Thursday, May 28, 2015
FINANCE OFFICER KATHY MATTHEWS PRESENTED THE PROPOSED BUDGET TO THE THOMASTON-UPSON BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY 26.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
ACCORDING TO UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE, THE SON OF THE FEMALE VICTIM OF A HOME INVASION/ROBBERY ON APRIL 13TH ON TRICE CEMETERY ROAD, AND WHAT APPEARED TO BE ANOTHER ATTEMPT ON MAY 13TH, HAS BEEN ARRESTED.
JERRY C. HARBIN, AGE 54 OF HENRY COUNTY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY IN THE CASE. HARBIN’S MOTHER IS ONE OF THE VICTIM’S IN THE CASE, SHE IS MARRIED TO A HENRY COUNTY BUSINESSMAN
Friday, May 22, 2015
YEARS AGO THE CITY OF THOMASTON DONATED THE LAND THE ARMORY IS BUILT ON AND THE LATE COUNCILMAN ED BELL WORKED TO GET IT RETURNED AFTER IT CLOSED. AT TUESDAY’S MEETING , CITY MANAGER PATRICK COMISKEY SAID CITY HALL WILL PAY $16,700 TO THE STATE FOR A ROOF JOB SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND IT WILL BE DEEDED TO THOMASTON.
FUTURE PLANS FOR THE BUILDING INCLUDE LOCATING WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENTS, ELECTRICAL DEPARTMENT AND OTHER PERSONNEL ACCORDING TO THE MANAGER. IMPROVEMENTS TO THE STREETS TO THE VFW CLUB AND SOUTH VIEW CEMETERY WILL BE A PART OF THE PROJECT.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
ACCORDING TO PIKE COUNTY TIMES. COM THE PILOT AND PASSENGER WERE TRANSPORTED TO SPALDING REGIONAL HOSPITAL AFTER A ROUGH LANDING AROUND 11;30AM AT CANDLER FIELD. THE PLANE LEFT THE RUNWAY, HIT AN EMBANKMENT, AND FLIPPED, BUT THE OCCUPANTS EXITED THE PLANE O.K.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
IN MERIWETHER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, TUESDAY, WILLIAM BILL KELLEY ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS TO TWO COUNTS, POSSESSION OF METH AND COCAINE WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE AND WAS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS, 10 TO SERVE IN PRISON, 5 ON PROBATION PLUS A $7500 FINE. HE ALSO HAD TO FORFEIT A 1999 JEEP AND 8 FIREARMS.
KELLEY WAS INDICTED ON THE DRUG CHARGES MONDAY BY THE MERIWETHER COUNTY GRAND JURY.
THIS SENTENCE IS IN ADDITION TO PRISON TIME FOR DRUG OFFENSES IN UPSON COUNTY. ON MARCH 29TH KELLEY ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT AND WAS SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS, 10 TO SERVE IN PRISON.
UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAID KELLEY IS NOW IN THE STATE PRISON SYSTEM.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Acceptable Behavior Guidelines
Upson-Lee High School Commencement Ceremony
As an invited guest to this private ceremony, the Upson-Lee High School Class of 2015 requests that you adhere to the following guidelines for acceptable behavior:
During the presentation of diplomas, please do not applaud after each name is called. Family members may stand silently when your child’s name is called; there will be a time for applause after each row of names is called.
No noisemakers allowed.
No yelling or verbal outbursts during the ceremony.
Turn off all cell phones.
No unauthorized personnel will be allowed on the field or track during the ceremony.
No tripods please; still cameras and video cameras should be held in your seats. Professional photos will be available to all graduates at a later date.
Children should be supervised at all times.
There will be a time for celebration upon completion of the commencement ceremony.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. Please find your seat prior to this time and remain seated throughout the ceremony.
NO reserved seating.
Please be courteous and remain seated until the end of the ceremony.
Law enforcement officers have authority to issue citations to anyone violating disorderly conduct ordinance #62-10. The fine for this offense is $365.00 minimum.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
May 13, 2015 two men were arrested in connection to a home invasion robbery that occurred one month earlier on Trice Cemetery Road in Upson County.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 two men were arrested in connection to a home invasion robbery that occurred one month earlier on Trice Cemetery Road in Upson County. The two men are identified as KASHIF ALI MOHAMMAD, 20, of Locust Grove and DAITRELLE LASHAUN SAFFO, 21, of College Park. Mohammad and Saffo were apprehended after attempting to commit a second home invasion at the same address on May 13. An Upson County Deputy Sheriff was posted across from the victim's residence due to suspicious activity that had been reported in the area the day before. Deputy Mario Cromer was parked across the road from the victim’s residence around 8:30 a.m. when the victims opened their garage door for the morning. As the victim’s garage door was opened, the two suspects ran from a wooded area near the edge of the driveway of the residence armed with handguns as they charged toward the female victim. The female victim was also armed with a handgun. The female victim fired twice at the suspects who then changed their direction of travel and fled toward a wooded area behind the residence. The male resident, also armed with a handgun, went onto the back porch of the residence and fired toward the suspects as they fled into the woods. Neither suspect was struck by the gunfire. Deputy Cromer approached the scene from his position across the street as the two suspects ran into the wooded area behind the victim's house. Deputy Cromer was able to ascertain the suspect's direction of travel and clothing description, which included "hoodie" type shirts, and give a description to other deputies. Sgt. Jeff Taylor and Sgt. Todd Murphy responded to the area and assisted in the search. Sgts. Taylor and Murphy located the suspects within minutes on Banks Road as they exited a wooded area and took them into custody.. Officers from the Department of Corrections K-9 Unit responded to assist with the search of the area. Department of Natural Resources Ranger Keith Page also responded with his search dog, Drake. Ranger Page and Drake were able to conduct a search from the victim’s house, where one of the suspects lost a hat as they fled from the gunshots. Drake tracked the suspects route of travel from the victim's house directly to where the suspects were located on Banks Road. Drake located several items of evidence along the suspect’s path including duct tape, hoodies and two handguns. One of the handguns was positively identified as one of the guns stolen in the April 13 home invasion robbery. The GBI arrived and assisted with the investigation.
Mohammad and Saffo face numerous charges including Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Theft By Taking Auto, Possession of a Firearm while in the Commission of a Felony and Burglary. They are being held in the Upson County Jail.
I would like to thank all law enforcement officers and agencies who assisted with this investigation. I also want to recognize the efforts of Assistant D.A. Ben Coker who came to the scene and assisted with legal guidance. This has been a high priority case for our agency and I am pleased to announce these arrests. I am most thankful that the victims in this case are safe and these two dangerous criminals are off the street.
This investigation is ongoing and will continue.
Dan Kilgore, Sheriff
May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
AT TUESDAY NIGHT’S MEETING, COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN RUSTY BLACKSTON SAID THE FINAL DECISION IS IN THE HANDS OF THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO DROP THE NUMBER OF PRECINCTS FROM 9 TO 3. THE BOARD ESTIMATES IT COULD SAVE THE COUNTY $20,000 ANNUALLY ON ELECTION COSTS, ESPECIALLY NOW WHEN UP TO 50% OF VOTERS CAST BALLOTS IN EARLY VOTING.
Friday, May 8, 2015
SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAID ALONZO DEAN WESTMORELAND OF AVIATION DRIVE LOT 36 HAS BEEN BOOKED FOR 3 BURGLARIES AT PIGGLY PARK IN MARCH AND APRIL AND BREAK-INS AT PEACHTREE CAFE JEFF DAVIS ROAD, JUSTIN’S RESTAURANT AND CHINA TOWN RESTAURANT, 19 NORTH , ON TUESDAY OF THIS WEEK.
LT. ANDREW PIPPIN OF THE THOMASTON POLICE DEPARTMENT SAID WESTMORELAND WILL ALSO BE CHARGED WITH 3 BURGLARIES AT LA FIESTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT ON 19 NORTH, IN THE CITY OF THOMASTON.
WESTMORELAND IS BEING HELD IN THE UPSON COUNTY JAIL.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
ACCORDING TO UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE, A CITY OF THOMASTON POLICE OFFICER, TRISTIN BRAZIER, AGE 23, WAS BOOKED TUESDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY SLAPPING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE IN THE FACE.
OFFICER BRAZIER WAS PROCESSED AT THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND POSTED BOND ON CHARGES OF BATTERY—FAMILY VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY TO CHILDREN IN THE 3RD DEGREE. A MINOR CHILD WITNESSED THE INCIDENT, THE SHERIFF TOLD US.
THOMASTON CITY MANAGER PATRICK COMISKEY SAID OFFICER BRAZIER HAS BEEN PLACED ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE WITH PAY. HE’S BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR ABOUT A YEAR.
ACCORDING TO THOMASTON POLICE, A MACON WOMAN, LAUREN SIKORA , AGE 53 , WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE E.R. BY EMS AFTER SHE WAS STRUCK BY A MOTORIST, TERESA HOLLIS OF OLD LIFSEY SPRINGS ROAD, MOLENA. SHE SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
EYEWITNESSES TOLD POLICE MS. SIKORA TRIED TO CROSS AT EAST GORDON AND SOUTH CENTER ON A GREEN SIGNAL AND DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.
THE UPSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE APROVED A $20,000 CONTRACT WITH A CONSULTANT TO REVIEW THE STATUS OF THE COURTHOUSE FOR COURT PROCEEDINGS. DURING A WORK SESSION WEDNESDAY, THE COMMISSIONERS SAID THERE ARE SECURITY ISSUES, SPACE ISSUES FOR JURY POOLS AND SOUND PROBLEMS IN THE COURTROOM.
PRECISION PLANNING, THE COMPANY THAT WAS INVOLVED IN CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW UPSON COUNTY S.O. AND JAIL AND THE RENOVATION OF THE PIKE COUNTY COURTHOUSE , WILL INTERVIEW COURT OFFICIALS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.
THE COMMISSIONERS HOPE TO HAVE SOME ANSWERS BY SEPTEMBER IST , THE FINAL DATE TO LINE UP PROJECTS FOR THE 2016 SPLOST THAT COULD BE ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER. SEVERAL MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF THE SPLOST COULD BE EARMARKED FOR COURTHOUSE IMPROVEMENTS OR A NEW JUSTICE CENTER.