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Athens Sex Trafficking Bust

UPDATE: Corporal Sharlene Questelles with the Athens-Clarke County Jail confirmed that Randy Ash and Mohammed Patel have been released on bond. Joshua Harkins is being held on $20,000 bond with a hold for Habersham County. Harkins was charged with violating his probation according to Amanda Carr of the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office. Harold Williams and Jennings Summerour are being held without bond. According to Leigh Chapman with the Athens-Clarke Magistrate Court, Williams was denied bond after being deemed a flight risk and a risk for further felonies. Chapman says Summerour…

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Game Day attracts investigators to Athens

University of Georgia game days can be considered fun, but they can also be dangerous. This is what drew the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to Athens. As part of Operation Cross Country X, organized by the FBI, the GBI along with the Athens-Clarke County police department attempted to stop child predators who were willing to pay to have sex with a child. Agents arrested five men over a two-day period. Debbie Garner, the GBI special agent who oversaw the operation, said that the decision to come to Athens  had more…

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Bigger lead, bigger reward: New evidence advances case

Athens, Ga- Georgia Bureau Investigation links gun to the shooting scene resulting in the death of Breana Jeree Blackwell, 23.     Even with the gun linked to to scene, ACCPD cannot prove that the 7 suspects were at the scene of the crime. Police are still offering a $10,000 reward for any details regarding the shooting and resulting death of Blackwell. According to a special media release from Athens Clarke County Police Department  on February 1st 2016, Blackwell was shot in a nearby vehicle during a suspected gang-shooting. The 7…

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Missing Man in Oconee County

24 years-old Chad Ruark is still missing nine days. Today his family spoke to the media about it, for the first time. Chad’s brother, Ernie Ruark, says that Chad is not acting like himself at all. He says, “Chad is just not keeping up with his kids, not calling real close family who keep up with him all the time and that’s just not him.” Police have new leads that came in last night. It’s been over one week and police have gone through various measures to ensure Ruark is found safely:…

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Skeletal Remains?

Auburn, GA– Barrow county investigators may soon have the identity of skeletal remains found in Auburn. One Auburn man wants to know if these remains are those of his missing daughter. Daniel Bradley’s daughter has been missing for 6 years. Sergeant Robert Wheeler is there to help Bradley. He hopes to provide closure for Bradley and his family. Wheeler is still waiting on lab results for the bones which are located at the GBI crime lab.

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