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GBI will investigate attack on Warren County coach

Posted: October 20, 2011 - 4:04pm

Hancock County Sheriff Tomlyn Primus has requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with the investigation into the Oct. 14 assault of Warren County football coach David Daniel, according to a news release from the GBI on Thursday afternoon.

GBI agents met with Sheriff Primus as well as Glenn Ingram, chief of the Hancock County Board of Education Police Department, to discuss the case and the results of their investigation to date.

GBI Director Vernon Keenan said he will provide the necessary resources from his agency to assist the local authorities in pursuing a thorough investigation into the incident.

Warren County is playing host to Washington-Wilkes for Friday’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,” Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey said. “But I don’t think we’re going to need them.”

Carey,  an Appling resident, is a former Columbia County administrator.

Ralph Swearngin, 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.

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