UPDATE: Charges filed against driver who struck Blue Ridge patrol car in Friday accident

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. -UPDATE: Corp. Jason Bradburn of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) confirmed Saturday, April 7, that charges have been filed against the driver that struck a Blue Ridge Police vehicle on state Route 515 Friday afternoon.

Karen Yingling, 49, of Blairsvillle, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane after the 2000 Mercury Mountaineer she was driving drifted out of the southbound lanes and struck the rear of a patrol car occupied by Capt. R.A. Stuart, of the Blue Ridge Police Department, that was parked on the shoulder of the highway.

Bradburn confirmed that Yingling was not seriously injured in the accident and refused transport to Fannin Regional Hospital while Capt. Stuart was sent to Fannin Regional for a precautionary evaluation. Bradburn added GSP received word of the accident at 2:56 p.m.

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – According to Blue Ridge Interim Police Chief Johnny Scearce, a patrol vehicle occupied by Capt. R.A. Stuart was struck by another vehicle just before 3 p.m. Friday, April 6.

Scearce stated Stuart’s vehicle was parked off of state Route 515 near BB&T bank to slow traffic on the four-lane highway as Blue Ridge Elementary School was dismissing students for the day. Scearce clarified Capt. Stuart was inside his vehicle when another vehicle “crossed over the line and hit Stuart’s patrol car at about 50 mph.”

According to Scearce, Stuart suffered no serious injuries in the accident but initially complained of pain in his back, leg and foot. Stuart was then transported to Fannin Regional Hospital for a precautionary evaluation.

“(Stuart) said he was alright and was feeling better,” Scearce said of the conversation he had with Capt. Stuart.

As for the driver of the vehicle that struck Stuart’s patrol car, Scearce stated he was not aware of the name of the driver, but that driver too was not seriously injured and refused transport to Fannin Regional.

Scearce added the Georgia State Patrol worked the accident and said he did not know if any charges will be filed against the driver.

Please continue to follow FetchYourNews for more details on this accident as they become available.

 

 

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Fannin County firefighter killed by falling tree

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A Fannin County volunteer firefighter was killed Monday afternoon when a tree fell on his pickup truck on state Route 136 near Clear Creek Road.

Georgia State Patrol identified the man as 47-year-old Stanley Richard Henson who was in Dawson County working another job as a truck driver when the accident happened.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chris Jones responded to the accident. He said there was nothing Henson could have done differently to save himself.

He leaves behind a wife, who is also a Fannin County volunteer firefighter, and two teenage children.

Funeral plans have not yet been finalized.

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Shooting at Dalton High School

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DALTON, Ga. – The Dalton Police Department is on scene at Dalton High School where shots have been fired.

Dalton Police report that no student was injured by the shooting and all students are out of harm’s way. They also report the subject, a teacher, has been taken into custody.

The subject had barricaded themselves into a classroom earlier today before firing a weapon. Local police and Georgia State Patrol responded to the initial call. Concerning those reports that have come about a student injured during the evacuation, the Dalton Police were adamant that no student was injured by the shooting.

Police are also asking parents to NOT go to Dalton High School as they say, “The area inside the school has been evacuated and there are no students believed to be in the school at this time.”

The evacuated students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Trade Center where police report parents should go for their children.

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Georgia State Patrol Defending “America’s Best Looking Cruiser” Title

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Georgia Speaker of The House David Ralston Talks About Rural Georgia Issues, Health Care…

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Our interview Friday with Speaker of The House David Ralston focused on rural Georgia. Ralston went into detail about the new Rural Georgia Economic Council. This council will be co-chaired by (R) Terry England from Auburn, (R) Jay Powell from Camilla and Vice Chair (R) Sam Watson from Moultry. The council will be holding meetings across Georgia to hear from elected officials, local businesses and citizens about how they feel rural Georgia economy can best be improved. Ralston said jokingly that he better not find out that one meeting took place in Atlanta.

Health care is a major concern in rural Georgia. Several hospitals have closed in rural Georgia areas including one in Ralston’s district in North Georgia. We spoke to Ralston abut one possible solution to meet rural Georgia health care needs. Ralston used the example of the first stand alone emergency room, opened by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Gilmer county. In this interview we asked Ralston if Gilmer county still had the possibility of having a full hospital.

Ralston told us that sometime within the next month Governor Nathan Deal would be visiting Gilmer county’s Fire Station 1 to sign the fire fighter’s workmen’s compensation bill.  We asked Ralston the difference in this years campus carry bill opposed to last year’s bill which Governor Deal vetoed. Not being able to speak for the Governor, Ralston said he felt they made the changes necessary to get Deal to sign the bill. We also discussed the pay raises agreed upon in the 2017 legislative session for teachers, state law enforcement, and D.F.C.S workers.  

Our final question in our interview friday: Speaker Ralston do you see the governor’s mansion in your future?

High Speed Chase in Downtown Blue Ridge

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A high speed chase in downtown Blue Ridge ended with a disabled car on Sunday night, August 9th.  An unidentified driver was attempting to flee from police out of Gilmer County when he crossed over into Fannin.

FetchYourNews.com spoke with CPL Michael Green, of the Blue Ridge City Police Department, regarding the chase.  Green told us he, along with the Georgia State Patrol, pursued the dark colored Honda Civic from around LL Beanery to West Main Street to Mountain Street and downtown by the local gym.  The Honda, driven by an unknown person at this time, was forced by officers to jump a small grass bank which damaged the vehicle.  The chase continued and Green told us, “I ran into heavy oil around Mountain BBQ which almost made me lose control.”

The driver, attempting to flee, was losing so much oil he created a safety hazard for Green and also the Georgia State Patrol that was also in pursuit.  After hitting the oil the Georgia State Trooper took over the chase and they both continued in pursuit until they lost the vehicle in the vicinity of the Fannin Middle School.  The vehicle was found on the next driveway past the school, damaged and the driver had fled.

According to authorities the perpetrator was apprehended on Monday, August 10th by Fannin County Sheriff’s Office in the area around Harmony Church, still in Fannin County.  It is believed the driver is from Murray county but that is uncertain at this time.  FYN will update as more information becomes available.  No one was injured in the incident.

Schools Increase Security Following Sandy Hook Tragedy

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Fannin County Schools are tightening security today in the wake of Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (more…)

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