Quick-Mart’s owner, Jigneshkumar Patel, was arrested Wednesday Sep. 25 and charged with multiple charges.
These charges include a felonies for distribution of Nitrous Oxide (known as whippets), possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (the vaping substance now recognized as Pinaca), reproduction of recorded material (bootleg movies), and racketeering. A misdemeanor for transactions in drug related objects (like vape pens and e-cigarettes) was also included in the charges.
Fannin County’s District Attorney Allison Sosebee stated that the case against Patel is still an open investigation: “If any more charges are added it will be from the investigation.”
While in court, Jigneshkumar Patel’s attorney requested dismissal of motion to bond during penance. It was revealed that Homeland Security has Patel listes on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) list and it’s possible that he could be subjected to deportation.
This is a community issue because this illegal substance listed above, Pinaca, is the vaping substance that’s been sold to students in Fannin County. There have been other similar incidents in Pickens and Gilmer counties as well.
Pinaca is a synthetic cannabinoid and is designed to mimic THC, the active chemical of cannabis. Synthetic cannabinoids are classed as ‘New Psychoactive Substances’ (NPS) which are unregulated substances that have become newly available on the market as an alternative to illegal drugs.
As a result, Pinaca has been listed a Control Level 1 illegal substance due to the dangerous health risks like accidental overdose and severe psychiatric complications.
The type of Pinaca and amount of active compound may vary considerably from batch to batch. Effects of this compund may include agitation, rapid heart rate, confusion, dizziness and nausea.
Jasper, Ga. – The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and released reports for warrants and booking for one Charles Daniel Hamrick.
According to the Arrest Warrant, Hamrick is accused of using his position as a peace officer to convince a person to send nude and semi-nude photos to him. The offense violates his oath as a public officer.
The warrant alleges that Hamrick convinced a lady that she was a confidential informant for him and that she could have potential criminal charges brought against her. He then allegedly told her that he had destroyed her confidential informant file in return for the photos.
Having been arrested and booked on the charges, Hamrick has since paid a $1,000 bond and been released. As the official charge states Violation of Oath by Public Officer, it is charged as “a violation of the Oath taken by Hamrick as a Deputy with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Deputy Commander of the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway Drug Task Force…”
The GBI arrested East Ellijay Police Office Michael McClure at approximately noon today February 14th 2018. A copy of Booking report and warrant below. FYN has requested a statement from the GBI and East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan.
Below is a Press Release Statement from East Ellijay Chief of Police, Larry Callahan.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – A suspect was apprehended by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office(FCSO) Friday morning following a robbery attempt at the BB&T bank on 3831 Appalachian Hwy. in Blue Ridge.
According to the booking report issued by the FCSO, Andrae Decarlos Foster, 39, of Powder Springs, Georgia, was arrested Friday, Dec. 15, at 9:47 a.m. by FCSD Deputy Brian Wingate shortly after the robbery attempt.
(photo courtesy of Becky Dills Walker)
Capt. R.A. Stuart, of the Blue Ridge Police Department (BRPD), reported that Foster entered the bank at approximately 9:30 a.m., and while a customer was in the process of making a cash transaction, Foster knocked the customer to the floor, took the money from the counter and ran from the building. Stuart stated Foster was unarmed and the customer did not suffer any injuries in the attack.
Minutes later, after authorities spotted a vehicle matching that of the suspect’s at a business just south of the BB&T bank, Foster again fled in the vehicle traveling south on Hwy. 515 with FCSD Investigator Scott Galloway and Deputy Wingate along with BRPD Lt. Gary Huffman pursuing him. Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby confirmed authorities pursued Foster south on Hwy. 515 into Gilmer County and apprehended the suspect near Appalachian Supply Company just north of East Ellijay in Gilmer county.
Stuart reported that the incident ended “peacefully,” and Foster is currently being held by the BRPD in the Fannin County Detention Center. “It was a great effort and a quick response from both the FCSD and BRPD in apprehending the suspect,” Stuart stated, adding that credit is also due to Capt. Justin Turner, of the FCSD, for his assistance with arrest.
At this time, charges against Foster are pending with a probation hold from Cherokee County, Georgia.
After the incident, BB&T closed temporarily but is now open and operating under normal capacity.
David R. White, BB&T Vice President of Corporate Communications, spoke briefly on the incident saying, “First and foremost, at BB&T we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our associates and where our clients can conduct their banking business. We cannot comment further on this situation as to do so might compromise the safety (and) the security of our clients and employees.”
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Update January 4th 2016
FetchYourNews.com has confirmed with authorities two of the six arrested will be facing gang related charges. FYN will update as more information becomes available.
Pickens County Georgia, January 3, 2017:
Deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office spotted a suspicious vehicle near the Dunn’s Food Mart located at the intersection of Hwy 515 and Antioch Church Road in Talking Rock Georgia. While the deputies were speaking with the two individuals, Jasper Police Officers confirmed that a break in had taken place at Dunn’s Food Mart.
As both agencies continued the investigation, 4 additional individuals were arrested in connections to the case. Detectives then began the work of processing the scene and learned that another convenient store in Fannin County had also been burglarized during the night. After reaching out to detectives with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined that the same individuals were involved in that burglary as well.
At this time, all individuals are being charged with Burglary and additional pending charges.
The individuals arrested are:
Kendra Nicole Brown, 32 year old, black female from Decatur Georgia Harriett Renea Gray, 44 year old, black female from Atlanta Georgia Anquesia Rena Gray, 26 year old, black female from Atlanta Georgia Phillip Brandon Kemp, 23 year old, black male from Forrest Park Georgia Kelly Montique Rabon, 18 year old, black male from Atlanta Georgia Trayvis Dwong Gray, 25 year old, black male from Atlanta Georgia
Due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing and active, no additional details are available.
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