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New K-9 officer Flash sees first action


Pickens Sheriff Press Release

Pickens County Georgia, June 19, 2015: On Thursday, June 18th, shortly after 1:00 pm, Deputy Chris Tucker and K-9 Flash had the opportunity to track through the woods of the Twin Mountain Lake area in search of an individual who had fired a weapon during a Domestic Dispute.

Around 1:00 pm, Deputies responded to the area of Twin Mountain Lakes Circle after the 911 center had received a domestic dispute call. According to the caller, 2 men had been arguing and fighting and one had fired a handgun. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies learned that the individuals who had been fighting were Tommy Voyles and Tony Childers. Speaking with numerous witnesses, deputies were able to determine that Voyles was the individual that had fired the handgun into the air while threatening Childers.

Childers had remained on the scene and cooperated with deputies. During the investigation, it was learned that Mr. Childers had a condition of his previous bond from jail that prevented him from being at the residence. He was then placed under arrest for a violation of his bond conditions and additional units responded to assist in a search for Mr. Voyles.

K-9 Flash and his handler, Deputy Chris Tucker, responded and immediately began tracking through the woods. After only traveling a short distance, K-9 Flash located Voyles and he was taken into custody without incident. Upon the completion of the investigation, Voyles was charged with Aggravated Assault. Both he and Childers were booked into the Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

Deputy Tucker recently came to the Pickens Sheriffs Office from the Savanah / Chatham County police department where he was a highly decorated K-9 handler. Flash, his partner in Savannah was allowed to leave the force with Tucker and come with him to work for the Pickens County Sheriffs Office. Flash is trained in the detection of Narcotics, Tracking, and as a Patrol Dog. The Pickens Sheriffs Office is excited to have them both on the force and look forward to all they will be able to accomplish. 


-10 #1 Shelby 2015-06-20 06:28
This story is false. I think you should get the facts before publishing people's names like that.
Tommy Voyles
-10 #2 Tommy Voyles 2015-06-20 08:35
Hey the facts straight! Tony Childers had nothing to do with this. If you want the true story should ask someone who was there. [phone number deleted]
-9 #3 Megan VOYLES 2015-06-20 08:36
This is NOT what happened!!! There was anot her man involved who is not even mentioned here.. If you are going to print this, I ask that you call me and get the REAL story first. [phone number deleted]
-8 #4 Megan VOYLES 2015-06-20 08:38
II see there is not even a mention of felon [name deleted].
-10 #5 jenny 2015-06-20 09:31
From the sound of this report, and the witness of the homeowner, the reporter really needs to work on their reporting skills, in getting the facts straight...such is the media we have this day in time! I guess write it how you want to, but I think the media should be held accountable for untruths! SMH!!
Progress editor
+11 #6 Progress editor 2015-06-20 10:59
Editor's Note: this was a straight press release sent from the sheriff's office public information officer. We will certainly call those who asked us to call them.
-7 #7 Shelby 2015-06-20 11:25
Pickens sheriff office should be held accountable as well for giving false information to the press. This story was way out of proportion according to the residence of this community. It really looks bad on the PSO a far as professionalism and community information. This should be a lesson to be learned from for the PSO.

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