A lieutenant at Barrow County Emergency Services and his pregnant daughter remained hospitalized Monday following a Christmas Day shooting in which each lost a portion of a limb from being struck by the same bullet.
Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said a family argument between Lt. Todd Orr and two of his daughters culminated in violence shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday after Orr picked up a loaded, .270-calibre hunting rifle that was in his bedroom.
He told deputies that he had intended to leave the house and to take his gun with him. However, his daughters believed he was going to commit suicide, Smith said.
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A man sentenced to serve ten years for trafficking cocaine alleges he was savagely beaten by deputies with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office while incarcerated at the detention center.
Charles Muckle was awaiting transfer to state prison when he claims he was dragged out of his cell and beaten. Earlier this month, his attorney, John G. Walruth, notified Barrow County and the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office of Muckle’s intent to file suit.
According to Walruth, deputies forcibly removed Muckle from his bed, beat him and then placed him in solitary confinement in full body restraints with a bag over his head on or about March 21 of this year.
In a letter to Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith and the county commissioners, Walruth wrote, “This outrageous, deplorable and savage behavior of the deputies is unacceptable in today’s society.”
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Sherrilynn Lee is ready to see some positive changes in Barrow County, especially in law enforcement.
Concerned by the recent spate of lawsuits against the Winder Police Department and other local agencies, Lee decided it was time to get answers to her questions concerning potentially unlawful police activities and do something to make sure the rights of Barrow County citizens are protected.
To accomplish that goal, Lee recently established a citizens’ group entitled Citizens of Barrow County for Change. Lee has also created a Facebook page and is planning a website for the new group.
Lee said she hopes local law enforcement leaders will be willing to meet with citizens in an open forum and address some of the issues facing the county.
While recent law-enforcement issues prompted Lee to take action, she hopes the group will be able to do much more.
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A committee of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners has been unable to come up with a balanced budget for FY2010.
After meeting on a weekly basis for months and then in a marathon budget-cutting session all day Wednesday, the committee learned at the end of its meeting that the numbers were still off by $2.2 million.
Rather than make additional cuts, the committee decided it would present the numbers to the BOC Tuesday night and leave it to the commissioners to fill the gap. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
With millions of dollars in cuts through layoffs and salary reductions this year, there doesn’t appear to be a simple answer to the budget dilemma.
County Chairman Danny Yearwood said he favors a 1-mill tax hike to cover the nearly $1 million in annual debt service on $15 million in bonds issued by the Winder-Barrow Industrial Building Authority for the 2006 purchase of land at the intersection of highways 53 and 316.
But Yearwood said most of the county commissioners oppose a tax hike – in large part because of the loss of the state Homeowner Tax Relief Credit that will cause homeowners to pay at least $224 more on their FY2010 tax bills – even without a millage rate increase.
Local, state and federal law-enforcement officers on Monday conducted a large roundup of Barrow County drug suspects, making 41 arrests.
A total of 100 arrest warrants were issued for in connection with drug or domestic violence charges, and investigators are searching for the remaining 59 suspects, according to a sheriff's office press release.
The arrests were on top of another 80 suspects arrested during a six-month investigation by the Barrow County Sheriff's Office and the Auburn Police Department that involved nearly 200 purchases of illegal drugs. More than $525,000 in illegal drugs were confiscated during the investigation.