Tifton Gazette


December 17, 2013

Possible arson reported at 3 different sites


The Tifton Police Department and Tifton-Tift County Fire Department responded to several vehicle fires in the Tifton area late last week.

According to an incident report filed at the TPD, Sgt. Jody Abad was sent to a residence in the 700 block of Collins Street early Thursday morning in reference to a vehicle fire. On arrival, a black 2012 Mercedes E350 was showing visible flames under the hood area. The alarm was activated and lights were activated by the alarm.

Abad reported that the fire department arrived a short time later and put the fire out. Damage to the vehicle was the entire engine compartment and smoke damage to the interior.

Two other cases that have also been ruled suspicious occurred Thursday and Saturday. A report states that officer Bryan Rhodes reported Saturday night that he was sent to a residence in the 500 block of Alder Street for a vehicle fire. When he and other officers arrived, they blocked the street off for the fire department to put the fire out in the vehicle, a 2006 blue Chevrolet Impala. The complainant reported that she had heard a vehicle speed down the road, and when she went to see what was going on, she noticed that her vehicle was on fire.

Also, The Tifton Gazette previously reported that a woman who lives in the 400 block of East 12th Street reported Thursday that someone stole her vehicle from her backyard on Dec. 8. She said the keys were not in the vehicle and the doors were locked. She reported that she was contacted by a Tifton police officer inquiring about the whereabouts of her vehicle. She said the officer informed her that her vehicle had been set on fire and abandoned on Jones Road near Chula.

Fire Chief Mike Coleman said all three of these cases are under investigation.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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