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Two people were killed in a shooting which occurred late Tuesday in Newnan.
Authorities with the Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hill Street Monday afternoon around 6:45 p.m. in reference to a shooting, according to Newnan Police Chief Douglas ‘Buster’ Meadows. One victim was confirmed dead at the scene and another was transported by ambulance to Piedmont Newnan Hospital with CPR and later passed away.
The shooting occurred near the intersection of Hill Street and Hatcher Street. Detectives with the Newnan Police Department arrived to investigate the scene.
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JEFFERSONVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Guns, drugs, and even medical marijuana were all seized during a recent roadblock in Twiggs County.
"Operation Wrong Exit" was held over the St. Patrick's Day weekend. The safety road check was at exit 27, of I-16 east.
Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum says this is their 9th year of "Operation Wrong Exit."
More than 78 officers from 17 law enforcement agencies worked with the sheriff's office to arrest 134 people 19 of which was wanted by other agencies.
They seized six guns including an automatic rifle, three ounces of cocaine, seven pounds of marijuana, including bottles of medical marijuana from a Colorado woman. They also confiscated five vehicles and $5,000 in cash.
Mitchum says the safety road check comes down to saving lives, "If you save one life from a drunk driver running over an innocent person, or an innocent family that's traveling on the highways, you just save one life, that whole operation would have been worth it," said Mitchum.
A total of 297 citations and warrants were issued, ranging from DUI's to possession of a weapon or marijuana. Mitchum believes the confiscation of the guns was one of the most rewarding aspects of the roadblock.
"I feel good about taking those off the street and out of circulation," said the sheriff. "Maybe that's one person's life we've saved or the life of an officer somewhere that may have stopped them for some traffic infraction and ended up having to deal with the other end of the gun."
The Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Natural Resources along with multiple units of the Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network joined the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office in the road safety check.
"I believe in being proactive. If we can stop the crime or incident before it happens then I like doing that a lot better than cleaning up the mess and trying to figure out what did happen and by being proactive that's what you do."
According to Mitchum three people in a church van were stopped during the roadblock. Two of them were arrested for marijuana possession. The sheriff declined from giving additional information about the church van arrest. A brief breakdown of the arrest included, 64 people arrested for misdemeanor marijuana, 14 were arrested for felony marijuana. There were eight people arrested for cocaine possession and 14 were arrested for having drug related objects.
There were 15 people arrested for DUI and 38 people were arrested for having open containers. Deputies arrested 51 people for driving with a suspended license and 15 for driving without a license.
The City of Griffin announced Steven Dale Heaton will assume the duties of Griffin police chief on April 14.
Heaton was most recently chief of the Fayetteville Police Department. He will be taking over the department for Frank Strickland, who is now the city’s full-time public safety director.
Strickland had held both positions prior to the recent reorganization of the police department, in which the city eliminated three positions, consolidated three into one position, and eliminated of the rank of major.
The reorganization resulted in the retirement of two long-time employees, former head of the Criminal Investigation Division Major Terry Brock and former head of the Community Services Division Capt. Dwayne Jones, as their positions at those ranks were eliminated. Brock and Jones have threatened to sue the city. Head of the Uniform Patrol Division, now Capt. Homer Daniel, accepted a downgrade in rank from major to captain.
The reorganization also separated the positions of police chief and public safety director, with Strickland taking on more responsibility as public safety director, overseeing Police, Fire, Code Enforcement and Animal Control, and the hiring of a new police chief.
According to an announcement Wednesday from City Manager Kenny Smith, Heaton was offered the position from a field of approximately 26 qualified applicants after a rigorous hiring process and background investigation. Heaton’s starting salary will be $76,000,
Heaton has 31 years in law enforcement, including 26 in Georgia, working in all areas of law enforcement, including patrol, investigations, internal affairs, public information, state certification, accreditation, training and professional development, administration and legislative affairs. He began his career with the Florida Highway Patrol, moving on to become an investigator with the Okloosa County Sheriff’s Department.
In Georgia, Heaton was captain of the Perry Police Department Investigative Division and commander of the Valdosta Police Department’s Bureau of Investigative Services before becoming chief in Fayetteville.
“Heaton is well known and highly regarded throughout the state as a law enforcement executive,” Smith said in the announcement, “as evidence by his recent election to and service on the Executive Board of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.”
Heaton is also a lead assessor for the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Georgia State Law Enforcement Certification program, Smith said, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE).
The Fayetteville Police Department earned state recertification and was awarded CALEA re-accreditation (including designation as a flagship agency) while he was chief. The Griffin Police Department was first CALEA accredited in 2006 and was re-accredited in 2009 and 2012,
Heaton has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Georgia College and State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development Course.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., something he also shares with Smith and Jones.