Rhine Police Chief Cravey Arrested on Drug Charges

On the heels of the admission that thousands of dollars of water bill payments were missing, the small town of Rhine, Georgia, is reeling from another blow to its reputation. Rhine Police Chief Kip Cravey was arrested today on completely unrelated charges. The Dodge County News has the story:

Cravey was arrested by agents of the Oconee Drug Task Force as the result of an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, Eastman Police Department and the Oconee Drug Task Force.

Cravey of Eastman is facing at least two charges and may face additional charges. Cravey has been charged with one count of unlawfully distributing schedule II narcotics after he allegedly furnished more than two dozen “Soma” pills to another person during the investigation.

Cravey is a former candidate for Dodge County Sheriff and served as a deputy sheriff under former Dodge County Sheriff

Map of Georgia highlighting Dodge County
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Lawton Douglas. Douglas is currently serving time in federal prison for charges related to voter fraud.

Over $7,000 in missing water bill payments appears to be unrelated to the Cravey arrest. According to discussions during the Rhine City Council meetings on December 1st, former Rhine employee June Sheffield had agreed to pay restitution to the town of less than 500 people. Sheffield; however, in a December 14th interview with The Dodge County News editor Chuck Eckles, stated she did not take the money and would clear things up in January. 2012. To date, it appears the city has filed no charges with the authorities.

Rhine is located in Dodge County just north of the Telfair County line. Both complete stories are available on The Dodge County News website.

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10 comments

    • Ken says:

      LOL! Thanks, but it is MUCH better than it was. No known political assassinations in nearly 20 years and we have an honest sheriff for a change.

      Of course the county is going broke. When you begin borrowing in January against taxes to be paid in December, the wiggle room is gone.

  1. OleDirtyBarrister says:

    Rhine has a reputation?

    Rhine makes Chauncey and Abbeville look important.

    It’s hard to find two adjoining (non metro) counties with more systemic corruption than Dodge and Telfair. I know and like a lot of good people in both, but the public officials are shameless outlaws.

  2. saltycracker says:

    The City of Rhine, Ga. info indicates it has a declining population of under 500 making it smaller than many metro Atlanta neighborhoods. The whole county is less than 25,000 people, making it a question mark.

    Why would the state legislators continue to allow the incorporation of such areas ?
    Unincorporate it & turn the services over to the county.
    What efficiencies are found in hanging on to nineteenth century divisions ?

    Maybe if these areas choose to incorporate and are self-sufficient, including their legal issues, then their crisis requires no involvement on our part.

    • saltycracker says:

      Retract that last paragraph, no division is entirely self-sufficient unless like in this case, we can send the city the bill for needed outside law enforcement.

    • Ken says:

      Salty,

      If you would care to go down to Rhine and declare to them that their town which has existed since 1886 should be unincorporated, then I will ensure that your remains are collected and returned to whatever Metro playground you inhabit. I will not; however, accompany you on your journey.

      Best of luck to you. But before you go, you might want to read this: http://dublinlaurenscountygeorgia.blogspot.com/2010/08/why-germans-never-took-rhine-there-is.html

      Some of the name spellings are questionable, but the stories are generally accurate and representative of the other stories about Rhine.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Reads like they go for the “don’t mess with me” more than the idea of historical preservation:

    Historical buildings like that court house in the pic could be turned over to a local non-profit foundation and any park land to the county with a citizen “Friends of (park)” organization overseeing it.

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  4. saltycracker says:

    So it is, the story came from a neighboring county…..missed the fine print by the pic above the story….and then Rhine isn’t on the georgia.gov list of cities or in the profile showing a total of 19,171 in Dodge County and three cities (Eastman, Chauncey & Chester).

    http://dodgecounty.georgia.gov/03/home/0,2230,8448506,00.html;jsessionid=AE46BAA05ECE3C7BBDCDAD5907D46F73

    And not much to learn on the Eastman-Dodge Chamber site
    http://www.eastman-georgia.com/Community.html

    If you love it, you love it, but if the posts about their problems begged the question for a possible solution, I’ll stand by my generalizations (if there are any public buildings or land to preserve)and end the employee tradition…..

    ….can’t be but a couple hundred households with their water collection money stolen and their police chief who lives in another city nailed by a task force…….how many employees & their support are in this “city” ? With the messed up employees & legal costs the citizens need to find a better way to carry on tradition…..

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