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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued a press release on Friday Sept 23rd,  in relation an investigation of an incident in Butts County.

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SHERRY HALL
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The GBI secured four criminal arrest warrants through the Superior Court of the Towaliga Judicial Circuit on Sherry Hall.  They are as follows: False Statements, Tampering with Evidence, Interference with Government Property, and Violation of Oath of Office.

After following the leads and evidence, the investigation has now revealed that there is no, and never was, a suspect shooter at large in Jackson, Georgia.

The GBI was requested by the Jackson Police Department to independently investigate both the Officer Involved Shooting/ Use of Force and the alleged Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer.  The GBI Milledgeville Office committed all available assets and resources, which included personnel from two regional offices.  To date, there have been in excess of 600 investigative work hours expended on this investigation and certain aspects of this investigation are still ongoing.

The alleged incident began at approximately 12:08 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 when Sherry Hall called out over the radio that she had been shot.  Several law enforcement officers from the Jackson Police Department and the Butts County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to assist in the officer down call.  Sherry Hall alleged through three separate interviews with the GBI that she was shot by a black male subject who was positioned near the wood line at the cul-de-sac on Camellia Court. Sherry Hall further advised that she did not engage her in car video and audio recording equipment.

As part of this investigation, the GBI solicited input from the manufacturer of the in car camera system as well as a GBI Digital Forensic Investigator, in an effort to further this investigation. Video and audio evidence was recovered from the hard drive of the unit. After hours of subsequent examination of that video evidence, it was revealed that inconsistencies existed with regard to Sherry Hall’s statements, witness statements, physical evidence, and later examination of forensic evidence.

The GBI Milledgeville supervisory staff met with Jackson Police Chief James Morgan and District Attorney Richard Milam apprising the agency heads of the existing inconsistencies. It was agreed to expand the investigation as it began to appear that Sherry Hall was not in fact a victim of a shooting.

In an effort to reconcile inconsistencies discovered in the investigation, the GBI conducted a subsequent interview of Sherry Hall. During this interview Sherry Hall watched the video, and at that time Hall stopped cooperating with the investigation.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Sherry Hall failed to reveal to the GBI that she was in possession of an additional departmental handgun issued to her on July 1, 2016.  A search warrant was secured and executed earlier this week for Hall’s residence located in Butts County. This particular weapon was located and seized, which gave rise to certain warrants concerning this investigation.

has been determined that Sherry Hall is currently located in a private facility, of her own volition, and upon release she will be arrested, processed, and booked at the Butts County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

The GBI would like to commend all Butts County agency heads for their full and complete cooperation in regard to this investigation. Those agencies heads being Jackson Police Chief James Morgan, District Attorney Richard Milam, and Sheriff Gary Long.

WKEU News would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story. You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at barnesville.com

 

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Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has advised WKEU news that his Deputies arrested Bill Whitley Friday afternoon after receiving a report of the individual trying to make entry into a residence on Highway 109.
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He had tried to enter the front door of a residence when he was scared off by an armed homeowner.

After seeing several Face book posts in regards to Whitley, from local citizens, he was identified as the suspect. With the assistance of the Upson County Sheriff’s Office Whitley was spotted driving a Lexus, and a traffic stop was conducted in Upson County. The vehicle he was driving was determined to have been stolen from another residence  on Highway 109. The homeowner was out of town and did not know the vehicle was missing.

Investigators went to the vehicle owners residence and discovered that Whitley had also burglarized the house and had been living there as the owner was out of town.

Whitley is in the Pike County Jail charged with criminal attempt  burglary, burglary and theft by taking motor vehicle.

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If you have noticed TV recently, and Movie Theaters you realize that the movie “Sully” a Clint Eastwood production is being shown Nationwide.  The movie is about Captain Chesley Sullenberger the airline pilot that had to make a force landing in the Hudson River in New York with no loss of life, when large birds near the runway were ingested into his engines on take off causing the aircraft to lose power in both engines. Tom hanks plays the part of Captain Sullenberger in the excellent movie.
The movie production also included several days shooting at the Barnstormers Grill, and Candler Field Museum.  Also museum air craft were used in several scenes.  Photos of the production and shots made at the Candler Field Museum are on display to include the exact aircraft a Sterman 1930’s trainer. 
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You are invited to visit the museum and review the photos and have a first hand look at the aircraft that was in the movie..
Aircraft of the Museum have been used in several movies in the past few years.   We will be positing a interview with Ron Alexander about the movie and the historic aircraft at the museum in the next few days.

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Pike County Sheriffs Investigators arrested Jeffery Allen , 47 years of age, for burglary on Thursday September 22 nd. 

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Several reports of thefts have been reported in various parts of the county over the past several weeks. Allen is believed to be responsible for a majority of those thefts , however Investigators are working to link him to the additional crimes.

He is currently under arrest for entering a garage of a resident in the Whitfield Walk neighborhood and stealing items. Allen has been seen at other residences in Pike County. The vehicle he was driving is pictured below.

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If anyone has any additional information you please contact The Pike County Sheriffs Department Investigative Department. r at 770-567-8431.

 

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The first order of business at the Spalding County Commissioners Meeting September 19 th:
 
Webelos Pack 2 of the First Baptist Church of Griffin delivered the invocation and lead everyone  present in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag and then each of the Webelos read a portion of a  Proclamation of Thanks to the Board of Commissioners for their public service.
 
The commissioners:
Approved:     a Proclamation designating October 1st thru October 31 st, 2016 as “Dysautonomia Awareness Month” in Spalding County, Georgia.
Dana Bradberry, a 19 year old Spalding County resident requested the proclamation. She was present to accept the proclamation and thanked the commissioners for making the community aware of Dysautonomia.
Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe various conditions that cause a malfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) controls most of the essential functions of the body that we do not consciously think about, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation and constriction of the pupils of the eye and temperature control. 
Increased awareness about Dysautonomia will help patients get diagnosed and treated earlier, save lives, and foster support for individuals and families coping with Dysautonomia.
 
Ms. Claudet Gallman of the Griffin Lions Club presented cases of smoke detectors to the board for distribution to County residents by the Spalding County Fire Department. Since December last year to April this year there have been 7 fire related deaths in the Griffin / Spalding area. Hopefully these smoke detectors help prevent further lose. 
 
The commissioners: 
Approved:   on second reading an Amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance pertaining  to  Sensitive Land Flood Damage Prevention to be consistent with the National Flood Insurance Program regulations and definitions. 
This is to identify land on the flood insurance rate map that indicates it has a one percent chance of flooding in any given year.
 
Approved:   a request of the Humane Society of Griffin Spalding County for a letter stating that Spalding County has no objection to the State granting a one-day alcohol license for the Humane Society’s Annual Chili Cook-Off to be held on Saturday, October 22 nd 2016 at “The Pavilion “from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 
Approved:   proposals for preparation of the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update and AMEC Foster & Wheeler for the consultant for the update with a bid of $155,000.
In order to maintain QLG (Qualified Local Government) status the county is required to complete a Comprehensive Plan Update and Service Delivery Strategy Re-negotiations by October of 2017.  
 
Approved:   the 2016 LMIG request. This a priority list of 8.432 miles of roads and streets to be resurfaced in 2017 fiscal year. Projects consist of patching, leveling, and resurfacing of existing asphalt surfaces.  
 
Approved:     recommendation from the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission to temporarily suspend tournament facility rental fees for current Associations contracted with Spalding County.  It is believed this will increase the number of tournaments thus making more money with the hotel/motel tax and increased spending of participants than would be made on the facility rental fees. Records will be kept to see if this is true. 
 
Approved:   on first reading an Ordinance to reduce the speed limit on Bates Road, Deason Street and Vickery Drive from 35 M.P.H. to 25 M.P.H.   Reduction of the speed limit was recommended by Sheriff Beam.
 
Approved:    on first reading an Ordinance  to reduce the speed limit on the following roads:
..Amelia Road – Beginning at Locust Grove Road and traveling north for a distance of 2 miles (to
the end of the pavement) reduce posted speed to 35 miles per hour.
..Amelia Road – Beginning 2 miles north of Locust Grove Road (where the pavement ends) to the
county line for a distance of 1 mile reduce the posted speed to 25 miles per hour on the unpaved portion of this road.
..Apple Road – Beginning at Sam Solomon Road and traveling west for a distance of 0.4 miles to
Amelia Road, reduce the posted speed to 25 miles per hour on this unpaved road.
..Sam Solomon Road – Beginning at the Dead End and traveling north for a distance of 1.5 miles
to Apple Road, reduce the posted speed to 25 miles per hour on this unpaved road.
 
Approved:    a resolution supporting a joint request with the City of Griffin for Employment Incentive Program (EIP) funds to provide a pre-treatment facility to assist Marukan Vinegar (U.S.A.), Inc.  
     The city is lead agent for the funds that will pay for a device that will pre-treat industrial waste water before it is discharged into municipal wastewater. 
  The City of Griffin and the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority will agree to transfer ownership of the pre-treatment facility to the GSDA. The GSDA will enter an agreement identifying Marukan as the entity to provide operation and maintenance of the facility.
Marukan Vinegar (U.S.A.) Inc. is a new business to be located in the Industrial Park. They are in the vinegar business and will provide new jobs for low to moderate income persons. 
 
Approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Griffin to establish funding allocations for 2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
The City of Griffin and Spalding County Sheriff’s Department has applied for and received this grant for the last several years.  County to receive $11,054.    City to receive $19,419
 
Approved:   an agency contract with the City of Orchard Hill for Fire Protection Services for the period October 1, 2016 to October 1, 2017.  This is an annual contract in the amount $33,082.80 paid in increments of $2,756.90 per month as budgeted revenues into the Fire District Fund.
 
Approved:    an agency contract with the City of Sunny Side for Fire Protection Services for the period October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.  This is an annual contract in the amount $17,151.48 paid in increments of $1,429.29 per month as budgeted revenues into the Fire District Fund.
 
County Manager William Wilson gave a 2016 SPLOST Update:
..Long Term Debt for Fire Station, Fire trucks, Correctional Institute and Memorial Drive Plaza paid off March 1, 2016
..Senior Nutrition Capital expenditures reimbursed to General Fund – June 2016.
..Fire Department Wild land Response Unit (Brush Truck) – in operation April 2016.
..Soccer Lights – completed August 2016.
..E 911 Phone system – in operation April 2016.
..Judicial Computers/Software Upgrades – in progress – Oct 24, 2016 Go Live.
..Heritage Park Projects – Asbestos abatement completed 2016.
..Fairmont Gym HVAC – bids rejected in August 2016 to be re bid Oct 2016.
..Pickleball Facility – bids received and being evaluated.
..800 MHz Tower Relocation – in progress – completion November 2016.
..Fire Department Pumper/Tanker – to be delivered in September 2016.
..CAD/Sun guard – Kickoff October 11 2016.
..Fiber Optics – fiber ran to Annex and Courthouse in August, splicing now to be live October 2016.
..Bridge over Cabin Creek – in design with soil testing week of Sept 5.
submitted by Larry Johnson.

 

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The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has completed their investigation regarding the two subjects in the white Ford Ranger pickup. The following subjects have been arrested in the case Christopher Allen Butler, age 28 of 923 E. Broadway St., Griffin, Ga. on the following charges aggravated assault, and stalking. Butler is still incarcerated and is scheduled for first appearance hearing Saturday 9/17/16

Also arrested Isaac Jordan Brown, age 28 of 419 Ingram Rd., Barnesville, Ga. on the following charges aggravated assault and stalking. Brown is still incarcerated and is scheduled for first appearance hearing on Saturday 9/17/16.

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In Lamar County a woman was found dead of gunshot wounds Thursday morning at a home at 157 Liz Acres Road, which is located off Highway 341. The deceased female was identified as Elaine Brown McGuire, age 70. Initial repots indicated she suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

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Her son David Lewis McGuire Jr. has been charged with murder, according to Sheriff Brad White.

The GBI crime scene specialist from Perry was at the home along with Lamar County Sheriffs Units and Barnesville Police Department personnel.

David McGuire was originally detained at the scene because he was highly intoxicated, according to Sheriff White.

The body was taken to the State Crime Lab in Atlanta by Trice Funeral Home for a determination as to the cause of death. There may be additional charges against David McGuire.

 

The September Term of the Grand Jury heard the David Gibson Case on Thursday.

 

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WKEU has received information from a reliable source that the grand jury has indicted Gibson on all charges at least six additional charges  that relate to violation of his oath of office.

WKEU NEWS had a chance to talk with District Attorney Scott Ballard about the indictments handed down on Thursday. Ballard said, “He stated “They returned an indictment and it is my understanding that there was a true bill indictment against him and if I am not mistaken there are between 12 and 14 true bill counts.”

We also asked the District Attorney if he thought the case will come before the Spalding Superior Court before the first of the year.  DA Ballard stated “He was not sure when it will come up. The next opportunity is in October and I am certain it will not be up then. I will be surprised if it came up before the end of the year.”

With regard to the indictments we asked about the types of indictments that were given a true bill. . Ballard said “It is going to involve sexual batteries, regular battery, aggravated assault, and many violations of oath office.”

We also asked if there were additional indictments.  Ballard said several of the counts were special presentments that were not part of the original warrants that were issued.

On September 10, 2015, GBI Agents from the Columbus Field Office arrested David Gibson, former Captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated sexual battery (two counts), influencing witnesses, stalking, public indecency, sexual battery, simple battery, and violation of oath of office. Gibson turned himself in at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and was held for a time at the Clayton County Jail.

The in initial request for the GBI investigation came from the District Attorney Scott Ballard with concurrence of Sheriff Wendell Beam.  Sheriff Beam had given Ballard a copy of the original 340 page investigation that was done by an outside law enforcement agency at Sheriff Beam’s request.  That investigation after a review by the District Attorney lead to the GBI investigation that resulted in the arrest of Gibson in September of 2015.  The GDBI Investigation alleged Gibson had assaulted employees of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Additional victims, who were not a part of the internal affairs inquiry, came forward, and reported allegations of misconduct and criminal activity against Gibson.

When the findings of the GBI investigation were presented to DA Ballard, criminal warrants were obtained for Gibson’s arrest.

Due to the case load of the Spalding Superior Court it is believed that the Gibson case will not be called until next year.  There are allegedly charges against Gibson also pending in Upson County for stalking and other charges.  In addition there are civil cases that are pending in relation to The County, David Gibson, and Sheriff Beam that will be held in abeyance until after the criminal charges are addressed in Superior Court.

There had been delays in bringing the David Gibson Case before the Grand Jury for most of this Year. The delays were due to caseloads before the case could be presented before the Grand Jury on Thursday September 15th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The above subjects occupied a small, white-in-color truck, possibly a Ford Ranger.

The following photo is of the actual vehicle used:

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Sheriff Beam reported that the arrests were made on Fridiay Sepember 16th. The two individuals Christopher Allen Butler age 28 of 923 East Braodway Griffin faces chargs of Agravated Assault Stalking,  and Isaac Jordan Brown age 28 of 419 Ingram Raod in Barneville faces Aggravated Assaultg Stalinkg as well.

 The incident occurred on Friday September 9, 2016, the above pictured individuals followed a teenaged female driver from Hamil Road on the east side of Spalding County to the intersection of West McIntosh Road and North Expressway. At the red light of that intersection, the driver of the white truck exited his vehicle and tried to open a door of the female’s vehicle but was unsuccessful. The female driver drove away and traveled west bound on West McIntosh. She was caught at the red light at the entrance of Griffin Crossroads Shopping Center. The driver of the white truck then pulled beside the female and brandished a black in color handgun. The female was able to drive away and pulled into a church. The white truck then followed the female onto the church property. Fortunately, several people were on the church property and the driver of the white truck then exited the church property and drove westbound on West McIntosh. 

Sheriff Beam  said he woul like to thank the citizens for thier assistance in this arrest. 

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Four people, including two young children, suffered serious injuries in a automobile and tractor trailer accident, Wednesday morning on Hwy. 36 West near its intersection with Berry Road. Initial indications were the crash was caused by an impatient driver. The wreck closed the highway for over three hours.

 

According to witnesses, the female driver of a white, subcompact car eastbound on Hwy. 36 allegedly tired of waiting behind another vehicle, made a left turn into the Westbound lane, near Berry Road,  and was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer rig just before 9:30 a.m.

The car was heavily damaged. The driver was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extractaed from the vehicle. She suffered crushing injuries to her lower extremities. An adult and a child were ejected, from the vehicle and investigators indicated that the two were not properly restrained. Another child was injured.

The truck driver was shaken up but unhurt.

Ambulances took the injured to hospitals in Macon and Thomaston.

The highway was finally reopened just after 1 p.m. following the investigation, and debris removal from the roadway.

Renowned Georgia author Terry Kay will be at the J. Joel Edwards Public Library in Zebulon for a presentation and book signing on Saturday, September 24.

A member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Humanities, Terry Kay is the author of sixteen works of fiction, including To Dance with the White Dog, which is currently being studied by the students of Pike County Middle School.

Novelist Pat Conroy referred to this book as “a sensitive portrait – a love/grief story – of a man’s final rite of passage, much in the style of Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea. Yet, Kay gives us his old man – Sam Peek – with such clarity and familiarity that the story does not belong wholly to him, but to us as well. And that is what writing is supposed to accomplish. All of us long to understand what Sam Peek understood. All of us want to ‘dance with the white dog.’”

To Dance with the White Dog is one of three of Terry Kay’s books that were made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

Kay will also be discussing his latest novel, The King Who Made Paper Flowers, set in the idyllic river district of Savannah.

This event, sponsored by the Friends of the J. Joel Edwards Public Library, begins at 1:00. It is free and open to the public. Local bookseller A Novel Experience will provide these and other Terry Kay titles for purchase on site.

For more information on Kay’s upcoming presentation, call the library at 770-567-2014.

 

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Spalding sheriff Wendell Beam has issued a lookout for the truck pictured herewith with regard to a possible teen predator incident that occurred September 9.

A youg female said two men in the truck began following her as she drove along Hamil Road in eastern Spalding County about 7:45 a.m. It continued to follow her along East McIntsoh Road to Old Atlanta Road. When she stopped at a traffic light, the driver of the truck got out and tried to open the door of the female’s vehicle.

She drove west on McIntosh Road but, at a second stop light, the driver of the truck approached her vehicle a second time with what looked like a gun in his hand. The female finally stopped at a church and the truck drove west on Hwy. 92.

The suspect driver is a white male in his 20s. He is tall and slender and has dark brown hair and a beard. He was wearing a black t-shirt and jeans. The passenger in the truck was also a white male in his 20s. He is heavyset with strawberry colored hair.

The truck is white, possibly a Ford Ranger, with black bumpers, chrome wheels and a black toolbox in the back.

If you have any information on this truck or those in it, call the Spalding S.O. CID at 770-467-4282
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The five deputies who fired shots during this incident have been cleared by district attorney Richard Milam and have only to undergo counseling before they can return to duty. Losing five people has left the sheriff’s office shorthanded with regard to staff.
Tyler Pitts, of Upson County, the individual that was shot by Lamar Deputies on Thursday after a high speed chase and exchanged gunshots with Lamar County Deputes attempted suicide Thursday night at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon.
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Sheriff Brad White reported Friday that Pitts somehow got possession of a pair of surgical scissors and cut his own throat. He underwent emergency surgery overnight. 

A Medical Center spokesperson could not provide a condition report on him Friday morning.

Meanwhile, five Lamar deputies are on administrative leave after firing on Pitts who was hit in the side and hand.

Sheriff White also ;said that “The department video is pretty clear that it was a situation where my guys had to shoot,”

investigatrs sadi that  Pitts, age 33, was involved in an incident on Wednesday with a female who works at the Upson Regional Medical Center complex in Barnesville Wednesday, according to sheriff Brad White and the Barnesvile Herald Gazette. . Pitts was the subject of aggravated stalking warrants out of Upson County.

Lt. Chris Webster of the LCSO spotted Pitts at a home on Freeman Road. Pitts fled the home in a older model maroon Suburban and headed toward town. He avoided stop strips set for him on Hwy. 36 and was apparently headed for the URMC building where the female worked.

When he got to Veterans Parkway, he went north in southbound lane with multiple law enforcement officers in pursuit. He turned onto Hwy. 18 then right onto Peacock St. Once he hit O’Neil Street, he produced a black handgun and opened fire. Five LCSO personnel returned fire and Pitts was hit.
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Officers immediately rendered aid to Pitts who remained combative and beligerent. EMTs arrived as did a lifeflight helicopter.

Lamar schools were briefly on lockdown after the gunfire erupted.

Sheriff White said they had received multiple tips that Pitts was out hunting for the female. “We were told he shot his dog last night and said it was all going down today because his insurance runs out tomorrow,” the sheriff added.

Pitts was conscious as he was loaded into the ambulance just after 1 p.m. on Thursday and was tansported to the Medicl Center of Central Goriga. 

No law enforcement pesonnel were hurt during the incident.

The shooting scene has been turned over to the GBI.
WKEU WOULD LIKE TO THANK WALTER GEIGER AND THE BARNESVILLE HERALD GAZETTE FOR BREAKING THIS STORY
AND THEIR ASSISTANCE TO WKEU NEWS.  YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO THE HERALD GAZETTE ON LINONE AT BARNESVILLE.COM.