Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/26 – 7/31/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/19 – 7/25/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/11 – 7/18/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Police Chief Callahan responds to life-saving medical emergency

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EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – Above and beyond the call of duty, it’s a phrase we hear often in our country. And it is a thing of honor to do something not required of you, it is a mark of caring for your neighbors. Even if it is something small like helping people carry groceries or giving a helping hand to someone injured, it is something to be recognized. How much more inspiring is it when it has saved a life?

This came to East Ellijay on Monday, July 18, 2022, as Police Chief Larry Callahan responded to a call for an unresponsive woman. A medical call is not a call that officers usually respond to. Only emergency medical services respond. However, when Chief Callahan, who had actually come into the office early that day, heard the call was roughly a quarter of a mile away from the East Ellijay Police Station on Cherry Street, Callahan immediately took to his vehicle and became first on scene.

CallahanAn unnamed woman had passed out and possibly was suffering from a heart attack. Arriving on scene, Chief Callahan began CPR and adjusted the woman’s oxygen from an oxygen bottle. With CPR compressions affecting both the lungs and heart in Callahan’s attempt to save the woman, precious minutes ticked by as they waited for medical services. Arriving within 5 minutes of the call, EMS took over from Callahan and transported the woman to the emergency room.

And so, Callahan went on with the rest of his day.

The woman, however, was treated and is recovering in the hospital.

But it wasn’t just that the response to a medical call that was done with needing to, but something that all of East Ellijay Police have done that isn’t mandatory. CPR training is a class provided by the city for its officers but is not a mandatory class. Instead, officers sign up for the class only if they wish to be trained. Several different county, city, and private level services came together that Monday to possibly save this woman’s life.

Before any of the events of that day, Lt. Gene Hefner from the Gilmer Sheriff’s Office offered to teach the class for East Ellijay’s officers in recent months, a refresher course for most of them as they have had the course before, including Callahan. Chief Callahan became first on scene responding to a call not usually for police. County EMS services took over after arrival. Then, Doctors and Nurses of the emergency room finished the process before hospitalizing her.

Being a part of that process was only possible through putting that training to use. Callahan’s response meant several minutes of difference in the first efforts to save a life.

Callahan“He’s a great guy and he’s been a great leader, a good example,” said East Ellijay Police Department’s Assistant Chief Shane Bowman. “I’m proud to work here.”

Bowman went on to add to his statement about his Chief saying that in addition to leading by example every day in the office, he also strengthens and enables the officers to respond in unusual situations. Bowman noted that Callahan has recently had the department purchase First Aid Packs for officers to carry in their vehicles on patrol. Looking like large backpacks, these include numerous medical supplies for basic first aid and immediate response while waiting on EMS services.

“Above and beyond the call of duty” is often something spoken of in military or movies that we watch. Yet, “above and beyond the call of duty” can mean so much even from small acts. A small act to learn CPR when not required, a small act of responding to a call that you don’t normally respond to simply because you’re closer, a small act became much more when a life was saved.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/6 – 7/10/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/1 – 7/5/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 6/27 – 6/30/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 6/21 – 6/26/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 6/15 – 6/20/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 6/10 – 6/14/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 6/5 – 6/9/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 5/31 – 6/4/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Ellijay sees new four-way stop as Police Chief explains on Social Media

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – This weekend saw posts from the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and others sharing information about the implementation of downtown Ellijay’s newest traffic calming device being a four-way stop at the intersection of North Main Street, College Street, and North Avenue, right next to Ellijay Elementary School.

In addition to these posts about the four-way stop, Ellijay Police Chief Edward Lacey took to social media on the department’s page to explain a few items about the stop.

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Road work is continuing as the city puts the finishing touches on the new four-way stop on North Main Street next to City Hall and the Ellijay Elementary School.

Not the first attempt at traffic calming in the area, Lacey said that the city’s attempts to increase safety in the downtown area have come from major pushes by residents and business owners in the area. The city has long looked for ways to help with pedestrians and traffic flow in the area and has gone through several improvements that are not all visible all the time. Talks turned in years past to additional crosswalks and other methods that weren’t implemented.

The city erected signs in the middle of River Street at one point instructing drivers to stop for people in crosswalks. The city more recently has erected speed limit signs with built in radar highlighting drivers’ speeds as they enter the downtown area. Now, the addition of the four-way stop marks the next step, but certainly not the last. Lacey confirmed for those who don’t know that a raised crosswalks/speed-tables will also soon be implemented on North Main Street soon.

Another change in the area that isn’t always visible is the continued safety meetings and joint efforts from law enforcement from different jurisdictions during major events like Light Up Ellijay. In past years, law enforcement used roads like North Main and College Street to create an outer circle to help flow traffic around Ellijay’s downtown area after the event’s completion in order to help ease congestion on the roundabout and to quickly empty the core area.

The four-way, up now, comes just before a major event for Ellijay in the form of Independence Day. The first major event of the year since the schools across the state have hit graduation, this will see an uptick in traffic. However, as the city gets used to the new stop, Lacey did offer drivers a reprieve saying that the city police won’t be writing citations for non-crash violations at the new intersection

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Posted by the Gilmer Sheriff’s Office, this top-down view of the area highlights the intersection where the city’s new four-way stop sits.

for 30-days. However, this does not mean that police won’t initiate traffic stops for violators as the offer warnings in this time period. Lacey stated that he wants to avoid increasing citations with the new stop saying, “We had rather look for ways to bring about voluntary desirable behavior rather than be placed in the position of using negative reinforcement.”

This means that the July 4th weekend could likely see the end of the grace period and the beginning of citation enforcement.

Speaking on the continuing changes to traffic and the downtown area, Lacey commented on both the positive and negative responses the city is already seeing. He noted, “The hard reality is that there have been both an increased number of pedestrians and an increased number of vehicles upon our roadways. Regardless if the reader “likes” or “dislikes” the increase in numbers, the fact remains; we have more people and more vehicles upon our roadways than in any time in the history of our city.”

While the four-way stop is designed to slow traffic and give drivers time to look around, Lacey said that there are still other factors involved. Both drivers and pedestrians are traveling while distracted by their cell phones. He said, “Combined, speeding and distracted driving/walking creates extremely dangerous conditions. When we increase the number of pedestrians and the number of drivers with the previous scenario, we have a recipe for disaster.”

No traffic device will solve these issues, and Lacey acknowledged that these efforts mean additional changes and response from the city that will definitely not be popular with everyone. The Ellijay Police Department has already responded to the growing number of comments with additional information as they increase warning signs and temporary flags on some signs as well as working to add additional rumble strips on approach.

The city has also looked into the the return of school later this year. Part of the current redesign also moved to McCutchen Street where a lane redesign is the first step in efforts to aid in school traffic alongside the stop signs.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 5/19 – 5/30/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 5/11 – 5/18/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 5/3 – 5/10/2022

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

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