WKEUs Ted Taylor was in the area of a hoiuse fire around 3:30 Saturday afternoon as units from the Griffin Fire and Rescue, and Griffin Police Department, along with an ambulance from Wellstar Spalding Hospital responded to 1101 Dairy Lane to a structure fire. Upon arrival units discovered the fire was contained to the back porch, screened walk area between the home and the garage. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished by Griffin Fire and Rescue personnel. Two individuals were at home at the time of the fire, and were able to get out of the residence without injury. The hoem is th first on the right close to the gates at Male Drive.
On February 23, 2017 at approximately 0944 hours, Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office received a request for a welfare check at lot 104 Pine Glen Mobile Home Park located at 1795 N. McDonough Road in Griffin. Co-workers of 50 year old Sandy Cherry, had requested the check of the residence due to Mrs. Cherry’s absence from work and failure to pick up another employee that she car pooled with.
When Deputies arrived at the location they made contact with Cherry’s husband, 50 year old Earl Cherry. The deputies explained why they were at the residence and asked to speak to his wife. Earl Cherry refused to allow the deputies to speak with her or enter the residence or check on her. At one point even claiming that she was not home and had left after an argument. Based on their observations at the scene and conflicting stories by Earl Cherry, deputies decided to initiate a search of the residence to check Mrs. Cherry’s welfare.
As soon as they entered the residence, deputies observed a large crime scene and eventually Ms. Cherry who was deceased. Earl Cherry was immediately taken into custody without incident.
Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster and his staff, Spalding Regional EMS, Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker and Chief Assistant District Attorney Marie Broder also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Earl Cherry has been charged with 1 count each of:
Concealing the Death of Another
Tampering With Evidence
Our thoughts and prayer go out to these families. We ask the community to keep them in their thoughts and prayers as well as they deal with this tragedy.
Sheriff Darrell Dix has advised WKEU news that on February 19th, 2017, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division with the assistance of the Uniform Patrol Division conducted an investigation that lead to the arrest of two individuals for several narcotic and weapon related offenses.
As a result of the operation, agents seized one and half pounds of Marijuana, 18.24 grams of Cocaine, 23.76 grams of Methamphetamine, and quantities of Ecstasy, Hydrocodone, and Xanax pills. THC oil and THC “shatter” which is a marijuana extract were also recovered. An assault rifle, two handguns, $15,000.00 in United States currency, a truck, trailer and two four wheelers were also seized during the operation. The narcotics had a combined estimated street value of approximately $12,000.00.
Those arrested were Rafael Felipe Rivera and Alicia Lynn Lanier both of 1756 Pine View Dr. Griffin, Ga. They were each charged with:
Possession of Marijuana more than 1oz
Possession of Marijuana with the intent to distribute
Possession of Cocaine
Possession of Cocaine with the intent to distribute
Possession of Methamphetamine
Possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to distribute
Possession of a schedule II narcotic (Hydrocodone)
Possession of a Schedule IV narcotic (Alprazolam)
Possession of a Schedule I narcotic (THC oil)
Possession of a Schedule I narcotic (Ecstasy)
Possession of a schedule I narcotic (THC Shatter)
9 counts of Possession of drug related objects
3 counts of Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
Theft by receiving a stolen firearm
3 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Rivera was also charged with tail light requirement, driving while license suspended and tag light requirement.
Rivera and Lanier are currently being held at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Detention facility awaiting their first appearance hearing.
According to Sheriff Dix “This is a great example of the hard work that our agents and deputies put in to make Spalding County safer. We are proud of and appreciate these deputies and all the members of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office.” As a reminder, anyone who wishes to report illegal activity can contact the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division at 770-467-4210 callers can remain anonymous.
The Barnesville Police Department has advised WKEU news that On the evening of February 20th and early morning hours of February 21st the city of Barnesville had a rash of entering automobile reports. The locations of the incidents were on B Street, Atlanta Street, Carleeta Street, Forsyth Street, and Collier Road.
If anyone has any information regarding these incidents or saw any suspicious person(s) in these areas please contact the City of Barnesville Police Department at 770-358-1244 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Barnesville Police Department urges all citizens to take their valuables out of their vehicles and locked their vehicles.
Officials indicated these are crimes of opportunity.
The subjects are checking to see if vehicles are unlocked and then making entry. There have been no reports of smashing windows or prying into the doors.
All citizens are urged to call 911 if you observe any suspicious person(s) in their neighborhood, especially late at night or in the early hours of the morning.
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance with this news story. You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette online at barnesville.com .
Sheriff Darrell Dix reports that on Sunday February 19th at 9:32 a.m. Spalding
County deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 505 Barnesville Road.Upon their arrival, they were informed that Kimberly Tullock had assaulted her husband and was barricaded inside the residence with a possible firearm. Her husband was located outside the residence.
Spalding deputies secured the area and called for assistance from the SpecialOperations Unit (SOU). SOU members arrived and, along with investigators of the Criminal Investigations Division, attempted to establish communications withTullock. After several hours, SOU members with the assistance of the Griffin Police Department Special Response Team made entry into the home. Kimberly Tullock was located and offered resistance. Team members were able to take her into custody without further incident. No injuries were reported. Ms. Tullock was transported by deputies to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital for an evaluation.
Sheriff Dix would like to thank the Griffin Police Department’s Special InvestigativeUnit and their Special Response Team for their assistance. Additional thanks goes to members of the Spalding County Fire Department and to EMS personnel from WellStar Spalding Regional.
Michael Bowman, who this week was found guilty but mentally ill for murder charges, accepted a sentence of life in prison without parole, plus 30 years on Friday in Troup County Superior Court. The jury handed out it’s guilty but mentally ill verdict late Thursday on the count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, and felony obstruction of a police officer. The trial, which was moved from Griffin to LaGrange, lasted about two weeks. The charges stemmed from a 2014 incident in which Bowman shot Griffin Police Officer Kevin Jordan five times in the back at the Waffle House on the North Expressway.
The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is seeking motivated men and women who want to make a positive impact on our community by serving in the Sheriff’s Office.
The county is accepting applications for the following positions:
Non-Certified Detention Openings-Starting salary $28,858.00
Certified Uniform Patrol Division-Starting salary $30,877.00
Certified School Resource Officers-Starting salary $30,877.00
Pay incentives may be available based on experience.
Benefit package may include:
Take home vehicle for certain assignments
Opportunity for promotion and transfers
You can obtain additional information and apply online by going to www.spaldingcounty.com Once on the site go to Departments and select the Human Resources tab. You will then select Careers with Spalding County
Sheriff Darrel Dix has advised WKEU news that on February 14th, 2017 the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division concluded an investigation that lead to the arrest of Maggie Gregg, of 125 2nd Avenue.
The investigation was prompted after several complaints were received at Special Operations related to suspicious activity occurring at 125 2nd Ave. Griffin, Ga.
As a result of the investigation, Maggie Gregg was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects. She is currently being held at the Spalding County jail awaiting her first appearance hearing.
Sheriff Dix would like to remind the public that every complaint in regards to illegal activity will be investigated. It is Sheriff Dix’s intentions to make every citizen feel safe in their homes and place of business.
Anyone who would like to report illegal activity can contact the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division at 770-467-4210. Callers can remain anonymous.
Sheriff Darrell Dix reports that a Spalding High School student was arrested by the School Resource Officer and charged with Possession of a weapon on school campus.
The juvenile was in possession of a knife that was observed by a teacher of the school.
No confrontation or threats were reported against students or staff.
The student was released to the custody of his parents.
Sheriff Jimmy Thomas in Pike county reportds that an early morning wreck involving an eighteen wheeler on Highway 18 at County Farm Road blocked the road for several hours this morning. A commercial vehicle driven by James Douglas , Hamilton, GA, ran off of the roadway and overturned after he apparently fell asleep. The truck was also occupied by two children and his wife. All four were transported by ambulance to Grady Hospital for treatment.
The trailer had to be unloaded due to the weight shifting and was transported from the scene by another truck. Charges are pending in this case as the Traffic Investigators conclude there inquiry into this wreck.
Upson County Man Arrested for Distribution of Child Pornography
Thomaston, Georgia – An investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit resulted in the arrest of an Upson County man. On Monday, February 13, 2017, David Batchelor, age 45, was arrested at his residence, 825 West Moores Crossing Road, Thomaston, Georgia, by members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Upson County Sheriff’s Office. Batchelor is currently being held at the Upson County jail where he is charged with Distribution of Child Pornography.
The arrest of Batchelor was the result of a proactive investigation initiated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s CEACC Unit. The unit is the host agency for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that seeks to target those that possess and distribute illegal child abuse images.
Several electronic devices were seized from Batchelor during this investigation. The GBI’s CEACC Unit will conduct forensic analysis of the electronic devices belonging to Batchelor and more charges may be forthcoming.
Batchelor is currently employed with the Georgia Department of Transportation and serves as Executive Administrator of the Rays of Hope Child Care Facility.
This investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with related information should contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870.
Sheriff Darrell Dix has advised WKEU news that deputies from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office are assisting officers from the Griffin Police Department search for a missing person.
The helicopter and K-9’s from the Georgia Piedmont Region K-9 Search and Rescue team are assisting ground personnel as they search the areas of Hammond Drive and West Poplar Street.
A flyer is attached from the Griffin Police Department.
Any contact with Mr. Alfred Combs please contacts the Griffin Police Department at 770-229-6450 or 911.
Sheriff Darrell Dix has advised WKEU news that on February 2nd the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division, Warrant Division, and Uniform Patrol Division assisted by members of the Griffin Police Department’ C.A.G.E. Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office SRT and Georgia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, executed two search warrants as a result of a Marijuana distribution organization that was operating in Spalding County. The search warrants were executed simultaneously at 328 Futral Road and 133 Callie Road.
During the course of this investigation it was learned that Stanley Underwood, and others working in cooperation with him, were distributing multiple pounds of marijuana weekly from his mother’s residence located at 328 Futral Road, while he actually maintained a physical residence at 133 Callie Road. The Futral Road residence is within 1,000 feet of Futral Road Elementary School and Spalding High School.
During the searches, Agents located nearly two pounds of Marijuana, scales, packaging materials, a firearm, and nearly $10,000.00 in cash.
The following individuals were arrested and charged:
Stanley Underwood of 133 Callie Road, Griffin, GA
Felony Possession of Marijuana
Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute
Possession of Drug Related Objects
Two counts of Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school
Cedric Guider of 1447 Wesley Drive, Griffin, GA
Party to the Crime of Felony Possession of Marijuana
Party to the Crime of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute
Party to the Crime of Possession of Drug Related Objects
Party to the Crime of Possession of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a School
Barbara Underwood of 133 Callie Road
Possession of Marijuana Less than One Ounce
Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute
Possession of Drug Related Objects
Cruelty to Children
Brandon Guider of 611 Inman Road, Fayetteville, GA
Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana (M)
Stanley Underwood, Barbara Underwood and Cedric Guider are being held at the Spalding County jail awaiting their first appearance hearing. Brandon Guider was released on bond of a misdemeanor charge.
According to Sheriff Darrell Dix this operation once again demonstrates the continued cooperation of Local, State and surrounding counties efforts in investigating illegal activity.
Sheriff Dix stated, “The fact that these crimes were committed in such close proximity to two of our schools, and that Underwood and others were using his elderly mother’s residence as a front for the
distribution of narcotics typifies the mentality that criminals demonstrate. This is even more evident in that fact that Underwood’s own children were placed in a situation where they were exposed to the dangers of his activities. With the new air of cooperation and communication between local and surrounding law enforcement agencies we are going to continue to put increasing pressure on drug dealers, gang members, and other criminals. You are not welcome here and we are taking our community back.”