The following press releases have been issued by Towns County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent in a court of law.
Stolen Property located
On Thursday April 10, Det. Sgt. Brandon Barrett and the Towns County agent for Appalachian Drug Task Force (ADTF) served a Fourth Waiver in the Scataway area. A Forth Waiver is a document signed by a probationer to allow law enforcement to search their person and home as part of the conditions of probation.
Investigator Barrett had received information that stolen property and illegal drugs may be in the possession of the probationer. During the check, a quantity of Schedule III Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, and a hand-held tablet which had been reported stolen from a Towns County resident three days prior, was allegedly found in the probationer’s bedroom.
Austin Luke Bradley, 21, was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana Less than an Ounce, and Theft by Receiving. Probation has placed a hold on the subject and at press time he remains in Towns County Detention Center.
Patient treated for overdose; Suspect had offered meth to patient earlier that day
On April 7, 2014, Towns County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Chatuge Regional Hospital in reference to a possible overdose case. Upon arrival, Investigators found that the victim, a male resident of Hiawassee, was being treated for complications related to an overdose of a controlled substance that was not prescribed to him.
Investigators then discovered that the victim had been in the presence of the suspect throughout the day, and that the suspect had allegedly offered the victim a quantity of methamphetamine earlier that day.
Investigators made contact with the suspect, and confirmed that he had offered the victim methamphetamine. It was also found that the suspect allegedly injected the victim with a hypodermic syringe containing suspected methamphetamine, while the victim was incoherent. The needle reportedly broke off and remained in the victim’s arm until removed by the suspect with pliers.
Terry Silvers, 47, of Hiawassee, was charged with Conspiracy to Commit VGCSA, Use of Communications Facilities in the act of a Felony, and Reckless Conduct. The suspect is currently on parole, and is being house in Towns County Detention Center.
From the desk of Sheriff Chris Clinton
There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The same thinking certainly applies to the safety and security of your home. In the past, I have spoken of ways to help protect you from becoming the victim of a burglary. The following are some ideas of ways to protect your home or business from burglary. These ideas are available from a number of sources including, the National Sheriffs’ Association, Council on Burglary Prevention, Georgia Secretary of State, etc. They are offered in the spirit of helping you remain safe.
- Always remember to keep your doors and windows securely locked. Burglars like most criminals often commit crimes of opportunity. If you make your home an easy target, then you may be asking for trouble. It is always best for doors to be secured with a deadbolt lock that has a one inch throw and has the strike plate reinforced, using three inch screws.
- Sliding glass doors should be secured by placing a metal or wooden rod in the track.
- If you have an attached garage you should always lock any door leading into your home. Never rely on an automatic garage door opener to be secure. Often burglars will ride through an area with an automatic garage door opener to see if they can open a garage door on the same frequency.
- When you are away from home, you can create the illusion that someone is home by placing lights, televisions, or radios on timers and having them turn on and off at different times.
- It is a good idea to keep the perimeter of your home well lit. The last thing that a criminal wants is a witness. A well lit perimeter can be an excellent deterrent.
- If you are going to be away on a trip, it is a good idea to have a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor, to pick up mail and other packages while you are away. Having a full mailbox ad packages lying around tells a burglar that you must be away for a while.
- Consider having a friend or neighbor house sit, or leave a vehicle in your drive to suggest someone is home.
- Never leave a message on your home voicemail telling people you are away and when you will return. This is just letting people know that your home is vulnerable and for how long.
- Consider taking advantage of the extra patrols offered by the sheriff’s office. They can be submitted in person at the sheriff’s office, or by calling 706-896-4444, or by going online at www.townscountysheriffsoffice.com.
- Always keep shrubbery trimmed back away from windows and doorways. While these may look attractive they can officer easy hiding places for burglars to break in undetected.
- Possibly one of the most important steps to keeping your home safe it to organize a Neighborhood Watch program. As I have often said in the past, if every community in our county had an organized and alert Neighborhood Watch, it would be nearly impossible for burglars to commit an undetected crime.
If you would like to know more about things you can do to help keep you and your family safe, considering taking advantage of courses offered by your sheriff’s office.
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