Barrow County

Georgia Bureau of Investigation

The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Athens Regional Office in a murder case. A release from the GBI states Barrow deputies responded to a possible road rage incident that left one man dead and another wounded. 

The CDC has listed Oconee, Barrow, and Jackson counties as high risk for community transmission of COVID-19.

The classification is based on the number of new cases per 100,000 people during a one-week period and the percentage of positive tests in a week.

Oconee County cases have decreased by almost 40 percent while the percent positivity rate has remained high at nine percent.

Oglethorpe County cases have remained steady while the positivity rate has increased slightly at seven percent.

Barrow County investigators say two people shot to death in Winder on March 2nd, were killed during a botched armed robbery attempt. According to a media release from the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, 4 suspects, Julio Rivera (20), Alphonzo Gonzalez (19), Jose Barrera (19), and Erika Contreras (19), went to Beech Creek Circle, in Winder, for an attempted an armed robbery.

The victim, who was inside a vehicle, was also armed. During the incident, Barrera and Contreras were shot and killed.

All of the suspects are from Athens and the victim is from Winder.


Authorities in Georgia say two people have died and a third person has been critically injured in a structure fire. A Barrow County Emergency Services spokesman says crews responded to a call in Auburn before 11 a.m. Friday and found a structure engulfed in flames with people trapped inside. 

Barrow County Emergency Services says a large amount of smoke covering much of the county is not a cause for alarm. 


According to a release from the agency, the smoke is from a large mulch fire that has been burning since Saturday at the Cowart Mulch Company. The fire involves mulch, pallets, and other debris in an open area covering about two acres. 

The release states no structures are involved or threatened.