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Bee’s owner accused of paying for rival restaurant fire first, then conspiring to torch his own place
“We were surprised but not that surprised” says sheriff spokesman over tie in arson cases
In a case of country-fried arson, sheriff investigators believe that the owner of Bee’s Home Cookin’ paid men to burn Mary Ann’s Country Cooking to eliminate the competition. The restaurants sit on opposite sides of downtown Jasper on Church Street.
When that didn’t increase his own business, he then paid to have Bee’s torched, say investigators.
The work by sheriff investigators, the Jasper Fire Department and the State Fire Investigations Unit led to the arrest of six men on charges tied to the two fires.
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More than 50 officers led by Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) and including Pickens deputies, investigators, command staff and SWAT teams raided five locations in Pickens County Monday, arresting 14 on drug charges.
Pickens County formed a partnership with Cherokee County, joining the drug task forces about three months ago.
Sheriff’s spokesman Kris Stancil said from information that both agencies had at that time, they began working the case that led to the sweep Monday. “They already had some information and we had some information, so we were able to start building cases immediately,” he said.
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Jasper Lions have been working hard getting ready for their annual Fill-a-Stocking program. Over the years the Lions have provided Christmas for thousands of children in Pickens County. Applications are available at DFACS, Headstart, First Baptist Church Preschool, Harmony Elementary, Hill City Elementary, Tate Elementary, Jasper Middle, and Pickens County Junior High. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 13.
Employees from Universal Concepts in Cumming put the county Christmas tree up on the courthouse lawn last Thursday under cold, cloudy skies. This is the second year the county has used an outside company to install the tree and they will be back to pack it up after the holiday. The company assembles about 20 trees around north Georgia, including one 85-footer with a 15-foot-star in the metro area, visible at the Northside Hospital location on I-285.
The one in Jasper is a 20 footer and took most of the day to put together in sections.