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Another dumb teen, this one in Hiram, makes felonious threat

02 Mar 2018

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Hiram High School Student Arrested for Making Threats

(Paulding County, GA) Hiram High School Student Layla Deshaun Njie (B/F, 17 YOA), a junior, was arrested and charged with Terroristic Threats (Felony)  This is the third, possibly fourth arrest of local youths who apparently thought it cute to write threats of shootings on walls, out loud and on social media.

This particular came to light when Deputies were speaking with  students about a threat on social media when they were alerted of a possible school shooting threat that was made on a Paulding County school bus on Wednesday February 28, 2018 during the afternoon ride home.

Deputies, working in conjunction with Paulding County School District administrators, obtained the video from the school bus and confirmed that a female student stated multiple times that she would “shoot up the school” using some expletives and other inappropriate language.

The threatening messages reported on social media account regarding a school shooting that was investigated at Hiram were determined to pertain to an incident that took place in Polk County  on Thursday March 1.  Polk County Schools were placed on lock down for a threat. Once it was determined that these posts were not threats against a school, they were removed from the social media platform they were posted on. 

Authorities are disturbed at the number of incidents, none of which can be ignored.

As we have been saying all week, if a student makes a threat and we can prove its validity, we will make an arrest and charge that student with the corresponding crime, said PCSO spokesman Ashley Henson.  Parents, please have a serious and candid discussion with your children about the severity of making these kinds of threats whether they are made in a joking manner or not. Making threats to harm students at a school is NOT A JOKE.

Since the individual in this case is 17 years old, we would like to make a point of clarification to our citizens about juveniles and how they are charged with criminal offenses in the State of Georgia, Henson said in a release. In the State of Georgia a juvenile is considered to be anyone under the age of 18. However, and this is something that most people do not understand; an individual can be considered to be both an adult and a juvenile at 17 years old.

If a 17 year old commits an offense that would warrant them going to an adult jail, they are charged as an adult and go to an adult jail. That also means that their mugshot or booking photograph along with their charges are subject to the Georgia Open Records Act and are open for the Sheriff’s Office to release or anyone from the public to access this information. *

If a 17 year old commits a “status offense” they would be subjected to the penalities and sentences of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and the Juvenile Court System. Some examples of status offenses are runaway, truancy, disorderly.

*Paulding.com has chosen not to publish the photos of the teens charged in these cases

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NPHS and Hiram students charged over fake school shooting incidents

28 Feb 2018

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Felony charges filed in incidents
Students find prank threats no laughing matter ... for them

Paulding County deputies have arrested two teens, one a 17-year old junior at North Paulding High and the other a 16-year old girl at Hiram High for making false reports regarding school shooting threats.

In the North Paulding High incident Wednesday, the student called E-911 with a report that a student was attempting to enter classrooms with a gun. E-911 put out the call and multiple deputies responded to NPHS and quickly located the female student who sent the messages. Upon furhter investigation the deputities determined the entire incident was a hoax.  No one at NPHS had a gun at the school, the release stated. 

The student, identified as Ava Nicole Paige Casteel is at the Paulding County Detention Center charged with felony false statements, felony creating a false public alarm, disruption of a public school and making a false report of a crime; the latter two being misdemeanors.

Authorities said the 17 year old girl was not believed to be responsible for a threat reported written on a bathroom wall at NPHS Tuesday. The investigation into the person responsible for that incident continues.

A similar incident - a shooting threat written on a bathroom wall - was reported at Hiram on Monday.  Deputies identified the student responsible, a 16-year old juvenile was found responsible for writing the threats and the student, a girl, was arrested and detained at the Rome Regional Youth Detention Center.  The girl is charged with felony terroristic threats and criminal interference with government property, also a felony.

"Our country is in a state of turmoil with school shootings and school shoooting threats," said Paulding Sheriff Gary Gulledge. "Our students need to understand that if a threat is made, whether it is written on a wall, a desk, or published and shared on social media, we will arrest and prosecute those students to the fullest extent of the law.  This type of criminal behavior has to stop today!"


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Early morning fire devastates Greystone Subdivision - dozen homes damaged

18 Feb 2018

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Above is a video of the intensity of the fire taken by a PCSO deputy and provided to the press.

Authorities now report four homes totally destroyed, two home with major damage, 14 additional homes suffered varying degrees of heat/smoke damage.  One minor injury, presumably a sprained ankle, was reported by a homeowner and no fire department personnel were injured. The Red Cross has an ongoing disaster operation and is currently providing aid to three families.   

Early morning fire devastates Greystone Subdivision, damaging and destroying 13 homes on Rosemont Court

Paulding County Fire and Rescue (PCF&R) reports that at least four homes have been destroyed, two others severely damaged and at least seven other homes damaged by the intense heat and flames from an early morning fire on Rosemont Court in Hiram.

Rosemont Court is the road furthest from Bill Carruth Parkway in the Greystone subdivision located south of the New Paulding Hospital on Bill Carruth just north of the Paulding Movie Studio.

Lt. Steve Mapes of the PCF&R said crews are still operating on the scene and no cause for the first has been determined.  Mapes said more information will be forthcoming but made no comment regarding injuries.




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Missing homeschooled teen found

13 Feb 2018

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Isaiah Robles, age 14Homeschooled teen missing

Isaiah Robles (14 YOA, B/M) left his residence voluntarily around 5:00 PM on 02/12/18 after he had an argument with his father.  His father called and reported him missing/runaway at 5:27 AM on 02/13/18. 

We do not have any information that would indicate where he is located.  We also do not have any information that would indicate that he is in any danger.  We do know that when he left his residence, he left with clothing and other personal items.  He has a cell phone
that only works when he has Wi-Fi capabilities.  From what we have gathered, the teen spoke with his mother (who lives out of state) sometime during the night on his Wi-Fi capable cell phone.   

 We also know that he has only lived in Paulding County for approximately one month so he does not have many friends here.  We have confirmed that Robles does not attend school in the Paulding County School District as he is home schooled. 

Robles was last seen leaving 63 Hemlock Court Dallas, GA 30157 which is in the Emerald Pines Subdivision off of Davis Mill Road North in southern Paulding County.  

Robles is five foot ten inches tall and weighs 280lbs.  As he took a selection of clothes with him, it is unknown how he is dressed.

Obviously, if you see him, tell him to go home.


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Sgt. Lackey retires after 29 years at PCSO

22 Jan 2018

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Sgt. Lackey retires after 29 years at PCSO
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On Friday January 19, 2018 a retirement reception was held in honor of Sergeant Ed Lackey in the Sheriff’s Office conference room where he was surrounded by his friends, family, and coworkers.

Sergeant Lackey began his career in law enforcement with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office on May 31, 1988 and officially retired on December 18, 2017.

When he began his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Lackey started out as a Jailer in the Detention Center. After a short time in the Detention Center he was transferred to the Patrol Division where he became a P.O.S.T. certified Deputy. Sergeant Lackey quickly became proficient as a patrol Deputy and was tasked as one of the first two DUI Task Force Deputies at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergeant Lackey was later promoted to Sergeant and eventually transferred to the Warrants/Civil Division where he spent the majority of his career. Sergeant Lackey began on the Warrants side of the division, but eventually transferred over to the Civil side. Sergeant Lackey is considered by his peers to be one of the most knowledgeable Deputies on Civil Process at the Sheriff’s Office.

Throughout his career he has served thousands of Writ of Possessions, Fiera Facias, Subpoenas, and various other civil papers. Sergeant Lackey will be missed by his coworkers and the citizens he encountered every day.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge stated, “Ed is someone that will be difficult to replace. His experience in the Warrants/Civil Division has been vital to the continued success of that division. We are going to deeply miss him; however we wish him the best of luck on his much deserved retirement.”

Sergeant Lackey’s law enforcement career has spanned over 29 years. During his tenure as a law enforcement officer, he has seen many changes in the profession. We want to wish Sergeant Lackey a happy and relaxing retirement. Now he will have plenty of time to enjoy life and spend time with his family.

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Rock throwing teen arrested

02 Jan 2018

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Rock throwing teen arrested

Mackinely Graham PrichardEighteen year old Mackinely Graham Pritchard was arrested in conjunction with three recent incidents of rocks being thrown and damaging cars.  Pritchard, of Dallas, Georgia was arrested on December 28, 2017 and charged with three (3) counts of Terroristic Threats/Acts (F).  While these most recent incidents did not involve injuries, other youths doing similar things in other jurisdictions, have been charged with crimes including assault and murder.

The Sheriff's office has been investigating similar incidents over the past few months where one or more individuals  have thrown rocks, bricks, and other objects at cars while they were traveling on GA SR 61 South (Villa Rica Highway) between Winndale Road and Campground School Road.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge noted, “This type of senseless lawlessness will not be tolerated in Paulding County. I commend our Deputies and Detectives for their hard work in putting this individual behind bars. Hopefully our citizens can travel down GA SR 61 South with a better sense of security now that Pritchard is in jail.”

Pritchard is being housed in the Paulding County Jail on an $8,450 bond. Although Pritchard has been arrested, the Criminal Investigations Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office would still like to encourage anyone who may have any information about this case to come forward.

The cases were sporadic in frequency but the incidents were all in the same corridor of GA SR 61 South.

The break in the case occurred on December 22, 2017, when three more vehicles were struck by objects resulting in damage to each vehicle prompting a call to Paulding E-911 on December 23, 2017 reporting suspicious persons in the area.  Deputies with the Uniform Patrol Division located three suspicious individuals in the area of GA SR 61 South and Mustang Drive that evening.

As a result of that field interview with the three individuals, a suspect was generated. On December 28, 2017 the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the public via our Social Media pages requesting assistance in this case. We asked any motorist who was traveling in the area of GA SR 61 South and Mustang Drive on December 23, 2017 between the hours of 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM to give us a call if they saw anything or anyone suspicious.

Various units in the Sheriff's Department cooperated including Criminal Investigations Division, the Juvenile Investigations Division, and the Uniform Patrol Division and a suspect identified.  Deputies were able to secure warrants and make an arrest in the case. 

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