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Another gun incident at Spalding courthouse

A man was arrested on election day after attempting to carry a firearm into the Spalding County courthouse. It was the second such arrest this year. Multi-topic release from Spalding sheriff Wendell Beam follows: On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at 2:30 PM, Marion Duane Hughes, age 70, of 140 Lake Road, Griffin, Georgia was arrested by Spalding County Deputies Ron Buchanan and Larry Todd when he entered the Spalding County Courthouse carrying a handgun and a knife. Mr. Hughes was charged with two counts of Carrying a Weapon in an Unauthorized Location and one count of Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer. Mr. Hughes was released from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on a $3327.25 bond. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, William Chase McMurray, Age 22, of 4241 Old Atlanta Road, Griffin, Georgia was arrested following a vehicle chase. Mr. McMurray was arrested when Deputy Michael Chadwick observed him run a red traffic light at the intersection of Hill Street and Taylor Street. Mr. McMurray failed to stop for Deputy Chadwick and a chase followed. The chase ended when Mr. McMurray stopped at 726 South 8th Street and fled on foot. He was arrested following a short foot chase. He was taken to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and charged with the following: ‘¢ Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute. ‘¢ Possession of Methamphetamine. ‘¢ Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer. ‘¢ Fleeing or Attempting to elude. ‘¢ Driving With Suspended Driver’s License. ‘¢ Disregard of a Traffic Control Device (Red Light). Mr. McMurray is currently incarcerated in the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * On Thursday, October 25, 2012, an article in the Griffin Daily News reported that two women reported an odd odor at Tyus Park. The women reported they smelled ‘˜pot’ in the area. They reported this to the 911 Center and a deputy was in the area at the time. The women reported the ‘˜pot odor’ was coming from the patrol car. Sheriff Wendell Beam was notified of this report and an investigation began immediately. The deputy was interviewed and a canine trained in drug detection searched the patrol car and the area in Tyus Park where the incident occurred. A drug test was also administered to the deputy. There were not any drugs found in the patrol car, the area, or the deputy’s system. The source of the ‘˜odd odor’ was unknown.

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