ROUNDUP: Omega police find drugs, stolen items at abandoned house

OMEGA, Ga. — Police in a small southwest Georgia town discovered crack cocaine, marijuana and stolen items at an abandoned house, police officials say.

Omega Police Chief Eric Windmoller tells the Tifton Gazette, that his department discovered about 20 rocks of a substance believed to be crack cocaine, marijuana and a stolen lawnmower.

Police began watching the house after a neighbor reported increased traffic at the abandoned house on Watson Circle and, after noticing several code enforcement violations, police began investigating the property more thoroughly.

Windmoller says that prosecuting the owner of the drugs will be difficult since it's an abandoned house, but he says he's glad just to get the drugs off the street.

“We are continuing to work on this drug case and others. Of course, we have suspects toward this case, but these things take time,” he told the newspaper. “Basically, all we did that day was get some drugs off the street before they got sold and made some dealer lose a pile of money. It would be nice to have an arrest to go along with the drugs, but I’m pretty content with just messing up a dealer’s day, also.”


Decatur County commission grants employee bonuses

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — The Decatur County Commission has voted to give all of its employees a one-time "employee performance incentive," worth up to $100 each.

The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight reports that the unanimous vote means that all employees — full and part-time — will receive an extra payment during the month of December.

According to the paper, the bonus will be $100 to full-time employees hired anytime before Dec. 1, 2012, and $50 to part-time employees. Commissioners and the county administrator are exempt from the bonus payment.


Grenade found in box of produce

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Afternoon commutes in Columbus were snarled Tuesday after a grenade was found in a box of produce along Floyd Road.

According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, two Bonnybrook Way residents discovered the device inside a brown cardboard box about 4:40 p.m. on the street corner. Traffic was halted while a bomb technician arrived from the Columbus Police Department. After an investigation, the technician took control of the device for disposal.