GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Greenville, GA

Greenville, GA (May 16,2020) – On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Greenville Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 7:18 p.m., a female resident at an address on Tobe Harris Street, Greenville, GA called 911 and reported that a shirtless male was in her yard waiving a gun around towards her. The male subsequently took off running towards Martin Street.

Two Arrested in McDuffie County on Reckless Conduct & Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree Charges

Warrenton, GA (May 15, 2020) – On May 15th, 2020, the GBI  arrested Terry Kelley Jr, age 28, and Clarice Fife, age 31, both of Dearing, GA, and charged them with Reckless Conduct and Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree. Kelley and Fife were processed at the McDuffie County jail in Thomson, GA.  

On Friday, March 13th, 2020, at approximately 9:13 PM, the GBI was requested to assist the Warren County Sheriff’s Office with a shooting investigation at 1872 Ranger Road, Warrenton, GA, 30828.

Hall County Man Arrested on Charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children

Gainesville, GA (May 16, 2020) – On Friday, May 15, 2020, Billy Eller, 43, of Gainesville, GA, was charged by agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit for two counts of Possession of Child Pornography and two counts of Distribution of Child Pornography. These charges were obtained as a result of an investigation conducted by the GBI and Homeland Security Investigations regarding the possible possession and distribution of child pornography by Eller via a popular social media application. Homeland Security Investigations was initially notified of the possible possession and distribution of child pornography by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). 

Clayton County Man Arrested on Sexual Exploitation of Children Charges

Forest Park, GA (May 15, 2020) – On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Joshua Mapson, 24, of Forest Park, GA, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children. The arrest was made with assistance from the Clayton County Police Department and Lilburn Police Department. This arrest came after an investigation was conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the possible sexual exploitation of children by Mapson via an online service.

Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation Leads to One Arrest in Butts County

Decatur, GA (May 15, 2020) – On Friday, May 15, 2020, agents and digital forensic investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC), with the assistance of the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at the residence of Michael David Miller, 58, in Jackson, Butts County, GA. The search warrant was related to an investigation pertaining to the online sexual exploitation of children. As a result of the investigation, Miller was arrested and charged with five counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Bestiality.  

Miller is currently being held at the Butts County Jail.

Registered Sex Offender Arrested on Charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children in Burke County

Waynesboro, GA. – On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, registered sex offender William Thomas Voss, 37, of Waynesboro, GA, was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, on an active warrant for one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography). An investigation into Voss by the GBI began after information was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possible upload and possession of child pornography by Voss to a social media application. 

GBI Arrests Ware County Jailer on Battery & Violation of Oath of Office Charges

Ware County, GA (May 15, 2020) – On Friday, May 15, 2020, the GBI arrested Ware County Jailer Larry David Ross III, age 23, on charges of Violation of Oath of Office and Battery.

The GBI was requested by the Ware County Sheriff’s Office to investigate allegations that Ross assaulted Ware County Jail inmate Devante Shaquil Wells of Waycross.  Wells was arrested earlier today on charges of criminal trespass and battery stemming from an incident this morning.

Ross will be booked into the Ware County Jail.  He has worked at the jail for less than 2 years.

This case is being investigated by our Douglas (Region 4) Office.  The investigation is active and ongoing

Two Arrested During Drug Investigation Search Warrant in Albany

Albany, GA (May 14, 2020) – On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office, GBI Special Enforcement Team, Albany Gang Unit, and Georgia State Patrol executed search and arrest warrants at 520 9th Avenue in Albany as part of an ongoing investigation.

Walker County Man Arrested for Child Sexual Exploitation

Decatur, GA (May 13, 2020) – On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the residence of Damon Scarlett, 30, in LaFayette, Walker County, GA. The search warrant was related to an investigation pertaining to the online sexual exploitation of children. As a result of the investigation, Scarlett was arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography, Creation/Distribution of Child Pornography, and Child Molestation. Scarlett is currently being held at the Walker County Jail.

Theft Investigation: Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority

Bibb County, GA (May 13, 2020) – On March 2, 2020, Attorney General Chris Carr requested that the GBI Perry Office investigate allegations of theft, forgery, and false statements involving the Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority. 

At this time, the primary focus of the GBI investigation will be the three companies used to complete work for the Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority.