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  1. Know that the majority of the people in the United States of America trust that ex-lax aided fart more than they do the liar in chief. You do know that when the out-of-office corrupt Ukrainian Prosecutor demanded that the US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch be moved - This is before the new Ukrainian President was elected on an anti-corruption pledge - because she would punish Ukraine if the corrupt old regime tried to frame Biden was #OURcurrentPRESIDENT taking a bribe. That the corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor couldn't deliver on the goods because of his ouster by the new guy just meant that #OURcurrentPRESIDENT didn't get what his payoff. What is really funny though is this "opinion piece' on FOX NEWS. Here's an excerpt: The issue right now is witnesses and documents. What has been suggested is that #OURcurrentPRESIDENT ordered McConnell to 'wrap this up' before the super bowl because he will be being interviewed on that occasion followed a day or two later by the State of the Union which is where he wants to say he is exonerated. . What you have to know is a 53-47 acquittal will not end this anymore than O.J.'s acquittal of murder was the end of that sordid story. I don't know anyone who can unsee a high crime of this magnitude. PS: If you don't see a high crime in Trumps' self-serving effort to cheat to win the 2020 election, which goes back to the decision to let a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor to have an effective US Ambassador with a reputation for exposing corruption in places like Ukraine get his wish - that she be removed; which happened in May, 2019. PS: I have a feeling that there are many, many more 'illegal' quid pro quo's that will ultimately come out regarding the outrageous corruption of this administration. And it is not a joke!
  2. I first met Bruce when he was a state trooper covering Paulding and I was doing the police beat at the MDJ and later general reporting in Paulding. What Bruce brought to the SO was professionalism. As a former teacher it is a given he was a college graduate and in Paulding of 1987, when the population was closer to 35000 people than today's 160,000 +, the old, old regime was in place and that included a sheriff who had to allegedly cut a few corners because the county wasn't funding a retirement in those days. Yep, this was the time of the county with its sole stoplight and the Walmart is where the Publix and Big Lots is in Dallas. Bruce was elected in 1992 after four rather odd years in which the 'first Republican Sheriff" in Paulding in something like 130 years was ending his first term. That sheriff was playing the Republican game with Newt, who was our congressman at that time, getting him publicized on programs like the "700 Club" etc. I'd come out in early 1989 just after Perry Grogan had become that first Republican Sheriff and was doing some rather strange things that me being a reporter with some cop beat experience, felt was problematic. I mean I didn't want to blow his 'dope' cases so I didn't print that I was left in the meeting room converted to a property room with the evidence in a couple of marijuana cases. I was very uncomfortable being left alone in the room. That didn't end Sheriff Grogan's problems with 'evidence' ... especially after his bail bondsman was caught on tape making a deal for a $5000 payment to secure the release of a person charged with dealing cocaine and later the 'case' against that person was dismissed when the paper bag with the cocaine went missing during the move from the old Jail (Where Helping Hands is now) and the soon to be 'old' jail out off North Industrial. Anyway, Perry did have some accomplishments and was pretty popular amongst the old Paulding Republican Party who had gotten him elected. Most of the county offices were held by Democrats at that time and a good part of the community was still aligned with the Dems ... even Bill Carruth was running for Post commissioner as a Democrat. The local GOP leadership changed dramatically after Bruce won re-election in 1996, beating Perry Grogan in a rematch - although the race was not nearly as close. Seems that Perry was also facing charges of child molestation for some acts he did when sheriff the first time ... but didn't come out. Bruce switched to the GOP after Tom Murphy was defeated in the 2002 election. He was also a big backer of Bill Carruth's run for State Senate when he challenged Bill Heath. That was the last time I saw Bruce. There was one instance, when I think I helped Bruce a lot. I think it was when he was being criticized for mowing his lawn by the Atlanta media (TV) but it may have been after the Silver Comet murder or some other big case. Anyone could tell that Bruce never fancied himself a super-confident public speaker and always seemed just a bit uncomfortable in front of a crowd. Anyway, he had called a press conference where all these folks press, Marietta and Atlanta papers and me up there for Paulding.com ...So, Bruce exits the building and doesn't stop behind the microphones, but sees me in stead and comes over and gives me a hug. I was surprised but proud that I apparently gave him a boost of confidence.
  3. The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of retired Sheriff Bruce Harris. Sheriff Harris passed away surrounded by his family at Kennestone Hospital on Sunday January 12, 2020 at approximately 7:40 PM. Sheriff Bruce Harris was a native Paulding Countian and loved his home and the people of Paulding County. He graduated from West Georgia College in 1969 with a degree in Education. He later returned and earned an add-on degree in Criminal Justice when it became available as a degree program. After he graduated in 1969, he worked as a teacher in the Paulding County School District. In 1975 Sheriff Harris realized his true calling and went to work for the Georgia State Patrol. Sheriff Harris graduated Trooper School in 1976 and eventually came back to work as a Trooper in Paulding County. Sheriff Harris worked for the Georgia State Patrol for nearly 18 years. In 1992, Harris ran for Sheriff of Paulding County and was elected by the citizens. He took over an agency that was in desperate need of professionalism and reform. Sheriff Harris took office as the Sheriff of Paulding County on January 1, 1993. Throughout his career, Sheriff Harris helped modernize the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. One of his first tasks was to create a standard operating procedure when there was not one before. He went on to overcome many obstacles in his career which helped shape the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office into one of the largest and most professional Sheriff’s Offices in the State of Georgia. Sheriff Harris is directly responsible for the creation of the following units/programs/events during his tenure as Sheriff: -S.W.A.T. Team -Crisis Negotiation Team -Honor Guard -K-9 Unit -Youth Services Unit -D.A.R.E. Unit -School Resource Officers -Crimes Against Children Unit -Technical Services Unit (Crime Scene Investigators) -Polygraph Unit -Silver Comet Trail Patrol -Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force (HPDTF) -Training Division -Field Training Officer (FTO) Program -Office of Professional Standards -Public Information Officer -Sheriff’s Office Social Media Pages -DUI Task Force -H.E.A.T. Unit -Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) -Inmate Workforce Unit -Cops for Kids Christmas Shopping Program -Cops for Kids Golf Tournament -Lamar Hunton Memorial Motorcycle Ride for Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes Sheriff Harris served in many different capacities on boards and organizations during his career. He served on several boards within the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association and numerous others both locally and statewide. At the direction of then Speaker of the House Tom Murphy, Sheriff Harris served on the Georgia Board of Public Safety for many years. Sheriff Bruce Harris served as the Sheriff of Paulding County from January 1, 1993 until he retired on December 31, 2008. Harris served four terms (16 years) and is recognized as the longest serving Sheriff in Paulding County history. He was the 47th Sheriff in the county’s 188 year history. Bruce, as he was called by many, was beloved by so many people in Paulding County. He was always available and seemed to listen to his law enforcement radio both day and night. He would show up on a scene regardless of whether it was on a holiday or even in the middle of the night. He was a Sheriff for the people and was an excellent leader. Sheriff Harris’ funeral arrangements are being handled by Clark’s Funeral Home in Hiram, Georgia. He will be laid to rest in the Dallas Memory Gardens Cemetery near his home in downtown Dallas, Georgia. We will never forget the path he paved for those of us at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. He made Paulding County a better place because he was the Sheriff. Sheriff Bruce Harris “01”, will forever be 10-7….10-42.
  4. SG: The new folks eliminated all the personal premium memberships and with it, everyone's maximum storage, image library, etc. was truncated to that of regular members. I doubled the size of store-able content from five to ten megabytes just for convenience sake. I also increased the byte-size of a post from 250kb to 450kb.
  5. The identity of the 65 year old Paulding man who died in a fire last night at his home at 244 Trace Road is being with held pending notification of his next of kin. At 11:04 pm on Tuesday, December 31st, Paulding County Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a residential structure fire located just around the corner from the fire station on Mt. Tabor Road near E. Paulding Drive. The initial 911 call was placed by a neighbor who indicated an elderly male, the only resident, might be at home. Approximately 3 minutes after dispatch a Paulding County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on the scene and reported a fully involved 2-story residence. Paulding Fire units arrived 4 minutes later and began suppression efforts, including an interior fire attack. Engines 3, 8 and 1, Truck 11, Squad 1, Rescue 3 and several command officers responded. During search & rescue operations the roof collapsed, forcing crews out of the home and into defensive suppression mode. The fire was declared under control at approximately midnight. Unfortunately, during overhaul operations, units discovered the body of a 65 year-old male inside the home. As a result, Investigators from Paulding Fire requested assistance from the State of Georgia Fire Marshall’s office which is standard protocol for fires involving fatalities. The cause still under investigation. No personal information for the victim has been released yet pending notification of next-of-kin. For any further information on the investigation please contact the State Fire Marshall’s office at (404) 656-0533.
  6. I started working out here in 1988 at the Neighbor Newspaper. I remember being on the four-lane at 92 when Speaker Tom Murphy opened 278. In 1990 and for almost that entire decade of the 90s half the 00;s, Paulding was one of the nations top ten fastest growing counties in the USA. The real problem with growth since the recession is the understanding that sprawl is not going to be an efficient format for future development, particularly in the area of transportation but also having to do with water, sewer and utilities. Simply stated, the greater the population density, the lower the required investment in infrastructure. Local folks would do well to renew and expand their interest, planning and politicking for alternative forms of commuting. I saw where the entire region is 'rethinking' its road building formula for development. What folks don't realize is that the issue is not just time of the commute. If folks are okay with a one-hour commute (Paulding has one of the longest commutes in Georgia) that could be cut in half if, for instance, there were a monorail system that whisked folks from the Dallas Trailhead to downtown Atlanta in ten minutes at high speed. That would mean homes within walking distance of the monorail station would 'magically' live as close to downtown as those in Buckhead as they would have about the same commute time.
  7. Convicted Sex Offender Arrested on Child Pornography Charges (Paulding County, GA) On November 13, 2019 Detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Investigations Division arrested Richard Wayne Biester on one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) OCGA 16-12-100. Denied bail, Biester remains in jail. Detectives followed up on a CyberTip which was received from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Once search warrants were obtained for Biester’s residence, his person, and all of his electronic devices, Detectives continued their investigation. As a result of the search, Detectives located child pornography as well as corroborating evidence from the original CyberTip that was received from the GBI. Biester was placed under arrest on the scene and subsequently transported to the Paulding County Jail where he is currently being held without bond. Richard Wayne Biester was already a registered Sex Offender as a result of a 1997 conviction for Child Molestation. On December 5, 2019 Biester went in front of Paulding County Magistrate Judge Lisa Baty and his eligibility for bond was denied. If you have any information about this case, or any other case where a child has been victimized, please call our Juvenile Investigations Division at (770) 443-3016.
  8. Just got off the phone with a former biz member whose membership expired in August 2019 ... Given the circumstance, I thought I'd just post their ad flyer gratis. Oh, and Curt, call her again :) gpatton
  9. It was an interesting movie that is the fictional story of a couple of Oklahoma's pioneers; one of which was a lawyer and gun fighter and son of - IRL - Sam Houston of Texas ... and h is wife who was a pioneering newspaper editor in the story. In the original book and movie, the woman's name was Sabra Cravat "Frontier Editor." It was intriguing enough to me personally because I spent 2.5 years in Oklahoma as a writer and newspaper editor first at the Weatherford Daily News and later as editor of the Watonga Republican. Imagine my surprise when reading one of the Internet entries about the movie, this paragraph appeared about whom the author Edna Ferber used as her model for Sabra Cravat. Oh well, with that read the good times just got a little richer :)
  10. I find such talk of banning popular products such as electronic cigarettes (vapes) as overblown efforts on par with the presumed threats to 'take everyone's guns.' There may be some regulation needed but the idea of across the board bans are flights of fantasy by folks like Cuomo designed, imo, to hype sales by instilling the fear that products may disappear. While there is no doubt in my mind that regulation will come, this is more a guerilla marketing effort to hype sales.
  11. According to an article in today's AJC, Rep. Tom Graves has announced he will not be running for re-election to Congress from Georgia's 14th Congressional District. There is some speculation that the congressman may choose to run for one of the two US Senate seats that voters will select next November. Rep. Graves is among a large number of GOP congressmen, now in the minority after the GOP lost the 2018 mid-terms, who have chosen to leave the US House of Representatives.
  12. Domestic Dispute Turns Deadly on Perkins Road (Paulding County, GA) On November 26, 2019 at 6:05 PM Paulding E-911 received a welfare check call from Morris Ezekiel Hix (W/M, 72 YOA). Hix advised that he and his longtime girlfriend, Janet Darlene Osmer (W/F, 52 YOA), had been arguing and that during the argument he may have accidently run over her in the driveway of 283 Perkins Road Dallas, GA 30157. When responders arrived on scene, they located Osmer deceased in the driveway of the residence. Once they began looking into the case and speaking with Hix in more detail, it was determined that the two had an extensive history of domestic violence calls at the residence. As a result of their investigation, Detectives subsequently arrested Hix without incident and charged him with the following offenses: -Murder (F) -Aggravated Assault (F) Hix is currently being held in the Paulding County Jail with no bond. Detective Raybon and Sergeant Foy are conducting the investigation into this case. Detectives are encouraging anyone with any additional information regarding this case to please call (770) 443-3015.
  13. GBI Arrests Paulding County Detective on Child Molestation Charges (Paulding County, GA) On November 25, 2019 the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Region 1 Field Office arrested Detective Steve Edwin Sorrells (W/M, 48 YOA) on child molestation charges. Sorrells was subsequently taken into custody and booked into the Paulding County Jail on the below listed charges: -Child Molestation (F) 2 Counts -Violation of Oath of Office (F) On November 14, 2019 a complainant contacted authorities at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office with allegations that Sorrells had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. Authorities immediately contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and asked them to launch an investigation into the incident. At that point, Sorrells was placed on paid administrative leave and removed from all of his official duties as a Detective. In the morning hours of November 25, 2019 Sorrells came to the Sheriff’s Office to speak with Agents regarding the incident. As a result of that meeting, he was subsequently arrested. As soon as he was arrested, he was terminated as an employee of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Gary Gulledge stated, “I am disgusted that one of our own has been arrested and charged with child molestation. This type of behavior will not be condoned in our office nor in any law enforcement agency in the county. Our focus is on the victims in this case; we want to make sure they get the justice and compassion they deserve.” He further stated, “This incident has tarnished the badge that we all wear so proudly. We will do everything in our power to assist the GBI during this investigation.” Prior to his termination, Sorrells was a Detective in the Juvenile Investigations Division and had been employed with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office since July 16, 2014. Sorrells did not have any history of disciplinary action in his personnel file prior to this incident. Since he was an employee of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office prior to his arrest, Sorrells was transferred to a neighboring agency where he is being held with no bond. This is an active and ongoing investigation that is being conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. If you or someone you know has any information about this case or any others that Sorrells may be involved in, you are encouraged to call the GBI Region 1 Field Office at (706) 624-1424.
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