GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Columbus

Columbus, GA (March 5, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Columbus, Georgia. The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Saturday, March 5, 2022. One deputy and two men were shot during this incident.

Moultrie Woman Arrested for Trafficking Methamphetamine

Moultrie, GA (March 4, 2022) – On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office and the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a car driven by Tia Marie Turner, age 31, of Moultrie, Georgia, traveling southbound on Georgia Highway 33 towards Moultrie, Georgia. As a result of the traffic stop, one kilogram of methamphetamine and a 9 mm handgun were seized. Turner was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. 

GBI Arrests Trenton Man for Mother’s Death

Trenton, GA (March 4, 2022) - The GBI has arrested and charged Roger Allen Shrader, age 58, of Trenton, GA with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault by strangulation. This arrest comes after the Dade County Sheriff's Office asked agents in the Calhoun regional investigative office to assist with a homicide investigation.

On March 4, 2022,  Dade County deputies responded to 53 Brow Road, Trenton GA to conduct a welfare check.  The deputies discovered a deceased woman identified as Lagatha Shrader Watson, age 81, of Bryant, Alabama.  Watson’s adult son,  Shrader, was taken into custody and booked into the Dade County Jail.  

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Franklin County

UPDATE:

Carnesville, GA (March 3, 2022)Richard David Travis, age 31, Eastanollee, GA, has been identified as the driver of the SUV in this officer involved shooting. Travis is arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault Upon a Peace Officer.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Carnesville, GA (March 1, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Carnesville, Franklin County, GA. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Monday, February 28, 2022. No officers were injured.

Man Arrested Following a Drug Investigation in Lyons, Toombs County, GA

Lyons, GA (March 3, 2022) – On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Christopher Smith, age 33, of Lyons, GA, was arrested following a joint drug investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SRDEO), Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lyons Police Department. During the arrest of Smith, it was discovered that he was in possession of firearms and illegal drugs. A search warrant was executed at Smith’s residence at 254 E. Clifton Avenue, Lot 10, in Lyons, Toombs County, GA, by SRDEO and Lyons Police Department. During the execution of the search warrant, agents seized two long guns, four handguns along with ammunition, a quantity of suspected methamphetamine/ICE, a quantity of suspected crack cocaine, and drug related paraphernalia.

Man Arrested Following a Drug Investigation in Toombs County and Montgomery County, GA

Toombs County and Montgomery County, GA (March 3, 2022) – On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Lavoris Devon Nails, age 38, of Vidalia, Montgomery County, GA, was arrested following a joint drug investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SRDEO), Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Vidalia Police Department, and Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Nails was found to be in possession of a quantity of cocaine at his residence located at 1637 Taylor Springs Road in Vidalia, Montgomery County, GA, while arrest warrants were being served and a parole search was being conducted. During the parole search, agents seized a quantity of suspected cocaine and drug related paraphernalia.

GBI Arrests Owner of Johnson County Disabled Children’s Home for Cruelty to Children

Wrightsville, GA (March 2, 2022) - The GBI has arrested David Fahey, age 62, of Wrightsville, for four counts of felony cruelty to children and three counts of felony false imprisonment.  The arrest comes after a nearly two-month long investigation into allegations of abuse of disabled adults and children at King’s Cleft located at 159 Union Grove Church Road, Wrightsville, Johnson County, Georgia. 

King’s Cleft is a nonprofit organization that provides a home for disabled and handicapped children.  Many of the children lived at King’s Cleft through adulthood.  At the beginning of the investigation, five children and five adults were found at King’s Cleft.  The children were removed and placed into the custody of the Division of Family and Children Services.  The disabled adults are in the process of being removed by Adult Protective Services.  Fahey was arrested at King’s Cleft and taken to the Johnson County Detention Center for processing. 

GBI and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office Searching for Shooting Suspects

Wilkes County, GA (March 1, 2022) – The GBI and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office are searching for two men wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred in Washington last week. Corey C. Danner III, 18, and Joshua E. Walton, 23, both of Washington, are wanted for Aggravated Assault and other charges relating to a shooting incident at the Citgo convenience store on February 22, 2022.

GBI Makes Arrest in Tift County Homicide

Tifton, GA (March 1, 2022) – The GBI has arrested and charged Willie Goodman, age 68, of Tifton, with Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault.  On Sunday, February 27, 2022, the Tift County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct a death investigation in connection to a woman found dead in Tift County.

Preliminary information indicates that Tift County deputies responded to 318 Wilson Street, Tifton, GA.  When deputies arrived, they found Ethel Michelle Strawter, age 59, suffering from a gunshot wound.  Strawter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Goodman is currently being held at the Tift County Jail.  An autopsy will be performed on Strawter at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta. 

GBI Arrests Police Officer for Pandering and Violation of Oath of Office in Lowndes County

Valdosta, GA (March 1, 2022) – The GBI has arrested and charged Homerville Police Department Captain Derrek Manning, age 32, of Lowndes County, for Pandering and Violation of Oath of Office. On January 28, 2022, the Homerville Police Department asked the GBI to investigate allegations that one of their officers was soliciting another person for an act of prostitution.

Preliminary information based on messages between Manning and another individual indicates that an act of prostitution occurred in Lowndes County. Manning was arrested in Homerville, Clinch County.  After his arrest, GBI agents executed a search warrant at Manning’s home in Lowndes County.