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A Nosy Neighbor Could Keep Your Home Safe

In the past month, fourteen accounts of theft and breaking and entering were reported near Cedar Shoals Drive on the Athens-Clarke County online crime report. One of the most effective and easiest ways to keep your home safe is to know your neighbors, according to Athens Clarke County Police Department Public Information Officer, Epifanio Rodriguez. Athens-Clarke Police reported 85 burglaries since the start of 2017. The neighborhood between Cedar Shoals and Birch Valley Drive has seen an increase in burglaries. Rodriguez said “most of the burglaries are occurring between the…

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Police concerned about rash of daytime burglaries

ATHENS, Ga. — The Athens-Clarke County Police Department said Monday that they’ve seen an increase in burglaries in the area of Lexington Rd. and Gaines School Rd. In a post, the department said that they responded to nine burglaries in the past two weeks in that area, and that those burglaries tend to occur in the daytime hours. They asked that anyone with information call (706) 613-3358 or send them a private message on Facebook. Later this afternoon, Grady Newsource will have more on what you can do to protect yourself,…

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Local Police Department Becoming More Transparent with Community

If you call the Athens-Clarke County Police Department today during regular business hours, you can get your questions answered by Epifanio Rodriguez, the Public Information Officer. Up until recently, you might not have received that help. When R. Scott Freeman became Chief of Police in Athens-Clarke County in July of 2015, there was no full-time Public Information Officer (PIO). The department had a Public Information Aid working part-time helping to route incoming media requests and provide updates to the community. “During my assessment of the ACCPD during my initial 100…

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Georgia’s Age Limit on Talking on the Phone While Driving

As of 10:35, the leading answer on the Grady Newsource Twitter poll was 21 years old… That’s incorrect! Epifanio Rodriguez, the public information officer of Athens Clarke County Police Department, says all drivers in Georgia under the age of 18 cannot use a phone in the car at all. Drivers over the age of 18 are allowed to dial and receive phone calls while driving. The Georgia law restricting 18+ year olds prohibits “any text-based communication” – not limited to text messages. Legal exceptions can be made if drivers are…

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Athens in Harmony

The first annual Athens in Harmony event took place at the Foundry last night. It was a night of music aimed at bringing the community together, breaking racial barriers, and promoting community policing. The event was the brain-child of Pat Priest and hosted by Athens-Clark County Police Chief Scott Freeman and local activist Mokah Jasmine Johnson. The show consisted of duets performed by artists of different races. Most artists met for the first time to prepare specifically for this event. Songs included: Lean on Me by Bill Withers, One Love…

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Police and political parties together for panel

ATHENS, Ga. — On Wednesday night, the police, the local NAACP and the Athens-Clarke County Police Department will discuss issues of police, race and deadly force. For Amber Webb, chairman of the UGA College Republicans, this is an important event. “Let’s try and find a solution for this because it’s a partisan issue and it really shouldn’t be,” Webb said. The Athens-Clarke County Police Department was looking forward to the event, too. “We want people to see us as part of this community… As a resource to help improve this…

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BREAKING: Police Identify Suspect In Hit and Run

  Update on Sept. 29 at 1:00 p.m. ATHENS, Ga– Athens Police have identified a suspect in Saturday’s hit and run accident. Manuel Perez  is wanted for Homicide by Motor Vehicle, Hit and Run and Driving with No License. Arrest warrants have been secured for his arrest. Please contact the Athens Clarke County Police Traffic office with any information. Update on Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. ATHENS, Ga. — Police say that two separate tips led them to a vehicle that they suspect hit and killed a person on the Inner…

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UGA Police officer retract previous sexual assault allegations

University of Georgia’s Police Department issued additional information about the attempted abduction, sexual assault and rape incident that was issued on September 13, 2016. It was determined that the information that was relayed to the anonymous data form about the assault was incorrect. The victim stated that as she was walking on the sidewalk that connects Brumby, Russell and Creswell Halls, when she was approached from behind by an unknown male. University of Georgia’s Police Department now concludes that there is no threat to the community or said individuals. University of Georgia’s Police…

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Police Release Surveillance Video of Armed Robbery in Athens

Athens, GA– Athens Clarke County Police department wants you to follow this downtown surveillance carefully. The night of April 21st started as a quiet Downtown Athens night, until an unknown person robbed an apartment above Branded Butcher on N. Lumpkin Street. This is a break into the armed robbery that happened last week, but the police need your helping identifying who the call “Persons of Interest.” Since the video is slightly blurry, we slowed down the video and zoomed  into one of the individuals. It appears that an African-American female…

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Got Drugs? The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office can help

Xanax… Ativan… Adderall… Got Drugs? The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will host the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30, 2016 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This annual event is set for anyone to drop-off any unused or expired medications that needs to be disposed of. The location where you can drop-off medication is: 555 Stan Evans Drive Jefferson, Ga. 30549 FIVE facts about prescription medications: ■ Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. ■ Pharmaceutical drugs can be…

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Deputy Involved Shooting in Oconee County

                – 38 year old John Martin The GBI is investigating a deputy involved shooting in Oconee County. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Department says one of its officers shot 38 year old family violence suspect John Martin around 10 PM last night. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a domestic call on Dials Mill Spur, in which a woman was assaulted. The unidentified man pulled a gun on the three deputies after locking himself in a bedroom. Corporal Adam Thrower fired first, hitting…

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Barrow County Drug Training Starts Tomorrow

Heroin, meth, cocaine, and oxy…These are some of the household names of the most common drugs that cause death from overdose. Now local police officers will be able to take advantage of another drug, to help prevent overdose. Naloxone is the life saving medication used to treat narcotics overdose in emergency situations. The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and Winder Police Department are about to become a lot more familiar with Naloxone, through the introduction of Project DAN. The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation sponsors Project DAN, or Deaths Avoided by Naloxone….

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