When it comes to facing challenges and adversity at TCSO, Woodruff said he is capable of adjusting. The results are in, and voters chose incumbent Sheriff James Woodruff for another four years as the Troup County sheriff. Sheriff James Woodruff and challenger Ricky Ward answered four questions apiece, plus made an opening and closing statement. Ward also mentioned giving inmates hopes for a better future after being brought to jail, such as a way to work on earning a high school degree or GED. The suspect was hiding in the yard behind the home. Woodruff said as results came in he didn’t want to call it until all votes were counted. All rights reserved. “The guys and girls out there at the sheriff’s office should be told they are appreciated,” Bolt said. “They did a lot of work to help me get here,” Woodruff said. “I want to thank the citizens of Troup County for their continued support of me and the people I work with,” Woodruff said. Woodruff received 18,462 votes while … Hills and Dales commemorates 150th birthday of Fuller Callaway Sr. LaGrange High School opens new state of the art athletic facility, New interim executive director leads DASH through pandemic. “COVID-19 should have been addressed back in February,” Ward said. 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He also added that he and his staff have accomplished turning over tax collection duties to the tax commissioner’s office, removing the automated phone system at the sheriff’s office, restoring the Junior Deputy Program for all third grades in the Troup County School System, and restoring the Law Enforcement Explorer Program. km). “I believe our service has to go beyond just being the sheriff, just wearing a badge, just going to work every day,” Woodruff said. “The best man won, and it was a positive race.”. “We have property crimes through the roof,” Bolt said. “One thing that I am very proud of that we recently did was the visitation room for children, that are in DFACS custody, while their parents are in jail,” Woodruff said. “You let them do the job. “I am always having to adjust,” Woodruff said. He said he’s Lions Club member; a board member of Pineland, the Georgia Sheriff Youth Home; a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubl a United Way board member; serves as second vice president of youth homes for the state of Georgia; serves as a hospice volunteer; and is on the domestic violence task force. “We have been able to accomplish so much, not so much me personally, but me and the team that I’m so blessed to work with,” Woodruff said. TROUP COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - An undercover human and sex trafficking sting by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, has led to 11 arrests being made. Ward is the only democrat on the ballot for sheriff. “Let’s start at a young age,” Ward said. The Troup County Sheriff’s Office has charged 11 individuals as a result of an undercover prostitution sting. After police spoke with the victim, deputies and investigators went to the residence on Ware Cross Road to locate him. And then I want the citizens to know that I truly have their best interest at heart. TROUP COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - Deputies and investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an aggravated assault. Bolt said if elected he wants to go back to implementing the D.A.R.E program in intermediate schools. Both the victim and the suspect were transported to Well Star West Georgia Medical Center for treatment and evaluation. “This just shows me that the citizens really do appreciate the work we’ve done for them,” Woodruff said. “Putting those programs back in those schools warns them of the dangers of gangs, drugs or social media. “I did go to the municipalities and say ‘don’t bring unnecessary people to jail’ but some misdemeanors like family violence have to be brought to the jail … Violent offenders have to be removed out of that home. Misty Baker received this letter from Governor Brian Kemp earlier this week. “I certainly appreciate them. “As to COVID-19, if you know and everybody knows, when this started we were all on a learning curve … We tested every single inmate in that jail. “You never want to take anything for granted,” Woodruff said. Woodruff, who has served as sheriff since 2012, said he wants to run for a third term because there is more to accomplish. Woodruff said his staff played an important role in the election. Jacob Cruz is charged with the following: This case remains under investigation by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office. He said that his biggest goal the rest of the year will be getting through COVID and opening the visitation room back up for prisoners and children in DFACS custody. All rights reserved. TROUP COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - An undercover human and sex trafficking sting by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, has … “They stepped up and gave me that money,” Woodruff said. Ward, a longtime Troup County Marshal, discussed his work background in his closing statement, including 31 years in law enforcement. In closing, Woodruff discussed his community outreach efforts. Woodruff, as well as others at the announcement, was featured in pictures on the front of The LaGrange Daily News with a story on that announcement. Woodruff mentioned crisis intervention training, which he said has helped jail staff handle inmates with mental issues. Woodruff discussed the difficulties of separating inmates due to the varying severity of crimes, a topic he discussed many times after the outbreak at the jail. He used an example from when he first took office in 2013. We got our population down to 300 in that jail, with the help of the judges,” Woodruff said. When we had those turn up positive, we immediately started a plan with my chief deputy heading it up, reclassifying those, putting some up on the hill at the jail annex separating them from the inmates at the jail.”. When asked about keeping inmates and jail staff safe at the Troup County Jail, Ward brought up COVID-19. Sheriff James Woodruff advised that the undercover operation began Thursday evening and lasted throughout the night, but the sting was the culmination of a lengthy investigation. Troup is a county in the State of Georgia. Woodruff said when he was first elected, he went to sheriff’s school that taught him to surround yourself with people that you trust with your life. We had 71 turn up positive. “When I first started at TCSO, I was looking at ideas to make my shift, and ultimately when I run the jail, to make it better to work at. Son charged after assault on mother, Troup Co. Sheriff’s Office investigates. Ward said it’s important that the community feels like Troup County is a safe place to raise a family. Alex joined the digital team in December 2017. Bolt, who is a Troup County native, said he has always admired law enforcement since he was a child. I am so blessed to be part of that team.”. “Going back to when I was a kid and seeing the involvement that patrol deputies had in the neighborhoods, they were visible, you know who they were, they knew who you were, they interacted with you and you didn’t have the crime you do now,” Bolt said. I’m just hoping that they come up with a cure for COVID-19, and I can go and travel and enjoy myself.”. “This was a one and done. Let’s get through COVID.”, Five-term incumbent Republican Morris Jones won a sixth term in the race for Troup County Board of Commissioners District 4.... read more, Jones beats Lopez, wins sixth term on commission, West Point City Council discusses fiscal year 2021 budget, LaGrange man escapes custody, re-apprehended, ‘Alarming’ data: Troup County leaders discuss COVID-19 update in roundtable, Hogg Mine rural tourism application approved, Troup receives grants, Local opens clothing store to inspire others, Main Street Market in Hogansville opens for business, LaGrange Art Museum resumes regular hours after 8-week closure, Some dining rooms remain closed despite order, take out options remain, Students give back through video game tournament, Following daughter’s death, Casey Martin publishes children’s book to help others cope with grief, Evans named Probation Officer of the Year. The victim got in between her son and his girlfriend to separate them. It all starts with me, and it’s time for a change. Woodruff, who has served as sheriff since 2013, said the key to lowering crime rates is increased community involvement. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Let’s open these doors and opportunities to ensure there is a better way.”. Hills and Dales commemorates 150th birthday of Fuller Callaway Sr. LaGrange High School opens new state of the art athletic facility, New interim executive director leads DASH through pandemic. Copyright 2020 WTVM. On the budgeting and No. I want the citizens to know I am going to work just as hard these next four years.”. The jail experienced an outbreak in June. Investigators say that the operation began by identifying advertisements of prostitution and investigating those who placed the ads online. Bolt said he wants to change the direction of Troup County and not make it so political. We’ve got to have our churches involved, our citizens involved, our businesses involved, and that’s the only way we will ever conquer this crime situation we’ve got.”. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues, Romaine lettuce recall 2020: Tanimura & Antle recalls single heads of romaine for possible E. coli contamination. TROUP COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - Deputies and investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an aggravated assault. You cannot just give them a citation.”. “I appreciate their confidence in me. Bolt said he preferred not to disclose which agency he works at now, due to political concerns. Woodruff received 18,462 votes while … “I want to get our ministers back into the jail,” Woodruff said, “A lot of people have not been able to come to the jail and visit because of COVID. A Gray Media Group, Inc. Station - © 2002-2020 Gray Television, Inc. Undercover Troup Co. sex trafficking sting leads to 11 arrests. Bolt said he also hopes to implement safe driving courses for teenagers in the community. Chester Whitley, 29, was arrested in Columbus Wednesday, Nov. 6 and is charged with unlawful surveillance, six counts of criminal attempt unlawful surveillance, and violation of oath of office. “In my opinion, the people that were incarcerated, I would’ve went to the judges and said ‘hey, the people here on misdemeanors, let’s do what we can do to release them.”. Ward said he had no hard feelings after seeing the official results. 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