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Big Marijuana Bust in Habersham and Rabun Counties

On July 25, 2017, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office assisted the Governor’s Task Force/Drug Suppression whose primary role is to eradicate domestic marijuana within the State of Georgia and to gather intelligence relating to its manufacture and cultivation. During this operation, three separate outdoor marijuana grows were located in Habersham and Rabun Counties.

Habersham County authorities executed a search warrant at Jonathan Clark’s residence at 110 Robertson Look Road Clarkesville, Georgia and found nine marijuana plants growing outside and 30 marijuana plants growing inside the residence along with methamphetamine and a handgun. Clark, 38, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Clark absconded from the residence and is wanted for these charges.

Habersham County authorities also found five marijuana plants during a search of Jake Pritchett’s residence at 674 Bear Gap Road, Clarkesville, Georgia. Pritchett, 26, was arrested for manufacturing marijuana and transported to the Habersham County Detention Center.

Rabun County authorities found 9 marijuana plants at Ralph Owens’ residence, 252 Luther Owens Road, Clayton, Georgia. Owens, 57, was charged with manufacturing marijuana and transported to the Rabun County Detention Center.

 The total street value of the marijuana seized was $53,000.

For additional information about Appalachian RDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look for [email protected] on twitter or follow on [email protected] and/or Instagram or contact your local Sheriff’s Office or Police Department.

Update on Tragic boating accident on Lake Blue Ridge resulting in fatality and arrest – Victim’s name released


A serious boating accident on Lake Blue Ridge on Saturday, June 10th 2017 resulted in one fatality, one injury and one arrest. received an update from Mark McKinnon, Public Affairs Officer, Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division at approximately 7pm Sunday the 11th.

Operator, Chad Haase, was towing two persons on a tube behind a ski boat when the tube struck the shoreline. One male subject, David Harvey Payseur III, was pronounced dead by Fannin County Coroner a short time after being brought back to the lake marina area. Another female subject, Deborah Brooks, sustained lacerations to both upper legs. After also being transported by boat to the marina area, and waiting EMS, she was then transported by ambulance to Fannin Regional Hospital, and then to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga Tennessee. The operator of the towing vessel, Chad Haase, was subsequently arrested for BUI. After further investigation, Mr. Haase was charged with Homicide By Vessel in the 1st Degree, Serious Injury by Vessel, BUI (Less Safe), Reckless Operation, and V.G.C.S.A (Possession of Marijuana Less than 1 Oz.)
Deceased victim – David Harvey Payseur III, age 47, of Atlanta, GA
Injured victim – Deborah Brooks, age 48, of Morganton, GA
Vessel Operator (arrested) – Chad Philip Haase, age 44, of Atlanta, GA

This is the arrest report from Fannin County Sheriff’s Office:

Initial post below: has talked with local Fannin County Sheriff’s office and DNR who are actively investigating.  The DNR Law Enforcement Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is on the scene.

The following update was received from Mark McKinnon, Public Affairs Officer, Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division:

At approximately 6:00 p.m. Saturday, DNR Game Wardens responded to a boating incident in Fannin County on Lake Blue Ridge that resulted in one fatality and one injury. Initial observations indicated that the two victims were being towed in a tube behind a vessel when the tube struck the shoreline. The injured victim was transported to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga by air ambulance. The DNR Critical Incident Reconstruction Team, along with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the incident and charges are pending. Upon notification of next of kin, names of those involved will be released.
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