Griffin High baseball standout Terry Fuller was selected in Major League Baseball’s first year player amateur draft on Wednesday. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Fuller in the 15th round as the 454th pick overall.  He spent a good deal of time as an outfielder throughout his Griffin High career but was projected as a first baseman for the major leagues due to his tremendous power potential.  If Fuller decides not to sign with the Cardinals, he is committed to play college baseball at Chipola Junior College in Florida; however, he must wait three years to be eligible for the draft again.  He becomes the first Bears’ player to be drafted in two years, when Cornelius Randolph was selected in the first round in 2015.  WKEU and our entire community wish the very best to this great young athlete in his fuure. 

On Sunday, June 12, 2017 at around 2150 hours Deputies of the  Lamar County Sheriff’s Office  were involved in a chase involving the motorcycle driven by an unknown suspect.

Insert of Deputy Photo courtesy of Walter Geiger and Barnesville Herald Gazette.

The chase resulted in an accident involving two Lamar County Deputies.  Deputy Bossie Davis was injured in the crash and airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center.  Deputy Davis remains hospitalized in stable condition awaiting surgery for a broken ankle and broken collarbone.  Please keep him in your prayers.  Deputy Newman did not sustain any injuries.  The suspect vehicle is all black with white lights underneath.  If you have any information as to the location or identity of the individual please contact the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office at 770-358-5159 or dial 911.

It’s called a driving simulator, and it allows a driver to be put into everyday driving and emergency response situations without actually being out on the road or in their vehicle. Not only that, but the simulator is mobile and it comes, literally, right to the doorstep of the desired location. The training is being conducted at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

This decision based driver program is presented by Local Government Risk Management Services, LGRMS. LGRMS is a service organization of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, ACCG, and the Georgia Municipal Association, GMA. ACCG and GMA’s Risk Management workers compensation and property/liability funds are financially supporting this program because of the unique and high risk driving situations that local government employees, specifically public safety personnel may be involved with on a daily basis.

The simulator is the key component of a decision based Public Safety Driver Training program. The drivers attend a 2 hour classroom/simulator training session that covered applicable Georgia requirements on emergency response driving, vehicle handling characteristics, physical driving conditions, and driving techniques to use during emergency response situations.

The deputies receive actual hands on training in the simulator. One or two deputies observe while the other sits in a realistic driver’s seat where he/she are put through a series of driving scenarios from a list of over 40 available scenarios. When a driver makes an incorrect decision, the instructor and others attending the training will critique what happened and discuss driving techniques that would improve the driving situation. Then the instructor can have the driver repeat the same scenario using the techniques covered. Each deputy will drive a number of skill and response based scenarios.

The primary LGRMS instructor is Julie Hyer, Public Safety Risk Consultant. Julie has been a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training instructor for over 30 years. Her Georgia POST instructor certifications include: General, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Below 100 and Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT). Julie worked as an Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor at the Georgia Public Safety Training

 

DAVID GIBSON FORMER DEPUTY SHERIFF.

 

The Criminal Case of David Gibson former Spalding County Deputy Sheriff came to an end on Criminal Charges of sexual harassment and violation of his oath of office on Thursday in Spalding Superior Court. Gibson had been the subject of criminal charges of violation his oath of office, as well as civil law suits that will be scheduled for court at a later date. District attorney Benjamin D. Coker issued the following press release.

PRESS RELEASE

On June 8th, 2017, former Spalding County Sheriff’s Department Captain, David Wayne Gibson entered a non-negotiated plea to two counts of Violation of Oath of Office before Honorable Robert “Mack” Crawford in Spalding County Superior Court and was sentenced to ten years with the first three to be served in a State penitentiary. The State, represented by Benjamin D. Coker requested ten years with five to serve in prison. Judge Crawford sentenced Gibson to the ten serve three and granted first offender. The State objected to first offender. Mr. Gibson was also ordered to surrender his P.O.S.T. certification as part of his sentence. These charges stem from a G.B.I. investigation conducted at the request of the Griffin Circuit District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s office will have no further comment on this matter due to on going litigation in civil court.

 

 

 

The Henry Herald has indicated that construction has started on a 1-million-square-foot industrial building off Bill Gardner Parkway’s Price Road in Locust Grove.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place Monday the building will be available for occupancy in early 2018.

Real estate developer CRG and design-build firm Clayco will create a multiple phase business park with the flexibility to meet large industrial needs. This is the first of a 311-acre development designed for over 4.5 million square feet of industrial buildings.

John Hancock Real Estate and CRG chose Locust Grove as the location for the new distribution center and business park.  Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price said in the press release. “We look forward to the economic development, job creation, infrastructure and road improvements this development will bring to Locust Grove and our surrounding communities.”

Once completed, the facility will feature with 236 trailer spaces, 148 dock height doors and 386 parking spaces.

“We see significant opportunity in the I-75 corridor with relatively close proximity to the Ports of Savannah, Charleston, Jacksonville and all of Florida,” said CRG Vice President. “Within the attractive Henry County industrial market, the site is located a half mile from the I-75 and Bill Garner Parkway interchange, just 30 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.”

Clayco is the design-builder and its subsidiary, Forum Studio, is the architect on the project. For more information about the Locust Grove Distribution Center, visit the CRG website.

WKEU would like to thank the Henry Herald for their assistance in breaking this news story that will a great affect to all of the surrounding areas.

The Griffin Police Department Investigative Services Division conducted an investigation involving embezzlement from two local businesses.  Hughes Company and Oakley Pipeline and Grading both reported that they had several thousands of dollars stolen.   Griffin Police Department’s Detective Lee Ward investigated the case and made an arrest on an employee of both businesses.

AMBER L. EUBANKS

Amber L. Eubanks of Jackson Georgia was charged with 43 felony counts of Forgery, Theft by Taking, and One count of Identity Fraud.  Ms. Eubanks was transported to the Spalding County Jail.    This investigation is still ongoing and possible future charges pending.

The Griffin Police Department in conjunction with the Griffin-Spalding County School System received information regarding inappropriate actions by a teacher with students.  The Griffin-Spalding County school system cooperated fully with The Griffin Police Department which subsequently resulted in an investigation.  The investigation is ongoing at this time but has resulted in the arrest of a Brandy L. Nickels of Williamson Georgia.  Ms. Nickels is initially charged with one count each of Child Molestation, Sodomy, Enticing a Child, Statutory Rape, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Battery.  She is currently held at the Spalding County Jail.  According to the lead Investigator, Dexter McCune the investigation is evolving and there is a possibility of future charges and or victims.  The Griffin Police Department would like for anyone having information regarding this case to please call the Investigative Services Department at 770-229-6452.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GRIFFIN SPALDING SCHOOL SYSTEM. 

The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) received information regarding possible inappropriate actions by a teacher with students. An internal investigation was opened immediately to determine the basis of the information. Quickly, a cooperative arrangement between Griffin-Spalding County School System personnel and members of the City of Griffin Police Department was established for purposes of expediting the investigation.

BRANDY NICKLES

 

Ms. Brandy Nickles, a ninth grade teacher at Griffin High School, was placed on administrative leave and not allowed to return to the classroom while the investigation proceeded. As the process continued, Ms. Nickles resigned her position with the school and is no longer employed by the Griffin-Spalding County School System. The City of Griffin Police Department continued their work which led ultimately to charges being filed against Ms. Nickles for various offenses against children.

Ms. Nickles, age 41, is in her first year as a teacher in the Griffin-Spalding County School System but has experience as an educator in other Georgia counties.

Superintendent Jim Smith said, “This is a sad event for our school district and the students and families involved. Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of our students. We are thankful that information was given to us that allowed a swift resolution to a bad situation. In truth, it takes a person who notices something that doesn’t seem right to bring that information and suspicion to someone who can act on it. We have to be a community that doesn’t turn a blind eye to situations that appear suspicious. That’s how we protect our children. Also, I want to thank the City of Griffin Police Department and Chief Mike Yates for their complete cooperation in the investigation.”