Felon Arrested After Post on Facebook

Summerville Police said that they got a report that a convicted felon was streaming a Facebook Live video of himself shooting a 9mm pistol near Northwest Congress Street and Orchard Road.  It seems the man’s probation officer was watching the Facebook Live and recognized one of his probationers.

When police arrived at the location, they found nineteen-year-old Justin Kyle Campbell sitting on the porch of a residence.  Police say that Campbell “look startled” to see police and attempted to get up and go in the house.  Officers told Campbell he needed to stay where he was and found the 9mm pistol in his possession.

Police did say that Campbell was “very cordial and cooperative” as they arrested him on an outstanding warrant from Douglas County and for being a convicted felon in the possession of a firearm.  Later, police learned that Campbell had taken the gun from a friend, who declined to press theft charges.   Campbell told police that he needed the gun for protection because some people “might be out to get him”.

Blackmon Arrested for Causing Harm to His Grandmother

A thirty-four-year-old Trion man has been indicted by the Chattooga County Grand Jury in connection with the beating of his own grandmother after a confrontation last year.

Thomas Wayne Blackmon was arrested after law enforcement said that he caused bodily harm to his grandmother during an argument on Rose Circle in Trion.  At the time, incident reports revealed that Blackmon had broken his grandmother’s ribs and broke her finger as he “kicked and stomped” her.   Reports at the time also revealed that Blackmon attempted to fight with his father after beating his grandmother.

Blackmon was indicted on several felony charges including aggravated battery and assault and causing bodily harm to an elderly person.

Clifford E. Hubbard Indicted for Child Molestation

Clifford Eugene Hubbard has been indicted for child molestation, aggravated child molestation, incest, statutory rape and sexual battery.

Hubbard was indicted by the Chattooga County Grand Jury.  According to Chattooga County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Burrage, the charges surfaced against Hubbard after the victim approached school officials to tell them about the sexual crimes.

According to the Investigator, “After approximately 8 years of constant sexual abuse from the suspect, the victim reached out to school officials for help. Immediate response and care was provided to the children. After numerous interviews and exams, warrants were issued for the suspect. The sexual exploitation of children is an abhorrent crime. We are committed to protecting children and relentlessly going after those who perpetrate this type of abuse.”

While most people are kind and caring, anyone can be an abuser, and most child molesters are someone the child knows, not a stranger.

Children should be on the lookout for behaviors that are concerning, inappropriate and unsafe – and report them to a trusted adult.

“Skip Skanning” Gets Woman Arrested

A Trion woman was arrested for “skip-scanning” at Walmart last week, according to a report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

A Walmart loss prevention officer contacted the sheriff’s office after a woman was seen scanning only a portion of the items that she was putting in her buggy.  When a responding deputy arrived, the loss prevention officer showed the deputy video footage of the woman skip-scanning the items.  The officer asked the woman for her receipt, which showed she had not paid for all of the items in her buggy.

Thirty-five-year-old Jacinta Mateo of Trion was arrested on shoplifting charges and booked into the Chattooga County Jail.

GDOT Hosting Online Webinar for Small Business in Chattooga

GDOT Press Release –

The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) State Supported Funding Program (SSFP) is interested in learning about available resources and project opportunities in Chattooga County.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), small business owners, and veteran-owned small businesses will have the opportunity to learn how to connect with primes on these projects, the SVDBE project goal, the subcontractor work scopes needed, and the eligibility requirements for bidding on projects funded by H.B. 170. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear directly from Georgia DOT personnel. Also, firms who are ready, willing, and able to provide their services on bridge projects, have unique opportunities to perform work.

This is a great opportunity for DBEs, small business owners, and veteran-owned small businesses to gain insight into the Agency’s procedures and goals and to establish themselves as qualified contractors with the State. They will learn about available free supportive services and become acquainted with the Georgia DOT personnel and Supportive Service staff.

WHAT:           SSFP – DBE, Small Business & Veteran-owned Small Business Capital  Maintenance Information Outreach
WHEN:          Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE:        Virtual/Online Event – Register Here!
COST:            FREE for DBEs, Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
CONTACT:    Anthony Miles, amiles@mhm-cpa.com, 678-420-5500

The State Supported Funding Program conducts events and workshops across Georgia. To find an upcoming event near you see our event calendar at http://www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Business/SSFP. For information about the Georgia DOT State Supported Funding Program, visit www.gdotstateprojects.com.