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On August the 4 th WKEU news aired a news story in relation to a Griffin Police Officer Identified as Investigator Keith Dryden who resigned  in lieu if termination allegedly for inappropriate contact with a female inmate, and other policy violations of the City of Griffin Police Debarment.  “WKEU has received numerous calls from concerned citizens asking why a formal Press Release has not been issued by the Police Department in relative to the investigation that indicated Investigator Keith Dryden “quoting from the Findings of the Investigative report.”

1,  The Allegation that Dryden was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate SUSTAINED.
2.  Allegations that Keith Dryden failed to properly, document and store evidence is SUSTAINED.

3. The Allegation that Keith Dryden sent a text message to two individuals to intimidate them is
SUSTAINED.
4. The Allegation that Keith Dryden committed acts that tarnished the Professional image of the City
of Griffin, and the Police Department, In addition to engaging in on duty an off duty activity contrary to the city of Griffin Police Department Policies is
SUSTAINED.

The investigation also states that Dryden made many off color, vulgar, offensive, and abusive remarks and inappropriately touched some waitresses by kissing them on the forehead, at the Chick Fil A on Taylor Street. The report indicated that on occasions he would walk behind the counter to the work station and the employees said he would stand too close. The Chick Fil A Manager requested a Criminal Trespass Warning be issued to Dryden and requested he not come back on the property of the Chick Fil A. Dwarf House in Griffin.

The initial report of the illicit activity by Dryden was given to the Griffin Police Department from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, in a package of March 10th,and  from the Public Defender’/s Office report of March 4th 2015, from information  received from Andrea Feldman’s attorney. The city of Griffin report started early March and ended in June. The report is about 30 pages in length.

WKEU contacted the Griffin police Department by telephone on Thursday and was advised that Chief Heaton was not going to issue a press release as the employee had resigned.

The Spalding Sheriff’s Department had a similar situation with former Deputy David Gibson that was started with a formal singed complaint was received by the Sheriff in May. The investigation was complete may 19th Gibson was called into the Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Beam gave the option to Gibson of either resigning or being fired.  Gibson resigned on May 19th and a Press Release was issued by Sheriff Beam on May 20th.

 

 

 

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Pictured is Spalding County Commission Chair, Rita Johnson accepting grant award from Jason Ritter, Georgia Emergency Management Agency Area 4 Coordinator.

Spalding County Emergency Management Director, Kenny West, announced today the receipt of the Response and Recovery Award from the Emergency Management Performance Grant through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. This award of $28,164 will be used to mitigate and provide resources that protect our citizens and support our first responders who provide emergency services to citizens that may be impacted by natural and man-made disasters. The Spalding County Emergency Management Agency works tirelessly to provide planning, mitigation, prevention and response to all emergencies in Spalding County and this grant award will assist with additional resources. Spalding County Emergency Management Director West, stated that, “We are very thankful for this highly competitive award and for the resources that we can provide through it to our community”. For more information, contact Spalding County Emergency Management Agency at (770)228-2129.

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Fredrick Earnest Schnell

On June 18th, the Griffin Police Department responded to 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 to various social media and news mediums, requesting the public’s assistance in identifying them.  One of the suspects, Devontae Young, was apprehended quickly with the assistance of the Clayton County Police Department, however Fredrick Schnell remained at large.  Anonymous tips came in that Schnell was attempting to flee Georgia to New York where he had family residing.

 

In the recent weeks, Investigator Stacy Beckom received new information on the whereabouts of Schnell in the Bronx, NY.  Beckom contacted Chief Ken Troisi of Southern Crescent Technical College, who was formerly employed by the NYPD.  Chief Troisi provided Beckom with a contact in New York.  Since that time, Beckom has been working with the Fugitive Warrant Division in the Bronx to apprehend Schnell.  On Monday, August 24th, Detective Horne and other officers from the New York Police Department apprehended Schnell at an address Beckom obtained as a result of the information provided by an anonymous tipster.  Schnell is currently in the process of being extradited back to Georgia to face charges of Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime and Wearing a Mask to Conceal Identity.

 

The Griffin Police Department would like to thank the New York City Police Department, Detective Horne, Chief Ken Troisi and all others who greatly assisted us with this case.

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.The Spalding County Senior Citizens Center will host this exciting event on: Thursday, September 24, 2015 Check-ins will begin at 8:00 a.m. Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park Lake 1301 Cowan Road Griffin, Georgia
This event is open to all residents of Spalding County, ages 50 and over. The cost is $5.00 for Senior Citizen Center members and $10 for non-members. Bring your lucky fishing pole, net, chair, and bait. Lunch will be served at noon. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Spalding County Senior Citizens Center located at 885 Memorial Drive, Griffin, Georgia, or visit www.spaldingparksandrec.com to register online. For information please call 770-467-4384 or www.spaldingparksandrec.com ###

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The Central Midwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct its annual shelter drill from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 at Mountain View Baptist Church, 2569 Jeff Davis Road, Thomaston, GA 30286.

 

Red Cross Shelter Drill

Saturday, August 29

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mountain View Baptist Church

2569 Jeff Davis Road, Thomaston, GA 30286

RSVP: 706-884-5818 or Jessica.McFadden@RedCross.org

 

The Central Midwest GA Chapter serves Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Haralson, Heard, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike, Putnam, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson and Wilkinson Counties. The Red Cross is always looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. For more information go to: www.redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

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SPALDING COUNTY CORONER SONNY FOSTER WAS ONE OF THREE OFICILALS APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST THE CORONER OF CRAWFORD COUNTY. A CRAWFORD COUNTY GRAND JUYRY RECENTLY INDICTED CORONER ALLEN O’NEAL ON 2 COUNTS OF ALLEGED VIOLATION OF OATH OF OFFICE, BY NOT RESPONIDING TO A DEATH CALL, AND THE FIRING HIS DEPUTY CORONER BECAUSE THE DEPLUTY DID RESPOND. A TRHEE MEMBER PANNEL – MADE UP OF SPALIDNG COUNTY CORONER SONNY FOSTER, STEPHENS COUNTY CORONER CHRIS STEPHENS, AND GEORIGA ATTORNEY GENERAL SAM OLENES, UNAMIOUSLY RECOMMENDED ONEAL’S SUSPSENSION FROM OFFICE AFTER THEIR INVESTIATION. FOLOLWING THE RECOMMENDATION OF CORONER FOSTER, CORONER STEPEHNS, AND ATTORNEY GENERAL OLENS, GOVERNOR NATHAN DEALE ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER SUSPENDING CORONER O’NEAL FROM OFFICE PENIDNG THE OUT COME OF CRIMNINAL CHARGES AGAINST HIM. O’NEAL HAS MAINTANED HE DID NOTHING WRONG. NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR O’NEAL BUT THE CASE COULD GO TO TRIAL IN DECEMBER.

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The Williamson mayor’s position is one of several seats up for re-election in November among others on the Concord and Williamson city councils. Qualifying dates have been announced by the voter registrar and the election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Citizens who have not registered to vote may register by Oct. 5 to vote in the upcoming election.


In Williamson, qualifying will be held Monday, Aug. 31 through Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Williamson City Hall, 71 Midland Street. Candidates may qualify between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. with the exception of a 12 noon to 1 p.m. lunch break. The qualifying fee is $35 for mayor and $25 for council members. The seats up for re-election include the mayor’s position currently held by Steve Fry, the Post 1 seat held by Howard Busby, the Post 4 held by Carol Berry and the Post 5 seat held by Benson Hilley Sr.

In Concord, qualifying will be held Monday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Concord City hall, 50 Main Street. Qualifying for each council post is $25. Positions up for re-election include the Post 3 seat currently held by Doug Neath, the Post 4 seat currently held by Subrenna Weathers and the Post 5 seat currently held by Kimberly Griffin.

If required, a runoff election will be held Tuesday, December the 1 st.
WKEU would like to thank the Pike County Reporter for their assistance in this new story. You can subscribe to the Journal Reporter at pikecountygeorgia.com.