The Newnan Times-Herald


GBI declines to investigate Grantville cemetery wall fiasco

  • By Kandice Bell
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  • Nov. 02, 2018 - 6:59 AM

Grantville city officials suggested contacting the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into financing and construction of a cemetery wall that collapsed onto Griffin Street in September, but the agency declined.

Councilman Alan Wacaser and Councilman Mark King called a special meeting Monday evening to discuss requesting an investigation.

In an emailed statement to the Newnan-Times Herald, Nelly Miles, GBI director of Office of Public Affairs, said the GBI is not investigating the situation, but was aware of it.

City Manager Al Grieshaber initially said Grantville Police Chief Steve Whitlock would act as the liaison between the city and the GBI. However, Grieshaber said he received an email Tuesday afternoon from Whitlock saying the GBI would not investigate.

Whitlock said he has spoken with GBI Special Agent in Charge Fred Wimberly concerning the cemetery wall investigation, who recommended the city consult with the Coweta County District Attorney’s office.

“I contacted District Attorney Herb Cranford, who advised the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office should handle the said investigation due to the GBI having a large caseload,” the email from Whitlock read.

Grieshaber said the Coweta County Sheriff’s office is taking over the investigation and had a meeting with city officials Wednesday.

At its last meeting, the council approved the use of city funds to conduct an official investigation.