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June 19, 2014

GBI raids S. Ga. personal care homes

HAHIRA — Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the following statement this morning:

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, at approximately 8 am, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, Morven Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office initiated the execution of two simultaneous search warrants at Uplift, 7752 GA HWY 133, Morven, GA (Brooks County) and 7478 Chase Way, Hahira, GA (Lowndes County). This execution was the result of a two month criminal investigation and also resulted in the following arrests and charges:

Tyrone Terrell, Owner of Uplift, 59, of 6390 Whispering Oaks Drive North, Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested and charged with Operating a Personal Care Home without a License, Exploitation-8 Counts, Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult and Simple Battery.

Donald Randall, an Uplift volunteer, 56, of 7752 GA HWY 133, Morven, Georgia, was arrested for Exploitation-5 Counts, Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult and Aggravated Assault.

Robert Klock, an Uplift volunteer, 28, of 7478 Chase Way, Hahira, Georgia, was arrested for Exploitation, Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult, Aggravated Assault and Battery.

Wilbert Davis, an Uplift employee, 56, of 7752 GA HWY 133, Morven, Georgia, was arrested for Exploitation- 3 Counts, Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult and Simple Battery.

Paul Graham, an Uplift resident, 53, of 7752 GA HWY 133, Morven, Georgia, was arrested for   Exploitation, Abuse or Neglect of a Disabled Adult and Aggravated Battery.

Denise Dermody, an Uplift resident, 63 of 7752 GA HWY 133, Morven, Georgia, was arrested for Exploitation and Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult.

The actions by arrestees that led to these charges were carried out over the past 12 months. Also assisting with the operation was Georgia Department of Community Health-Division of Health Facility Regulations, Benchmark Human Services, Adult Protective Services, South Georgia Ambulance, Southern Circuit District Attorney’s Office and Brooks County Victim’s Assistance.

 

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