CRIME & SAFETY
Teen receives 45-year sentence for killing Athens woman
An Athens teen has been sentenced in connection with the shooting death of a woman last year at Rolling Ridge Apartments. As part of a plea bargain with prosecutors, 19-year-old Daviae Massir Oliver pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Ndya Hill in October 2022. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for injuring 17-year-old Tyrickus Smith during the same incident.
Athens man attacked in road rage incident, might have a broken jaw
The honk of a horn apparently angered a motorist in Athens to the point he punched and knocked out a 69-year-old man outside a convenience store last Monday. The assault was caught on video outside the Biscuit Basket on Boulevard, according to an Athens-Clarke police report released Thursday. The assault...
Weekly Safety Report: Double Murder-Suicide, Road Rage Incident, and UNLV Mass Shooting hit Athens, Georgia
This week in Athens, Georgia, there were three notable incidents. The first incident involved a double murder-suicide on the north side of Athens, where a 31-year-old man shot and killed a 26-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man before turning the gun on himself. The second incident was a road rage incident where a man pulled out a gun at the intersection of Lexington and Gaines School roads. The third incident was a mass shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, carried out by a 67-year-old man who had previously earned a doctorate degree from the University of Georgia.
Athens teacher allegedly placed middle-schooler in chokehold
A teacher at an Athens public school has been placed on administrative leave while officials investigate student's allegation that the teacher had placed him in a chokehold. The alleged incident happened on Nov. 30 at W.R. Coile Middle School when a teacher "choked" a 13-year-old boy when breaking up a fight between him and another student, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.
Tragic Murder-Suicide in Athens Claims Three Lives: Police Investigate on Massey Lane
Athens-Clarke County Police are investigating a murder-suicide in Athens that occurred on Friday night and claimed the lives of three individuals. ACCPD responded to an aggravated assault call on December 1 at approximately 10:55 pm in the 100 block of Massey Lane, according to a press release. Twenty-six-year-old Juliana Navarnete-Moreno...
Athens-Clarke police investigating 'chokehold' complaint by student against teacher
Athens-Clarke police are investigating a complaint from a Coile Middle School student who has alleged he was put in a chokehold by a teacher in his classroom. A report was made on the incident when it occurred on Nov. 30, but the report was still being withheld by police on Thursday for undisclosed reasons.
Thomson Police Chief Courtney Gale resigning
The City of Watkinsville this week announced that Courtney Gale will begin serving as the new Watkinsville Police Chief in the new year.
Former UGA doctoral student suspect in UNLV shooting
Just before noon on Dec. 6, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, fell victim to a gunman. The suspected shooter, 67-year-old Anthony Polito, shot and killed three individuals and injured one before dying during a shootout with police. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. According to police,...
Body found north of downtown Athens
Authorities are trying to identify the body of a man whose body was found Sunday just north of downtown. The discovery was made near some old railroad tracks adjacent to Thomas N Lay Park off of Hoyt Street. The body appeared to be that of a middle-aged Black male who...
Texan reports gun pulled after he blows horn at man in Athens
The honk of a pickup’s horn instigated a road rage recently that resulted in a potentially dangerous confrontation with a gun, according to an Athens-Clarke police report. The alleged assault occurred about 12:45 p.m. Saturday on Lexington Road, according to the report released Monday. A 30-year-old man from Fruitvale,...
Man identified in deadly confrontation with Barrow County deputies
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified a man shot in a confrontation with Barrow County deputies Sunday night.
Athens man sees flash in sky about time of loud explosion in Walton County
An Athens man may have seen a strange aerial phenomenon that caused a mysterious explosion that was heard across southern Walton County a week ago. The explosion or enormous boom sound was heard across the county from Walnut Grove to Good Hope on the late afternoon of Nov. 26, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
Domestic disturbance call leads to OIS
BETHLEHEM – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred while responding to a domestic disturbance. The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Bethlehem, Barrow County, GA. The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on December 3, 2023. One man was shot and killed during the incident. No officers were injured.
MPD Reports: Suspected poisoning likely just an allergic reaction; stolen vehicle retrieved in Athens; slew of domestic disputes
The City of Monroe Police Department reported the following incidents for the period Nov. 23 – 30, 2023. Due to the length, this report has been split into five parts. This is the second part. Please note an arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction. Suspicious Vehicle –...
Commerce man charged with false imprisonment
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County deputies arrested a 33-year-old Commerce man Nov. 27 on multiple domestic charges following a dispute at a home on Sawnee Terrace. The victim reported the suspect, her boyfriend, had “snapped” during an argument and assaulted her. When deputies arrived, she was...
Deputies Kill 60-Year-old Armed Georgia Man
The Gist: In Bethlehem, Georgia a police shooting on December 3, led to the death of 60-year-old Robert Reynolds Sr., during a response to a domestic disturbance. The Details: According to the GBI, Barrow County Sheriff’s Office deputies encountered the armed Reynolds at a home on Thorn Brook Circle. In the ensuing confrontation, three deputies fired at Reynolds, and shot him. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation into the incident, at the request of the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.
Standard security lets unknown man into women’s apartment
On Nov. 5 around 3 p.m., an unknown male was given access to a three-woman apartment in The Standard at 600 Thomas Street while the residents were away. The security staff, reportedly female, allowed the unknown male access to the apartment by unlocking the door for him and one of the girl’s bedroom doors, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report. After the security guard let the male enter the apartment, she walked away, leaving the male alone in the apartment.
Weekly Safety Report: Bicyclist Accident, Jewelry Store Break-In, Intoxicated Student, Fatal Crash, and Weapons Arrest Impact Athens
This week in Athens, Georgia, several incidents occurred that impacted the safety of the community. Two bicyclists were struck by a car while cycling on Old Elberton Road, a jewelry store experienced a break-in with a shattered window and power cut, a UGA student was found intoxicated and vomiting after a home game, a drunk-driving suspect remains at large after causing a fatal accident, and an Athens teenager was arrested on weapons charges. These incidents highlight the importance of road safety, security measures, responsible alcohol consumption, and the need for ongoing efforts to prevent crime in the area.
Three Suspects Plead Not Guilty in Jefferson High School Football Star's Murder Case
Three suspects charged in the fatal shooting of Jefferson High School football star, Elijah DT, at Sugarloaf Mills Mall have pleaded not guilty. Two of the accused appeared in court recently, while the third had previously pleaded not guilty in March.
Federal agents join search for man wanted in UGA student's death
The search for a man wanted in connection with a fatal wreck in Winder nine months ago that claimed the life of a University of Georgia doctoral student has been turned over to the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Macon. The suspect, Cesar L. Raudales Macias, was last seen at...