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Open Records Request is Adventure in Wonderland

24 Jul 2016

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Open Records Request is Adventure in Wonderland




When Cecelia McMichen made her open records request on Chairman candidate Roger Legett last May, she was following up on rumors regarding past statements and his reputation as being a ladies man. Her story, which is show above in its entirety, is closer to what one would expect to find down some rabbit hole in a fictional story like Alice in Wonderland. 

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Townhall meeting explores concerns raised by bogus BLM march in Paulding

14 Jul 2016

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Townhall meeting explores concerns raised by bogus BLM march in Paulding

In a quickly-called town meeting elected leaders and leaders in the religious community met with over a hundred concerned black citizens to address concerns over messages relating to the Black Lives Matter march that turned out to be a hoax.

Posted on the Sheriff's facebook page, the apparently bogus notice that a march was planned drew all sorts of comments; some overtly racist, that were so disturbing that the Sheriff ended up deleting the lot.

Still, the outpouring of vitriol from some in the community raised concens in the black community and Oasis family life church pastor Anthony Murray and the town hall at Oasis Church was the result.

The meeting was orderly and community leaders joined Pastor Murray and Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Cord Franklin, Sr., himself a retired Atlanta police officer. Sheriff Gary Gulledge, State Rep. Kimberly Alexander, Mayor Boyd Austin, Dallas Police Chief Scott L. Halter, Commission Chairman David Austin made up the panel of community leaders. There were at least a dozen members of city and county government as well as commission chairman candidate David Carmichael as well as at least a dozen Deputies. Notable by their absence was the Hiram Police Chief and commission chairman candidate Roger Leggett.

One of the most telling exchanges involved the demand for an apology for wording of the notice of the march that appeared on Sheriff Gulledge's facebook page. Pcom captured the exchange and presents it in the youtube video above. For those who wonder about state of race relations - they are really pretty good in Paulding which at one time had a truly poor rep - as this sometimes contentious video demonstrates.

Another exchange from a community member noted that a county department supervisor was saying the SO planned to arrest protesters and that the black employee better not attend the protest ... and allegation flatly denied by Sheriff Gulledge who said his departments only goal was to keep everyone, regardless of their political views, safe.
 
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Unprovoked shooting leaves two dead, two injured

06 Jul 2016

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Unprovoked shooting leaves two dead, two injured

shooting location


Folks around the metro area were transfixed by the unprovoked shooting Tuesday afternoon of Jeffery "Jeff" Adams and the  two women accompanying him at his former residence at 65 Pine Valley Drive south of Hiram.  Adams, 52, died at the hands of an AR-15 weilding William Arnett, 65, a long-time neighbor of Adams when the three showed up to collect some remaining belongings at the house they left to avoid conflict with a neighbor.  Both women were seriously injured.

Behind the shooting, according to reports, was a long-term fued between the two men that was near resolution as Adams had moved from the home he had bought in 1991 and was only there yesterday to pick up some remaining property.

Arnett, whom neighbors had call authorities about numerous times since he moved there in 2004, instigated the event that was called in by a neighbor at roughly 4:50 pm, Tuesday (July 5) reporting gun shots.  When Deputies arrived at 4:54 they were met with additional gunfire; some of which was zipping through the building the officers were using for cover.

Because of the firepower of the assault-rifle, deputies called in SWAT teams from Paulding, Cobb and Douglas Counties who brought, among other things, an armored vehicle, tear gas and video robot.  The armored vehicle allowed officers to retrieve those injured by Arnett.  Annetta "Ann" Adams, 47, was transported by Ambulance with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen and Denise Basnett, 48, of Clarksville, TN, was transported by life-flight to Grady Memorial Hospital with numerous gunshot wounds.

Tear gas was deployed in an attempt determine the exact whereabouts of the shooter. After no contact was made, SWAT units then utilized an ICOR Robot to clear the inside and outside of Arnett's residence at 55 Pine Valley Drive. Arnett was located in the rear of the residence, motionless.   SWAT personnel secured the back yard and interior of Arnett's residence and pronounced him dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  The GBI Crime Lab Division of Forensic Sciences provided initial confirmation that Arnett’s death was consistent with death by a self-inflicted gun-shot.

Officers had cordened off the subdivision and kept residents from returning home for more than four hours ... until Arnett was found dead and it was safe for them to return. 

Authorities report that Ms. Basnett has been through hours of surgery and more surgeries are expected. Ms. Adams’ condition has improved and she is expected to be moved out of ICU.  Both are expected to survive.

The PCSO expressed their thanks to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol for the assistance on scene.

 

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UPDATED: Man identified in Rescue Truck theft

27 Jun 2016

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Rescue truck stopped in yard

Man steals PCFD Truck and takes out Zachary Paulksigns/mailboxes before collision/capture

A white man, identified as Zachary Lee Paulk, broke into the Paulding County Fire Station (No. 3) on Mount Tabor Road this morning and stole a fire rescue truck while fire fighters assigned to the fire station were across the street at a fire department training at Mt. Tabor Park.

The man apparently broke through a door of the empty fire station and found the keys to the F-450 Rescue unit, started the unit and drove through the bay doors taking them out as he made his way from the fire station.

Paulk drove down Mount Tabor Church Road leaving a path of destruction behind him. Multiple road signs, mailboxes, and other utilities were destroyed before the joyride came to an end. Paulk finally struck a red pickup truck in the area of 2116 Bobo Road which caused Rescue Truck 3 to go airborne and come to a stop. According to witnesses, Paulk then tried to steal an SUV at 2116 Bobo Road before being encountered by the homeowner. Paulk then retreated into the garage where he was later walked out by the homeowner. Once Deputies arrived, Paulk surrendered to them without incident.

Deputy Ashley Henson said he didn't know exactly how many mailboxes the man took out on his melee but in the distance from the Fire Station to the point he collided with another vehicle going airborn into a yard, (2116 Bobo Road), Sgt. Henson said he must have taken out 10 road signs. 

The incident remains under investigation but at this point, Sgt. Henson said, the man is telling a story that he was running from possible assailants, though he is quick to add that deputies or other witnesses to the joy ride did not report any such threat.

The witnesses indicated that Paulk told them that someone was “after” him and that he was trying to get away. Multiple witnesses explained that they never saw anyone in the area trying to “get” him. Paulk was later transported to Paulding Wellstar Hospital for toxicology screening.

At present the PCSO is investigating the theft and destruction of county property caused by the incident while the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the property damage and wreck of the vehicle. 

During the course of this incident, there were hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to both county property as well as personal property. Luckily, no one was injured during this rampage. Currently, Paulk is being held in the Paulding County Jail without bond and faces a host of felony charges. If you have any additional information about this incident or about Paulk, call the Criminal Investigations Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 443-3015.

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Thunderstorm warning ends at 2:45p today

17 Jun 2016

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...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 245 PM EDT
June 17, 2016 FOR CENTRAL POLK...PAULDING AND SOUTHWESTERN COBB COUNTIES...

AT 216 PM EDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR CEDARTOWN TO HIRAM...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
ROOFS...SIDING...AND TREES.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
DALLAS...CEDARTOWN...POWDER SPRINGS...AUSTELL...
ROCKMART...HIRAM...ARAGON... BRASWELL...YORKVILLE...BROWNSVILLE...
NEW HOPE...VAN WERT...NEW GEORGIA... FISH CREEK AND ANTIOCH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS.
MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURE'S LEADING
KILLERS. REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO
BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE...HAIL OR FLOODING...WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS
PASSED...AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1 8
6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6 OR TWEET US YOUR REPORT AT NWSATLANTA
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GreyStone Power Company is upping their investment in Paulding

26 May 2016

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GreyStone Power Company is upping their investment in Paulding in both the short term and long term, said the co-op's President Gary Miller Thursday.

Miller said the first investment will be a 1 Megawatt solar facility to be constructed on the 180+ acres of property the company bought in Paulding near the intersection of Ridge Road and GA 92.

The company, landlocked and squeezed at its present headquarters on Bankhead Highway in Douglasville, plans to move its headquarters to the Paulding location with construction possibly beginning in two to three years.

Miller started his address speaking of the lower electric rates that were recently announced along with notice that the base-rate customers pay was increased to a minimum $25.  One justification Miller made was that those few customers who have opted for solar power installations, were, because of lower power consumption not paying their fair share of the company's overhead investment.

Miller also spoke of the solar electric generating plans of the coop and how customers can participate and share credits for carbon-free electric production.

Miller was also queried about his role as board chairman for Wellstar Health Care system, a role that will end this July when he steps down to become vice-chairman.  He characterized his two years constituted three years of meetings because of the merger and acquisition activities of the health care provider.
 
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