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Welcome to the official website of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office.  As we continuously seek

out new ways to enhance the public’s accessibility to our office and assorted services, this site

has been designed with our citizens in mind.  It is my desire to improve our ability to reach the

public using technology to increase the speed, accuracy, and availability of law enforcement

data that is so vital in today's information driven world.


With 101 years of service to the citizens of Crisp County, the men and women of our county-wide,

full-service law-enforcement agency strive to fulfill our constitutional duties and our public safety

mission, while improving the quality of life for those living, working in, and visiting Crisp County.

Throughout Crisp County our deputies continue to execute their duties more effectively and

efficiently than ever before.  


The Sheriff’s Office is proud of the alliance we have established with citizens, businesses,

community organizations, government leaders, and our fellow law enforcement agencies.  Our

collaborative efforts are central to fighting crime in our community.  In the past 12 months criminal

arrests have continued to increase.


Our office has grown to 57 deputies, 21 detention officers, 14 communications officers and another 6

civilians who are committed to providing superior service to our citizens of Crisp County.   I assure you

that we will remain focused on our core purpose to seek justice, preserve peace, and improve the quality

of life for all by providing exceptional law-enforcement services.


As the 11th Sheriff to serve Crisp County, it is my distinct honor and privilege to lead a sheriff’s office that

is highly visible and proactive while delivering a personal level of professional services to the citizens we

are sworn to protect.




Sheriff Billy Hancock

Crisp County, Georgia


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• Fireworks can be used between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Local ordinances can control their usage between 9:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.


• On New Year's Eve, fireworks may be used until 11:59 p.m. On New Year's Day, they may be used from midnight until 1:00 a.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. On July 3rd and 4th, they may be used from 10:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.


• It is unlawful to ignite fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or any drug or any combination of alcohol or drug to the extent it is unsafe for such person to ignite fireworks. A person convicted of this section of this this code shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.


• Effective: April 26, 2016


Congratulations to Deputy Bair on graduating from the police academy and receiving the session class flag.


This is the season for heat related incidents.  They can be serious and even lead to death.  Sheriff Billy Hancock urges everyone to please learn the signs and take necessary precautions.




At approximately 6:55 am on June 12th, officers from the Crisp County Detention Center received a call from an inmate in one of the cells saying that an inmate had fallen. Upon arrival, officers found 43 year old Eric Bernard Newsome lying on the floor complaining of dizziness. EMS was called, arrived on the scene and checked Mr. Newsome. EMS personnel told officers that Mr. Newsome should be carried to the Emergency Room for further evaluation. Mr. Newsome was removed from the cell and transported to the Emergency Room by Detention staff. After arriving at Crisp Regional Hospital, Mr. Newsome was unable to overcome the medical condition that had caused him to become ill. Mr. Newsome was pronounced deceased at approximately 8:55am at Crisp Regional Hospital. Although there was no trauma involved and it was believed to be a medical illness, Sheriff Hancock followed standard protocol involving the death of any inmate in custody, and notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to lead the investigation and determine a cause of death. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Sheriff Hancock and the staff of Crisp County Sheriff’s Office offer their condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Newsome.


We have received complaints in reference to the telephone number 229-231-2784 calling with a recording sweepstakes message. This is a TELEMARKETING CALL.


After a lengthy undercover investigation into drug sales at the Ashburn Inn, a search warrant was served on room 144 Friday. The investigation was started after Sheriff Billy Hancock received information that 43-year-old Eric Newsome was distributing various narcotics from motel rooms in Cordele, Georgia. Sheriff Hancock passed the information onto agents with the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force.

During the investigation undercover drug agents with the Task Force were able to purchase hydrocodone from Newsome and 40-year old Anetrice Buckles on various occasions. Both Newsome and Buckles were staying in the motel room at the Ashburn Inn. Deputies and agents with the Task Force surveilled the motel room Friday and witnessed Newsome pull up to the room. The search warrant was then served and Newsome was arrested.

During the search of the room agents and deputies seized packets of powdered cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, Hydrocodone, Xanax and marijuana. Also found during the search were numerous bundles of U.S. currency both in the room and on Newsome. Over $19,000 was seized from Newsome as drug proceeds.

While at the room agents encountered two other people that had come to see Newsome. They were 49-year old Shelly Johnson and 48-year old Willie Roger Potter Jr.; both are from Cordele. It was discovered that Potter was wanted on an arrest warrant from Clayton County, Georgia and was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant. During this time Johnson was found to be in possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, Xanax. Johnson was also arrested for illegally possessing the Xanax.

Both Eric Newsome and Anetrice Buckles, who came to the room later, were both charged with selling hydrocodone and possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana. All four people arrested were transported to the Crisp County Detention Center. More arrest are expected to be made in this case.


After stealing gas from Arabi three young adults led Crisp County Deputies on a high speed chase. Deputy Davis spotted the vehicle at Exit 99.  When blue lights were activated the driver fled north to Exit 104 where he exited. The driver continued east until reaching the dead in where he turned north. The chase continued to Hwy. 215 then west. Dooly County Deputies deployed stop sticks deflating the front tires. The vehicle was forced to a stop on Union Street in Vienna. Thanks to Cordele PD, GSP, Vienna PD, and Dooly SO for their assistance. The vehicle was stolen from Houston County.


An armed robbery occurred on Sunday, May 29th, shortly after 10 p.m. at the Waffle House, located just south of the Crisp County High School on Frontage Road. Deputies, canvassing the area, made contact with a vehicle operating without lights, leaving the area of the high school tennis courts. Contact was made with the driver. After further investigation, it was determined that she had originally given officers false identity. She was released to officers with the Cordele Police Department.

Following up with the investigation, investigators with Cordele PD interviewed the female driver and her identity was confirmed as 23 year-old Megan Respress of Cordele. She was arrested and charged with driving with no driver’s license, giving false information to officers and party to a crime. The following morning, Sheriff Billy Hancock received information from a concerned citizen revealing information about the robbery. The agencies continued working together, collecting information and following leads. The information lead officers to the arrest of 21 year-old J’Haire Me’leke Clay of Cordele. He was arrested by the Cordele Police Department and is charged with Armed Robbery. Sheriff Billy Hancock requested assistance from the US Marshal Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. The agencies combined intelligence which led to the arrest of the third individual, 20 year-old Joctavious Newsome in Houston County. At the time of the arrest, authorities recovered a small caliber handgun believed to be used in the armed robbery. Newsome is charged with a State probation violation and armed robbery. As the investigation continues, Newsome could possibly face more charges.

Sheriff Billy Hancock thanks all the agencies involved in bringing these three to justice. Over 100 man-hours were spent on Wednesday alone. This includes officers from the Cordele Police Department, Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, US Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force. This is a testament of how community involvement and agencies working together can make our community a safer and more enjoyable place to live.


A man responsible for the armed robbery of three Subway Restaurants is being actively sought by multiple law enforcement agencies in the southeast.


On May 21st, he robbed a Subway Restaurant in Miramar Beach, Florida, brandishing a firearm and robbing two female employees at gunpoint.


On May 23rd, he entered the Subway store at 1814 16th Avenue East in Cordele.  The suspect purchased a sandwich and waited until he was alone, forcing two female employees into the back room at gunpoint. He robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money and stole a victim’s cell phone, which was later recovered.


On May 26th,  he robbed a Subway Restaurant in Alachua, Florida, brandishing a firearm and robbing the cashier.


The suspect is described as a white male, 5’9" to 6’ tall, wearing a camouflage style ball cap. In two cases (Walton County, FL and Crisp County, GA) the suspect is seen fleeing in a tan 4-door Chevrolet pickup truck. He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. If you have any information please call the Walton County (FL) Sheriff’s Office at (850)-891-8111 or the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 276-2600.


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