Glynn County Police offer $5K reward, ask for photos, video related to 18-year-old’s murder
The Glynn County Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of 18-year-old Amondrick Tijuane Roberts.
Glynn County Police Department holds Q&A for top cop candidate
The department in question is the same police agency that responded to the Ahmaud Arbery shooting. It came under criticism after it did not make an arrest nor did it ask for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations to take over the investigation after realizing one of the accused, Gregory McMichael, was a former police officer within the same department.
Glynn County married couple won’t be prosecuted in 2018 murder
Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Keith Higgins has told Glynn County Superior Court he has dropped a murder charge against Akeem Brown in the March 2018 shooting death of Corley “CJ” Proctor and murder and conspiracy charges against Brown’s wife, Tiffany Brown, according to the Brunswick News.
Community group to have a say in selecting Glynn County’s new police chief
GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. – Ever since Glynn County Police Chief Jay Wiggins announced he was resigning last month, the search has been on for the county’s next top cop. The commission is a group made up of local pastors, business owners, and stakeholders within Glynn County. In a statement, he said:Ad“Our meeting with members of Community First Planning Commission was productive and enlightening. He also pointed to incidents in Glynn County that have received negative national coverage and says they do not reflect the community at large. “We’re here to say, that’s not our community,” West said.
Former chief named special advisor for Glynn County Police Department
GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. – The Glynn County Board of Commissioners approved a six-month contract with former chief Carl Alexander to become a special advisor to the Board of Commissioners on matters relating to the Glynn County Police Department. Alexander, who served as Glynn County Chief of Police for 15 years until 2002, will assist the commissioners in a search for a new Police Chief and help the embattled department achieve accreditation. Glynn County officers were also the first to investigate the February slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man fatally shot while he was being chased by three white men in a neighborhood just outside of Brunswick. Glynn County Interim Chief of Police Rick Evans will continue his role in maintaining the day to day operations of the department. I am honored to be working with a true legend of Glynn County law enforcement,” Evans said.
Glynn County police search for man accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend
GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. – The Glynn County Police Department is searching for a man suspected of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend. According to investigators, William Bolin took Katy Morine from a Brunswick home Wednesday morning. KIDNAPPING UPDATE Katelyn "Katy" Morine has been located and is now safe. The investigation continues, as William Bolin is still on the run. "And I couldn’t do anything.”According to the Police Department, Bolin has a history of domestic abuse.
Glynn County police adds new K9 officers
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Glynn County has some new K9 members of the police department. Glynn County police said it has been a while since it has had K9s and it’s now revamping the program. Glynn County police has 3 new K9s. Yesterday GCPD trained with Camden County Sheriffs Office to give the dogs different environment, sights, & smells. Today, the Glynn County Police K-9 team had their training in Camden County, GA. Lead by Sergeant E. Koenig, Officers M.... Posted by Glynn County Police Department on Thursday, October 15, 2020Yesterday’s training was at the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.
Community agencies hold collective drive-thru Halloween event
GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. – The Glynn County Police Department is hosting a drive-thru Halloween event on October 30th. It’s happening from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm at its' headquarters at 157 Carl Alexander Way. The county police along with other local agencies, including the Georgia State Patrol, Glynn County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, Brunswick 911 Center, Animal County, Brunswick Police Department, and Fire Department will be hosting a candy and car seat check drive-thru. Those wanting to attend are asked to remain inside their car. There will be one line for a car seat check and another line for candy.
Glynn County Police Department’s use of force under spotlight
– The Glynn County Police Department held a virtual town hall Tuesday night to discuss the agency’s use of force policy. The meeting took place from 6 to 7 p.m. and could be accessed through the Glynn County Police Department’s Facebook page or Glynn County’s government YouTube page. The town hall was the latest move to increase public trust after a series of notorious cases involving Glynn County Police Department employees or former employees. After those indictments, an advisory panel was created to review the Glynn County Police Department’s use of force policy entirely. Last month, the advisory panel released several recommendations including a revision of the use of force policy and additional training for officers.
Advisory panel recommends changes for Glynn County Police Department
At a rally Tuesday morning, activists said they want a Citizen Review Board to handle complaints against the police department and make recommendations to the county commission about how to hold officers accountable. The panel also wants the department to have regular meetings with The Community Leaders Group. The recommendations come after a judge ruled last week that voters cannot vote on a planned referendum that could have abolished the Glynn County Police Department altogether. The Brunswick News reported that the Glynn County Supervisor of Elections said the board will not appeal the decision. Efforts to abolish the Glynn County Police Department were motivated by a series of scandals, including the deaths of three people who died in shootings involving one Glynn County officer.
Glynn County Police Department vote ruled unconstitutional
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A Georgia judge ruled Friday that a referendum the legislature added to the November ballot asking voters if they wanted to abolish the Glynn County Police Department is unconstitutional. While the Glynn County Board of Elections or the Georgia Secretary of State could appeal the ruling, there the deadline to add or remove items to the Glynn County ballot is Friday. “The county has prevailed and we felt very confident that we would,” Glynn County Commission Vice Chairman Bill Brunson told The Brunswick News. SB 38 allows the state to abolish a county police department if the voters choose to do so, and SB 509 contains the wording of a binding referendum on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department and transferring the agency’s operations and assets to the Glynn County sheriff. This lawsuit also does not seek to question the ability of the current Sheriff to provide law enforcement services in Glynn County.”READ: Glynn County lawsuitEfforts to abolish the Glynn County Police Department were motivated by a series of scandals, including the deaths of three people who died in shootings involving one Glynn County officer.
Embattled Glynn County Police Department gets new chief
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A new permanent police chief has been named to lead an embattled department on the Georgia coast that’s facing possible disbandment by voters. Jay Wiggins has served as interim chief of the Glynn County Police Department since his predecessor was indicted on criminal charges in late February. How long Wiggins remains chief may depend on voters. Glynn County commissioners have filed suit to stop the vote, saying it violates their constitutional authority to provide police protection for residents. A few days after the Arbery shooting, then-Chief John Powell was indicted along with three former high-ranking Glynn County officers on charges that they ignored an officer consorting with a drug dealer.
Lawsuit challenges laws allowing voters to decide fate of Glynn County Police Department
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The Glynn County Board of Commissioners on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of two laws green-lighting a vote on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department. The laws in question are Senate Bills 38 and 509, which were passed by the Georgia General Assembly in June and signed by Gov. SB 38 allows the state to abolish a county police department if the voters choose to do so, and SB 509 contains the wording of a binding referendum on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department and transferring the agency’s operations and assets to the Glynn County sheriff. According to the county, under SB 38 and SB 509, county assets would be transferred through “an unlawful referendum and election process,” which the county says would be a violation of the Georgia Constitution and state election law. “This lawsuit does not seek to litigate any question related to the merits of abolishing the Glynn County Police Department, or the reasons that motivated the passage and enactment of these bills.
Georgia investigator saves injured hawk struck by vehicle
GLYNN COUNTY, Fla. – A Glynn County Police Department investigator -- who happens to be a licensed falconer -- rescued a hawk on Tuesday after it was struck by a vehicle. The police department said the red-tailed hawk was eating a meal when it was injured. Luckily for the large bird, investigator Lowrey’s “unique talents” were put to use and he handled the hawk safely and transported it to a rehabilitation center so it can recover, the department said. The Facebook post did not include the investigator’s first name. Investigator Lowrey is also attached to GCPD’s Special Response Team.
Georgia voters will decide fate of Glynn County Police Department
GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. Georgia voters will soon have a say on abolishing the scandal-plagued Glynn County Police Department thats been talked about for months. Brian Kemp has vetoed a bill that allows another bill to move forward to put the referendum on the November ballot. The bill that was vetoed -- Senate Bill 504 -- would create a nonbinding advisory referendum on whether to abolish the department and hand its law enforcement responsibilities back to the elected county sheriff in unincorporated parts of the coastal Georgia county. If approved, the binding referendum in Senate Bill 509 would automatically abolish the Glynn County Police Department and transfer the functions and assets of the department to the Sheriff of Glynn County. Because the presence of two similar ballot questions could lead to voter confusion, I veto Senate Bill 504.According to the bill, the stronger, binding referendum will be put before voters on Election Day.
Police: Woman dies after Brunswick shooting; 2 in custody
A woman died after a shooting over the weekend in Brunswick, and two men are now in custody, authorities said Thursday. Officers were on patrol shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday when they heard gunshots coming from a strip mall along Altama Avenue, according to the Glynn County Police Department. Police said they issued arrest warrants charging Jamar and Jeremiah Herrington with aggravated assault. Jeremiah Herrington, 26, was booked Saturday into the Glynn County jail, and Jamar Herrington, 27, was booked Wednesday into the jail, records show. Following Bacon’s death, according to the Police Department, the aggravated assault arrest warrants have been upgraded to murder.
Voters could get say on abolishing Glynn County police
ATLANTA – A bill to let local voters decide whether to abolish the scandal-plagued Glynn County Police Department has gone to Gov. Glynn County commissioners oppose both measures, saying two local Republican lawmakers are trying to help their political ally, Sheriff Neal Jump. A Glynn County narcotics officer was found to have been having sex with two confidential informants. Glynn County Chairman Mike Browning and most of his fellow commissioners have stood by the department nevertheless. If voters, in the end, do decide to vote in favor of abolishing the Glynn County Police Department, the transition into a sheriff’s office would begin.
Voters could decide to abolish Glynn County Police Department in November
Senate Bill 504 calls for a referendum to be added to the November ballot, allowing voters to decide if the Glynn County Board of Commissioners should abolish the Glynn County Police Department. For that reason, Ligon feels the department's future should be left to Glynn County voters. As things currently stand, the Glynn County Sheriffs Office is in charge of jail operations, courthouse security, etc. If this bill passed and voters decided to abolish the Glynn County police department, the sheriff's office would then take over investigative responsibilities once held by the police department. News4Jax waited several days for the Glynn County Police Department to return requests for comment on this story.
Attorney: Release of bodycam videos seeks to criminalize Ahmaud Arbery
Old police body camera videos of run-ins with Ahmaud Arbery have been released by the Glynn County Police Department -- a move that is drawing sharp criticism from attorneys who say the videos are irrelevant and seek to criminalize Arbery. More than two weeks after the two were arrested, the focus has shifted to Arbery past history with law enforcement. The officer searched Arbery for weapons and called for a second police officer to assist him after Arbery curses. Arbery told officers at first he didnt know what television they were talking about and later told them he had a receipt. Latoya Williams Shelton, a Jacksonville defense attorney, believes the videos will likely be prevented from being shown to trial.
Glynn County cop who asked homeowner to report trespassers to a neighbor was disciplined before
Officers on the scene, including Rash, failed to arrest Sasser for what then-police Chief John Powell later called clear criminal violations." A text message from Larry English, the construction site owner's, phone from December suggests Gregory McMichael was deputized prior to the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. At 9:40 a.m. on Dec. 20, Rash replied to English: Your neighbor at 229 Satilla Drive is Greg McMichael. According to the human resources office for Glynn County, Rash is still an active employee with the county. The county spokesman did say that stories about the text between their officer and Greg McMichael back in December surprised them.
Text suggests Gregory McMichael was deputized before Ahmaud Arbery shooting
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A photo of a text message is the newest piece of information News4Jax has uncovered regarding the Ahmaud Arbery investigation. The photo prompts more questions about what was happening in that Satilla Shores neighborhood before Arbery was shot and killed. The photo shows a text message from an Officer Rash with the Glynn County Police Department telling Larry English to contact Gregory McMichael, his neighbor on Satilla Drive, if English saw any action on his surveillance camera. English’s attorney Beth Graddy told News4Jax this text message dates back to last year. “It appears that Gregory McMichael had been informally ‘deputized’ by the Glynn County Police Department.”Its unclear when McMichael was deputized or why.
I-TEAM: Controversial Glynn County cases back under the microscope
The U.S. Department of Justice has another request to investigate the Glynn County Police Department and the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office. Other controversial cases in Glynn County are now coming back under the microscope. I-TEAM: Arbery case not the 1st time Glynn County law enforcement hesitated to arrest one of their ownCaroline Small, Katie Kettles-Sasser and Johnny Edward Hall Jr. all died in shootings involving one Glynn County police officer. The 35-year-old mother was unarmed and pinned in when she was shot through her windshield by officers with the Glynn County Police Department. Cory Sasser (Glynn County Sheriff's Office)The Police Department fired Sasser on May 24, 2018, following an internal investigation.
Grand jury review recommended as video emerges of fatal shooting of unarmed black man
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A Hinesville district attorney on Tuesday recommended that a grand jury review the fatal February shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, who friends say was killed while jogging in a suburban Brunswick neighborhood. RELATED: Fatal shooting of unarmed black man sparks large protest in Brunswick neighborhoodBrunswick radio station WGIG published the “graphic, disturbing” video that reportedly shows the incident on Tuesday afternoon. Travis McMichael, who appears to be standing outside the parked truck, and Arbery then become engaged in a struggle over what looks to be a shotgun. It’s not clear in the video who fired the fatal shots, but the shooter’s father told police that Travis McMichael fired two shots, killing Arbery. Travis McMichael fired two shots, killing Arbery, they told police.
2nd arrest made after Customs & Border Protection trainee killed on St. Simons Island
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – A second arrest has been made after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection trainee was shot and killed about 12:30 a.m. Sunday outside Rafters in downtown St. Simons Island, authorities said. The Glynn County Police Department said an altercation began inside the bar on Mallery Street. According to police, the victim, identified as 37-year-old CBP trainee Wolf Valmond, was struck twice and later died of his injuries. Police said Jenkins was arrested and booked into the Glynn County jail on a charge of murder. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with Valmond’s family, friends and fellow classmates during this difficult time,” the CBP spokesperson said.
Man arrested after Customs & Border Protection trainee shot, killed outside bar on St. Simons Island
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – A man was arrested after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection trainee was shot and killed about 12:30 a.m. Sunday outside Rafters in downtown St. Simons Island, authorities said. The Glynn County Police Department said an altercation began inside the music and pool hall on Mallery Street and then two men then went outside, where the suspect, 27-year-old Calvin Jenkins, got a firearm from a car and began shooting. Police said the victim was shot twice and began running toward Mallery Street and Ocean Boulevard. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with Valmond’s family, friends and fellow classmates during this difficult time,” a CBP spokesperson said. Jenkins was arrested and booked into the Glynn County jail on a charge of murder.
Glynn County police arrest kidnapping suspect
GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. - Less than two hours after asking the public to be on the lookout for a man wanted on kidnapping charges, Glynn Count police announced he'd been arrested. The Glynn County Police Department said Javier Sanchez Mendoza is facing a kidnapping charge under the Family Violence Act. They did not release any details about the case, because it "is still an active investigation." Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.