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Traffic Caution

Washington Rd near Stevens Grove Church Rd is blocked at this time due to an accident.

Traffic Alert

Comer Road Closed
Hargrove Lake Rd at Yancey Rd is back open at this time. Please drive carefully.

Missing Person

REF: AARON, RONALD LYNN DOB: 19480629 W/M BROWN EYES, GRAY HAIR

SUBJECT WAS LAST SEEN ON 1-16-2020 @ 7:15 AM, POSSIBLY WEARING BLUE JEAN OVERALLS HE MAY BE DRIVING A 2016 TOYOTA TACOMA BLUE IN COLOR TAG# EAF760 HE HAS HUNTING PROPERTY IN OGLETHORPE COUNTY AND WILKES COUNTY HE ALSO HAS FRIENDS IN ELBERT COUNTY AND OCONEE COUNTY. PLEASE HOLD AND NOTIFY OGLETHORPE CO SO (706) 743-8101 EXT. 3

Traffic caution

Please be advised there is a traffic stop on Athens Rd @ Yancey Rd. Please use caution and drive safely.

Christmas Parade & Traffic

The Christmas in Oglethorpe and Parade is today in Lexington. We expect the rain to clear out. Parade participants line up around 11:15 at Meson Park in the following order after the Parade Marshall: large vehicles, floats, walkers, dancers, and small animals on leashes, followed by Santa and the beautiful horses. The participants will be placed in order starting at the corner of Upson Street and Church Street , down Church Street towards Meson Park.

The parade route will be:
Left on Upson Street to Hwy 78
Left on Hwy 78 through downtown Lexington to Meson Street
Left on Meson
End of route

The parade starts at 12 noon.

There will be vendors around the courthouse, a train and bouncy house for kids. You can also bring the kids or kids at heart out to see Santa!

ROAD CLOSURES
The road between the Courthouse and Pinnacle Bank will be coned off at 8 am until mid-afternoon for vendors. You will still have access to the drive through and parking lot of the bank.

Highway 78 will be closed between Upson Street and Academy Street during the parade. That should be approximately 12 noon until around 12:20 PM. You should be able to detour around by either using Elberton Road to Fairground Road or using Academy Street to Church Street. If you use Church Street you may be behind the end of the parade until they turn on Upson. So be aware and plan accordingly.

Old Edwards Road Lost Dog

Our deputies found a dog in the Old Edwards Road area this morning. She is very friendly and loving. If you know where this dog got lost from, please call 706-743-8101, ext. 3.

Treasurer Arrested

On October 30, 2019, the Treasurer for the Oglethorpe County Athletic Booster Club was arrested for Theft by Taking.

The Oglethorpe County Athletic Booster Club President contacted the Sheriff’s Office in reference to some concerns over activity in their bank account. After an investigation a finding of facts and the time line of events were as follows:

On October 17, 2019 the Bank that keeps the accounts for the Athletic Booster Club contacted the president in reference to an email they received that was purported to be from her. She went to the bank and found an email asking the bank to pay off a loan taken out by one of the officers. The president had no knowledge of this loan and did not authorize payment of it. She looked at the bank statement and found there was only $71. According to their most recent financial statement rendered at their last meeting there should have been over $50,000.

The president pulled paper bank statements going back a number of years and met with the Athletic Booster Board Members to go through the statements. They found hundreds of unauthorized payments to credit cards, bank loans, car payments spa days and many others that were made by the current treasurer of the club Tiffany Gomes. The preliminary total of missing funds from the Athletic Boosters account was around $127,795.26 from February 1, 2017 to October 16, 2019.

The Athletic Booster Board members met with the Sheriff on October 22 to report what they have discovered. The Sheriff contacted the GBI to assist with the investigation due to the sheer volume of transactions involved.

On October 24 the GBI met with Tiffany Gomes about the financial transactions and her appropriating money from the Athletic Booster account for her own use. To her credit she owned up to all of it.

Some additional investigation was done and a warrant was signed for Theft by Taking on October 30, 2019. Tiffany Gomes turned herself in today, November 4th and is currently out on bond.

The case is still being investigated and additional charges will be made when this goes to court.

There are a number of people who are victims in this incident. Tiffany’s ex-husband and children did not know this was going on at all. The Athletic Booster Board and members have been betrayed and the money they worked hard to raise was pilfered for personal gain of an individual who had no right to it. The Athletic Board has conferred with the Sheriff’s Office in ways to put in checks and balances as well as oversights to prevent this from ever occurring again.

But ultimately the biggest victims in all of this is the children of Oglethorpe County who needs those funds to pay for uniforms, equipment, upgrades to the athletic fields and pay for travel for those kids who have earned the privilege to represent our community in competitions.

Justice will eventually be served in this incident and Tiffany Gomes will have her day in court. However in the short run hopefully the community can come together to help pay for the items needed by the children of our community.

Trick or Treat

Oglethorpe Children’s Academy caught us playing trick or treat on Halloween. We couldn’t resist. We had a great time!

There were lots of scary ghouls, goblins, witches, and firefighters out and about.

Be sure to check out all of the great costumes in OCA’s photos at https://www.facebook.com/OCA.OCAcademy/.

Hutchins Road Area Lost Dog

Our deputies found a dog in the Hutchins Road area this morning. He is very friendly and loving. If you know where this dog got lost from, please call 706-743-8101, ext. 3.

Aspire Brightens Our Day

Mrs. Boswell and her Aspire after school class inspire us. The kids wanted to give cards and donuts to the employees at the Sheriff’s Office. They brought them to the Sheriff’s Office today.

Thank you very much for the great cards and treats, and for your support!

The cards will he posted by the coffee maker to ensure the deputies see them. Mrs. Boswell and her students remind us who we do this job for: the kids and our community.