Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 02/11 to 02/17

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Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Fannin County. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby set for Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Seeking Corporate Sponsors

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CEO Mike Sullivan and CFO Brian Higgins of Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby Ltd., is hosting a community event on Saturday, April, 27, 2019, at Fannin Middle School.

Higgins, guest speaker at a recent Rotary Blue Ridge weekly meeting explained, “We are working with (Fannin) Boys & Girls club to allow them to race for free by building car kits previously purchased. Kits can be purchased for $150. People can sponsor a car for a child. We are offering car kits to the general public for a fee of $200. We are also offering a Corporate Class Sponsorship for businesses. We have three of our top five sponsor slots filled. Each sponsor is in his/her own category as to not have any competition between companies. We need 2 more!”

Sullivan pointed out the Derby will be:

  • Donating 100% of all money raised after the bills are paid will go to the Fannin County School System; specifically West Fannin’s STEM program.
  • Working on getting a Special Needs group together. They will ride in tandem cars with a driver so they can experience the race.

To become a Corporate Sponsor or to donate a car kit, please contact Mike Sullivan (919-273-8315, palledine@hotmail.com) or Brian Higgins (706-455-9829, woodworkingace@yahoo.com).

Car kit fully built

Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby CEO Mike Sullivan and CFO Brian Higgins speak at weekly Rotary Club meeting.

Rotary Blue Ridge meets in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room 12 p.m.  Tuesdays. The Chamber is located at 152 Orvin Lance Dr, Suite A, Blue Ridge, GA.

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Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 02/04 to 02/11

Arrest Reports

Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for www.fetchyournews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Fannin County. Those arrests are posted on www.fetchyournews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Two adults have now been arrested in McKinney Murder Case

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Two more have been arrested in the McKinney murder case.


Twenty year old Michael Chase Havard and twenty year old Kevin Jack Chamaty. Both individuals are being charged with murder.


Attention was first drawn to Havard and Chamaty when Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Special Agent Jamie Abercrombie testified at an initial appearance and bond hearing for the juveniles also charged in the case.

(Left to Right) Kevin Jack Chamaty (Age :20) and Micheal Chase Havard (Age :20) have been charged in connection with the murder of Justin McKinney.


According to Abercrombie another individual came forward on night of Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018. Havard voluntarily arrived at the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office and told staff that he had information regarding the McKinney murder.


Abercrombie said, “Havard provided a written statement.” The Special Agent also told about how Havard shed light onto the shooter of Franklin.


Havard was visiting a friend, Kevin Chamaty, who resided at Lakota Cloer’s residence on Dec. 3. Cloer who had been charged in the McKinney murder accepted a plea deal in which he will have to serve 15 years behind bars.


It was during this visit that Havard recalled Hunter Hill, Blake Dickey, both of which have been charged with the murder of Justin McKinney and assault of Anna Franklin, along with Cloer and another individual, 15 year old Levi Manuel, were discussing the plans to “pop and rob” McKinney.


According to the interview with Havard, Hill said that the four were “going to rob someone who had marijuana and pills” and asked Havard if he wanted in. Hill also told Havard that they were going to shoot everyone there and take whatever they have.


Havard declined and left with friend Chamaty to go to Walmart. Chamaty received a call later that night in the early morning hours of Dec. 4 from Cloer. Cloer stated that he was on Maple Grove Road and was in need of gas.


Havard and Chamaty drove to meet Cloer and gave him gas for his truck. Cloer was by himself and told Havard that he had dropped off Hill, Dickey and Manuel on Elrod Lane.


Having not heard from Manuel, Havard and Cloer went to look for the three. Chamaty parked at a church and waited for Havard to return.


As Havard walked down Elrod Lane, he says that he saw a light and heard “it’s me” in a voice that he recognized as Manuel.


Once back to Cloer’s truck the juveniles, along with Havard, met Chamaty and proceeded back to the Cloer residence.


“Mr. Hill had made statements that everyone was dead,” Abercrombie recalled Havard’s testimony. Havard also stated that Manuel made comments that he had unloaded a clip into the girl and that Hill, who was last out of the residence, stated that he had finished Franklin off and killed Donald Majors, a third resident who was present at the Franklin home where McKinney had been murdered.


The boys at this point believed that everyone in the home was deceased.
Havard stated that Manuel was the one who had the .25 caliber handgun, and admitted that he had advised Cloer to dispose of the weapon.


Cloer attempted to scratch off the serial numbers on the handgun before getting rid of the weapon. Chamaty then drove Havard and Cloer to the “cliffs at Nottely Lake” where Cloer threw the gun into the water.


Havard later took FCSO Investigator John Arp and GBI Special Agent Abercrombie to Nottely Lake and showed where the handgun had been thrown. With the help of divers the gun was recovered.


FetchYourNews will keep you up-to-date as further details emerge surrounding the McKinney Murder Case.

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Donald Lee Fehrenbach: Obituary

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Donald Lee Fehrenbach

July 20, 1951 – February 9, 2019

Donald Lee Fehrenbach, age 67 of Blue Ridge, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Fannin Regional Hospital. Don was born July 20, 1951 in Menominee, Michigan to Donald Edward Fehrenbach and the late Beverly Ann Lafever. Don was a Vietnam Veteran and attended The Ridge Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed building homes and hotrods. Preceding him in death is his step-mother, Bernice Fehrenbach.

Survivors include wife of 46 years, Tina Fehrenbach, two sons, Jeromie and Todd Fehrenbach, four siblings and two grandchildren, Ashten and Maddie Fehrenbach.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Chan Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA at 1 pm. Military honors will be presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends an hour before the service from 10-11 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity in Donald’s memory.

Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

James (Jim) Roger Collins: Obituary

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James (Jim) Roger Collins

December 10, 1944 – February 8, 2019

James (Jim) Roger Collins, age 74, of Morganton, passed away February 8, 2019, at his home. Mr. Collins was born December 10, 1944, in Ellijay, GA, to the late Leslie Ulysses Collins and the late Juanita Vivian Guthrie Collins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Eddie and Raymond Collins. Mr. Collins was a former member of the Morganton Masonic Lodge and retired from the US Forest Service as a law enforcement officer. Mr. Collins enjoyed fishing and fly tying in his spare time.

Survivors include: wife, Shirley Richards Collins; son, Michael Collins-Smythe; daughter, Kelly Collins Wood; brothers, Carl Collins and Bill Collins; grandchildren, Lily Collins-Smythe, Pearl Collins -Smythe, Ethan Wood, and Evan Wood.

Funeral services: Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 3:00 pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Ritter officiating. Interment will follow in Concord Cemetery with military honors by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Pallbearers: Kevin Collins, Eric Wood, William Collins, Jeff Collins-Smythe, Weyland Collins, and Reese Panter.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Saturday, February 9, 2019, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

Joyce Ann Foster: Obituary

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Joyce Ann Foster

May 27, 1936 – February 7, 2019

Tom Foster, Jr. and Joyce Pruitt Foster died together unexpectedly on February 7, 2019 in at the ages of 84 and 82.

Tom and Joyce are survived by siblings Howard and Jeannie Pruitt, Talmo, Georgia; Wallace and Janice Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; Sue and Ronnie Graham, McCaysville, Georgia; nephews (second parents), Stephen and Cecelia Pruitt, Atlanta; Wally and Laurie Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; Matt and Baya Pruitt, Flowery Branch, Georgia; and Joseph Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; great nieces and nephews (second grandparents), Samuel Foster and Abigail Joy Pruitt, Atlanta, Georgia; Erin and Hugh Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; Parker, Carson, Quinn, and Cameron Pruitt, Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Tom was born on December 17, 1935 in Lenoir City, Tennessee to Tom, Sr. and Willie Foster. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1958 with a degree in education. “Coach Tom” as he was known throughout Fannin County began his teaching and coaching career at West Fannin High School in 1958 where he amassed an impressive coaching record, but he believed his greatest accomplishments were influencing the lives of many young men and women. Joyce Pruitt was born on May 27, 1936 to Howard Young, Sr and Arie Pruitt. Joyce worked for more than 3 decades with the Dickey McCay Insurance Agency as an accountant. Joyce received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brenau University, an accomplishment she undertook with great pride. Tom married Joyce in 1960. Over the greater part of the next 60 years, the couple welcomed many family, students, friends, and children into their home. Each person who entered their home was treated as family. Tom and Joyce were very proud of their careers and had many accomplishments along the way, but it was their love and personality that changed the world of each person who met them.

Their love of travel was well known to all, but their capacity for love was legendary. Tom loved golf and Joyce loved travel and cold weather. They both loved the University of Tennessee football program and could usually be found on Fall Saturdays at Neyland Stadium cheering on the Vols. But, besides each other, their greatest love were people. They spent many hours working and volunteering at First Baptist McCaysville where Tom served as deacon while Joyce served many roles at the church. Most recently they served as best friend to Senior Pastor Matthew McDaniel. They were still close to the Fannin County School System and worked diligently with the athletic departments in Fannin County and Lenoir City with their Halls of Fame, both of which Tom was an inductee. Most of all, they took great pride and pleasure in their family and the nephews and great nephews and nieces that they saw as their children and grandchildren. Each of them know their lives were better for having Tom and Joyce as a beacon of light giving them love, hope, and guidance. They and all those who learned from and were cared for by Tom and Joyce, in turn, are grateful to be their legacy.

The family will be receiving family and friends on February 11, 2019 at Finch-Cochran Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A celebration of life is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill. Senior Pastor Matthew McDaniel will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom and Joyce’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill at P.O. Box 867, McCaysville, Georgia, 30555. The family would like to thank Matthew McDaniel for his friendship, support and service and the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office for their persistence, professionalism, and kindness.

Tom Foster: Obituary

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Tom Foster

December 1, 1935 – February 7, 2019

Tom Foster, Jr. and Joyce Pruitt Foster died together unexpectedly on February 7, 2019 in at the ages of 84 and 82.

Tom and Joyce are survived by siblings Howard and Jeannie Pruitt, Talmo, Georgia; Wallace and Janice Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; Sue and Ronnie Graham, McCaysville, Georgia; nephews (second parents), Stephen and Cecelia Pruitt, Atlanta; Wally and Laurie Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; Matt and Baya Pruitt, Flowery Branch, Georgia; and Joseph Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; great nieces and nephews (second grandparents), Samuel Foster and Abigail Joy Pruitt, Atlanta, Georgia; Erin and Hugh Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; Parker, Carson, Quinn, and Cameron Pruitt, Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Tom was born on December 17, 1935 in Lenoir City, Tennessee to Tom, Sr. and Willie Foster. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1958 with a degree in education. “Coach Tom” as he was known throughout Fannin County began his teaching and coaching career at West Fannin High School in 1958 where he amassed an impressive coaching record, but he believed his greatest accomplishments were influencing the lives of many young men and women. Joyce Pruitt was born on May 27, 1936 to Howard Young, Sr and Arie Pruitt. Joyce worked for more than 3 decades with the Dickey McCay Insurance Agency as an accountant. Joyce received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brenau University, an accomplishment she undertook with great pride. Tom married Joyce in 1960. Over the greater part of the next 60 years, the couple welcomed many family, students, friends, and children into their home. Each person who entered their home was treated as family. Tom and Joyce were very proud of their careers and had many accomplishments along the way, but it was their love and personality that changed the world of each person who met them.

Their love of travel was well known to all, but their capacity for love was legendary. Tom loved golf and Joyce loved travel and cold weather. They both loved the University of Tennessee football program and could usually be found on Fall Saturdays at Neyland Stadium cheering on the Vols. But, besides each other, their greatest love were people. They spent many hours working and volunteering at First Baptist McCaysville where Tom served as deacon while Joyce served many roles at the church. Most recently they served as best friend to Senior Pastor Matthew McDaniel. They were still close to the Fannin County School System and worked diligently with the athletic departments in Fannin County and Lenoir City with their Halls of Fame, both of which Tom was an inductee. Most of all, they took great pride and pleasure in their family and the nephews and great nephews and nieces that they saw as their children and grandchildren. Each of them know their lives were better for having Tom and Joyce as a beacon of light giving them love, hope, and guidance. They and all those who learned from and were cared for by Tom and Joyce, in turn, are grateful to be their legacy.

The family will be receiving family and friends on February 11, 2019 at Finch-Cochran Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A celebration of life is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill. Senior Pastor Matthew McDaniel will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom and Joyce’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill at P.O. Box 867, McCaysville, Georgia, 30555. The family would like to thank Matthew McDaniel for his friendship, support and service and the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office for their persistence, professionalism, and kindness.

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