Tift County 4-Hers Drop Off "Goody Bags" For Deputies
11 Tift County 4-Hers, as part of their community service project, visited the Sheriff’s Office Monday and dropped off Goody Bags for Deputies. Our thanks to these outstanding young adults for helping others.
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough Reports Activity For January 2019
Deputies responded to 2,997 calls for service, conducted 1,905 business and property checks, 710 mobile home park and subdivision checks with 42 school checks.
Sheriff Scarbrough said deputies served 253 warrants, 90 civil papers and 285 subpoenas.
The sheriff reported that deputies arrested 107 people, some on multiple charges. He said that there were 101 fraud charges, 48 charges of parole/probation violation were filed, 15 crimes against persons charges, 15 property crimes charges, 11 failure to appear charges, 5 weapons charges, 6 child support cases, 6 obstruction cases and 14 non-traffic cases.
Traffic stops conducted by deputies led to 4 charges of driving under the influence, 4 drug charges, 31 individuals having a suspended or revoked driver’s license as well as 2 weapons.
He added that deputies completed 504 reports, worked 37 accidents, issued 904 traffic citations, 216 traffic warnings and patrolled 59,594 miles.
The sheriff also reported that deputies provided 68 transports, totaling 202 hours and 7,498 miles.
Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough is warning area residents about renegade paving companies operating in Tift County with more than 10 complaints received in the last week.
The scam pavers often claim to have extra material from an earlier job and offer to patch or repave your driveway or parking lot for a bargain price and ask you to pay ½ the price upfront. “Don’t do it”, says Sheriff Scarbrough. “Be safe and aware, if they don’t have a business license call 911.” Most of these individuals are from out of state and have not received a business license through the counties Code Enforcement Office. The licenses can be issued in a day with the appropriate documentation for a $45 fee.
These rogue companies often look for driveways in need of repair, pull up to the home and blow the horn of their work trucks to get the owners to come outside and are especially looking to prey on elderly homeowners.
Tift County Sheriff’s Office Awarded Car Seat Mini Grant
Buckle Up Right, Every Trip, Every Time
The Tift County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the 2019 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, the Tift County Sheriff’s Office and the Tift County Health Department work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Tift County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.
And it works! Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the Mini Grant prevented serious injury or death and saved over 300 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.
“It’s our responsibility to keep our children safe,” said Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough. “The Car Seat Mini-Grant is a great opportunity to help our community and help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”
In Tift County, the Sheriff’s Office and the Health Department educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 130 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.
For more information about the Tift County car seat program, contact the Tift County Sheriff’s Office at 229-388-6020 or the Tift County Health Department at 229-386-8373.
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough Reports The Activity For December 2018
Deputies responded to 2,785 calls for service, conducted 553 business and property checks, 239 mobile home park and subdivision checks with 6 school checks in an eleven day period as the numbers for the complete month are not available due to E-911’s conversion to a new computer aided dispatch system.
Sheriff Scarbrough said deputies served 159 warrants, 84 civil papers and 104 subpoenas.
The sheriff reported that deputies arrested 96 people, some on multiple charges. He said that 39 charges of parole/probation violation were filed, 11 crimes against persons charges, 6 property crimes charges, 9 weapons charges, 3 child support cases, 11 obstruction cases and 29 non-traffic cases.
Traffic stops conducted by deputies led to 11 charges of driving under the influence, 9 drug charges, 18 individuals having a suspended or revoked driver’s license as well as 2 weapons charges and the arrest of 1 wanted person.
He added that deputies completed 461 reports, worked 39 accidents, issued 448 traffic citations, 120 traffic warnings and patrolled 55,374 miles.
The sheriff also reported that deputies provided 52 transports, totaling 140 hours and 5,282 miles.
Sex Offender Registry Updates
Brandon Lamonte Drayton has been released from jail and has registered an address of 4977 Union Rd. Lot 21 Tifton, Ga.
Brian Bernard Blackmon has released from jail and has registered as sleeping in a 1999 green Jeep Grand Cherokee tag BBU2685 parked 406 West Golden Rd Tifton, Ga.
To view all sex offenders with Tift County Sheriff’s Office go to www.tiftsheriff.org
Tift County Death Investigation
On Thursday, January 10, 2019, at approximately 10:51 am, Tift County 911 received a call in reference to a deceased subject found inside of a vehicle in a wooded area off of Emerson O’Bynes Avenue in Tifton, Tift County, GA. The Tift County Sheriff’s Office responded and discovered the body of Kenyada Mitchell, 18, of Tift County, deceased inside of a vehicle. The case is being investigated as a homicide at this point, by the GBI and the Tift County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone that has any information pertaining to this investigation should contact the Tift County Sheriff’s Office at 229-388-6020 or the GBI Sylvester Office at 229-777-2080.
Wes Horne - Assistant Special Agent in Charge - 229-777-2080
Please be aware, the Tift County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking leads related to a trailer theft which occurred at 74 Chula Brookfield Road (I-75 Business Park) on December 28th, 2018, at approximately 13:00 hours. Exterior cameras caught images of what appears to be two (2) Ford F-250 or F-350 pickup trucks entering this location and leaving with the items listed. Items reported taken were a Freedom Trailers brand 8.5 x 20 white in color bumper pull enclosed cargo trailer (S/N unknown at this time) and a Covered Wagon brand 8.5 x 20 white in color bumper pull enclosed cargo trailer (S/N:53FBE2422KF043305). The suspect vehicles from the incident are shown in photographs below, no tag or VIN information at this time. If you have any information please contact Investigator Zack McQueen at 229-388-6035 or by email at zack.mcqueen @tiftcounty.org, or (LT) Investigator Jason Barber at 229-388-6034 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.