Clarkesville Man Arrested by Habersham Sheriff's Office Following Brief Chase Sunday.

A Clarkesville man remained jailed Sunday night facing a long list of charges after fleeing from a member of the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office HEAT Unit Saturday night.

Stephen Lee Carpenter is charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, as well as charges of obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, criminal trespass, DUI, speeding, reckless driving, driving while license suspended or revoked, and other traffic charges after a brief chase on Ga. 365 between Cornelia and Demorest, jail records show.

Carpenter allegedly failed to yield his motorcycle to the pursuing traffic unit deputy then fled on foot onto nearby property, where he was arrested while hiding underneath a structure.


City of Clarkesville officials soon will know exactly how many unmarked graves there are in the city cemetery on East Louise Street (Business 441).

Len Strozier of Omega Mapping Services spent Thursday and Friday there using a ground-penetrating radar unit to detect unmarked burials, especially in the historic part of the cemetery where pauper burials often took place.

0:32 {STROZIER AUDIO: “I’m looking for unmarked burials and I’ve got all these orange flags. I’m right at 100 now. I started yesterday with 100 flags and I’ve got about four left, so I’ve found already 100. And I knew I was going to find them in the oldest section, from here all the way down and across within the fence here. I’ll probably, before it’s all said and done, I’ll have about 100 in this area, maybe 150. Back in that area behind, there’s probably going to be even burials back in there too if I had to guess.”}

Strozier will return for a couple more days this week to continue locating unmarked graves.

City leaders said they feel the $4,850 investment is worth it to ensure previous graves are documented and remain undisturbed.

City Clerk Glenda Smith, who deals with the cemetery on a regular basis, said she is happy the city will receive a map with GPS coordinates of each grave and a photo of each of the more than 1,000 markers in the cemetery.


And the Mountain Laurel Festival Parade is coming up May 15, and the Clarkesville Lions Club invites clubs, businesses, churches, and individuals to enter floats. The suggested donation for all entries except politicians is $10.

Politicians are asked to donate $20, said Lions President Richard Gay. Contact the Clarkesville Lions Club on its Facebook page for more information.