Spalding County Man Charged for Sexual Exploitation of Children

Griffin, GA (May 13, 2022) – On Thursday, May 5, 2022, Brandon Smith, age 29, of Spalding County, Georgia, was charged with 2 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) and 2 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit.

The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Smith’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession of images depicting child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The investigation led to a search warrant at Smith’s residence in Spalding County, Georgia, and his subsequent arrest.  Smith was found in Jasper County, Georgia, at the time of his arrest, but was directly taken to the Spalding County Jail.  The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this case.   

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Decatur County

Decatur County, GA (May 12, 2022) –  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Decatur County, Georgia that happened at 2729 lot 22, Belcher Lane, Bainbridge, GA. The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on May 11, 2022. No officers were injured during the incident.

At around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Decatur County Sheriff's Deputies Tim Fowler, Vontrail Fletcher, and Roderick Murphy responded to a complaint of a man with a gun in Wright's Mobile Home Park on Old Whigham Road.

GBI Arrests Former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy in Use of Force Investigation

Jackson County, GA (May 12, 2022) - On May 12, 2022, the GBI arrested former Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy John Pursley, 53, of Jefferson, and charged him with two counts of simple assault and one count of violation of oath of public officer.  Pursley turned himself into the Jackson County Jail without incident. 

GBI Investigates Death in Winder

5/11/22 Update:

Miguel Martinez is in custody.  He is booked at the Barrow County Detention Center

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Winder, GA (May 9, 2022) – Police need your help locating Miguel Martinez, age 54, of Winder, GA. Martinez is wanted for felony murder, aggravated assault, and theft by taking (motor vehicle) in connection to the death of David Wolfe, age 69, of Winder. The Winder Police Department requested the GBI investigate Wolfe’s death on May 7, 2022.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Tucker

Tucker, GA (May 10, 2022) - The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Tucker, GA. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DKSO) asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on May 9, following a shooting incident that occurred at a Publix grocery store.

Decatur County Couple Arrested for Felony Murder and Cruelty to Children

Bainbridge, GA (May 9, 2022) –  Chadwick Lee Smith and Chavonne Alice McGinness were arrested for Felony Murder and 2nd Degree Felony Cruelty to Children at their home on May 3, 2002, and booked into the Decatur County Jail.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (May 9, 2022) –  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Irwin County Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking and Weapon Charges

Ocilla, GA (May 6, 2022) – On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office, Southcentral Drug Task Force, Irwin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia Department of Corrections conducted a joint investigation into the actions of Reginald Eugene Ford, age 48, of Ocilla, GA. Ford was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

GBI Makes Arrest in Mortgage Closing Fraud Investigation

Decatur, GA (May 6, 2022) – Georgia Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Center agents arrested Stella Mae Zebic, age 42, of Brookhaven on April 28, 2022. Zebic is charged with felony theft by taking and was taken to the DeKalb County Jail. The investigation was conducted in coordination with the Cyber Fraud Task Force of the Georgia Office of the Attorney General, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, and the FBI Atlanta Cyber Task Force.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (May 4, 2022) –  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on May 4, following a shooting that occurred at Roasters located at 2770 Lenox Road in Atlanta. One man has died. No officers were injured during the incident.