A local hotel sustained damage on Monday afternoon, when a vehicle struck the building.  According to an accident report from the Griffin Police Department, units responded just after 2pm to the Econo Lodge at 1616 North Expressway, and spoke with the driver of the vehicle, who is underage and not authorized to be driving.  The male subject advised he attempted to park the car and the brakes slipped.  The parent of the minor, identified as Latissha Deann Trice of Griffin, advised she allowed her son to drive her uninsured 2001 BMW in the parking lot just to park it.  There was extensive damage to the building and the vehicle.  There were no injuries at the scene.

 

GRIFFIN AIRPORT AUTHORITY

At the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority Regular Scheduled Meeting  Monday 
August 14th:
 
Chairman Morrow reported from GDOT:
..All problems with GDOT on the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) have been resolved. GOT has approved the Layout Plan and sent it to the FAA. This puts us in the que for Federal Funding.
..After a relocation study, the utilities at the new airport will be relocated whereever GDOT decides.
..The supplemental environment assessment is completed.
..Of the 41 parcels of of land in Phase One: 23 have closed and all paper work completed. 16 have closed and waiting final paperwork. 2 are going to condemnation.
..The last tenant is gone and we will put a gate on the roads to the property.
..While waiting on final paperwork and condemnation, the Authority approved putting out for bids the timber rights on the property. The money from the sale of the timber will be banked for future use.
..Chairman Morrow reported a new appaisel of the Walking Track at the Old Airport shows a reduction in value from $427,000 to $327,000. Spalding County wants to get their own appraisal.
 
The Authority:
Approved:  The release of unused Entitlements to GDOT.  The existing Airport gets $150,000 per year entitlement money for airport improvements.  Since approved for the new airport they have been doing the minimum improvements needed to maintain a safe operational airport.  There is $518,910 entitlement money unused. The Authority approved to release this money to GDOT to be used at other Georgia airports.
 
The Authority:
Approved:  to forward to GDOT and the FAA,  for their review and recommendations, a sales proposal agreement for the old airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A man’s body was discovered in a wooded area near Woodhaven Estates in Stockbridge over the weekend.

Henry County police have identified the man as 58-year-old Robert Ezra Craddock and have determined his remains were in the area between 24 to 48 hours. His body was discovered Saturday afternoon by two people using a trail through the wooded area near Acacia Drive, commonly used as a cut-through. 

Henry County Po9lice Major Mike Ireland said:  “At this time the circumstances surrounding the death is uncertain pending the result of the GBI autopsy,” 

Investigators were unable to locate any obvious injury to the victim, Ireland said.

Local families will have the opportunity to help local firefighters while receiving a 10×13 portrait of their family at fall photo shoots at the Zebulon Opportunity Center. Excalibur Central LLC has started visiting local homes to schedule the photos as a fundraiser for Pike Volunteer Emergency Services Booster Organization. They will be asking for a donation of $40 but will accept any amount, and those who donate at least $40 will receive a coupon for a family portrait session and a 10×13 photo print after the picture is taken. Checks must be made out to PVESBO and proceeds will help purchase needed items for fire stations around the county – including the Meansville Volunteer Fire Station. 

 

“In the past, this fundraiser has helped us purchase thermal imagers,” said PVESBO president Teri Totten. “We’ve also bought additional gas detectors where needed and Cascade kits which are used to fill air cylinders after they are used.”

The photo session dates have not yet been determined and more information will be provided in upcoming editions of the newspaper. 

“This fundraiser benefits everyone in the county who may be affected by fire,” said Totten. “We hope people will continue to support this fundraiser and enjoy their family photos while helping out the fire departments.” 

Organizers for the fundraiser will visit homes during day and evening hours. Those who are interested in making a donation but have not been contacted, can email bhptotten@aol.com or call 770-468-8633.

 

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office now has areas designated as “Internet Purchase Exchange Locations”. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, “We have had several inquiries about a designated location at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office for internet purchase exchanges and use as child custody exchange sites. Within the last few days we have upgraded our video system to cover more of the Spalding County Law Enforcement Complex, including the main parking lot. Based on the areas now covered we believe that the locations would be ideal for the exchanges, making it less likely for an incident to occur.” The signs posted in the parking lot were provided free of charge through “Offer-Up”.

According to Natalie Angelillo, Vice President of Community at Offer Up, “Our meet up spots program helps serve the much needed purpose of providing an easy and free way to establish a community location that is public, surveilled, well lit, and monitored. Offer Up is the largest and fastest growing mobile marketplace for local buyers in the U.S., offering IOS and Android apps making selling an item as easy as snapping a picture from your mobile device. The privately held company is based in Bellevue Washington and is backed by top investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Warburg Pincas, GGV Capital, Altimeter Capital and Allen and Company. Offer Up is proud to partner with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to support our commitment to building trust in communities throughout the country. For more information consumers can go to offerup.com. Offer Up is proud to partner with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to support our commitment to building trust in communities throughout the country.”

Sheriff Dix continued, “Consumers and parents will use the areas at their own risk and assume all liability, but we believe that the designated areas will be safer than an anonymous meeting in a grocery store parking lot or unfamiliar location. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office parking lot has a great deal of traffic all hours of the day and night, including Deputies, Investigators, other employees, and civilians conducting business. This is another way we are reaching out to the public and making our facility available to them.”

 

 

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, at approximately 12:47 A.M., Monroe County deputies responded to the Monroe County Hospital Emergency Room regarding the death of a child.

The child, Sanchez Dyron Ussery, Jr., 8 months old, was deceased and had visible bruising on his chest and stomach. Investigators were called to the scene to further investigate the death. The child was sent to the GBI Crime lab in Atlanta, Georgia for an autopsy.

Sanchez Dyron Ussery, Sr. (25/M) Father

Latorrica Allen (23/F) Mother

 

The parents, Sanchez Dyron Ussery, Sr. (25/M) and Latorrica Forsyth, Georgia, were arrested following interviews by investigators on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Both Ussery, Sr and Allen are in the Monroe County Jail charged with Felony Murder, and Cruelty to children in the 1st degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late last Thursday evening Griffin police, and Spalding EMS responded to a shooting incident at North 16 th street and Ray streets.The initial reports indicated that an altercation between the driver of a BMC SUV and a pedestrian.  Witnesses told police that the alteration started after the victim observed a BMC SUV traveling west on Ray Street and the vehicle almost struck them.  The vehicle came to a stop and an unknown black male driver began the verbal confrontation.  The witness stated he tried to end the altercation, which led to the subject in the vehicle producing a hand gun and pointed the firearm at the victim. then and shot the him twice.  Investigators indicated the victim was shot once in buttock area and once in the hand. The witness stated that he heard a total of five shots. The witness also said the subject pointed the gun at him but no rounds went off. The incident remains under investigation as police indicated the witness said the subject in the vehicle was wearing a white t-shirt but could not provide officers additional information or a further description of the subject, the vehicle, or the type handgun in question. More information is expected to be released later as the investigation continues.

MATTHEW LITTLE VP OF ENROLLMENT AND DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS GORDON STATE COLLEGE

 

Matthew Little has been named Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions at Gordon State College.

Little comes to Gordon from the University of North Alabama in Florence where he served as Interim Director, University Success Center and as the First-Year Experience Director.

“My goals for Gordon State College are to help more students realize that Gordon State College is a great fit for them and to make sure that their experience here is a positive one,” he said.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, an English instructor and two daughters, Maggie 8, and Penny, 2.

“Family time is important,” he said. “I’ve been known to occasionally dress up and participate in a tea party and I can do all the voices in my daughters’ favorite book, “The Monster at the End of This Book.”

Little earned his Bachelor of Science  in Integrative Studies: K-8 Focus at The University of Memphis; a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision: Higher Education at Middle Tennessee  State University and is working on a Doctor of Education in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration at the University of Alabama. He hopes to complete his dissertation in December.

 

 

 

Four young males – three white, one black – fled from a auto accident  on High Falls Rd in Lamar County Tuesday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m.

Sgt. Anthony Thompson leads one of the fugitives out of the woods off High Falls Road (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Sheriff Brad White indicated that the individuals may have been involved in a burglary.
The vehicle overturned near 295 High Falls Rd.  A passersby saw them exit the wrecked vehicle and flee on foot. One individual snapped photo that is on our web site wkeuradio.com. (photo courtesy of Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette.
One of the four, individuals  the white male in jeans was later captured nearby by Lamar deputies. He suffered a wrist injury in the wreck.

Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. personnel from the Lamar County Sheriffs Department,  Butts County Sheriffs Department and DNR rangers were searching the area with K-9 Units.

Sheriff White asks If you see anything unusual in the area, to p.ease call 911.
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this new story. You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at barnesville.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Spalding County family is dealing with tragedy this week after an accidental drowning at a Birdie Road residence. Units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Spalding Fire Rescue, Spalding Regional EMS, and Spalding Coroner Sonny Foster resounded to a residence on Birdie Road in relation to a missing child.   Four year old Leilani Kai Jackson had been reported missing for an hour and a half Monday, and was subsequently located in an above-ground pool behind the residence.  Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster pronounced the young girl deceased shortly before 8 pm Tuesday, and had the body transported to the State Crime Lab for a determination as to the exact cause of death.  .  He advised that no foul play is suspected in the case.  Officials say there was debris in the pool and had not been used in more than a year.