Gordon County Indictments and No Bills

Gordon County Indictments and No Bills

Gordon County Superior Court recently returned indictments and no bills on the following people.

Indictments

Patricia Amber Hall, VGCSA, fleeing or attempting to elude, driving without a license.

Buren Nicholas Poole a.k.a Michael P. Poole, VGCSA, attempting to elude, driving without a license.

Richard Robert Holden, theft by shoplifting.

Brooke E. Holder, VGCSA, theft of services.

Zachary Ray Kelley, VGCSA, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, failure to wear a safety belt.

Dusty Duron Baker, theft by shoplifting, theft by deception, failure to register as a sex offender.

Todd Michael Beckman, driving while license is suspended, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, giving false information to a law officer, failure to stop at stop sign.

Misty Rene Blackmon, theft by taking.

Ralph Stephen Bray, driving with license suspended, no proof insurance, expired tag, improper headlights, improper display of license plate.

Justin Eric Newport, VGCSA, possession of drug-related objects.

Matthew Danis Adams, simple battery.

Tina Louise Juarez, DUI, failure to maintain lane, failure to wear seatbelt.

James Glen Sexton, Jr., battery, simple battery F.V.

Derrick James Baer, VGCSA.

Michael Shane Gayton, possession of marijuana, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, possession of drug-related objects.

Jared Westley Quinn, possession of marijuana, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of drug-related objects.

Thomas Addison, entering an automobile.

Teaquita Terrell Fluker, entering an automobile.

Josue Leonore, entering an automobile.

Samuel Leonore, entering an automobile.

Billy Jo Smith, burglary.

Sabrina Marie Jones, burglary.

John Wesley Duvall, failure to register as a sex offender.

Jose DeJesus Rodriguez, burglary in the first degree.

Antonio Shawn Saunders, terroristic threats.

Ronald Shlyapochnik, homicide by vehicle first degree, DUI, reckless driving, homicide by vehicle leaving the scene, hit and run, failure to maintain lane, failure to wear seatbelt, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of drug-related objects.

Jeremy Clay Corn, VGCSA, trafficking methamphetamine.

Ariel Lynn Holden, VGCSA, trafficking methamphetamine.

Gualfer Gomez-Perez, aggravating sodomy, criminal attempt to a felony, child molestation, aggravated child molestation.

Wendell, Troy Cochran, theft by receiving stolen property, involvement with motor vehicle having identity defaced, obstruction of an officer.

George Edmund Graham, VGCSA, possession less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, possession of firearm by convicted felon.

Xavier Ramon Collins, ID fraud, financial transaction card fraud, criminal receipt of goods fraud obtained, forgery of a financial transaction, possession of one ounce of marijuana.

Deontae Keyshawn Watrford, ID fraud, financial transaction card fraud, criminal receipt of goods fraud obtained, forgery of a financial transaction, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Antoine Montell Zachery, ID fraud, transaction card fraud, criminal receipt of goods fraud obtained, forgery of a financial transaction, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Chelsey Nacole Cochran, theft by shoplifting.

Cassie Nicole Card, theft by taking, criminal trespass.

Jeremiah Eugene Elrod, theft by taking, criminal trespass.

Kelvin Ricole Carson, VGCSA, driving while license is suspended, giving false information, no proof of insurance.

Jimmy Dale Carter, DUI, following too close.

Wayne Franklin Christian, driving while license is suspended, speeding.

Brandon Rashad Cliatt, battery.

Dylan Shane Cochran, battery FV, cruelty to children third degree.

Gary Madison Cochran, theft by receiving stolen property.

Robert Eugene Cokinos, battery F.V.M, simple battery F.V., cruelty to children in the third degree.

Jerome H. Collum, simple battery FV.

Cory Webster Cox, DUI, failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions, open container.

Joshua D. Crayton, DUI, endangering a child while under the influence, improper lane change.

Miguel Antonio Frire, VGCSA, possession of marijuana less than one ounce.

Michael Douglas Lambert, obstruction of an officer.

Daniel Lesperance, forgery of a financial transaction card.

Tonya Jeanene Lockard a.k.a. Tonya Kitchens, theft by shoplifting.

Andrew Jacob Lockhart, simple battery, criminal trespass.

Jacob Wayne Long, violation of a FV order, criminal attempt to commit a misdemeanor, criminal trespass, simple assault.

Kim Alex Long, theft by taking.

Zachary Douglas Lumpkin, criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Joshua Daymon Cain Potts, VGCSA, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, possession of drug-related objects, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, improper passing, too fast for conditions, driving while license suspended.

No Bill

Robert Foster Turner, abandonment of dependent child.

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Join the Action! Stars and Stripes Night:  A 1940’s Canteen and Lounge

Join the Action! Stars and Stripes Night: A 1940’s Canteen and Lounge

For the next Museum After Dark event, the Bartow History Museum will become a 1940’s canteen and lounge. On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, don your best 1940’s duds, and join us for an evening of drinks and dancing. Enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres, listen to jazz of the era, and practice the Rumba and Swing.

The 1940’s was a decade teeming with motion and action. Punctuated by the war, this time in U.S. history had a unique urgency, whether kissing a sweetheart goodbye, sowing a victory garden or tuning in to the evening news on the radio. There was no promise of tomorrow when the world was at war. “We can do it,” became our slogan as we rallied together to support troops by rationing, assuming war jobs and volunteering. Canteens popped up around the country and were places where soldiers, many passing through town on the railroad, could enjoy refreshments and a friendly face. Larger ones even provided music and the opportunity to dance. Step back in time with us and show your patriotism at the Cartersville Canteen.

Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase Museum Bonds (donation to the museum) to help support the museum’s efforts to preserve Bartow County’s rich history. The hours are from 7 – 10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more.

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Senators Isakson, Perdue take action to increase government transparency and accountability

Senators Isakson, Perdue take action to increase government transparency and accountability

Support legislation introduced by Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) along with Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA-01) today applauded the Senate’s passage of bipartisan legislation that would increase government transparency and accountability. The legislation was originally introduced by Carter in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017, H.R. 72, would provide the Government Accountability Office (GAO) with enhanced tools to oversee federal programs and ensure it is able to obtain the records needed to audit, evaluate and investigate federal agencies. In particular, this bill would ensure GAO has full access to the National Directory of New Hires, or NDNH, a database essential for properly auditing many of the government’s largest programs. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.

I’m pleased that the Senate has advanced this important step in promoting government transparency,” said Senator Isakson.“It is essential that the Government Accountability Office is able to do its job without obstruction from federal agencies. I will continue to work with my colleagues to conduct much-needed oversight of federal programs and root out waste, fraud and abuse.”

“It is no secret that Washington bureaucrats have a reputation for putting their self-interests ahead of our national interests,”said Senator Perdue. “Too often, audits of federal agencies and requests for information are stonewalled to protect the power of unelected bureaucrats or advance a political agenda. This is unacceptable. Our government watchdog will now have more tools at its disposal to increase transparency and hold bureaucrats accountable.”  

“Passage of this bill today in the Senate is a huge win in the fight to protect taxpayer dollars and ensure the federal government is transparent and accountable,” said Congressman Carter. “GAO is one of the most important tools used in this fight and my legislation ensures federal agencies cooperate with GAO so they are able to access what is necessary to conduct their investigations. I encourage the President to sign this critical legislation into law as soon as possible.”

Specifically, the GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017 would:

 -First, it would clarify that GAO’s blanket authority to access federal records under 31 U.S.C. 716 includes access to the NDNH.

 -Second, it would strengthen GAO’s ability to bring a civil action in court by ensuring GAO has standing in the event an agency refuses to disclose information GAO requires to fulfill its oversight and investigation duties.

 -Third, it would require GAO to keep congressional committees of jurisdiction apprised of any recommendations related to agencies they oversee.

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CHIEF JUDGE SMITH TO HEAR GEORGIA SUPREME COURT CASE

Atlanta, Jan. 18, 2017 – Chief Superior Court Judge David K. Smith of the Cherokee Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Britt Grant in the appeal and cross-appeal of Raymond Gaddy et al. v. Georgia Department of Revenue et al. (S17A0177) and Georgia Department of Revenue et al. v. Raymond Gaddy et al. (S17X0178). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the cases on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 during its 10:00 A.M. session. In this high-profile case, a group of taxpayers are appealing a Fulton County court’s dismissal of their constitutional challenges of the state’s Qualified Education Tax Credit Program. In addition to hearing arguments in the case, Chief Judge Smith will participate in the Court’s decision.

Chief Judge Smith, 56, was appointed to the Superior Court by then-Gov. Roy Barnes and took office in January 2001; he was elected in 2002 and has been reelected every four years since. The two-county Cherokee Circuit covers Gordon and Bartow counties. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice in Calhoun, most recently as a partner in the firm of Ledbetter and Smith.  

Chief Judge Smith is a former president of the Gordon County Bar Association, a past president of the Morning Optimist Club of Calhoun, and a member of the 1988 charter class of Leadership Calhoun-Gordon County. He has acted in and served as Music Director for several productions of the Calhoun Little Theatre.

Chief Judge Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Economics from Emory University in 1982. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.

A native of Calhoun, Chief Judge Smith and his wife, Paige, have been married since 1987. They have two daughters, Gail Smith and Kelly Jourdan, and a son-in-law, Robby Jourdan. They are active members of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church where Judge Smith serves as pianist.

Designated judges are appointed when a justice must recuse himself or herself from a particular case. The Supreme Court of Georgia maintains a list of select judges from around the state and when the need arises, the Court appoints the next judge on the list. 

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Local Sports: Inaugural Smoker-Culberson Classic a success at Fields Ferry

Local Sports: Inaugural Smoker-Culberson Classic a success at Fields Ferry

A couple current Major Leaguers and former Calhoun High baseball stars came together with several old teammates, coaches, friends and supporters for a day of golf, fun and fellowship on Saturday at Fields Ferry in Calhoun.

Jackets baseball alumni Josh Smoker and Charlie Culberson hosted the first-ever Smoker-Culberson Classic Golf Tournament with the proceeds going to support the Calhoun High Baseball program led by head coach Chip Henderson.

A total of 14 four-man teams competed in the best-ball tournament, and it was Smoker’s team of himself, Kyle Wilckens, Dylan Wilckens and Alex Barfoot that took home the first-place finish with a score of 54. Several other teams finished within one or two strokes of the top spot.

For more photos of Saturday’s tournament, see Wednesday’s Calhoun Times.

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Local Piggly Wiggly closing doors permanently this Saturday

Local Piggly Wiggly closing doors permanently this Saturday

According to Rockdale Grocery, the company that owns the Calhoun Piggly Wiggly, located on Red Bud Road, the store will permanently close its doors this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

“It’s not one of those things you want to do, but at some point, it’s just not financially possible,” said Scott Lewis with Rockdale Grocery. “We can’t continue to operate; there’s not enough sales to continue.”

According to Lewis, the decision on what will happen with employees of the store has not been made.

Rockdale Grocery, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of grocery stores in north and west Georgia. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Conyers, Georgia. It has stores in Bremen, Ellijay, Cleveland, Jasper, Dillard, Calhoun, Conyers, Bowdon, Hogansville, Franklin and Villa Rica, Georgia.

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