BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Residents of Union County have expressed an outpouring of support over the tragic death of Alondra Gonzalez, 17, after her one-vehicle wreck on US Hwy 129 Nand .4 miles from Ga 180.
Gonzalez worked at Nani’s Restaurant and originally from Puerto Rico; she wanted to eventually join the Air Force.
When reached for comment the owner of Nani’s Marife Arrazcaeta, said of Gonzalez:
“She was an exceptional human being, beautiful, smart, bubbly, smiley, and always happy. Working since she was 14, she was hardworking, study to get into the Air Force. Friendly with everyone, including our customers. She touched our lives in the year and half that she worked with us. Her mother is a single parent, and Alondra helps her with everything in the house. She left a void in our hearts, and she will be deeply missed. God, we have another Angel in heaven watching over us.”
Hundreds of individuals reached out to Arrazcaeta over social media, expressing how much they loved Gonzalez at Nani’s.
“So very sorry to hear this, she was a very friendly and beautiful soul. Prayers for all her friends and family to be comforted,” commented one patron.
“She was my favorite waitress; she always gave good recommendations and had a bubbly personality. I’m sad to hear this. Much love to her family. Stay strong,” said another.
The wreck occurred around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) report stated that the vehicle, a blue Toyota Scion, lost control while negotiating a right curve. The car rotated counterclockwise, moved across all lanes, and traveled approximately 193.7 feet. It then continued to move another estimated 96.3 feet off the west side of the roadway and overturned on the passenger side before hitting the first tree.
After impact, the vehicle traveled another approximate 21 feet, rotated clockwise, and overturned on the driver’s side before stopping against two trees.
Witnesses at the scene reported, to GSP Trooper SFC Ensley, that the car was traveling at a high rate of speed while moving through the curve. He arrived on the scene at 7:38 p.m. after receiving the dispatch call at 7:05 p.m. Union County Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded to the scene of the accident.
Union County EMS arrived at 7:16 p.m. The initial notification call went out at 7:01 p.m. Gonzalez’s injuries were determined fatal on the scene. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the wreck.
Nani’s will open again on Thursday, and a memorial will take place within a few weeks. The owners have established a fund to help cover Gonzalez’s funeral costs. They ask for checks to be made out to Cochran’s Funeral Home and ask for Arrazcaeta if leaving donations at the restaurant.
BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Charges listed for a male suspect arrested after high-speed chase include four felony counts and six misdemeanors.
Jeremy Ursel Folds, the driver of the stolen 2018 black Toyota Corolla, sped through Union County and Blairsville on Tuesday, Nov. 19 before being apprehended in the Seasons Inn Motel parking lot.
He’s charged with four felony counts: possession of methamphetamine, tampering of evidence, theft by receiving stolen property, and fleeing or attempting to illude an officer; as well as six misdemeanor counts: possession of drug-related objects, DUI- marijuana or controlled substance, driving while license suspended/revoked, obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, reckless driving, and aggressive driving.
The bond for Folds is set at $57,826.00.
Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) chased the stolen vehicle across the county before capturing Folds at Seasons Inn with assistance from Blairsville Police Department (BPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP).
Union County Sheriff’s Lt. Shawn Dyer spotted the vehicle near the Lumpkin/Union County Line and realized it matched the description of one wanted in several jurisdictions.
Folds reportedly stole the vehicle in Union County (Fulton County) with a chase originally beginning there, but law enforcement ended pursuit until Dyer picked it back up.
Dyer began pursuit of the Corolla on Hwy. 129 toward Blairsville. Once entering the city, Folds turned left from Cleveland St. and proceeded to go the wrong way around the square before entering Seasons Inn Plaza.
Patrol cars followed Folds into Seasons Inn Plaza, and GSP entered a pit maneuver to end the high-speed chase.
No one was hurt in the incident, but Dyer’s and a GSP car were damaged.
UCSO took Folds into custody on charges in other counties. His expected charges in other jurisdictions could include vehicle theft and aggravated assault. GSP will also issue charges against Folds.
This story is developing, please stick with Fetch Your News and more information comes in.
Blairsville, Ga – M.A.D.D., the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and the Georgia State Patrol are having a campaign to ensure there are no empty seats for Union County’s upcoming graduation.
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BLAISVILLE, Ga. – Annexation of the Conley property off of Pat Haralson Memorial Drive was approved and Sheriff Mack Mason was recognized during the Blairsville City Council meeting Tuesday, April 3.
Last month, annexation was delayed when Daniel Davenport, owner of a 1.47-acre tract of land within the annexation route, requested access to city utilities before annexation of his property took place.
In this month’s meeting, City Attorney David Barrett explained Davenport had sold his tract of land to the developers of the Conley property clearing the way for annexation. Also falling in line with the annexation is Butternut Creek Golf Course. Mayor Jim Conley explained a 50-foot wide easement of land running through the golf course from the current city limits would connect the Conley property contiguously in the annexation process.
On hand for the meeting was the developer of the property, David Brown. When asked about the urgency of the annexation by Barrett, Brown stated, “We need to be annexed tonight.”
Brown also explained the development on the property is for approximately 70 proposed apartment units that will be marketed to seniors. The council approved the annexation unanimously.
The council also approved the purchase of a 4×2 Gator utility vehicle from Nelson Tractor in the amount of $5,525. The vehicle, according to Conley, will be used primarily by the Street and Maintenance department to carry gardening supplies and equipment. Funding for the purchase will come from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds.
Jody Cook, wastewater supervisor, told the council it has been determined a faulty tank valve at the Aviagen Hatchery located near the Colwell Detention Center was the main contributing factor leading to increased levels of chemical oxygen demand (COD) at the wastewater treatment plant. In February, Cook first reported pollutants running from the Aviagen facility into the sewer system were causing increased COD levels at the plant. Cook stated Aviagen was working to resolve the issue.
At the end of the meeting, Mayor Conley took time to recognize Union County Sheriff Mack Mason for his department’s continued efforts as well as cooperation and assistance with the Blairsville City Police Department.
“I personally would just like to say I appreciate the cooperation that the police department and the sheriff’s office has,” Conley told Mason. “As you very well know, we’ve never had that in the past.”
Mason responded by describing the level of cooperation between the two agencies as a “unique deal … one that I don’t know of that exists anywhere in the state of Georgia.”
Mason continued to say the state, in recent years, has “regressed” both in the number of Georgia State Patrol troopers and in the number of Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agents, leaving more of a burden to the local law enforcement agencies.
“I’m not knocking the troopers,” Mason explained. “I’m knocking the legislators because they’ve let us get in this shape … It’s an undisputed fact that 95 percent of arrests in the state of Georgia are made by the city and county officers.”
Speaking of the working coordination between the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Blairsville Police Department, in which several officers work full-time for one agency and part-time for the other, Mason said, “I appreciate the relationship that I’ve had with you all.”
Following this, Conley proposed a $1 per hour raise for all part-time officers in the Blairsville Police Department. The raise was approved unanimously by the council.
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DALTON, Ga. – The Dalton Police Department is on scene at Dalton High School where shots have been fired.
Dalton Police report that no student was injured by the shooting and all students are out of harm’s way. They also report the subject, a teacher, has been taken into custody.
The subject had barricaded themselves into a classroom earlier today before firing a weapon. Local police and Georgia State Patrol responded to the initial call. Concerning those reports that have come about a student injured during the evacuation, the Dalton Police were adamant that no student was injured by the shooting.
Police are also asking parents to NOT go to Dalton High School as they say, “The area inside the school has been evacuated and there are no students believed to be in the school at this time.”
The evacuated students have been taken to the Northwest Georgia Trade Center where police report parents should go for their children.
Our interview Friday with Speaker of The House David Ralston focused on rural Georgia. Ralston went into detail about the new Rural Georgia Economic Council. This council will be co-chaired by (R) Terry England from Auburn, (R) Jay Powell from Camilla and Vice Chair (R) Sam Watson from Moultry. The council will be holding meetings across Georgia to hear from elected officials, local businesses and citizens about how they feel rural Georgia economy can best be improved. Ralston said jokingly that he better not find out that one meeting took place in Atlanta.
Health care is a major concern in rural Georgia. Several hospitals have closed in rural Georgia areas including one in Ralston’s district in North Georgia. We spoke to Ralston abut one possible solution to meet rural Georgia health care needs. Ralston used the example of the first stand alone emergency room, opened by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Gilmer county. In this interview we asked Ralston if Gilmer county still had the possibility of having a full hospital.
Ralston told us that sometime within the next month Governor Nathan Deal would be visiting Gilmer county’s Fire Station 1 to sign the fire fighter’s workmen’s compensation bill. We asked Ralston the difference in this years campus carry bill opposed to last year’s bill which Governor Deal vetoed. Not being able to speak for the Governor, Ralston said he felt they made the changes necessary to get Deal to sign the bill. We also discussed the pay raises agreed upon in the 2017 legislative session for teachers, state law enforcement, and D.F.C.S workers.
Our final question in our interview friday: Speaker Ralston do you see the governor’s mansion in your future?