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An operation to serve warrants for violent offenders led to more than 100 warrants being cleared.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force took part in Operation UR7, leading to 65 arrests.

“The most common offense arrested for were on outstanding parole warrants where the offender’s original offenses included aggravated assaults and burglaries,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes wrote in an email. “Newly obtained warrants that were executed consisted of sex offenders that failed to register and multiple drug offense warrants.”

The sheriff’s office, Bailes wrote, executes around 500 warrants each month. The roundup focused primarily on violent offenders for offenses such as aggravated assault and kidnapping.

Of the 65 arrests, 57 were on felony charges.

In the process of the arrests, authorities found 10 people being served to be in the possession of narcotics, leading to further charges. Authorities also found a missing juvenile runaway from Forsyth County.

“The female was located at a residence where we had attempted to serve a warrant on a separate individual,” Bailes wrote.

Golf tournament to honor officer

A golf tournament honoring a fallen officer hopes to bring local law enforcement agencies together to raise money to high school seniors.

The Derrick Whittle Memorial Golf Tournament is in its second year and will take place on May 1 at the Butternut Creek Golf Course in Blairsville. Whittle, a Union County Sheriff’s Office deputy, died in September 2011 while in the line of duty.

Proceeds from the event will go to scholarship funds benefiting Union County high school seniors.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. May 1. Forms are available at Butternut Creek Golf Course or on the Derrick Whittle Memorial Facebook page.

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