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April 4, 2018 Page 7A : RepOrter i; A Barnesville man faces charges after he tried to pull over a top state trooper from Forsyth, the head of the security at the state capitol, TAYLOR and wound up in a angry confronta- tion with him on Smith Road. State trooper Capt. Lewis Young of Forsyth called for help around 6:46 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 after confrontin, g the man at the comer of Smith and Johnstonville roads just offofI-75. When Monroe County Lt. Lawson Bittick arrived, he found the suspect, Ken Taylor, 49, of Bamesville, was so loud that Bit- tick cuffed him to charge him with disorderly conduct before he YOUNG began investigat- ing. Here's what he found out, according to his in- cident report: Young was driving in his state-issued black Chevy Tahoe from his job as head of the state capitol police in Atlanta to his home in Forsyth when Taylor, in a black Buick Lucerne, began tailgating him. Taylor continued to follow Young while flashing his headlights. Young said he ignored Taylor until he took the ]ohnston- viUe Road exit to head home and noticed Taylor was still behind him, still flashing his headlights. Finally, Young turned on his emergency blue lights to make a traffic stop on the Buick on Smith Road. As Young got out of his car, Taylor got out of his car and began walking toward him in an aggressive manner. Young pulled out his weapon and held it at his side and ordered Taylor to stop, which he did. When Young asked to see his license, Taylor at first said, "I'm not showing you a f---- thing" Later, Taylor finally gave him his license. Taylor said it all started because Young was speeding on the in- terstate and he was trying to pull over the trooper. But Young told Bittick was going no faster than 78 mph. With GPSTC in Forsyth, Blttick said they get a lot of com- plaints about law enforcement vehicles speeding and running stop signs, but he said deputies don't usually pull people over for going just 78 mph. Bittick charged Taylor with obstruction and aggressive driv- ing, and determined Taylor was on probation and had multiple convictions and arrests for stolen property. Taylor called the Reporter on Monday and said he's an Army veteran who was returning home from taking a neighbor and Viet- nam veteran, Rennie Sullivan, to the VA clinic in Atlanta. He said that Young was speed- ing and on his phone and he merely wanted him to ask him why he was endangering others. Taylor said he was talking to a state patrol operator during the entire time because he wanted to report Young. Taylor said in hindsight he should've taken down Young's li- cense number and called anthori- ties later. By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef There is a new face greet- ing those who enter the Forsyth Welcome Center and traveling to other parts of Georgia to espouse the charms of Forsyth and the surrounding area. Matthew Robichaux stepped into the position of the second full time staff member of Forsyth's Convention & Visitor's Bureau and is encourag- ing travelers to sample the hospitality and attributes of the local businesses and community. Forsyth chartered its CVB to promote tourism and get the word out about why people should stop and stay a while in the Forsyth area in May 2015. Since then the CVB has continu- ally expanded its presence. Executive Director Gilda Stanbery began a search for an assistant and was able to bring Robichaux on board Feb. 23. Robichaux grew up in Cajun country in southeast Louisiana, then joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1994-98, including a temporary duty assignment to Saudi Arabia. During most of his tour of duty, he was based at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio. While in the Air Force, he met his wife, Jai- me, and her ties to Macon eventually brought them to Middle Georgia. Robichaux worked at GEICO in Macon for 16 years and lived in Byron much of that time. A year and a half ago he and his family, which now includes three children, moved to Forsyth. He said that Monroe County Schools were part of the draw to Forsyth since he has two sons in middle school and a daughter in elementary school. Something rise that caught his eye when he first came to Forsyth was the Rose Theater on the square. Robichaux had taken part in two productions at the actors' theater in Fairburn, Ohio and was interested in getting involved in com- munity theater again. That item on his to-do list is now being fulfilled as he was recently chosen for the part of Carter Keagan in the Backlot Players next production at the Rose, "Things My Mother Taught Me." He said he likes the part, the father of the young lady who is part of the couple around which the story revolves. He said that having a daughter helps him identify with the character. He has had the opportu- nity to become involved with Monroe County Recreation Department through his children playing soccer, and his wife works with Georgia Department of Corrections in Forsyth. "I am grateful for every experience in the city so far" Robichaux said of Forsyth. He is also pleased with his duties promoting his new home town. He has worked with creating a /" banner for Forsyth promo- tions, and he represented the Forsyth CVB for Geor- gia on My Mind Day at the state line Welcome Center in Valdosta on March 23. He set up a display, chose promotional items and spent the day conversing with travelers, representa- tives of other communities that were participating and the staff of the regional welcome center. "I let folks know what is just a couple of hours.up the road" he said. He worked on putting to-. gether the video for "Geor- gia on My Mind" which will be further polished to promote the Forsytla area at other venues, including the Georgia Public Safety Training Center where trainees from throughout the state have some time to explore the area after classes. He has also been working with the organiz- ers of TaTa Bang Bang, a fundraiser for breast cancer that will will draw 300-400 people to the Meadows Gun Club in Monroe County. "This is probably the most interesting job I've entered" he said, explain- ing that he is learning something new about it constantly and is able to delve into his creativity. Robichaux said he has not had the chance to return to Louisiana for a visit in a couple of years but that when he does, he will probably bring his original accent back with him for a little while. What else would he like people to know about him: "I have a tremendous sense of humor" he said. 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