SPICEWOOD, Texas — A suspect in a Central Texas double slaying has died after apparently hanging himself in his jail cell.
The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office identified the inmate as Gregory Currie, formerly of Cedartown. Sheriff W.T. Smith says Currie apparently used part of a bedsheet to hang himself. Jailers found his body Saturday night.
Firefighters in Spicewood previously discovered the bodies of Thomas Wells and his girlfriend Dorrina Reese in a burning home. Currie was arrested on a capital murder charge.
Two other suspects remained in custody. Juston Curbow has been charged with capital murder. Melissa Frink faces a charge of tampering with evidence.
Investigators say the suspects knew the victims. Authorities haven’t said how Wells and Reese died.
Spicewood is 55 miles northwest of Austin.
Those who died in service of their country will be remembered this Memorial Day at Memorial Circle in Shannon. People will gather at noon Monday at the Brighton Monument to honor fallen Americans and the 12 members of the Brighton family — employees and staff of Brighton Mills and Model School — who died in World War II. An honor guard will present the colors at the ceremony. Boy and Girl Scouts will lay a wreath at the monument, and doves will be released. Former County Commissioner Jack Dickey will introduce the speaker, retired Army Maj. Gen. Douglas L. Carver, who also served as chief of chaplains. “A lot of people don’t understand the meaning of it,” Dickey said of Memorial Day. “It’s to remember those people who died, so we could have our freedom.” The honor guard will give a three-volley gun salute and a trumpeter will perform “Taps.” Bagpipes will then sound “Amazing Grace.” The annual ceremony stems from Julian K. Morrison, the first president and major stockholder of Southern Brighton Mills. He called his employees and staff the Brighton family, of which 408 served during World War II. Twelve died, leading Morrison to erect the Brighton Family Memorial Monument. The monument sits just off Burlington Road, near its intersection with Minshew Road. “Every good American should remember why we’re here,” Dickey said of Memorial Day observances. Memorial Day services are scheduled across the area this Monday. The Cedartown Veterans Memorial Park Committee’s annual program will start at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, which is located on East Avenue at Greenwood Drive. Lt. Col. John Frasier will speak at the ceremony. An American Legion honor guard will deliver a 21-gun salute. Wreaths will be presented in memory of fallen service members. Pavers can be bought for $150. The name, rank and service dates of a former or current member of the U.S. military can then be engraved on them before they’re placed. The American Legion Post 52 is hosting a Memorial Day barbecue and Brunswick stew sale from noon to 4 p.m. Monday at 1205 Calhoun Ave. Plates will cost $7, and they will include pork, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and a pickle. Drinks cost an additional dollar. Brunswick stew will cost $2.50 for a cup, $4 for a pint, $7 for a quart and $28 for a gallon. Proceeds will go to veterans and families in need.
A Rome man is jailed on several charges for allegedly attacking a 12-year-old and cursing at other children, according to Floyd County Jail reports.
According to the reports:
Stephen Jarrod Washington, 22, of 520 Ashland Park Blvd. N.E., tackled the 12-year-old to the ground while on Ashland Park Boulevard, causing him to hit his head on the cement and sprain his ankle.
Washington also cursed at an 11-year-old.
He is charged with two counts of felony cruelty to children and two counts of misdemeanor cruelty to children. There is also a hold on Washington from Bartow County.
He is being held in the Floyd County Jail without bond.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College has released the names of students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2013 spring semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, the student must maintain a quarterly GPA of 3.8 or higher with a course load of at least 12 credit hours. To be eligible for the Dean’s List the student must maintain a quarterly GPA of 3.5 to 3.79 with a course load of at least 12 credit hours.
PRESIDENT’S LIST Floyd County: Richard Adams, Toni Adams, James Adcock, Haley Alexander, Mariah Bailey, Tommy Baker, Gary Barton, Linda Baxter, Christina Beach, Brooks Bell, Michael Bishop, Lindsey Boatfield, Sarah Burnette, Charles Burns, Oscar Castaneda Bernal, Charman Churchwell, Alejandra Cisneros, Yesenia Cisneros, Jennifer Clemons, Byron Cliatt, Judith Clinard, Bradley Clonts, David Cox, Christopher Culberson, Sheena Daniels, Cristy Dillard, Elizabeth Dunay, Amber Eads, Joanna Early, Kandi Edwards, Kayla Evans, Rachel Evers, Jesse Faile, Darrell Garrett, Shanna Gattenby, Jule Glover, Bobby Gosa, Timothy Grimes, Thomas Grissom, Janice Harbison, Kaila Headrick, Ronald Hice II, Elizabeth Hilburn, Kimberly Hindmon, Renee Hite, Heather Hunsicker, Randi Hunter, Twinkle Jacobson, Jerald Jennings, Marcellus Jones, Lori Justice, Jonathan Karpie, Tyler Keith, Andrea Kelley, Benjamin Kinsey, Charlotte Kinsey, Jonathan Lambert, Stephanie Lee, Antonio Lopez, Amanda Lovitt, Lowell Marks, Oscar Martin, Rachel Matthews, Amanda Mayberry, Chris McClure, Kyle McCullough, Mohamad Rozeb Momin, Stephanie Mosley, Stephanie Mulkey, Meagan Murphy, Christopher Nelson, Toby Nelson, Sarah Nicometi, Matthew Norton, Katherine Parker, Sajni Patel, Walter Paxtor-Hernandez, Natasha Peace, Misty Perez, LaTerrian Perkins, Ashley Phillips, Dustin Phillips, Kortnee Pierce, Heather Putnam, Amanda Ray, Caitlin Ray, Randy Read, Dennis Reeder, Chad Reynolds, Ashley Ridge, Tiffany Robinson, Holli Sapp, Hiley Schlesinger, Shana Scott, Dorian Sigman, Donna Sims, Michael Slay, Mike Smith, Arlita Springer, Kyle Stapley, Jason Stewart, Kisha Stewart, Terrence Stocks, Erin Stone, Danielle Swanson, Shana Terrell, Abraham Tessin, Anthony Thomas, Sarah Thomas, Joshua Thomson, Crystal Voils, Luther Webb, Matthew White, Kayla Williams, Tina Wilson, Kelly Wright, Nicole-Marie von Bergen. Polk County: Emilee Atkins, Shacari Beard, Jessica Benefield, Juana Clark, Morgan Clark, Melinda Folsom, Gwendolyn Hannah, Britni Harris, Eva Hensley, Jasmine Hughes, Deborah Jones, Monica King, Paul Nails, Taylor Patterson, Kerianna Pettett, Jordan Pledger, Michael Plemons, Emily Robinson, Jennie Summer, Sarah Vandegrift, Adlynn Watson, Sherry Wells, Rebecca Williams, Diana Wright. Gordon County: Dana Amick, Elizabeth Annibale, Stephanie Asadi, April Barry, Candace Boggs, Savannah Boone, Margaret Brookshire, Kirk Brown, Nathan Brown, Brice Bryant, Brian Childers, Devin Childers, Sean Cobler, Angelena Colquitt, Sara Colston, Samuel Dantonio, Steven DeArk, Paul Duis, Michael Edwards, Rachael Evelti, Maria Fitz, Mark Freeman, Rachel Freeman, Megan King, Savannah Konter, Heather Land, April Mason, Jolana Maule, Allison Mulkey, Marketa Nicholson, Jared Noland, Justin Pack, Luis Santizo, Christina Sartin, Hannah Schubert, Myra Smallwood, Hanna Smith, Rebecka Smith, Trampus Terry, Zackary Turner, Heather Vess, Aaron White. Chattooga County: Stephen Anderson, Tammie Blackmon, Patrick Canada, Stacy Chamlee, Christopher Clark, Brianna Coppinger, Jaime Day, Timothy Dendy, Tiffany Foster, Angela Gill, James Gilliland, Amanda Gonzalez, Brandon Hampton, Robert Hanson, Brandy Hill, Zachary Ivester, Kendra Johnson, Shelia Johnson, Rhonda Lively, Carter Logan, Vivian McHan, Sabrina Middleton, Terri Noles, Sonya Ragland, April Riggs, Samantha Stowe, Abbigale Strawn, Ryan Tucker, Lavoris Williams, Maleah Williams, Jessica Willingham, Qiuhong Zhang. Catoosa County: Russell Ariks, Christopher Bethune, Susan Bowman, Monica Carroll, Margaret Daniel, Christopher Herron, John Hunter, Joseph Kiker, Brittani McGibony, Samantha Milford, Wendy Miller, Stephenie Mitchell, Lacey Mullis, Amy Roach, Pamela Varnell, Adam Walker. Walker County: Kara Akins, Madison Akins, Laura Ayres, Chase Barrett, Renee Blue, Gary Bruce, Brenda Caheely, Jeremy Croft, Nicholas Cronnon, Gregory Crump, Tammy Davis, Elizabeth DeBord, Thomas Dial, Maria Diaz, Jody Dunn, Wesley Forrest, Chaunsey Fowler, Hailey Fugatt, Tasha Gravitt, Sarah Griffin, Jessica Grubb, Jan Harmon, Logan Hendricks, Shannon Johnson, Daniel Jones, Casey Liles, Kasandra Lumpkin, Debra McCarthy, Darrell McNabb, Rickey Morton, William Mount, Benelyn Vicki Nix, Carolyn Parker, Joy Patton, Lisa Pearson, Buddy Pevehouse, Alana Price, Pamela Rasmussen, Davina Ritch, Brandy Rogers, Thomas Sainthill, Kelly Samples, Karen Sanford, Ashley Scarbrough, Andrea Smith, Kelly Stephens, Sonia Stoker, Nora Suarez Smith, Jessica Swaney, Cara Thomasson, Daniel Travis, Lisa Varnell, Tyler Veal, Harold Williams. DEAN’S LIST Floyd County: Mitchell Anderson, Nicola Atkins, Anna Baker, Preston Berrong, Jordan Brooks, Anthony Brown, Kymberli Bush, Amanda Camp, Jennifer Chapman, Che Cheek, Valerie Cook, Freddy Cornejo, Ericka Dabbs, Nikia DeWitte, Tony Dillard, Carol Dixon, Cody Dobbs, Amber Ellison, Erica Ellison, Clarice Estes, Jomandi Fisher, Betty Gable, Benjamin Gaylor, Jonathan Goedert, Brandi Gossett, Jackie Hampton, Jodie Hardy, Mekel Harper, Matthew Harvey, Russell Hawkins, Veleka Hester, Grace Holder, Michael Hollis, Christina James, Heather Justice, Zachary Kidd, Michael Kirksey, Sarah Kneifl, Deana Kraus, Debbie Lassiter, Noemi Martinez, Melissa Mclain, Michelle Moore, Matthew Neeley, Chad Osborn, Tammy Oswalt, Charlotte Peach, Emmanuel Perdomo, Candice Peugh, Julia Pollard, Kevin Poole, Hayden Quinn, Calen Roberson, Bruce Rogers, Jessica Russell, Dana Scruggs, Marsha Seal, Demetrias Smith, Sierra Smith, Jennifer Strickland, Toby Tillery, Alice Towe, Kellie Treglown, Stephen Trott, Darrell Tucker, Felicia Tyler, Cali Walker, Stacey Waters, Evelyn Williams. Polk County: Richard Albert, Matthew Arnold, Tara Bauer, Matthew Bryant, Joshua Campbell, Phillip Davis, Jason Deems, Shane Elrod, Clayton Fandry, Amanda Fennell, Jonathan Guzman, Sarah Hatchette, Yannet Hernandez, Nicole Jackson, Amanda Kelley, Harley King, Matthew McCraw, Quentin Nash, Kimberly Palmer, Lisa Sciarappa, Katherine Short, Haleigh Stocks, Adam Warner, Haley Wesson, Lauren Wray. Gordon County: Steven Barnette, Clyde Burchett, Angela Clark, Mary Cochran, Rachel Cooper, Andrea Davis, Vicki Dunn, Deanna Edwards, Elizabeth Fightmaster, Michael Flowers, Tiffany Goins, Shelly Hedden, Kati Hibberts, Taunyia Hogan, Denise Hunter, Angela Kamami, Shaynna Lay, Iesha Marshall, Melea Monica, Gustavo Monroy, Keith Murphy, Angel Nannie, Consequela Ramos, Robert Smith, Ariacne Vilchis, Tara White, Patricia Wilson. Chattooga County: Justin Baker, Sara Bender, Erika Blackwell, Tabitha Brown, Tina Curry, Aimee Espy, Leslie Gazaway, Autumn Hampton, Norval Henderson, Alicia Housch, Kimberly Laney, Kaci Lawson, Ethan Nixon, Shannon Roach, Justin Stowe, Cory Tanner, Robert Wammack, Trent Wilson, Samantha Wooten, Larry Wright. Catoosa County: Casey Davis, Christopher Davis, Krystal Ducker, Tammy Flowers, Shelia Gentry, Brandi Goff, Amanda Hammersley, Cherie Massengale, Andrew McDaniel, Joshua Morrow, Sierra Payton, Phillip Plank, Tabitha Pullum, Lisa Rae, Brandon Reagan, Claudia Selvidge, Frederick Simpson, Cynthia Weaver, Judd Whitfield. Walker County: William Adams, Michael Caruso, Alexander Chambliss, Hellen Conally, Jessica Cooper, Jessica Crouser, Dustin Derryberry, Jamie Dover, Glenda Edwards, Shelbe Ellis, Virginia Everett, Kayla Fowler, Jeremy Gamble, Denise Gaskey, Sandra Gilbreath, Heather Goodwin, Brianne Harmon, Teresa Hill, Erica Hix, Kandice Holt, Shelly Humphrey, Allison James, Melissa Loveless, Lauren Maples, Brooke Massey, Candice McClain, Dawn Oswalt, Erica Parks, Angela Patton, Alexandrea Peace, Brandon Raines, Chelsie Russell, Aaron Shepherd, Robert Skelf, David Tate, Karianna Taylor, Mindy Thompson Mendy, Christopher Wigley, Shelia Williams, Sydney Wittenbarger, Benjamin Wood.
A warrant has been issued for a Rome man who is very familiar to law enforcement — he once jumped out of a police car going 50 mph, slipped out of his handcuffs and eluded police for a day. Rome police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Joe Don Entwisle, 52, in connection with the burglary of a home in West Rome on April 23. Police said he got away with $40,000 in watches, $20,000 in jewelry, a laptop and a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun. In June of 2002, Entwisle kicked out the glass in the back of a Rome police car and escaped while on his way to jail on burglary and theft charges, according to reports. He managed to hide from police under mud and leaves and later slipped through his handcuffs. He was recaptured the next day. David Stewart, who was a Floyd County police investigator at the time, told the Rome News-Tribune that he knew Entwisle from Entwisle’s service in the Marines and called him “the closest thing to Rambo you can get.” Entwisle was released from prison on Sept. 2, 2011, after serving nine years on a variety of charges — including five counts of receiving stolen goods, two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of criminal interference with government property, three counts of obstruction and one count of escape, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. Since his release from prison, he was arrested once, in March of this year, for a parole violation, according to Floyd County Jail records. The parole hold was released, and Entwisle got out of jail on April 9, according to jail officials. His address on those records is 107 Lindsey Drive. Entwisle has criminal history dating back more than 17 years. He was convicted of first-degree forgery in 1998 and served a little more than a year in prison, according to the DOC. In 1996, he served a year and a month in prison after a September 1996 conviction for theft by taking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property, theft by deception, theft by taking and two counts of first-degree forgery, according to the DOC. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Rome detective Pete Sailors at 706-238-5118.