BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Law enforcement from Fannin County and Cherokee County, Georgia, worked together to apprehend a suspect with outstanding warrants in the city of Woodstock.
The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) responded to a call early Tuesday morning of a domestic threat having been made at the Fannin County Recreation Department located on Tom Boyd Road.
According to witnesses, Satin Blakley dropped off her child for the Day Camp program at the Recreation Department, and informed staff members that her male passenger had made threats against her life. The passenger, Kenneth Bethea, was waiting in the car for her to return and, according to Blakley, had a gun.
Out of fear, Blakley refused to go back out to her vehicle, and staff members immediately notified the FCSO of the situation taking place.
Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby stated when officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, Bethea, had already fled on foot. It is speculated that Bethea became nervous when Blakley did not return to the car.
Officers on the scene received a statement from Blakley and ran the suspect’s name. It was upon running Bethea’s name that it was revealed he was wanted by the city of Woodstock Police Department for outstanding warrants.
FCSO notified the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office of the situation, and according to Kirby, “Cherokee County sent up a SWAT Tactical Team to help with the search.”
Kirby said that the two agencies then worked together “to flush the suspect out of the woods.”
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office took command in detaining Bethea once he was located and transported him to that county where he will be held for the outstanding warrants as well as a number of new charges.
Bethea is being held without bond and faces the following charges for his actions in Cherokee County:
- Aggravated Assault by Strangulation;
- Simple Battery;
- Theft by Taking;
- Unlawful to Possess any False Fraudulent document;
- Cruelty to Children 3rd Degree;
- False Imprisonment;
- Obstructing person to make 911 call;
- Criminal Trespass;
- Aggravated Assault w/a deadly weapon;
- Hijacking by motor vehicle (Car-jacking);
- Possession of a firearm during commission of a crime;
- Carrying weapon w/o license;
- Possession of Firearms by convicted felon;
- Criminal damage to property 2nd degree;
- Criminal Trespass; and
- Obstruction of an Officer.
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U. S. PENITENTIARY LIEUTENANT ARRAIGNED ON EXCESSIVE FORCE
AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CHARGES
ATLANTA – Lieutenant Gregory McLeod, a senior correctional officer at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, has been arraigned following an investigation of an allegation that McLeod used excessive force against an inmate in 2016. McLeod was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 24, 2017, and has been charged with unnecessarily assaulting the inmate, writing two false official accounts about the encounter, and lying to federal investigators about his conduct.
“We recognize that detention officers have a difficult job as they maintain order and protect inmates in our nation’s prisons,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “This officer, however, allegedly abused his power, committed a violent and unnecessary assault on an inmate, and then filed a false report to cover up the incident.”
“The FBI continues to play a vital role in ensuring that all credible allegations of civil rights violations involving law enforcement officers are appropriately investigated. That was certainly the case with U.S. Bureau of Prisons Lt. McLeod, wherein allegations of excessive force were received, resulting in a federal investigation, grand jury indictment, and today’s arraignment in federal court. The FBI would like to remind the public, however, that the vast majority of law enforcement officers and corrections officers provide admirable services while often under stressful and time constrained situations,” said David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.
According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the indictment, and other information presented in court: McLeod, who worked as a supervisor at the prison, allegedly strip-searched an inmate in his office in front of three other correctional officers. After the inmate complained that the strip-search was taking too long, McLeod repeatedly punched the inmate in his face, injuring him. Following the assault, McLeod wrote an incident report and a separate memorandum about the encounter in which he falsely claimed that the inmate swung a closed fist at McLeod and attempted to assault other officers before the officers could apply hand and leg restraints. The indictment charges that McLeod used excessive force and thereby violated the inmate’s constitutional rights. The indictment also accuses McLeod of intentionally impeding and obstructing the investigation of the incident by writing false reports and lying to two federal agents.
Gregory McLeod, 44, of East Point, Georgia, was arraigned on these charges during a hearing in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Catherine M. Salinas.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the DOJ Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Alan Gray and DOJ Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Mary J. Hahn are prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.
A serious boating accident on Lake Blue Ridge on Saturday, June 10th 2017 resulted in one fatality and one injury.
FetchYourNews.com received an update at approximately 4 pm Sunday June 11th 2017. FYN has received the profile report of Chad Philip Haase who has charges pending at this time. It is believed Haase was operating the boat at the time of the accident.
Sources tell us warrants are being issued and DNR will be charging. Possible charges are DUI and Homicide with a Vessel. In addition it is believed a warrant will be issued to search the boat. DNR has 48 hours to file the charges. There is currently a continuing investigation with their Law Enforcement Critical Incident Reconstruction Team. This is the arrest report from Fannin County Sheriff’s Office:
Initial post below:
FetchYourNews.com has talked with local Fannin County Sheriff’s office and DNR who are actively investigating. The DNR Law Enforcement Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is on the scene.
The following update was received from Mark McKinnon, Public Affairs Officer, Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division:
At approximately 6:00 p.m. Saturday, DNR Game Wardens responded to a boating incident in Fannin County on Lake Blue Ridge that resulted in one fatality and one injury. Initial observations indicated that the two victims were being towed in a tube behind a vessel when the tube struck the shoreline. The injured victim was transported to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga by air ambulance. The DNR Critical Incident Reconstruction Team, along with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the incident and charges are pending. Upon notification of next of kin, names of those involved will be released.
What’s going on now that the Case is dismissed?