Griffin Spalding Airport Authority


Griffin Spalding Airport Authority Meeting  Monday, Februrary 08, 2016

At the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority Meeting  Monday February 08th:
Chairman Dick Morrow reported there has been a lot of activity since our last meeting.
He then asked for reports from various committees.
41 parcels of property have been approved for land acquisition. Each property owner was sent a formal letter about a a public meeting with the Acquisition Team  to answer any questions. 
. Feb 3rd two property owner meetings were held. 1:00 to 3:30 and 6:00 to 8:00.
. 34 of the 41 properties had a representative that attended one of the two sessions.
 .02  property owners not in attendance had been spoken with prior to the meeting.
. 05 remaining property owners have signed a certified letter in receipt of the original package
  but did not attend a meeting.
. 36 property owner questionnaires and right of entries were received.
. 15 on site appraisal appointments are scheduled for 02/15 & 02/16.
A lot of information was gathered from the property owner meetings that will greatly assist us as we move through the pre-acquisition phase.
. Sappalo road will be re-routed and will not be a part of the airport.
. A new road will be built to service the airport.
. Utilities repositioning is still to be determined. Utilities can’t go under the runway.
. The status of the the 3 towers is still up in the air. Maybe by next meeting?
. The walking track, the helicopter pad, and the city golf course property is still going forward.
. The sale of the Kawanis club property is no change.
There was  Realtor day held at the airport. Nine commercial realtors attended.  We are trying to get local and national realtors to help market the old airport property.
A letter to all the existing tenants at the airport will be mailed 02/09 to make an appointment in the next 2 weeks for a one on one meeting to determine how much space and other needs they want at the new airport.
By unanimous vote the Authority instructed Bill Johnston the Authority attorney to obtain title insurance on the 41 parcels of property to be purchased by the Authority.  There has been some problems finding legal deeds  when doing title searches on some of the properties.  
Robert Mohl, Airport Director reported that the aircraft that crashed at the airport last week was caused when the aircraft was landing and came into contact with the ground the right side landing gear  collapsed and the plane slid to a stop just off the side of the runway at mid field. The pilot was not injured.

Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 10:42 PM, Spalding County Deputies received a report of a person shot at 206 Custer Circle, Griffin, Georgia. Upon their arrival deputies located a 37 year old female who had received a gunshot wound to the arm and chest. The victim was treated at the scene by the Emergency Medical Services and transported to the Spalding Regional Hospital and later transported to the Atlanta Medical Center.

Deputies received information on the suspect involved in the shooting and all local Law Enforcement Agencies were notified. A short time later the Griffin Police Department received a report of a person shot on Thompson Street. Upon their arrival they located the suspect from the shooting on Custer Circle. It appears the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation is continuing into both shootings.


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Sheriff J.C. Bittick of The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has advised WKEU news that his Criminal Investigation Division is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect and vehicle at the attached photos above.

On January 26, 2016, pictured suspect, approximately 16-22 years of age, burglarized a vehicle at a convenience store in the Rumble Road area of Monroe County near Forsyth. The victim reported that her purse containing financial transaction cards was stolen.  Subsequent investigation into this incident revealed that the suspect traveled from the Rumble Road area and went to multiple locations and utilized the victim’s stolen financial transaction cards near the Bass Road area of Bibb County, Georgia.

The suspect was described as being light skinned and having acne scars. A sales clerk revealed that the suspect provided an ID with a date of birth indicating that he was 20 years old. The clerk could not remember the suspect’s name. Based on surveillance footage, it is believed that the suspect is a light skinned black male or a mixed race male approximately 16-22 years of age. The suspect was further described as being approximately 5’8” to 5’9” and approximately 150-170 lbs. He was also described as having a light amount of facial hair. The suspect was wearing very distinctive shoes during the commission of the crimes.

It is believed that the suspect vehicle may be a newer model Hyundai Sonata or similar type vehicle.

If you have any information regarding this theft or the people who committed this theft, please contact Sgt. Landers at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 478-994-7043 Ext. 234.


The 5 day weather forecast doesn’t mention rein or now however temperatures will remain at or below feeding.  For Wednesday 37 degrees for a high, with 23 for an overnight low.  Thursday the high skyrockets to 50 with a overnight low of 27.  Friday 51 for q high and 29 for an overnight low. Saturday will be partly cloudy and 44 for a high with 33 for a overnight low. Sunday will be 39 degrees for a high and 21 for a low. Stay tuned with The Rock 88.9 FM and WKEU 1450 and Channel 2 in Atlanta for the latest weather conditions.


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Monday afternoon Griffin Police, Spalding Regional EMS and Troopers from the Griffin Post of the Georgia State Patrol Respond to the scene of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Everee Inn Road and Meriwether street.  A large Gravel dump struck a Ford F-150 and drove it into a power pole.  The impact cracked the large pole and Griffin Electrical units were also dispatched to secure the pole to keep it from falling and started to replace the pole once investigators were completed at the scene. .  The driver of the Ford Pickup truck was sent to Spalding regional with what Trooper Smith of the Griffin Post indicated were non life threatening injuries.

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Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has advised WKEU news hat a Thomaston man driving on Piedmont Road Sunday afternoon lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. The individual was tapped inside his vehicle and had to be extracted.  Responding emergency workers wete able to cut the individual out of his vehicle.  Responding EMT personnel indicated the man was unresponsive at the scene.  Helicopter air ambulance was called to the scene and transported the individual to a Trauma unit.   The accident remains under investigation and more information is expected to be released later.

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The Zebulon Police Department and The Pike County Sheriff’s Department joined forces Saturday to capture a wanted fugitive during a vehicle pursuit. 911 operators received numerous calls of a reckless driver on Highway 19 traveling southbound. Zebulon Police were able to locate the vehicle at the city limits and attempted to initiate a traffic stop at which time the driver refused to stop.

Pike County Sheriff’s Deputies joined in the pursuit during, which time the vehicle became increasingly dangerous to other vehicles on the road as it traveled on the wrong side of the roadway with complete disregard for the safety of others. A determination was made by the pursuing units to forcibly stop the suspect before anyone could be hurt by the suspect. After being stopped by a P.I.T. manuver the suspect resisted both police and deputies efforts to be placed under arrest. The suspect was taken into custody at the scene and transported to Spalding Regional Hospital for minor injuries.

The vehicle driven by the suspect was determined to have been stolen from Spalding County. In addition the suspect , Ronald Miller Jr.  33 years of age, has warrants for his arrest from Spalding and Clayton counties. Counterfeit money was located in the vehicle and  Miller was also believed to be under the influence of drugs at the time of his arrest.

Miller faces numerous charges from both The Zebulon Police Department and The Pike County Sheriff’s Office. Among the charges are Felony fleeing and eluding, Forgery, Driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving and various traffic offenses. Miller is currently housed at the Pike County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

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Lamar County Sheriff Brad White hs advised WKEU news that att approximately 6:25 a.m. on February 4th the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office received a  single vehicle accident on I-75 southbound at the 200 mile marker.  The vehicle hit the guardrail and came to rest in the northbound lanes of I-75.  Officers responding to the scene arrived at approximately 6:34 a.m. The driver and occupant of the vehicle were checked by emergency personnel at the scene.  Neither occupant received any injuries.

Upon further investigation, officers found containers with possible hazardous materials inside which raised suspicions of a possible mobile Meth lab.   At this time, Sheriff Brad White expressed extreme concern for the motoring public. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office quarantined the area and contacted the GBI HAZMAT and EOD officers for assistance securing the suspected hazardous materials.  The GBI HAZMAT and EOD officers arrived and secured, removed and transported the suspected hazardous materials away from the scene.

Sheriff Brad White expresses his regret for any inconvenience experienced by the motoring public for delays which occurred during the closing of I-75 northbound.

Spalding County

The Spalding County Office of Elections and Voter Registration would like to remind Spalding County Registered Voters that early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary is:
Monday, February 8, 2016 through Friday, February 26, 2016. 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Saturday voting will be available on February 20, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Spalding County residents can vote early at the:

Office of Elections and Voter Registration 825 Memorial Drive Griffin, GA 30224
Registered voters are not required to provide a reason to early vote.

Photo ID is required.

If you have any questions, please call:  770/467-4245