Author: Trena Howell

Man Waves Loaded Gun at Others; Arrested

Robert Avery Garrett, 33 of Silver Creek, was arrested this week after reports said he pulled out a loaded Kel TeK 9mm handgun in anger and then started to wave it around in front of people.

Reports stated that the incident occurred at a home on Preacher Smith Road back on November 15th.

Garrett is charged with reckless conduct and terroristic threats and acts.

Silver Creek Man Jailed After Pulling Gun on Others

Man Beats His Girlfriend; Arrested

William McEarchern 34 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said he beat his 33 year-old girlfriend at his home on Booger Hollow Road.

Reports added that the victim was left with visible bruising.

He is also accused of kicking in the front door to his girlfriend’s home.

McEarchern is charged with battery and criminal damage to property.

Rome Man Jailed After Beating Girlfriend

Woman Arrested After Numerous Thefts at Stores

Lacee Danielle Howard, 23 of Rome, was arrested this week after reports said committed numerous thefts at stores around Floyd County.

Reports said that on November 1, Howard stole 28 packs of lottery tickets from behind the counter of a store on Rockmart Highway.

Then on November 20 she was captured at Walmart on Redmond Circle shoplifting.

Officers added that Howard attempted to hide her identity by giving police a fake name.

Howard is charged with felony theft by taking, theft by shoplifting and giving false information to police.

Rome Woman Jailed After stealing from Numerous Businesses

Alabama Woman Dead After Trying to Shoot a Deputy During Traffic Stop

Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said a deputy shot a killed an Anniston woman after she pointed a gun at a deputy and pulled the trigger during a traffic stop at approximately 3:32 a.m. Sunday.

Wade said that the deputy conducted a traffic stop on Grayton Road South in Ohatchee. During the traffic stop the deputy discovered a large amount of methamphetamines and a pistol in the vehicle. The deputy arrested a male Timothy Alan Wood of Wilsonville and Brittany Nicole Yoder of Anniston for Trafficking in Methamphetamines and Certain Persons Forbidden to Posses a Pistol.

While the deputy awaited the wrecker service to tow the suspects vehicle, Brittany Yoder began asking for the deputy for help. As the deputy opened the patrol vehicle to check on the arrestees, Yoder immediately exited the patrol vehicle pointing a pistol at the deputy’s head. The deputy was able deflect the weapon and fire his weapon striking Yoder.

The male arrestee Timothy Wood did not attempt to leave the vehicle. The deputy had restrained both subjects with handcuffs behind their back. However, Yoder was able to slip off one of the cuffs allowing her to obtain a pistol from Wood or herself. The entire incident was captured on the deputy’s body worn camera. The camera footage clearly verified Yoder’s actions with the pistol.

Oxford Police Department and the Center for Applied Forensics were asked to conduct an independent investigation that is on going. The deputy is physically unharmed, but he is lucky to be alive as Yoder had pulled the trigger to kill the deputy. However, the pistol did not a round in the chamber, but the weapon’s magazine was loaded with live ammunition.

Chattooga Indians in 7AA Playoffs

The Chattooga Indians last regular season game against Model was on Tuesday of last week, and that game didn’t end well for the Indians.  The Blue Devils pulverized the Indians 49-7 – but thanks to Model’s win on Saturday – the Chattooga Indians are headed to the playoffs in the 7AA Region.

On Sunday, Chattooga High School Athletic Director Jeremy Heathcock released a statement regarding the Chattooga Indian’s playoff game:

Congratulations to our Chattooga Indians football team for making the first round of the 2020 State Playoffs! We will be travelling to South Atlanta High School on Friday, November 27th for the first-round contest with a 7:30 pm kickoff.  Please be advised that unfortunately per the Atlanta Public Schools Policy, NO fans will be allowed to enter the game or to be on the property.  Please see the attached policy issued by APS.  Also, according to South Atlanta High School football coach Brad Stephens, a link for viewing the game online will be shared the day before the contest.  

Drunk Drivers Arrested

Chattooga County law enforcement was busy over the weekend taking drunk drivers off the roadways.  A high-speed chase from Highway 48 to Fish Hatchery Road resulted in a rollover crash that landed one man in jail. Also one man was charged with bringing drugs across guard lines after being arrested for DUI.

With the Thanksgiving Holiday travel period starting on Wednesday of this week, local law enforcement and the Georgia State Patrol are cautioning drivers not to consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

In 2019, more than 300 people in Georgia were arrested for driving drunk during the busy Thanksgiving travel period and fifteen people died in crashes statewide.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, “Reducing traffic crashes, deterring and correcting bad driving behaviors, and making the roadways safer is our job. To make this happen, troopers and motor carrier officers will be patrolling interstates and secondary roads throughout the state during this holiday period.”


Shoplifter at Trion Walmart Nov. 16

Chattooga County Sheriffs Office responded to a shoplifting call at the Trion Walmart on November 16th.

Manager Chris Holcomb, reported that he received a call at his home stating that a white male had walked out of the store with 2 laptops and 2 cell phones. The suspect, used the self checkout registers to scan the 4 items, along with several other items in his cart. After scanning all the items the suspect then grabbed the 2 laptops and 2 cellphones and made a quick exit on the grocery entrance.

The suspect was spotted by another Walmart employee in the parking lot entering a 2017-2018 Gray Dodge 1500 crew cab truck. The truck exited the parking lot and turned south on Hwy 27. Just a bit further down the road, the suspect entered the parking lot of Truck Town where he spoke with owner Billy Dooley about test driving a vehicle later in the week.

The value of the items taken was not listed.

Counterfeit Money Passed at Local Library

Tis’ the season for counterfeit money. On November 17th, 2020 a worker at the Chattooga County Library, Shelly Baker, reported that at some point someone had passed a $5 bill at the library. Further inspection of the bill showed it to be counterfeit. Banks say credit card fraud, scams, and counterfeit bills annually increase during the holiday season. Although this year, you are more likely to see an increase in credit card fraud as CoVid-19 will keep most shoppers at home, it pays to stay alert when shopping this season whether it is online or in the store.

This incident remains under investigation.