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Crawford Co. Man Charged With Killing Stepbrother

A Crawford County man now faces murder charges for allegedly shooting his stepbrother.


That's according to Sheriff Lewis Walker.


He said it happened Tuesday night at a home on Blasingame Road. That's outside of Fort Valley.


Walker says the two men argued and 31-year-old Jason Beckham shot his stepbrother in the stomach with a 12-gauge Mossberg model 500 pump shotgun.


36-year-old Travis Nigro died on the scene.


A magistrate judge yesterday denied bond for Beckham.


He's in the Crawford County jail, charged with felony murder and possessing a firearm while committing a crime.

The sheriff's department says it is awaiting autopsy results from the GBI crime lab.


Crawford Co. School Employee Charged With Molestation

A Crawford County school employee faces a dozen charges, including child molestation.

That's according to a news release from the Crawford sheriff's office.

They say a sheriff's investigator met Wednesday with school officials about a complaint. That led to the arrest of 28-year-old Carlteze James Saffold.

Crawford County Superintendent John Douglas says Saffold is a para-professional at Crawford County Middle School. He also said the incidents that led to the charges did not occur on school property.

Saffold is accused of four counts of sexual exploitation of children, four counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, and four counts of molestation.

Saffold went before Superior Court Judge Phillip Brown this morning for a bond hearing. His bail was set at $100,000.

The Georgia Bureau Investigation is assisting with the investigation.

Second Person Dead In Byron Motel Shooting

A second man has died after a shooting after a Thursday-morning Wednesday at the Econo Lodge, 12003 Watson Blvd. in Byron.

Warner Robins police said Kenneth Sharpe, 32, of Biloxi, Miss. was a suspect in the shooting death of Matthew Garner, 23, of Warner Robins.

Garner was found shot to death outside one of the rooms on the second floor, around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Sharpe died several hours later, in Oxford, Ala., as a result of a gunshot wound.

Through witness accounts, police believe Sharpe and Garner got into an argument at the Byron motel that resulted in gun fire from both men.

Garner was shot in the chest and Sharpe fled to Alabama where he also died from a gunshot wound, police said.

Sharpe was with a woman named Emily Hooker. She has been charged in Alabama with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a gun without a permit, the news release stated.

Peach County Woman Gets Life for Killing Aunt, Cousin

Lillian Walker pleaded guilty Monday in a Peach County courtroom to two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery.


The 59-year old woman was charged with killing her 85-year-old aunt, Lillian Graves, and her 65-year old cousin Agnes Stewart, in July 2009. 

Walker allegedly stabbed the two women to death at their home at 101 Daniel Drive in Fort Valley.

Last April, District Attorney David Cooke told 13WMAZ that Walker would not face the death penalty. He reached that conclusion after discussing the situation with family members of the victims, Cooke said.

In exchange for removing the death penalty, Cooke said Walker agreed to accept the possible sentence of life without parole if she's convicted of the murders.

He said she also agreed to let the trial judge, not a jury, decide her guilt or innocence.

Crawford Deputy Suspended During Investigation

A deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff's Office is suspended with pay while the department conducts an internal investigation.

According to a release from Crawford Sheriff Lewis Walker, the deputy was involved in an incident at a bar in Spalding County.

The incident report from Spalding County states there was a large fight at the Country Rock Bar, located on North Expressway in Spalding County.  Deputies responded and were trying to assist victims of the fight and clear out the parking lot.

A Spalding Deputy was helping an ambulance trying to back up and exit with a patient, but there was a white male talking to the driver, preventing the ambulance from leaving.  When the deputy told the man to leave, he was ignored.  When the deputy confronted the man, he cursed at him.

At that point, the report states that the man was restrained and arrested.

Byron Woman Recalls Inmate's Capture

A Byron woman didn't get the house warming gift she was expecting. That was an escaped inmate hiding in her basement.

Around 7:30 p.m Tuesday night Police Chief Wesley Cannon said inmate Jonathan Pettigrew was being taken from the Peach County jail to the Byron police station to have his fingerprints re-taken.

"The officer arrived here at the scene, he opened his rear door to get Mr. Pettigrew out...I believe Mr. Pettigrew pushed the officer as he come out of the door," said Cannon.

The inmate, handcuffed and wearing sandals, ran to the woods behind the police station. Police surrounded the woods and alerted the community via automated phone calls.

Chandler knew something was wrong when she saw helicopters flying low. "I could tell they were looking for somebody so it wasn't very long after that the law officials came to the door and they told me somebody had escaped," said Chandler.

Three Men Charged With Burglaries in Perry, Peach Co.

A disabled pickup in a ditch Friday morning turned into a foot chase and three burglary arrests.

That's according to Perry police captain Heath Dykes.

Dykes says it all started around 4 a.m. when a Peach County officer stopped to help a driver whose pickup was stuck in the ditch on Highway 96.

He noticed cartons of cigars and cigarettes inside.

Officers also found trash bags of goods dumped nearby and noticed several sets of shoes in the truck.

A little later, Dykes said, a woman in a Peach County subdivision reported two other men running across her lawn.

They were caught in some woods nearby after several agencies and State Police choppers joined the search.

He said the three suspects are accused of two store burglaries over night : the Speedy convenience store on Houston Lake Road in Perry and the Highway Haven on Highway 41 in Peach County.