Posts Tagged ‘Police’

New Restaurant Coming to Town!!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
comingsoonA new restaurant is coming to town!! Eastman City Council voted and approved a pouring license last night for Rhonda’s Roadhouse. Rhonda’s will be opening in what was MC’s Restaurant in the near future and plans to include steak on the menu. No date was announced for opening in the council meeting. The pouring license applies only to beer and wine, no liquor. The City of Eastman held a referendum several years ago and voters decided to amend the City Charter to allow a pouring license. At the time of the referendum, it was promoted to voters in order to allow restaurant chains such as Applebees and others to locate here. Since the change was made, no big chain has even attempted to locate here. A few independent restaurants have taken advantage of the pouring license. The first attempt to utilize the license was a Bar & Grill located on 3rd ave. The establishment was a big hit with some, and an eyesore to others. The Grill flourished until an attempt was made to have a street dance and attention was drawn to the Bar. City leaders then decided to enforce the provision in the law that regulates the amount of alcohol sales and mandates that 50% of the business’ income must be generated by food sales. Up until that time, officials had turned a blind eye to the requirements. During the presentation of the pouring license last night, Councilman Buddy Pittman inquired as to who monitors the requirement of the 50% revenue from food sales. City Manager Bea Edge stated that the City does not actually monitor the sales, but if it becomes a problem then they will monitor the sales. In other business, Police Chief Becky Sheffield reported to Council the Police Department had patrolled 12,311 miles, consumed 1,288 gallons of gasoline, answered 1,035 911 calls, and worked 23 traffic accidents in the month of June. GBI Agent Jamie Jones of the Oconee Drug Task Force appeared before Council and requested $4400 of the City for it’s contribution to the Task Force to complete this calendar year. Council voted and approved the amount. A work detail contract with the prisons was discussed and approved. The details no longer have men, but are comprised of women now. Last months bills were considered and approved. City Manager Bea Edge reported that the City’s mosquito sprayer had blown an engine and needed to be replaced. Two bids were received on the equipment. The lowest bid was for $8623.88 by Clark, which is the same company the last sprayer was purchased from. Edge stated the last sprayer had lasted for some 14 years, but Mrs. Faye Jessup reported during the citizen participation that she remembered replacing the sprayer about 3 years ago when the other one was stolen. Council voted to purchase the new sprayer. Councilman Pittman reported that he and Councilman Raymond Mullis had recently attended a meeting with the CountyCommissioners about the upcoming SPLOST negotiations. Pittman recommended that Council seek the same 30% of SPLOST as the last one. Council voted and approved a resolution to ask for the 30% With no further business, council adjourned.

City Council has Concerns over SPLOST

Saturday, June 1st, 2013
SAM_0051 The Eastman City Council met Thursday, May 30, 2013, in their regular meeting. Normally the meetings are on the 2nd & 4th Mondays, but this past Monday was a holiday. The change of date had been approved at the last regular meeting. City Manager Bea Edge, during the City Managers Report, told Council she had recently been in contact with County Manager Bobby Peacock and was told the City should be getting a check on the SPLOST fund soon. Councilman Buddy Pittman expressed concern about the County having not made any payments to the City on the current SPLOST, citing that the County has made promises for several months that they would be sending a check. Pittman compared the promise to the age old cliché “The Check is in the Mail”. Pittman stated that he is a supporter of the SPLOST program and wants it to continue, but he has grave concerns about his ability to continue to support it if the County does not start fulfilling its obligation to send the City’s portion on to the City. In other action at the meeting, bids were announced for the renovation of the old bus station the City of Eastman owns. The bids appeared to have been opened prior to the meeting. Graham & Studstill had the low bid of $205,000.00. Taylor, who was not further identified, bid $215,510.00. City Manager Edge told Council there was lead paint in the building and possibly some asbestos. Edge said Mark was including dealing with the lead paint in his bid, but there could be more cost for the asbestos. Pittman opposed moving forward until a detailed presentation is made to Council on the project. At this time, Council does not even know what the building is proposed to look like, and no way to know what the asbestos removal will cost. Councilman Raymond Mullis told Council that he would like to see the project move forward because he knew of at least one person who would love to rent the building for $200 or $300 a month. The matter was tabled until a detailed presentation can be made. The second public reading was made of the City’s ordinance to change the voting districts. There was no discussion and no one objected. The motion was unanimously passed. At the close of the meeting, Raymond Mullis asked Chief Becky Sheffield to come forward before the Council. Mullis recounted a recent event that had transpired involving the Police Dept. Mullis said that he had driven into his subdivision but left a short time later. A Police Officer noticed him and stopped him to investigate; due to his brief visit it appeared suspicious. Mullis noted that he had previously requested the PD to patrol the subdivision. Mullis Commended the Chief and her department and thanked her for a job well done. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1NQlPah-T8?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

Eastman Accident Today Involved Child from Amber Alert

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
It is now known that the accident earlier today did involve a child listed in an Amber Alert issued today. According to sources, the 4 year old victim was Airlifted to an unknown at this time hospital. IMG_6936

*AMBER ALERT* Mi-Kurhea Mumford (B/F 4 yoa). From Americus, GA. See link for more info. – Sheriff Victor Hill

**AMBER ALERT / MISSING CHILD** An Amber Alert was issued statewide for Mi-Kurhea Mumford (B/F 4 yoa). This alert was issued from the Americus Police Department. Americus is in South Georgia, but it is close to Interstate 75. The 4 year-old child was abducted by 24 year-old suspect Priscilla Hurt. They were last seen at 100 Palm Court Springs, Americus, GA. The abductor is traveling in a white Chevrolet Malibu. The vehicle has a drive-out tag from Rainey Used Car Dealership with the numbers 11567180. No direction of travel was indicated. PLEASE CONTACT AMERICUS POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 229-937-9011 or call 911 if you see either the persons mentioned or the suspect vehicle. MISSING CHILD: Name: Mi-Kurhea Mumford AGE: 4 years SEX: Female RACE: Black HAIR: Black EYES: BROWN HGT: 3’0 WGT: 50 lbs LAST DESCRIPTION: The child’s hair is in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing a pink tank top and pink pajama pants. SUSPECT: Name: Priscilla Hurt AGE: 24 years SEX: Female RACE: Black HAIR: Black EYES: Brown HGT: 5’3 WGT: 146 lbs LAST DESCRIPTION: The suspect was last seen wearing a gray tank top and black leggings. VEHICLE INFORMATION: Make: Chevrolet Model: Malibu Color: White License: Drive-out from Rainey Used Car Dealership License Text: 11567180 –Sheriff Victor Hill See the previous article

Eastman Police Announce Gang Related Arrests

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
IMG_6233 Eastman Police released a list of arrest today. It is not clear which cases the arrest are tied to but they all indicate charges of Participation in Gangs. Hopefully this action will help to bring to an end the string of crimes being committed around town. Arrested: Christopher Eugene Ivey Rolland, 424 Harrell Ave, Eastman Ga. Age 19 Arson (residence),Entering an auto to commit theft, Robbery, Participation in Gangs, Burglary (Business), Arson (Business), Obstruction, Fleeing and attempting to elude, Burglary (Business) Theft by taking Auto. Jacquez D. Redmon, Dodge Ave., Eastman Ga., Age 17 Participation in Gangs, Burglary, Arson Cory D. Smith, Dodge Ave, Eastman Ga, Age 18 Participation in Gangs, Burglary, Arson Devon J. Whipple, 1239 MLK Dr., Eastman, Ga Age 18 Participation in Gangs, Burglary, Arson Jordan Rollins, 341 Sycamore Dr., Eastman Ga., Age 17 Participation in Gangs, Burglary, Arson Juvenile Age 14 Participation in Gangs, Burglary, Arson  

Suspicious Death Investigation underway on Chester Hwy

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
IMG_6867 IMG_6866   The Eastman Police Department, Dodge Sheriff Department, Dodge Coroner’s Office, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a suspicious death on the Chester Highway in Eastman, across from Lolly’s Day Care. Special Agent In Charge of the Eastman Office of The G.B.I., Todd Lowery, said that it is too early into the investigation to make any determinations as to the cause of death. No Further Information is being released at this time.  

Burglary/Kidnapping Reported in Eastman

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
IMG_6233   Eastman Police responded to a burglary on Short St. in Eastman on Tuesday, April 23, at 11:05am. According to a Police Department report, Jennifer Coleman of a Short St address in Eastman, reported that she entered her home and found a black male already inside her house. She was forced into a bedroom where the intruder tied her up with phone cord and a dog leash. When the man demanded money, Coleman told the perpetrator that there was money in her car. He took her keys and left. Coleman was able to free herself and call for help. She then discovered that her 1994 green Geo Prizm had been taken. No injuries were noted in the Police Report.   Eastman Police Officer William Rose located the stolen vehicle a short time later behind the Dollar General store on Oak St at 14th Ave. and Eastman Police Investigator Gary Widener had the car taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to be processed for evidence.   The suspect was described a being a tall, slender black male with a medium complexion with short hair. He was wearing glasses, not believed to be sun glasses.   The case is being investigated by the Eastman Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. If anyone has any information in the case, please contact the Eastman Police Department at 478-374-7788.