In nearby Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow is one of four finalists to be named Georgia’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year.
The Announcement was made September 14 th by the Georgia School Superintendents Association.
Each finalist will complete an application on line from which the GSSA selection committee will choose a winner.
The other candidates vying for the award include Dr. Jason Branch of Oconee County Schools; Dr. Allen McCannon of Madison County Schools; and Dr. Gordon Pritz of Douglas County Schools.
All four finalists will be recognized at the Fall Bootstrap Conference in Athens on Oct. 19.
The winner will be announced at the Georgia School Boards Association winter conference in early December.
In Fayette County, the Fayette Citizen has reported an Atlanta man has been arrested and charged with robbery by force on Sept. 14 after he pulled a woman from her vehicle in the parking lot of a medical office building adjacent to Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. The man was arrested and the vehicle recovered later in the day.Christopher Joseph, 19, was charged with robbery by force and simple battery according to Fayetteville Police Officials.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m. outside the medical office building adjacent to Piedmont Fayette Hospital. As a 51 year old female was leaving the area, Joseph allegedly grabbed her in the car and threw her onto the ground, then entered the vehicle and drove away,
The woman refused medical treatment according to investigators.
Deputies were dispatched to a south Fayette residence where Joseph’s relatives were believed to live, and the suspect was arrested and taken into custody, the vehicle was also recovered.
Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a suspicious person earlier at nearby Georgia Military College on Veterans Parkway about 4:20 PM. The College, which opened in August of 2015, is located close to the hospital.
Officials said in that incident A woman was in the parking lot told deputies that a young black male knocked on her window and asked for a ride. The woman rolled the window down and the man entered the vehicle, asking if she could give him a ride to a nearby gas station. The woman refused and asked the man to leave. The man thanked her and attempted to kiss the woman, at which point she said, “No thank you,” The individual then ran into a wooded area adjacent to the college.
GRIFFIN BEARS 56
WHITEWATER 21 FINAL
SPALDING JAGUARS 24
HOUSTN COUNTY 28 FINAL
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued a press release on Friday Sept 23rd, in relation an investigation of an incident in Butts County.
PHOTO COURTESY JACKSON PD AND WALTER GEIGER BARNESVILLE HERALD GAZETTE
The GBI secured four criminal arrest warrants through the Superior Court of the Towaliga Judicial Circuit on Sherry Hall. They are as follows: False Statements, Tampering with Evidence, Interference with Government Property, and Violation of Oath of Office.
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 was requested by the Jackson Police Department to independently investigate both the Officer Involved Shooting/ Use of Force and the alleged Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer. The GBI Milledgeville Office committed all available assets and resources, which included personnel from two regional offices. To date, there have been in excess of 600 investigative work hours expended on this investigation and certain aspects of this investigation are still ongoing.
The alleged incident began at approximately 12:08 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 when Sherry Hall called out over the radio that she had been shot. Several law enforcement officers from the Jackson Police Department and the Butts County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to assist in the officer down call. Sherry Hall alleged through three separate interviews with the GBI that she was shot by a black male subject who was positioned near the wood line at the cul-de-sac on Camellia Court. Sherry Hall further advised that she did not engage her in car video and audio recording equipment.
As part of this investigation, the GBI solicited input from the manufacturer of the in car camera system as well as a GBI Digital Forensic Investigator, in an effort to further this investigation. Video and audio evidence was recovered from the hard drive of the unit. After hours of subsequent examination of that video evidence, it was revealed that inconsistencies existed with regard to Sherry Hall’s statements, witness statements, physical evidence, and later examination of forensic evidence.
The GBI Milledgeville supervisory staff met with Jackson Police Chief James Morgan and District Attorney Richard Milam apprising the agency heads of the existing inconsistencies. It was agreed to expand the investigation as it began to appear that Sherry Hall was not in fact a victim of a shooting.
In an effort to reconcile inconsistencies discovered in the investigation, the GBI conducted a subsequent interview of Sherry Hall. During this interview Sherry Hall watched the video, and at that time Hall stopped cooperating with the investigation.
Subsequent investigation revealed that Sherry Hall failed to reveal to the GBI that she was in possession of an additional departmental handgun issued to her on July 1, 2016. A search warrant was secured and executed earlier this week for Hall’s residence located in Butts County. This particular weapon was located and seized, which gave rise to certain warrants concerning this investigation.
has been determined that Sherry Hall is currently located in a private facility, of her own volition, and upon release she will be arrested, processed, and booked at the Butts County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.
The GBI would like to commend all Butts County agency heads for their full and complete cooperation in regard to this investigation. Those agencies heads being Jackson Police Chief James Morgan, District Attorney Richard Milam, and Sheriff Gary Long.
WKEU News would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story. You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at barnesville.com
He had tried to enter the front door of a residence when he was scared off by an armed homeowner.
After seeing several Face book posts in regards to Whitley, from local citizens, he was identified as the suspect. With the assistance of the Upson County Sheriff’s Office Whitley was spotted driving a Lexus, and a traffic stop was conducted in Upson County. The vehicle he was driving was determined to have been stolen from another residence on Highway 109. The homeowner was out of town and did not know the vehicle was missing.
Investigators went to the vehicle owners residence and discovered that Whitley had also burglarized the house and had been living there as the owner was out of town.
Whitley is in the Pike County Jail charged with criminal attempt burglary, burglary and theft by taking motor vehicle.
Pike County Sheriffs Investigators arrested Jeffery Allen , 47 years of age, for burglary on Thursday September 22 nd.
He is currently under arrest for entering a garage of a resident in the Whitfield Walk neighborhood and stealing items. Allen has been seen at other residences in Pike County. The vehicle he was driving is pictured below.