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.

RAFAEL F RIVERA

ALICIA L. LANIER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

SPALDING COMMISSIONERS MEEGTING

The Spalding County Commissioners met Monday night.  The first order of business the
Commissioners recognized  John Carlisle with “The Honor Our KIA group” who presented a framed certificate of appreciation to each of the commissioners and thanked them for the support they have given to make the project successful. 
 
Chairman Bart Miller presented an award to Ms Gina Garrison for her 20 years of Management service in the finance department of Spalding County. 
 
The commissioners:
Approved:     on second reading an Ordinance amending Licensing and Regulation section,  to correct an oversight in the wording of the code for Retail Package Dealers. The wording was changed from  “offer for sale or distribution any LIQUOR ” to read “Offer for sale or distribution any ALCOHOL BEVERAGE”. 
 
Approved:  a request from Cindy Alexander, Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer in Spalding County to utilize the veranda at the courthouse on May 4, 2017 in observance of the National Day of Prayer. This is an annual event and notice has been sent to Sheriff Dix, for security, and all the offices in the courthouse. There were no objections.
 
After lengthy discussion the commissioners by a 3/2 vote:
Approved:  change order #3,  in the amount of $31,000, for the Pickleball Facility at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park. This was requested by Commissioner Hawbaker for adding the deco-turf to the 8 additional courts at the facility.  This type of turf has already been approved for 4 of the courts that will be covered. He is asking that all 12 courts be covered with this turf. Funding for this project is to come from the Pre-GSBTA Hotel/Motel Tax Fund. 
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. Spalding County is slated to hold Regional and National Tournaments.
 
The commissioners:
Approved:     a contract with the City of Griffin, Sheriff Darrell Dix, and Spalding County for the housing of detention of persons arrested in the city for violating its municipal ordinances and certain state laws while those offenders await trial. Maximum 40 inmates at a cost of $40 per day.  This is a trial period from February 2017 thru June 30, 2017. The city has been housing the inmates in another county.
Sheriff Dix and staff estimates that this contract will generate approximately $250,000 per year for the county  with a minimum of 20 COG inmates per day housed at the jail.
 
Approved:   a Memorandum of Agreement with Hope Diamond Services Inc. for the purpose of serving after school snacks and supper meals to children enrolled in the Fairmont Community Center After School Program. This was requested by the Spalding County Parks and Recreation Department.
     Hope Diamond Services Inc. is a 501(C)3 non profit organization who Sponsors meals in high risk communities.  There will be no cost to the County for the program operations during the 2017/2018 school year.
 
Approved:   a Resolution to enact a moratorium on the approval of construction plans for improvements and the issuance of any permits or licenses for equestrian and rodeo facilities on certain real property within Spalding County. The moratorium period shall commence on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. and shall terminate on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., unless extended by the Board of Commissioners of Spalding County.
 
Approved:  a Resolution authorizing issuance of Bonds by the City of Griffin Housing
Authority. These bonds are for the Harmony Senior Living project at the Corner of SR92 and Cowan Road that has been in the planning stage for several years.
 
At the February 14th City Commissioners meeting the Commissioners:
Approved:  a Resolution for The Housing Authority of The City of Griffin, to issue Revenue Bonds in an amount not to exceed $62.0 million dollars to Regional Housing & Community Services Corporation, a California nonprofit corporation, or a designated subsidiary thereof, for the purpose of financing the acquisition, construction, furnishing and equipping of a senior living community.
This facility will be located at the NW intersection of Ga. Hwy 92 and Cowan Road, across from the First Assembly of God Church. The local subsidiary is Harmony Village Landowner, LLC. This facility provides various levels of care and particularly care for residents with dementia and related diseases. 
The type of facility is in high demand in Georgia, particularly in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The nonprofit  will own and operate the facility has an established record of operating similar facilities around the country. 
These bonds impose no obligation on the City of Griffin, however, The Griffin Housing Authority is deemed a “dependent” authority of the City of Griffin. 
 
The commissioners:
Went into a closed Executive Session for discussion on future acquisition of real estate.  

 

 

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 al.moltrum@cityofbarnesville.com.

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

Education opportunities

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 Darrell Dix reports that investigators with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a sexual assault that occurred at Tyus Park on February 13th.
According to investigators a suspect has been identified as an acquaintance and classmate of the victim.
This appears to be an isolated incident and does not pose a danger to people visiting the park.
Further information will be released as the investigation progresses.

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.