriff’s detectives and agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded and began an investigation into the death of Abernathy.

Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson releases the following information approximately an hour ago, December 31st 2015.  Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office announced three arrests in the Gilmer County murder investigation, which began Monday night.  The three arrested are as follows:


-Joseph Ledford of Jasper, Ga, is arrested and is charged with murder and armed robbery.
-Tyler Nunez of Acworth, Ga, is arrested and is charged with murder and armed robbery.
-Justin Heard of Marietta, Ga, is arrested and is charged with murder and armed robbery.

The arrests of these three individuals began around midnight, December 31, 2015.

Sheriff Nicholson states, “I am very happy that we could announce these arrests prior to the end of the year 2015. The joint investigation consisting of Gilmer Sheriff’s deputies/detectives and GBI Region 8 special agents was truly one of the biggest examples of hard work, long hours, excellent police work and, most of all, teamwork that I have ever witnessed in my career. A huge deal of credit belongs to the tremendous assistance of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, Acworth Police Dept and the Marietta Police Departments.”

At this point, all three individuals arrested remain in jail. The investigation will continue to tie up loose ends and further charges may arise before it’s over.

NO FURTHER INFORMATION CAN OR WILL BE RELEASED AT THIS POINT.  FYN will update as more information becomes available.

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