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GBI to investigate attack on Warren County football coach

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Hancock County Sheriff Tomlyn Primus has requested assistance from the GBI with the investigation into the assault of Warren County football coach David Daniel.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents met with Primus and Glenn Ingram, the chief of the Hancock County Board of Education Police Department, on Thursday afternoon to discuss the case and the results of their investigation.

“At the beginning I was looking at the evidence and trying to see exactly what took place here. During the course of investigating along with the chief of the Hancock County Board (of Education) police (department), we learned new evidence materialized,” Primus said. “We wanted the GBI to assist us to investigate this situation that took place (Oct. 14).”

Daniel was attacked after Warren County’s 21-2 victory over Hancock Central in Sparta, Ga. According to Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey, Daniel witnessed an opposing player hit one of the Warren County players with a helmet.

When he stepped in, the Hancock Central player reportedly struck Daniel with a helmet. Daniel suffered severe fractures around his eye, cheek and nose, which required reconstructive surgery.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead said Primus called late Wednesday afternoon to ask for assistance.

The GBI’s Milledgeville office will handle Hancock County and the GBI’s Thomson office will deal with Warren County, he said.

“There’s no way of knowing how long it can take,” said Bankhead, who said there have been no arrests made or charges filed in the incident.

Carey said she was “really thrilled” that the GBI is now involved and she hopes the investigation deters similar incidents in the future. Primus said new evidence had been uncovered, but said “we can’t disclose that at this time.” He also made it clear he never said he wasn’t ever going to call the GBI.

“It’s still under investigation,” he said. “The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office along with the police department of the schools are working with the GBI.”

Warren County is playing host to Washington-Wilkes for tonight’s homecoming contest. Because of what happened last week and because it’s a big region game, Warren County is expected to have about 10 security officers on hand. At games with smaller crowds, Warren County might have as few as two security officers.

“It’s just because we want people to know we’re serious,” Carey said. “But I don’t think we’re going to need them.”

Ralph Swearngin, the executive director of the Georgia High School Association, said an incident like this has occurred infrequently during his tenure.

He said it is not unusual to have two schools submit reports when the GHSA investigates matters such as eligibility issues, but it is rare for his office to request a police report.

HIGH SCHOOLS STRESS SECURITY

Washington County takes on Burke County tonight in Waynesboro, but Burke County Board of Education administrative liaison Chris Henry expects no problems. He said the football field is well lit, the coaches have a good relationship and about 18 security officers will be on hand.

“I believe we have the right people in place,” said Henry, who is responsible for school safety. “You hate to say it, but I think that’s the mark of a good program.”

North Augusta plays host to South Aiken tonight in one of the area’s top rivalries. Yellow Jackets football coach and athletic director Dan Pippin said he employs 12 to 14 North Augusta police officers and six additional security officers.

Pippin said security is one of his biggest expenses, along with officiating and transportation. He added he’s not worried so much about the players as he is fans running on the field after games.

“Security is always a concern,” Pippin said. “It’s the THE concern. We try to be proactive.”

– Chris Gay, staff writer

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crackertroy
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crackertroy 10/20/11 - 03:12 pm
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interesting
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interesting

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/20/11 - 03:39 pm
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The more I read the more I

The more I read the more I feel like I'm living in a bad hollywood script. Hopefully that agents the GBI are not local agents and don't have any local affiliations.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 10/20/11 - 03:59 pm
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Not bad. Only took a week.
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Not bad. Only took a week.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 10/20/11 - 06:29 pm
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The Hancock Sheriff should
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The Hancock Sheriff should have handed the police report to the GBI along with his resignation. 6 days after the crime was committed is unacceptable. New evidence? That will be interesting to see. All teams should refuse to go to Sparta until 1. the investigation by the GBI is complete. 2. The sheriff of Hancock Co. resigns.

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Patty-P 10/20/11 - 08:09 pm
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Good point Cassandra.

Good point Cassandra.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 10/20/11 - 11:37 pm
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The new evidence is that

The new evidence is that pubic support of the Hancock Sheriff is dismal and everyone has been calling for the GBI. With an election just over a year away, he did what he was finally forced to do.

To the Warren County BOE, 2 police officers for a football game is unacceptable and in most cases does not even meet GHSA standard guidelines. The VERY MINIMUM should be 5 officers which allows for 2 officers per side of the field as well as escorting teams and referee's as well as one officer near the entrance / ticket booth areas as well as covering the parking lot. 2 Officers for what is usually at the very least 500pp is completly unaccptable. Furthremore, if an arrest is made you are now down to 1 officer since the other will have to transport - that not only is lack of security for spectators and players but isn't safe for the officer.

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CABoatright 10/21/11 - 06:25 am
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OMG! The official statement
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OMG! The official statement should read, "Coach BEATEN with helmet.." Then the next headline should read, "Hancock player charged with ...."

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jamesnewsome 10/21/11 - 06:33 am
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In reference to Asitisinaug

In reference to Asitisinaug comment about "2 police officers for a football game is unacceptable and in most cases does not even meet GHSA standard guidelines," I must respectfully point out that your opinion and GHSA guidelines are not in line.

While there is a requirement during state playoff games for 1 security person per 500 spectators, I believe the only standard for a regular season game is "By-Law 2.71-c, the host school is responsible for providing security escorts for the officials at all regular season and playoff games."

In addition to the paid security officers at Warren County games, the local sheriff department, city police, and BOE's resource officer (who is a certified law enforcement official) are always in attendance. The number of "paid security officers" is adjusted as deemed necessary.

Also, if my memory serves me correctly, Warren County has employed more security personnel for Hancock football and basketball games than with any other school. The reasons are fairly obvious now.

Let me also point out that the game in question was a Hancock County home game. Therefore, it was there responsibility as the host school to provide ample security. As a "visiting" team Warren County or any other visiting team is only going to carry minimal security.

I like the Superintendent's "policy" for handling future games with Hancock County. She's cancelled all games of any kind for the rest of the year. Perhaps, GHSA will take care of the rest of Hancock County's sporting events when the investigation is complete.

I agree with another comment that taking 6 days to start an investigation is a travesty. In my opinion, the Sheriff was complacent, and/or being an obstruction to the investigation in his action, or may we say lack of perceived action.

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wondersnevercease 10/21/11 - 06:44 am
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Once this made national
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Once this made national news..the sheriff had no choice.
So glad the decision was taken away from him.

realschoolsofgeorgia
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realschoolsofgeorgia 10/21/11 - 02:44 pm
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Welcome to the next

Welcome to the next Hatfield–McCoy saga.....unforturnate that two neighbors can't get along.....tragic that they will not be able to heal wounds through sports.....perhaps in another 10 - 20 years someone will get them to talk.

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Vito45 10/21/11 - 02:50 pm
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"At the beginning I was

"At the beginning I was looking at the evidence and trying to see exactly what took place here. During the course of investigating along with the chief of the Hancock County Board (of Education) police (department), we learned new evidence materialized,” Primus said."

Yea, and the Pope is Mormon. You were trying to hold a piece of human waste by the clean end, which is clearly impossible, hoping the stink would die down before the cat was out of the bag. The ONLY way to cover your hiney now is to call in the GBI.

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Willow Bailey 10/21/11 - 02:57 pm
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Good to see you back

Good to see you back online,Vito

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dstewartsr 10/21/11 - 04:01 pm
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Oh, please. The sheriff

Oh, please. The sheriff didn't want the GBI involved because of not what happened in the initial assault, but the police misconduct afterward. Stories are all straight now; witnesses coached or intimidated. Though I cannot understand why the trepidation; given the history of the GBI when investigating anything not caught on national television, the organization should be called the cop['s"Guaranteed Bar to Indictment."

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Vito45 10/21/11 - 04:56 pm
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Asitisinaug, what is really

Asitisinaug, what is really sad is that we even need security at sporting events. The closest thing to a uniform we had at high school games was the EMT's.

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KSL 10/21/11 - 07:16 pm
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Well, Vito45, both my husband

Well, Vito45, both my husband and I had several police officers hanging around our football games and we graduated in the mid 60's.

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