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Accidental Death Investigation

Sheriff Smith reported that on 08/13/2013 at about 0940 hours deputies and emergency personnel were dispatched to the 500 block of Riggins Ferry Road, located in Woodbury Georgia, in reference to an injured subject. Upon arrival to the scene deputies learned that he victim was bush hogging in a field on his property and  that, according to the neighbor’s statement, the victim was knocked off a tractor by a tree limb which resulted in him being partially run over by the farm equipment. The victim, although seriously injured, was able to get back on his tractor and drive to the neighbor’s residence to seek help.

Sheriff Smith stated that an emergency air evacuation unit was summoned by EMS to transport the victim to a hospital for medical treatment. While in transport in the air-vac unit the victim passed away. Sheriff Smith stated that County Coroner Johnny Worley was contacted related to this matter. It is apparent at this point in the investigation that this was an accidental death, stated Sheriff Smith. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Sheriff Smith stated that this is a tragic accident that resulted in the unfortunate death of one of our citizens. This makes two such incidents that have occurred to our community in less than a week. Although such incidents maybe simply out of our control, Sheriff Smith asks that all of our citizens take precautionary measures when available and stay safe. Smith Stated that his thoughts and prayers go out to the families.

Inmate Assaulted

Sheriff Smith reporter that on 08/11/2013 at about 1700 hours, an inmate that was incarcerated in the Meriwether County Jail Facility,  reported being assaulted by another inmate while being in their night lock down cell. Sheriff Smith stated that as soon as jail personnel were made aware of the reported incident our on-call investigative unit responded to investigate. Although there was a delay in reporting the incident which was purported to have occurred on 08/10/2013 at or about 2300 hours, our investigation was thorough, Smith said. We conducted our interviews and gathered evidence related to the complaint.

Sheriff Smith advised that on 08/13/2013, after gathering the facts related to the initial investigation into this matter, there was sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against the reported assailant. Smith stated that Amier S. Steed, a black male who is 20 years of age, has been charged with the offence of Aggravated Sodomy 2 counts. Steed was being held on a violation of probation charge prior to this arrest. Steed is being held without bond on these charges.

Revised Firearm Reciprocating Laws

Kansas and West Virginia added by Attorney General Olens to List of States Entitled to Georgia’s Firearm Permit Reciprocity

Attorney General Samuel Olens has announced two additions to Georgia’s program of reciprocal recognition to firearms permit holders from other states. Legislation initially passed in 1996 allowed Georgia to grant this privilege to citizens of state which recognized Georgia firearms permits.

The State of Kansas and the State of West Virginia have determined that they will honor Georgia firearms permits. Therefore, effective immediately, Georgia recognizes firearms permits issued by Kansas and West Virginia.

With this revision, Georgia now reciprocated in recognizing firearms licenses with the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

As always, Georgia firearms permit holders should familiarize themselves with the individual requirements and limitations on firearms permits in any of the reciprocating states where they wish to exercise their rights under this reciprocity program

Update on Capture of Timothy Jody Chambley

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that within approximately a 12 hour time span the suspect, Timothy Jody Chambley, W/M, 53 years of age, wanted in the triple shooting at 622 Williamson Road, Woodbury, Ga. was taken into custody without incident. Sheriff Smith advised that on 07/21/2013 at about 0036 hours Chambley was apprehended without incident at a relative’s residence located in Powder Springs, Georgia by the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force.

Sheriff Smith stated that from the onset of this investigation his units along with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations began developing leads as to the whereabouts of Timothy Jody Chambley. When it was apparent that Chambley had absconded from the area, contact was made with the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force. Sheriff Smith stated that our units along with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office had tracked Chambley to the Powder Springs, Ga. area. We were able to obtain an address from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office of a relative of Chambley in Powder Springs, Ga., Smith said. All of the available information was forwarded to the U.S. Marshall’s and they were able to capture Chambley without incident within about 4 hours of receiving the information from our investigative units. The vehicle that was stolen from 622 Williamson Road was also located by the U.S. Marshall’s at the residence in Powder Springs, Ga. along with other items that are believed to be linked to our crime scene, said Sheriff Smith.

Sheriff Smith stated that Timothy Jody Chambley is being held without bond in the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility. Chambley has been charged with the offenses of murder, aggravated battery 2 counts, and kidnapping. Additional charges are pending against Chambley related to this investigation. Sheriff Smith stated that he is appreciative of the help given by all agencies involved, to include; Woodbury P.D., Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, in this investigation and the capture of Chambley. Smith stated that he appreciates the assistance given to his agency by all who were involved, whether they were first responders, 911 operators or witnesses.

Sheriff Smith stated that his thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victims in this matter.

 

 

Wanted Subject Considered
Armed and Dangerous

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that on 07/20/2013 about 1236 hours, deputies and Woodbury police officers responded to 622 Williamson Circle, Woodbury, Georgia in reference to persons shot. Upon arrival on the scene the responding units discovered three victims being shot at the location. One elderly female victim was discovered deceased as a result from her injuries. Two other victims at the scene being a white female and a white male were discovered to be in critical condition. These victims were transported to the Columbus Regional Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia for treatment. Both were later transferred to another trauma hospital due to the severity of their injuries. The investigation into this matter revealed that a 6 years of age, juvenile had been abducted from the scene as well as the deceased female’s victim’s car being stolen. The juvenile was later released unharmed by the suspect at a residence in Pine Mountain Valley, Harris County, Georgia.Sheriff Smith stated that his agency is currently searching for the suspect in this matter dentified as a Timothy Jody Chambley, W/M, 53 yoa., approx. 6′ in hgt., 140 Ibs., long gray hair that may be in a ponytail, possible beard or goatee, with multiple tattoos, two tattoo’s being described as a cat and the hat on his left arm and a cartoon character with a ? mark above the head with a ball and chain on  his right arm. The subject’s last known address was in Pine Mountain Valley, GA. Sheriff Smith provided the stolen vehicle descriptive as being a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am,  beige/gold in color, damage to the passenger side of the vehicle with a Georgia Bull Dog novelty tag on the front bumper, bearing Georgia Tag Number DPILBJ (handicap), registered in Meriwether County, Georgia.

Additional investigative information revealed that Chambley may now be driving a grayish/blue with a black or dark colored roof 4 door older model sedan. Chambley may also be in the company of an unknown W/F. Chambley may also have relatives in the Powder Springs, Cobb County, Georgia area.

Sheriff Smith stated that his agency is being assisted in the investigation by the Georgia Bureau ofInvestigation, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Woodbury P.O. and the U.S. Marshall’s. Sheriff Smith request that anyone with any additional information into this investigation or the whereabouts of Timothy Jody Chambley to call his office at (706) 672-4489 or your area law enforcement agency by dialing 911. Chambley is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Burglary Suspect Arrested

 

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that on 06/20/2013 around 1730 hrs. a homeowner returned to his place of residence in the 200 block of Shirey Road, Manchester, Meriwether County, Georgia. At that time the homeowner encountered two subjects attempting to load his zero turn mower onto a trailer. This confrontation by the homeowner with these two perpetrators thwarted the theft of the mower. The two suspects fled the area in a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder, tan in color. The homeowner contacted the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office and a lookout was placed on the vehicle with units responding to the area. During this time the homeowner also discovered that his weed trimmer had been taken within the confines of his attached garaged that was part of the residence.

Sheriff Smith stated that within a short time of the reported incident the suspect vehicle along with the two suspects were stopped by the Manchester Police Department. Smith stated that evidence found in the vehicle along with a positive identification by the victim confirmed that these two individuals were our perpetrators. The stolen weed trimmer was recovered from the vehicle.

Arrested were Christopher J. McBride, B/M, 37 yoa., add. 1441 Boxwood Blvd., Columbus, Ga. , and a 16 yoa. B/M juvenile also of Columbus, Ga. Both subject’s were transported to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office and charged with the offense of burglary.

Sheriff Smith stated that he appreciated the vigilance of the homeowner who had the fortitude in such a critical situation to provide a very detailed descriptive of the perpetrators and the suspect vehicle, this made our job of identifying them much easier. Sheriff Smith also wanted to thank the Manchester Police Department for their assistance in the apprehension of the perpetrators and their investigative presence.

Over $800,000 in Marijuana Plants Seized

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that on Thursday June 27, 2013 with air support and boots on the ground several law enforcement agencies were able to eradicate over 400 marijuana plants that were been grown in our county. Sheriff Smith stated that the Governor’s Task Force Drug Suppression Unit with the aid of three helicopters and ground support units, along with the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics task Force, Georgia DNR Rangers and the Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 Unit located and recovered 429 Marijuana Plants in the wood line on Baughan Road, near Gay, Georgia.

The estimated value of each plant is approximately $2000.00 which would equate to an estimated street value of $848,000.00.
Sheriff Smith stated that the Governor’s Task Force is comprised of six state and four federal agencies that searches to locate and prosecute marijuana cultivation. Sheriff Smith stated that he is grateful that all these units working together collectively were able to stop this cultivation of marijuana before it was able to be distributed in our community.

Sheriff Smith stated that his investigator’s along with the task force are tracking leads associated with this illegal grow.

He wants to encourage anyone with any additional information related to this matter or any other illegal drug activity to call the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics unit at (706) 672-3497.

Zero Tolerance Campaign

“There will be increased traffic on all roads and highways during the July 4th Holiday. Deputies, Police and State Troopers will be out in full force, in saying that please be mindful of the hazards of driving while impaired,” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.

 

Sheriff Smith added that he wants people to “Enjoy and celebrate the holiday with family and friends but remember if you choose to drink don’t get under the steering wheel, your decision could be costly.”

 

 

 

DUI Offenders to Be Targeted During the Fourth of July Holiday

Georgia Launching Summer Zero Tolerance Campaign

 

(STATEWIDE) July 4th remains one of the most dangerous holidays on Georgia roads and to combat that, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is joining a national impaired driving enforcement effort to get drunk drivers off the roads and inside a jail cell.

 

Why? Because alcohol-impaired crashes still account for 23 percent of all traffic fatalities in Georgia and in the last 2 years, the state has averaged 88 alcohol-impaired crashes for the July 3 to July 5 travel period. To help reverse this trend, GOHS will be partnering with law enforcement agencies across the state to launch the annual Operation Zero Tolerance campaign where drivers are warned that if they’re over the limit, they’ll be under arrest.

 

Getting drunk drivers off the road is even more important at this point in 2013 because crash data indicates Georgia is ahead of its total traffic fatalities from this time last year. As of June 20th last year, the state had experienced 499 fatalities, but that number is at 520 for this year.

 

“While a 4 percent increase may not seem like a lot to some people, that’s an additional 21 people who won’t be able to celebrate our nation’s independence this year,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “We’re launching Operation Zero Tolerance to not only rid the roads of drunk drivers, but to try and keep our traffic fatalities as low as possible. We join our partners in all 50 states to warn people to drive sober or get pulled over.”

 

This year, the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign starts on June 21st and runs through July 7th.

 

Fourth of July impaired driving crashes aren’t just a problem in Georgia. Nationwide, the percentage of fatalities from impaired driving spike around the Fourth of July. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 251 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the Fourth of July holiday in 2011. Of those fatalities, 38 percent were in crashes that involved at least one impaired driver.

 

And that level of drunk-driving fatalities is not unique to 2011.  Additional NHTSA data shows that during July 4th holidays over the last five years (from 2007 to 2011), 780 people lost their lives in crashes involving drunk drivers.  These fatalities accounted for 40 percent of all highway deaths over the same five-year period.

 

This summer, Georgia has a new partner in combatting DUI’s. Because Georgia’s new boating-under-the-influence law went into effect on May 15th, 2013 marks the first summer where .08 will be the legal blood alcohol limit for both boaters and drivers. GOHS will be partnering with the Department of Natural Resources to enforce Georgia’s zero tolerance DUI policy on both land and water.

 

“Here in Georgia, drunk driving won’t be tolerated on the road or on the lake,” said Director Blackwood. “Getting drunk boaters off the water helps keep drunk drivers off the road. Nobody should celebrate our nation’s independence with a night in jail because they didn’t find a sober driver.”

 

For more information on Operation Zero Tolerance, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

 

Burglary Suspect Arrested

 

On June 6,2013 Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators with the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eugene Adam Hembree, 31, of 623 Coleman Creek Circle, Luthersville and a sixteen year juvenile charging them with numerous thefts and burglaries.
“We’ve had a rash of thefts and burglaries reported to us since the latter part of February in the Lone Oak, Primrose and Rocky Mount communities,” Sheriff Chuck Smith said!
Items ranging from hand tools, chainsaws, ATVs, farm tractors, lawn & garden tractors, a skid steer loader, stump grinder, pressure washers, landscaping equipment, industrial lawn mowers, and trailers used to haul these items had been reported stolen to Meriwether, Troup and Coweta County authorities in the last four months.
“We developed a five man Crime Suppression Unit and distributed information we received from vigilant citizens in these hard hit communities to our patrol division,” Smith added.
Deputy Shawn Womack observed a Toyota pick-up truck fitting a description previously provided as a suspect vehicle in one of these thefts travelling south on Roosevelt Highway from Luthersville last Tuesday. The truck was being driven by the sixteen year juvenile and he was in possession of a chainsaw. It was later determined that the chainsaw that the juvenile was in possession of was reported stolen to the Coweta County Sheriffs Office. Smith stated that our investigation revealed that Hembree was in possession of a stolen Grasshopper Industrial Mower being towed on a stolen trailer behind a white Ford F250.

“We obtained an enormous amount of information during this traffic stop and we proceeded with a search warrant at Hembree’s home, located on Coleman Creek Circle. “During the search we located numerous items of stolen property along with other evidence from our burglary and theft scenes” Sheriff Smith commented.
information obtained from the search warrant execution along with other investigative information, led our deputies to other counties where additional stolen property was located. We recovered stolen property that the suspect had hidden in the Northwest portion of Troup County, the Northeast portion of Heard County and South Fulton County. Sheriff Smith stated that our personnel were able to apprehend Hembree while he was still in possession of the stolen Grasshopper, Trailer and the chainsaw stolen out of Coweta County.
Deputies and Investigators with the Meriwether, Coweta, Heard County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department along with Fulton County Police Detectives assisted with the case investigation and recovery of the stolen property.
Sheriff Smith stated that at the present time his personnel have recovered over $150,000.00 worth of stolen property. He stated that we are still tracking down leads regarding additional stolen property. Smith stated that Hembree along with the juvenile offender have been charged with several counts of burglary, felony theft by taking, felony theft by receiving stolen property. Additional charges are pending against Hembree in Meriwether County and other surrounding counties.
Sheriff Smith advised that Eugene Adams Hembree is currently being held in the Meriwether County Detention Facility under no bond. Smith is encouraging anyone with additional information to call our investigators at (706) 672-4489.

Search Warrant Execution and Arrest at 1960 County Line Road

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that on 05/21/2013 the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office along with the Multi-Jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at 1960 County Line Road, Hogansville, Meriwether County, Georgia. The search warrant execution was a result of an on-going investigation into the sale, use and distribution of illegal narcotics from the residence. The search warrant execution resulted in the arrest of Christopher J. Smith, W/M, 35 yoa., add. 1960 County Line Road, Hogansville, Ga. for the offenses of O.C.G.A. Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute and Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute and Crystal T. Smith, W/F, 30 yoa., of the same address for Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute. Narcotics Agents seized over 22 grams of marijuana individually packaged and ready for sale, along with  methamphetamine, illegal drug use paraphernalia and a hand gun from the residence. Sheriff Smith stated that the arrested subject’s had surveillance equipment set up on the property to monitor their clientele and any law enforcement approach. Sheriff Smith stated that this was another job well done by his personnel and the narcotics agents in curbing the distribution of illegal narcotics in this neighborhood. Sheriff Smith wants to encourage our citizens to call our investigative units at (706) 672-3497 or (706) 672-6651 to report any illegal activity that is going on in our communities.