Calhoun Police Department continue to investigate an armed robbery at The Dollar Tree.
According to a press release, a black man entered the store and brandished a black handgun. The suspect made threats to the employee’s and forced them into the office. While there, he took the employee’s telephones and destroyed the telephone line within the store. The incident happened around 6:57 p.m. at 122 W.C. Bryant Parkway.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’5 in height,
medium build, short hair with curls on the side. He was wearing a gray hoodie, black jeans and his face covered with a face mask. The suspect left the area, walking west on W.C. Bryant Parkway.
The suspect may possibly be accompanied by a white female that was driving ared pickup truck.
If anyone has information on this incident or on the identity of the suspect,
contact Detective Kevin Sutton at (706) 602-5182.
Information received by the Calhoun police Department is held strictly
The Calhoun City Council approved Felker Construction Company for building the new Calhoun Police Department station, vehicle service building, and a new recreation parks maintenance building. Felker Construction had the lowest bid at $4,802,490 out of 11 total bids. Funding for the project will come from the 2018 SPLOST funds.
The new police station would be 13,700 square feet, allowing patrol and investigations to be housed in the same building. It will also feature an indoor/outdoor kennel for the K-9 unit.
“We’ve never had that before,” said Worley. Worley commended Calhoun Police Chief Tony Pyle and Major Randy Gallman for working well with the city to ensure the needs of the department were met.
Worley said the current maintenance center at the Calhoun Recreation Department would be demolished and much needed basketball courts built. The maintenance building and the wash bay would be located at Recreation Drive and McDaniel Station Road.
Early voting began Monday and will continue through Friday, October 30. The 2020 Presidential election is Tuesday, November 3.
“If you haven’t been to Piedmont Street, when I went by there, the line was out the door to the parking garage,” Palmer said.
The City of Calhoun was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Andrea Bramlett, director of finance, received the individual award of Financial Reporting Achievement for her work with making the city eligible for the certificate.
Mayor Pro-Tem George Crowley updated the council on business related to electric department, specifically telling the council that the city had sent one team from its electric department to Abbeville, Louisiana to assist with power outages caused by Hurricane Delta.
“The city of Abbeville requested them, so they are apparently doing a good job,” Crowley said.
Councilman Al Edwards updated the council on construction of the new Calhoun City Schools Early Learning Center which will be built at 380 Barrett Road. The site is former site of Calhoun City Schools Pre-K and Eastside School, which was demolished recently.
“It will take about two years to finish the project,” Edwards said.
Edwards also told the council that the Calhoun Police Department charged five people with driving under the influence.
“That’s the lowest we’ve seen in a while,” he said.
The board approved several rezoning and annexation requests as well as one alcohol license. Included were:
- Approved an annexation and zoning request of PRD for 2.43 acres, at a location of Henderson Bend Road (parcel 042-026C), by William D. Edwards Revocable Living Trust.
- Approved an annexation and zoning request of R1-B for 0.37 acre, at a location of 108 Cherry Street, SW (parcel GC27-110), by Julia Moore.
- Approved an annexation and zoning request of C-2 for a combined total of .70 acre, at a location of 125 and 127 Thomas Street (GC21-014 & GC21-013), by Johnathan Stone.
- Approved an application for beer, wine and distilled spirits pouring at location of 235 W Line Street, by Guadalupe V Bejarano DBA: Lupitas Mexican Restaurant. The proposed store manager is Hector Holguin.
The council heard a first reading on the following. All will be eligible for a public meeting on November 9.
- A beer, wine, and distilled spirits package license at a location of 960 North Wall Street, by Dilip Patel doing business as Calhoun Liquor. Patel will also serve as the store manager.
- A beer, wine, and distilled spirits package license at a location of 241 Highway 53 East, by Kamlesh Patel doing business as ABC Liquor & Tobacco Outlet. Patel will also serve as the store manager.
- A beer, wine, and distilled spirits pouring license at a location of 165 Outlet Center Drive, Suite 5, by Craig Johnson doing business as Guacamoles. Johnson will also serve as the store manager.
Four people arrested on kidnapping charges are out on bond. Dylan Lee Lamar Deas, Stanford Manuel Deas, Vanessa Elizabeth Harden, and William Gage Deas face charges ranging from aggravated assault to kidnapping in a case that happened over July 4 at the Love Travel Station off of Union Grove Road in Calhoun.
According to the incident report, the incident occurred on July 2 and reported on July 4. Brian Watson, of Oregon, contacted the Calhoun Police Department to report that he was assaulted at Love’s Travel Stop located at 1081 Belwood Road at 1:15 in the afternoon and the incident was recorded by the gas station’s security cameras. Officer Wilkerson watched the video where he saw Watson sitting in his tractor-trailer cab when a white pickup truck pulled up in front of him. Vanessa Harden stepped out of the truck and when Watson approached him and they began talking. A moment later, a silver four-door car pulled up behind Harden’s truck. William Deas and Stanford Deas got out of the vehicle. Standford Deas allegedly attacked Watson.
Watson tried to walk away, but Standford Deas followed him while William Deas went into Watson’s truck and grabbed an item. Harden left the scene in her truck. When Watson tried to enter his truck, William Deas shut the door and Stanford Deas allegedly hit Watson hard enough to knock him down. Dylan Deas gets out of the car and helps the other two men get Watson into the car. Dylan Deas climbs in the truck for a moment.
They allegedly leave and return at 2 p.m. when William Deas takes Watson’s truck and leaves.
Watson told officers that he and Harden had been dating and were supposed to meet at Love’s to go on vacation. He told officers his injuries included a large cut above his left eye, a broken jaw, teeth loosened and possibly broken ribs. He also told officers that the three men threatened to kill him if he did not give them the key to his truck and that the men also took $75 out of his wallet. After his truck was taken, Watson told officers he was driven around for about four hours when he was brought to America’s Best Value Inn in Dalton and throw into a room. His belongings from the truck were allegedly there.
Harden told officers when interviewed that Watson had threatened her family and Stanford Deas who drives for her.
The Calhoun Police Department continues to investigate this incident.