Burglary, Aggravated Battery, Theft by Taking And Entering An Auto

Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that an occupied residence was entered in the 6900 block of Primrose Road, Greenville, Ga in which an assault and theft occurred. Our agency also has issued arrest warrants for several offenders for the offense of Burglary and Entering an Auto.

“On 08/19/2015 about 7 p.m. Meriwether County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 6900 block of Primrose Road, Greenville, Ga. in regard to an occupied residence being entered in which the homeowner was assaulted. Our investigation into this matter revealed that the resident was inside his home when a known subject identified as Greg Wilson entered the residence without authority. At that time Wilson began to physically assault the homeowner. The homeowner was severely injured in this assault. After the assault Wilson reportedly took an item from within the residence and outside in the yard area of the incident location. Wilson fled the location prior to our arrival. The homeowner required medical treatment for the injuries he received in the assault. Through further investigation into this incident our investigators were able to obtain arrest warrants for Greg Wilson, W/M, 52 years of age, address 48 Smith Street, Grantville, Ga. Wilson was arrested for the offenses of Aggravated Battery, Burglary 1st Degree and Theft by Taking. Wilson was booked into the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Jail on bond set at $10,500.00.” Sheriff Smith stated.

“We also have arrest warrants for two suspects identified as being the perpetrators in a burglary in the 2100 block of Montgomery Road and three entering auto offenses which occurred in the 100 block of Joshua Lane, the 900 block of Cousins Road, and the 4800 block of Primrose Road, Greenville, Ga. Our investigation led us to obtaining a total of 8 warrants for Jason Watts, W/M, 40 years of age, address 230 Lucille Road, Greenville, Ga and Clarissa Allison, W/F, 23 years of age, address 43 Brannon Street, Whitesburg, Ga. These two offenders have been implicated in numerous thefts and burglaries in multiple surrounding jurisdictions. They had been on the run for issued arrest warrants for a period of time prior to their capture. Both are currently in custody in the Carroll County Jail in regard to similar charges in that jurisdiction. They will be brought back to Meriwether County to be booked on our warrants as soon as they can be released to our custody.” Sheriff Smith advised.

Upson County Multi-Jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force Recipient of the Joseph Whitehead Award at the Georgia Narcotic Officers’ Association Training Conference

Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that he along with the other agency administrative command of the Upson County Multi-Jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force attended the Georgia Narcotics Officers’ Association Training Conference in which the Task Force received the Joseph Whitehead Award.

Task Force Recipient of GNOA award, august 2015

Pictured from left to right:  Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith, Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore, Taylor County Sheriff Jeff Watson, Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse (Retired), Agent Steve Tinsley, Resident Agent in Charge DEA Macon, Thomaston Interim Police Chief Sidney Corley, not pictured; Barnesville Police Chief Chuck Keadle. 

 

The Upson County Multi-Jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force was a recent recipient of the Joseph Whitehead Award during the annual Georgia Narcotic Officer’s Association training conference in St. Simons, Georgia. The award recognizes officers, agencies and drug task force units that excel in their efforts to aggressively target, arrest and bring to prosecution those who profit from the illicit sales of controlled substances in Georgia.

Case in point was an investigation initiated by members of the Upson County Narcotics Task Force. The investigation led to the arrest of Adrian Gray of Culloden, Georgia on July 26, 2013 in which $433,974.15 in currency, firearms, cars, lawn & garden equipment, electronic entertainment equipment, bank accounts and real estate along with an array of illicit drugs such as crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and various pills were seized. Agents determined Gray was a major drug supplier to communities in Taylor, Crawford, Upson and Meriwether Counties.  At the conclusion of the Gray case, thirteen federal and thirty-two state indictments were returned. “Since our partnership with the task force in 2013, our two drug agents and uniformed deputies have locally seized $3,975,330.50 in illicit drugs, $150,559.49 in state asset seizures and $174,928.00 in federal asset seizures. In Meriwether County, 155 arrests have been made with 17 of those defendants being indicted on the federal level”, Sheriff Chuck Smith said. “These investigations take a tremendous amount of time, manpower and money. A portion of monies seized during these searches financially support our task force along with grant funding from the U. S. Department of Justice aid us in our efforts.  We will continue to go after those who sale, manufacture, distribute and transport illicit drugs in Meriwether County. Our partnership with these other agencies and dedicated officers in the task force will allow us to continue our efforts to educate our youth of the dangers of drug use and help battle drug related issues in our area. I am proud of and will continue to support the association we have with these sheriff’s, police chiefs, deputies, police officers, and federal agents of this task force,” the sheriff concluded.

Murder Investigation Arrest

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that an arrest has been made in the murder investigation of Kenneth Michael Spice. As previously reported Spice’s body was discovered in a wooded area in the 100 block of Primrose Circle on June 15, 2015.

“During the onset of this investigation our investigators located items at the scene of evidentiary value that later were critical to us being able to make an arrest in this case investigation. We began to track down leads that were developed from interviews that we conducted and electronic media sources.  As a result of following these leads our lead investigator was able to develop a suspect in the case. This gave us enough probable cause to execute a search warrant on the suspect’s place of residence.” Sheriff Smith advised.

“On July 31, 2015 in the early morning hours Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Investigators’ with the assistance of the Upson Regional Narcotics Task Force, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations executed a search warrant at the residence of Timiquae Marquan Slaton located at 140 Mallard Drive, Newnan, Georgia. During the search we were able to locate additional evidence that tied back to our initial crime scene investigation. Slaton was also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. This led to Slaton being charged with possession of marijuana by the Sheriff’s Office and a subsequent hold was placed on him for probation violation. The GBI Crime Scene Agents assisted with the recovery and submission of the items recovered during the search warrant execution. The GBI Crime Lab was able to provide us with a positive match on items recovered from the search warrant execution and our initial crime scene. This recovery and positive match along with other circumstantial evidence has ultimately lead us to being able to obtain warrants for Slaton’s arrest in this case investigation. We learned Slaton and Spice had worked together at Yamaha in Newnan, Georgia prior to this case investigation.” Sheriff Chuck Smith stated.

Timiquae Marquan Slaton, B/M, 22 years of age, address 140 Mallard Drive, Newnan, Ga. is currently being held in the Meriwether County Jail without bond for the offenses of Murder, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime and Arson 2nd Degree.

“I’m very pleased with the effort put forth by all agencies involved that led to an arrest in this matter. I am especially proud of the way our investigators handled this investigation from the beginning with their protection, processing and investigating the crime scene and the subsequent case investigation. Our lead investigator did an outstanding job of tracking down the information as it came available and following up to get us to where we are now in this case investigation. We will continue to follow up on any and all additional leads that may develop. Just because an arrest has been made does not mean that we are through with this case. We still have additional evidence that is at the GBI Crime Lab that we are waiting to get the results.” Sheriff Smith advised.

Note: Arrest Booking Reports can be obtained from the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Records or Jail Division by news agencies that have waivers on file with this agency. If news agencies do not have a waiver on file one can be obtained from this agency in accordance to O.C.G.A. 35-1-18.

Narcotic Search Warrant Execution, Arrest and Seizure

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office and the Upson Regional Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at 45 Jamestown Road, Gay, (Meriwether County), Georgia.

“On 07/29/2015 the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office and the Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant on the residence of Don Alexander, B/M, 38 years of age, located at 45 Jamestown Road, Gay, Georgia. Narcotics Agents seized seven ounces of marijuana and a digital scale. Don Alexander was arrested for the offense of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Alexander was transported to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Jail and is currently being held on a $7,500.00 bond.” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.

“I appreciate all the effort put forth by all the law enforcement officers involved. This was a successful operation.” Sheriff Chuck Smith advised.

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Narcotic Search Warrant Execution, Arrest and Seizure

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that the Upson Regional Narcotics Task Force comprised of the Upson County Sheriff’s Office, Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and the Thomaston Police Department along with the assistance of Talbot County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 167 Dairy Loop, Shiloh, Talbot County, Georgia.

 

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“On 07/16/2015 the Narcotics Task Force along with the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the residence of Tavara Jermaine Stanford, B/M, 33 years of age, 167 Dairy Loop, Shiloh, Talbot County, Georgia. Narcotics Agents seized over six ounces of crack cocaine, an ounce and a half of powder cocaine, over seven hundred Ecstasy Tablets and over five ounces of marijuana. Agents also seized a firearm, digital scales, a vehicle and over $26,000.00 in U.S. Currency. The weights of the narcotics were 197.3 grams of crack cocaine, 48.5 grams of powder cocaine, 6.95 grams of ecstasy and 5 plus ounces of marijuana. This was a successful undercover operation that spanned an extended period of time in which these drugs were being distributed by Stanford in Meriwether County, Georgia as well as surrounding counties. It is great when agencies are able to work together and get a major drug distributor off of the streets. Drug Traffickers have no boundaries and will infect any community that they can without hesitation. All for their personal benefit and gain regardless of who or how it affects those in which they sell. Tavara Jermaine Stanford was placed in jail on the charges of Trafficking Cocaine, Trafficking Ecstasy, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Related Objects, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.

“I appreciate all the effort put forth by the Narcotic Agents, Deputies and all the agencies involved. This was a very successful operation.” Sheriff Chuck Smith advised.

Arson Investigation Leads To Arrest

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office along with the Georgia State Fire Marshall’s Office investigated several suspicious fires that occurred in the Gay, Georgia area of Meriwether County. The investigation into these fires, three total, revealed that these incidents were all arson related. A suspect was identified with an arrest being made.

“On 07/16/2015 there was a woodland fire that occurred on Wildwood Court, Gay, Georgia. The Meriwether County Fire Department responded to this location and extinguished the fire. The Fire Department found items at the scene of this woodland fire that was consistent with the fire being purposefully set.” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.

“On 07/19/2015 and 07/23/2015 the Meriwether County Fire Department responded to a structure fire of a vacant house in the 100 Block of Pinewood Drive. The first incident on July 19, 2015 there was moderate damage done to the exterior of the structure. The second fire that occurred on July 23, 2015 caused extensive damage to the interior of the structure. In both of these incidents items of evidentiary value were located that revealed that both of these fires were intentionally set. Our agency was called into investigate these incidents as arson. We contacted the Georgia State Fire Marshall’s Office to assist with the collection of the fire scene samples. Through the course of the investigation our investigators were able to identify a suspect in all three of these incidents. Through evidence located at the scene along with interviews conducted we were able to obtain warrants for the offenses of Burning of Woodlands 1 Count, Arson 2 counts, and Burglary 1 count. Our investigators arrested Michael Lee Wright, W/M, 25 years of age, who resides in the 100 block of Pinewood Drive, Gay, Georgia for the offenses listed. Wright is currently being held in the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Jail without bond.” Sheriff Smith stated.

“I am very pleased that our investigators were able to bring these incidents to a successful conclusion with the arrest of the perpetrator in these incidents. We are fortunate that no one got injured in these incidents and that the fire personnel were able to extinguish these fires before they spread and endangered others and their property.” Sheriff Chuck Smith advised.

Marijuana Eradication

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Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office along with the Governor’s Office of Marijuana Eradication Task Force, Georgia State Patrol, Narcotics Task Force, Upson County Sheriff’s Office, Thomaston Police Department, Georgia Department of Parole/Probation and the Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 Unit conducted an air operation in Meriwether County on July 9, 2015.

“With the assistance of the Governor’s Task Force Air Unit we were able to identify and target four separate locations in which marijuana was being grown in the county. The air unit would provide the coordinates to the ground units of the marijuana grow fields. The ground units were then able to go in and confiscate the plants. These locations where the marijuana was being manufactured in many instances were in very heavily wooded areas which made access extremely difficult. However, our guys knew this going in that this is the way these growers operate to avoid detection. We were able to locate and recover over 118 marijuana plants with an estimated street value in excess of $500,000.00 The investigation into these growing operations are on-going.” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.

“I appreciate the dedication and hard work that these law enforcement agencies and personnel put into this all day operation to locate the illegal marijuana grow sites. This takes this marijuana out of our community and prohibits its consumption.” Sheriff Smith stated.

Homicide Investigation

Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Homicide of Kenneth Michael Spice. Kenneth was last seen at Wal-Mart on Bullsboro Dr., Newnan, Ga. on Wednesday  06/10/2015 around 5:00 pm. Kenneth was wearing a blue in color t-shirt with “Yamaha” written on the back, blue in color work pants, and tan work boots. Kenneth stood about 6’ 2” tall and weighed about 200 lbs.  Kenneth was driving a white in color, 1996 Ford F-150, the truck was missing the tailgate, bearing Ga. tag PSB 8872. We are looking for anyone with information about this homicide or anyone who may have seen Kenneth on this date, after the hours of 5:00 pm. If you have any information on this matter please contact Sgt. Howard / Inv. Durand at the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office at 706-672-4489 or Inv. Robertson / Captain Lewis with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office at 770-253-1502.

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Spicetruck

Multiple Search Warrant Execution

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office executed several search warrants in Meriwether County on June 18, 2015.

“We had several back to back operations that we conducted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 regarding the possession of narcotics as well as assisting the Georgia Department of Revenue on a Tax Preparation Business.” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.

“Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office personnel along with the Multi-jurisdictional Task Force executed a search warrant at 460 Wrightsville Road, Manchester, Ga.  Agents seized over 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and a handgun in this search. Mark Anthony Dean W/M, 37 years of age was arrested on the scene and charged with V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Dean was transported to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Jail and booked on the stated charges.” Sheriff Smith stated.

“Our agency was contacted by the Georgia Department of Revenue in reference to assisting them with the execution of a search warrant at Tax Connection Worldwide, 322 West Main Street, Manchester, Ga. This operation was conducted by multiple agencies in multiple jurisdictions in what has been reported as a multi-million dollar tax scam that involved a Rainnessia T. Stiggers B/F, 43 years of age of West Point, Ga. Stiggers operated a string of tax preparation businesses in West Georgia and Alabama. This location in Manchester was just one of the businesses involved in this investigation. Stiggers was arrested by the Georgia Department of Revenue for felony theft, identity fraud and other felonies due to the allegations that she manipulated income tax returns. We assisted them in the execution of this search warrant in regard to obtaining additional evidential items from the Manchester location. This investigation is on-going with additional arrest possible. This operation involved the Georgia Department of Revenue, the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Atlanta Police Department and the Manchester Police Department. The Georgia Department of Revenue is requesting that anyone that may believe that they are a victim of fraud to call them at 404-417-2344. ” Sheriff Smith advised.

Death Investigation Leads To Homicide

 

On June 15, 2015 around 5:30 p.m. the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators responded to the 100 block of Primrose Circle, near its intersection with Todd Road, in reference to a body being found in a wooded area. This location is north of Greenville, Georgia. The property owner reported that he was checking his property when he discovered a body.

“Once our personnel arrived on the scene we established contact with the property owner who provided the information related to this discovery. We then located the partially decomposed body in the wooded area based on the information received. At that time we cordoned off the area and began our investigation. The GBI Crime Scene Unit was called into assist our investigators with processing the scene.” Sheriff Chuck Smith stated.

“As of now we can only report that the remains appear to be that of a white male. The cause of death has yet to be determined; however it is suspicious in nature based on the scene investigation. We will know more once we get the autopsy results from the GBI Crime Lab. The body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab by the Meriwether County Coroner’s Office. A canvass of the area has been done to see if anyone has seen or heard anything regarding this matter. We have also been in contact with our surrounding law enforcement agencies to see if they have any recent missing person reports. We will continue to follow up on any and all leads related to this matter.” Sheriff Smith advised.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, please call the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 672-6647 or (706) 672-4489.

 

Update From Sheriff Chuck Smith, 06/17/2015 

“With the assistance of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Air Unit, Air #1, we were able to locate the missing vehicle in this matter. Air #1, with one of our investigator’s on board was able to locate the vehicle in a wooded area in the Primrose Circle Area, Meriwether County, Georgia. Air #1 was able to direct ground units into the location where we were able to recover the vehicle. We have transported the vehicle to our agency for further processing by the GBI Crime Scene Unit. Our investigation has led us to a probable identity on our victim, however we can not release further until we have confirmation from the GBI Crime Lab and proper family notification.  All of these investigative efforts are in process at the present time. Our investigation continues and we will have more information to release once its available. We request that if anyone has any information related to this matter to give us a call at (706) 672-6647 or (706) 672-4489.” Sheriff Chuck Smith stated.

 

Update from Sheriff Chuck Smith,  06/18/2015 

“On 06/18/2015 our investigator’s were contacted by the GBI Crime Lab and informed of the positive identification of the partially decomposed body that was discovered in a wooded area in the 100 block of Primrose Circle, Greenville, Meriwether County, Georgia. The GBI I.D. Unit confirmed the identity as that of Kenneth Michael Spice, W/M. Spice was 31 years of age and a resident of Lamar Smith Drive, Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia. Shortly after we began our investigation we discovered items that led us to the possible identity of the deceased. However, due to the decomposed state of the remains we were unable to have a positive I.D. without further assistance from the GBI Crime Lab. Kenneth Michael Spice was reported as a missing person to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office on June 16, 2015 by a relative. Spice’s last known contact with the reporting relative was on or around June 10, 2015. The body was located in the wooded area in the 100 block of Primrose Circle on June 15, 2015 at around 5:37 p.m. This is a homicide investigation that the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office is conducting along with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI.” Sheriff Smith stated.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, call the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 672-6649 / (706) 672-4489 Investigator Cpl. Jason Durand / Sergeant Hugh Howard or the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 253-1502 Investigator Jae Robertson / Captain John Lewis.

 

Update from Sheriff Chuck Smith,  06/19/2015

“At this time the case investigation is officially ruled as a homicide from an apparent gun shot wound. This determination being made as a result of our crime scene investigation and the forensic results from the GBI Crima Lab.” Sheriff Chuck Smith advised.