Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Housekeeper caught on camera, arrested for theft

The Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office says that Melissa English was caught on surveillance camera, stealing money, jewelry, and cosmetics from the home of one of her employers.

She was taken into custody Tuesday, and charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of theft by taking from the residents in the 100 block of Chippewa Lane.

Authorities said that two other families reported items missing from home where English was employed as a house keeper.

One of her former employers set up a camera after they found items missing from their home.

Radio issues plaguing emergency personnel in Grady, Decatur counties

Imagine a sheriff’s deputy chasing a criminal on foot through the woods. He’s in trouble and needs backup. The deputy takes out his portable radio to call for help and all he hears is a garbled mess. No one can hear him. No one can help.

Instances like this are a real possibility in Grady and Decatur counties due to interference on the emergency channels of their portable radios. Luckily, nothing too severe has happened yet.

“The Sheriff’s Office and Grady Fire have some real issues,” said Tonya Griffin 911, director for Decatur-Grady 911, a fully consolidated dispatch center that dispatches law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services for both counties.

“There are times even cell phones can’t get out,” she said.

Griffin said in Whigham recently that a police officer was standing at a convenience store right under a transmission tower and his radio call did not go through.

Grady County Sheriff Harry Young said this is a problem that has to be addressed.

He said, “The (Grady County) commissioners are working on this. It’s expensive, but we need to bite the bullet and protect the deputies. It puts citizens in danger, too.”

Read More at Thomasville Times-Enterprise

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