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Governor Deal Signs Bill to Protect Peace Officers and Family from Intimidation and Retaliation.

Governor Deal Signs Bill to Protect Peace Officers and Family from Intimidation and Retaliation.

House Bill 541 was signed by Governor Nathan Deal making it an official law of the great state of Georgia this week.  The law amends the already existing law, 16-10-97, Intimidation or Injury of Grand or Petit Juror or Court Officer under the Georgia Criminal Code.  The amendment prohibits the intimidation of any law enforcement officers in retaliation for the officer's actions of carrying out his or her official duties.

The law reads as follows:  (C) A person who by threat or force or by any threatening action, letter, or communication endeavors to intimidate any law enforcement officer, outside the scope and course of his or her employment, or his or her immediate family member in retaliation or response to the discharge of such officer's official duties shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, a fine not to exceed $5,000.00, or both."

Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office Investigate Thefts, Make Arrests

Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office Investigate Thefts, Make Arrests

Recently the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office Investigators have been busy attempting to solve theft cases and making arrests in several of them. 

On March 2, 2012 a resident of Bowers Drive reported that someone had stolen about $900 worth of car parts.  Several days later a concerned citizen called into the Sheriff’s Office and advised that Joseph Dupree had in his possession a bunch of car tires and wheels that had been stolen.  Investigator Robert Rogers and Lt. Donnie Bostian were able to locate Joseph Dupree and bring him to the Twiggs County LEC for questioning. 

Drug Arrests Inside Twiggs County

Drug Arrests Inside Twiggs County

TWIGGS, GA.--Sheriff Darren Mitchum wants citizens to know that his office has been aggressively pursuing drug dealers inside Twiggs County to make this a better community for all.  Recently the Sheriff’s Office has made several arrests on persons selling drugs in the Jeffersonville area.

 On March 23, 2012, Sheriff Deputies along with Georgia State Parole went and searched the residence of Thomas Holston Jr. on Roseland Street in Spring Valley.  At the time Mr. Holston was on active parole for armed robbery and had search conditions.  After the Sheriff’s Office received reports that drugs were being sold from the residence a search produced 12 bags of crack cocaine, 16 bags of marijuana, and 29 lortab pills. Holston was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

Sheriff's Office Open House to Feature Tours, Demonstrations

Sheriff's Office Open House to Feature Tours, Demonstrations

 

JEFFERSONVILLE, GA -- The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Open House this weekend.  Saturday Feb. 11th from 10am is until 2 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office in Jeffersonville. 

Please come out to meet and greet your local law enforcement.  Bring the children. 

There will be K-9 demonstrations, a tour of our offices, a tour of the equipment used such as the DUI trailer, the hazmat trailer, crime scene van, CSU quick response truck, CSU and patrol units, Sheriff’s hazmat tanker used by the fire departments, Twiggs County fire truck, GBI crime scene unit will be on hand as well as the Department of Natural Resources.

Free child safety seat inspections and demonstrations will be given.

The new Sheriff’s Office annex that houses the E911 center, records, crime lab, investigations, medical, and command staff will be open to the public with tours.

Parent Poll: Schools and Crime

Parent Poll: Schools and Crime

We’re reporting today on an alleged rape at Northeast High School in Macon.

Do you think your child's school is forthcoming with information about crime and violence at school?

If so, what are your concerns as a parent? How does this affect your children and family?

You can reply in the comments section below or feel free to share your insight with us at eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com

Traffic Violator Attempts to Eat Drugs

Traffic Violator Attempts to Eat Drugs

On October 17th Lt. Donnie Bostain with the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office made a routine traffic stop on Mountain Springs Road inside Twiggs County for failure to maintain lane.  

Deputy Bostain made contact with the driver, Terry Bennett, and asked if he had anything to drink tonight.  The driver shook his head no. 

Deputy Bostain observed that the driver would not make eye contact and would not open his mouth or speak. 

The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle and that is when deputies noticed there was something in the driver’s mouth that he was attempting to swallow.  

The driver was asked to open his mouth several times and he would not comply. 

Deputies placed the driver on the ground and grabbed his cheeks to keep him from swallowing.  The driver was able to spit out a sandwich bag that contained suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, and four suspected pills of loratab.

Stolen 4-Wheeler Recovery Leads to Drug Arrest

Stolen 4-Wheeler Recovery Leads to Drug Arrest

Stolen 4 Wheeler Recovery Also Leads to Drug Arrest

By: Major Jamie McDaniel, Twiggs County Sheriff's Office

On October 4th Investigator Robert Rodgers met with Laurens County Investigator Steve Howard to interview a suspect related to a theft in Twiggs County.  After the interview the investigators were conversing over active cases they were working.   

Inv. Howard advised Inv. Rodgers that Laurens County had a  2007 Honda 4 wheeler with a wench on the front stolen in the Dudley area the day before on Oct. 3rd.   Inv. Rodgers advised he would be on the lookout and would past it on to patrol deputies in Twiggs County.