Press Releases

Indictment Returned on 1986 Murder

December 11, 2008

DAWSONVILLE - Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh announced today that the Dawson County Grand Jury has indicted Manford Bruenn for the March 1986 murder of Donald Wade Smith.

Multi-jurisdictional Stolen Truck Ring Busted

December 9, 2008

MACON COUNTY: The GBI and Houston County Sheriff’s Office culminated a yearlong investigation today by serving search warrants and arrest warrants at a Macon County trucking company.   The trucking company is located at 2524 Drayton Road, Montezuma, Ge

Arrest of former Madison County Deputy Clerk

December 5, 2008

ATHENS - On Friday, December 5, 2008, Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Athens arrested former Madison County Deputy Clerk Melinda Watson Spence charging her with one felony count of Theft by Taking in excess of $80,000.00 of Madison C

Lee County Woman Missing - Possible Kidnapping

November 27, 2008

LEESBURG-   The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are seeking the public’s help in connection with the disappearance of a 28-year-old Leesburg woman.  Christy Maria Jackson of


October 31, 2008

PEARSON- An arrest has been made in the murder of a female in Pearson, Ga. The GBI obtained a felony murder warrant for Rashaad Maurice Bester, 26 YOA, of Douglas, Georgia. Bester was taken into custody without incident at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Woman's Body Found in Pearson

October 27, 2008

PEARSON- On Sunday, October 26, 2008, at approximately 12:07 p.m., Tri-County 911 received a call from an unknown female in reference to a body on the side of the road in Pearson, Ga.

Pearson Police Officer Arrested

October 8, 2008

PEARSON-On Friday October 3, 2008, the Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office and GBI arrested Pearson Police Officer Robert Julian “R.J.” Bennett, 28 years of age.