A Demorest grandmother is free on bond a day after being charged with 1 count of Cruelty to Children in the First Degree and 1 count of Disorderly House. A press release from the Habersham Sheriffs office alleges that 64 year old Leah Kunkle applied excessive physical abuse to her 12 year old granddaughter in an argument Friday. At that point, the child went missing for nearly 48 hours before being found Sunday morning in a wooded area behind a Demorest Church.
From there, the Sheriffs office says the child was taken to a children's advocacy center in Toccoa and eventually released to the Department of Family and Children Services.
Highway 365 continues to be a racetrack for drivers who have no intention of being pulled over by law enforcement. 29 year old Steven Beasley of Cornelia is the latest driver to lead police on a chase exceeding 100 miles per hour. His wild ride happened early Thursday morning and led the police on a 12 mile odyssey through Lula and Alto. Beasley is charged with fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and five other counts. The fact that the motorcycle wasn’t his may have been the motivation to roll on down the highway. And When arrested, police asked why he finally stopped the motorcycle and Beasley was quoted as saying “I ran out of gas.”
Cornelia Mayor John Borrow hinted last month that it would soon be time to refurbish or update the century old Big red apple monument. The City Commission may take steps toward that tonight in its regularly scheduled meeting. The Level Grove Baptist Church will also anxiously await a height variance to be voted on. Their future plans include the construction of a new sanctuary and education building but they need another 20 feet of blue sky to do it.