Category: Local

Man Arrested After Officers Find Drug Candy

Quinton Jwaun Allen-Stafford, 20 of Rome, was arrested on a drug charge after police said he nearly caused a vehicle accident at the intersection of North 2nd Avenue and Turner McCall Blvd.

Reports stated that Allen-Stafford failed to yield the right of way and turned left in front of on-coming traffic.

When officers pulled him over they allegedly spotted a bag of THC candy in the passenger seat.

Allen-Stafford is charged with failure to yield the right of way and felony possession of THC oil.

Rome Man Found with Drug Candy after Nearly Causing Wreck


Trion Resident Receives Recognition As A Health Care Hero

Laura Chesley, Trion resident and Therapy Outcomes Coordinator-Assistant Occupational Therapist at Pruitt Health in Fort Oglethorpe, has been named as the Northern Peach Region Therapy Health Care Hero.

Laura, who has been employed with Pruitt Health since October, 2017, works as an Assistant Occupational Therapist and is the Therapy Outcomes Coordinator in her department at the facility. She was nominated for this award by Dr. Kevin Crickard.

Arrests Made for Methamphetamine

A trailer with no working taillights lead to the arrest of two people for possession of Methamphetamine earlier this week.

This past Wednesday, while out on patrol Chattooga County Sheriff Deputies observed an SUV pulling a trailer that had no working taillights on it. After stopping the SUV near Tate Road in Trion, Deputies spoke with the driver, Mr. Billy Ray White who appeared visibly nervous while speaking with Deputies. After running both White and the passenger, Jill Nevada Nichols, information through GCIC/NCIC it was determined that Billy White was on probation so Deputies asked permission to search the SUV. White stated it wasn’t his vehicle but instead belonged to Jill Nichols. Nichols gave Deputies permission to search which lead to a discovery of a clear, crystal like substance scattered across the drivers seat. Deputies also discovered a similar substance on Nichols hands when placing her under arrest. After trying to claim it was candy, both substances field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Deputies placed both White and Nichols under arrest and transported them to the Chattooga County Jail. The SUV and trailer were towed.

Probation Officers Asked to Resign

Some area probation officers have been asked to resign, as the result of a Department of Community Supervision internal investigation.
It is alleged that a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act annual training exam, and answers to the questions, were shared between probation officers… including some serving the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.
It’s not known how many probation officers were asked to resign, as the investigation is ongoing.  A Department spokesman said “We have a very strong contingency plan to continue probation supervision”.


Toki Sushi Restaurant in LaFayette Receives Unacceptable Score

A downtown LaFayette restaurant failed a health department inspection Tuesday, with the lowest score in recent memory… a 55.
The “unacceptable” score went to Toki Sushi on the square.  Environmental Health inspectors found no one in charge with knowledge of safety issues… and required that a manager be sent immediately for training.
Other issues at the restaurant included insects and rodents, surfaces that needed cleaning, improper hot and cold holding temperatures, no documentation of the required parasite destruction in raw seafood, food stored uncovered, improper employee eating and drinking, extreme buildup of grease and problems with garbage handling.


Warning About Counterfeit Pills

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr reports that his office has been notified by the Georgia Department of Public Health of a suspected cluster of overdoses related to counterfeit pills which may contain fentanyl.

The primary areas that appear to be affected so far are Richmond County, Chatham County, and the Rome area.

Carr added that patients took an unknown pill they believed was Xanax, Percocet, or Roxicodone, but actually contained fentanyl.

Overall, opioid overdoses have increased in Georgia since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

From March 2020 through February of 2021, there has been a 55% increase in opioid-involved emergency department visits, compared to the same period in 2019.

For access to services and immediate crisis help, call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225, available 24/7.


Call for Help Brings First Responders / Trion Police to The Breakers

First responders and law enforcement were called to The Breakers of Trion on Wednesday after a resident at The Breakers said she heard the voice of someone calling for help in the woods near the complex.

Trion Firefighters along with Trion Police and Redmond EMS all responded to the scene.  A resident was found and recovered.  According to the Trion Fire Department, “Chief Lowe heard a faint call for help and located the patient. Outstanding search and rescue by Christian Proctor, Allen Ratliff, TPD and CCSO. Fire personnel staged at truck for command.”

After the resident was recovered, they were turned over to Redmond EMS.