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Authorities: Man charged with impersonating an officer
Sheriff's Office said man was carrying revolver, gold badge
Joseph Maney
Joseph Maney

A Gainesville man is accused of walking around Raven Street on Friday while carrying a revolver and a gold badge, according to authorities.

Joseph Maney, 34, was arrested Friday and charged with impersonating a public officer among other charges.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies received reports of a man walking around the Raven Street neighborhood carrying a revolver handgun.

“The white male was displaying odd behavior with the deputies prior to making contact with them,” wrote Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes in an email. “The deputies on scene observed a gold badge on the subject’s waist and later found a revolver handgun that the suspect had laid down beside a (Hall County) patrol car.”

The badge was later determined to be a gold Barton security badge.

When deputies apprehended Maney, authorities said, they found methamphetamine and Xanax and drug paraphernalia.

Upon interviewing Maney, deputies “determined that he was not a law enforcement official and claimed that the badge belonged to a family member.”

Maney was booked into the Hall County Jail, where he remains with a $28,000 bond.

He also faces charges of having a concealed weapon, possession of a drug object, possession of alprazolam, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a gun in the commission of a crime.


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