A vehicle accident in South Carolina took the life of a Griffin man identified as Harold Miller age 23. There were no details of the accident.  South Carolina investigators have not released any information about the accident. Davis Funeral Home in Griffin was initially told they would have Miller’s body but the Miller family made the decision on Wednesday that the body of Mr. Miller would remain in South Carolina for burial.
Fred Barley who is the subject of a investigation into $184,000 in funds raised by the Go Fund Me officials, is back in the news. The Atlatna Journal has indicated that the new  inquiry is into the story that grabbed the hearts of people who sent money to the account of Go Fund Me when they heard of Barley’s story of being homeless, when he embanked on a 6 hour bicycle ride from Conyers to Barnesville Georgia to attend Gordon State College. The story emerged on the Internet after police found him living in a tent on campus, and spent their own money to put him up in a motel for several days, people embraced a feel – good story about the police helping a young black man. 
The Go Fund Me campaign received donations from their post on face book. Since then the Go Fund Me organization has frozen the funds pending further investigation.  
The 19 year old posted on face book saying that he objected to the plan to put the funds into a trust.  He indicated he will agree to place the money in a trust if he could choose the attorney and trustee.
On Wednesday evening Casey Blaney posted the following on face book stating “Multiple questions have been raised about Fred’s story. She continued, “we have received conflicting information abut his initial story. And have asked the campaign to be reviewed.”  Go Fund Me spokesman Bobby Whithorne said in a statement “The funds raised are placed on hold and cannot be withdrawn until all of the questions have been answered.  If they are not, it will be refunded to the donors.”
Griffin Spalding Board of Education member James Westbury at the Tuesday night board meeting tendered his resignation effective July 31st. The Board recommended that Will Doss, who was elected to the seat in an earlier elections this year be immediately appointed to fill Westbury unexpired term.  Documentation is being prepared by the Griffin Spalding Board of Education who passed a resolution at theTuesday night meeting and that will be forwarded to the Governor for approval.  Once the documentation is returned by the Governor with his approval, Doss will be sworn in and will fill the unexpired term of Westbury until December 31st.

Final Election Results    July 26, 2016

Spalding County Sheriff (Republican)

Darrell Dix 2875

(I) Wendell Beam 2523

Dix will meet Democrat Curtis Keys in November for The General Election to determine the next Sheriff of Spalding County.

Spalding County Commission District 1

(I) Gwen Flowers-Taylor 294

Tammy Daniel 198

Flowers-Taylor will face Republican Dennis Scott in the November General Election.

State House District 73

Karen Mathiak 1337

(I) John Yates 1045

Mathiak will oppose Democrat Rahim Talley in November.

District Attorney

Ben Coker 3368

Rudjard Hayes 1761

Coker will replace Scott Ballard who did not seek another term as DA.

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The Zebulon Police Department have arrested two individuals at a house at the 1500 block of Highway 18 for an incident that occurred between the dates of June 19 and July 18 2016. Zebulon Police Chief Jonathan Hemphill advised WKEU news that Stephen Johnson

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and his wife Susan Johnson

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took in a homeless 19 year female and made her sign a sex contract with them requiring her to call the man Master and the woman Mistress and basically held that over her head. They would video tape the sex acts on the girl. Apparently the teen managed to contact the Zebulon Police about the situation. When officers arrived at the residence they arrested Stephen Johnson age 60 and his wife Susan.  Reports indicated that Stephen Johnson attempted to get into an altercation with officers, but he was quickly apprehended.

Stephen Johnson has been charged with:


-Aggravated Sexual Battery


-Obstruction of a Police Officer

-Possession Marijuana less than one ounce


Susan Johnson is charged with:

-Party to a crime of rape

-Party to a crime of Aggravated Sexual Battery

-Party to a crime of Sodomy

-Possession Marijuana less than one ounce


The investigation is continuing as the GBI is conducting a forensic analysis of computers that were in the residence.

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Plans for a new city in Fayette County have been unveiled. Chick Fil A’s Dan Cathy, and his partners have announced plans for a 700 million dollar min city within walking distance of Pinewood Atlanta Studios and GMC College.  The plan would be one of the most ambitions real estate ventures on South Side Atlanta. A Similar facility is being constructed in Henry County just of I-75 North of McDonough near Eagles Landing. The facility in Fayette County will be called Pine Wood Forest, and will offer hotels, restaurants, shops, office space and about 1, 300 homes on a 230 acre tract in the center of Fayette Country.

Initial work is now underway with construction of the first homes and commercial acres schedule for early next year. Developers said the project will also help the expansion plans in downtown Fayetteville which is 4 miles away.

Fayetteville, Peachtree City, and Fayette County are part of South Metro’s more affluent areas. All of South Metro had been hit by the recent recession.

On hand Thursday for the announcement was Reverend Ed Johnson, Fayetteville’s Mayor, Dan Cathy and Bill Lynch the project director and partner.

Cathy owns the project independent of his role as head of Chick Fil A. He said that “its going to be a community that will break new ground in many directions not taken by previous developments.”  “Talks are underway with Health Care, and wellness center operators, hotel companies, and potential retailers,” according to Cathy’s Partner Bill Lunch.







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Pike County Sheriff’s Office Investigators have been working on a commercial burglary and several thefts that have taken place over the past several weeks. The diligence of Investigators paid off as a lead was developed on a suspect. Additional burglaries had been reported in Zebulon, Thomaston, Upson  County and Taylor County that were similar in nature during the same time frame.

The leads that developed were shared with all agencies as two suspects were identified. The suspects were found to be living in Upson County at 3997 Yatesville Highway.

A search of the residence pursuant to a search warrant revealed numerous stolen items from multiple jurisdictions. A stolen vehicle from Pike County and one from Spalding County were located. The list of stolen items recovered included a handgun, 40 foot trailer, zero turn lawnmower, dirt bike and an all terrain vehicle. The scope of the stolen items recovered reached from Columbus to Barnesville.

The suspects arrested are Marcus Floyd , 38 years of age , and his wife Travanique Floyd , 30 years of age. They face numerous charges including burglary, theft by receiving stolen property , possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by taking motor vehicle. Both suspects have an extensive arrest record primarily for theft and burglary.

The arrests of the suspects was carried out by Pike County Sheriffs Office , Zebulon Police Department, Upson County Sheriffs Office and Thomaston Police Department. All of these agencies will have criminal charges on the suspects as well as Spalding County, Taylor County and Barnesville.

Both suspects are currently in the Pike County Jail.

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A domestic situation on Concord Road in Pike county results in a shooting incident. Upon arrival of a Domestic incident on Concord Road in Pike County, Deputies were informed that an individual that had been involved in the incident had left the scene in his vehicle. The information given to deputies further stated that the driver also had a firearm.

Two Deputies located the suspect in his vehicle on Turner Road and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect was believed to be stopping and as the Deputies exited there vehicle to approach the vehicle he accelerated and rammed the front of the patrol vehicle causing extensive damage.


At this time the suspect was observed with an assault rifle in his hands and failed to comply with Deputies instructions. Due to the imminent threat against them the Deputies did shoot the suspect. He suffered non life threatening injuries and was taken into custody.


The individual was identified as Dakota Caldwell,white male, 24 years of age.

EMS personnel transported the suspect to Spalding Regional Hospital for treatment. He has since been released and is currently in the Pike County Jail.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting .

The preliminary investigation into the incident has shown the Deputies to be completely justified in their actions to defend their safety. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will continue with their inquiry into the actions surrounding the discharge of the Deputies weapons.

Caldwell was armed with an assault type rifle and a semi automatic handgun at the time of the incident. In addition to his charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and interference with government property. He now has three additional counts of aggravate assault on a law enforcement officer, and one cont of aggravated assault. Upon reviewing the dash camera footage and statements of witnesses it was determined that the charges were appropriate for the crimes committed.

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The Griffin Region College and Career Academy, Inc. Board of Directors will meet on Monday, July 25, 2016, at 6:00 p. m. The meeting will be held in Griffin-Spalding County Schools’ Board of Education meeting room located at 216 S. 6th Street, Griffin, GA. 30224.



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The Henry County Police Department would like to welcome its newest Police Chaplain, Jamelle McKenzie. Mrs. McKenzie is the Senior Pastor for Kingdom Carriers Church from 2006-present. The church is located at 149A Burke Street, Stockbridge, GA 30281. Prior to that, she was the Pastor at the Knights Monumental A.M.E. Church in Stockbridge, GA from 1998-2006. 

Mrs. McKenzie became an ordained minister by Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York in 1984. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from The University of Virginia in 1985. In 1985 and ’86, she participated in the Curry Memorial School of Education Human Services Counseling Program at The University of Virginia. In 1993 and ’94, McKenzie studied at the Morehouse School of Religion in 1993 and ’94. From 1994-1998, she took Board of Examiners training from the African Methodist Episcopal Church. McKenzie received her A.M.E. Deacon orders in 1995 and her Elder orders in 1998. She is currently a Master of Divinity in Community Chaplaincy candidate at Liberty University for 2018. 

The Henry County Police Department is proud to have Pastor McKenzie join our team.




On Saturday, July 23rd, 2016, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Public Safety Training Center will host the 9th annual Teen Safe Driving Camp.

Start time: 09:00 AM

Location: GPSTC-Forsyth, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029

The driving camp has a total of 152 students between the ages of 15-17 that will learn about the consequences of distracted driving, the dangers of driving impaired, tips for defensive driving, skid recovery techniques, safety at railroad crossings, and demonstrate important vehicle maintenance practices. The students will use the cone course and skid pad during the course.


If you would like to cover this story, the doors will be open to the media at 08:00 AM. Parking will be in the south parking lot (or opposite end of the center from the water tower). Contact person for media is Sgt. Lawson Bittick, and his contact information is below.

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The Military Affairs Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 9th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room at the Griffin Welcome Center. A review of the past year and planning for the coming year will be agenda items.





There will be another delay in getting the David Gibson Case before the Grand Jury.  District Attorney Scott Ballard has advised WKEU news that due to the heavy load of cases that this term of Grand Jury has been called back for 5 times, since the two Grand Jury’s are appointed in March and September, Ballard has decided to give the Gibson case to the September Term of Grand Jury.  The District Attorney said that this term of Grand jury will not be called back in August, but the Gibson case will go before the September term which will be a new Grand Jury to hear the case. Ballard also said that his plans are to try the case before he leaves office as District Attorney. Local Attorney Bill Johnston stated on WKEU earlier that if the grand jury returns a true bill then the case must be scheduled on the Spalding Court Docket. Following the next term of the Spalding Grand  Jury in  September normally the case must be put on the October term of  Spalding Superior Court. 


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Saturday morning about 11:00 units of the Griffin Police Department, and Troopers from the Griffin Post of the Georgia State Patrol were leading a benefit Motor Cycle Ride from Buffaloes Cafe on Highway 16 West to the 19/41 bypass for their trip to Macon. As the procession traveled West on Highway 16 and entered the construction zone at the bypass bridge, three motor cycles collided. Spalding Regional EMS and Emory Air Flight was
called to the scene. Two of the drivers were not severely injured were able to walk and talk with medical personnel. The third driver was transported to The Atlanta Medical Center with possible head injuries, which is standard procedure for this type of injury. The driver was coherent, and able to talk with medical personnel from Southern Regional and Emory Air Flight. The incident remains under investigation by the Griffin Post of the Georgia State Patrol.  The Benefit Ride continued a short time later following the investigation. It was not believed any of the drivers were severely injured from the accident.

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The Downtonw kDevelopment Authority will meet Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. Griffin Regional Welcome Center – Conference Room
Meeting Agenda
Call to Order
1. Approval of Meeting Minutes on May 17, 2016
2. Chairman’s Report
A. Financial Report
3. Executive Director’s Report
A. Project Updates
B. Economic Development Update
4. Old Business
5. New Business & Announcements
6. Executive Session to discuss negotiations to purchase, dispose of, or lease real property, pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 50-14-3(b)(1); and discussing or deliberating upon the periodic evaluation of personnel pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 50-14-3(b)(2).



Ssheriff Wendell Beam issued a press release that his agents of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the Warrant Division were on Moody Street in Griffin, Georgia where they observed suspected drug activity in the area and a traffic stop was conducted. As a result,


Derrick Ray Tumlin, age 25 of 710 N. 9th St., Griffin, Georgia was arrested for Possession of Less Than One Ounce of Marijuana and for Violation of Probation. Tumlin was released on a bond of $1310.50 for the drug violation and released to a Walton County Probation Officer for the charge of violation of probation.
While members of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office remained in the area of Moody St. and Ellis Rd.,


Andre Larcel Bess, age 26 of 1336 S. Lee St., Griffin, Georgia was seen on Moody St. Bess was wanted on a Spalding County warrant for Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Bess ran from the deputies into a house on Moody St.
Bess was arrested in the bathroom of the residence where he was attempting to destroy marijuana. He was arrested and two ounces of marijuana was recovered. It was discovered that Bess did not live at this residence and the occupants did not know him. Bess is being held in the Spalding County Jail without bond for the following charges:
(1) Burglary
(2) Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Distribute
(3) Possession of Marijuana
(4) Violation of Probation
(5) Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer
(6) Tampering with Evidence





The Griffin Bulldog Club will hold its annual summer meeting Thursday, July 28 at the Stuckey Auditorium on the UGA Griffin campus. The guest speaker will be UGA media correspondent Chuck Dowdle.

The social hour begins at 6 p.m. The event will be catered by The Varsity with music by the Redcoat Alumni Band.

For more information, contact Jeff McLean at 678.873.6086.




Central Georgia EMC Members will attend the 79th Annual Meeting of the .  The meeting will be hled at, the Central Georgia EMC Annex, 1083 South Mulberry Street, Jackson, GA, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Registration begins at 9am.  The business meeting will begin at 10am.

Complementary gifts will be given to the first 700 members who register.

The annual meeting will conclude with a free picnic lunch of hot dogs, chips, drinks, and ice cream right after the more than 50 door prizes are awarded.

The Jackson EMC hopes to see all members at the Central Georgia EMC 79th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.









Sheriff Wendell Beam has issued a press release that his Narcotics Division and the Griffin Police Department’s Unit conducted a search warrant at 1330 Ellis Road, Griffin, Georgia. As a result of the search warrant 10 ounces of marijuana was seized along with a large quantity of Xanax pills and powder cocaine. In addition three handguns and two semiautomatic rifles were seized. I want to thank Griffin Police Chief Michael Yates and the C.A.G.E. Unit for their assistance in this case.


The following individuals were arrested:

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Jasmine Shantila Stinson – age 25 of 1330 Ellis Road, Griffin. (Stinson remains incarcerated without bond)

  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a Schedule IV narcotic
  • Possession of a Schedule IV narcotic drug (alprazolam) with intent to distribute
  • Possession of cocaine

(7)  Possession of drug related objects

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William Tyler Stinson, Jr., age 26 of 1330 Ellis Road, Griffin. (Stinson remains incarcerated without bond)

  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a Schedule IV narcotic drug (alprazolam)
  • Possession of a Schedule IV narcotic drug (Alprazolam) with intent to distribute
  • Possession of Cocaine

(7)  Possession of drug related objects

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School opens August 3 for Griffin-Spalding County School System’s families.
GSCS hired over 150 new teachers for the 2016-17 school year. Pre-planning for GSCS teachers and administrators will be the week of July 25 – 29. The annual Education Celebration will be held on July 27.
All GSCS schools will host an Open House on July 28 from 3 pm – 7 pm. This open house gives families a chance to tour their school, meet teachers and administrators, ask questions and get any needed information. The first day of school for students will be August 3. School times will remain the same as last year (elementary: 8 am – 2:50 pm; middle: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; High: 7:40 am – 3:20 pm).

Other key dates for the 2016-2017 school year include:
• Aug. 18: Elementary Curriculum Night
• Aug. 23: Middle School Curriculum Night
• Aug. 25: High School Curriculum Night
• Sept. 5: Labor Day holiday
• Oct. 10 – 17: Fall break
• Nov. 21-25: Thanksgiving break
• Dec. 19-Jan. 4: Christmas break
• Jan. 9: Report Cards Issued
• Jan. 16 MLK Jr. Holiday
• Feb. 20-27: President’s Day holiday/Winter break
• March 20: Student Holiday for Professional Learning
• March 23: Report Cards Issued
• April 17-21: Spring break
• May 26: Last day of school
• May 26: Report Cards Issued (Elementary)
• May 30-June 1: Post-Planning for Teachers
• June 1: Report Cards (Middle & High)
Visit the Back to School section on our website at to see the complete GSCS 2016-17 school year calendar.

This section also includes:
• School Supply List
• Student Testing Schedule
• Transportation Information
• School Meal Prices
• Free/Reduced Meal Application
• Registration Information and Required Documents

Parents or Guardians of students that have moved into Spalding County or moved within Spalding County are required to register for school at Central Registration. Avoid lines and delays by registering early. Early registration will be held July 12 – 22, Monday through Friday from 7:45 am – 4 pm at the Parent Services Center, 234 E Taylor Street. Complete the registration form online prior to visiting the Parent Service Center at
School Superintendent Jim Smith stated, “The Griffin-Spalding County School System has planned another year of teaching, learning and student achievement. Students find success when schools are effective, families are involved and the community is engaged. Together we can transform our students into future-ready learners and contributing members of society.”

The Lamont Hall Football Camp will be held on July 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Volunteer Park. This event is for youth ages 4-14 and will provide an opportunity for children to learn the basics if this sport and to practice their football skills. This event is being sponsored by the Volunteer Coaches and registration will occur on-site.
For more information call Robby Milner at 770-467-4750

Registrations for the Fall 2016 Youth Football Season are now being accepted. Payment Plans are available!
Tackle Leagues – $90 plus $30 equipment deposit
Flag League – $60
Register online @ or at the Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services main office located at 843 Memorial Dr., Griffin, Georgia Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Registrations will be accepted at City Park Community Center located at 601 Camp Northern Road, Griffin, Georgia
Beginning at 10:00 am to 2:00pm on Saturday, July 23, 30 and August 6th.
The final date to register and all fees must be paid in full by August 6th, 2016.
• New players must bring a birth certificate to register.
• The age control date is the player’s age as of July 31, 2016.
• Player must be present when picking up equipment.
• Tackle leagues are single age divisions: 7u, 8u, 9u, 10u, 11u, &12u
• Flag league includes ages 5/6
• Football equipment will be issued at City Park during gym hours with receipt of payment in full.
• Cash, Credit and Debit cards accepted for payment.
• Players who live outside of Spalding County will pay an additional $30.00 out of county fee at registration.
Avoid long lines and register early or register online at !
All individuals interested in coaching football must complete the following:
(1) Coach Application;
(2)Pass the background check screening;
(3)Have current NYSCA Coach Certification;
and present proof of NYSCA Concussion Training before permitted to coach or work with teams. For further information please contact Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.

New Mercy Baptist Church, Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, and Oak Hill Baptist Church will host a community prayer vigil this Sunday at 6pm at The Park At Sixth. The Park At Sixth is located at 6th Street in downtown Griffin.

Our Nation is being torn apart by hatred, racial divide, injustice, ignorance and misunderstanding.  And yet, the Gospel of Jesus addresses all of this and provides the only path toward love, peace, and unity.  It is the mission of the Church, the Body of Christ, to bring people together for prayer and reconciliation.New Mercy Baptist Church, Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, and Oak Hill Baptist Church are committed to demonstrating the love of Christ and to promoting understanding, reconciliation, and prayer in the Griffin community.

We invite you to join us for a time of worship and prayer as we come together and pray in the following ways:

  • For peace and unity in our Nation and our community,
  • For the victims and families affected by the recent shootings in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Minn., and Dallas.
  • For racial unity and reconciliation.
  • For protection and honor for our law enforcement community, and
  • For the Church of Jesus Christ to lead a movement of reconciliation.

Pastors Grady Caldwell, Gerod Duff, and Chris Holdorf invite you to join this prayer vigil this Sunday from 6PM to 7:15 at the Park at Sixth, Griffin, GA.

















On May 24th 2016 Aubrey Jayce Carroll, white male, 15 years of age, was reported as a Runaway Juvenile after not returning home from Spalding High School. Aubrey is 5’08” and weighs 150 lbs, with blonde/brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white polo style shirt, red windbreaker style jacket and white Nike tennis shoes. Mr. Carroll has not been heard from since he ran away, despite pleas from family and friends. Mr. Carroll has family in the Jones County and Wilkinson County areas. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been notified and are currently working in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office.

If anyone sees Aubrey Jayce Carroll or knows his whereabouts, they are encouraged to notify the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at 770-467-4282.



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The Family of slain Griffin Police Officer Kevin Jordan who was shot and killed in May of 2014 at the Waffle House restaurant in Griffin , in  have filed a Federal Law suit in relation to the maker of the bullet proof vest Officer Jordan was wearing the night he was shot in the back.



WKEU news talked with city Attorney Drew Whalen who said the suit was field about a month ago in Federal Court.  Whalen said that the suit is in relation to product liability charge against the Manufacturer.. There is no action against the City or Griffin Police Department.

43-year-old Griffin police Kevin Jordan was a highly respected and thought of Police Officer in Griffin and Spalding County, but other law enforcement agencies in the region The WKEU staff and local citizens.

Officer Jordan was the father of seven was killed while performing his job when he was shot and about 2AM working an off-duty security job in full uniform,at the Waffle House Restaurant on the north expressway.









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Highway 16 East is currently closed to both east and westbound traffic due to a tractor trailer accident which resulted in a hazardous materials spill onto the roadway.

During a live interview conducted on air with Assistant Spalding County Fire Chief Jamie Clark, the material in question is liquid nitrogen.

Mutliple emergency response agencies are on the scene. Traffic is being diverted at this time but you are asked, if at all possible, to avoid the traveling in the area as the highway is expected to be shut down for a minimum of the next 3-4 hours.

WKEU News will update this story as conditions dictate.

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A local couple from Lamar County have been arrested  in Southington Connecticut after they apparently tried to skip out on a restaurant bill.

Southington Connecticut Police were called to the Queen Street Denny’s restaurant Wednesday morning because
the restaurant staff was afraid two people from Georgia were going to skip out on a tab. 


On Wednesday at 10:50 a.m., officers arrested Robert Brock, 34, of Barnesville, GA. and Christina Brock, 27 of Milner, GA.

Both were charged with third-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny. 

A bond of $50,000.00 was placed on the third-degree larceny charges and a bond of $500 was set on the sixth-degree larceny charges.

Neither was able to post bond and both were held and taken to custody pending count action.

Officers found Christina Brock walking away from the restaurant and she said she was going to her vehicle to get money or a credit card to pay for the food, police said.

Officers found Robert Brock still inside the restaurant and he offered the same story as Christina Brock.

Officers escorted Robert Brock to the vehicle, which was parked on Interstate Drive, near the restaurant..  

While Robert Brock was looking for the money inside his vehicle, Officers ran the license plate, which was stored inside the vehicle, and they discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen out of the Monroe County Georgia. Upon verification by the Monroe County Georgia Sheriff’s Office and both Brocks were taken into custody, No money was found in the vehicle to pay the bill at Denny’s, according to Officials  

The stolen vehicle is a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix valued at $5,000.

The meal check totaled $28.96,


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The Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee is preparing for their Annual July 4th Parade to be held Monday, July 4th at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is open for participants and all are encouraged to decorate their entry for the Holiday.  All entries are required to have a decorated float, car or truck.  Walking units are encouraged to dress in red, white & blue attire.

The regular parade route on West Taylor Street will be used beginning at 16th Street at Chick-fil-A with units dispersing at 4th street turning right at the Old Cola Company.  Due to safety concerns, this will be a candy free event.

We ask that spectators and participants please pick up litter and keep our streets clean.

For more information or to register, please contact the Chamber at 770-228-8200.




On Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office investigators served a search warrant and arrested a suspect for impersonating a law enforcement officer and false imprisonment.



Joshua Character (18) of Forsyth is accused of conducting an illegal traffic stop of a Yatesville, Georgia, man on Friday, June 17th, 2016, on Georgia Highway 83 south near Old Brent Road around 10pm. 

According to the victim, Character used emergency style vehicle lighting (red and clear LEDs) to stop the male before approaching the driver and accusing the driver of cutting him off on Lee Street in Forsyth, Georgia. The complainant stated that the vehicle activated its emergency lights, and the complainant believed it was an unmarked law enforcement vehicle. 

During the stop, Character allegedly falsely identified himself as a Sheriff’s Deputy and a firefighter; in fact, Character was in the process of becoming a volunteer firefighter for the Monroe County Fire Department. The complainant stated that Character held him roadside for several minutes, and even ordered the complainant to exit Georgia 83 South and travel to a former bar parking lot on Old Brent Road. 

At one point, the complainant allegedly requested to see Character’ badge or credentials, but Character was unable to produce either and left the scene after ordering the complainant to drive to a different location. Character is currently being held at the Monroe County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise citizens that, in the event  you suspect that a vehicle is attempting to illegally stop you, and that vehicle is not a fully marked patrol car outfitted with at least some blue lights, you should do the following: (1) activate your emergency blinkers, (2) slow down, (3) call 911 and advise the dispatcher of your situation, (4) keep your hands on the steering wheel (so that an actual officer is not led to believe that you are concealing a weapon or other illegal items), (5) and continue on to a well-lit and populated area.

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Griffin Power Employees Lee Goodman, Rusty Spear, Eric Riggins, and Leroy Brown were present when Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 767 into law. House Bill 767, otherwise known as the “Move Over for Lineman Law” puts utility vehicles under the “Move Over” law umbrella that was previously limited to stationary law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, wreckers and garbage trucks. The law will take effect July 1, 2016.

In April of 2015 three Georgia linemen were killed when a car veered off the road and struck them while they were working to install new electrical poles. This bill requires any motorist approaching utility linemen at an active work site – indicated by traffic cones or flashing yellow, amber, white, or red lights – to change lanes or reduce speed to a “reasonable and proper velocity below the posted limit.”  Those who violate the law can face a $250 fine per incident.

“Getting up on a utility pole in all sorts of conditions is already a dangerous job,” said Griffin Power Director Dan Thompson. “Adding utility workers to the ‘Move Over’ law is a huge step in keeping our men and women safe as they perform their duties.”



The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Spalding County for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s), department or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR and has been presented to:
Jinna L. Garrison, Administrative Services Director
This is the fifteenth consecutive year that Spalding County, under Ms. Garrison’s direction, has received this prestigious award.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. A copy of the Spalding County CAFR can be viewed on the Spalding County website at .
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 governmental finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC.


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The Griffin-Spalding Hospital Authority administers certain trust accounts, using the proceeds to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Spalding County.  Under applicable laws and trust agreements, the Authority may make grants to not-for-profit organizations for health related purposes, provided the funds granted are used for the citizens of Spalding County.

The Authority reviews requests for grants annually notifying applicants of disposition.

If you believe your organization may qualify for consideration of a grant under these guidelines, and are interested in applying for funds contact the Griffin-Spalding Hospital Authority at (770) 229-5767 or in writing to P. O. Box 1592 – Griffin, Georgia 30224 or via e-mail at for a grant application form.  Applications can also be picked up at the offices of the Hospital Authority at 245 Meriwether Street or the Chamber of Commerce at 143 North Hill Street.  Deadline for applications is August 12, 2016.

For organizations interested in applying for a grant and wanting assistance the Hospital Authority will conduct a workshop on June 30, 2016 at the Griffin Welcome Center at 143 North Hill Street beginning at 1:30 in the afternoon.  To attend the workshop please contact Yvonne Langford at (770) 229-5767 or by e-mail at