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Clermont, GA (February 25, 2021) – On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed a search warrant at 7058 Britt Gailey Rd, Clermont, GA as the result of a four-month investigation. ARDEO was assisted by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the White County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Cleveland, GA (February 25, 2021) – On February 17, 2021, Mary Pamela Clay, 60, of Cleveland, GA was arrested following a two-month-long drug investigation. Clay was arrested and charged with Trafficking of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Also assisting with the investigation were the White County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Thomasville, GA (February 25, 2021) – On February 15, 2021, at approximately 12:25 p.m., the GBI was requested to assist the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office with an investigation regarding a fight between multiple inmates that took place in the Thomas County Jail.
Through multiple interviews of involved inmates, jail staff, and other witnesses, charges were brought against those identified to be involved. Jail staff quickly secured the other inmates, segregated those fighting, and stopped the fight from continuing. Medical aid was rendered to those that required it with one transported to an area hospital with more severe, non-life-threatening injuries.
Rome, GA (February 24, 2021) – On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, seven Floyd County Jail inmates were charged for physically and sexually assaulting another inmate in the jail in December 2020. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office contacted the GBI to investigate immediately after the incident was reported to them on December 18, 2020. All seven are alleged to be members of the Ghostface Gangsters criminal street gang. During the investigation, one of the inmates under investigation threatened the life of the victim resulting in additional charges
Hartwell, GA (February 23, 2021) – On Monday, February 22, 2021, the GBI and the Hartwell Police Department arrested Brittany Traneese Stowers, age 30, of Hartwell, for the murder of Jermaine Edward Maxwell, age 39, of Hartwell.
At approximately 7:00 P.M., GBI agents were requested to investigate an incident involving a man, later identified as Maxwell, who had been discovered with a single gunshot wound and unresponsive inside a residence in the City of Hartwell. Police and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene, and Maxwell was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Kingsland, GA (February 23, 2021) – On Monday, February 22, 2021, former Camden County Middle School teacher Steven Rayle, 58, of Waverly, Georgia, was arrested on four counts of Sexual Battery, O.C.G.A 16-6-22.1 (felony).
On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested to assist the Kingsland Police Department after a report was filed alleging sexual misconduct by Rayle against students. These incidents occurred since school resumed in January 2021 after Christmas break and during the performance of his job at Camden Middle School.
Washington, GA (February 19, 2021) – On February 19, 2021, at approximately 9:00 AM, former Washington-Wilkes High School Athletic Director Tony Christopher (TC) Jay turned himself in at the Wilkes County Jail following an eight-month investigation by the GBI. Jay, 33 years old, of Ellijay, Georgia was charged with Sexual Assault by Persons with Supervisory or Disciplinary Authority.
Athens, GA (February 18, 2021) – On Thursday, February 18, 2021, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the GBI was requested by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting.
Decatur, GA (February 16, 2021) - On Monday, February 15, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting.
Eastman, GA (February 9, 2021) - On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Corneilous Smith, age 22 of Alamo, and Carl Ivey Jr., age 30 of Eastman, were charged with murder and aggravated assault (2 counts). The charges stem from the December 30, 2020 drive-by shooting in the Sunset Community that caused the death of Demonte J. Ivey and injuries to Alize Lampkin. Ivey, Jr. was taken into custody at the Eastman Police Department and subsequently transported to the Dodge County Law Enforcement Center for booking. Smith was already incarcerated at the time of his arrest on unrelated charges. This was a joint investigation between the GBI and Eastman Police Department.
If anyone has information please contact the Eastman GBI Office at 478-374-6988 or the Eastman Police Department at 478-374-7788. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.
Eastman, GA – On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Eastman Field Office was requested by the Eastman Police Department to assist with a shooting that occurred on Lee Avenue, Eastman, Georgia. At approximately 2:51 p.m., two people were shot in an area known as the Sunset Community. Both victims were transported by private vehicles to Dodge County Hospital for medical treatment. Demonte J. Ivey, 22, of Eastman, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The second victim, Alize Lampkin, 23, of Eastman, was treated for his injuries and is expected to recover.