GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Cook County

Adel, GA (April 25, 2020) – On Friday, April 24, 2020, the GBI’s Douglas Regional Office received a request from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (April 25, 2020) – On Friday, April 24, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Three Woodbury Men Arrested for Drug Trafficking and Distribution

Woodbury, GA (April 23, 2020) – On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, along with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, Upson County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, and LaGrange Police Department, executed a series of search warrants and arrest warrants resulting in the arrests of three individuals. Search warrants related to the Distribution and Trafficking of Methamphetamine and Cocaine were executed at 100 Country Club Road, Woodbury, Georgia; 620 Country Club Road, Woodbury, Georgia; 215 Bray Road, Woodbury, Georgia; and Kastle Inn, 11501 East Highway 85, Woodbury, Georgia, Rooms 6 and 7.

Meriwether Co. Man Arrested on Charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children

Warm Springs, GA (April 21, 2020) – On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Robert Louis “Trey” Nasdeo III, of Warm Springs, GA, was charged with four counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children. The arrest was made with assistance from the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office. This arrest was the result of a GBI investigation into the possible sexual exploitation of children by Nasdeo via an online service. Nasdeo is currently being held at the Meriwether County Jail.

GBI Arrests Bartow County 911 Supervisor

Cartersville, GA (April 20, 2020) – On Monday, April 20, 2020, the GBI Region 1 Office arrested Stormie Watkins, 52, of Cartersville, for three counts of Computer Invasion of Privacy. Watkins was a supervisor at the Bartow County E-911 Center. While employed in that capacity, Watkins accessed computer files from the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) without authorization and for her personal use. The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office became aware of the unauthorized access to GCIC files and immediately contacted the GBI on April 13, 2020 to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations. As a 911 dispatcher, Watkins had authority to access certain GCIC files for official, legal, and legitimate purposes. The investigation revealed that Watkins abused this authority by accessing the files for personal reasons, a violation of Georgia law. Watkins was arrested without incident and is being held at the Bartow County Jail. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Richmond County

Richmond County, GA (March 17, 2020) – On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at approximately 11:50 PM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred at the Super 8 Motel located at 3026 Washington Road in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 8:30 PM, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Super 8 Motel to conduct a welfare check on Goldie Bellinger, age 39, of Williston, South Carolina. Bellinger was a guest at the hotel.

Buford Man Arrested on Charges of Child Exploitation

Buford, Georgia (April 10, 2020) – On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Evan Charles Rider, age 29, of Buford, Georgia was arrested on 2 counts of Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation.  Rider’s arrest came after Rider engaged in a sexually explicit online chat with who he believed to be a juvenile. The investigation into Rider’s conduct was conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit.  Rider was arrested by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office and is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail

Hart County Man Arrested on Charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children

Hartwell, Georgia (April 9, 2020) – On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Dwayne Flemming, age 34, of Hartwell, Georgia was charged with 5 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Pornography).  The arrest was made with assistance from the Hart County Sheriff’s Office.  This arrest came after an investigation was conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), into the possible sexual exploitation of children by Flemming via an online service

Hart County Man Arrested on Charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children

Hartwell, GA (April 9, 2020) – On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Jessie Shumake, of Hartwell, Georgia was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children, four counts of Aggravated Child Molestation, and two counts of Child Molestation. The arrest was made with assistance from the Hart County Sheriff’s Office. This arrest was the result of a GBI investigation into the possible sexual exploitation of children by Shumake via an online service.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Norcross

Norcross, GA (April 7, 2020) – On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 1:25 a.m., troopers attempted to stop a vehicle driving with no headlights.  The vehicle failed to stop and led troopers to a dead-end near the 1600 block of Indian Brook Way in Norcross.