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