Sheriff Scarbrough Swears In 6 New Detention Officers
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough swore in six new Detention Officers on Tuesday. Above from left to right: Simon Fraser, Shedrick Mathis, Camden Woody, Christopher Velho, Brandon Cochran & Joshua Lake. Welcome to the Tift County Sheriff's Office.
Arrest Made In Accidental Child Shooting
Tifton, GA (October 10, 2019) - On Thursday, October 10, 2019, the Tift County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Dewayne McClatchey, Jr., 22, in the accidental shooting of a one year old child, in Tift County. McClatchey, Jr. is charged with Reckless Conduct, Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree, Tampering with Evidence, and Giving False Statements.
In the late evening hours of October 8, 2019, Tift County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 100 block of Apricot Street in Tifton, GA in reference to a report of a child being shot. Once deputies arrived, they discovered a child suffering from a gunshot wound.
The male child was flown by helicopter to a children's hospital in Tallahassee, FL where he is currently listed in serious condition.
Investigators learned that McClatchey, Jr. was present at the residence at the time of the shooting and was taken into custody near the incident location.
Anyone who has information pertaining to this ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact the Tift County Sheriff's Office at (229) 388-6020 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (229) 777-2080.
On Friday, October 4 the Tift County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to suspicious activity. Monday, October 7, a second report of suspicious activity and one report of Criminal Trespass were also filed with the agency. Due to these reports being similar in nature, an investigation was conducted. As a result, 48 year old Christopher Edward Baker of 46 Old Brookfield Road Lot 3 was identified as a person of interest.
Subsequently, Baker was arrested late Tuesday afternoon and was charged with 1 count of criminal trespass and 2 counts of criminal attempt with the intent to commit the offense of kidnapping. Baker is currently being housed in the Tift County Jail.
Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough wants to thank the public for their help. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Tift County Sheriff's Office.
SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN
Halloween is approaching, and we expect large groups of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, we would like to offer the following safety tips. Please review these with your children before they begin their trick-or-treat adventure.Fake swords, knives, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren't too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or flexible materials. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant. Try using makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child's vision, which can be dangerous when they are crossing streets and going up and down stairs. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on the candy bags too. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, never alone, and preferably with adult supervision. Children should carry a cell phone for quick communication. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind parked vehicles or shrubs. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children will be trick-or-treating. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go inside a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded. Children should not eat any treats until they get home and a parent or adult can examine them. As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community-sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.
For more Halloween safety tips, please visit https://www.safekids.org/halloween.
With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. As always, dial 911 in case of an emergency.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough Reports Activity For September 2019
Deputies responded 3,195 calls for service, conducted 1,376 business and property checks along with 583 mobile home park and subdivision checks along with 32 school checks.
Sheriff Scarbrough said deputies served 81 warrants, 66 civil papers and 170 subpoenas.
The sheriff reported that deputies arrested 78 people, some on multiple charges. He said that 27 charges of parole/probation violation were filed, 8 drug charges, 1 crime against a person charges, 16 property crimes charges, 8 failures to appear, 1 child support violation, 1 case of fraud, 1 weapon violation, 5 cases of obstruction of deputies with 52 cases being assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division.
Traffic stops conducted by deputies led to 32 individuals having a suspended or revoked driver's license as well as the arrest of 1 wanted person and 4 drivers being charged with DUI.
He added that deputies completed 533 reports, worked 37 accidents, patrolled 57,474 miles, verified the home addresses of 70 registered sex offenders and issued 1,366 citations with 172 warnings.
The sheriff also reported that deputies provided 72 transports, totaling 206 hours and 8,096 miles.
New Deputies Sworn In
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough swore in two new deputies today, Felicia Mizell and Dustin Morris. Welcome to the Tift County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough Reports Activity For August 2019
Deputies responded to 3,424 calls for service, conducted 1,841 business and property checks along with 686 mobile home park and subdivision checks.
Sheriff Scarbrough said deputies served 83 warrants, 93 civil papers and 204 subpoenas.
The sheriff reported that deputies arrested 81 people, some on multiple charges. He said that 27 charges of parole/probation violation were filed, 12 drug charges, 1 weapon violation, 7 crimes against a person charges, 2 property crimes charges, 5 failures to appear, 2 child support violations, 1 case of fraud with 90 cases being assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division.
Traffic stops conducted by deputies led to 4 drug charges, 21 individuals having a suspended or revoked driver’s license as well as the arrest of 2 wanted persons with the recovery of 1 stolen handgun.
He added that deputies completed 574 reports, worked 31 accidents, patrolled 56,641 miles, verified the home addresses of 67 registered sex offenders and issued 1,474 citations with 150 warnings.
The sheriff also reported that deputies provided 61 transports, totaling 165 hours and 6,700 miles.