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UNITS OF THE GRIFFIN FIRE DEPARTMENT, GRIFFIN ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT, GRIFFIN STREET DEPARTMENT, AND GRIFFIN POLICE RESPONDED ABOUT 10 PM MONDAY NIGHT TO 705 WOODLAND DRIVE, CLOSE TO MILNER STREET, WHEN A LARGE OAK TREE FELL ONTO POWER LINES.  THE TREE DROPPED POWER LINES AND A TRANSFORMER THAT FELL ALSO CREATED AN EXPLOSION.  GRIFFIN FIRE UNITS REMAINED ON THE SCENE TO PROVIDE LIGHTS FOR CITY CREWS THAT WERE CLEARING THE AREA. THERE WERE NO INJURIES FROM THE INCIDENT TO EITHER RESIDENTS, OR TO EMERGENCY RESPONDING PERSONNEL.  CITY CREWS WORKED INTO THE NIGHT TO RESTORE POWER TO THE AREA AND CLEAR THE TREE AND DEBRIS FROM WOODLAND DRIVE SO NORMAL TRAFFIC FLOW COULD BE RESTORED.

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In the recent 5-4 decision, members of the Supreme Court of the United States ruled June 26 that the Constitution requires all states to provide licenses for marriage between two people of the same sex.

Marriages that were lawfully licensed and performed between people of the same sex in other states must also be recognized.

In nearby Pike County, Probate Judge Lynn Brandenburg decided to stop holding wedding ceremonies well before the decision was handed down by the Supreme Court.  The Judge said  “Most probate judges have already stopped doing marriage ceremonies as I did several months ago, We will still issue marriage licenses but we are going to have new forms without the words ‘bride’ and groom.’”

New marriage application forms have been submitted to courts in Pike and around the state with ‘Applicant 1’ and ‘Applicant 2’ instead of any reference to bride and groom.

Pike County’s Magistrate court does not issue marriage licenses, and according to Judge Marcia Callaway-Ingram, since the court is down one employee it will not conduct office weddings. Being short employees has created a strain on our resources and no weddings will be performed until the position is filled and a new clerk and chief clerk that are satisfactorily trained,” said the Judge.

She also said the court has implemented a no-wedding policy in the past for similar reasons.

Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens released a statement on the Supreme Court’s decision shortly after it was made public.

WKEU has been advised that in Spalding County there have been six applications for same sex marriages since the Supreme Court Ruling.

 

 

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If you’d like to be involved in the exciting hobby of amateur radio, you must first pass an entry level test. The Butts County Amateur Radio Club will hold a “Ham Cram,” an all-day class, to get you ready for the licensing exam on Saturday, July 18.  The session will begin at 8:30 AM and will be held at Fire Station #7 on Colwell Road in Jackson.  There is no charge for the class or study materials but there is a $15.00 fee for the exam which follows the class.  A photo ID is required.  Pre-registration is encouraged; contact Ed Hoard (678-920-8986) for session information or to register.  Additional information about Amateur Radio and ham radio license testing can be found at www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or www.bcgaares.org.

 

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Sunday evening about 7:15 Griffin Police, and Spalding Regional EMS were called to West McIntosh Road, close to the intersection of Ridge Street.  A Two car collision between a Red Ford Focus and a Green Ford Pickup Truck resulted in one individual being transported to Spalding Regional for treatment.  I t was initially thought that the impact resulted in cars parked at a nearby business being also damaged. One individual was complaining  of face and nose injuries and was transported to Spalding Regional for observation.

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  The inclement weather on Friday night kept law enforcement and fire departments, as well as Central Georgia EMS, Georgia Power, and City of Griffin  power companies busy with, auto accidents,  downed power lines,  trees on homes , and power outages. On Friday night about 9:35 911 operators received a call that a one vehicle accident occurred at mile marker 207 the North Bound Lanes of I-75 in Spalding County.  Butts County Sheriff Units and EMS personnel were at the scene of the one vehicle accident that occurred when the driver of the vehicle lost control and  the accident resulted in a roll over.  Spalding Sheriffs Deputies, Spalding Fire and Spalding Regional EMS were called however Butts County EMS had transported the injured to Spalding Regional for Treatment of injuries not thought to be life threatening.

SPALDNG FIREDEPARTMENT 1  red-cross-logo emc                                                                        A massive storm cell passed through Spalding County early Saturday Morning about 2:45 am and the resulting winds, vivid lightning, and rain dropped one tree onto a residence at 325 Dale Drive.  The occupants were trapped inside the home until Fire Department personnel could extract them.  The tree downed several power lines and pulled power service from the home as it fell on the structure.  Everyone was out of the home by 309am.  The Red Cross was called to the scene to help the occupants that were unable to stay in the residence. There were no injuries from the incident to the occupants or Firefighters that responded.  Power crews were called to the scene to restore power to the area.                                                                                             griffin electric logo  spalding co  SPALDING REGIONAL                                                                                At about 3:25 Saturday morning a one vehicle accident was reported at West Ellis Road and Henry Jackson Road.  Several power lines, Telephone, and Cable TV lines were also.  The vehicle that wrecked at the intersection ran off the road way and down an embankment.  Traffic was blocked at the location due to the down trees and storm until the vehicle could be extracted from the wooded area. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Spalding Regional for treatment of injuries not thought to be life threatening.

 

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Griffin Police Department are continuing a investigation into an armed robbery at Ma & Pa Grocery which involved a shot being fired and the unknown suspects remaining at large. The suspects’ photos and video were subsequently released, and photos are on our website WKEUradio.com, Griffin Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating the men. In the last week, Investigator Stacy Beckom has received leads from different individuals which were all proven to be reliable information.  All information will remain anonymous All these leads pointed to the same suspects. Thanks to these contacts’ information, the two suspects have been identified as

 

Devontae Marquez Young, age 20, and Fredrick Earnest Schnell, age 23,

Devontae Marquez Young, age 20, and Fredrick Earnest Schnell, age 23,

Devontae Marquez Young, age 20, and Fredrick Earnest Schnell, age 23, both of Clayton County. Warrants have been obtained on both subjects, and Young is incarcerated at Clayton County Jail after being apprehended over the weekend in another gun related incident involving Clayton County Police. The suspected weapon involved at Ma & Pa Grocery was also recovered, and will be sent to the GBI for analysis with evidence collected from the scene.   This weapon was also found to be stolen.   Investigators with Griffin Police Department have been coordinating with Clayton County Criminal Investigation Division to locate and apprehend Schnell as well. Any information as to his whereabouts can be forwarded to Captain Gandee of Clayton County Police, or Investigator Stacy Beckom of the Griffin Police Department.

 

Investigator Beckom would like to thank all of the individuals who contacted him by phone and email with information in regards to this case. “There are many cases that would remain unsolved without the assistance of the public, and this is a perfect example” Beckom said. “Due to the fact that these two suspects were not from the Griffin area, it made it more difficult to identify them. Thanks to today’s advancements in technology and wide range communication, the public was able to obtain the information and contact me with good info that led to them being identified. Without them, this case could have remained open much longer.”

 

The Griffin Police Department would also like to thank the Clayton County Police Investigation Division, Captain Gandee, Gang Investigator Brandyn McKay and all others who greatly assisted us with this case. Both Young and Schnell have been charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime and Wearing a Mask to Conceal their Identity.

 

 

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On Tuesday, June 23, 2015 narcotics investigators from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Governors Task Force conducted special operations targeting marijuana growing operations in Monroe County using aerial surveillance. 

As a result of this special operation, investigators were able to seize approximately 23,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of over 100 million dollars, according to the DEA.
Narcotic Investigators from the Bibb County Sheriffs Office, Butts County Sheriffs Office, Lamar County Sheriffs Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Governors Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration were called in to assist Monroe County in seizing the thousands of marijuana plants found growing on a large plot of land off of Flint Road.

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No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues.

 

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On Saturday June 27, 2015 at approximately 1:13 am the Spalding County 911 Center received two calls of shots fired in Quiet Hills 805 North Avenue.  One of the calls advised of a person was shot.  Police Units arrived at the scene within minutes to Find Coban Hill shot in the left arm.  He reported a Ellis Sands also known as “Po Boy” approached him and just started shooting.  Hill was transported to Spalding Regional for assessment and treatment he was later released.  Investigator Beckom as well as Crime Scene Investigator Michel were both called to the scene.  Hill advised that Ellis Sands and an unknown black male came to his residence.  The Unknown male then brandished a firearm and shot several rounds at him. The Griffin Police Power Squad Unit supervised by Sgt. Joe Hudson searched the area to find the suspects. Shortly after the incident the Power Squad witnessed an intoxicated person on Kentucky Ave. and upon seeing police, he fled, throwing a .40 CAL pistol, which was the same caliber as shell casings found at Quiet Hills.  The subject was apprehended and identified as Querterrious Mayes also known as “Foo Foo Smooth”.   Hill described the exact gun found, and Mayes had a red bandana on, as noted earlier by Hill.  Hill positively identified Sands and Mayes in photo lineups.  A search warrant was conducted for Gun Shot Residue on Mayes and tests were positive for gunshot residue. Mayes also posted his picture on Facebook at 11:20PM Friday 6-26–15 with the bandana on his head and the gun in his pants with a caption about always keeping his .40 on him.  Mayes is in Spalding County Jail on the following charges:  Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Criminal Gang Activity, and Possession of Firearm in commission of a crime, Pedestrian under the Influence, and Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officer.  Ellis Sands is also at the Spalding County Jail charged with:  Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Armed Robbery.

 

As of Sunday June 28, 2015 there have been several reports taken from both Griffin Police and McDonough Police on vehicles damaged by Therisa Latonya Pope Florence.  Sunday morning 911 received a call at approximately 0032 hours that Therisa Florence was at 631 Meriwether Apt D.  While Police units were on the way, the location changed, until it was reported shots being fired in the Kroger parking lot.  Shaniqua Daniel, Carolyn Pate, Angelica Walker, Kaneshia Amey were in a car following Therisa Latonya Pope Florence, an Unknown black female and Jerold Florence. When Jerold Florence exited a Ford Focus he fired two shots at the four victims.  The four victims drove away and met with Police on West Poplar Street at Carver Road.  Officers began to check Carrington where both of the Florence’s are known to live.  The Ford was located at their residence.  Inv. Stan Phillips secured a search warrant for the vehicle and residence.  A weapon was recovered from the residence.   The weapon was found with two bullets missing from its magazine. According to Crime Scene Investigators those rounds matched the two found in the parking lot of Kroger. The GBI crime lab will confirm those findings. Therisa Florence was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated Assault and Jerold Florence was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm in the commission of a crime, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

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MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM BY PARKS AND RECREATION

The Spalding County Parks and Recreation department will on August 1st take over the service of the meals on wheels program and will offer meals for seniors prepared at the Senior Citizens Center  We talked with County Commissioner Raymond Ray, Assistant County Manager Eric Mosley, and Kelly Legier Director of the Parks and Recreatiion Department about the program to be offered from the Senor Citizens Center.
To listgen to the full interview click below:

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Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and children who are new entrants into Georgia’s schools must receive an additional dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Parents whose students do not hold a current immunization schedule must obtain a GA Form 3231 from their physician or Health Department. Students who do not meet these immunization requirements will be withdrawn from school. Please contact Licia Evans RN at (770) 229-3700 or the Spalding County Health Department at (770) 467-4740 for additional information. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.