The Houston District Attorney's Office is mourning the tragic death of Legal Assistant Jessica Nicole Wolfe in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 18, 2012. Jessica was an important member of the DA's staff and a truly wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time. Please pray for our staff also as we deal with this senseless loss of a friend, co-worker, and member of our Houston courthouse family. Jessica will forever be remembered and missed.
A viewing will be held at McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins on March 21st from 6-8PM and the funeral will be held on March 22nd at 2PM.
The District Attorney's office congratulates our Chief Assistant District Attorney Amy Smith on her appointment by Governor Nathan Deal to be the new Solicitor-General for Houston County. Amy has been with the DA's office for more than fourteen years and shown herself to be a conscientious and dedicated public servant. It is no surprise that Governor Deal recognized the outstanding individual we have always known her to be. Amy has always maintained an excellent work ethic and efficiently and effectively prosecuted every variety of case handled by the DA's office. Her special talents and focus will be of great benefit to the Solicitor's office and all of Houston County. Amy combines a drive for justice with a recognition of the core issues in any case. She is also a very talented and capable administrator. Her ability to balance all aspects of the job and deal with the associated stress, makes her a great choice for Solicitor-General. We will miss Amy in the DA's office, but are glad to know she will be continuing to seek justice and serve the citizens of Houston County. We truly wish Amy the very best and much success in her new position as Solicitor General.
A person commits the offense of unlawful possession of firearms or weapons when he or she knowingly has in his or her possession any sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon, or silencer, and, upon conviction thereof, he or she shall be punished by imprisonment for a period of five years.
From: District Attorney Kelly Burke
ApparenFinally, I urge people to ask questions if they don't understand the BOE policy or this office's pursuit of these cases. I believe we are about the easiest prosecutor's office in the country to contact. We have a superb website and a wonderful staff to answer inquiries. We are here to serve you.
Question from citizen: I see we are spending a lot of time making sure our kids go to the correct school. I saw on the news this morning that the crime rate in Houston County is up 19%. Are we losing focus on our job here as law enforcement? I could see this if we were out of anything to do, the streets were safer than ever, and we were just trying to justify our positions. Seems crime is slipping and we are concentrating on the trivial things. Why don't we get back to the basics clean up our streets then focus on the less important items. I am a tax payer in both Houston and Peach County. I don't have a problem with it. We are prosecuting these people and the criminals remain on the streets. Are we just working on the easy crimes?
1. My ex-husband lives in Houston County but I live in Peach. I am the primary physcial custodian but we have always shared equally custody of the children. We want the children to go to Houston County schools. My ex-husband pays child support to me. Can my children go to Houston County schools? Answer: No. The primary physical custodian is the mother. That is where the children have to go to school.
We have had many anonymous comments about out of zone and out of county violations, which we appreciate. Those reports have led to the investigation of dozens of individuals for fraudulently obtaining services from Houston County's Board of Education. We urge anyone with information to continue to provide that to us at www.houstonda.org/schools or call us at 478-218-4264. We value your reports and want to investigate any complaint. Based on the information obtained so far, over 125 children have moved to their correct school zone. As of Friday, September 11, 2009, there were 132 children withdrawn from Houston County schools. While some of those are withdrawals in the normal manner, many were not. If half of those withdrawals were for school zone problems, that meant a savings of more than $180,000.
WARNER ROBINS - More than 500 people have been banished in Houston County since 1998 when the District Attorney's Office started tracking this sentencing option.