Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden and Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough are pleased to announce that a section of State Route 6 in Polk County will be named in honor of State Trooper Billy Arthur Tanner who lost his life in line of duty on April 11, 1970.
The dedication ceremony, in accordance with a legislative resolution, will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at Wimberly Hill Baptist Church, located at 200 Wimberly Hill Loop in Cedartown.
The public and the media are invited to attend the ceremony, which is scheduled between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
A native of Cedartown, Georgia, Trooper Tanner attended the 35th Trooper School and was assigned to service in the city of Calhoun and exhibited extraordinary devotion to duty, outstanding loyalty to his colleagues and the State of Georgia, meticulous attention to details in his work and effective leadership.
Tragically, the life of this dedicated law enforcement officer was cut short after a patrol car crash on State Route 225 in Calhoun.
To honor his life, Georgia General Assembly passed a resolution to designate the portion of Georgia Highway 6 from the US 27 Bypass to the western city limit of Rockmart in Polk County as the Trooper Billy Arthur Tanner Memorial Highway.
The former county coroner and several first responders have been under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after some money was reported missing from a scene of a death back in August.
According to Greg Ramey, special agent in charge of the GBI Calhoun office, the GBI was contacted by Polk County Police to investigate the possible missing funds.
Special Agent Ramey said he could not comment further on the investigation, but did confirm that his agency is looking into the case.
Any findings that the GBI would gather from the investigation will be turned over to District Attorney Jack Browning’s office.
Former Polk County Coroner Trey Litesey tendered his resignation last week for “personal reasons,” according to a statement from county manager Matt Denton.
Another person was arrested earlier this week in connection with a GBI lead raid on two local convenience store suspected of illegal gambling activity.
According to Polk County Jail records, 35-year-old Ketan Patel of a Joy Drive address in Cedartown was arrested Monday on a felony charge of commercial gambling. Patel was released the same day on a $5,100 property bond.
An arrest warrant was issued for Patel in connection with the investigation into Chapman’s Shopette on South Main Street.
Both Chapman’s and the Chevron Convenience Store on Main Street at East Avenue were closed for several hours last week as GBI agents seized gaming machines and monetary assets related to suspected illegal gambling.
A Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation continues into the circumstances of an officer involved shooting Friday night on Hillside Drive.
According to Polk County Deputy Coroner Tony Brazier, 18-year-old Levi Isaac Weaver was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Polk Medical Center Friday evening after a call was made to Polk 911 of a heated domestic dispute at the Hillside Drive residence.
A Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy was the first to arrive on the scene when Weaver allegedly lunged at him with a knife and baseball bat in hand. The deputy then drew his weapon and shot him in the chest.
The deputy has been identified as Polk County Jail Administrator Jerry Shellhouse, who has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
Brazier said per protocol in this type of incident, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in.
Preliminary results from the autopsy should be available any time now.
Meanwhile, the investigation into the shooting could take several weeks to complete.
The GBI has been called in to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred late Friday afternoon in Cedartown.
According to initial reports, Polk County 911 received a call of a heated domestic situation at a Hillside Drive address. A Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy was the first to arrive on the scene at about 5:16 p.m. Friday afternoon.
According to Polk County Deputy Coroner Tony Brazier, the deputy came into contact with an irate subject at the residence.
Brazier said the 18-year-old subject lunged at the deputy, wielding a knife and a baseball bat. The deputy in response drew his firearm and shot him in the chest.
That 18-year-old, now identified as Levi Isaac Weaver of that same Hillside Drive address was transported emergency traffic to Polk Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Weaver’s body has been transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur for an autopsy.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is leading the investigation, which is proper protocol for any officer involved shooting.
The investigation will be continuing into the circumstances of the shooting.
Family members and neighbors told WSB-TV that Weaver was a good kid but he just had anger problems. Another said that police have been called to the house in the past.