Monday, July 24, 2017

D.A. COKER , GBI AND SPALDING S.O. COLD CASE

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker’s Office have reopened the investigation in to the 34 year old cold case murder of Timothy Coggins.
On October 9, 1983, the body of Timothy Coggins was found on a power line off of Minter Road in Sunnyside. Investigators at the time gathered evidence from the scene, questioned suspects and witnesses but were unable to make arrests in Coggins’ death. The case has remained unsolved to this day.
In June of 2017, spurred by information forwarded to the GBI through various sources regarding Coggins’ murder, Agents and Investigators began re-examining the case and all of the information gathered at the time of the original investigation. Investigators began re-interviewing old witnesses, conducting interviews with newly discovered witnesses, and gathering new evidence. Investigators from the GBI and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office working in unison have been literally going door to door in their efforts to solve this crime. Based on their findings they believe that they are close to making arrests for Coggins’ murder.
According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, “We have been in contact with a representative from Coggins’ family and they have been briefed on where we are at in the investigation. Unfortunately, both of his parents are deceased, and we wish we would have been able to give them closure before they passed away. The GBI, Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, and District Attorney Ben Coker’s Office will do all we can to ensure that Timothy Coggins and the remainder of the Coggins family receive justice. It does not matter who he was, or where he was from, this man died a horrible death and those responsible for his murder need to be held accountable. I can say without a doubt that if Mr. Coggins was murdered today, in 2017, it would absolutely be classified as a hate crime. 34 years have passed since this horrible crime was committed and those who killed him have believed that they would remain untouched until literally just a few days ago.”
Sheriff Dix continued, “We understand that over the years those suspected of being involved in the murder of Timothy Coggins have threatened and intimidated potential witnesses. We believe that there are people with pertinent information regarding this case that are still out there and we are asking them to come forward. We are asking for anyone who may have information about this murder, especially the hours leading up to the discovery of Coggins’ body, to contact the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at (770)-467-4282 and ask to speak to Lt. Mike Morris or GBI Agent Jared Coleman.  Any detail, no matter how small you may think it is, could be valuable in bringing Coggins’ killers to justice.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

THOMASTON-UPSON KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held on Tuesday, July 25, from 8:30 - 11:30 in the Upson-Lee Primary School Media Center. No appointment is necessary. 

The parent or legal guardian should bring the child to register, along with the following documents: child's certified birth certificate; child's social security card; child's immunization record on GA form 3231; Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition Record on Form 3300; Parent/Guardian Photo ID; Proof of Residency (2 of the following items in parent's name - gas/water/electric bill, lease contract, or property tax bill); Proof of guardianship. The child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017. 

This registration is for children who have not previously registered for Kindergarten in the Thomaston-Upson School System.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FORMER GRIFFIN HIGH TEACHER INDICTED

ACCORDING TO THE OFFICE OF GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BEN COKER----THE SPALDING COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED FORMER GRIFFIN HIGH TEACHER—BRANDY NICKELS, AGE 41 OF WILLIAMSON ON TWO COUNTS OF STATUTORY RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A STUDENT, CHILD MOLESTATION , ENTICING A CHILD FOR INDECENT PURPOSES, AGGREVATED CHILD MOLESTATION AND INFLUENCING A WITNESS.

MS. NICKELS—WHO RESIGNED FROM THE SCHOOL SYSTEM--- HAS BEEN ARRESTED TWICE BY GRIFFIN POLICE WITH MALE JUVENILES IN HER CAR—THE FIRST TIME MAY 18TH AND AGAIN JUNE 13TH AND THE 2ND TIME A LOADED PISTOL AND SOME MARIJUANA WAS FOUND—AND HER BOND WAS REVOKED.

MS. NICKELS IS IN JAIL AWAITING A NOVEMBER TRIAL DATE.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

INJURIES IN A PIKE COUNTY WRECK

On 7/17/2017 at 8:06p.m., Deputies responded to a traffic accident on Highway 19 ,near Gresham road. A Dodge Magnum driven by William Rice, 57, from Spalding County was traveling northbound , crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a Chevrolet Traverse driven by Kristen Golden,26, of Pike County, head on. The Traverse was also occupied by a two year old child. Mr. Rice was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital and Ms. Golden and the two year old were taken to Spalding Regional by ambulance for treatment. The cause of the collision remains under investigation by Sheriff's Office Traffic Investigators.

Monday, July 17, 2017

JOB OPENINGS AT UPSON SO

THE UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR CROSSING GUARDS AND JAIL OFFICERS. APPLY AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8AM TILL 5PM.

Friday, July 14, 2017

UPSON CONVICT SOUGHT IN SPALDING CO

SPALDING COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAD POSTED A LOOK-OUT FOR A WANTED SUSPECT—BUT IT TURNS OUT HE'S IN STATE PRISON FOR AN UPSON COUNTY CASE.


28 YEAR OLD ADONIS CORDELL COLQUITT IS WANTED IN SPALDING COUNTY ON KIDNAPPING AND OTHER CHARGES—BUT HE'S SERVING A 5 YEAR SENTENCE IN THE STATE PEN FOR STATUTORY RAPE IN UPSON COUNTY FOR A CRIME IN AUGUST OF 2012.

Friday, July 7, 2017

UL HEAD FOOTBALL COACH STRICKEN ILL

UPSON-LEE HEAD FOOTBALL COACH TOMMY PARKS IS REPORTED IN GOOD CONDITION AT THE MACON MEDICAL CENTER INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AFTER SUFFERING AN APPARENT HEART ATTACK AT HOME FRIDAY MORNING .


A MEMBER OF COACH PARKS STAFF TOLD ZOOM NEWS—HE IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL RECOVERY. COACH PARKS IS STARTING HIS 4TH YEAR AS HEAD COACH OF THE KNIGHTS FOOTBALL TEAM.

Monday, July 3, 2017

PD CHIEF SAYS BROTHER MURDERED BROTHER

On July 01, 2017, between the hours of 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM, Officers from the Thomaston Police Department responded to 450 B Street, Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia in reference to a verbal domestic between brothers. Prior to the officer’s arrival on the scene Blake Ashley Hancock 39 years of age obtained a firearm and discharged the firearm inside the residence striking his brother Talvin Harold Robbins 52 years of age in the head. The call was upgraded to a possible subject shot and a subjected barricaded in the residence.   Shortly after TPD officers arrived on the scene along with deputies from the Upson County Sheriff’s Office Blake Hancock exited the house un armed and was taken into custody without further incident.  Officers then made entry into the residence where they found a male subject identified as Talvin Harold in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head.   Upon securing the scene EMS arrived and transported the Talvin Harold to URMC where he was pronounced dead from the fatal gunshot wound by the Assistant Coroner.

Blake Hancock was transported to the Upson County jail where he is being held without bond.   He has been charged with Murder, Malice Murder, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. At the request of Chief Richardson the GBI Region 2 Crime Scene Unit responded and assisted TPD Investigators process the scene for evidence.  This incident is still under investigation at the time of this release.