Possible Social Security and Medicare Fraud Alert

If someone approaches you offering a free DNA test that would reveal your propensity for cancer, call 911. 

Police departments in the area are receiving reports of people are dressing up as medical professionals or representatives of the Social Security Administration and knocking on doors offering free cancer screening. They are requesting driver’s license information, telephone numbers, social security numbers, Medicare numbers, and email addresses.

During June 7 and 8 subjects were in the area of Walton Court posing as representatives of the Social Security Administration. The subjects were asking to swab unsuspecting victims to obtain DNA for cancer screening. One suspect is described as a white male approximately 25-35 years of age wearing eyeglasses. The second suspect has been described as a white male approximately 40-45 years of age also wearing eyeglasses.

Similar incidents have occurred in Covington and it is believed these subjects are attempting to obtain the information to commit Medicare fraud.

Please be cautious about giving out your personal information. Medicare recipients are also encouraged to report concerns about suspicious activity involving their account to its toll-free number, 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

Fire Hydrant Testing Next Week

As a part of the final steps of the water system upgrades along Cherokee Road and Hightower Trail, the Fire Department will be testing the new fire hydrants that were installed. They will test the first part of the week, June 10-12. This may cause cloudy water in the area. If you do have cloudy water, allow the water to run for a while and it will clear up.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Barry Parsons, Public Works Director, bparsons@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6912.

Friday Night Basketball at Burks Park

[UPDATE 6/6/2019] Due to the rain predicted for this weekend, the Friday Night Basketball for June has been rescheduled for June 28.

Join us the first Friday of each month this summer, starting June 7, at Burks Park for a night of basketball. The lights will be on 7 -11 pm and adults will be on hand to coach and encourage the youth. Refreshments will be provided.

Water Quality Test Not City Sponsored

An example of water sample kit that have been left at houses around town.

An example of water sample kit that have been left at houses around town.

Many residents have reported receiving a bottle and flyer asking for a water sample for a complimentary water quality test. Please be advised this is a private commercial advertisement – not City sponsored nor City recommended.

Official water tests can be conducted by City of Social Circle licensed water personnel or State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division only. A citizen can hire anyone they wish to test that citizen’s water at their expense.

The City water is tested regularly and fully compliant with Clean Drinking Water regulations.  Citizens may obtain information about our drinking water from the CCR.

2017 Water Quality Report

For further information about your drinking water feel free to contact Public Works Director, Barry Parsons at bparsons@socialcirclega.com or 770-464-6912 or the Georgia EPD at 1-888-373-5947 toll-free in Georgia
404-657-5947 in the Atlanta area or askepd@gaepd.org.

Water System Upgrade Update

Men WorkingOn Monday, June 3 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm crews will be connecting the new water lines to the existing water lines at Dogwood Drive and E Hightower Trail. Water will be off along Dogwood Drive from Holly Street, to Sycamore Street and along Holly Street and E Hightower Trail.

When the water is turned back on, it may be cloudy. It should clear up after you run it for a while.

Help Us Watch out for Snakes!

A snake skin spotted near a water meter when our meter reader was taking readings recently.

A snake skin spotted near a water meter when our meter reader was taking readings recently.

The weather has gotten warm and the snakes are out and about. The recent warm winter means more snakes, which may be hiding in bushes, pine straw or tall grass around your home and waiting for unsuspecting people, like our utility staff.

To decrease the chance of snake unexpected snake encounters, please keep the bushes and grass trimmed around the gas and water meters on your property and keep pine straw away from water meters. This makes it easier to get an accurate reading while avoiding the possibility of being surprised by a snake.

Water System Improvements Update

Men WorkingA bit of good news: The water system upgrades are almost completed! There are just a few more things to take care of.

Friday, May 24 – Crews will be tying in the water lines on N Forrest Ave starting about 9:00 am. The water should be off on N Forrest for about two hours. After the water is restored, there could be cloudy water. Let the water run for a while to clear it up.

Tuesday, May 28 – Crews will be tying in the water lines on E Hightower Tr at the bridge starting about 9:00 am. The water should be off for about four hours in the area between Oak Dr and E Hightower Trail and along Sycamore Ave. After the water is restored, there could be cloudy water. Let the water run for a while to clear it up.

Once the tie-ins are complete, the roads that have been torn up by the construction will be repaired. Please plan for extra time when you are traveling in the area to allow for lane closures. Also use caution for your safety and the safety of the workers.

The entire water system upgrade project should be completed by the end of the week.

SCPD Requests Help With Finding a Runaway Juvenile

[UPDATE 5/15/19 8:00 AM] – Rezaria has been found and is safe.

[ORIGINAL] – Rezaria Stillwell was last seen on May 13, 2019, at approximately 1200 hours. She is a 13-year-old black female and was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a black shirt with white sleeves and pink writing on it. Her hair is black in color and up in a bun. Stillwell is approximately 5 foot 3 and 130 pounds. She has a burn mark on her left arm and a mark in the middle of her forehead. Stillwell has pierced ears, but she does not wear earrings.

If contact is made with Rezaria Stillwell, please notify the Social Circle Police Department immediately.

Investigator Michael Jett
mjett@socialcirclega.com
770-464-2366
Walton County Non-Emergency Number: 770-464-0310

 

Social Circle Police Apprehend Burglary Suspect

On Thursday, May 2, 2019 at approximately 4:50 pm, the Social Circle Police Department was dispatched to an alarm call at 619 Dove Cove.  Officers arrived within minutes of the call and received information from neighbors that someone had closed a window on the front of the residence from the inside.  Officers set up a perimeter. They noticed a bag containing cereal was in the grass on the side of the residence. The homeowner was contacted via telephone and stated that the bag of cereal was in the bedroom and that no one should be at or in the residence.

Officers went to the unsecured window and began to give verbal commands for anyone in the residence to come out. After a few moments a male appeared from inside the residence and was taken into custody peacefully. Officers then entered the residence to find no one else inside.

The male was identified as LaJohn Darnell Pilcher, 23 years old of Social Circle. Pilcher had in his possession latex gloves, two women’s bracelets belonging to the victim and several other items from the residence.  He was charged with burglary. He also had outstanding warrants out of Athens for traffic-related offenses.

“We tell community all the time if you hear or see something, say something! This is a good example of how it works. We can make this a safer community by working together.”