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Mark Miller pleads guilty -- account of final day in court

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 Mark Miller listens as the judge cautions him on conditions of his negotiated guilty plea last week in Pickens Superior Court.

 “Economic downturn. Lack of self control. An addiction to money. Stupidity.”

These are the reasons former attorney Mark Miller gave the judge when asked during his sentencing last week why he had stolen over $1 million dollars from his clients, something he admitted to doing during a plea agreement. The plea deal let both the defense and state avoid a trial that both sides previously acknowledged would be difficult and likely to last three weeks or more. Read complete story in our print or e-editions this week.

See Previous coverage 

Miller moved to Cobb jail after he files numerous complaints on local conditions April 2017

Mark Miller arrested for numerous fraud, theft charges -- (no subcription needed) - June 2016

Attorney Mark Miller jailed for contempt of court-- original story (no subscription needed) - June 2016

 

 

SCAM ALERT-- Sheriff Office will never call asking for money

 

Captain Kris Stancil

Public Information Officer 

Pickens Sheriff’s Office

    We have been made aware of a Scam that is taking place around our community. The scam involves individuals calling our citizens and claiming to be an employee of the Sheriff’s Office. They are even using the names of employees that they have been able to access. They are then advising to avoid being arrested, they need to send money. They have even been able to disguise the number they are calling from to match an agency or county number.

 

WE DO NOT CALL INDIVIDUALS AND HAVE THEM PAY MONEY OVER THE PHONE. 

 

If a member of our office ever calls related to an outstanding warrant, the will only advise you to turn yourself in, not to send money to avoid it. Please do not become a victim of this scam. 

 

 

 

GSP retracts crash findings: Motorcycle rider not at fault

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        Craig Wooten, center, after returning home from Grady Memorial Hospital where his leg was amputated. 

 

       The Georgia State Patrol has retracted their original incident report that found a motorcycle driver at fault for a crash that caused him to lose a leg. 

Craig Wooten, 68, was travelling by motorcycle along Pea Ridge Road on June 25th when he was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by Thomas Lynn Marlow, 24, Jasper. 

According to the original GSP report, Wooten was at fault for the crash as he “failed to maintain his lane and struck the left side [of the truck],” but GSP Post Commander Tim Nichols said a second review of the incident found Wooten not at fault. 

Rep. Collins introduces Redemption Act as next step in criminal justice reform

dougcollins“A lot of people look to Washington as the hope of the world, and we need to ask daily how we can be the hope of our communities. The Redemption Act answers part of that question.”

WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today introduced the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, a criminal justice reform bill aimed at lowering recidivism rates among federal offenders.

“A lot of people look to Washington as the hope of the world, and we need to ask daily how we can be the hope of our communities. The Redemption Act answers part of that question.

Sheriff making appointments to identify stolen items

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Pickens Sheriff’s Office / Photo

Hundreds of knives and other items believed to be stolen were seized by sheriff officers last week. The loot now fills a conference room and is stored in trailers at the jail. See  photos of other items on Page 9A in the print or online editions.

 

Like Hoarders mixed with Cops, sheriff’s officers last week hauled more than 1,000 items believed to be stolen, ranging from vehicles to GI Joe dolls, from a wooded Reavis Road home.

Lt. Chris Webb of the Pickens Sheriff’s office said  there’s a chance anything stolen in the past decade is  now at the jail, overflowing a conference room and in two covered trailers out back and they want to get it back to the owners.