Rabun County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Rabun County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 25 Courthouse Square, Suite 301, Clayton, 30525 GA
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Phone: 706-782-3612
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Rabun County Sheriff's Office is located at 25 Courthouse Square, Suite 301, Clayton, 30525 GA. The Rabun County Sheriff's Office phone number is 706-782-3612.

Rabun County Sheriff's Office News

I would like to thank Rick Michaels and Chick-fil-A Clayton for allowing me the opportunity to come read to the children this morning during story time at the restaurant. I had a great time reading and letting the children explore one of our patrol cars! I would like to take this time to personally thank Rick Michaels and his family for all that they and Chick-fil-A Clayton have done for our community! You will be missed! Sincerely, Sheriff Chad Nichols

Bring your littles out to Clayton Chick Fil A tomorrow morning (Tuesday, November 6) at 10 am because the Sheriff will be the guest reader! Along with a free kids meal, the kids will also enjoy exploring a patrol car!

Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween.

The Sheriff’s Office was honored to participate in FAITH’s “Walk a Line in Her Shoes” event this evening at the Rock House in Clayton. Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, law enforcement officers, along with business owners and other community members, participated in this event to help increase awareness of domestic violence abuse. Inv. Murphy, Sheriff Nichols, and Sgt. Brown carefully navigated the route on Main Street and successfully completed the walk in support of FAITH and their efforts to combat domestic violence in our community.

On the night of October 14, a deputy with the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Dunlap Street and Clayton Avenue for an expired tag. Upon further investigation, the driver, Clayton Baggett, age 21 of Lakemont, Ga. was arrested for Expired Tag, Trafficking in Ecstasy, Possession of a Schedule 1 with Intent to Distribute(THC Oil), 5 counts of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Drugs to be kept in original container, Possession of Drug related objects, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The front seat passenger, Christopher Clanton, age 22 of Rabun Gap, Ga. was arrested for Trafficking in Ecstasy, Possession of a Schedule 1 with Intent to Distribute(THC Oil), 5 counts of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Drugs to be kept in original container, Possession of Drug related objects, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and giving false name. The other passenger, Angel Chavez, age 19 of Franklin, NC was arrested for Trafficking in Ecstasy, Possession of a Schedule 1 with Intent to Distribute(THC Oil), 5 counts of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Drugs to be kept in original container, Possession of Drug related objects, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Also seized during the stop was two firearms and $1,025 in cash. All three subjects was transported to the Rabun County Detention Center.

“As the co-chairman of the Mountain Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force, it was an honor to recognize our District Attorney George Christian for his efforts in providing support for victims of domestic violence within our judicial circuit. We were thankful that the Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Jennifer Thomas, was there to present this award to DA Christian,” said Sheriff Nichols.

If anyone has any information on the identity of the following person in the photograph, please private message the Rabun County Sheriff's Office Facebook page or contact Investigator John Murphy directly at 706-960-9741. Thank you for your assistance.

I would like to thank everyone that bought raffle tickets and to those of you that participated in the Jeep ride benefiting the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes. The weather didn’t cooperate fully but by the end of the day we were blessed by blue skies and smiling children from two of our youth homes. Go ahead and pencil in a Saturday next October Rabun County citizens so you can be a bigger part in this great fundraiser! Thanks to Sheriff Mangum for allowing us to be a part of this fundraiser. A total of $9,227 was raised and donated to the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes! Thankfully, Sheriff Chad Nichols

SHERIFF CHAD K. NICHOLS Completes 115th Session of National Sheriffs’ Institute Aurora, Colorado — Sheriff Chad K. Nichols of the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 115th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado, September 24-28, 2018. The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA). Sheriff Nichols joined 28 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today. In light of those challenges, the sheriffs explored the role of the local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organizational effectiveness and efficiency. “It was an honor to have been selected to attend this course and to be able to learn and network with 28 other sheriffs from across the country. No matter the similarities or differences between our respective agencies we all still face the same challenges and my hopes after attending this course is a new perspective on how to tackle these challenges,” said Sheriff Nichols. The NIC is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. It is the primary federal source of technical assistance, training, and information services for state and local corrections. NIC provides a wide variety of services to the nation’s jails, most of which are the responsibility of sheriffs. The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria, Virginia. NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 20,000 members, including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens, students, and others. Since 1940, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals. NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence intervention/investigation, homeland security initiatives, jail operations, and traffic safety. Additionally, NSA administers the National Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs. Pictured to the left of Sheriff Nichols is the 115 Session’s Mentor Sheriff, Sheriff James Stuart of Anoka County Minnesota. Pictured to the right is the National Sheriff’s Association President, Sheriff John Layton of Marion County Indiana.

CHAMP and Deputy Thompson had a great time hanging out with all the children at the Rabun County Primary School’s Fall Festival! As you can see, CHAMP also enjoyed hanging out with the faculty and staff as well! We can’t wait until next year!

Remember the Jeep ride that is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday to benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes. We still have raffle tickets available at the office for purchase.

If anyone has any information on the identity of the following persons in these photographs, please private message the Rabun County Sheriff's Office Facebook page or contact Lt. Kyle Shook directly at 706-960-9745. Thank you for your assistance.

Operation Watchful Eye III Thanks to an initiative involving Georgia’s sheriffs, thirty-eight sex offenders were arrested across the state from September 13-21, 2018 for violations of state registration laws. In 2015, the first coordinated effort across the state was launched to conduct residence verifications and compliance checks of registered sex offenders during a specific time period. The coordinated initiative became known as Operation Watchful Eye. Due to the overwhelming success of the original initiative, Georgia’s sheriffs have made this an annual operation and recently conducted Operation Watchful Eye III. The Office of Sheriff is mandated by law to register sex offenders, and to keep the public informed of where registered sex offenders reside, work and attend school. Throughout the year, each sheriff’s office verifies addresses provided by registered sex offenders. While conducting residence verifications, deputies also assure additional registration requirements are being adhered to. The purpose of this statewide effort is to create awareness that sheriffs’ offices work collectively, network, and actively engage their office by participating in statewide verification checks and other non-compliant matters, in order to make our state safer. In numerous counties deputy sheriffs, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Probation officers and Department of Community Supervision probation/parole officers worked together to verify sex offenders are in compliance with the law. Preliminary reporting by 65 sheriff’s offices reveals a total of 10,601 registered sex offenders, 214 predators and 301 homeless sex offenders are currently living in their counties During the eight-day operation, 6,200 residence verifications were conducted, 35 new warrants were issued for violations of the sex offender registry law, 82 new sex offenders moved into the reporting counties, 13 warrants were issued for new sex offenses, 69 warrants issued for residency violations of the sex offender registry, and 46 warrants issued for other miscellaneous new charges. More importantly, it was discovered that 384 sex offenders had absconded from their last known address which will require the sheriff to work with other supporting agencies and track these individuals down. Remember, for the protection of your family and neighbors, visit rabunsheriff.org or visit the http://gbi.georgia.gov/georgia-sex-offender-registry for more information on the whereabouts of registered sex offenders in your community. The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office participated in this operation checking all 28 of our registered sex offenders residing in Rabun County. Of the 28 offenders all of them were accounted for with only one not being in compliance with their probation terms. “This operation was successful not only in our county but across the entire state as the Georgia Sheriffs worked together to ensure our particular counties are safe. To stay up to date on all of our sex offenders I would encourage all of our citizens to please take advantage of our Offender Watch program that can be found on our website rabunsheriff.org,” stated Sheriff Nichols.

Recently Investigator Murphy joined members of Fight Abuse In The Home and Faith’s Power House to talk with the Rotary Club of Clayton about sexual assault investigations in our county. We are blessed to have this organization that assist us in these types of investigations. Thanks to Investigator Murphy for his hard work and dedication on these cases. F.A.I.T.H. (Fight Abuse in the Home) Faith’s Power House

On the night of October 2, deputies with the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Ga. 15/US 441 at Dotson Street for an equipment violation. After further investigation, Carson Murphy, age 20 of Sylva NC, Caylnn Shaffer, age 18 of Cullowhee, NC, Bryson Deaton, age 21 of Kannapolis, NC, and Isaac Bostic, age 22 of Waynesville, NC were all arrested for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Drug Related Objects. Approximately 11.6 grams of cocaine and approximately 1.97 ounces of marijuana was seized as a result of this traffic stop.

Remember the Jeep Ride coming up this month! We hope to see you there!

Earlier this month, we graduated a drug treatment class for our female inmates incarcerated at our detention center. This is our second class that utilizes the Prime For Life Curriculum. “The Sheriff’s Office will continue our efforts to eradicate drugs from our community through enforcement, but we will also try to stop drugs in our county by offering these courses in our jail hopefully to provide these individuals with the tools to break their addiction upon release in hopes that they will not return to our facility and will live a clean life,” said Sheriff Chad Nichols.

If anyone has any information on the identity of the following person in the photograph, please private message the Rabun County Sheriff's Office Facebook page or contact Investigator John Murphy directly at 706-960-9741. Thank you for your assistance.

Concerning the reports of women being followed at Walmart: Please know that the Sheriff’s Office is actively working with WalMart as we attempt to provide safety for our county as well as investigating reports. We have implemented precautions that we will not disclose; however, please know that you are your best protector. Be aware at all times, in any public setting, of your surroundings, which includes physical features as well as individuals. Always have an exit route should you be faced with a need to escape; this is not limited to building exits, but aisle exits as well. Think ahead to plan an escape for “what if” situations, such as what if I am followed to my car, what if someone is in my car, what if someone comes down the same aisle, etc. We have not received any formal complaints regarding the occurrences that have been described on Facebook; therefore, we are limited in actions that we can take. If you have any suspicion or have been a direct target, please dial 911 immediately so that proper documentation can be taken in an official report.

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Sheriff Nichols and our School Resource Deputies showing their Wildcat Pride on this homecoming Friday! Go Cats!

On the morning of September 15, deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Ga.15/US441 in the area of Playhouse Drive after observing the vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. After further investigation, the driver, John Fierick, age 18 of Charlotte, NC was arrested for Failure to Maintain Lane, D.U.I., Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Illegal Possession of Controlled Substances, and Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects. Prior to offering personal opinions regarding the plant classification of marijuana, the medicinal benefits of cannabis, the legalization of marijuana, suggestions that law enforcement should direct efforts towards more serious offenses, accusing law enforcement of wasting tax dollars, and/or other comments critiquing the caliber of job performance based solely on personal views of marijuana, please note that the individual was operating a motor vehicle on the wrong side of the highway thus endangering many lives in this community, Georgia legislation has yet to amend current laws to allow the legal possession of marijuana, and it is actually the duty of the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office to enforce the laws of the State of Georgia.

Both subjects have been apprehended. Thanks for all of your help!

**Both subjects have been apprehended** Thanks for all your help! Wanted Persons: If you know the whereabouts of these people, please call 911, your local authorities, or private message our Facebook page. On September 12, deputies were dispatched to 105 Lexington Lane in reference to a burglary that had already occurred. Upon arrival, deputies took a report of the incident and of the items missing. The victim also provided us with audio and video surveillance of the two individuals that committed the burglary. The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division took over the investigation which led them to Habersham County. With the assistance of the Clarkesville Police Department, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, a search warrant was executed at a Clarkesville address where some of the stolen items were located. Also located at the same residence were items from five burglaries committed in the Clarkesville area as well as five more burglaries that occurred in Habersham County. Warrants have been issued for Sarah Bray, age 33 of Mount Airy, Ga. and Bryan Glueckert, age 30 of Clarkesville, Ga. for Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property. If you recognize them and know where they might be found, please call 911 or your local authorities to report them. You can also private message this page with any information on their possible location. Thanks for your help in this matter.