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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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Detective Linda Whritenour Receives the “Officer of the Year” Award

27 Jun 2017

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Detective Linda Whritenour Receives the “Officer of the Year” Award

(Paulding County, GA) On June 20, 2017 Detective Linda Whritenour, of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, received the “Officer of the Year” award from the Paulding County Rotary Club at their regularly scheduled meeting. Detective Whritenour was accompanied by Sheriff Gary Gulledge along with her family and supervisors at a luncheon held in her honor.

Detective Whritenour has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 2006 and has been an exemplary Deputy throughout her 11 year career. Currently, Detective Whritenour is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division at the Sheriff’s Office. As a Detective in our Criminal Investigations Division she works all types of cases. Detective Whritenour has been involved with and helped successfully solve many serious crimes that have occurred over the years in our county.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge noted, “Linda is an excellent Detective and works hard every day. She works every case from start to finish without question. I cannot think of anyone that is more deserving of this award for 2017”.

Sheriff Gulledge further stated, “I would also like to personally thank the Paulding County Rotary Club for continually supporting law enforcement in Paulding County. Without the support of philanthropic organizations like the Paulding County Rotary Club, it would be difficult for us to continually do our job”.


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Reservoir progress, airport and adultery discussed at commission work session

24 May 2017

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Reservoir progress, airport and adultery discussed at commission work session

With references to religion, Carol McCloud, a resident of Post One, demanded Post One Commissioner Ron Davis to resign from his post because of what she said was blatant adultery, portions of which were paid for by the county when Davis attended a state convention of county commissioners.  Her remarks which begin at the 32:30 mark in the above video, were part of the county's public participation.

The progress report on the Richland Creek Reservoir, given by Kelly Comstock, begins at the 15:06 minute mark.  Comstock points to progress on areas from the intake on the Etowah River to the dam, reservoir, distribution lines and water treatment facility.  His overall message was that the project was under budget and on-time.

Deena Sanfilippo questioned the costs of 'conflict counsel' - figures she asserted were in the range of $20,000/mo - in suits by the county against the airport authority.  This use of taxpayer funds, she opined, was a waste of money and could be used much more productively.  Her comments to the commissioners in the morning work session can be reviewed at the 38:00 minute mark.

Other news at the meeting included a progress report on the county's Drug diversion court as well as compliments the county received from its citizens for its efficient; even quick, service at the county's tag office.

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