Jawaski Cross

According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, “The agents and deputies on scene immediately began conducting a neighborhood canvass by speaking to residents in an attempt to locate the driver. Several citizens who live in the complex stated that they witnessed the suspect abandon his vehicle and flee. Based on the information the witnesses provided, the officers were able to locate the driver hiding in the bathroom of 615 Northside Dr. Apartment F-5 and he surrendered without further incident.”On May 12, 2017 at approximately 8:00pm, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and Warrant Division were on patrol in the area of 615 Northside Drive when they observed a person they were about to approach abruptly enter a vehicle and leave at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle pulled away, the driver ignored the deputy’s commands to stop, and nearly struck the vehicle the deputies had initially approached in. Agents in a marked unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and as a result the driver began to flee. Due to the high volume of pedestrian traffic, as per policy, the pursuit was terminated. Agents and deputies remained in the area and a short time later they located the vehicle abandoned in the rear of the Spalding Heights Apartment Complex.

When questioned, the suspect initially refused to reveal his name to deputies, but eventually identified himself as Jawaski Cross of Conley, Georgia. After a brief investigation it was learned that Cross is wanted in Dublin, Georgia for murder and aggravated assault and had been on the run from authorities there since July of 2016.  Cross is currently being held at the Spalding County Jail awaiting his return to Dublin.

Sheriff Darrell Dix continued, “The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office would like the thank all of the citizens who assisted them in locating the suspect. Without the help of the residents of Spalding Heights who stepped up to assist in locating Jawaski Cross, a suspected murderer would still be on the run in our community. It’s that type of cooperation, trust, and working side by side that will help us curtail crime across the county. Thank you to those who helped get this guy off the streets.”

 

A Griffin resident died in a one-vehicle accident Monday morning close to 5:30am at the intersection of South Hill and 8th Streets.  Griffin Police and Griffin Fire Rescue units responded to the scene and located a late 90’s model Chevrolet pick-up truck in the wooded area adjacent to the intersection.  Located inside the cab was 63-year old Stephen Ray Howard of 124 Loumae Road, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  There were no other passengers in the vehicle.  Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster advised that there did not appear to be any serious external injuries, so the body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an autopsy.

 

 

The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Griffin Career Center will help the Salvation Army Community Center recruit 14 part-time, after-school staff members to work in its summer program in Griffin.

The recruitment will be held on Tuesday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the career center located at 1514 Highway 16 West in Griffin.

The company is recruiting two teachers, six teacher’s aides and six health and fitness instructors.

All applicants must have a valid class C driver’s license and be proficient in the English language. Applicants must be able to work 20-25 hours per week.

Applicants for the teacher positions are required to be at least 21 years old, have a bachelor’s degree, a Georgia Teaching Certification and at least one year of experience teaching children.

The teacher’s aide and health and fitness instructor positions require applicants to be at least 19 years old. The teacher’s aide applicants must have completed some college courses in childhood education. The health and fitness instructor applicants must have completed some college courses in health and fitness. While it is not required, applicants for the teacher’s aide and health and fitness instructor positions are preferred to have at least one year of experience working with children.

Salaries will be discussed with the employer.

For more information about the jobs, or to apply online, visit employgeorgia.com to create an account and upload, or prepare, a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process.

Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume and dress appropriately to improve their opportunities for employment.

For more information about the recruitment, contact the Griffin Career Center at (770) 228-7226. The career center is open to serve the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

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A Griffin man accused of vehicular homicide has been arrested for the third time in just over half a year after failing to appear for a bond revocation hearing in Henry County Court this week.  In October 2016, 45-year old Stephen Pope, was charged with first degree vehicular homicide after striking Laura Fisher, age 51 of Henry County.  Police say he was driving under the influence of drugs and failed to maintain his lane in the incident.  Pope was shortly released on a $35,000 provisional bond, and advised not to operate a motor vehicle.  Then, this spring, he was again arrested once again for driving under the influence of drugs in Coweta County and later released.  A bond revocation hearing was then scheduled in Henry County court this week, but Pope failed to appear.  He was arrested on Tuesday and will remain in jail until the rescheduled hearing set for May 23.

 

Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation has just completed the 2017-2018 internal fund-raising campaign. Pledges submitted include 65% of full-time faculty and staff participating to donate a grand total of $38,477.73. These contributions are used specifically for student scholarships.  Since FY11, the SCTC faculty and staff have pledged a total of $324,851.29 in the internal campaigns.  Last year alone, SCTC was able to award 146 scholarships to students from the contributions of this campaign.

Southern Crescent Technical College President Alvetta Thomas said, “Thanks to all for a strong campaign. Your hard work and drive made it successful. Please know that I sincerely appreciate all that you do for our students.”

The internal campaign ran from March 8 through April 27, 2017.  SCTC employees were randomly divided into 23 teams with roughly 13 people on each team. The winning team was the Monster Tigers, pledging $3,562.40.  The Monster Tigers team will receive a catered luncheon, a dedicated parking space and a student tuition scholarship named in their team’s honor.

Scholarships are offered each semester and are available to full-time and part-time students in good academic standing (a minimum of a 2.5 GPA) in a certificate, diploma, or degree program of study. Students must demonstrate a need for financial assistance for these scholarships.

-submitted by SCTC

Beginning Wednesday May 17, the intersection of North Hill Street, Tuskegee Avenue, and Northside Drive will be under construction for the installation of a new bridge over Cabin Creek and the construction of a roundabout at Tuskegee Avenue and Northside Drive. This project will take 4 months to complete and will cause a detour around the area. The detour will not hinder residents going to their local address other than the crossing of Cabin Creek. Portions of North Hill Street, Tuskegee Avenue and Northside Drive will be inaccessible. Driving northbound from the City of Griffin, the detour will take you along Realty Street west to North 9th Street. Driving southbound from Sun City you will have the opportunity to take either W. McIntosh Road or Lakewood Drive West to North 9th Street.

At the May 9th City Commissioners meeting:
The commissioners:
Approved:   a Joint Proclamation with Spalding County honoring the 2016 Exchange Club Man of the Year, John P. Yates. This is an annual honorary title bestowed by the Exchange Club of Griffin.  John P. Yates, is a native son of Griffin, decorated World War II veteran and respected local legislator. 
 
Approved:   a Joint Proclamation with Spalding County honoring the Griffin Utility Club. 
This Proclamation honors The Griffin Utility Club on its storied history over the past decades, encouraging the citizenry of both Griffin and Spalding County to reflect on the club’s legacy as they dissolve after ninety years of service.
Mrs. Elaine Bolton and several other Griffin Utility Club members were present to accept the Proclamation on behalf of the Club.
 
Approved:   a Proclamation declaring May 28, 2017 to be “Sammy Lee Davis Day.” Sammy Lee Davis, Vietnam War hero and recipient of the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts and the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, will be the featured guest speaker and participant in the City’s Memorial Day events.  This Proclamation will declare May 28, 2017 to be “Sammy Lee Davis Day.”  John Carlisle accepted the Proclamation on behalf of the Honor Our KIA Committee.
 
The commissioners:. Recognized:   Angela Thompson, Budget Analyst, with the Accounting Department, as the April 2017 “Strongest Link” award recipient. The “Strongest Link” Award is given monthly to a deserving employee who has demonstrated excellent performance and productivity, loyalty, professional pride, and other noteworthy accomplishments.  The recognized employee receives one day off with pay, a gift certificate from a local restaurant, a “Strongest Link” plaque, and the symbolic “chain”, which he will be the custodian of until a subsequent employee is recognized.
Angela Thompson is an outstanding team member of the City of Griffin who shows and demonstrates a positive attitude toward her work responsibilities, colleagues, and leaders. During the past month Angela assisted Central Services Director Phil Francis on a project by staying late and working several weekends in order to meet deadlines. Angela succeeded in delivering final budget numbers to the City Manager two weeks earlier than in prior years.  Angela’s attention to detail, analytical thought, strategic and forward thinking, demonstrates her commitment to quality in carrying out her job responsibilities.
 
ROSS COMING TO GRIFFIN
 
The commissioners:
Approved:  a request for a variance to exceed the total building signage square footage and to
exceed the building height as specified in the Unified Development Code(UDC) for property
located at 1424 N. Expressway.
  After review, the planning staff found that a hardship may exist as defined by the UDC due to its position in the shopping center and its setback from the road (approximately 450 feet) and other entry points. Furthermore, the mature trees will also limit visibility between the road/parking lot of the storefront.  
ROSS’ design for the parapet that supports the signage closely resembles the large format retail space design criteria outlined in  the UDC.  
Approval from the Board of Commissioners was consistent with past sign variances along the Highway 19/41 north corridor (i.e., Longhorns).
ROSS will employee 64 full time and 60 part time employees.
 
The commissioners:
Approved:   on first reading, an ordinance amending the Code of Griffin, GA at Chapter 14,
Animals, by deleting it in its entirety and enacting a new Chapter 14. 
This ordinance has not been revised since 2004 and needs to be updated to include changes to state law regarding the classification of dangerous and vicious animals.  Staff is also recommending a “no tethering” provision, as well as a $25.00 surrender fee for animals voluntarily surrendered to animal control.  There is also a section regarding registration of animals within the City that Staff is asking to remove so as not to create unnecessary administrative responsibilities.
 
Approved:   on second reading an Ordinance amending the Code of Griffin, GA at Chapter 42,
Environment, by enacting a new Article V. Noise Control.  
Purpose and Intent. This article is enacted to protect, preserve and promote the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Griffin, Georgia, through the control of noise, a recognized form of environmental pollution. It is the intent of this article to establish objective standards that will reduce excessive community noises, which are harmful and otherwise detrimental to individuals and to the community in the enjoyment of life and property and in the conduct of business. It is not the intent of this article to regulate noise based upon its source, but based upon objective volume limitations at objective distances from the source, which for purposes of this article intentionally vary based upon the time of day and reasonable expectations of persons occupying the area during the relevant time period. It is not the intent of this article to regulate speech, under either the Federal or Georgia Constitutions. This article has been narrowly tailored as a content-neutral time, place, and manner regulation to serve a significant governmental interest while  leaving open ample opportunity for communication. 
 
Approved:  to amend the City Budget for $8,000.00 for the purchase of video software for Municipal Court judges, associate judges, clerks, and deputy clerks. 
 
 Approved:  renewal of Standard Office Lease between the City of Griffin and Tom Hamilton d/b/a Strategic Dimensions for suites #522 and #523 of One Griffin Center in the amount of $5665.00
per year. 
 
Approved:   to purchase 2 Flygt grinder pumps from sole source provider, Xylem Water
Solutions in the amount of $22,844.08 for the Water and Wastewater Department. These pumps are needed in the upgrade of Dewey and Dora Lift Station. Price includes necessary appurtenances and freight. 
 
Approved:   acceptance of a Georgia Department of Transportation Multimodal Safety & Access
Grant (MMSAG) for a sidewalk design and construction project from Milner Avenue to Crescent Road in the amount of $282,100.00 to the City of Griffin. 
The City submitted a grant application through Three Rivers Regional Commission to GDOT for a sidewalk on the east side of GA SR155 from Milner Avenue to Crescent Road. The Grant is a 70% GDOT for $282,100 and 30% City of Griffin match for $120,000 for a total of $403,000.  Griffin’s funding will come from SPLOST 2017.
 
 Approved:  to deny a claim against the City of Griffin as set forth in a purported Ante Litem
Notice, dated April 26, 2017, from attorney Anitra Price on behalf of her client Tammy Jordan.
As the Commission is well aware, former Police Officer Kevin Jordan was killed in an incident at the Waffle House in Griffin in 2014 while working a private security job. In this latest claim, his widow, Tammy Jordan, alleges the City is liable because the private security company through whom Waffle House contracted was allegedly not properly licensed since 2011 or earlier. She contends that since the City Police Chief approved Officer Jordan and other officers’ off-duty employment with this company, it somehow placed his life in jeopardy. No exact date of occurrence is alleged; however, it clearly appears the applicable statute of limitations expired before notice was given.
OCGA Sec. 36-33-5 requires the giving of a written notice of claim to a municipal corporation within 6 months of the occurrence giving rise to the claim, else a lawsuit for money damages is barred in our State courts. While it appears the notice fails to allege a justifiable claim, it clearly was not timely given.
 
Approved:   a Resolution determining the necessity for the acquisition of 3 sewer easements for the 2016 CDBG Project, Meriwether (Springhill), Phase I; determining a public use for said easements; establishing an initial offer for acquiring said easements; authorizing the City Manager or his designee to negotiate with land owners; and for other purposes. 
Parcel A-1, owned by the G-S Land Bank Authority, will be donated in its entirety to the City; following installation of the sewer, the City will convey this parcel to the Griffin Housing Authority, subject to a permanent sewer easement. Parcels A-2 & A-3 are currently on septic tanks. Once the sewer is operational, these houses will be connected to sewer and the septic tanks removed.
Funding for this project is provided by the 2016 Community Development Block Grant.
 
At the end of the regular meeting:
Kenny Smith Griffin City Managers reminded everyone:
.The City pool is opening soon Monday thru Saturday and will be closed on Sundays.
.Walking Dead is filming in downtown Griffin Thursday May 11th.
.Part of North Hill Street will be closed starting  May 17th for A WHILE.
.Memorial Day is coming up May 29th.
.June Jam in downtown Griffin is June 3rd.
 
T-SPLOST COMING
 
.And it was not on the agenda as details were just completed today, but Kenny Smith asked for and got consensus from the City Board of Commissioners to join the County Board of Commissioners in a forthcoming T-Splost for Griffin and Spalding County.
.If approved by the voters this would be a five year Splost with an estimated collection of $14,000,000 to be used for transportation in the City and County.
.The split would be 33.5% for the City and 66.5 % for the County.
.The cost of relocating Highway 155 from downtown Griffin would be split 50/50 between the City and County.

Sheriff Darrell Dix reports that, on May 6th at 1:55 a.m., deputies responded to 4297 North Expressway to a report of shots fired. At that location, the Wristbreakers Motorcycle Club was hosting an inside music event, and the deputy working security had called for assistance. Deputies located 26 year old Leonard Starr of East McIntosh Road in the parking lot. Starr appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported by air ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center where he is in stable condition. An unidentified male suspect fled the scene by vehicle. More information is expected to be released as the investigation evolves.

Investigators with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department are ramping up efforts in locating a teenager missing since last May.  Sheriff Darrell Dix has advised that upon returning home from the Spalding County Junior Deputy trip in Washington DC, he met with staff members about the direction the department will take in locating 16-year old Aubrey Jayce Carroll.  Carroll is a white male with hazel eyes, 5 feet 8 inches in height and around 150 pounds.  He has been reported missing since May 24, 2016, and was last seen with a goatee and a pierced left ear.  Sheriff Dix says “ We are starting over from the beginning and going step by step. New investigation, new investigators, new interviews, new eyes looking at all of the information. I will be briefed weekly on the progress as it moves along. We will stay in contact with the family. We are looking at contacting any organizations that can help with the search as well. If you have ANY information, even if it seems insignificant to you, it may be vital to locating Aubrey. Aubrey has friends in the Griffin/ Spalding area. If you are a parent of a young person that knows Aubrey it may be time to have a frank, straightforward, and heart felt conversation with them about the reality of what this family has been going through since he has been missing.”  If you have any information on the whereabouts of Aubrey Jayce Carroll, you are asked to contact the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department at 770-467-4282. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lamar County Sheriffs Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office have issued a press release that the body of a Lamar County resident has been located in south Monroe County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LORI WILLIAMS, Height – 5’5″ Weight – 250 lbs. Eyes – Blue, White Female was possibly in Monroe County. Williams was last seen on May 2nd, 2017. Her iPad was pinged in the area of Monroe County reportedly near Bolingbroke, Georgia. Monroe County Sheriff J.C. Bittick advised Her Silver Nissan Maxima (GA Temporary Tag # 21737739). was found by Monroe Sheriffs Deputies in a densely wooded area of South Monroe County Sunday afternoon.

Lamar County Deputies, assisted the Monroe Sheriffs Department, along with Department of Natural Resources Rangers located the vehicle in which Ms. Williams was last seen(May 2nd),  about 3 PM Sunday afternoon May 7th.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now processing the vehicle and Crime scene GBI investigators are on the scene of the location of the Body which was near the original location of her vehicle.

Ms. Williams body was found about 3 pm on Monday afternoon.

Spotters in a helicopter located the body and directed searches on the ground to the location.

Ms. Williams body was taken to the State Crime Lab for a determination as to the exact cause of death.

Sheriff Brad White of Lamar County said her family had been notified. The WKEU family and indeed our entire listening area hearts and prayers go out to the Williams family.