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Ky. Man Wanted in Twiggs County Arrested

A man wanted in Twiggs County for impersonating a peace officer was arrested in Kentucky on Tuesday.

Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said Mark Tucker, 53, was picked up by Nicholasville, Ky. police on charges that also include criminal damage of property, burglary and possession of a firearm during a crime.

Tucker, who lives in Kentucky, was spotted by a resident on Fourth Street in Danville on Sept. 9 with a woman.

The resident asked what they were doing and Tucker told him he was with the sheriff's office and opened his shirt exposing a gun and badge, Mitchum said.

Tucker told the resident he was trying to recover a stolen dalmatian and to not tell his neighbor they were at the house, a Twiggs County incident report stated.

The resident told his neighbor who called the sheriff's office.

Glass on the front door was shattered to gain entry to the house. Dresser drawers were open, but nothing was missing, the report stated.

Twiggs County Sheriff's Office Awarded Grant

Twiggs County Sheriff's Office Awarded Grant

The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to purchase the Intoxilyzer 9000.  The grant was awarded to agencies within the State of Georgia that were involved in the support of GOHS initiatives, online enforcement reporting and participation in traffic enforcement networks.

The State of Georgia in 2012 passed legislation requiring all Law Enforcement Agencies to upgrade their current Intoxilyzer 5000 machines to Intoxilyzer 9000 by the end of 2015.

Intoxilyzer 5000 machines are the only current state approved machines that departments use to run breath alcohol tests for impaired drivers to make the determination if they are driving under the influence. The Intoxilyzer 5000, which has been in use since 1994, is being phased out because technology and legal requirements have changed.

Two Men on the Loose in Twiggs County

Twiggs County deputies search for two men who fled the scene of a routine traffic stop today.  

Around 12:30 p.m., they stopped a car with four passengers, two men and two women, on I-16 west for a window tint violation. 

A second unit arrived to the scene, and the two men in the car fled the scene.  Deputies used the dogs, and the Georgia State Patrol chopper to search for the men, but have not found them.

The car contained loose leaf marijuana and open containers of alcohol.  Deputies search for Charlie Branner, 36, from Vidalia and Michael Laquell Sanders, 33, also from Vidalia, also known as Kool-Aid and Smokie.

They both will face charges of felony obstruction and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon when they are caught.

Two Arrested in Danville for Cocaine, Guns, Stolen Goods

Two men were arrested after a police search of a Danville business.

Members of the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office, Wilkinson County Sheriff's Office and Ocmulgee Drug Task Force acted on "simultaneous search warrants" at Jones Detail Shop, finding crack cocaine, guns and an array of stolen goods Thursday evening.

Checo and Isaac Jones were arrested after deputies discovered the two had multiple warrants out for selling cocaine, according to a news release.

Deputies found a "substantial amount" of crack cocaine, three firearms and items apparently stolen from the area.

During the operation, officials also seized four vehicles, two trailers, multiple ATVs and power tools.

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U. S. Justice Department Grant Awarded to Twiggs Sheriff

U. S. Justice Department Grant Awarded to Twiggs Sheriff

The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a grant through the U.S. Justice Department.  The Grant is a Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant that targets violent gang and gun crime reduction inside Twiggs County.   The amount of the grant awarded is $150.000 that will be shared with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office plans on using its portion of the grant on equipment and placing an educational program inside its local school systems.  Equipment that will be purchased will consist of a crime sharing data base, new computer systems, finger print readers, cameras, and surveillance equipment.