BREAKING NEWS: Griffin home-based daycare provider facing 35 child abuse related charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Connie Banks Pound, the owner of a Griffin home-based childcare facility, is facing 35 criminal charges – 19 felonies and 16 misdemeanors – related to a child abuse investigation. Griffin Police Department investigators say Pound, whose childcare business is operated at her 835 Hanover Drive residence, physically abused multiple children in […]

Spalding man sentenced to serve life plus 20 years for molesting young family member

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man, Markel Taiwon Amey, has been convicted of sexually abusing a young family member over a prolonged period of time. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder said Markel Taiwon Amey was convicted of molesting an eight-year-old family member over a period of approximately one year. Amey secured the […]

Mother and her boyfriend charged with murder in six-year-old’s violent death

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder in the violent death of six-year-old Jacob Andrew Williams. The Henry County Police Department (HCPD) on Sunday responded to a residence on Belmont Farms Drive in Ellenwood in reference to an unconscious child. Upon arrival, officers located the little boy who […]

Griffin woman faces multiple child sex charges in case linked to local firefighter

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested Griffin resident Juliana Caroline Patel on numerous child sex abuse charges. Authorities say Patel’s arrest is related to the Aug. 4 arrest of Griffin Fire-Rescue Firefighter Kevin Burkholder. According to a report filed by GPD Investigator Adam Trammell, the Griffin Police Department was on Monday, […]

Griffin Skate Inn security guard arrest warrant hearing cancelled

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The hearing scheduled to be held Tuesday afternoon in Spalding County Magistrate Court to determine if an arrest warrant would be issued against Tommy Scott, a former security guard at Griffin Skate Inn, was cancelled. “The attorney consulted with his client and they decided to withdraw the warrant application,” said Chief […]

Griffin firefighter arrested on multiple child sexual abuse charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Firefighter Kevin Burkholder has been arrested on ten charges including multiple counts related to the sexual abuse of a child. According to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Burkholder is being held on one count of incest, one count of aggravated child molestation, one count of felony sodomy, one count […]

Spalding man sentenced to 20 years for aggravated battery against baby

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County jury on Friday morning convicted Versaches Evans of aggravated battery for fracturing his infant daughter’s ribs. The baby was only 12-weeks-old when her injuries were discovered. Evans was charged with additional counts, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on those charges. For his conviction for aggravated […]

Baby on life support following “barbaric” abuse

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County man, 40-year-old Chadwick Haldeman, has been arrested in a case of child abuse that left a seven-month-old baby critically injured and on life support. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the arrest followed a report from WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital. “We received a call from […]