Toombs County Sheriff's Office deputies and Georgia Department of Corrections officals are looking for a man who escaped from a moving prison van in the are of highway 178 on Monday. Michael James Walden, who is currently serving time for burglary. He is about 5'6" tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has on blue jeans and a blue T-shirt. Walden was still cuffed and shakled at the time. If you have seen this man, please contact law enforcement.
Two men are under arrest for the beating death of a Toombs County man. Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight says 22-year-old James Douglas Franklin of 171-B Lindsay Avenue in Lyons and his 18-year-old cousin, James Dylon NeSmith of the same address are charged with the felony murder of 51-year-old Barry Benton at his residence October 1. Sheriff Kight says a tip led to the arrests.
"We arrested James Douglas Franklin and brought him in for questioning. Later a search warrant was done on his residence and the search revealed evidence from the Benton murder case. At that time, we brought in three of his relatives and later two were released and James Dylan NeSmith was arrested. They both are charged with felony murder," the sheriff said.
Sheriff Kight believes Benton was sleeping in the bedroom of his mobile home when he was awakened by the two men breaking into his house to commit burglary. According to the Sheriff, there was a struggle and Benton was killed by blunt force trauma to the back of his head.
"I'm glad we could bring some closure to the Benton family in this case. It's been a tough case to work and without citizens help and the police working together, we couldn't have solved this case," he said.
"I'd like to thank the Toombs County Sheriff's Department Patrol and Investigation Division and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents from Region 12 for all the many hours and hard work they put in solving this case," the Sheriff said.
Arraignment for Franklin and NeSmith is expected Monday morning in Toombs County Superior Court.
The two men accused of murdering 51-year-old Barry Benton of Toombs County had their first appearance hearing Monday morning before Superior Court Judge Kathy Palmer at the Toombs County courthouse in Lyons.
Sheriff Junior Kight reports the two are being held without bond and discussed their need for public defenders with the judge.
The Sheriff also said the two have admitted to being in Benton's mobile home the night of the murder.
"That's true. They did admit being there. I can't go any further than that, but they did admit being there," the sheriff said.
Sheriff Kight believes the two burglarized a nearby cabin owned by the Benton family before breaking into Barry Benton's mobile home.
"It was probably out there that Barry was a hunter and a guide and they probably thought there were guns and money in the trailer. I think they went there with the intentions to do whatever they had to do to burglarize the house. They were ready for whatever happened," he said. Sheriff Kight says some items were taken from Benton's trailer but would not comment on what they were.
Franklin (left) NeSmith (right)
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, the Toombs County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 12 and the District Attorney's Office is investigating the case. Barry Benton, age 51, was found deceased this morning at his residence on Highway 280 in Toombs County. At this time there is no more information to give out on this case. As soon as more information is available, we will update.
According to Sheriff Kight, the investigation of the death of Barry Benton has been updated to a Homicide. The case continues to be under investigation. We are asking if anyone has any information regarding this investigation please call the Toombs County Sheriff's Office at (912) 526-6778 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (478) 374-6988.
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According to Sheriff (Junior) Kight, in the past week, one or more suspects have used counterfeit $50.00 bills to pay for an item at local stores. Usually the cost of the purchased item is just a couple of dollars, allowing the counterfeiter to receive a large amount of real currency as change.
Investigators from the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office are following leads to wrap up these cases as quickly as possible. Sheriff Kight advises to always be aware and be on the lookout for suspicious transactions and report them to the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday afternoon, sheriff Kight reports that earlier today, at about 11:30 AM, a single vehicle crash claimed the life of a local woman, Marsha Johnson of Uvalda, who was a passenger in the Oldsmobile vehicle that left the roadway and struck a tree. Ms Johnson and the other 2 occupants were transported to Meadows Regional Hospital. The crash is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol, Reidsville post and the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 911 received a call and Deputies responded to Taylor Road in south Toombs County. They found thirty-seven-year old Tara Taylor suffering from a cut in her throat area. Investigation revealed that her boyfriend, Andrew Leon Patterson, forty-one-year-old, black male, had cut the victim and fled the scene.
Upon further investigation it is believed that Patterson fled to Florida and warrants have been secured.
Ms. Taylor was transferred to a hospital in Savannah and is reported in stable condition.
On january 14, 2015, sheriff Alvie Kight announced that after an Investigation by the Eastman office of the Georgia bureau of Investigation and middle judicial circuit district attorney Hayward Altman, local attorney Wilson Smith was arrested and placed in the Toombs county detention center awaiting an appearance before a Superior court judge. Mr. Smith was charged with forgery in the 3rd Degree, forgery in the 1st degree, and theft by conversion. The investigation is being conducted by the Georgia bureau of Investigation and middle judicial circuit district attorney’s office.
If you had a case that has already been settled and Wilson Smith represented you and you would like to know if you received the right amount of money for the settlement, you need to go to the Clerk of Court in the county where the lawsuit was filed and the Clerk of Court can pull it up and tell you how much was actually paid. If you feel you did not receive the amount you should have you can call Kendall Gross at 912-685-4619.
If you have an ongoing case that has not been settled you can call Kendall Gross at the number above.
Sheriff Kight reports that on August 7, 2014, a 62 yoa white male, Steve Campbell on a Lyons, Ga. address was arrested and charged with 7 counts pertaining to molestation of a 14 YOA female that was a family friend. Charges include 2 cts. of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation, sodomy, statutory rape, and enticing a child for indecent purposes. These charges were brought after an investigation by the Toombs County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Campbell remains in the Toombs County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
According to Toombs County Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, James Earl Brown, III, forty-four-year-old black male of 405 Bay Street, Vidalia, was arrested today on charges stemming from an accident that occurred on U. S. 1, south, in February of this year that resulted in the death of two Toombs County high school students.
Brown is being charged with two counts of Homicide by Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence, and several other charges.
He will appear before a judge for a bond hearing at a later date.
Two men who put their lives on the line every day were honored at the April meeting of the Toombs County Commissioners for going above and beyond the call of duty last Tuesday night.
Toombs County Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., presented commendations to Deputy Robert Wiggs and Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jeffrey Taylor, noting “These men saved a life in a stressful, life-threatening situation,” said Sheriff Kight. “These two officers put their own lives in danger to save a life.”
According to Sheriff Kight, on January 25 of this year, which on routine patrol Deputy Wiggs and Trooper Taylor responded to an assistance call from the Lyons Fire Department in regards to a structure fire at 166 East McNatt Road in Lyons. Deputy Wiggs and Trooper Taylor entered the residence but were unable to locate anyone, and were forced out of the building during to heavy smoke.
“Deputy Wiggs thought that he heard someone inside, and reentered the resident,” Sheriff Kight said. “He could not find anyone before having to exit the home again due to smoke. After finding a blue jean jacket and wrapping it around his face, Deputy Wiggs again entered the building and found Mr. Jimmy Ramsey on a bed. He attempted to pull him out by his belt loops.”
Meanwhile, Trooper Taylor was attempting to put the fire out using a fire extinguisher without success. The belt loops that Deputy Wiggs was trying to use to pull Ramsey to safety gave way and broke.
“Deputy Wiggs was forced back outside, but he returned to the residence and got Mr. Ramsey by the legs and pulled him from the residence to safety,” Sheriff Kight said. “It is my opinion that the life of Jimmy Ramsey was saved by the direct actions of Deputy Wiggs and Trooper Taylor. Deputy Wiggs and Trooper Taylor went above and beyond in their efforts to save a citizen from sure death.”
The two law enforcement officers were presented Toombs County Lifesaver Awards by the Sheriff for their heroic actions.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on April 3rd, 2014, a search warrant was served at 561 Ponderosa Road, Lyons. Those arrested were Ronnie Wayne Hackle Sr, forty-three-year old male, and Betty Michelle Brantley, forty-one-year old female, both of 561 Ponderosa Road, Lyons, and were charged with Manufacture of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine.
Those assisting in the arrest were Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and South Eastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, two Toombs County High School students were killed after their car collided with a log truck late Sunday afternoon on Highway One about a half-mile north of Toombs Central Elementary School.
According to Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight, 19-year-old Amber Mosley, a senior, and her sister 16-year-old Mary Beth Mosley, a sophomore, at Toombs County High School, were traveling south and the log truck was heading north.
“It looks like the log truck lost control and crossed into their path. He ran off the road there and it looked like it kind of jack-knifed and the trailer kind of came sideways and crossed the road right there in front of them. The vehicle was just demolished. It’s the worst vehicle I’ve seen like that in a long time in a wreck” Sheriff Kight said.
According to Sheriff Kight, the girls had been to see their mother in Register and were returning to their father’s home in Cedar Crossing when the accident happened.
The driver of the log truck was not injured.
The investigation is being conducted by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol.
Sheriff Kight would like to thank Toombs County Rural Fire Department, EMS and EMA for assisting in the accident.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on Saturday, February, 1st , the Toombs County Sheriff’s Department assisted the U.S. Marshalls in the service of a murder warrant that led to the arrest of a twenty-six-year old black male, Lavell Terrell Mucherson, of 20148 NW 38 Place, Opa Locka, FL.
Mucherson is wanted in Miami Dade Florida for 2nd Degree Murder with A Deadly Weapon which occurred on January 29, 2014, and is being held at Toombs County Detention Center awaiting extradition.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on January 14, 2014, between the hours of 8 and 9 P.M. on highway 152, at the intersection of Kelly Collins Road in Lyons, a female employee from Pizza Inn of Vidalia was making pizza delivery when she was held at gun point and robbed by 3 white males.
One was a juvenile from Toombs County, along with twenty-year-old, Seth White from Emanuel County, and thirty-one-year Daniel Longton of Toombs County. All are being held and charged with Armed Robbery.
We would like to thank Emanuel County Sheriff's Office, Swainsboro Police Department, and U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force out of Savannah, for assisting in the arrest.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, the sheriff’s office is investigating the death of several dogs in the old Normantown Road area.
On Monday, November 4th, the Sheriff’s Office received reports that several dogs had died and it appeared that they had been poisoned. The reports indicated that dogs started dying on Thursday of last week.
If anyone has any information regarding these incidents or any other crimes contact the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office @ 912-526-6778.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on October 7th at approximately one A.M., E911 received a call from 1577 Lyons Center Road, in reference to a home invasion armed robbery. When deputies arrived at the scene, the victim Henry Louis Jones, seventy-four-year old black male stated that he had been robbed and beaten at gun point. Jones said Armeta Patel Griffin lured him into his bedroom and about five minutes later three black males came in and he was hit with a pistol several times, tied up and threatened with a gun. Cash, jewelry and a hand gun were taken.
Left to right- Terrance Rashed Thomas, twenty-three-year old black male of 360 East Liberty 360, Apt 2, East Liberty Ave, Lyons, Jeffery Surod Phillips Jr., twenty-year-old black male, of 361 E. Liberty Ave., Apt 3, Lyons, Tyvone Terrell Bacon, twenty-three-year old black male of 264 Cedarwood Subdivision, Uvalda, and Ameta Patel Griffin, twenty-two-year old, black female, of 347 East Wesley Ave., Lyons, were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, and False Imprisonment. Griffin was also charged with Crossing Guard Line with drugs and knife.
Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, U. S. Marshalls and the Fugitive Unit is in charge of the investigation.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on September 26, at approximately 5:45 P.M., at the Toombs County Court House, Cornelius Lornando Jackson, forty-four-year old black male of 251 West Columbia Ave., Lyons, was arrested and charged with thirteen counts of Intimidation or injury of Grand or Petit Juror or Court Officer.
Jackson’s son was on trial. When the jury returned the verdict the offender shouted out in the courtroom and the judge instructed the offender to leave the courtroom. As the offender left the court room he raised his fist at the jurors and made a threatening remark to them.
The judge ordered Jackson to be taken into custody. He was taken to the Toombs County Detention Center where he is being held without bond at this time.
District Attorney Hayward Altman states that he will not tolerate threats to the jury in the courtroom during trials.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on September 25, at approximately 1:15 P.M., Terry Lamar Mobley, twenty-two-year old black male, of 127 Back Shell, Savannah, and Larry Parnell Cokley, twenty-two-year old black male of 44 Silver Stone Circle, Savannah, were arrested after one of the Toombs County Deputies did a routine traffic stop on a vehicle that was traveling east on Highway 280. When the deputy approached the vehicle and asked the driver for his license and registration he gave the driver several different names and then driver fled the scene in the vehicle though the parking lot of Walmart and turned left onto Pete Phillips then around the pond behind STC and the driver and passenger jumped out and fled into the woods. Toombs County Sheriff’s Deputies, Georgia State Patrol, and Vidalia Police Department assisted in the search.
About ten minutes into the search one of the deputies spotted two black males running in the area of Cintas Uniforms Service on Harris Industrial Blvd. The two subjects were then apprehended. After a search of the subjects, several bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana and cocaine was found.
Mobley was taken to the Toombs County Detention and charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign, Obstruction/ Hindering a Law Enforcement Officer, and Giving of False Identity Information to a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession with Intent to Distributive, and Possession of Cocaine. Cokley was charged with Possession of Marijuana, and Obstruction/Hindering a Law Enforcement Officer.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, early Thursday morning, September 5th, 2013, two arrest were made by Toombs County Sheriff’s Deputies and Georgia State Patrol in reference to a look out from Marion County FL on a murder suspect. Issac Duwayne Sheffield, thirty-three-year old male, of 16125 SE 20th Street, Silver Springs, Florida and Mary Lee Vanorder, forty-two-year old female of, 19715 SE 91st Street, Ocklawaha, Florida were stopped on a Felony Traffic stop and were arrested on VGCSA charges and transported to Toombs County Detention Center.
On Friday 9/6/2013, the Toombs County Detention Center received warrants on Sheffield from Marion County Florida. According to Florida authorities, Sheffield was suspected of stabbing to death a seventy-two-year old man early this week. Lee was released on at $2500.00 bond and Sheffield is waiting on expedition.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, at approximately 9:00 P.M. ,on August 26, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Georgia Highway 178 East, and was taken to Meadows Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
The driver of the vehicle was Rodney Morris and the victim was Michael Forrest McClure, thirty-six-year old white male of 160 CW Driggers Road, Lyons.
Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol are in charge of the investigation.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on August 25, 2013, Toombs County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested four subjects and charged them with Criminal Damage to Property after they were caught running through crop fields and damaging the crops. The deputies responded to a call on Sunday morning and found the four subjects in the back of a field owned by Stanley Farms. When deputies arrived on the scene they were bogged down.
They were also charged with doing damage at the Page property on Center Road.
The subjects charged were twenty-one-year old female, Vivian Samantha Hernandez of 250 Green Oak Road, Lyons, Joseph Devin Moore, Twenty-one-year old male, of 217 Rushing Drive, Lyons, Deonte OBrian Dasher, twenty-two-year old male, of 404 Randolph Drive, Vidalia, and Jonathan Kucera, twenty-three-year old male, of Vidalia Inn, Vidalia.
Toombs County Sheriff’s office is in charge of the investigation.
According to sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on May 25, 2013, just before midnight, 18 year old Tanner Williams died after a two vehicle accident that happened on Lyons Center Road. According to the Georgia State Patrol, a car was passing William's truck when the two vehicles ran together. The collision caused Williams' vehicle to spin out of control and overturn. He was thrown from the truck. A passenger, Cody Williams was not seriously injured. The driver of the other vehicle, 18 year old Sara Chapman of Ailey, GA and her three passengers were not hurt. Trooper Denny Gardner says none of the people were wearing seat belts. Georgia State Patrol is in charge of the investigation.
According to Sheriff Alvie (Junior) Kight, on May 20, 2013, two arrests were made in connection vandalism of mail boxes that occurred earlier this month on several roads in Toombs County.
After an investigation by the Toombs County Sheriff's Office, Roderick Blair Barwick, seventeen-year-old male, from 1307 Center Drive, Vidalia, and Jessie Hall James, eighteen-year-old white male, from 1396 Dell Corner Road, Lyons, were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.
If your mailbox was damaged on May 10th or 11th, please contact the Toombs County Sheriff at 526-6778.
According to Toombs County Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., the Toombs County Sheriff's Office received a call on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from Meadows Regional Memorial Hospital in Vidalia, saying they had a gunshot victim that had been brought to the Emergency Room by a vehicle. Toombs County Deputy was dispatched to the ER to investigate the incident. The deputy found a twenty-one-year old white male Michael Andrew Hester, had been shot in the abdomen.
At this time deputies were trying to find where the incident occurred. The deputies located where they thought the incident occurred on Joe Wolfe Road. An old barn was found and appeared that someone was living there. The officer saw smoke and smelled a strong odor coming from the inside of the barn. The East Central Georgia Drug Task Force was called in to assist. Later a search warrant was obtained for the location and the deputies found component for making Meth inside the barn. The barn was owned by Rebecca Lou Wolfe, forty-year-old white female of 2943 Highway 56 East Uvalda, Georgia.
Wolfe, along with Matthew Garrett McCullough, twenty-year-old white male has been arrested and charged with Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Pseudoephedrine in altered condition.
The Toombs County Sheriff's Office and the East Central Georgia Drug Task Force are in charge of the investigation.
According to Sheriff Kight, on Tuesday April 16, Tuesday, 2013, a man wanted for a Tuesday morning murder in Richmond County was apprehended in the Vidalia Walmart parking lot Tuesday afternoon.
Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight says law enforcement in this area had been alerted that Steve Lawrence Allen of Blythe may be coming to Toombs County after he shot two people and killed the mother of his girlfriend in Blythe.
He had picked up a lady here in Vidalia on Allen Drive. I think he had met her on the internet. He picked her up and they went to Walmart. We understood they were planning to leave Vidalia and go to Savannah, but we found him a Walmart, Sheriff Kight said.
Sheriff Kight said he drove up beside Allen’s truck in the parking lot.
“He had a gun in the back seat of the truck. He had a 9mm handgun, but offered no resistance. I pulled him out of the truck, handcuffed him and that was it,” Sheriff Kight said.
Investigators from Richmond County came to the Toombs County Detention Center to pick up Allen and question the woman, identified as Marie Stevens. Sheriff Kight said she told him she had no idea what the man had been involved in. He also said Allen appeared to be mentally unstable.
Sheriff Kight reports that on Feb. 26, one of the Toombs county deputies, arrested a subject in Lyons and recovered a large quantity of crack cocaine and some powder cocaine with a street value of $2000. After a report by a citizen, the deputy made contact with a 32 year old black male, Ricky Recardo brown of a Lyons address and recovered the drugs. Brown is incarcerated in Toombs detention facing several drug charges. Investigation is continuing by the Toombs County Sheriff's Office, the Southeast Georgia DrugTask Force and the Lyons Police Department. Sheriff Kight encourages all citizens to report drug activity to the local law enforcement agencies.
Sheriff Kight announced that a pickup truck that was stolen on Jan 16, in Toombs county from Sandspur Lane was recovered in South Carolina on Jan. 28. The arrest of three suspects also led to the solving of an entering auto on the same date. Arrested in Aiken, South Carolina were Charlie Harold Cobb, Nikki Taylor, and Brooke Taylor, they were charged with manufacturing meth. Cobb was charged in Toombs county. With theft of motor vehicle and 4 counts of entering an auto. The arrest were initiated after investigation by the Toombs County Sheriff's Office led to information that the truck was in Aiken, SC, and Aiken County Sheriff's Department and Aiken Department of Public Safety were contacted and the truck was found at a motel where the suspects were in the process of manufacturing meth and in possession of controlled substances. All three are in Aiken county jail at this time.
The Toombs county sheriff wishes to thank the Aiken county sheriff Michael Hunt and his staff and the Aiken Department of Public Safety for their assistance.
Brooke Logan Taylor age 20 from Jeff Davis / Nikki LeAnna Taylor age 20 from Jeff Davis / Charlie Cobb age 33 from Toombs County
According to Sheriff Alvie Kight, Jr. on Sunday, January 20, at approximately eleven-thirty A.M., a Georgia State Trooper chased a motorcycle into Toombs County. The motorcycle wrecked in Cedar Crossing and the rider ran into the woods. The Toombs County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded and the subject was apprehended after about forty-five minutes by the Toombs County Deputies, Georgia State Prison K-9.
The subject, Larry Eugene Stone, forty-one-year old white male, has warrants pending in Florida and Georgia. He is in Toombs County Detention Center pending local charges and awaiting extradition.
According to Sheriff Alvie Kight, Jr. on December 14, at approximately 4:30 P.M., a Toombs County man lost his life in a four wheeler accident on Simpson Road, near Santa Claus. The victim Roger T. Curry, a 57 year-old-male, of Lyons, was riding his four wheeler on Simpson Road when he lost control and was thrown into a barbed wire fence. Curry was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Toombs County Coroner.
Investigation is being conducted by Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol Post of Reidsville.
According to Sheriff Alvie Kight, Jr. Robert Earl Williamson, forty-eight-year old white male, of 121 H.E. Keel Road, Lyons, Cameron Carl Williamson, twenty-four-year old white male, of 121 H. E. Hell Road, Lyons, and Elizabeth Irene, twenty-year old white female, of 969 Clifford Rogers Road, Lyons, were arrested on December 4th, in connection to a Burglary that occurred at the Department of Transportation Office on U.S. Highway 1 North of Ga. Highway 130. Lyons, between November 30th and December 3rd.
It appeared that someone broke into one of the trailers at the site by breaking the front door. Once inside of the trailer, the suspects took several computer monitors and printers.
The investigation is being conducted by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie Kight, Jr. on Sunday night, December 2, at approximately 6:35 P.M., A vehicle traveling north on Highway 86 failed to yield at the stop sign at Highway 86, and highway 152, and was struck by a vehicle that was westbound on Highway 152. resulting in 9 injuries.
Those injured were: Drivers: Rodney Aaron Shumans, Swainsboro, and Tonja Britt Sellers, Tifton, , the passengers were: Tina L. Moore, Swainsboro, Swainsboro, Susan Weaver, Reidsville, Megan Gonzalez, Reidsville, Koby Gonzalez, Reidsville, Ramon Jackson Gonzalez, Reidsville, Lissie Gonzalez, Reidsville, and Rayce Sellers, Tifton.
At least 6 of the injured were transferred to Savannah, one from the scene by helicopter.
Extent of injuries not known at this time. The victims were from Swainsboro, Reidsville, and Tifton.
The crash is under investigation by the Reidsville Post if the Georgia State Patrol and the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on November 29, 2012, at approximately ten-forty-five P.M., Toombs County Deputies along with Georgia State Patrol, responded to a one vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 1, just south of Dorsey Jordan Road. The driver, a forty-year-old white female from Charleston, S.C, appeared to have lost control of the vehicle and it overturned several times. The victim was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident by Toombs County Coroner Ron Hall.
The name of the victim is being withheld at this time, pending notification of next of kin.
The accident is under investigation by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on November 22, 2012, at approximately 12:27 A.M., a call to a house fire on Turner Bridge Road near Cedar Crossing resulted in the arrest of three suspects for a meth lab. After the fire was out, further investigation revealed a meth lab in the woods near the house. It appeared that the meth lab set the house on fire and one of the suspects was burned on the left arm and was transported to Meadows Regional Hospital in Vidalia.
Arrested were James Lee Partin, thirty-year-old white male, Mallory Allen Partin, twenty-three-year old white female, and Marilyn Tabitha Aeger, twenty-six-year old white female. They are charged with Manufacture of Controlled Substances along with other charges.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., Kenneth Brian Dismuke, thirty-six-year-old white male of Evans County , was taken into custody in Evans County after a two day search.
Toombs County 911 received a call in reference to a burglary that occurred at 2573 Highway 147, Lyons , between twelve and two o’clock , Saturday, September 29. When Toombs County Deputies arrived on the scene they discovered that the door had been kicked in and several items where stolen.
The K-9 Unit was called and they followed the offender’s tracks through the woods and up to the cemetery. The offender had fled the scene before the officers got there.
After further investigation the suspect was later found at a residence in Evans County . When the Officers arrived at the residence the suspect left the residence in a vehicle. After a short chase Dismuke wrecked the vehicle and escaped on foot. The suspect was apprehended Sunday morning by Georgia S.W.A.T. team in Evans County .
Dismuke is being charged with Burglary in Toombs County along with other charges in Evans County and is being held at Evans County Detention Center.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., two crimes in the county were solved and the perpetrators were arrested.
On Monday afternoon, August 15, Toombs County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from an informant that a stolen Kawasaki Mule was on Sebie Page Road. When deputies responded they arrested Jonathan Lee Jordan, twenty-three-year-old black male, of Mount Vernon, who they caught riding the vehicle. The Kawasaki was stolen from a lot at David Thompson’s Body Shop in Vidalia over the week end. Jordan was taken to the Toombs County Sheriff’s Detention and charged with Possession of Stolen Property, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
Investigation is being conducted by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on July 30, at approximately 7:55 PM, Toombs County Officers responded to a one car accident on Lyons Center Road near Center Store which resulted in a forty-two-year-old white male being air lifted to Macon with serious injuries.
The accident is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol of Reidsville and the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on July 11, it was discovered that over 100 bronze flower vases had been stolen form Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Toombs County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft.
Anyone with any information please contact the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office at 912-526-6778.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on June 15th, Joseph Mack Jones, twenty-nine- year old male of 343 Pond Road, Lot 12, Dublin, Georgia, and Deron Laurie Johnson, female, were arrested at Yorke Motel in Lyons. Jones is accused of entering a residence in Laurens County and shooting two people. Johnson was charged in connection with the shooting.
The female was pronounced dead at the scene and a male subject who was taken to the Fairview Park Hospital and released.
Assisting with the arrest was Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and Lyons Police Department.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on March 10, 2012, at approximately four- thirty-five P.M. Toombs County 911 Center received a call in reference to a structure fire at 416 Deer Run Road, Vidalia. When Toombs County Deputy arrived on the scene, the house was on fire and Gerald Thomas Wingard, Jr. who lived there stated that he was lying in bed and was awakened by a fire. He said he fled the house and called the fire department. The fire department extinguished the fire but the house was a total loss.
After an investigation by the Toombs County Investigations Department and the Georgia State Fire Marshall, it was the determined that the fire had been set and on March 31, 2012, Gerald Thomas Wingard was arrested and charged with Arson In The First Degree and taken to the Toombs County Detention Center.
Investigation is being conducted by the Toombs County Sheriffs’ Office and the Georgia State Fire Department.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on March 6, 2012, Arreon Lashun Jackson, nineteen-year-old black male, of 245 N Victory Drive, Lyons, Lorenzo Devonte Bennett, nineteen-year-old black male of Griffin Ferry Road, Lyons, Krista Sagaon, twenty-five-year old white female of 572 Collie Williams Road, Uvalda, and one Juvenile, have been arrested and charged with Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault in connection to a shooting which occurred on March 6, 2012, at 1120 Lawson Road, H=3A, Lyons. When deputies arrived they found Juan Ortega of 1120 Lawson Road, H-3A, Lyons, thirty-six-year old, Hispanic male, had been shot two times. Juan Ortega is in Savannah Hospital listed in stable condition at this time. More charges are pending in connection to the crime. Investigation is begin conducted by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on March 6, 2012, a Toombs County Deputy stopped a vehicle in Vidalia for a tag violation and the investigation led to Drug Charges on two local men.
Christopher Tyrone Kinsey Jr., twenty-year-old black male of 412 4th Avenue, Vidalia, and Preston Alexander Coleman, twenty-year-old black male of 100 W. Tenth Street, Vidalia, were both discovered to have Marijuana on their person, packaged for sale. Both were arrested and taken to the Toombs County Detention Center and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute.
Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and East Central Georgia Drug Task Force are in charge of the investigation.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on March 6, 2012, Toombs County Deputies responded to a call at 1120 Lawson Road Building H-3A in regards to an aggravated assault and armed robbery .
When deputies arrived they found that Juan Ortega of 1120 Lawson Road, H-3A, Lyons, thirty-six-year old, Hispanic male, had been shot two times . Ortega was shot one time in the right side of his chest and once in the groin area. Also an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.
Antonio Mayweather, twenty-seven-year old black male of 406 Adams Street, Vidalia, was arrested in Vidalia by Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Vidalia Police Department and U.S. Marshals Office and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of firearm by convicted felon. Mr. Mayweather is also being investigated in connection with the shooting.
We are looking for Krista Dyann Sagaon, twenty-two-year old white female in connection with the incident.
If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Krista Dyann Sagaon, please notify the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office at 912-526-6778 and 912-526-9292.
The investigation is being conducted by Toombs County Sheriff’s Office. And U. S. Marshals Service.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on March 6, at approximately ten o’clock P.M. Toombs County 911 received a call in reference to an accident on Grays Landing Road. The vehicle was traveling south and crossed over the north bound lane, then went into the ditch and rolled on its side and struck several trees.
Nicholas Shane Leseueur twenty-one-year old white male from 221 Miles Road, Uvalda, believed to be the driver of the vehicle was thrown approximately fifteen feet from the car and was pronounced dead at scene by Toombs County Coroner Ron Hall.
Brandon Morris, twenty-year-old white male from 224 Foskey Road, Uvalda, who was a passenger in vehicle, was flown to Memorial Hospital in Savannah.
Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol are investigating the accident.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on February 26, at approximately four P.M., Toombs County Deputies reported to a call at 199 Hwy 147, Lyons.
David Edward Lynn, forty-two-year-old white male, of 3918 Darien Highway, Brunswick, and Thomas Lee Brantley, forty-two-year-old white male, of 234 Head Drive, Brunswick, were taking down a tower at the above location when the tower fell. David Lynn suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Toombs County Coroner Ronald Hall. Thomas Brantley was flown to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah where he is in critical condition from injuries he received from the fall.
The accident has been ruled accidental.
A high speed police chase which started in Emanuel County ended Tuesday in Vidalia. Toombs County Chief Deputy Sheriff Barry Brown says Toombs law enforcement took up the chase when two suspects entered Toombs County on Highway 297 North. The chase ended on Northeast Main Street in Vidalia. He reports numerous traffic charges have been filed against Sylvester Clark of Swainsboro. He's also being charged for possession of a controlled substance which was found in his car. Also facing drug charges is the passenger in the car, Christina Alexander of Swainsboro. Clark is also facing a charge of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer. Brown reports Clark's car hit the side of Brown's vehicle during the chase. Brown says Emanuel County authorities are also investigating possible shoplifting by the pair at the Walmart in Swainsboro. He says DVD's and CD's from the store were found in the trunk of the car.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., the Georgia State Patrol has issued warrants for a Toombs County man for Vehicular Homicide in a fatal vehicle accident that happened in Toombs County on June 25, 2011. A warrant for Vehicular Homicide in the First Degree was issued for Carlos Jacob Williamson, twenty-one-year old white male, in the death of Jessica Marie Darden, twenty-six-year old white female, who was killed in a car accident that happened on Durham Mosley Road, the night of June 25, 2011.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on February 17, 2012, during a road check on Highway 130 North, Richard Earl Treharn, thirty-one-year old white male, of Vidalia was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm or Knife while committing or Attempting to Commit a Crime and Possession of Methamphetamine.
After his arrest a search warrant was taken and his residence in Montgomery County was searched. More charges will be made in Montgomery County.
The investigation is being conducted by the Toombs County Sheriff's Office, Lyons Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, East Central Georgia Drug Task Force, Savannah Regional Drug Enforcement Office, and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on February 13, 2012 Justin Ryan Taylor, twenty-year-old white male, who was wanted on drug related charges, was arrested in Candler County on Cool Springs Road, by Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and Candler County Sheriff’s Office.
He was taken to the Toombs County Detention Center and charged with Purchase, Possession, of Controlled Substance.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., after an on going investigation, on February 7, 2012, Stacy Tyrone Tobler, Jr., twenty-year-old black male, of 1201 Roosevelt Street was arrested and charged with five counts of Purchase, Possession, of controlled Substance, also arrested on February 8, 2012, were Susan Eulis Mendoza, forty-three-year old white female of 602 Scott Drive, Vidalia, charged with Sale of Controlled Substance, Stephen Paul McKee, thirty-seven-year old white male, of 124 Oak Grove Court, Vidalia, charged with Sale of Controlled Substance, and Amanda Treadaway Cutler, twenty-eight-year old white female, of 305 Peachtree Street, Vidalia, were arrested and charged with Sale of Marijuana.
WANTED in regards to the above investigation is JUSTIN RYAN TAYLOR, twenty-year-old white male, last none address, Box 1686 Hwy 56, Lyons, and PRENTICE BENJAMIN HARRIS, twenty-four-old black male, last none address, 297 Collins Road, Lyons also Eric Stephon McLendon, aka (Steady) thirty-four-year old black male, last known address, 802 Second Avenue, Vidalia.
Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, East Central Drug Task Force, and Savannah Regional Drug Enforcement Office are in charge of the investigation.
WANTED: IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF JUSTIN RYAN TAYLOR, PRENTICE BENJAMIN HARRIS OR ERIC STEPHON MCLENDON AKA (STEADY), PLEASE CALL THE TOOMBS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AT 912-526-6778.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on January 28, 2012, at approximately 9:30 P. M., Toombs County 911 received a call concerning a vehicle accident near 597 Hillsboro Road. When Toombs County deputies arrived at the scene the driver had walked away from the accident.
A search was conducted by Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and friends of the subject. The subject was not found at that time.
The next day January 29, at approximately 9:40 A. M., Toombs County 911 received a call from Shannon Gay that a deceased person was found in the woods near his home. The body was identified as Gerald Hope Achenbach III of Vidalia.
The body has been sent to the Georgia Crime Lab. The Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Bureau of Investigations, and the Coroner’s office, are in charge of the investigation.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on January 24, 2012, law enforcement officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, East Central Drug Task Force, Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Vidalia Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration served Federal arrest warrants on sixteen various individuals in Toombs County for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances. This investigation began in 2009 and is ongoing with more arrest pending. All were to appear before the Federal Judge Smith in Statesboro today for first appearance hearings.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., at approximately 10:15 A, M., Monday, October 24, 2011, Toombs County Sheriff’s dispatcher’s received a call in reference to a man that had fallen through the roof onto a concrete floor. When Toombs County Deputies arrived they found the victim, Ricardo Luna Livas, thirty-seven-year old Hispanic male, lying face down in a pool of blood. EMS arrived on the scene and checked the victim who was already deceased. Toombs County Coroner Ron Hall was also called to the scene.
Ronnie Jones who witnessed the accident stated that he and three other Hispanic males were working on the roof of the building at 146 H.D. Wright Road and a sheet of metal roofing that had been removed to a make the repairs had left an opening in the roof of the building. Witness said he saw Ricardo step onto the spot where the metal had been removed and he fell 20 feet on to a concrete floor.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., Monday morning, October 11, 2011, at approximately 3:00 A. M., Toombs County Sheriff’s Deputies and North Toombs Fire Department, EMS, responded to a call in reference to a house fire at 262 Apache Lane, Lyons, Georgia, home of Nira Jean Schmidt. The house was engulfed in flames when they arrived.
Nira Jean Schmidt, seventy-six-year old female perished in the fire. Danny Lee Sims and Lynn Amerson were also in the house but were able to get out without injuries.
Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshall’s Office are in charge of the investigation.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., Thursday afternoon, October 6, 2011, Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyons State Probation Office conducted a search at the residence of Danny Lee McCarty at 2500 Highway 56 West, Uvalda, Georgia after receiving a compliant. McCarty was on Probation and had search conditions of his residence.
During the search several containers with a substance that appeared to be Meth were found. Also found were containers that are used in the process which is known as the Shake and Bake method of making Meth.
The Meth Lab Clean Up crew was called in to assist with the clean up.
Danny Lee McCarty fifty-year-old white male of 2500 Highway 56 West, Uvalda, Scott Allen Dees, thirty-year-old, white male of 5792 Cedar Crossing Road, Vidalia, Georgia, and Lynn Downie Watson, fifty-year-old white female of 1500 Weyerhauser Road, Lyons, Georgia were arrested and charged with Manufacture of Controlled Substance.
Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, East Central Drug Task Force, and the GBI Office out of Savannah are in charge of the Investigation.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., After an investigation of the fire that destroyed the Oasis Church of God at 899 Ponderosa Road, in Lyons on August 7, 2011, Timothy William Harden, forty-four-year-old, male of 2164 Raymond Rollison Road, Lyons, GA was arrested on September 12, 2011, and charged with Burglary and Arson In the First Degree.
The investigation is being conducted by Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshall’s Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on August 19, 2011, Lyons Police Chief Richard Eugene Newsome was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Theft by Conversion, and Violation of Oath of Office.
Chief Ricky Newsome was called Monday Morning and told to come to the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office. When he arrived, Newsome was arrested, according to sheriff Kight.
He appeared before Judge Robert Reeves on Monday afternoon and has been denied bond at this time.
The investigation is being conducted by the Eastman Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Savannah Regional Drug Enforcement, East Central Georgia Drug Task Force, Swainsboro District Attorney’s Office and Toombs County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on August 27, 2011, at approximately 1: 35 P.M., Toombs County Deputies responded to a call involving a vehicle accident on Highway 1, South, Lyons, near mile marker one. The victim was Lee Richard Boone, fifty-two-year old white male 203 Main Street, Toomsboro, GA .
When deputies arrived at the scene they found the victim was in the vehicle unconscious with a faint pulse. The officers removed the victim from the vehicle and tried to resuscitate him using C.P.R. The victim was declared deceased by E.M.S. personnel upon their arrival.
The accident is under investigation by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on August 25, 2011, at approximately 5:45 P.M. our Toombs County E-911 received a call in reference to a vehicle accident on Will Toole Road. When deputies arrived at the scene they found the driver Robert Ethan Brown, sixteen- year-old male, and passenger Ronald William Brown, fourteen-year-old male, of 1594 Joe Harden Road, Lyons, had been in a one vehicle accident. The vehicle had overturned several times and ejected both the driver and the passenger. The passenger was air lifted to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah in critical condition, and the driver was taken to Meadows Regional Hospital, in Vidalia in serious condition. The accident is under investigation by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on August 6, 2011, at approximately 7:20 P.M. our Toombs County E-911 Center received a call in reference to a structure fire a 38011 Lyons Center Road.
When deputies arrived at the scene the home of Judy and David Hart was engulfed in flames. The owner were not a home when the fire started but arrived home in time to get their dog out of the house and move a vehicle from the car port. A witness stated he saw lighting strike the residence and a few minutes later the house was on fire. Several fire department arrived and brought the fire under control. The residence appeared to sustain extensive damage.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., on August 7, 2011, at approximately 1:53 A.M. our Toombs County E-911 center recceived a call in reference to a structure fire at the Oasis Church of God at 899 Ponderosa Road, Lyons. When The deputies arrived at the scence the church was on fire. A witness stated that a black car was seen leaving the church in a hurry just a few minutes prior to the fire.
The incident is believed to be arson at this time and is under investigation by the Toombs County Sherff's Office and the State Fire Marsall's Office.
There is a $10,000 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest in this incident.
Please call the Sheriff's Office at 912-526-6778 or the State Fire Marshall's office at 1-800-282-5804.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on August 5, 2011, at approximately 9:38 P.M. our Toombs County E-911 received a call in reference to a vehicle accident on Ezra Taylor Road. When deputies arrived at the scene they found the driver Tracy McDaniel trapped under the vehicle. He was transported by EMS to Meadows Regional Medical Center and then later transported to Memorial Hospital in Savannah with serious injuries.
According to Sheriff Alvie Junior Kight on 06/25/2011 at 21:41 hours Central Dispatch dispatched Deputies to Durham Mosley Road to a one car accident . When deputies arrived at the scene they found Jessica Marie Jarriel, Williamson, age 25, Chateau Apt of Vidalia DOA. Mrs. Williamson was ejected when the vehicle overturned. Carlos Jacob Williamson deceases husband was also in the accident but was not injured. The accident is being investigated by the Georgia State patrol and Toombs County Sheriff Department.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on May 12, 2011, law enforcement officers were busy executing 5 search warrants in the city of Vidalia. The residence that were searched were 717 East 7th Street, 507 Virginia Way, 404 Smith Street, 205 Macon Avenue and 1211 Cadillac Drive. The search warrants were executed for the purpose of obtaining evidence in a major drug investigation case that is under investigation by the East Central Georgia Task Force, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, RDEO Savannah Office, Drug Enforcement Administration Savannah Office Administration and Toombs County Sheriff’s Office.
Other agencies that participated in the search were Vidalia Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, Altamaha Task Force, and Tri Circuit Task Force.
Approximately two Kilos of cocaine, a pound of Hydro Marijuana, and two hundred pills were confiscated from the residence. No arrests have been made at this time.
The arrest will take place when the investigation is completed.
According to Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr., on May 6, 2011, Earlene Daphne Jackson, thirty-eight-year old female of 517 Southside Drive, Lyons, was arrested and charged with Identity /Fraud and Forgery in The First Degree when she filled out an application for a home loan at the People’s Bank and purchased the home using a D/O/B and Social Security number belonging to another person. Jackson was taken to the Toombs County Detention Center and later released on a $5000.00 bond.
The case is under investigation by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office.
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The Toombs County EMA has contracted with Emergency Communications Network, Inc. of Ormond Beach, FL for its “Code Red” high speed telephone emergency notification services. The Code Red system will deliver pre-recorded emergency notification information to targeted areas or all of Toombs County at a rate of 60,000 calls per hour. Weather warning notifications will be delivered for severe thunderstorms, tornado and flash flood warnings. The emergency notifications will be generated from the Tombs County EMA or E911. The weather warnings will be generated through the National Weather Service. Anytime and emergency notification or weather alert is issued in your area or all of Toombs County you will receive a call from Code Red. This service is being provided to Toombs County through an agreement with the Toombs County EMA and Southern Co. Here is the link to your Community Notification Enrollment Page (CNE):
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