Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BEN COKER OF THOMASTON ELECTED DISTRICT ATTORNEY

BEN COKER WON DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF THE GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WITH 57% OF THE VOTE.

COKER TOTALED 10,157, RUDYARD HAYES 7652—COKER WON BIG IN UPSON, PIKE, AND SPALDING BUT ONLY POLLED 33% IN FAYETTE—HAYES HOME COUNTY.

COKER WILL TAKE OFFICE IN JANUARY.

DREW FERGUSON WON THE GOP NOMINATION FOR 3RD DISTRICT U.S. CONGRESS WITH 54% OF THE VOTE OVER MIKE CRANE.


IN SPALDING COUNTY DARRELL DIX WON THE GOP NOMINATION FOR SHERIFF DEFEATING INCUMBENT WENDELL BEAM 2875 TO 2523.

RUN OFF ELECTION RESULTS FOR UPSON COUNTY, TUESDAY

IN TUESDAY'S RUN OFF ELECTION---JAN STREETMAN WAS ELECTED CHIEF MAGISTRATE OF UPSON COUNTY AND IN A CLOSE RACE DAVID ANDY CHASTAIN WAS ELECTED TAX COMMISSIONER.

STREETMAN POLLED 64% OF THE VOTE TO WIN OVER TERRY SALTER FOR CHIEF MAGISTRATE 2092 TO 1192.

CHASTAIN GOT 51% OF THE VOTE TO DEFEAT DONNA SMITH—1465 TO 1402.

3320 VOTES WERE CAST, 25%, WITH OVER HALF CAST IN EARLY VOTING.

FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN UPSON, PIKE, SPALDING, AND FAYETTE COUNTIES—BEN COKER POLLED 95%, 2752 VOTES TO RUDJARD HAYES 133.


FOR THIRD DISTRICT CONGRESS, DREW FERGUSON GOT 66% 1854 VOTES TO MIKE CRANE 924.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

UPDATE POLICE SHOOTING IN PIKE CO. TUESDAY NIGHT

The individual that was involved in the altercation with Pike County Deputies last night is identified as Dakota Caldwell,white male, 24 years of age. 

The preliminary investigation into the incident has shown the Deputies to be completely justified in their actions to defend their safety. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will continue with their inquiry into the actions surrounding the discharge of the Deputies weapons.

Caldwell was armed with an AR-15 and a semi automatic handgun at the time of the incident. His charges include aggravated assault on law enforcement, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and interference with government property.

ROB BENNETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP TO PAUL FALLIN

The Flint River Area Auburn Club presented the 2016 Rob Bennett Memorial Scholarship to Thomaston native Paul Fallin. The scholarship is presented annually to an exceptional student in the Flint River area who attends or will attend Auburn University.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

PIKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN A POLICE SHOOTING TUES. NIGHT

A YATESVILLE HIGHWAY COUPLE ARRESTED FOR BURGLARIES IN THOMASTON, UPSON

Pike County Sheriff's Office Investigators have been working on a commercial burglary and several thefts that have taken place over the past several weeks. The diligence of Investigators paid off as a lead was developed on a suspect. Additional burglaries had been reported in Zebulon, Thomaston, Upson  County and Taylor County that were similar in nature during the same time frame. Valuable information was shared between the agencies that eventually lead to their capture.

The leads that developed were shared with all agencies as two suspects were identified. The suspects were found to be living in Upson County at 3997 Yatesville Highway

A search of the residence pursuant to a search warrant revealed numerous stolen items from multiple jurisdictions. A stolen vehicle from Pike County and one from Spalding County were located. The list of stolen items recovered included a handgun, 40 foot trailer, zero turn lawnmower, dirt bike and an all terrain vehicle. The scope of the stolen items recovered reached from Columbus to Barnesville.

The suspects arrested are Marcus Floyd , 38 years of age , and his wife Travanique Floyd , 30 years of age. They face numerous charges including burglary, theft by receiving stolen property , possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by taking motor vehicle. Both suspects have an extensive arrest record primarily for theft and burglary.

The arrests of the suspects was carried out by Pike County Sheriffs Office , Zebulon Police Department, Upson County Sheriffs Office and Thomaston Police Department. All of these agencies will have criminal charges on the suspects as well as Spalding County, Taylor County and Barnesville.

Both suspects are currently in the Pike County Jail  awaiting a bond hearing. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GUILTY PLEAS IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT

Pleas – Judge Robert M. Crawford July 19, 2016 16R0145 Pam Sue Homman Ct. 1: Possession of Controlled Substance: Nolle Prosequi Ct. 2: Possession Methamphetamine: 3 Years probation; 80 hours community Service; Fine of $1,000 Ct. 3: Driving While License Suspended: Nolle Prosequi Ct. 4: Possession Marijuana Less Than Ounce: Nolle Prosequi Ct. 5: Failure to Maintain Lane: Nolle Prosequi 16R0162 James Tyrese Davis Ct. 1: Forgery 4th Degree: Time Served 16R0199 Kevin Dewayne Smith Ct. 1: Simple Battery, FVA: 12 months Probation; 80 hours community service; Fine of $500

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A THOMASTON YOUTH KILLED IN ALABAMA ATV ACCIDENT

ONE YOUNG THOMASTON MAN WAS KILLED—ANOTHER CRITICALLY INJURED SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN AN ATV ACCIDENT IN TALLEDEGA, ALABAMA.

ACCORDING TO THE TALLEDEGA DAILY HOME NEWSPAPER, 24 YEAR OLD CURTIS SALTER OF THOMASTON WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE---AND A PASSENGER ON THE RAZOR DUNE-BUGGIE TYPE ATV---NICK KENNEDY OF THOMASTON WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED TO UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN BIRMINGHAM WITH A LEG FRACTURE AND OTHER INJURIES.


TALLEDEGA COUNTY CORONER SHADDIX MURPHY SAID SALTER AND KENNEDY ROUNDED A CORNER AND STRUCK A TREE AT TOP TRAILS—AN ATV PARK WITH OVER 70 MILES OF TRAILS. THE TWO THOMASTON YOUTH HAD BEEN CAMPING-OUT AT THE PARK OVER THE JULY 4TH WEEKEND.

Friday, July 1, 2016

EARLY VOTING FOR THE JULY 26 RUN-OFF BEGINS JULY 5 AT THE CIVIC CENTER

ATLANTA – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgia voters that the polls open Tuesday, July 5 for advance in-person voting leading up to the July 26 General Primary and Nonpartisan Run-off Elections. Secretary Kemp encourages all voters to take advantage of Georgia’s advance voting period, which also includes absentee voting by mail, in these upcoming July contests.

Monday, June 27, 2016

SCAM WARNING FROM UPSON S.O.

UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE WARNING THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE SCAM—THAT'S MAKING THE ROUNDS.

VICTIMS ARE CONTACTED BY PHONE AND TOLD THEY HAVE WON THE SWEEPSTAKES —BUT THEY NEED TO SEND-IN A $375 PROCESSING FEE.


SHERIFF KILGORE SAID HANG-UP IF YOU GET SUCH A CALL.

SUSPECTED ARSON AT THE PIKE UPSON LINE

PIKE AND UPSON S.O. CALLED IN THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL TO INVESTIGATE SUSPECTED ARSON AT THE CENTER OF THE DRIPPING ROCK ROAD BRIDGE—FRIDAY.


A LARGE BURNED AREA AT THE CENTER OF THE BRIDGE WITH THE SMELL OF GASOLINE ON WOOD PLANKS NEAR THE PAVEMENT. NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE—ITS O.K. FOR TRAFFIC.


THURSTON AND PIKE FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED.

Friday, June 24, 2016

THOMASTON POLICE ARRESTED A DRUG SUSPECT

On June 22, 2016 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Marcus Mitchell Holmes, 19 of Thomaston was arrested for possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Concealed Weapon and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. This case originated while Lt. Andrew Pippin was traveling on Third Street in Thomaston and could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from a residence located at 98 Third Street in Thomaston. Lt. Pippin made contact with several males standing in the car port area while at that location and addressed the complaint with the home owner. During a consent search a loaded .40 cal Smith and Wesson handgun was recovered that was concealed inside a camouflage back-pack that was located under the car port. After further investigation a cigar pack containing seven individual bags of synthetic marijuana packaged for distribution was also recovered on the ground near this back pack. Holmes was arrested and transported to the Upson County jail were a bond was set by the Upson County Magistrate Judge for $60,000.00.