Larry Stanford Editor
November 5, 2013
A Thomaston man broke a window and jumped out of it to escape from his burning house on October 26. He suffered small lacerations on his hands and was treated at the scene.
According to a report by Thomaston Police Officer Bruce Gilbert, he arrived at 774 Popular Drive and saw smoke coming from the residence. He found the resident, identified as Gerrick Ellerbee, outside. Ellerbee said he was cooking in the kitchen and went to another room to check on his computer and fell asleep. He awoke when the smoke detector went off. Ellerbee said he could not see anything in front of him because of smoke, so he broke a window and climbed out.
The Thomaston Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze. Cause of the blaze is believed to be a grease fire in the kitchen, which was the only area of the house damaged by the fire. The house was turned back over to Ellerbee.
Thomaston police are also investigating a barrel fire at Weaver Park. According to a report by Officer Ulysses Clark, he responded to the park about 3:30 a.m. on October 28 and found a plastic barrel on fire on the south side of the pavilion building. He noticed some paper towels had been taken from the women’s restroom and used to start the fire. The Thomaston fire Department arrived and put out the fire.
A Thomaston man is facing a felony theft by shoplifting charge after he allegedly stole seven steaks from Piggly-Wiggly. According to a report by Thomaston Police Officer Johnny Middlebrooks, he responded to a shoplifting call at Piggly-Wiggly on October 25. The store manager said she reviewed surveillance video of a black male riding in a motorized cart and selecting steaks. He was then seen putting the steaks into a shopping bag and leaving the store, getting onto a bicycle and traveling northbound on North Center Street.
TPD Investigators Ledbetter and Snipes made contact with the man, identified as Ronald Griffin, on North Bethel Street at Daniel Street. He was riding a bicycle and in possession of a bag containing seven steaks. Griffin was arrested and transported to the Upson County Jail. He was charged with Theft by Shoplifting and Criminal Trespass. According to the report, Griffin had been advised during a preliminary hearing from a shoplifting charge at Piggly-Wiggly the previous month not to go back to Piggly-Wiggly.