On Friday night about 10:00 911 dispatch received a call that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.  The accident occurred at Jackson Road and Melton Street.  First responders indicated that the individual was able  talk but could not walk.  Traffic Investigators indicated that alcohol could have been a factor in the accident.  EMT personnel evaluated the patient at the scene.  The incident remains under investigation more information is expected to be released later.

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday night about 8:45 units of the Griffin Police Department, Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, along with Spalding Regional EMS and Griffin Fire Rescue responded to an area Behind the  Bryans Restaurant and the Movie Theaters nearby at the Walmat Shopping center.  A body was reportedly found in an area near the old abandoned rail road track.  Investigators were called to the scene and began to process the area.  Coroner Foster indicated that the body was decomposed and the investigation will determine if any foul play may be involved.  The investigation is continuing. Coroner Foster had the body transported to the state crime lab in Atlanta to determine the exact cause of death. More information is expected to be released later by the Griffin Police Department.

 

Four members of the Gordon State College softball team have been named to the 2016- 17 Region XVII All-Academic Team.

The award is given to student athletes who have completed at least 3 semesters of college work and have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA.

The players include catcher Baylee Brantley

BAYLEE BRANTLEY

 

pitcher Dana Barefoot:

DANA BAEFOOT

catcher Megan Shepherd

MEGAN SHEPHERD

and short stop Tori Aycock.

TORI AYCOCK

“We could not be more proud of these outstanding student-athletes,” said Head Coach Ally Hatterman. “This is a tremendous honor for these young ladies and is certainly well deserved. They continue to set an example of what it means to truly be a student athlete.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WKEU has received the following press release from the Griffin Police Department. The Griffin Police Department Investigative Services Division and Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster are conducting an investigation involving a homicide that occurred at 828 Scales Street early Saturday morning around 1:11 am.

Details of the incident are still be investigated.

At this time a victim has been identified as Jontavian Davis, 36 year old black male from Griffin. The victim was shot several times with a handgun.

 

 

The suspect in the case has been identified as a black male Vonterryon J. Matthews, photo above,  (AKA Jaquez or Quez) (Street Name Raw Dirty) DOB 5-27-89. He is 5’ 10” in height and approximately 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue and white cargo shorts and a light blue Nautica T-shirt and white Nike Air Force One’s.   He is possibly driving a 2005 Gold Chevrolet Monte Carlo. (Georgia Tag # RGH 7669).

Matthews is to be considered armed and dangerous.   If anyone has contact or knows the whereabouts of this suspect please contact or call the Griffin Police Department at 770-229-6450

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said that Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were apprehended Thursday in Christiana, Tenn., a rural community approximately 50 miles southeast of Nashville.

Dubose, left, and Rowe are pictured after their arrest in Christiana, Tenn. (Fox 5 Atlanta)

GBI Agent Miles said Rowe and Dubose broke into the home of an elderly couple in Shelbyville, Tenn. and held them captive. Later fleeing in the couple’s vehicle. Local police responded and began chasing the pair. Eventually, the fugitives got into a wreck and fled the vehicle on foot.

Sheriff Howard Sills of Putnam County Georgia advised WKEU news that Rowe and Dubose surrendered after fleeing into some woods. He said that shots were fired, the inmates were unharmed and there were no reports of any injuries to law enforcement personnel.

Last Tuesday Rowe and Dubose overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue on a bus transporting prisoners between prisons between Putnam County and Jackson.

A $130,000 reward had been posted for information leading to the arrest of the fugitives, whom Sheriff Sills called “dangerous beyond description.”

The search had involved law enforcement agencies all over Georgia, as well as the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

The two fugitives carjacked a driver who pulled up behind the bus, and fled in a Honda Civic on state Highway 16 in Putnam County..

Sheriff Sills said the pair got a head start by taking and tossing the driver of the Honda’s cellphone and locking the other 31 prisoners inside the bus.

The fugitives were spotted a few hours later in Madison, Georgia an Morgan County. Authorities found the house the pair broke into ransacked and a the pickup stolen. By that time the trail had gone cold.

Rowe, 43, has been serving life without parole since 2002, and Dubose, 24, began a 20-year sentence in 2015. Both were convicted of armed robbery and other violent crimes, and they’ve been cellmates more than once in Georgia’s prisons.

 

Sgt. Chris Monica, left, and Sgt. Curtis Billue were killed by the inmates early Tuesday. Sergeant Curtis Billue shown in his uniform a Commissioned Officer in the United Stats Army Infantry on right. (Georgia Department of Corrections)

Sergeant Monica, 42, and Sergeant Billue, 58, were both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison. Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.

In Lamar County Police report that a child was life flighted from the Sun Inn Hotel in Barnesville after they responded to a call stating the child was having difficulty breathing. A woman was charged with three counts of child cruelty after the child was reportedly discovered with bruises all over the body, said Barnesville’s Police Chief Craig Cooper.

 

Sarah Elizabeth Hart, age 47, faces the child cruelty charges, and is aunt of the child, according to Cooper. 

The child had to be life flighted to an Atlanta hospital for treatment.  The incident remains under investigation by the Barnesville Police Department.
WKEU 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.
Special thakns to the Monroe County Shriffs Department.

 

PRAYER POWER OF GEORGIA

 

Prayer Power of Georgia has announced that Mr. Tom Morton of Pike County

MR. MORTON LEFT AND BEN MAXEDON RIGH OF PRAYER POWER OF GEORGIA.

is the recipient of the 2017 Saints in Light Award. Each year Prayer Power asks for nominations from the community of those who have shown spiritual leadership in our community. Mr. Morton has served God his whole life and has been a spiritual leader and an inspiration in Pike County for many years. It is an honor to know and recognize Tom for his spiritual contributions to our community.

BRANDY NICKELS, former reacher age 41.

 

Brandy Lynn Nickels, age 41 of Williamson Georgia, and a former teacher at Griffin High School, who resigned her teaching position following her arrest on May 18 th has ben arrested again.  In the original case Nickels was charge with two counts of statutory rape, two counts of sexual assault by a teacher,  two counts of sexual battery, tow counts of child molestation, four counts of sodomy, two counts of enticing a child.  

Nickels latest arrest was on Tuesday June 13 th.  Again byh teh Griffin Ploice Depatment at a traffic stop.  Nickels was found to have three juveniles in her vehicle all males and one of whom is a witness in the original case. 

A petition to revoke her bond was issued on Wednesday June 14th.  In the original case Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh granted a $288, 326.00 bond following Nickels waiver of aberrance at a preliminary hearing.and Nickels was released on June 6 th.

A provision of the original bond was that Nickels was not to have any contact with victims or witnesses in the original case. 

A bond revocation hearing before Spalding Chief Magistrate Rita Cavanaugh is scheduled for next Tuesday at the Spalding County Jail.

In Lamar County Sheriffs Investigators are looking for a man caught in a convenience store camera system. The man is being sought in connection with a theft Tuesday morning at C&B Convenience store on Hwy. 41 South at Fredonia Church Road in Lamar County.

The individual may be driving a stolen red Pontiac Sun bird with blue paint on the right front fender. The Sheriffs Department is asking area citizens for their assistance in identifying the individual. If you know this individual or have any contact with him please call 770-358-5159.

 

Griffin High baseball standout Terry Fuller was selected in Major League Baseball’s first year player amateur draft on Wednesday. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Fuller in the 15th round as the 454th pick overall.  He spent a good deal of time as an outfielder throughout his Griffin High career but was projected as a first baseman for the major leagues due to his tremendous power potential.  If Fuller decides not to sign with the Cardinals, he is committed to play college baseball at Chipola Junior College in Florida; however, he must wait three years to be eligible for the draft again.  He becomes the first Bears’ player to be drafted in two years, when Cornelius Randolph was selected in the first round in 2015.  WKEU and our entire community wish the very best to this great young athlete in his fuure. 

On Sunday, June 12, 2017 at around 2150 hours Deputies of the  Lamar County Sheriff’s Office  were involved in a chase involving the motorcycle driven by an unknown suspect.

Insert of Deputy Photo courtesy of Walter Geiger and Barnesville Herald Gazette.

The chase resulted in an accident involving two Lamar County Deputies.  Deputy Bossie Davis was injured in the crash and airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center.  Deputy Davis remains hospitalized in stable condition awaiting surgery for a broken ankle and broken collarbone.  Please keep him in your prayers.  Deputy Newman did not sustain any injuries.  The suspect vehicle is all black with white lights underneath.  If you have any information as to the location or identity of the individual please contact the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office at 770-358-5159 or dial 911.

It’s called a driving simulator, and it allows a driver to be put into everyday driving and emergency response situations without actually being out on the road or in their vehicle. Not only that, but the simulator is mobile and it comes, literally, right to the doorstep of the desired location. The training is being conducted at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

This decision based driver program is presented by Local Government Risk Management Services, LGRMS. LGRMS is a service organization of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, ACCG, and the Georgia Municipal Association, GMA. ACCG and GMA’s Risk Management workers compensation and property/liability funds are financially supporting this program because of the unique and high risk driving situations that local government employees, specifically public safety personnel may be involved with on a daily basis.

The simulator is the key component of a decision based Public Safety Driver Training program. The drivers attend a 2 hour classroom/simulator training session that covered applicable Georgia requirements on emergency response driving, vehicle handling characteristics, physical driving conditions, and driving techniques to use during emergency response situations.

The deputies receive actual hands on training in the simulator. One or two deputies observe while the other sits in a realistic driver’s seat where he/she are put through a series of driving scenarios from a list of over 40 available scenarios. When a driver makes an incorrect decision, the instructor and others attending the training will critique what happened and discuss driving techniques that would improve the driving situation. Then the instructor can have the driver repeat the same scenario using the techniques covered. Each deputy will drive a number of skill and response based scenarios.

The primary LGRMS instructor is Julie Hyer, Public Safety Risk Consultant. Julie has been a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training instructor for over 30 years. Her Georgia POST instructor certifications include: General, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Below 100 and Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT). Julie worked as an Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor at the Georgia Public Safety Training

 

DAVID GIBSON FORMER DEPUTY SHERIFF.

 

The Criminal Case of David Gibson former Spalding County Deputy Sheriff came to an end on Criminal Charges of sexual harassment and violation of his oath of office on Thursday in Spalding Superior Court. Gibson had been the subject of criminal charges of violation his oath of office, as well as civil law suits that will be scheduled for court at a later date. District attorney Benjamin D. Coker issued the following press release.

PRESS RELEASE

On June 8th, 2017, former Spalding County Sheriff’s Department Captain, David Wayne Gibson entered a non-negotiated plea to two counts of Violation of Oath of Office before Honorable Robert “Mack” Crawford in Spalding County Superior Court and was sentenced to ten years with the first three to be served in a State penitentiary. The State, represented by Benjamin D. Coker requested ten years with five to serve in prison. Judge Crawford sentenced Gibson to the ten serve three and granted first offender. The State objected to first offender. Mr. Gibson was also ordered to surrender his P.O.S.T. certification as part of his sentence. These charges stem from a G.B.I. investigation conducted at the request of the Griffin Circuit District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s office will have no further comment on this matter due to on going litigation in civil court.

 

 

 

The Henry Herald has indicated that construction has started on a 1-million-square-foot industrial building off Bill Gardner Parkway’s Price Road in Locust Grove.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place Monday the building will be available for occupancy in early 2018.

Real estate developer CRG and design-build firm Clayco will create a multiple phase business park with the flexibility to meet large industrial needs. This is the first of a 311-acre development designed for over 4.5 million square feet of industrial buildings.

John Hancock Real Estate and CRG chose Locust Grove as the location for the new distribution center and business park.  Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price said in the press release. “We look forward to the economic development, job creation, infrastructure and road improvements this development will bring to Locust Grove and our surrounding communities.”

Once completed, the facility will feature with 236 trailer spaces, 148 dock height doors and 386 parking spaces.

“We see significant opportunity in the I-75 corridor with relatively close proximity to the Ports of Savannah, Charleston, Jacksonville and all of Florida,” said CRG Vice President. “Within the attractive Henry County industrial market, the site is located a half mile from the I-75 and Bill Garner Parkway interchange, just 30 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.”

Clayco is the design-builder and its subsidiary, Forum Studio, is the architect on the project. For more information about the Locust Grove Distribution Center, visit the CRG website.

WKEU would like to thank the Henry Herald for their assistance in breaking this news story that will a great affect to all of the surrounding areas.

The Griffin Police Department Investigative Services Division conducted an investigation involving embezzlement from two local businesses.  Hughes Company and Oakley Pipeline and Grading both reported that they had several thousands of dollars stolen.   Griffin Police Department’s Detective Lee Ward investigated the case and made an arrest on an employee of both businesses.

AMBER L. EUBANKS

Amber L. Eubanks of Jackson Georgia was charged with 43 felony counts of Forgery, Theft by Taking, and One count of Identity Fraud.  Ms. Eubanks was transported to the Spalding County Jail.    This investigation is still ongoing and possible future charges pending.

The Griffin Police Department in conjunction with the Griffin-Spalding County School System received information regarding inappropriate actions by a teacher with students.  The Griffin-Spalding County school system cooperated fully with The Griffin Police Department which subsequently resulted in an investigation.  The investigation is ongoing at this time but has resulted in the arrest of a Brandy L. Nickels of Williamson Georgia.  Ms. Nickels is initially charged with one count each of Child Molestation, Sodomy, Enticing a Child, Statutory Rape, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Battery.  She is currently held at the Spalding County Jail.  According to the lead Investigator, Dexter McCune the investigation is evolving and there is a possibility of future charges and or victims.  The Griffin Police Department would like for anyone having information regarding this case to please call the Investigative Services Department at 770-229-6452.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GRIFFIN SPALDING SCHOOL SYSTEM. 

The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) received information regarding possible inappropriate actions by a teacher with students. An internal investigation was opened immediately to determine the basis of the information. Quickly, a cooperative arrangement between Griffin-Spalding County School System personnel and members of the City of Griffin Police Department was established for purposes of expediting the investigation.

BRANDY NICKLES

 

Ms. Brandy Nickles, a ninth grade teacher at Griffin High School, was placed on administrative leave and not allowed to return to the classroom while the investigation proceeded. As the process continued, Ms. Nickles resigned her position with the school and is no longer employed by the Griffin-Spalding County School System. The City of Griffin Police Department continued their work which led ultimately to charges being filed against Ms. Nickles for various offenses against children.

Ms. Nickles, age 41, is in her first year as a teacher in the Griffin-Spalding County School System but has experience as an educator in other Georgia counties.

Superintendent Jim Smith said, “This is a sad event for our school district and the students and families involved. Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of our students. We are thankful that information was given to us that allowed a swift resolution to a bad situation. In truth, it takes a person who notices something that doesn’t seem right to bring that information and suspicion to someone who can act on it. We have to be a community that doesn’t turn a blind eye to situations that appear suspicious. That’s how we protect our children. Also, I want to thank the City of Griffin Police Department and Chief Mike Yates for their complete cooperation in the investigation.”