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Torn diary tips SO to resident's sordid history as child molester

13 Oct 2017

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Torn diary tips SO to resident's sordid history as child molester


(Paulding County, GA) In June of 2017 Detective Sergeant Lenny Carr, of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit, met with a complainant who presented whatsprenger.jpg appeared to be a diary created by suspect Timothy Sprenger (W/M, 31 YOA).

Sprenger, who formerly lived in North Dakota, is now a resident of Paulding County, Georgia. After examination of the diary, which had been torn into pieces and taped back together, it appeared that Sprenger had documented multiple incidents of child molestation against children age 6 months to approximately 2 years old.

After further examination of the document, it appeared that these incidents occurred several years ago in North Dakota.

Sergeant Carr was able to identify one of the victims (now age 12) and locate the mother in North Dakota. After verifying that the timeline of the incidents matched up, authorities with the Minot Police Department (North Dakota) were notified.

Detective Krista Cousins identified and located the other victim (now also 12 years old) and the parent who also lives in North Dakota.

Sergeant Carr then interviewed Timothy Sprenger and obtained a full confession of the incidents and also additional acts not listed in the documents. As a result of the interview, Detectives did not obtain any information regarding any incidents possibly occurring in Paulding County or the State of Georgia.

On September 22, 2017 the State of the North Dakota issued criminal warrants including full extradition for one count of Gross Sexual Imposition and one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Sprenger was arrested by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division on the same date. He also waived any extradition proceedings and on October 5, 2017 he was transported back to North Dakota.

Sprenger has been arraigned and is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond in the Ward County Jail (North Dakota).

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Sheriff recognizes deputy and EMT for saving a life on GA 101 last July

11 Oct 2017

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Sheriff recognizes deputy and EMT for saving a life on GA 101 last July

(Paulding County, GA) On Tuesday October 10, 2017 at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Paulding County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Gary Gulledge recognized a Deputy and a citizen for their heroic actions which took place after a serious motor vehicle accident in July.

On July 28, 2017 Deputy Chris Stafford and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Hunter Cunningham had never met. The events that unfolded that day would change that fact forever.

Deputy Stafford, who was off duty at the time, was traveling on GA 101 in the area of Bud Cole Road when he saw a traffic jam and what he assumed was a motor vehicle accident. As he got closer to the scene, he realized that there appeared to be a serious accident and a trailer loaded with hay that was on fire.

Deputy Stafford drove on the wrong side of the roadway to get to the scene so he could try and assist. Once he got there, he met EMT Cunningham, also off duty, who was trying to help the injured male motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist had struck the trailer causing the intense fire and was thrown off of the bike onto the adjacent roadway.

While other citizens watched, Deputy Stafford and EMT Cunningham shielded the motorcyclist from the exploding tires and flames because they could not move him due to what they thought was a serious neck or back injury.

Deputy Stafford and EMT Cunningham, even though they were being burned by the flames, held a shirt over the face and body of the motorcyclist to keep him from inhaling the smoke and being burnt by the flames.

Once EMS and Fire/Rescue arrived on scene they put the fire out and stabilized the patient so he could be transported to an Atlanta area hospital. Medical professionals later stated that if it were not for the quick action taken by Deputy Stafford and EMT Cunningham, the male motorcyclist likely would have died.

Sheriff Gulledge awarded Deputy Stafford with the Medal of Merit and EMT Cunningham with the Citizens Commendation Award for their bravery and relentless will to serve. The Medal of Merit is the second highest award that can be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Gulledge noted, “Men like Chris and Hunter don’t come along everyday, they are heroes and should be recognized as such. I am fortunate that Chris is one of my Deputies and that he is willing to spring into action anytime he is needed. God bless these men and the life that they saved in the face of adversity on that day in July”.
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Donovan promises special grand jury to investigate shooting

06 Oct 2017

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Donovan promises special grand jury to investigate shooting

In a release Paulding DA Dick Donovan said he would empanel a special grand jury to hear evidence in the case of the deputy-involved shooting of an unarmed suspect, Brandon Lee Bohanan (WM, 35), Wednesday.  Beyond stating his plans, Donovan said he would make no comment on the shooting on Township Drive. 

Bohanan,who was sought on two warrants for probation violation, is dead after he barricaded himself and another person in the basement of a Paulding home at 288 Township Drive in Hiram.  Bohanan was shot once by a deputy whom authorities say has been an officer at Paulding for over two years with ten years overall experience in police work.

Deputies were at the residence seeking Lelia Sierra Duncan (W/F,Leila Sierra Duncan, W-F, 27 YOA.jpg 27 YOA) who was wanted for  probation violations associated with methamphetamine and obstruction (M)) and had been reported to be staying at the residence within the last several days.  It was when authorities were at the residence they discovered that Bohanan, also wanted for probation violations, was there. Duncan was not located at the residence and is still at large.

Deputies, who had arrived at 3:22 pm on Oct. 5, ultimately made entry to the basement room where Bohanon had locked himself after use of battering rams at about 4:34 pm.  Authorities on the warrants division said they were aware of the room from more than 100 visits to the residence in the past 13 years.
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After breaching the door in addition to Bohanan deputies discovered Emelia Alys Blehm (W/F, 36 YOA) in the dark basement room. Deputies gave commands for the pair to show their hands and to get on the ground. Blehm immediately complied with Deputies commands and Bohanan, according to the release offered by the PCSO, came toward Deputies in an aggressive manner and would not show them his hands.

It was then that Deputy David Martin, of the Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division, fired one round striking Bohanan and fatally wounded him.

Deputies immediately rendered aid to Bohanan, but they were unable to save him.

Deputies arrested Ms. Blehm for misdemeanor obstruction. Jacob Lee James Barkwell (W/M, 32 YOA), who was also at the residence during the incident, was arrested on unrelated charges.

Bohanan’s body was turned over to the Paulding County Coroner who took him to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

The GBI has been called in to do a complete investigation of the incident and, as stated above, the Paulding DA is promising to convene a special grand jury to hear the case. Deputy Martin is on paid administrative leave until this case is resolved.

Any inquiries regarding the investigation into this incident will need to be made through the GBI Public Affairs Office in Atlanta.
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Paulding County Emergency Management Agency

09 Sep 2017

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Afternoon Update - Hurricane Irma

Folks now is the time to make your final preparations for the storm. We have placed the CodeRed information once again on our Facebook page. If you are not already registered, please take a minute to do so as soon as you get a chance. Paulding County EMA will continue to monitor the situation and try to keep you updated.

Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 3 Storm, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and moving West at 9 mph. Please note that the National Hurricane Center is forecasting the storm to increase in strength again after it leaves Cuba and travels toward Florida.

The current forecast has again shifted to the west and the models are becoming in agreement as we progress through each day and these models are now showing a more west track with the eye of the storm moving north up the Alabama Georgia line. This new forecast track would place all of our area on the “East” or “Dirty” side of the storm. This has also now placed our area in the Highest Risk zone for High Winds, Flooding and Rain Wrapped Tornadoes. Our area is forecast to be in the area where 2-3 inches of rain is possible with locally higher amounts within tropical downpours.

The earliest time of arrival for our area is 0800 hours Monday morning with the most likely time of arrival in our area late Monday afternoon into Monday night extending overnight Monday into Tuesday.

Wind gusts are predicted to be in the 30-40 mph range Monday during the day and increasing to 50 – 60 mph range later Monday and overnight Monday night. The storm should start to move out of our area Tuesday morning and the winds in our area will decrease back to the 30-40 mph range Tuesday.

This is a very dangerous storm situation for our area. The NWS used the following language in their email update earlier today and the track has now shifted further west causing our area to be included in the impacts listed below:
Winds of this magnitude will cause impacts comparable to those of Hurricane Opal in 1995 when wind gusts of 50 to 75 mph occurred in the Atlanta metro area. 
Thousands of trees and power lines will be downed.
Power outages may last over 24 hours.
Travel disruptions and delays due to downed trees may be substantial.

Please continue to monitor the situation and plan accordingly. Additional information will be provided as it is received from the NWS.

 

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Double fatality wreck in 2015 at PCHS gets speeder 20 year sentence

05 Sep 2017

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 Double fatality wreck at PCHS gets speeder 20 year sentence

Sarah Elizabeth Dowdy, W-F, 24 YOA.jpgThe homicide by vehicle case that pointed the finger at Sarah Elizabeth Dowdy, 24, as responsible for the death of a Paulding County High football star has resulted in the woman's conviction and sentencing to 20 years, ten years to serve, today.

On June 17, 2015, three Paulding County young people, Janeal Priester, her brother Joshua Priester and friend Nick Wright, set out from the Priesters’ home in Dallas to visit the Priesters’ mother in the hospital; they drove to the end of Old Villa Rica Road in Dallas Georgia, where it intersected with Highway 61 near Paulding County High School.

As the driver, Janeal, approached Highway 61, and turned on to the roadway, her vehicle was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Sarah Elizabeth Dowdy traveling in excess of seventy-five miles per hour in a 55-MPH zone.

Janeal Priester and Nick Wright were killed and Joshua Priester was seriously injured and immediately hospitalized after being air lifted to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

The case was initially presented to the Paulding Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office as a misdemeanor vehicular homicide. However, after a thorough review of the meticulous report submitted by the Georgia State Patrol, additional examination by the Paulding Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office Investigators, and the re-interviewing of witnesses, an indictment charging two counts of Homicide by Vehicle in the First Degree, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-393(a), speeding, serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving was handed up by the Paulding County Grand Jury on July 13, 2016.

This case was tried before a jury in Paulding Superior Court over a four day period beginning August 28, 2017, by Paulding Judicial Circuit Senior Assistant District Attorney Matthew Rollins. The State called ten witnesses and tendered over 300 exhibits.

The Defendant called only one witness. The jury returned guilty verdicts on all five counts of the indictment on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Sarah Dowdy was sentenced to twenty years, with ten years to be served in confinement.

Miss Dowdy was taken into custody immediately after the verdict was returned. Paulding Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office personnel who worked tirelessly to bring justice to these victims included Senior Assistant District Attorney Matthew Rollins, Janette Cox, Victim-Witness Advocate, and former Senior Assistant District Attorney Luana Nolen, among others according to a release by Dick Donovan,  District Attorney for Paulding's Judicial Circuit
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Youth arrested in Friday's Ivy Brooke Drive shooting in Dallas

24 Aug 2017

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Youth arrested in Friday's Ivy Brooke Drive shooting in Dallas

(Paulding County, GA) On Thursday August 24, 2017 at approximately 12:34 PM Deputies with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Deputy Marshals with the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force took Darnell Isaiah Priester (B/M, 16 YOA) into custody at his mother’s residence at 5361 Brickelberry Way Douglasville, GA 30134 (Douglas County) without incident.

Darnell Isaiah Priester B-M, 16 YOAPriester was arrested on warrants that the Dallas Police Department secured in reference to the homicide that took place on Friday August 18, 2017 at 117 Ivy Brook Drive Dallas, GA (Paulding  County). During that incident, 18 year old Tommy Robinson was fatally shot and killed and 18 year old Timothy Nelson was shot in the leg and is recovering.

Although Priester is a juvenile (16 YOA), he has been charged as an adult and will be housed at the Rome Youth Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

Priester has been charged with one count of felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of aggravated battery.

This case is being investigated and handled by the Dallas Police Department.

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