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Tree suspect rearrested hours later
Traffic stop leads to additional charges

Within hours of his release, one of two suspects charged early this week for illegally cutting down a tree and leaving it in the middle of Hwy. 20 was arrested again on unrelated traffic charges.

Karleen Chalker, spokeswoman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said Raymond Salano was pulled over about 8:45 p.m. Monday on Dahlonega Highway near Pilgrim Mill Road.

Salano, 30, had been released at 7 p.m. from the Forsyth County Detention Center after posting $11,715 bond.

He had been charged earlier that day with reckless conduct and first-degree criminal damage in connection with a June 2 incident.

Authorities think Salano and 39-year-old Stanley Hendrix cut down a tree in front of Southern Cinema Design in Cumming and dragged it along Hwy. 20 before abandoning it in the middle of the busy road.

The rope they used to attach it to the trailer hitch of a Ford F150 apparently broke.

Hendrix was charged with reckless conduct and first-degree criminal damage, as well as one count of obstruction of an officer.

He was released Monday night after posting bond, set at $12,870, according to jail records.

Also arrested was Hendrix’s fiancé, Jennifer Word, for obstruction of an officer.

Word, 25, was released Monday after posting $1,155 bond.

The three suspects were taken into custody after authorities found them at their residence on Dahlonega Highway.

In Monday night’s incident, Chalker said a sheriff’s deputy was traveling south on Dahlonega Highway Monday night when he noticed the driver of a Volkswagen Beetle, later identified as Salano, pull out of a gas station while not wearing a seat belt.

The deputy got behind the Volkswagen and turned on his blue lights to signal Salano to pull over.

"Mr. Salano pulled to the left center turn lane and threw his right hand up in the air in frustration," Chalker said.

Salano was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and failure to wear a seat belt. A female passenger in the Beetle was not charged.

Chalker said Salano was released Tuesday night after posting a $3,355 bond.