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Three Oconee County High students charged with possessing diazepam at school

[quote][b]DanMatthews[/b] - Why identify one minor if you are not going to identify all of them? How about NOT identifying any of them?
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Under GA law, a 17 year old is considered an adult for criminal purposes thus the arrest is open record, and thus it was obtained by the ABH.

From there it is an editorial decision.

posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:09

Winter storm 'catastrophic,' schools plan Wednesday closings

Oconee County Inclement Weather video

posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 19:05

Cross-dressing man suspected of Oconee Walmart armed robbery

[quote][b]nowheregirl[/b] - @Chief Weems: How's this one going. Any picture's yet, so we can help, if we can? I don't know any cross dressers, that I know of, but maybe I do and don't know it. Of course the dimples could be a dead give-away. [/quote]

We have some leads, but we do not have photos or video that we can post at this time.

posted @ Monday, February 3, 2014 - 19:59

Cross-dressing man suspected of Oconee Walmart armed robbery

That number should be 706-769-5665.

posted @ Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 15:00

Fire at Oconee County equestrian center kills 18 horses early Friday

[quote][b]ModelCitizenACC[/b] - Wasn't a man confronted by police last week after feeling up a woman at that stable? I know it happened in Oconee. Just wonder if it's the same stable? Revenge perhaps?
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He is still in jail.

posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 13:12

Bill would allow firefighters to have guns on duty

[quote][b]Labfan[/b] - Peace officers and a whole crowd of other job descriptions, defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-11-130 Exemptions from Code Sections 16-11-126 through 16-11-127.2, are exempt from the license requirement - on or off duty and it's not a CCW, CCP or any derivative thereof. The current license is titled Georgia Weapons Carry License. Don't know how far back it goes but prior to 2010 it was Georgia Firearms License. No mention of concealed in the title of either. Georgia does not differentiate between open and concealed carry. The license is required for either (with exceptions).
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This is correct.

posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 - 09:44

Georgia juvenile justice changes to take effect

[quote][b]SonofOHMYWORD[/b] - @Chief Weems: Would your official stance be that a Juvenile Superior Court judge could NOT order the detention of a juvenile after a request has been made and denied by DJJ? Just wondering?
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Well you are just precious. You have a wonderful evening too.

posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 23:03

Georgia juvenile justice changes to take effect

[quote][b]matt1141a[/b] -
How many juvenile pick up orders does your agency serve in Oconee?. In Athens there are a lot of them released to parents or guardian who then never show up to juvenile court which means the sheriff's office is tasked with finding them and bringing them in...again. Which of course costs the S.O. time/money.
One thing for sure is our local LE agencies will be handling the juvenile criminals more often which means the cost will shift to the county/city level and off the state....which was the ultimate goal of this policy change.
And what happens when a juvi judge orders one detained? Does DJJ get to refuse that now? In many rural areas a juvi judge is more likely to order a detention for lessor charges while in a metro area you see them put on juvi probation.
Very interesting issues here.
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Obviously, our case load is lighter than that of our neighbors to the north.

You are 100% correct in that it is simply a shifting of cost from the state to the local governments and property tax payers. It's a continuation of the "reforms" recently with the criminal codes.

posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 18:53

Georgia juvenile justice changes to take effect

[quote][b]Oh my word[/b] -
I didn't realize that either. Somebody needs to alert the Juvenile Court Judges in each circuit about this change.
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We've had this discussion previously. You are again mixing issues. The Juvenile Judge has the authority upon adjudication of a case. I am referencing the point of initial detention.

For instance, an adult caught in the act is taken to the local jail and detained until posting bond or the case goes to trial.

A juvenile caught in the act can not be detained unless authorized by DJJ.

As an example of my thesis, several months ago, I was in a restaurant. Some customers at another table where discussing the fact that one of them caught several juveniles trespassing on his property and vandalizing some equipment. He was very angry that the "cops showed up and just turned them loose".

Anyway, you have a wonderful evening.

posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 18:46

Georgia juvenile justice changes to take effect

What many do not realize is that the decision as to whether or not to incarcerate a juvenile when detained rests solely with Juvenile Justice. The local peace officer must contact an DJJ intake officer who then decides whether or not the juvenile will be held or turned over to a guardian.

If DJJ decides in favor of incarceration, the locals must transport them to a receiving RYDC. For those of us in the Athens area, that has traditionally been in Gainesville.

If DJJ declines intake, the local is left to try to explain it to the justifiably angry victim. Some people understand. Some people see it as, "Y'all didn't do anything about this."

posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 12:04

Authorities catch man who fled from Oconee wreck

[quote][b]Mentok[/b] - No DUI tacked on for good measure? [/quote]

He wasn't DUI.

posted @ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 09:51

VIDEO: Escaped Athens prisoner leads Oconee deputies on doomed flight

[quote][b]Realist[/b] - If he was on a work detail, he couldn't have been in too much trouble.
Now he is.
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He bought more time today than he was previously serving.

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 20:33

Escaped Athens prisoner leads Oconee deputies on doomed flight

Here is the video from Deputy Towe's vehicle. There is no audio.

Video with audio from Deputy Wagoner's vehicle:

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 19:09

Man sentenced as recidivist for 2012 altercation with Athens police officer

Here is the USMC 1966 version:

posted @ Monday, December 9, 2013 - 13:22

ABH reporter recounts day as a doggie chew toy

Here is Wayne getting chased down by "Basco":

posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 20:49

Oconee County hosts training for K-9 units from across North Georgia

[quote][b]Anonymous Dude[/b] - Police dogs are a sick, dirty abuse of dogs.
These dogs are trained to alert on subtle cues from their owners. They can't smell drugs any better then they can a burger.
Cops that use these dogs to search for anything but people are just wiping their butts with our rights. Because they enjoy that stuff.
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I invite you to come to one of the K9 training sessions. You can hide a hamburger and drugs, and we'll give you a chance to prove your thesis.

Please contact Sgt. Partain at spartain@oconeesheriff.org to set up a time.

posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 17:45

Oconee County Blotter

[quote][b]Oh my word[/b] - @Chief Weems: Are you asserting that local police can't legally arrest a juvenile upon probable cause, and the juvenile court judge who is appointed by the superior court in each county, then doesn't have full authority to authorize/order you to transport a juvenile offender to RYDC to be detained if he or she sees fit?
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The juvenile justice procedures are not the same as those in the adult system.

Your post is a divided question that is trying to intertwine a judge sentencing a juvenile offender with that of the juvenile complaint being filed. I've already answered the latter, and the former is fairly obvious.

posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 - 22:12

Oconee County Blotter

[quote][b]Oh my word[/b] - @Chief Weems: So an elected county sheriff is prohibited by law from taking a juvenile who has committed a crime into custody and taking him before the juvenile court of his/her juristiction?
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There are a number of parties that can file a juvenile complaint with the courts and start the court process; however, Juvenile Justice determines whether or not a juvenile is taken into custody and transported to an RYDC.

posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 - 20:55

Oconee County Blotter

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posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 - 19:53

Oconee County Blotter

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posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 - 19:53

Oconee County Blotter

[quote][b]Stinky_Dawg_Luvin[/b] - School bus video destroyed after a child comes home bloody? [Lawsuit]
High school kid going to jail just for carrying a knife to school? [Over reacting]
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Juvenile Justice, a state agency, determines whether or not a juvenile is taken into custody. This is not determined by the local agency.

The allegation was made that the video was destroyed. That does not mean that such was the case.

posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 - 19:53

Fundraiser aims to get ATV for Oconee sheriff's office

[quote][b]Yellow Dog[/b] -
Totally an intellectual dishonest statement on your part. In comments about the fence crashing incident, the OC Sheriff pointed out that his department offered the fence owner payment for the damage, but the fence owner refused payment and took it upon himself to have the fence repaired.
Also, I believe the damaged fence owner is the very person who is raising money to buy the ATV. You owe the OC Sheriff an apology for such a snide, cutesy remark.
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The fence belongs to the Bishops.

Mr. Martin graciously provided ATVs for us in a completely different search, and that is where the idea for this effort was born. We appreciated his big time involvement in that situation is his taking the lead on this effort.

posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 23:05

Oconee sheriff rams fence in pursuit of fleeing suspect

[quote][b]DawgFan1988[/b] - @Chief Weems:

Thanks for the answer/info. Let me reword my question to you. Can you please explain to me how one of your deputies on the accident report clearly states that one of the drivers was at fault at the site of the accident yet still not write him a ticket?
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There are only a few instances in Georgia law where making a charge is required. It this instance, it would appear that the deputy simply chose not to issue a citation.

posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 19:05

Oconee sheriff rams fence in pursuit of fleeing suspect

[quote][b]DawgFan1988[/b] - @Chief Weems:

What if on the accident report that deputy states/writes that "Driver One was informed that he was at fault (for failure to yield on L turn)", yet the Deputy did NOT write a citation?
This is what recently happened to one of my family members in Oconee County.
Just wondering.
Now my family member is in a mess with their insurance company and trying to get reimbursement for medical expenses, etc. We've had to hire a lawyer.
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A citation has nothing to do with whether or not an insurance company pays out on a claim. If the insurance company is stating that such is the case, there is a problem with the insurance company/agent.

posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 15:20

Oconee sheriff rams fence in pursuit of fleeing suspect

[quote][b]DawgFan1988[/b] - @SheriffBerry:

You 'threw" your rifle on him? Can you explain this to me?
While I have your attention Sheriff Berry, is it true that if one has a traffic accident in Oconee County, and when one of your boys from your department is called out to the scene of the traffic accident, he can NOT write a traffic citation for that accident to either driver unless the officer actually witnessed the traffic accident?
If this is true, why do you have this policy in Oconee County?
Seems to me that y'all are missing out on a lot of revenue.
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No. There is no such policy. Deputies have the discretion as to whether or not to write a ticket based upon their findings.

posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 11:54

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