Violent gang member apprehended in Fannin County

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – A police chase ended with the detainment of the suspect involved. The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest after becoming involved in the chase shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

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Edmundo Ramirez was apprehended after a police chase in Fannin County.

Fannin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jared Wood noticed a green Nissan Pathfinder traveling south on Ga. 2 with a brake light out and failing to maintain its lane. Initially, the Pathfinder pulled over, coming to a stop, when Wood signaled for the driver to do so.

After pulling over, the vehicle then sped off to avoid the traffic stop. Several illegal traffic maneuvers later, the Pathfinder turned on to Old Hwy. 76 and proceeded toward downtown Blue Ridge.

Blue Ridge City Police Department was made aware of the situation and attempted to deploy spike strips at the Orvin Lance Connector and Old Hwy. 76.

The driver, identified as Edmundo Ramirez, eluded this attempt and continued closer to the downtown area. After turning off of East First Street, Ramirez was then observed running the stop sign at the intersection of East Main Street and Mountain Street.

Ramirez continued traveling down East Main Street going the wrong way on a One Way designated section and maintaining a speed of approximately 50 to 55 mph.

After reaching the end of East Main Street, the vehicle turned right onto Old Hwy. 76 in the direction of Ga. 2 once again. Ramirez lost control of the Pathfinder before reaching Ga. 2 and struck a natural rock formation, leading to a crash that would disable the vehicle in front of Bill Holt Chevrolet.

Upon wrecking the vehicle, Ramirez attempted to flee but quickly surrendered when Deputy Wood, conducting the scene as a felony traffic stop, pulled his handgun and demanded the suspect to halt. Ramirez then put his hands in the air and lay face down on the ground.

Ramirez, 25, of Buford, Georgia, was arrested and charged with multiple traffic misdemeanors. These misdemeanors include reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to obey traffic devices or police, failure to wear a seat belt, and failure to maintain lane.

Along with these traffic misdemeanors, Ramirez is being charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license and felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

Ramirez, who has a criminal history throughout the state of Georgia, was detained for similar charges in Buford. He currently has an outstanding criminal warrant in Hall County.


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A list of distinctive markings from Ramirez’s booking sheet

As indicated by the tattoos covering his body, Ramirez also has confirmed ties with the violent street and prison gang, the Barrio Aztecas.

The Barrio Aztecas formed in the late 1980s in El Paso, Texas, and quickly grew to become an international crime group with strong ties to the Juarez Cartel in Mexico. Known for drug trafficking and contract killing, the Barrio Aztecas are considered one of the most dangerous gangs in America.

Barrio Azteca Captain Eduardo Ravelo is currently on the the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list.

Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby was unable to comment on the detainee’s affiliations.

A source with the Appalachian Drug Task Force spoke with FetchYourNews about gang-related activity in north Georgia.

“North Georgia, I cannot confirm,” the source said speaking about Barrio Azteca infiltration in our area, “Atlanta, yes. There is a bit of every gang there.”

The source did confirm that there is known drug trafficking related to cartel activity in north Georgia, and added about why Ramirez might have been in Fannin County: “If he doesn’t live there, I would say it is likely that he was passing through for a specific reason.”

Ramirez made an initial appearance in court on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Magistrate Judge Brian Jones set bond at $12,500 for the charges in Fannin County.

Ramirez is currently being held at the Fannin County Jail. A hold has been placed on the detainee for transfer to Hall County, Georgia, where Ramirez has an outstanding criminal warrant.



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Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby speaks out on the budget

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Since taking office in 2009, Sheriff Kirby has operated your Sheriffs Office with the lowest budget of any of the surrounding Counties.

Keeping costs low has always been a priority of this administration. It is our goal to keep the size and cost of your Sheriff’s Office in proportion with the needs of our County. Below is the last 3 years budget numbers for Fannin, Gilmer and Union County Sheriff’s Offices.

2014        Union                                    Gilmer                                   FANNIN
$2,099,599                            $2,839,865                         $1,750,436   (Spent $1,664,457)

2015       Union                                     Gilmer                                   FANNIN

$2,357,779                            $3,035,065                          $1,773,731   (Spent $1,680,463)
($258,180 increase)              ($195,200 increase)           ($23,295 increase)


2016        Union                                     Gilmer                                   FANNIN

$2,496,348                            $3,246,028                          $1,781,151
($138,569 increase)             ($210,963 increase)            ($7,420 increase)


For historical purposes, the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office 2010 budget was $1,623,013.
That shows an increase of $158,138 over a 6 year period.  As you can see, our surrounding Counties budgets increase almost that same amount or substantially more EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Not only have we been able to keep our budget numbers very low, but we continuously spent UNDER BUDGET year after year.


Fannin County Head Start / Pre-K holds tree planting ceremony in recognition of Prevent Child Abuse Month


Fannin County Head Start / Pre-K in Mineral Bluff Georgia held a tree planting ceremony on April 20th in recognition of Prevent Child Abuse month.  The idea came from Bill Kendall, the school’s custodian, and the tree was a Dogwood.

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It was a beautiful sunny day, the little children played in the spacious, fenced in area, all safe and sound, and watched intently as Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston and Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby spoke regarding keeping our youth safe.  Diane Scoggins, CASA Director spoke to the crowd as well.

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Following the speakers, Bill Kendall planted the Dogwood by the entrance to the school grounds while all the children and others in attendance watched.  Then the kids placed their flowers/pinwheels on the fence to recognize Prevent Child Abuse month.  Click here or more information on Fannin County Head Start / Pre-K     Click here for more information on Prevent Child Abuse - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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