East Ellijay Police Officer Arrested. Theft by Taking

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The GBI arrested East Ellijay Police Office Michael McClure at approximately noon today February 14th 2018.  A copy of Booking report and warrant below.  FYN has requested a statement from the GBI and East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan.

Below is a Press Release Statement from East Ellijay Chief of Police, Larry Callahan.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Habersham County, GA

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Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel Issues Antihistamine Medication Warning for Parents and Caregivers

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation

News Release

Contact:  Special Agent in Charge Trebor Randle

404/693-4717

For Immediate Release

July 5, 2017

Decatur, GA – The Georgia Child Fatality Review (GCFR) Panel is issuing a public awareness statement for parents and caregivers to never use antihistamine medications for the sole purpose of making children sleep or calm down. The danger of such misuse is acute diphenhydramine intoxication that can result in rapid heart rate, confusion, hallucinations, convulsions, and even death.

Since 2013, the Georgia Poison Control (GPC) Center has received 940 reports of this condition involving children age 5 and under. In Georgia, four infants have died because of the toxic  effects of diphenhydramine since 2015.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration advises that children under age two not be given any kind of cough and cold product that contains a decongestant or antihistamine, because serious and possibly life- threatening side effects could occur. National polling data has shown that as many as one in five mothers have given such drugs to get through a “big event,” such as a long car ride or plane trip. In some cases, it is dosing errors that cause the acute intoxication of the diphenhydramine. The difference between a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon can mean life or death for an infant.

Not sure which antihistamine is best for your child? Call your doctor or pediatrician. If you think you gave too much medication to your child, immediately contact Poison Control at 1-800- 222-1222 or start a LIVE CHAT with a poison information specialist at www.georgiapoisoncenter.org.

The main purpose of the GCFR Panel is to prevent child deaths. The mission of GCFR is to serve Georgia’s children by promoting more accurate identification and reporting of child fatalities, evaluating the prevalence and circumstances of both child abuse cases and child fatality investigations, and monitoring the implementation and impact of the statewide child injury prevention plan to prevent and reduce incidents of child abuse and fatalities in the state.

The GPC mission is to provide high quality poison center services to healthcare professionals and residents of Georgia. GPC goals are: provide 24-hour- a-day prompt and accurate poison information, educate Georgia residents on poison prevention and first aid, and educate healthcare professionals in the areas of clinical toxicology, poisoning epidemiology, poison prevention, toxicological diagnosis, and care.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation

News Release

Contact:  Nelly Miles – Public Affairs Director

404/270-8330

[email protected]

For Immediate Release

June 27, 2017

GBI Crime Lab Identifies Two New Fentanyl Analogues Cleveland, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab in Cleveland, GA has identified two new fentanyl analogues, acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl. Both of these synthetic opioids had not previously been identified by the GBI Crime Lab. They both can be absorbed through the skin and are considered highly dangerous.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office submitted forensic drug evidence containing these two drugs to the crime lab in March of this year. Acrylfentanyl had been on the GBI’s watchlist for the past few months. Multiple reports in other states indicated that the opioid reversal drug, naloxone, may not be effective if someone overdosed after ingesting acrylfentanyl.

Legislation was introduced this year to outlaw acrylfentanyl in Georgia. The law banning the substance went into effect after passage by the Georgia General Assembly and the Governor’s signature on April 17, 2017. At this time, tetrahydrofuran fentanyl is not covered under GA law.

It is unknown how the human body will react to both drugs since they are not intended for human or veterinary use.

GBI Seeks Help with Identifying Body Found in Banks County.

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GBI Seeks Help with Identifying Body

Commerce, Georgia – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is seeking the public’s help in identifying human remains found near Interstate 85 in Banks County.

On Sunday, February 5, 2017, a skeleton was discovered in a wooded area near New Salem Methodist Church, at 2170 Highway 59, in Commerce.  The body’s location was one mile south of I-85, Exit 154 for Toccoa/SR 63/Martin Bridge Road.  The Banks County Sheriff’s Office requested GBI’s assistance with the investigation.

A forensic anthropological examination estimates the remains to be of an African American/Hispanic female, approximately 30-44 years of age, and approximately 4’9’ to 5’6” in height.  The date of death is estimated to be up to 4 years prior to the time of discovery.

Found among the remains, was a metal ring and a butterfly necklace charm (see attached photographs). Blue, purple, and gray in color fabrics were also collected from the scene. Dental is available for comparison.

Anyone with information concerning the case is asked to call the GBI Athens office at 706-552-2309 or the Banks County Sheriff’s Office at 706-677-2248. Information may also be submitted on-line here.

GBI Crime Lab Testing in Overdoses Related to Counterfeit Pills

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation

News Release

Contact:  Nelly Miles – Public Affairs Director

404/270-8330

[email protected]

For Immediate Release

June 8, 2017

GBI Crime Lab Testing in Overdoses Related to Counterfeit Pills

Decatur, GA – On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab received evidence related to the reported overdoses in the Central Georgia area.  Preliminary results indicate a mixture of two synthetic opioids, with one of the drugs being consistent with a new fentanyl analogue.  This fentanyl analogue has not previously been identified by the GBI Crime Lab.  Due to the nature of the analysis, testing to confirm the full identity of the drug will require additional time.  The GBI Crime Laboratory continues to make the analysis a priority.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Poison Center, hospitals, local, state, and federal partners are working jointly on this investigation.

GBI Announces Recruitment of Forensic Pathology Fellows

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Decatur, GA – On Tuesday, April 11 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Medical Examiner’s Office (GBI ME) after receiving approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), announced the recruitment efforts for two Forensic Pathology fellows.  This announcement was made possible because the Georgia legislature approved funding in the GBI’s FY ’18 budget to host the fellows.  The fellowship opportunity will recur each year and the agency is looking forward to begin staffing new fellows.

A forensic pathology fellow is a licensed medical doctor who has already completed the general pathology training and interested in sub-specializing in forensic pathology.  Approval from ACGME illustrates that the GBI ME’s Office is well respected in the country and a premier provider of service to the community.

This fellowship opportunity will be held in conjunction with Augusta State University and aid in the recruitment and retention of well-trained forensic pathologists to keep the agency up to par with the growing population of the state.  Under direct supervision of board certified forensic pathologists, the fellows will perform autopsies and postmortem examinations to determine cause and manner of death and testify in court when called upon.

The GBI is the perfect location to train future generations of forensic pathologists with the

ME’s office located in a fully accredited lab containing all the forensic disciplines.  The GBI ME’s Office provides complete forensic pathology services to 153 of Georgia’s 159 counties in deaths which qualify as coroner cases under the Georgia Death Investigation Act.  GBI’s Medical Examiner System is comprised of 13 forensic pathologists and 24 death investigation specialists.

 

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North Georgia Drug Task Force and Lavonia Police Department Arrest Tennessee man for Trafficking Methamphetamine

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Lavonia, Georgia – On August 14, 2016, Travis Shelton Courtner, 33 years old, was arrested for trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of Xanax (a schedule IV drug), giving false name and date of birth, and two counts of obstructing of a law enforcement officer.

Lavonia Police Department received a call of a suspicious vehicle with Tennessee license plates on the vehicle that had been running for two hours with no one in the vehicle.

The Lavonia Police Officer arrived on scene and observed a prescription pill lying in plain view inside the vehicle.  The officer encountered Courtner in the roadway who provided them with a false name.  As a result, Courtner was arrested for providing a false name and obstruction.

The North Georgia Drug Task Force was called to the scene and initiated an investigation with the Lavonia Police resulting in the seizure of approximately a 1/2 pound of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $9,000.00.  The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.

The North Georgia Drug Task Force is a Multi-Jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force comprised of the following agencies: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Lavonia Police Department, Elberton Police Department, and Hartwell Police Department. The North Georgia Drug Task Force is supervised by a supervisory agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The GBI Crime Lab Receives Synthetic Opioid Carfentanil

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Decatur, GA – Within the past week, the GBI Crime Lab’s drug identification unit received three cases from separate seizures of the synthetic opioid carfentanil. Carfentanil is a fentanyl analog used as a tranquilizer on large animals such as elephants.

It is purported to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl and suspected of playing a role in hundreds of overdoses in the Midwest part of the country this past month. It can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and very toxic in small quantities. The cases that came in the lab were from the metro Atlanta area and were all suspected to be heroin. As a result of this drug coming into the GBI Crime Lab, lab scientists have enhanced their safety protocols to protect them from the potential dangers.

Some of the changes include wearing a face mask as well as testing any case suspected to contain heroin under a ventilated hood. Officer safety is of grave concern and all officers are strongly encouraged to take extreme caution when handling any suspected opioid.

Carfentanil is not intended for human use and the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan may be effective but only after multiple doses. The public is urged to be aware of the extreme dangers of handling and consuming carfentanil.

GBI Investigating Inmate Death

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Department of Corrections are currently investigating the death of Christopher Verner, 23, an inmate at Appling Integrated Treatment Facility in Baxley, Georgia.  On Friday, August 26, Verner collapsed at the Appling ITF and was ultimately transferred to Savannah Memorial where he died August 27, 2016.  The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office conducted the autopsy and the results are pending.

 

 

 

 

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