On Thursday night about 7:35 pm Spalding 911 dispatch called Griffin Police to 434 North 5 th Street to the report of a individual laying in the yard with gun shots. The initial call indicated the man was not conscious.  Upon arrival by emergency res-ponders there was no patient at the scene.  911 received another call indicating that family members had moved the man to Spalding High School parking lot. Griffin Police investigators indicated the man was shot twice in the back with what was believed to be small caliber automatic pistol.

EMORY HELICOPTER AIR AMBULANCE

Emory Air Flight based at the Griffin Spalding Airport responded to a landing zone that was established at the Spalding High Parking lot.  The patient was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

Griffin Police Lieutenant and Pubic Information Officer  Mike Natel advised WKEU news that the suspect in the shooting is being sought and the incidents remains under investigation.

More information is expected to be released as the investigation continues.

 

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb has reported that a Fayette County man and another man from Palmetto have been charged with child molestation.

PHOTO FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT.

 

Jose R. Colindres-Figueroa, age 22, of Forrest Drive, Palmetto, along with Christian Morales, age 19 of Town Lane in north Fayette, were charged with the felonies.

Both individuals have been charged with Statutory rape, child molestation, and aggravated child molestation.

Both men were arrested on 11 July.  Sheriffs investigators said that the chargers relate to an underage child and the offence occurred in Fayette County. Both individuals are being held in the Fayette County Jail.

The investigation is on going. More information is expected to be released later.

 

 

The course will be on the basics of beekeeping.  The date is Saturday, August 26, Beginning at 8:00 a.m. at The University of Georgia Extension office at 835 Memorial Drive in Griffin.

The event is sponsored by Potato Creek Beekeepers.  The course will cover the basics necessary to begin this fascinating hobby. Agenda topics include: honey bee colony biology, equipment, getting bees, working the hive, honey extraction and more.

Registration is $25 due by August 18th. Early registration is encouraged.

For more information or to register contact the UGA Extension Spalding County at 770-467-4225.

 

The business fire on highway 19/41 th north expressway has initially been ruled a unspecified ark from an electrical source by the Spalding Fire Department and Spalding Fire Marshall.  The Fire occurred on Sunday nigh about 7:45 when 911 received a call of heavy smoke and fire being seen at the Andrews Auto Salvage.  Units from the Spalding County Fire Department, Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Spalding EMS, and Griffin Fire Rescue, responded to the scene. Upon arrival firefighters discovered a working fire. Assistant Chief Jamie Clark told WKEU NEWS,  several vehicles were in the area of the fire, and there were at several acetylene bottles that started exploding.  The Chief moved firefighters into a defense mode and called in ladder trucks from the City and County departments as the fire was quickly spreading. Additional  units of the Spalding County Fire Department responded with a ladder truck along with the City of Griffin ladder truck. The ladder trucks were able reach the flames of the building.  Spalding County Fire Department Ladder truck was set up in the south bound lanes of 19/41. Due to the intense fire both north and south bound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted onto Old Atlanta Road.  Captain Williams Spalding Fire Marshal said that the fire was still being investigated but preliminary evidence shows a possible electrical fire.

 

BUTTS COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

The former Jackson police officer accused of lying about being shot while on patrol last September has been indicted by a Butts County grand jury on 11 charges.

Sherry Hall, 42, was indicted July 11 on four counts of making a false statement, four counts of violation of oath by a public officer, two counts of interference with government property and one count of tampering with evidence.

Warrants for Hall’s arrest were initially filed Sept. 23 after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation alleged that she was not shot by an assailant while on patrol on Camellia Court around midnight as she claimed Sept. 13.

She was fired from the department following her arrest.

Authorities accuse Hall of planting a shell casing at the scene fired from a department-issued pistol she lied to investigators about having. Investigators said she claimed to have been shot by a black man in a green shirt standing near the wood line.

In a statement, the GBI said when Hall viewed footage from her patrol car camera obtained from its hard drive with the help of a digital forensic investigator and the camera’s manufacturer, she stopped cooperating with the investigation.

According to a search warrant application filed in the case, when investigators reviewed the camera’s footage, only two shots could be heard, though three shell cases were found at the scene.

The indictments charging Hall with interference with government property stem from accusations she defaced the Glock 27 she claimed not to have and damaged a department-issued vest.

Authorities have not said what they believe Hall’s motivation may have been for allegedly weaving a tale about being shot during an encounter that didn’t happen.

The incident sparked what appeared initially to be a manhunt focused on finding the shooter but the focus of the investigation turned to Hall herself when “it was revealed that inconsistencies existed with regard to Hall’s statements, witness statements, physical evidence and later examination of forensic evidence,” the GBI said in the statement.

“After following the leads and evidence, the investigation has now revealed that there is no, and never was, a suspect shooter at large in Jackson, Georgia,” the GBI said.

Hall was denied bond during a court appearance in October, but according to court documents was granted $35,000 bond Dec. 1.

In a letter to an Atlanta TV station, Hall purportedly wrote that she was innocent and her arrest was the result of a “cover up.”

“First and foremost, I am innocent of all charges and allegations,” Hall wrote, according to WSB-TV. “This is nothing more than a cover up in a small town.”

Attorneys Kimberly A. Berry and Christina Champagne, who according to court records began representing Hall June 28, could not immediately be reached for comment T

 

 

     MATTHEW PIPPIN

 

On Thursday the Monroe Country Sheriffs Department issued a lookout for an escapee identified as Matthew Pippin. Pippin escaped from the Monroe County Jail located in Forsyth, Georgia. He was in custody for a violation of probation in relation to a nonviolent drug offense. On Thursday afternoon WKEU was advised that Pippin was located and arrested by the Monroe County Sheriffs Department and is in custody. Sheriff J.C. Bittick said that he appreciated the local citizens, and area citizens  help with the lookout that lead to Pippin’s capture on Thursday afternoon. In addition to his charge of violation of probation for a non violent drug offense he will also be facing an escape charge.

 

 

On July 11th, 2017 at approximately 10:45 am deputies with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit went to 253 Liberty Hill Rd. in an attempt to locate:

ROBERT PUGH

Robert Pugh who had an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation from Henry County. When Fugitive Apprehension deputies arrived, Pugh refused to exit the residence and surrender. The deputies entered and located Pugh taking him into custody without further incident. He is being held in the Spalding County Jail.

While still on scene Fugitive Apprehension Unit deputies made contact with another person who identified himself as Michael Wilson. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix “When the deputies were speaking with him they noticed multiple inconsistencies in his story about who he was and how he got there. When they confronted him about the inconsistent statements he admitted that he had given them a false name and that his true identity was:

CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON

Christopher Thompson.”  He admitted to the deputies that had an active Violation of Probation warrant from Pickens County from an original charge of kidnapping. Thompson was taken in to custody and is being held for Pickens County.

During their investigation Fugitive Apprehension deputies obtained information that Thompson had been seen earlier in a 2002 Burgundy Chevrolet Blazer. Deputies located the vehicle in a wooded area near the residence and learned that the vehicle had been reported as stolen from Lamar County.

Based on evidence obtained from the crime scene video in Barnesville, it was determined that Thompson fit the description of the vehicle theft suspect and he will be facing those charges in Lamar County.

Sheriff Darrel Dix said: “The Fugitive Apprehension Unit did an outstanding job in this instance. By being persistent, noting the signs of deception they saw, and following up, they were able to locate two wanted suspects from other jurisdictions, recover a stolen vehicle, and gather enough information to aid in charging one of the suspects with the theft of the vehicle.  The Sheriff also said:  “I’m proud of those guys, and all the other Sheriff’s Office employees for the hard work they do every day.”

MONROE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

 

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Final Holiday Traffic Count for July Fourth Travel Period, July 5, 2017.

Traffic crashes across Georgia during the July Fourth holiday travel period resulted in 17 traffic deaths. This year, the holiday travel period was 102 hours long. It began at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 30, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 620 traffic crashes that resulted in 260 injuries, and 11 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, 294 people were arrested for driving under the influence, while 9,945 citations and 14,767 warnings were issued.

Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Richmond Co. S/O, Cherokee Co. S/O, Gwinnett PD, Columbus PD, and Atlanta PD.

In 2016, the July Fourth travel period was 78 hours long.

Independence Day Holiday Traffic Count 6 p.m. Friday, June 30 – 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 esd , 102 Hour Holiday Period

Deaths
Total Fatalities Reported in Georgia

Fatalities Investigated by GSP Troopers 11

Fatalities Investigated by Local Agencies 6

Total Fatalities Statewide for Holiday Period 17

WKEU would like to thank our troopers from Post 1, the Griffin Police Department, and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department for their efforts in keeping our county roads safer over the highly-traveled holiday weekend.