Newton County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Covington, GA (May 24, 2021) – On Thursday, May 20, 2021, Newton County resident, Cesar Valenzuela, age 19, was arrested by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit and charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children, including the possession of child pornography.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Athens

Athens, GA (May 24, 2021) – On Sunday, May 23, 2021, at approximately 11:04 a.m., the GBI was requested by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 10:40 a.m., ACCPD officers responded to multiple 911 calls about a man with a gun at Walker Park (200 Trail Creek Street in Athens). Responding ACCPD officers were advised that a man, later identified as Juan Joseph Daniele Castellano, age 38, of Athens, had carjacked a person at gunpoint inside Walker Park. Officers located the stolen vehicle. Castellano got out of the vehicle with a long gun and began shouting demands at officers. Officers gave numerous commands to surrender. Castellano refused to comply.  During the incident, shots were fired. Castellano was shot and died on scene.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Adel

Adel, GA (May 22, 2021)On Saturday, May 22, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation received a request from the Adel Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 2:15 a.m., two officers with the Adel Police Department responded to the 700 block of Tony Street about a stolen car.  The officers observed a man, later identified as Steve Newsome, age 31, of Adel, in the passenger seat of the car.  As Newsome got out of the car, there was an exchange of gunfire.  One of the officers was struck multiple times and taken to the South Georgia Medical Center.  She is currently in stable condition.  Newsome was also struck multiple times but was able to run a short distance.  Officers caught up with Newsome and administered CPR until EMS/Fire arrived, but Newsome died on scene. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Albany

(Albany - May 21, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting at the request of the Albany Police Department (APD) .

The preliminary information indicates that at around 12:11 a.m., APD officers initially responded to 420 West Mercer Avenue, Albany, GA about an aggravated assault.  A male victim was shot and taken to the hospital by EMS.  The male suspect in the aggravated assault, later identified as Kortnee Lashon Warren, age 23, of Virginia, was not on scene.  While officers were investigating the incident, Warren appears on scene with a gun in hand.  APD officers gave verbal commands for Warren to drop the gun.  During the incident, Warren pointed the gun at officers and fired shots at them.  APD officers returned fire, shooting and striking Warren.  Warren was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The male victim is being transported to a hospital in Macon due to his injuries. 

No officers were injured in the incident.

The GBI will continue to conduct an independent investigation.  Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Man Charged in Montgomery County Murder Investigation

UPDATE: On Friday, May 21, 2021, the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Ta’Lawrence Terraine Vickers aka “Saga,” age 35 of Atlanta, in Augusta, Georgia. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation previously secured arrest warrants for Vickers relating to the murder of Zacheriah Douglas Wright. Vickers was charged with malice murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, commission of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and participation in criminal gang activity.  

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Montgomery County, GA (May 21, 2021)On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, the GBI secured arrest warrants for Willie James Rogers, 35, of Jacksonville, FL. Rogers is charged with malice murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, relating to the murder of Zacheriah Douglas Wright, 20, of Toombs County. Wright was found on Monday, May 17 on RT Lane in rural Montgomery County. He was transported to Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia, GA, where he died a short time later.

Newton County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Covington, GA (May 21, 2021) – On Thursday, May 20, 2021, Newton County resident, Jeremy Mimbs, age 40, was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit and charged with four counts of the Sexual Exploitation of Children, including the possession and distribution of child pornography.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Decatur, GA

May 19th Update - The deceased man has been identified as Tyrone Penny, 21, of Lithonia, GA.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

(Decatur, GA – May 18, 2021) -  On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Chamblee Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred near West Howard Avenue and North McDonough Street in Decatur, GA.

Preliminary information indicates that on Monday, May 17, 2021, at approximately 11:07 p.m., a 911 caller that resided in Chamblee contacted Chamblee PD about a friend being kidnapped by an unknown man.  Chamblee police officers were able to obtain a description of the man’s car and the clothing of the male victim from the 911 caller.  Officers were informed that the man was armed with a handgun.  Officers located the car in Chamblee and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the car.  The car sped away from the officers, and the officers pursued the vehicle into Decatur.  The officers were finally able to stop the car.  The man got out of the car and ran down an embankment and onto the railroad tracks near West Howard Avenue, Decatur, GA.  During the foot pursuit, officers attempted to tase the man but it was ineffective.  The officers met the man on the railroad tracks.  During the encounter, officers fired their guns, striking the man.  The man was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. 

GBI Arrests Savannah Police Department Detective in Child Abuse Investigation

Savannah, GA (May 17, 2021) – On Saturday, May 15, 2021, at approximately 9:23 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Savannah Police Department to assist with a child abuse investigation. 

The preliminary investigation reveals that while off duty, Savannah PD SVU Detective Vincent Miller, age 32, of Savannah, GA, was at a neighbor’s house when he was caught on camera physically abusing a two year old child.  Miller punctured the child with an unknown object.

Miller was arrested and charged with one count of first degree Cruelty to Children.

The investigation is active and ongoing.  Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

GBI Investigates Shooting in Cook County

Update - May 14, 2021

Adel, GA (May 14, 2021) - On Monday, May 10, 2021, the Cook County grand jury issued an indictment against Dashay Antwan March, 28, Ra-Shay Marquez March, 23 and Taurian Javon Wertz, 23, for the murder of Emmanuel Whitehead, 18, of Tifton and aggravated assault on Deshone Pierce, 19.

A Superior Court Judge issued special presentment bench warrants for all three subjects for the following charges: Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and multiple Felony Street Gang charges. All three subjects were already in custody on previous charges. 

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Adel, GA (April 14, 2019) – On Sunday, April 14, 2019, the GBI was requested by the Adel Police Department to assist with an investigation into a shooting with multiple victims.

 

GBI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Chatham County

Savannah, GA (May 14, 2021) – On Thursday, May 13, 2021, at approximately 8:10 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Chatham County Police Department (CCPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting.