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Operating as usual
The 71st Annual Georgia Mountain Fair Parade is today at 11:00 am! The parade starts at South State Bank and will end at the Fairgrounds. Main Street (US Hwy 76) will be closed along the parade route at approximately 10:50. Expect heavy traffic following the parade. Sunnyside Rd (GA Hwy 288) can be used as a detour to avoid the parade route.
Hiawassee Police Department's Flock Safety tag-reading cameras assisted in the retrieval of two watercrafts and aided Towns County Sheriff's Office in the recovery of a Honda jet ski and Karavan trailer reported stolen from the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, July 31, 2022.
Hiawassee Police Department was dispatched to a city campsite on Lakeside Drive the same day in reference to a missing Yamaha Waverunner FX140.
Following an investigation by Hiawassee Police Department, which included a review of Flock ALPR camera data, the stolen trailer was located in the Hardee's parking lot with the Yamaha watercraft and a Honda jet ski recovered in a nearby Lake Chatuge canal.
Kyle Benjamin Cabe of Otto, NC, was apprehended and charged with OCGA 16-8-2, Felony Theft by Taking and OCGA 16-7-2, Criminal Trespass.
Krystal Marie Downing of Franklin, NC, was arrested and charged with OCGA 16-8-2, Felony Theft by Taking, OCGA 16-7-2, Criminal Trespass, and OCGA 16-10-25, False Name/Date of Birth.
The pair had purportedly been staying at Jack Rabbit campground in neighboring Clay County, NC, when the alleged thefts occurred.
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Georgia Department of Driver Services Warns of Text Message License Suspension Scam
Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is warning of a new text message-based scam that is attempting to steal your driver’s license information. Customers have been getting text messages asking them to follow a fraudulent link to verify their driver’s license information due to a temporary suspension. DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore says such text messages are a fraud and likely an attempt by scammers to get your personal information.
“DDS employees do not contact customers to ask for personal or confidential information, such as driver's license or Social Security numbers via email, text or telephone. Anyone who receives such a communication should consider it is a scam to steal your identity. Customers who are pending a license suspension or other changes in their license status are notified in writing by DDS. Anyone who receives these — or similar — text messages should not open or respond to them and instead delete such messages immediately.”
Customers can quickly verify the status of their license on the DDS website at this secure link https://dds.drives.ga.gov/.
Voice and computer phishing scammers use many and varied tactics to trick victims into handing over their personal or financial information. Georgians should be very cautious of any unsolicited telephone calls, texts or emails that claim to be government departments, banks or companies that instruct them to follow a link or open an attachment to update or verify personal information.
DDS encourages all customers to create an Online Services Account at www.dds.georgia.gov and utilize the free mobile app, DDS 2 GO, for an easy way to monitor your personal information 24/7. Many transactions can be initiated online such as ordering a replacement license or an address change without visiting a DDS Center.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be providing FREE on-the-water vessel examinations and safety checks tomorrow, Saturday, May 21 from noon to 5. Bring your boats, jet skis, kayaks, or any other vessel to the Hiawassee Mayors' Park boat ramp (1000 US Hwy 76 E) for your free inspection.
Thank you U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Flotilla 070-02-03 Northeast Georgia for all that you do!
Come to town this evening (Thursday, May 19) to show your support for the Towns County High School Class of 2022! Beginning at 6pm, the seniors will parade from the school to the Towns County Recreation Beach. Main St will be closed for the duration of the parade; expect some minor traffic delays.
Today, we remember the fallen heroes who protect and serve their communities. In 2022, there have been 106 line of duty deaths in our country. Please take a moment to remember our own local fallen heroes, Jay Chastain and James Taylor.
The dog has been returned to his owner! Thank you everyone for sharing.
This good boy was found wandering Bell Street this morning, cold and wet. He's currently hanging out at the police station eating K9 Buddy's food.
If anyone knows where he belongs, please contact Chief Smith directly at 706-725-8978.
Hiawassee Police Department Locates Stolen Vehicle and Methamphetamine Trafficker Using License Plate Reading Cameras
The Hiawassee Police Department has located a vehicle stolen from Bartow County, Georgia using their Flock Safety camera system. Flock Safety ALPR cameras help law enforcement investigate crime by providing objective evidence. They capture license plates and vehicle characteristics, not people or faces.
On March 9, 2022, at 8:39 am, the Flock Safety system alerted police about a stolen vehicle. Chief Paul Smith was on-duty and located the vehicle driving through town. The vehicle’s status was confirmed through the Towns County 911 Center, and a traffic stop was conducted on S Main St at Rolling Acres. The driver, Shanon Cato, 59 of Murphy, North Carolina, was arrested without incident. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed over one ounce of methamphetamine, as well as equipment used for packaging, transporting, using, and selling drugs.
Cato was transported to the Towns County Detention Center and charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects, and Driving While License Suspended. Cato is currently being held without bond. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
Hiawassee Police installed Flock cameras at the beginning of 2021 to help solve and reduce crime in Hiawassee. The cameras proactively prevent crime by sending a real-time alert to law enforcement when a stolen car or known wanted suspect from a state or national crime database enters the jurisdiction. They can also send alerts if a vehicle associated with a missing person in an AMBER or Silver Alert is detected. Data collected by Flock Safety is maintained for 30 days and then deleted.
“The Flock Safety cameras are another tool that we can use to fight crime,” said Chief Smith. “The cameras do not issue tickets directly; they only alert the on-duty officer of an issue. The officer can then stop the vehicle and has the discretion of whether an arrest, citation, or warning is justified based on the circumstances.”
Flock Safety cameras are in use in over 1,400 cities across 40 states, and the company works with over 1,000 law enforcement agencies. The cameras have been shown to reduce crime by up to 70%.
Chief Smith and Sergeant James had the pleasure of reading to the fourth grade class on Friday for Read Across America. The book was Officer Buckle and Gloria, a story about a police officer and his police dog giving safety tips at schools, so of course K9 Buddy made an appearance. Chief Smith answered questions from the children and demonstrated handcuffing techniques on his son, to the amusement of the students and staff.
Thank you Towns County Elementary School for inviting us to participate!
Update: a great big shout-out to the Towns County Fire Department for their quick response and action in putting out the fire and the Towns County Sheriff's Office for assisting us with traffic control.
With the electricity turned off to the building, the restaurant owners donated the majority of their frozen food and fresh produce to the Towns County Food Pantry, and other items to other local restaurants. ❤️
Use caution in the area of Hiawassee Seafood as the Towns County Fire Department continues to fight a fire there.
January 17, 6:55 Update:
Road conditions continue to be treacherous! Ice and snow cover nearly all roads. If you must travel, please use extreme caution!
Photos from US National Weather Service Peachtree City Georgia's post
Photos from US National Weather Service Peachtree City Georgia's post
Hiawassee Police Department Awarded Car Seat Mini Grant
Buckle Up Right, Every Trip, Every Time
[Hiawassee, GA] – Hiawassee Police Department was awarded the 2022 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, Hiawassee Police Department and Towns County Health Department work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Towns County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.
And it works! Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the Mini Grant prevented serious injury or death and saved over 425 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.
“It’s our responsibility to keep our children safe,” said Chief Paul Smith. “The Car Seat Mini-Grant is a great opportunity to help our community and help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death for children, and we need to do everything we can to protect them.”
In Towns County, Hiawassee Police Department educates parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offers car seat inspections, and provides car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. Chief Smith, who completed the week-long Child Passenger Safety Technician certification last year, provides one-on-one education and inspections or teaches in a group setting. Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 120 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.
For more information about the Towns County car seat program, contact Chief Paul Smith at 706-896-2888 or [email protected]. If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at [email protected] or by calling 404-463-1487.
It's a cold, cold morning in Hiawassee, but all of the roads appear to be clear of any snow or ice. As always, drive safely!
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