January Citizen Poll

Social Circle Police Investigating Homicide

On January 7, 2018 at approximately 1:30am the Social Circle Police Department was dispatched to the 600 block of Meadows Ln Social Circle, Ga in reference to a fight.  Prior to our arrival, Walton County 911 advised that a male subject had been shot multiple times and left the location in a silver car.  Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were flagged down by a silver car on Hwy 11 in the area of Lipscomb Rd.  Inside the car were three juveniles who stated their uncle, who was driving, had been shot multiple times.  The victim identified as 27 year old Jonathan Rajiv Gresham from Monroe was transported to Clearview Regional Hospital and later died from his injuries.  Social Circle Police Department has arrested 32 year old Keith Katrell Malcom from Monroe in connection with the homicide and he is being held at the Walton County Jail charged with aggravated assault, murder, four counts of cruelty to children, possession of a firearm during a commission of a crime, possession of firearm by a convicted felon and possession of schedule 1 drugs with intent to distribute.

Thus far, the investigation revealed that there was some type of verbal argument inside the residence during a get together between Jonathan Gresham and Keith Malcom.  The two men went outside and shots were fired.  As of now, it is unknown what the argument was about and this investigation is still on-going.  SCPD is being assisted by the GBI, Walton County Sheriff’s Crime Scene, Walton County DA’s Office and Walton County Coroner’s Office.

Update from Chief Oliver about the Break-ins in the Area

There have been several break-ins reported in Social Circle and also Newton and Walton Counties. The incidents occurred in Jubilee, Laurel Oaks and Windsong. There are a few leads including fingerprints and surveillance video. It’s believed they were driving a gray Dodge Ram or a white Dodge Charger.

The Social Circle Police Department have added additional patrols to increase coverage during the overnight hours after break-ins were reported in the surrounding area. The Social Circle Police Department is working with agencies in the surrounding area to find the suspects. We will post updates as we have more information.

We caution residents to remove all valuables and personal items from your car and keep your doors locked. If you see or hear anything suspicious please give us a call.

If your vehicle was broken into, please let us know.

City Holiday Schedule

City Hall will be closed Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26 and Monday, January 1. There will be no bus service on those days.

Trash pick up will be delayed by a day the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tuesday pickups will take place on Wednesday and Thursday pickups will take place on Friday both weeks.

Once you have finished enjoying your Christmas tree, recycle it! Bring it to the parking lot behind the
Police Station between Dec 26 and Jan 6 and we will work with Keep Walton Beautiful to turn
the tree into mulch.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to serving you in 2018!

The Police Department Needs Your Help

The Social Circle Police Department is asking for your assistance in identifying these two women in connection with a theft that occurred on December 12 between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm at Barbed Wire & Lace in Social Circle. Allegedly, one woman distracted the victim while another stole her wallet. The stolen cards were later used at the Wal-Mart located at 10300 Industrial Blvd in Covington, where this image was obtained from security cameras.

There is a possible reward for any information leading to an arrest and prosecution in this case.

Tips can be sent to policechief@socialcirclega.com or call the anonymous tip line at 770-464-6936.

Annual Gas Leak Survey In Progress

Over the next two weeks, the City of Social Circle Gas Department will be performing their annual gas leak survey. A contractor accompanied by a City employee will be going throughout the City checking gas meters. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Barry Parsons at bparsons@socialcirclega.com (770) 464-2380.

Police Department Offers Tips for Safe Holidays

The holidays are a popular time for thieves to target homes around town. To keep your holidays safe, please follow these tips:

  • Do not leave boxes on your porch. Consider having the packages delivered to your workplace or set the delivery options to require a signature.
  • Do not put intact boxes out for trash pickup or recycling. Break down boxes and put in your trashcan or recycling. This keeps thieves from identifying new big-ticket items that you’ve purchased and target your home for later.
  • If you will be out of town for the holidays, request an extra patrol with the police department. Download request form.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car and keep your car and home locked.

Police Department Offers Extra Patrols

If you have plans to travel during the holidays, you can request that the Police Department keep an eye on your residence while you are away. Complete the Extra Patrol Request Form and email it to toliver@socialcirclega.com or bring the completed form by the Police Department. The police officers will include your residence in their rounds during the day and evening shifts. For questions, please email  toliver@socialcirclega.com or call the Police Department at (770) 464-2366.

Sewer Line Upgrades to begin November 13

The City of Social Circle executed a contract on 10/31/17 with Site Engineering of Atlanta to replace the existing sewer lines in 3 locations: South Forest Avenue, Tower Road, and Spring Street. Specific areas involved are:

  • Residences between 246 and 302 South Forest Avenue – project work will be located on the right of way in the front yards of the homes.
  • Residences between 856 and 896 Tower Road – project work will be located in the back yards of the residences beside the railroad right of way.
  • 353 Spring Street residence – project work will be located behind the residence at 353 Spring Street.

The scope of the project is to replace the line, install new manholes, and reconnect any laterals from homes in the areas. The total amount of line to be installed is 1,543 feet of 8” PVC pipe with 4 new manholes installed and 8 reconnections.

The preliminary schedule is to begin the project on November 13, 2017 and complete within 90 days (February 1, 2018). The purpose of these sewer projects is a first step of reduction of inflow / infiltration throughout the city’s collection lines and thus making the collection system a more efficient utility for the city’s current and future needs.

Should you have any questions or comments, please call Barry Parsons at bparsons@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-2380 or Jay Link at jlink@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-3781.

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers. The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency. The fire extinguishers involved were sold by Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. These fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.

For more information and how to identify the models involved in the recall, please visit https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and