Hartwell

Hartwell woman arrested on suspicion of homicide

Hartwell woman arrested on suspicion of homicide

A 30-year-old Hartwell woman has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 39-year-old Jermaine Edward Maxwell. On Monday, February 22, 2021, the GBI and the Hartwell Police Department arrested Brittany Traneese in connection with Maxwell's death. According to the GBI, agents were requested to investigate an incident involving a man, later identified as Maxwell, who had been discovered with a single gunshot wound and unresponsive inside a residence in the City of Hartwell. Police and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene, and Maxwell was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Initial information indicated that…
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Georgia firefighter arrested and charged with theft

Georgia firefighter arrested and charged with theft

HARTWELL -- A Georgia firefighter has been arrested and charged with theft. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested 38-year-old Nicholas Leard, of Lavonia on five counts of felony theft by taking. In late December, the GBI was asked by the Hart County Sheriff’s Office to investigate allegations of misuse of funds in a bank account in the name of Shoal Creek Fire Station, a fire station in the Hart County Fire Department. The GBI and Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to identify transactions of a personal nature in excess of $3,000 from a bank account intended for use to…
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Former Elbert County Deputy charged with assault

Former Elbert County Deputy charged with assault

A former Elbert County Deputy was charged Monday with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless conduct after GBI investigators say she shot another deputy in the hand while trying to get a weapon away from a man who was threatening to harm himself. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested 36-year-old Jennifer Boggs. Boggs’ charges stem from an officer involved shooting investigation occurring in Bowman in September.   The GBI investigation revealed that 33-year-old Mac J. Cunningham, of Hartwell, contacted Elbert County 911, threatening to harm himself. The GBI says before the dispatcher could get any information or offer…
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