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Man arrested after police say he rubbed dead raccoon on neighbor’s property

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DADE COUNTY, GA (Times Free Press) - A North Georgia man accused of using courthouse connections to try to squash a restraining order against him is back in jail, this time for allegedly threatening his Trenton, GA., neighbor.

The Dade County Sheriff's Office arrested Shannon Wayne Hellard on a simple assault charge around 7 p.m. Sunday after law enforcement said he dragged a dead raccoon across a tree and argued with a neighbor.

The arrest comes three months after Chattooga County Superior Court Judge Brian House granted one of Hellard's ex-girlfriends a restraining order. The woman told House that Hellard pulled her hair, threatened to kill her and said he would also end the life of another one of his ex-girlfriends.

Hellard denied this. He then applied for a "good behavior" warrant (similar to a restraining order) against the woman. Chattooga County Magistrate Tracy Maddox told the woman she needed to be in court with Hellard, even though earlier in the week she received legal protection from him for at least one year.

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