Towaliga Circuit District Attorney Jonathan Adams today announced that the Monroe County Grand Jury indicted Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Sgt. William Jackson, this week on the counts of Simple Battery, Battery and Violation of Oath of Office By A Public Officer.

The incident leading to the indictment occurred on July 16, 2016 when Sgt. Jackson responded to a call regarding subject Micka Martin whose husband called 911 due to her alcohol consumption and irate behavior in their car while traveling through Monroe County. Marijuana was also found in Mrs. Martin’s luggage and Sgt. Jackson made an arrest.

At the jail, Martin attempted to “head butt” and “spit” at Jackson while she was in handcuffs. Jackson then struck Martin multiple times while she remained restrained in a manner the Grand Jury felt was an unauthorized use of excessive force.

The inappropriate use of force was discovered by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in September after a review of video footage. The Sheriff immediately began an internal investigation and placed Sgt. Jackson on administrative leave and requested the GBI to investigate. The GBI conducted an investigation and turned it over to the District Attorney’s Office in January. After reviewing the case, DA Jonathan Adams presented the case to the Grand Jury for a possible indictment.

Sgt. Jackson has no history of any prior complaints regarding his use of force and no prior disciplinary action during his 14-year career with the MCSO.

“Sheriff Bittick and I are committed to transparency and accountability in the performance of our duties and those of our personnel. This is proven by the Sheriff’s swift and thorough investigation and handling of this issue, and I will do so by prosecuting this case. I also want to be clear that this is an isolated incident in what is an otherwise outstanding department where outstanding deputies and employees work hard every day to keep our families safe,” said DA Jonathan Adams.

The Spalding County Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services announces nominations are now being accepted for the “Bain Proctor Award For Volunteerism”.

Nominees must be a resident of Spalding County who has volunteered his/her service to benefit the community.  The candidate may not be paid or otherwise compensated for their service.

 

Nominations should include the following:

  • A cover page with the nominee’s name and address, the name of the person submitting the nomination, contact information, and the name of the nominating association or organization if any.

 

  • A maximum of a one-page typed (12 point font, 1-inch margins) statement documenting the nominees volunteer service to Spalding County and its citizens.

 

Nominations will be accepted no later than 5:00pm on March 31st, 2017

 

Mail or deliver nominations to:

Spading County Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services

843 Memorial Drive

Griffin, GA 30223

Nominations may also be emailed to:  kleger@spaldingcounty.com

 

For more information, please call 770-467-4750.

The Griffin Municipal Court will conduct it’s annual amnesty program from March 10, 2017 until Friday April 28, 2017.

During this period, defendants with a Failure to Appear Bench Warrant may come into the Griffin Municipal Court office located at 100 South Hill Street, and pay their original fine in full and the Failure to Appear Bench Warrant will be dismissed. The fine of $200.00 will be waived.

Those with mandatory court appearance offenses will be given a new court date to appear before the Judge. This program does not include Violation of Probation Warrants.

For more information please contact the Griffin Municipal Court.

Skheriff Jimmy Thomas said that his Deputies responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 18 at Reidsboro Road in Pike county at 9:08 a.m. today. Upon arrival at the scene Deputies found that a BMW passenger car had attempted to turn onto Reidsboro Road from Highway 18 and struck a Chevrolet Blazer causing it to leave the roadway and rollover several times. The driver of the Chevrolet Blazer, Mikal Chambley , 18 years of age, was ejected from the vehicle. He was subsequently air lifted to Grady Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The driver of the BMW , Caleb Caldwell, 19 years of age, was not injured and has been charged with failure to yield while turning. Traffic Investigators will continue their inquiry into this incident as it remains under investigation.

The Griffin Spalding County Land Bank Authority and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation  are pleased to announce the sale of the old Haisten Funeral Home building located at 522 Meriwether Street to Mr. Justin Flynn. Mr. Flynn plans to renovate the building in accordance with a preservation easement and rehabilitation agreement entered into with The Trust and to utilize the building for commercial enterprises in the Griffin community. The parties are excited about the positive impact that this project will have on the continued revitalization of the Meriwether Street corridor that began with the redevelopment of the Griffin Housing Authority Meriwether Homes property.

Constructed in 1910, this building replaced an earlier hospital that was located in a home that was demolished to allow for the construction of the Griffin City Hall building. Harralson Bleckley, architect of the historic Griffin City Hall, donated his plans for the new hospital on Meriwether Street to help mitigate the loss of the old hospital. At the time of construction, the building was worth an estimated $25,000 but was built for $15,000, thanks to reuse of materials and generous donations. The building also served as a nurses’ dormitory and personal care facility. In May 2015 local groups partnered with Home Depot on a multi-day volunteer project to rehabilitate and secure the exterior of the building, which was threatened with imminent demolition. Since that time, the property has been maintained by the Land Bank Authority, in conjunction with the Griffin Spalding Historical Society, and marketed by the Georgia Trust.

The Haistens Hospital building was listed as a Place in Peril in 2015 by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The Georgia Trust is a nonprofit statewide preservation organization which works to provide effective alternatives to demolition or neglect of architecturally and historically significant properties by promoting their rehabilitation and monitoring their preservation in perpetuity. Through the involvement of the Georgia Trust, the buyer of the Haisten Building has agreed to the imposition of conservation easements to ensure that the historic integrity of the property is retained. Additionally, the buyer was required to sign a Rehabilitation Agreement and all work done to the property must abide by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

  

 

On Thursday March 9, 2017, the Griffin Police Department received information from a citizen who wanted to turn over a Kel-tec 2000 9mm handgun that was obtained from 28-year-old Joseph Miller Jr., a family member.

The family member further advised that Miller was threatening to shoot up the Police Department and area schools.  The family member stated that Miller had three additional long guns in his room at his 305 B Louis Lane residence.

 

 

 

The Griffin-Spalding County School System was notified of the potential threat and initiated its Level 1 Lockdown Procedure.

Based upon information obtained throughout the morning’s investigation, a search warrant was obtained from Spalding County Magistrate Court. Personnel of the GPD Special Response Team and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit executed the search warrant at Miller’s Louise Lane residence.

Located were rounds of ammunition and a flare gun.

Simultaneously, Miller was located at the Spalding County Department of Family and Children Services where he was apprehended without incident.

He was transported to the Spalding County Jail where he is being held on one felony count of terroristic act.

WKEU would dike to thank the Griffin Police Department, Spalding Sheriffs Department, and Griffin Spalding School System for their quick response to keep all children safe, and for the fast work of Law Enforcement Officials for apprehending the individual within a few hours of the incident.

Stolen Suzuki where it was found behind Midway Church.
(Photo: Walter Geiger)

A high speed chase involving a stolen Suzuki motorcycle that began in Monroe County came to an end when the driver ditched the bike behind Midway Church off Hwy. 36 West in Lamar County Wednesday afternoon.The driver, a male in tan pants and a black shirt, fled into the woods. A Monroe deputy deployed a canine unit but were unsuccessful in locating the suspect. The suspect was still at large on Thursday afternoon. The investigation is continuing and a look out has been placed for the individual as the search continued on Thursday.

WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger nd the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story. You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at barnesville.com .


Photo courtesy of Walter Geiger and Barnesille Heradl Gazette.

 

Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette have advised WKEU news that a home on Bowen Road on the Pike/Lamar county line was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived around 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.

One person was injured at the 186 Bowen Road home and transported by ambulance to Grady in Atlanta.

Firefighters, sheriff’s officers and first responders from Pike, Meansville and Lamar County responded to the fire. Firefighters said the home was fully involved when they arrived and was completely destroyed.

WKEU 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 barnesivlle.com

 

 

The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education named Emily Johnson as an 2017-18 assistant principal for Cowan Road Middle School.

Johnson has been employed at the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) since 2009. During that time, she has served as the health and physical education teacher at Cowan Road Middle School, a technology instructor, a graduation coach and has taught history and physical education at Spalding High School since 2014.

Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science in Education, Health and Physical Education and her Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia Southern University. She earned her Educational Specialist in Education Leadership from Columbus State University.

School Superintendent James D. Smith stated “Ms. Johnson’s eagerness and passion for education made her an excellent choice for this position. We look forward to continued success and great achievements for Cowan Road Middle.”

Sheriff Darrell Dix has reported to WKEU news on March 4, 2017 at approximately 9:45pm an inmate being housed in the Spalding County Jail fell ill and was later pronounced dead after attempts to save him were unsuccessful.

Darrell Jones W/M 60 years of age was being held in the Spalding County Jail for violation of probation and violation of the Georgia Family Violence Act when he became ill during a normal medication call. As Jones was standing with the staff nurse awaiting his nightly medications he suddenly grasped his chest, fell to the floor and became unresponsive. Medical staff and deputies began rendering aid and located a slight pulse. Jones was carried by staff to the Spalding Detention Center Medical facility where they were unable to locate any further vital signs. As a result they began administering CPR. Paramedics from Spalding Regional EMS were notified and were on scene in less than 5 minutes. Units of Griffin Fire Rescue also responded to the complex to assist. Jones was transported to Spalding Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the emergency room attending physician. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster and his staff were notified of the death and responded to both the hospital and the detention facility. Coroner Foster has made arrangements for the state crime lab to conduct an autopsy on Jones.

Due to the fact that Jones died while he was in custody the housing unit where he was being held was placed on immediate lockdown, and Sheriff Darrell Dix contacted the GBI to investigate the circumstances surrounding Jones’ death.

According to Sheriff Dix “As of now the inmates that were close to the area where the incident occurred and detention staff that were present have been interviewed. The scene was also photographed and processed for any evidence. Autopsy arrangements have been made and hopefully will shed light on the cause of Jones’ sudden death. The entire incident was captured on the video system located in the housing unit where Jones was being held and there are no indications that any type of violence occurred on the video prior to his death. The statements of the witnesses that were present concur with the video that was captured. That video has been turned over to the GBI as a part of their investigation. At this point all we can do is continue gathering facts and await the results of the autopsy and investigation.”