Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Watkinsville police say an 80-year-old woman was cited after she allegedly backed into the bus on Jeremy Drive.
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Tuesday, April 16
No one was injured when a 2013 Toyota Corolla backed into the side of an Oconee County School bus last week as it was driving by on Jeremy Drive.week. According to Watkinsville Police Chief Lee O'Dillon, the accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. An 80-year-old Jeremy Drive resident was charged with improper backing, he said. O'Dillon also reported the following incidents: Watkinsville police responded to a total of 29 calls within city limits between April 8-14, 2013. Find Oconee Patch's crime reporting policies here. Subscribe to Oconee Patch’s free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The following information was supplied by the Watkinsville, Ga. police department.
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Tuesday, April 9
A 2002 Freightliner tractor-trailer rig struck and destroyed the railroad crossing mast and warning lights on Ga. Highway 15 at the railroad crossing around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2. According to Police Chief Lee O'Dillon's news release, the truck had attempted to make a sharp right turn from McRee Street onto Ga. Highway 15 southward. No one was injured but a large amount of damage was done and traffic was disrupted until a Hartwell Railroad repair crew could arrive from Social Circle. A 53-year-old man from Branford, Florida was charged with a no through trucks violation. O'Dillon also reported the following incidents in the news release: Watkinsville police responded to a total of 31 calls within city limits between April 1-7, 2013…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The US 441 ramp to and from Experiment Station Road was closed for about an hour and a half while the one-vehicle accident was cleared.
A truck traveling on the exit ramp of US 441 headed toward Experiment Station Road left the roadway, traveled about 100 feet, struck a guardrail and overturned late Wednesday morning, authorities said. The accident happened around 11 a.m., according to a Nixle alert sent by the Oconee County Sheriff's Office. One of three occupants of the truck was transported to St. Mary's hospital for treatment of injures that didn't appear to be life-threatening, Sheriff Scott Berry said, and no other vehicles were involved. The ramp was shut down for about an hour and a half while the wreckage was cleared. The truck was carrying a load of about 44,000 pounds of desks and chairs that were to be delivered to a Barrow County school, Berry said. The …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Nov. 28 accident at the Oconee County, Ga. shop was caught on video surveillance from multiple angles. WARNING: Images may be disturbing to some viewers.
WARNING: Images and audio (only included in the final video of the series) may be disturbing to some viewers. Fortunately the shop was relatively empty and no one was seriously injured when a van drove through the storefront of Chandlee Jewelers around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2012. One customer, a 63-year-old Athens woman who had been seated near the front of the store, was thrown about 15 feet from her chair. She was treated and later released from an area hospital. The driver, 63, from Winterville, told authorities an object rolled from beneath her seat and obstructed the Honda Odyssey's pedals. A CO2 cylinder was found in the front seat, according to a Georgia State Patrol trooper, who said the driver does not face criminal charges. The…
Monday, December 3, 2012
"We're slugging ahead, making headway," owner says.
Though the storefront of Chandlee Jewelers remains boarded up, it was back to business Monday for owners Larry and Bryan Exum, just five days after a van crashed into the building. The shop is open for repair orders and sales, but they're not yet operating at the normal pace, Bryan said. Evidence of last Wednesday's accident that sent one customer to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries remained, but the store is remarkably pieced back together. Bryan is too. She placed beads onto display shelves with a smile, though she admitted she'll likely be dealing with the post-traumatic stress for quite some time. Customers dropped by Monday to check on everyone, she said. "Every body's been very kind and understanding." Replacement …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Both westbound lanes in Oconee County near the Barrow County line were shut down for 3.5 hours Friday morning while the accident scene was cleared.
It took over three hours for authorities to clear the scene of an overturned chicken truck on Ga. Highway 316 in Oconee County near Barrow County Friday morning. Chief Deputy Lee Weems of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office said the truck somehow overturned blocking both westbound lanes around 5:30 a.m. No other vehicles were involved. Weems said when he arrived on the scene the driver had already been transported to a local hospital for observation, though responders indicated the driver wasn't injured. Details about the cause of the accident and the identity of the driver weren't available. An estimated 200 chickens were loose in the roadway and many others were still in cages. Forklifts were used to set them back onto the bed of the …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A 14-year-old girl was transported to an area hospital for treatment Tuesday.
Updated 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 Authorities say a vehicle struck a pedestrian shortly after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Simonton Road at Friar Road. Fourteen-year-old Cheyenne Anderson from Watkinsville darted into the path of an oncoming Honda Accord on Simonton Road and was hit, according to a public information officer with the Georgia State Patrol. The driver, Hannah Ruth Pollett, 23, of Bishop, was not charged. The teen was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment but details about the nature of her injuries were not released. The driver, Hannah Ruth Pollett, 23, of Bishop, was not charged. According to Nixle alerts and social media updates posted by the Sheriff's Office, the section of the roadway where …
Friday, March 23, 2012
The driver was charged with driving a commercial vehicle without a valid commercial driver's license, and a violation of DPS Transportation Rules for having had two slick tires on the rig.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Division has charged the 44-year-old Conyers man who wrecked a tractor-trailer on US Highway 441 south of Farmington Friday. The 8 a.m. accident blocked both lanes of traffic for three hours. According to a public information officer from the State Patrol, the truck was traveling northbound when the driver ran off onto the east shoulder of the highway. He over-corrected, causing the vehicle to travel across the southbound lane, onto the west shoulder, and strike a tree as it overturned. Earlier reports indicated the driver wasn't injured; however, the trooper's report noted the man had injury complaints. A DPS Motor Carrier Compliance Officer charged the driver with driving …
The highway was closed for about three hours Friday morning following the one-vehicle accident. No one was injured.
A tractor-trailer overturned on US Highway 441 south of Farmington Friday morning, closing both lanes for around three hours. The driver was not injured. It happened about 8 a.m., according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office. Deputies and Oconee County Fire and Rescue personnel were on the scene along with State Patrol Troopers and Georgia Department of Transportation workers. Chief Deputy Lee Weems said the driver told him he was headed northbound when he lost control and slid into the trees. During the road closure, detours were set up at Salem Road and Old Farmington Road and motorists were urged to take alternate routes. At the time, Sheriff Scott Berry said moving the wreckage was challenging. "Trying to get [the tractor-trailer…
Thursday, May 5, 2011
In the nearby woods, Oconee County Sheriff's deputies are pursuing a white male suspect who fled the scene on foot --the driver of a stolen truck involved in the accident, authorities say.
UPDATES as news comes in: 4:45 p.m.: The Greene County Sheriff's Office confirmed, via social media, that the stolen truck was indeed the same one reported stolen from Greensboro last Sunday. 4:15 p.m.: The OCSO says the supect is now in their custody. 4:01 p.m.: Bray was last seen near 2500 Daniells Bridge Road. 3:53 p.m. Chief Weems sent out a Tweet on Twitter identifying the suspect as Kirk Bray. 3:37 p.m. The Greene County Sheriff's Office is assisting the OCSO. The Georgia State Patrol was also at the scene of the accident. 2:48 p.m. The Oconee Connector is now open, authorities say. 2:21 p.m.: The Sheriff''s Office releases a photo of the suspect. 1:56 p.m.: Updated description: White male approximately 5'9" in his 20s with a shaved…