Wednesday, June 28, 2017

UPSON CO. ARSONIST SENTENCED TO FED PEN

A CONVICT DOING TIME FOR SERIAL ARSON IN UPSON COUNTY HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TWO MORE YEARS IN PRISON FOR MAILING BOGUS ANTHRAX THREATS—USING THE NAME  AND  ADDRESS    OF SHERIFF DAN KILGORE ON THE ENVELOPES SENT TO THE STATE BAR OF GA., THE AJC NEWSPAPER, AND THE MORMAN CHURCH.

50 YEAR OLD TRAVIS BALL OF WARNER ROBINS WAS SENTENCED JUNE 23RD IN FEDERAL COURT—TWO YEARS IN PRISON PLUS THREE YEARS OF SUPERVISED RELEASE AND —RESTITUTION OF $10,700.

SHERIFF KILGORE SAID BALL WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF ROBINS AIR BASE WHO HAD FRIENDS IN THOMASTON—AND LOCATED VACANT RESIDENCES IN WESTERN UPSON CO. IN REAL ESTATE MAGAZINES AND TORCHED THEM.

THE FBI CONTACTED THE SHERIFF OVER A YEAR AGO—ABOUT THE THREATS—JUST AS BALL WAS UP FOR PAROLE FROM A SOUTH GA. PRISON. NOW HE GOES INTO THE FEDERAL PENAL SYSTEM.

THE SHERIFF SAID BALL WROTE COUNTLESS LETTERS TO HIS OFFICE, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE , AND OTHER OFFICIALS COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS MIS-TREATMENT BY THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. SHERIFF  KILGORE  TOLD  ZOOM  NEWS   HE   IS  PUZZLED  BY  BALL'S  ACTIONS.





Friday, June 23, 2017

THE ROCK RANCH CANCELS CELEBRATE AMERICA-SAT.

TWO CANCELLATIONS SATURDAY—THE ROCK RANCH HAS CANCELLED CELEBRATE AMERICA SATURDAY DUE TO WEATHER THREATS. THE FRED IN PEACHTREE CITY SAYS PAUL ANKA HAS CANCELLED HIS SHOW SATURDAY NIGHT AND OTHER SHOWS DUE TO PERSONAL REASONS.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CITY OF THOMASTON NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR HIRED

THE CITY OF THOMASTON HAS HIRED A NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR, LONNIE JOYCE, A C.P.A. MR JOYCE HAS BEEN WORKING AS CONTRACT INTERIM FINANCE DIRECTOR SINCE FEBRUARY. HIS SALARY WILL BE $92,000 ANNUALLY.


CITY COUNCILMAN JEFF MIDDLEBROOKS VOTED AGAINST THE MOTION TO HIRE THE NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR FOLLOWING AN EXECUTIVE SESSION, TUESDAY NIGHT.

Friday, June 16, 2017

UPSON JURY SPLIT 9-3 IN FAVOR OF DEATH PENALTY

AFTER DELIBRATING 30 MINUTES WEDNESDAY AN UPSON COUNTY JURY SENTENCED CHRISTOPHER CALMER TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE FOR THE MURDER OF DEPUTY MICHAEL NORRIS—THE UPSON JURY WAS REPORTEDLY SPLIT 9 TO 3 IN FAVOR OF THE DEATH PENALTY.

THE FATHER OF DEPUTY NORRIS---BENNETT NORRIS TOLD THE TELEGRAPH HE BELIEVES THE JURY WOULD HAVE REACHED A DIFFERENT VERDICT—IF THEY COULD HAVE HEARD THE FAMILY SAY THEY WANTED THE DEATH PENALTY.


THE LAW DOES NOT ALLOW SUCH TESTIMONY DURING THE SENTENCING PHASE OF A DEATH PENALTY CASE.

HBO CASTING CALL FOR ACTORS IN BVILLE

ANOTHER OPEN CASTING CALL HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE HBO SERIES— -- SHARP OBJECTS --- STARRING AMY ADAMS THAT BEGINS FILMING THE FIRST OF THE WEEK IN BARNESVILLE AND MCDONOUGH.

NEEDED; A CAUCASIAN FEMALE WHO HAS THE BODY OF AN 18 YEAR OLD, A CAUCASIAN BOY AGES 7 TO 9, A CAUCASIAN MALE AGES 50 TO 65, CAUCASIAN FEMALE AGES 50 TO 60 AND 18 TO 21 YEAR OLD CAUCASIAN MALES.


FOR MORE INFO LOG ON TO BARNESVILLE DOT COM.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

MOTORCYCLE WRECK CLAIMS A SON OF UPSON

A YOUNG MAN ORIGINALLY FROM THOMASTON WAS KILLED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT TUESDAY EVENING ON DUNBAR ROAD IN HOUSTON COUNTY.

ACCORDING TO HOUSTON COUNTY S.O.---27 YEAR OLD JEREMY WRIGHT OF MILLEDGEVILLE, GA. WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE AFTER AN APPARENT HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH A PICK-UP TRUCK.

JEREMY'S MOTHER SHARON—TOLD ZOOM NEWS HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL CHURCH MUSICIAN AND MUSIC PRODUCER.


FUNERAL SERVICES FOR JEREMY WRIGHT WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH AT 12 NOON AT MARY LIZZIE BAPTIST CHURCH IN THOMASTON --- TRICE FUNERAL HOME IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH TILL 11PM

MARTHA ANN MCCARTY—UPSON EMA DIRECTOR SAYS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR THIS PART OF GA. UNTIL 11PM THURSDAY NIGHT. MARTHA ANN SAID THUNDERSTORM CELLS AROUND THE ATLANTA METRO AREA COULD TRACK A PATH SOUTH AND IMPACT THE ZOOM RADIO LISTENING AREA.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

UPSON CO. JURY GIVES CALMER LIFE W/O PAROLE

WEDNESDAY IN MONROE COUNTY, AN UPSON COUNTY JURY SENTENCED CHRISTOPHER CALMER TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE FOR THE MURDER OF MONROE COUNTY DEPUTY MICHAEL NORRIS IN 2014. THE STATE WAS SEEKING THE DEATH PENALTY.


THE JURY FOUND CALMER GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS TUESDAY AFTER JUST 30 MINUTES OF DELIBRATIONS.    

THREATS TO INTERFOR ALERT UPSON S.O.

THE UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS OBTAINED A CRIMINAL WARRANT FOR TERRORISTIC THREATS AFTER A CULLODEN MAN ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO BLOW-UP INTERFOR—THE FORMER KEADLE LUMBER ENTERPRISES—AND KILL HIS FORMER BOSS.

SHERIFF DAN KILGORE TOLD ZOOM NEWS WEDNESDAY--- 63 YEAR OLD WILLIAM FREDRICK HARRIS OF BILLY HARRIS ROAD IN MONROE COUNTY IS HOSPITALIZED IN MACON—BUT ONCE HE IS RELEASED DEPUTIES WILL PICK HIM UP AND BRING HIM TO THE UPSON COUNTY JAIL FOR BOOKING.

HARRIS WAS REPORTEDLY DISMISSED FROM INTERFOR ON JUNE 5TH AND MONROE COUNTY S.O. GOT WORD HE WAS THREATENING THE COMPANY AND NOTIFIED UPSON S.O. HARRIS WAS REPORTED MISSING LAST WEEK BUT TURNED-UP OVER THE WEEKEND.


SHERIFF KILGORE SAID--ONCE NOTIFIED OF THE THREATS, UPSON DEPUTIES MET WITH SUPERVISORS AT INTERFOR AND ALERTED THEM OF THE SITUATION.   

THOMASTON P.D. K-9 UNIT NABS ESCAPEE

THE THOMASTON POLICE DEPARTMENT K-9 UNIT TRACKED DOWN A FEMALE INMATE WHO ESCAPED FROM CITY COURT —TUESDAY—FOUND HER IN AN ABANDONED HOUSE AT GORDON AND SOUTH BETHEL.

POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON SAID 35 YEAR OLD RHONDA BRADSHAW—FACING A RAP FOR SHOPLIFTING, MANAGED TO EXIT THE COURTROOM UNDETECTED AT THE GOVERNMENT COMPLEX DURING RECESS.

K-9 RYDER WAS DISPATCHED—PICKED-UP BRADSHAW'S TRAIL AND FOUND HER HIDING IN THE BACK OF THE RESIDENCE NEXT TO H & R BLOCK.


SHE FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES—AND THE CHIEF HAS ORDERED AN INVESTIGATION INTO HOW SHE WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2-2 TIE VOTE FOR POULTRY HOUSES

BEFORE A FULL HOUSE, THE UPSON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION VOTED 2-2 ON A SPECIAL EXCEPTION FOR 6 POULTRY HOUSES FOR BILL THOMPSON ON REST HAVEN ROAD, MONDAY. THE ITEM WILL BE ON THE JULY MEETING AGENDA.


CHAIRMAN PAUL JONES AND VICE CHAIR JOEL PITTS VOTED FOR THE MOTION TO APPROVE. ALICIA MCKINLEY AND JEFFREY HILTON VOTED AGAINST, THE 5TH MEMBER MIKE RAINES WAS ABSENT.

LIFE IN PRISON FOR RUBY KATE COURSEY

ACCORDING TO GRIFFIN CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BEN COKER—A THOMASTON WOMAN WILL SERVE LIFE IN PRISON FOR LEAVING HER EX-BOYFRIEND TO DIE OF HYPOTHERMIA IN A WOODED AREA IN UPSON COUNTY. 27 YEAR OLD RUBY KATE COURSEY ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA TUESDAY IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT.

COURSEY HAS ADMITTED USING METH AND MARIJUANA WHEN SHE PUSHED 33 YEAR OLD TROYMAIN JOHNSON OF FT. VALLEY OUT OF THE CAR AND LEFT HIM TO DIE. JOHNSON WAS A PARAPLEGIC WHO REPORTEDLY ONLY HAD USE OF THREE FINGERS.

THE INCIDENT HAPPENED TUESDAY MARCH 14TH—BUT SHE WAITED TILL FRIDAY TO REPORT IT.

D.A. COKER SAID ACCORDING TO THE SENTENCE FROM JUDGE CHRIS EDWARDS—COURSEY MUST SERVE 30 YEARS OF HER SENENCE BEFORE SHE IS ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE.

DURING THE GUILTY PLEA PROCEEDING—MS. COURSEY SOBBED THAT SHE REGRETED HER ACTIONS AND ASKED JOHNSON'S FAMILY TO FORGIVE HER.


PROSECUTOR COKER CREDITED COOPERATION BETWEEN HIS OFFICE, THE GBI, UPSON S.O. AND THOMASTON P.D. FOR THE QUICK RESOLUTION OF THE CASE.