Madison County Jail Considers Changing Mail System

Madison County may change its mailing system for inmates after two officers have been exposed to drugs in some mail. Last month, Chief Deputy Jeff Vaughn said two Madison County jail officers were exposed to ecstasy while examining the inmate’s mail. As the officers picked up the mail, their fingers began to tingle and grow numb. “One of them accidentally touched their face, their face started tingling, mouth went numb, scared him half to death,” Vaughn said. Vaughn said the officers were taken to the hospital where they checked out…

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Auctioning Seized Property To Fight Drug Crime

The Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners is auctioning off  property from various drug seizures by the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s department. People can be bid on online at GovDeals.com, a site that provides services to various government agencies that want to sell surplus or confiscated items over the internet. Items can also be viewed in person at 882 Athens Rd, Crawford, Georgia 30630. The money earned from selling these items will help fund the purchase of equipment and training for the employees of the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Department. Oglethorpe County Sheriff…

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Active Shooter Training in Oconee County

WATKINSVILLE, Ga.– More than eight law enforcement and emergency management agencies representing North East Georgia gathered at the Oconee County Civic Center train in the event of an active shooting. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 200 active shootings have occurred since 2000. The training was part of an “Active Shooter Incident and Management” course. Billy Godfrey, the lead instructor, said the class is all about being prepared. “This class is designed to help responders work together more effectively, more closely, and more quickly to save lives,”…

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Oglethorpe County Has A New Sheriff Elect

Democratic Incumbent Sheriff Mike Smith lost the election for his office in Oglethorpe county yesterday. Republican Challenger David Gabriel, who is currently serving as a lieutenant in the Athens-Clarke County Police Department will take over the office on January 1 of next year. Follow Grady Newsource on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for in-depth coverage of all local elections. By: Daniel Jackson

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Got Drugs? The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office can help

Xanax… Ativan… Adderall… Got Drugs? The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will host the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30, 2016 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This annual event is set for anyone to drop-off any unused or expired medications that needs to be disposed of. The location where you can drop-off medication is: 555 Stan Evans Drive Jefferson, Ga. 30549 FIVE facts about prescription medications: ■ Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. ■ Pharmaceutical drugs can be…

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Deputy Involved Shooting in Oconee County

                – 38 year old John Martin The GBI is investigating a deputy involved shooting in Oconee County. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Department says one of its officers shot 38 year old family violence suspect John Martin around 10 PM last night. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a domestic call on Dials Mill Spur, in which a woman was assaulted. The unidentified man pulled a gun on the three deputies after locking himself in a bedroom. Corporal Adam Thrower fired first, hitting…

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Barrow County Drug Training Starts Tomorrow

Heroin, meth, cocaine, and oxy…These are some of the household names of the most common drugs that cause death from overdose. Now local police officers will be able to take advantage of another drug, to help prevent overdose. Naloxone is the life saving medication used to treat narcotics overdose in emergency situations. The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and Winder Police Department are about to become a lot more familiar with Naloxone, through the introduction of Project DAN. The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation sponsors Project DAN, or Deaths Avoided by Naloxone….

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Missing Man in Oconee County

24 years-old Chad Ruark is still missing nine days. Today his family spoke to the media about it, for the first time. Chad’s brother, Ernie Ruark, says that Chad is not acting like himself at all. He says, “Chad is just not keeping up with his kids, not calling real close family who keep up with him all the time and that’s just not him.” Police have new leads that came in last night. It’s been over one week and police have gone through various measures to ensure Ruark is found safely:…

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