PRESS RELEASE – Gordon County Sheriff’s Office released the following press release after they were able to apprehend a fugitive with the help of their K9 officer.
At about 8:45 a.m. [Feb. 13], deputy sheriffs responded to a report of a suspicious person on Shepherd Drive off Red Bud Road near Calhoun.
The suspicious man, subsequently identified as one Joshua Turner, age 32, of 227 McConnell Road, Calhoun, fled on foot through a semi-wooded area and reemerged near the football field at Gordon Central High School.
After unlawfully entering an automobile belonging to a school staff member, Turner entered a concession stand structure near the field and barricaded himself within.
An alert school employee directed the deputies to where Turner had hidden himself, and the deputies attempted to convince him to surrender himself.
Turner refused to come outside, so a Sheriff’s K9 was deployed.
The K9 swiftly located and effectively apprehended Turner, who still attempted to resist both the dog and the deputies.
Turner was rapidly brought under control and lodged in the county jail.
At the time he fled from the deputies, Turner was being sought by Calhoun Police for Burglary, Trespassing, and Obstructing Peace Officers.
Deputies filed additional charges of Burglary (2nd Degree), Entering an Auto, and Obstructing Peace Officers in connection with this morning’s events.
Sheriff Ralston thanked the school staff for working closely with the deputies in swiftly resolving this situation.
GORDON COUNTY, Ga.- The Gordon County Clerk of Superior Court Grant Walraven issued a statement warning against a new Jury Scam circulating in Gordon County.
“Citizens are called and told they have missed jury duty and that they have to pay a fine, they have a bench warrant issued or they could be arrested,” stated Walraven.
The scam has used Walraven’s name, as well as local law enforcement officers, and judges. Any questions about jury duty, please call the Clerk of Superior Court’s office at 706-629-9533 or visit
To report the scam contact the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office 706-629-3795 or go to the website https://gordoncounty.org/departments/sheriffs-office/.