Crime

Two men arrested on separate charges in Meriwether County

Ben Wright

benw@ledger-enquirer.com

A 24-year-old man has been jailed in a Monday shooting in the 1400 block of Dukes Waddell Road in Woodbury, the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office said in a release today.

 Christopher Jacob Burke was taken into custody without incident at a home on McGill Road, Sheriff Chuck Smith said.  He is being held without bond in the Meriwether County Jail in connection with the shooting. He faces one count of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property and two counts of burglary first degree.

 During the investigation of the shooting, detectives linked Burke to two burglaries. One break-in was on River Road in Manchester before the shooting and a second on Whitehouse Parkway in Warm Springs.

 Investigators found a stolen gun in a wooded area off of Chapel Hill Road, Manchester. It was reported stolen from Harris County in December 2015.

 In other action, the sheriff’s office arrested a 49-year-old man for marijuana possession in the restroom at Unity Elementary School on Tuesday.

 Eric Alan Robinson of Greenville, Ga., also faces one count each of carrying a weapon on school property, disrupting public schools and disorderly conduct. He is held on $10,000 bond at the Meriwether County Jail. Smith said the case will be submitted to the district attorney’s office for prosecution by the School Resource Division.

 Deputies were called to the school about 10 a.m. to check on a disruptive subject. At some point, a student encountered Robinson smoking weed in the boy’s restroom. The school was placed on lockdown in accordance with school policy.

 “When our personnel arrived on scene contact was made with Robinson,” the sheriff said. “Our personnel could smell the strong odor of burnt marijuana on Robinson’s person and in the bathroom area where he had been.”

 The suspect continued to confront deputies before he was taken into custody. Deputies seized marijuana and a small knife in his coat pocket.

 “I appreciated the effort put forth by my personnel to get these subjects in custody in an expeditious manner without further incident.”  Smith said.    

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