Mt. Airy Woman Indicted from 2020 Death of a Toccoa Man


A Mt. Airy woman has been indicted for involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the 2020 death of Joshua Matthew Canady of Toccoa.

Kayla Marie Parker also was indicted Monday for two counts of first-degree cruelty to children, concealing the death of another, and tampering with evidence.

On or about the 19th day of January 2020, while in the commission of concealing the death of another and cruelty to children and tampering with evidence, unlawful acts, did cause the death of Joshua Matthew Canady, a human being, without any intent to do so, by delaying calling for medical assistance for him while involving the children in altering the scene of his injury and staging evidence of a physical attack on her …,” the indictment reads.

The concealing the death of another charge is related to Parker allegedly moving the body and cleaning the scene of his death, hindering the discovery of whether he was unlawfully killed, the indictment says.

Local, state, and federal law enforcement officers ended last week by arresting a Stephens County man who was on active probation.

0:54 {ROB VOICER: “Drug agents say a known Gangster Disciple criminal street gang member was arrested during a search of his Stephens County home Friday. 26-year-old Shaun Mayfield faces a long list of charges that include felony theft by receiving a stolen motorcycle, three counts each of felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, drug agents say. Mayfield, who lives at 1520 Defoor Road, Toccoa, also is charged with trafficking meth, trafficking heroin, and possession with intent to distribute the following drugs: crack cocaine, Ecstasy, butane hash oil, and marijuana. Mayfield had been under investigation for six months and was on active probation. He was found to be in possession of drugs with a total street value of nearly $66,000. An AR15 style rifle, semiautomatic pistol, and revolver also were seized. Additional charges are possible, officials say. Reporting for WCHM, I’m News Director Rob Moore.”}

The Habersham County School System is not saying a lot about the school bus driver charged with DUI after he was involved in a minor wreck near Cornelia Monday afternoon.

Superintendent Matthew Cooper says due to the ongoing investigation, he is only releasing a written statement at this time.

That statement reads:

The school system is aware that a bus driver has been charged in connection with a bus accident that took place Monday afternoon. The school system is limited in its statement since there is an ongoing investigation into the facts surrounding the incident. The transportation department is handling the personnel side of the investigation appropriately including but not limited to taking the driver off the road. Anytime a bus accident takes place with students on board, it is a serious matter. We are very thankful that students were not injured in the incident. Any information regarding the investigation into the accident will be provided by the appropriate law enforcement agencies.”

70 year old Gary Michael Allen was released from jail on a $1,500 bond.

In addition to municipal elections that will be held Tuesday, November 2, Habersham County will hold a Special Election for County Commission Post 5.

That post has been vacant since the resignation of Tim Stamey for health reasons.

WCHM News will be bringing you ongoing coverage of those seeking to serve in Habersham County, its towns and cities, and of the issues that will appear on the ballot

Those who normally vote at First Baptist Church of Cornelia, take notice of a change for the upcoming General/Special Election.

0:42 {GIBSON: “Due to some scheduling reasons, the Habersham County Board of Elections and Voter Registration has voted to temporarily move the Habersham South Voting Precinct from the First Baptist Church of Cornelia to the temporary location of the Cornelia Community House. This is located at 601 Wyly Street. We really appreciate the cooperation of Dee Anderson and the City of Cornelia by helping us secure this location for temporary voting. This will only be used during the November 2 General/Special Election and as a possible Special Election Runoff for the November 30 election. There will be no advance voting at the Habersham South Precinct for either of these elections.”}

That’s Habersham County Public Information Officer Carolyn Gibson.

All early and advanced voting for the November 2 General/Special Election and November 30 Special Election Runoff (if needed) will be conducted at the Habersham North Precinct, located at the Ruby Fulbright Aquatic Center in Clarkesville.

All voters within the Habersham South Precinct will be receiving new precinct cards within the next few weeks, indicating the temporary precinct location address.

The Board of Elections & Voter Registration will be announcing a more permanent location for the Habersham South Precinct in early 2022.

For more information, call (706) 839-0170.

Gary Black, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, this week was endorsed by 55 Georgia legislators.

He says it is a crucial time for Georgia to elect a conservative leader who can work with others.

0:25 {BLACK: “It’s time that we have an experienced candidate who has a passion for Georgia, that just likes to serve, to try to get one more Conservative vote in the U.S. Senate so that we can keep ‘em from taking our elections, keep ‘em from adding D.C. and Puerto Rico as a state, keep ‘em from packing the court. If we can do that, then we can build on these other fundamental building blocks to make sure this nation is secure again, because we’re in trouble right now.”}

Black, of Commerce, serves as Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture.

Despite former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Herschel Walker, Black says he believes he is the best candidate for Georgia.

The U.S. Senate election is in 2022.