Thursday, March 23, 2017

GRIFFIN MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS IN UPSON CO.

NEWS RELEASE

On March 23, 2017 at noon Deputies from the Upson County Sheriff's Office responded to Flash Foods to assist DNR Cpl. Will Smith. Cpl. Smith entered the store and noticed Keith Duane Underwood, 26, of Griffin Ga. playing the video poker machines in the store. Cpl. Smith suspected that Underwood was the individual he had received a lookout on earlier in the day as being wanted from Spalding County. When the officers approached Underwood he initially gave a false name. His identity was confirmed and he was arrested. While being searched after the arrest 7.3 grams of marijuana ,18.7 grams of methamphetamine and $753 in cash were located in Underwood's pocket. 
Underwood was arrested and transported to the Upson County Jail. He faces charges of Possession of Marijuana less than one ounce and Possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to Distribute.
Underwood remains in the Upson County Jail.

Dan Kilgore, Sheriff
Upson County

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

D.A. COMMENTS ON FOUND BODY OF FT. VALLEY MAN

GRIFFIN CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BEN COKER TOLD ZOOM NEWS WEDNESDAY-- CHARGES WILL BE FORTHCOMING RELATING TO THE DEATH OF A WHEEL-CHAIR BOUND MAN FROM FT. VALLEY, 33 YEAR OLD TROY-MAIN JOHNSON---WHO WAS LEFT AT A HUNTING CAMP MARCH 14TH OFF TRIUNE MILL ROAD. HE WAS FOUND DECEASED LAST FRIDAY.

THE D.A. SAID HIS OFFICE, UPSON S.O.AND THE GBI ARE AWAITING TEST RESULTS FROM THE STATE CRIME LAB—BUT AT THIS TIME HE IS UNCERTAIN OF THE SCOPE OF ANY CHARGES .


THE THOMASTON WOMAN WHO SAID SHE LEFT JOHNSON IN THE WOODS—27 YEAR OLD RUBY KATE COURSEY IS BEING HELD IN THE UPSON COUNTY JAIL ON UNRELATED CHARGES FOR PROBATION VIOLATION.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ALCOHOL SUNDAY SALES PASSES IN THOMASTON, SPLOST IN LAMAR

HENRY CO. D.A. SEEKING DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDER OF SOPHIA BULLARD OF THOMASTON

HENRY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DARIUS PATTILLO ANNOUNCED TUESDAY HE PLANS TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY FOR JACOB KOSKY AGE 23 AND MATTEW BAKER JR. AGE 19 FOR THE MURDER OF 4 YOUTHS ON MOCCASIN GAP ROAD BACK ON OCT. 26TH.

SHOT TO DEATH WERE SOPHIA BULLARD, 20 OF THOMASTON, MATTEW HICKS, 18, KEITH GIBSON, 29, AND DESTINY OLINGER, 20.

THREE OTHERS ARE CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR OBSTRUCTION FOR NOT COOPERATING WITH POLICE, JACOB WILLIAMS, 18, KAYLA HEAD, 21, AND BROOK KNIGHT, 19.

A HEARING SET FOR KOSKY AND BAKER TUESDAY WAS POSTPONED AFTER BAKER'S ATTORNEY WITHDREW FROM THE CASE BECAUSE HE DOES NOT HANDLE DEATH PENALTY CASES— HEARING RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 11TH.

AUTHORITIES SAY KOSKY AND BAKER ATTENDED A BON FIRE AT THE HOUSE—LEFT AND RETURNED LATER AND ALLEGEDLY SHOT THOSE FOUR YOUTHS AT THE PARTY.



T-SPLOST MOVING FOWARD IN SPALDING CO.

AFTER A POLL FROM COMMISSIONER DON HAWBAKER— SHOWING 60% WOULD SUPPORT A TRANSPORTATION SPLOST THAT COULD RAISE $40 MILLION OVER 5 YEARS FOR ROAD PAVING---THE SPALDING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AGREED TO MOVE FOWARD WITH UP TO 5 PUBLIC FORUMS ON A T-SPLOST AT MONDAY'S MEETING.

A HALF DOZEN CITIZENS FROM NORTH-EAST SPALDING BEGGED THE BOARD TO PAVE THEIR DIRT ROADS.

THE T-SPLOST COULD BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

MORE BLOW-UP FROM FULL BLOWN FIREARMS SHOOTING RANGE IN WILLIAMSON. RETIRED MILITARY CHRISTINE THOMAS TOLD THE COMMISSIONERS THEY HAVE FAILED TO PROTECT HER NEIGHBORHOOD BY ALLOWING A GUN TRAINING FACILITY TO TURN INTO A 6 DAYS A WEEK SHOOTING RANGE. CAN'T WATCH TV/ STRUCK BY PELLETS IN YOUR YARD---

HOME VALUES ARE LOWERED BY 50% AND SOME ARE SELLING OUT—SHE SAID.

HIGH SPEED CHASE WITH ZEBULON P.D. SAT.

ZEBULON POLICE HAD A BUSY SATURDAY WITH TWO SEPERATE METH CASES INCLUDING A HIGH SPEED CHASE THRU PIKE, SPALDING AND FAYETTE COUNTIES—THAT ENDED IN A CRASH.

THE DRIVER—37 YEAR OLD JOHN LEATHERWOOD AND A PASSENGER ANDREA COBB, AGE 40—BOTH OF GRIFFIN— RAN FROM THE LAW AT SPEEDS OF 100 MILES PER HOUR UP U.S. 19 FROM FRESHWAY PARKING LOT INTO SPALDING COUNTY –THEN TOOK HIGHWAY 92 AND WRECKED AFTER AN ATTEMPTED GSP PIT MANEUVER AT THE FAYETTE COUNTY LINE—ALL THE WHILE DUMPING BAGS OF METH FROM THE FORD EXPEDITION.

BOTH TRANSPORTED TO THE E.R. WITH INJURIES.

EARLIER A TRAFFIC STOP IN ZEBULON NETTED TWO METH ARRESTS—CHARLES JONES, AGE 23 OF PIKE COUNTY AND NICK FITZGIBBON, AGE 38 OF CLAYTON COUNTY.




Monday, March 20, 2017

UPDATE; BODY FOUND IN UPSON CO. HUNTING CAMP FRIDAY 3/177

Investigation is continuing into the death of Troymaine Johnson. Johnson’s body was located in the early morning hours of March 17 at  a hunting camp on Triune Mill Rd. in Upson County. We have determined that Johnson,  a paraplegic , confined to a wheelchair left his home in Fort Valley on Tuesday. March 14 with a female companion. On March 17 the female reported to officers from the Thomaston Police Department that she had abandoned Johnson in the woods and was uncertain of the exact location. She gave general directions of where she left him. Deputies from the Upson County Sheriff’s Office located Johnson deceased at the hunting camp property. The female is in custody on unrelated charges. Charges related to the death of Johnson are forthcoming upon receipt of information from the State crime lab. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney Ben Coker are assisting with this investigation.

This investigation is active and ongoing. More details will be released as they become available.

Dan Kilgore, Sheriff
Upson County Ga.

THOMASTON MUNICIPAL COURT AMNESTY PROGRAM

Thomaston Municipal Court Judge David Fowler has announced an Amnesty Program for unpaid FTA’s (Failure to Appear in Court) warrants that will begin Monday, March 27, 2017 and last through 5pm on Wednesday May 31, 2017. The amnesty period will apply to outstanding FTA’s prior to the 2017 calendar year.   The Amnesty period is an effort to help clear up the large number of outstanding criminal and traffic cases that have failed to appear in City Municipal Court.  

Anyone who failed to appear in court as directed prior to 2017 will be allowed to pay their fine(s) and the court will lift and or withdraw any FTA notices that have been sent to the DDS (Department of Drivers’ Services) and or any bench warrant without any further costs being applied.    

A copy of the Amnesty Order language will be posted on the Thomaston Police Department Facebook page.  Violation of Probation (VOP) Warrants will not be part of the amnesty program.  

Fine payments can be made at the Customer Service window on the first floor at Thomaston City Hall located at 106 E. Lee Street, Thomaston, Georgia. If you have any questions please call the Thomaston Police Department at 706-647-5455 and ask to speak with Ms. Candice Chatman.

Friday, March 17, 2017

T-SPLOST RECOMMENDED IN SPALDING COUNTY

THE GRIFFIN-SPALDING COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO RECOMMEND A T-SPLOST REFERENDUM ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT AT ITS MARCH MEETING.

UP TO ONE CENT FOR FIVE YEARS WITH PROJECTS TO BE IDENTIFIED BY THE CITY AND COUNTY WITH COMMUNITY INPUT.

THE COMMITTEE WAS TOLD IT COULD YIELD OVER $40 MILLION DOLLARS—WITH A COUPLE OF POSSIBLE PROJECTS MENTIONED—MOVING GA. HIGHWAY 155 OUT OF DOWNTOWN GRIFFIN AND A JENKINSBURG ROAD INTERCHANGE ON 1-75.


THE SPALDING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL DISCUSS THE T-SPLOST RECOMMENDATION AT MONDAY'S 6PM MEETING.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BIG PARADE FOR THE UL KNIGHTS- STATE CHAMPS THURSDAY

Upson-Lee High School, along with the City of Thomaston and Upson County governments would like to invite the community to be a part of a special parade and recognition honoring the 2017 AAAA Basketball State Champions - the Upson-Lee High School Knights! The parade will begin at 5 PM on Thursday, March 16, from Matthews Field, and will end on the south side of the courthouse square, where there will be a special recognition ceremony for the players and coaches. (Parade route: depart from Matthews Field, turn left onto Hwy 74; follow 74 into downtown Thomaston around the square and end on the south side of the square.) There will be a stage set up on the south side of the courthouse for the recognition ceremony. In addition, official UL Knights 2017 State Basketball AAAA Champion T-shirts will be sold at the square. Short and long sleeves, youth and adult sizes will be available. All proceeds from the sales of the official t-shirts will go to purchase state champion rings for the team. Come out and support our 2017 UL Knights State Basketball Champions on Thursday!

BIG MISTAKE ON AAAA COACH OF YEAR, SHOULD BE COACH DARRELL LOCKKHART U-L 32-0

Class AAAA
Coach of the Year: Aaron Parr, St. Pius (24-8 State Runner-Up; First championship appearance since 1992; No current D-I players; Started season 6-5)
Player of the Year: Tye Fagan, Upson-Lee, Jr.
Freshman of the Year: Jacorrei Turner, Woodward Academy
Best Scorer: Javon Greene, Henry County, Sr.
Best Rebounder: Travon Walker, Upson-Lee, So.
Best Passer: Kris Gardner, Westover, Jr.
Best Shot Blocker: Cordale Scott, Northside-Columbus, Sr.
Most Underrated: Julian Cameron, Woodward Academy, Sr.
Most Improved Team: LaFayette 23-5 (First home playoff win in school history; First Sweet 16 appearance in five years; Improved from 12-13)
Most Improved: Desmeontay Dyer, Eastside, Sr. (Improved from JV to 17.7 ppg/10.8 rpg/2.8 spg on Varsity)
FIRST TEAM
G – Tye Fagan, Upson-Lee, Jr.
G – Javon Greene, Henry County, Sr.
G – Keiodre Perry, Eastside, Sr.
G – Damion Rosser, Henry County, Sr.
G – Daniel Melvin, Carver-Columbus, Sr.
SECOND TEAM
G – Cameron Holden, Mary Persons, Jr.
G – Jaylon Pugh, Cartersville, Jr.
G – Laperion Perry, LaGrange, Sr.
G – Kris Gardner, Westover, Jr.
F – Evan Jester, Sandy Creek, Sr.
Honorable Mention
C – Ahsan Asadullah, North Clayton, Sr.
G – Zyrice Scott, Upson-Lee, So.
F – Jordan Foote, Druid Hills, Sr.
F – Moses Williams, Richmond Academy, Sr.
G – DT Stephens, Richmond Academy, Jr.
G – Radaren Johnson, Thomson, Sr.
G – Alex Kelehear, LaFayette, So.
G – Everett Lane, St. Pius, Jr.
F – John Ward, White County, Sr.
F – De’Undra Singleton, Stephens County, Jr.
G – Desmeontay Dyer, Eastside, Sr.

Monday, March 13, 2017

THOMASTON P.D. BIG METH BUST

On 03/13/17 approximately 12:30 PM Sgt. Brian Hammock of the Upson Narcotics Task Force received information that a white female known as Carmen was riding in a Ford Taurus gold in color bearing a handicap Georgia tag number TNJ616 in the Thomaston area transporting a large amount of methamphetamine.  Sgt. Hammock located the vehicle in the area of Hwy 19 North during which time he conducted surveillance and contacted Officer Matthew Allen and informed him about the information.  Officer Allen observed the vehicle fail to maintain its lane on F. Street near the intersection with E Street at which time he conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Officer Allen identified the white female as Carmen Michelle WILBURN of 442 E Street, Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia 30286. During the investigation approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine was located in WILBURN’s pocketbook along with 1.5 grams of marijuana, a silver in color marijuana grinder, cigarillos pack containing a blue in color glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine and 2 hypodermic needles. WILBURN was placed under arrest and transported to the Upson County Sheriff’s Office for warrants pending. WILBURN will be charged with Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute and Possession of Marijuana Less than One Ounce.

Michael Richardson
Chief of Police