PRESS RELEASE FROM GEORGIA POWER FOR SUNDAY EVENING 6:30 PM IN RELATION TO ATLANTA AIRPORT.

Georgia Power continues to work closely with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport personnel onsite to restore power to the Airport as quickly as possible. The busiest airport in the Country lost power midday on Sunday. Assessment and repair efforts are well underway at this time and the company stated it expects to have power restored to the Airport by midnight Sunday evening.

Georgia Power believes the issue may have involved a fire which caused extensive damage in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility. The fire was safely extinguished by fire crews before Georgia Power could enter the area to assess damage and begin repairs. The event impacted not only the underground facilities, but also substations serving the Airport and, while the cause is not yet known, Georgia Power’s system responded by isolating areas where equipment wasn’t operating correctly to ensure safety and minimize damage.  No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time.

Georgia Power has many redundant systems in place to ensure reliability for the Airport and its millions of travelers – power outages affecting the Airport are very rare.

On December 16 2017 around approximately 6:00 P.M., Monroe County Sheriff Deputies and other emergency personnel responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on Highway 42 just south of the city limits of Forsyth. Deputies arrived on the scene and found a male, later identified as 35-year-old Jeffrey Duane Land, who had sustained severe injuries and was in critical condition. An initial investigation revealed that Land had been walking south on Highway 42 and Murray Road when he crossed the roadway into the northbound lane of travel. A white BMW sedan traveling north on Highway 42 apparently struck Land in the northbound lane. Land is believed to have been homeless and living near the area where the accident occurred. During EMS transport from the scene, Land was later pronounced deceased.
At this time, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed against the involved driver. The accident remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Start a new tradition with your family by tuning into 88.9 FM, and spend the evening viewing Christmas lights and listening to your favorite Christmas songs. Make family memories that will last a lifetime!
If you know of a place not on the list please email us and we will add it to your list. Email us at WKEU@aol.com. We will update the listings everyday.

Merry Christmas WKEU!

140 Beeks Circle, Williamson

Grove Lane, Griffin

410 Terrace Street

Dauset Drive

Southworth Subdivision off Maddox Road, Griffin

Fannin Rd/Birdie Rd..the road before the Birdie Community Clubhouse

Christmas Lane, Thomaston

Gaddy Family Christmas Light Extravaganza, Fayetteville

Burton Family lights 165 Stafford ct, Fayetteville

840 Moon Road, Griffin

Maple Drive, Griffin

College Street, Griffin

Milner Ave, Griffin

Maddox Road

Middlebrooks, Honeybee Creek, Maddoxwoods, Cedardale, and Sweetbriar

211 South 6th Street, Griffin

Wesley Drive, Griffin

Corner of Steele and Birdie Road, Griffin

Runaway Lake Drive Griffin

Kincaid Avenue, Griffin

726 Meriwether Street, Griffin

Airport Road walking track, Griffin

Orchard Hill walking track, Orchard Hill

Downtown Griffin

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy WSBTV

 

A large House fire in Jackson Friday afternoon took the life of two children ages 2 and 3 and the children’s mother was severely burned and was airlifted, by helicopter air ambulance based at the Griffin Airport  to the Grady burn unit in Atlanta. The home was located at Valley Road and North Oak Street. The State Fire Marshall has been called to the scene to assist the Jackson Fire and Law enforcement officials with the investigation as to the exact cause of the fire. Also reporting to the scene was Butts County Coroner Ralph Wilson that pronounced the 2 children dead at the scene. The other 3 children that lived at the home were in school at the time of the fire.  Units responding to the scene included the Jackson Fire Department, Jackson Police Department, Butts County Sheriffs Department units, Coroner Ralph Wilson, and the State Fire Marshall. The incident remains under investigation and more information is exerted to be release later.

 

 

UPDATE 

 

42 year old Amber Rae Brown who was shot in a incident at her home on December 12, 2017 at 9:18 a.m. Passed away Wednesday night at the Atlanta Medical Center. Sheriff Darrel Dix said that his deputies responded to the 600 block of Cheatham Road regarding a report of a shooting. As the deputy entered the residence he observed Ms Brown victim lying on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. A male was observed with a firearm next to the female victim. The deputy ordered the male to put the weapon down. The male then pointed the pistol at his head and shot himself. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene by Coroner Sonny Foster.

The male victim was identified as 52 year old Grady Jack Norton of a 92 Place address in Griffin.

DEPUTY CLERK OF SPALDING COUNTY SUPERIOR AND STATE COURT ISSUES PRESS RELEASE.

The Spalding County State & Superior Court has issued a press release dated December 15, 2017.  From Debbie Brooks, Chief Deputy Clerk of State and Superior Courts. 

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the State of Georgia filed an Executive Order signed by Governor Nathan Deal ordering that Marcia Norris, Clerk of the Superior and State Courts of Spalding County be suspended from office for a period of 60 days. 
 
During this time I, Debbie L. Brooks, will be serving as the Spalding County Superior and State Court Clerk. It is my desire to keep all court matters operating as usual and no court dates will be affected.
I am grateful for the support of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners and the elected officials of the Griffin Judicial Circuit for this opportunity to serve.

The Barnesville Herald Gazette has announced that discount retail giant Dollar Tree will open a new store in the old Walgreen’s location at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Rose Avenue in Barnesville. Renovations to the building are underway.

Dollar Tree has well over 5000 retail locations nationwide and a large distribution center in Savannah. It’s stock is public traded on NASDAQ. The company dates back to a Ben Franklin store opened by founder K.R. Perry in Norfolk, Va. in 1953.

The former Walgreen’s building is owned by Agree Limited Partnership of Deerfield, Il. The 14,859 square foot building was built in 2007 and is located on a 2.4 acre commercial lot

The Dollar Tree opening is not the only one anticipated along Veterans Parkway. O’Reilly Auto Parts, which has long been seeking a local location, is planning to build nearby on the lot between Zaxby’s and Akin’s Farm and Home.

Rumors continue to swirl regarding the land on which the now abandoned Williams Funeral Home sits. That site is reportedly prized by developers who would locate a Burger King/Taco Bell combo fast food operation.

WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story.

 

 

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at approximately 9:15 a.m., officers of the Griffin Police Department responded to First National Bank, located at 1475 W. McIntosh Road, Griffin, Georgia, in reference to a report of an armed robbery. Officers on scene were advised that there was a black female that had entered the rear door of the bank wearing a disguise. The suspect then approached the counter and demanded money from the tellers while holding a weapon. The bank robber is described as being between 5’00” and 5’05” in height, weighing 130 to 140 pounds, dark complexion, and having an accent. The suspect fled the scene on foot heading northbound with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Griffin Police Department is actively working this incident. If anyone in the area witnessed anything suspicious that may possibly be related to this case, you are asked to contact the Griffin Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 770-229-6452.

 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN YATES

 

Former State representative, Ford Motor Company District Manager, and World War II Hero John Yates Passes away on Monday

The entire State of Georgia was saddened on Tuesday to hear of the passing of long time State Representative and World War II Veteran and hero John Yates. State Representative Yates served as state representative until 2016,  was the last World War II veteran to serve in the Georgia General Assembly. State representative Yates was 96.

Yates became one of a small number of Republicans in the Georgia House at the time he was first elected in 1988. After losing re-election, he ran again in 1992 and remained in office until 2016.

As a World War II Captain and Field Artillery Spotter Pilot Yates flew more than 200 missions over enemy lines for the U.S. Army Field Artillery Command of General George Patton of the 3rd Army. He was awarded six air medals and four battle stars.. His service included the Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive on the Western Front in 1944 and 1945. He was recognized for heroism while piloting his small spotter aircraft.  During a mission of the Battle of the Bulge, when he and his spotter dropped two 5 gallon tanks of gasoline on an enemy tank blocking a bridge head which was too close for him to call in a artillery strikes due to the closeness to advancing American Forces. The gas tanks struck the German Panzer tank and exploded, causing the German tank to retreat far enough for then Captain Yates to call in an artillery mission to support American Forces at the Bridge.

After the war, Yates worked for Ford Motor Company as district manager for the California Division at the Parts Distribution Center, and later Midwest director for Ford in Texas.  When he retired he moved back to Griffin and Spalding County and lived on his Family Farm.

While Serving as State representative, he was chairman of the House Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee and a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

To say that John Yates was a public servant and a patriot is a understatement I knew John Yates for all of my life.  He was the most dedicated public servant I have ever met, Georgia, this area, and The Nation has lost a National Treasure. Whether you agreed with John as a politician or not, we that were born after world war II and since, recognized him as one of the most trusted representatives in Georgia and dedicated to his area citizens. He never spoke of it much but he assisted may Georgians both in and out of the district.  To those of us that were the sons and daughters of the Greatest Generation we all knew that each  of them that served in World War II as heroes in the truest sense of the word,  He understood better than most today the meaning of sacrifice and service. I admired John and remember greatly his care of Annie his wife during her sickness with Alzheimer’s. He was by her side continually, and when it was time for the sessions he would hire a full time attendant to care for her until he drove from the capitol back home each day of the session.  I only pray I will one day be half the man John Yates was. He was my dear family friend, my comrade in arms, but most of all my dear friend. my family and I will miss him greatly.

Funeral services will be held Saturday 2 pm at Conner Westbury Funeral Home. Internment will follow at the Griffin Family Cemetery.

Bill Taylor
LTC (R) USA

 

 

On December 12, 2017, deputies responded to 308 Sunset Drive Extension to a report of a burglary.

Upon their arrival they found the homeowner detaining a suspect in the residential burglary.
According to the homeowner, he observed three subjects in the living room of his home when he arrived home for lunch. He was able to detain one of the suspects and the other two fled on foot.

Deputies were able to locate an additional witness who observed the two suspects enter a residence at 403 Fawnbrook Circle. Deputies located the two suspects inside the Fawnbrook residence and took them into custody.

All three suspects have been charged with burglary:
Denmarikonie Shingles 18 -B/M 112 Experiment ST, Griffin, GA
Twinda Armstrong 17-B/M 403 Fawnbrook Circle, Griffin, GA
A 13 year old male juvenile was also arrested and released to the custody of his parents.

 

On December 12, 2017 at 9:18 a.m., deputies responded to the 600 block of Cheatham Road regarding a report of a shooting. As the deputy entered the residence he observed a female victim lying on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. A male was observed with a firearm next to the female victim. The deputy ordered the male to put the weapon down. The male at this time fired one self-inflicted gunshot into his head.

The male was pronounced deceased at the scene by Coroner Sonny Foster.

The 42 year old female has been identified as Amber Rae Brown. She received medical care at the scene and was airlifted to an Atlanta area hospital.

The male victim has been identified as 52 year old Grady Jack Norton of a 92 Place address in Griffin.
The next of kin for both victims have been notified.
Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.

Continental Tire in Barnesville has announced it will relocate current operations in Porterdale, Ga. to the Aldora plant in Lamar County at the end of 2018. The Porterdale employees will be given the opportunity to transfer to the local plant in Barnesville or, if eligible, retire.

In the interim, the company will spend $9 million dollars to modernize equipment and improve efficiencies and production at eh Aldora facility. The local plant, which now employs just over 200, will add an additional 106 jobs.

The Aldora plant opened in 1888 as a cotton mill. It began producing tire cord in the early 1920s and was purchased by Continental in 1986. The plant produces tire cord fabric used in Continental and General brand passenger and light truck tires.

 

The Pike County Commissioners will meet November 28, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

The Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

During the Commissioners Meeting a t6:30 the commissions will consider renewal of Alcohol License for the Rock Store.

Consider one appointment to the Pike Industrial Development Authority to fill a four-year term, set to expire December 31, 2021.

Consider one appointment to the Three Rivers Regional Commission Board to fill a one-year term to expire December 31, 2018.

Consider one appointment to the J. Joel Edwards Library Board to fill an unexpired three-year term, set to expire August 31, 2020

A Public Hearing will be conducted to receive public input regarding Flanders Farm & Timber, LLC, property owner, and Frankie Flanders, applicant, are requesting final plat approval for only three of seven total tracts of property on approximately 1814 acres off of Blanton Mill Road, Dunbar School Road, Huff Creek Road, Hancock Road, and Scott

A Public Hearing will be conducted to receive public input regarding Bowen Jones, property owner and applicant, is requesting simultaneous preliminary and final plat approval for a new 9 lot subdivision on 28 acres on New Hope Road and Country Brown Road. The parent tract is zoned A-R

The Commissioners will also receive public input regarding Virginia Rawls Murphy, property owner, and STS Development Group requesting a rezoning of the property from A-R (Agricultural-Residential) to R-15 (Single Family Residential) in order to develop a 66 lot conservation subdivision on the subject property. The subject property located off of Chapel Hill.

Discuss / Approve / Deny a 60 day moratorium on approval of new flag lots in major subdivisions,  Effective from November 28, 2017.

The Commissioners will also consider a request from Pike County Parade Committee to use the courthouse grounds on Sunday, December 10 th, for the Pike County Christmas Parade and Festival from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

During PUBLIC COMMENT Carol Boronkas will address the Board regarding the proposed Conservation Subdivision at the corner of Second District Road and Chapel Hill Road in Williamson.

Bennie Evans will address the Board regarding conservation zoning.

Misty Meeks will address the Board regarding Homeowners Insurance.

The Griffin Police Department’s Criminal Apprehension Gang Enforcement Unit and Special Investigations Unit have completed an extended investigation which has led to 43 individuals arrested for violating the Georgia statutes, Participating in Criminal Gang Activity (O.C.G.A 16-15-4), Georgia Controlled Substance Act and Prostitution and or Keeping a Place of Prostitution.   A total of fifty (50) gang act charges were filed within the last month.  To charge a person with the gang act requires an extensive investigation along with several indicators that determine a person to be a gang member or associate of the gang.  The hotel Scottish Inn and business Bahama Massage Therapy both were targets of an investigation which led to the prostitution charges. The following persons were arrested and charged with violations of Georgia law:

Jody Evans– charged with 5 counts of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity

Crystal Chambers– charged with 3 counts of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

Darius Allen– charged with 5 counts of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

Kortavius Ridgeway– charged with 6 counts of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

Emmanuel Pyant– charged with 6 counts of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

Reatris Ellis– charged with 6 counts of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

Elisha Goggins– charged with 6 counts of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

Kentavius Davis– charged with 6 counts of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

Kentravius Davis– charged with 6 counts of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

Monkedre McCord– charged with 1 count of Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

Jermaine Thompson– charge with Poss. of Synthetic Marijuana, Poss. of Marijuana, and Poss. of drug related objects, and 2 counts of Obstruction.

Dwayne Warner- charged with Poss. of Cocaine WITD, Poss, of Cocaine, Poss. Drug Related Objects.

Corey Willis– charged with trafficking Ecstasy, Poss. of Cocaine WITD, Poss. of Meth, trafficking bath salts, poss. of marijuana WITD, Poss. of Schedule II drugs, Poss. of Firearm by a Felon, Poss. of Firearm during commission of a crime.

Cyndia Butler– charged with trafficking Ecstasy, Poss. of Cocaine WITD, Poss. of Meth, trafficking bath salts, poss. of marijuana WITD, Poss. of Schedule II drugs, Poss. of Firearm during commission of a crime.

Mark Neal-charged with trafficking Ecstasy, Poss. of Cocaine WITD, Poss. of Meth, trafficking bath salts, poss. of marijuana WITD, Poss. of Schedule II drugs, Poss. of Firearm by a Felon, Poss. of Firearm during commission of a crime.

Katherine Hahn– charged with Poss. of Meth.

Deanna Jones- Poss. of Marijuana less than an ounce.

Leonterrious Gregg– charged with Felony Violation of Probation Violation.

Erik Duran– charged with purchase of Marijuana.

Joseph Davis– charged with sale of Marijuana, Poss. of Marijuana more than an ounce, Poss. of Marijuana WITD, Gambling.

Bobby Williams– charged with sale of Marijuana, Poss. of Cocaine WITD, Poss. of Marijuana WITD, Gambling, and Obstruction.

Boris Bell– charged with Gambling.

Adrick Lindsey– charged with Gambling.

Antavious Artis– charged with Obstruction.

Broderick Green– charged with Poss. of Marijuana less than one once.

Quindarius Mayes– charged with Obstruction.

Gregory Thomas– charged with Poss. of Cocaine WITD, Poss. of Marijuana WITD, Gambling.

Fannie Souder– charged with Poss. of Cocaine WITD, Poss. of Marijuana WITD, Gambling.

Darius Dawson– charged with Felony Violation of Probation.

Hillard Pittman– charged with Purchase of Marijuana.

Wanda Hayes– charged with Party to a Crime (Purchase of Marijuana).

Charles Deyton– charged with Poss. of Meth WITD

Rochelle Polk– charged with Poss. of Meth WITD.

Jason Hayes– charged with Felony Violation of Probation, Poss, of Marj. Less than Oz.

Roshunda Shaw– charged with Failure to Appear, False Name, and DOB.

Tabias Lewis-charged with Poss. of Marijuana Less than Oz.

Jarvis Lucier-charged with Poss. of Marijuana WITD.

Jeremy Baxter-charged with Poss. of Marijuana Less than Oz. Poss. drug related obj.

Jasmine Ellis– charged with Purchase of Cocaine and Marijuana.

Jessica Ensley– charged with Poss. of Meth., Drugs not in Orig. Container, and Cruelty to Child 1st degree.

Baloevbhai Patel– charged with Keeping a Place of Prostitution.

Moon S. Lee– charged with Keeping a Place of Prostitution, Poss. of Dangerous Drugs, Drugs not in Original Container.

Ryoung Kim– charged with Masturbation for Hire, Prostitution, and Poss. of Dangerous Drugs.

At the November 14th City Commissioners meeting:

The commissioners:

Approved:  a Proclamation declaring November 2017 to be National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. The county approved a similar proclamation at their November 6th meeting.

Ms. Janie Clark along with other members of Brightmoor Hospice was present to accept the proclamation.

The commissioners recognized  Wanda Moore-Crawford, Contract Desk Supervisor, with the Customer Service Department, as the October 2017 “Strongest Link” award recipient.

During her 8 year tenure with the City of Griffin Wanda has grown from a Contract Desk Technician to her current position as the Contract Desk Supervisor. Wanda is dependable and conscientious of the job she performs. Last May the two employees that reported directly to Wanda resigned to pursue other opportunities. This left Wanda to operate the Contract Desk at the busiest time of the year by herself. While others assisted Wanda during this time, Wanda handled the majority of the business transactions. She took the additional job duties, in stride, never complaining or letting the level of Customer Service to our customers lessen. Wanda is the definition of “The Strongest Link in the Chain”.

The commissioners recognized  The 2017 Leadership Development Institute graduates. Fire Chief, Tommy Jones, presented certificates to the eighteen graduates.

The City of Griffin Leadership Development Institute was created to encourage current and future leaders of the City of Griffin and Spalding County to participate in a formal program designed to teach the necessary skills to unlock their leadership potential, as well as fostering individual personal growth. This 12-week program included six full-day classes and six Leadership Power Hour sessions covering a variety of topics. The participants were nominated by their department director and come from a variety of departments within the City of Griffin and Spalding County. The city had 12 participants and the county had 6 participants.

 

The commissioners reconized   The 2017 Community Emergency Response Team training graduates. . Fire Chief, Tommy Jones, presented certificates to the thirteen graduates. Training included Disaster Preparedness, Fire Suppression, Medical Aid, Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology and Team Organization, Disaster Simulation, and Terrorism Response.

 

 

The commissioners approved  the Griffin-Spalding County Hospital Authority grant allocations for the year 2018.  $20,000 to the Spalding County Board of Health for flu shots, and $1,700 to the Spalding County Office of Homeland Security for the purchase of fans. In order for the Hospital Authority to grant funds, both the City Commission and County Commission must give their approval.

The Commissioners approved an appropriation of $194,670 from Main Street Fund Balance (City $94,670 and County $100,000) for Solomon Park and amend the budget accordingly. The City and County each approved funding in Fiscal Year 2017 for Solomon Park. This amendment simply moves the designated funds from the Main St operating account to a Capital Projects account.

Approved:  of a consolidated (bulk) buy for the purchase of sixty (60) PCs for the Information Technology department from the Dell Georgia State Contract under the City’s life cycle management program in the amount of $36,551.40.

Approved:  the purchase of a Lee Boy  Tack Distributor from Reynolds-Warren Equipment off NJPA purchasing contract, in the amount of $18,400.00 for the Street Department and declare as surplus old unit which is worn and inoperable.

Approved:  the purchase of seventy-eight (78) Pep-Link BR1 Mini Global Positioning System modems for Police and Fire Department to provide MDT’s with an active Automatic Vehicle Location in the amount of $20,302.00.

Approved:   $54,356.31 for Four Seasons Cable Construction to install fiber optic cabling in Lakes of Green Valley allowing the City of Griffin to offer high-speed Internet services to Lakes at Green Valley industries.

Approved:  the consolidated (bulk) buy for the purchase of sixty-nine (69) vehicle rugged Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) Tough-books and Docking Stations for the Police Department from the Dell Georgia State Contract in the amount of $141,880.20.

Approved:  of a Task Order Form for the design and construction management of the water and sewer lines relocation of Solomon Street Park to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $22,600.00.

Old Slaton Avenue East was abandoned during the demolition of Old City Hall. The water and wastewater lines reside in the street. These lines need to be adjusted or relocated in order for the park to be constructed.

Approved:  to purchase furnishings off state contract in the amount of $78,645.16. for new Fire Station #2 and Headquarters building, from Impact Office Interiors.

Approved:   the proposed updated Personnel Policy Manual.. Changes to the 52 page Personnel Policy were discussed in a Board of Commissioner workshop on October 24, 2017.

 

 

 

The commissioners have approved  ELECTRIC RATE ADJUSTMENTS for all services, see index below,  of Tariffs as recommended by Electric Cities of Georgia and increasing the Environmental Compliance Cost Recovery (ECCR) from $.0065 to $.0067 effective 01/01/2018.

FINANCIAL IMPACT:

Revenue increase would assist in meeting demand of increase wholesale power cost and projected debt of Vogle expansion.

Proposed rate adjustments would result in the following approximate revenue increases:

2018     $1,638,063

2019     $2,471,508

2020     $1,834,650

2021     $0

2022     $0

The commissioners also approved a WATER AND WASTEWATER RATE INCREASE to cover new debt for the construction of the Flint River Pump Station, Potato Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Cabin Creek wastewater Treatment Plant and the Head Works and Dewater of Shoal Creek Sludge Ponds.

The Commissioners indicated they had three options to consider.

Option #1 provides a 9% revenue reserve for emergency repairs to system. In the future, when Harry Simmons Water Treatment Plant needs to be upgraded, 100% of the upgrade may be bonded at that time. By selecting Option #1 if some major failure of the aging Harry Simmons Water Treatment Plant (HSWTP) occurs, there would  be funds available to address the issue.

Option #3 provides a lesser reserve of 5% (instead of 9%)

Option #2 provides no reserve for future HSWTP upgrade.

By a 4/2 vote The Commissioners chose option #2 which has the smallest rate increase but provides no reserve for future HSWTP upgrade.

01/01/18   3.75% for both water and wastewater

07/01/19   2.50% for both water and wastewater

07/01/20   2.00% for both water and wastewater

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On November 8, 2017 at approximately 2004 hours Spalding County Sheriff’s Office C.A.G.E. Unit Investigator Jennifer Fuller called out at the scene a vehicle accident at the intersection of Elm Street and Railroad Ave. As she exited her vehicle a person later identified as

DUSTIN STEVENS

Dustin Joel Stevens (w/m 26yoa) ran from the scene of the accident.

Inv. Fuller chased Stevens on foot and was able to catch him near Peachtree St and Railroad Ave. Once Inv. Fuller caught up to Mr. Stevens, she attempted to gain control of him. Stevens turned and reached for Inv. Fuller’s service weapon. Fuller was able to kick Mr. Stevens away from her and draw her issued Taser and deploy it striking Mr. Stevens on the right side of his body.

As Stevens fell to the ground, he was given verbal commands to place his hands behind his back. Fuller moved in to handcuff him, Stevens began to resist, striking Inv. Fuller in the left side of her face with his fist. In response, Inv. Fuller initiated another 5 second Taser cycle from the Taser and continued verbal commands for the subject to place his hands behind his back. Stevens continued to resist arrest.

Inv. Fuller was finally able to create distance from Stevens and held the Taser to his back, not allowing him to get up until Officer Eric Michel from the Griffin Police Department arrived and placed Stevens in handcuffs.

Stevens received cuts to the bridge of his nose and face, and multiple abrasions during his fight with Fuller. He was transported to Spalding Regional Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.

Inv. Fuller was taken to the medical facility at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to be checked by staff and was released back to duty.

Stevens has been charged with driving on suspended license, felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule 2 narcotic (2cts), possession of drug related objects, and headlight requirements. He is currently being held in the Spalding County Jail.

According to Sheriff Darrell Dix “This was a violent encounter between Investigator Jennifer Fuller and Dustin Stevens that could have rapidly escalated in to a greater use of force. Deputy Fuller did an outstanding job of defending herself from Steven’s attack and his attempts to disarm her. She handled herself well, effected the arrest, and I’m glad she was not more seriously injured.”

SPALDING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

 

Preliminary hearings for two Spalding County prisoners that are being held in
relation to a cold case from 1983 has been announced by the Spalding  County
Court.  The Inmates in question are 59-year old Frankie Gebhart and 58-year
old Bill Moore, Sr.  The Court stated that the two will have a preliminary
hearing on November 30 th at 8:00 am. The two were arrested in relation to
the October 9 th, 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins, whose body was found
near Sunny Side near a power line,  evidence from the scene, questioned
suspects and witnesses but were unable to make  arrests in Coggins’ death.

 

In June of 2017, spurred by information forwarded to the GBI through
various sources all of the information gathered at the time of the original
investigation. Investigators began re-interviewing old witnesses,
conducting interviews with newly discovered witnesses, and gathering new
evidence. Investigators from the GBI and the Spalding County Sheriff’s
Office working in unison also went door to door in their efforts to solve this
crime. In October 2017, Sheriff Darrell Dix announced that 59-year old
Frankie Gebhart and 58-year old Bill Moore, Sr. were both been arrested
for murder, felony murder,  aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and
concealing the death of another.

Also arrested were 58-year old Sandra Bunn for obstruction, Lamar Bunn
for obstruction, and 47-year old Gregory Huffman for violation of oath of
office and obstruction.  Sheriff Dix said that Huffman was a detention officer
and has been terminated.  Bunn has recently been employed by the Milner
Police Department and previously worked for the Lamar County Sheriff’s
Department.

Sheriff Dix said recently: “I can say without a doubt that if Mr. Coggins was
murdered today, in 2017, it would absolutely be classified as a hate crime.
34 years have passed since this horrible crime was committed and those
who killed him have believed that they would remain untouched”

 

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Special Operations Division, working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, concluded an in-depth investigation that lead to the arrest of two Spalding County residents. On November 1, 2017, members of Special Operations and agents from Homeland Security arrested

Cupertino Mendoza and Iartina Alvizo Zapata of 3812 High Falls Road, Griffin. As a result of the investigation, 21 kilograms (approximately 54 pounds) of cocaine was seized. The cocaine has an estimated street value $1,500,000.00. Agents with Homeland Security also seized $532,190.00 in cash. During the investigation, members of Special Operations executed two search warrants. One search warrant was executed at 3812 High Falls Road, and the other was executed at 61 Head Road, a 96 acre farm. As a result of the search warrants, agents seized 4 vehicles, a skid steer and a cattle trailer. These items were found to be involved in the distribution of illegal narcotics.

Mendoza and Zapata are both being held in the Spalding County jail and are charged as follows: trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, and possession of a vehicle with a false compartment. Both are awaiting their first appearance hearing. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office will continue to fight the war on drugs in every capacity. Sheriff Dix said, “We will continue to work cooperatively with local, state, and federal agencies to eradicate drugs from our county.” If you are drug dealer in Spalding County, we look forward to seeing you soon.