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Page 8C Forsyh CVB hors hotelier Kapadia The LaQuinta Inn staff and Convention Visitors Bureau Authority members gathered Dec. 20 to celebrate. Authority chairwoman Kerri Swearingen presented Faysal Kapadia (middle) with a certificate of appreciation for his outstanding service on the CVB Authority. Kapadias growing number of hotels across the state led to increased travel around the state and his resignation earlier this year. Kapadia is the Chief Operating Officer ‘ of Forsyth Hotel Management, which owns Forsyth's LaQuinta, Comfort Suites and Comfort Inn hotels. Kapa- dia was ioined in the photo by his FHM partner, Navid Kapadia (right). (Photo/Gilda Stanbery) January 8, 2020 Boeing Spacecraft soars over Monroe Co. Forsyth fire chief David Herndon captured this image of the Boeing CST- IOO Starliner crew capsule as it sailed over Monroe County upon its launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. at 6:36 am. on Dec. 20. The spacecraft was supposed to be in space for eight days, including a stop at the Inter- national Space Station, but the mission was reduced to three days after an error was discovered with the mission elapsed timer (MET) clock just 31 minutes into the flight. (Photo/David Herndon) INCIDENTS Continued from 7C Woman reports getting letter saying she owes fraudulent creditor At about 9:56 am. on Dec. 28, a Culloden woman told Dep. Dustin Ramsey that she received a letter in the mail on Dec. 23 from a company called Hunter Warfield saying she owes $8,836.72 plus 6 percent interest to a creditor named ATL 2 SF LLC. The woman said she had previously had suspicious activ- ity on her credit reports in May and had attempted to freeze her accounts. She said a male Hunter Warfield employee had instructed her to get a police report and affi- davit indicating she did not create an account nor owes money. The woman said she then got an up- dated credit report through Ex- perian showing an account with EDC/My Rent Source LLC for $1,195 with the woman’s name on it. However, the woman said the address listed was not hers, and she said she never opened that account. Tifton man reports items stolen from van at High Falls State Park At about 4:36 pm. on Dec. 28, a Tifton man told Dep. Kaleb White he was visiting High Falls State Park when he saw a tan Dodge Durango with a Florida tag park next to his silver 2016 Dodge Caravan. The man said when he approached the Du- rango, its male driver sped off. However, the man said he discov- ered numerous items were stolen from his van. He said he left the key fob that opens the door inside of his van, allowing the suspect access. The man said stolen items included: a child’s tablet, a Fit Bit, his wife’s pocket book, credit cards, checks, a Straight Talk phone and $200 in gift cards to a Tifton boutique. White told the man to cancel his credit cards and checking account. Driver charged with DUI after high-speed chase on Collier Road A 44-year- old black Griflin man was arrested and charged with DUI (refusal) after a high-speed chase on Collier Road on Dec. 28. At about 11:41 pm, Dep. Wade Kendrick was notified by dispatchers to be on the lookout for a green 1997 Geo Metro LSI that was traveling recklessly and stopping in the road on I-75 South. A female 9-1-1 caller said the car had hit a guardrail near mile marker 191 but had contin- ued headed southbound, where it exited at Exit 188. Kendrick saw the car fail to make a complete V stop at the stop sign at the bottom of the exit ramp. Kendrick and Oflicers Kevin Powell and Spahn r of the Forsyth Police Depart- ment each pursued the car onto Collier Road. Kendrick then used his patrol car to bump the driver side of the car, pinning the driver’s door shut and forcing the car to stop. Kendrick then exited his patrol car with his gun and ‘ ordered the male driver to show his hands. The driver initially didn’t respond at all to Kendrick’s command, so Kendrick hit the driver’s window to get his atten- tion at which point he looked at the deputy and raised his hands. Kendrick then broke the driver’s side window as the driver kept looking at him with a blank stare. As Kendrick grabbed both of the driver’s hands, Powell went to the passenger side of the car and put the car in park because it was be— ginning to roll forward. Kendrick then forcefully pulled the driver through the broken window, where he was taken to the ground and handcuffed. The driver, who smelled of alcohol, was then taken to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with obstruction, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, fleeing or at- tempting to elude, failure to- stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane and striking a fixed object. Forsyth man arrested after officer discovers MDMA in vehicle A 43-year-old black Forsyth man was arrested on Dec. 29 and charged with a seatbelt violation, driving with a suspended license, obstruction and possession of ‘ amphetamine. Ofc. Kevin Powell of the Forsyth Police Department was conducting a business check when he noticed a man in a white Nissan Maxima was not wearing his seatbelt. He then initiated a traffic stop. The man immedi~ ately pulled over in the back of Shoney’s, exited the vehicle and fled northbound on foot. Ofc. Powell requested assistance and Cpl. Tyler Rodgers located and arrested the man at Harold G. Clarke Pkwy. After running the man’s license number, it was discovered that he was driving on a suspended license. Powell then conducted a impound inventory on the man’s vehicle and retrieved what is known as MDMA after running a test kit that identified it a positive match. Witness reports driver throwing bottle out window after accident A 31-year—old white Macon man was arrested and charged with DUI (refusal) after a wreck on I-75 South on Dec. 29. At about 7:22 am, Cpl. Nicolas Ortiz went to an accident on I-75 South near mile marker 191 where a male witness told Ortiz he saw the male driver of the wrecked vehicle throw a Corona beer bottle out of his vehicle onto I—75 North. Ortiz then met with the driver, who said he fell i asleep and crashed. Ortiz smelled alcohol coming from the driver, and after the driver initially said he hadn’t been drinking, he then changed his story and said he drank “a little.” The driver then admitted to throwing the Corona bottle onto the interstate. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Ortiz then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with failure to maintain lane, littering on high— way, open container violation and driving while unlicensed. Deputy arrests Lizella woman for crossing center line on Dec. 30 A 22-year-old white Lizella woman was arrested and charged with DUI (drugs) after a traffic stop on Juliette Road on Dec. 30. At about 10:36 pm, Cpl. Chris— tian Sawley was traveling west- bound on Juliette Road when he saw a gray 2005 Toyota Tundra headed eastbound in his lane of travel. As Sawley applied his brakes, the truck jerked back into its lane at which point Sawley stopped the truck. The female driver, who said she was headed to Lizella, was slurring her speech and had very small pupils. When Sawley asked the driver for her li- cense, she appeared confused and began looking through several bags. The driver, who refused to allow Sawley to search her truck, then failed several field sobriety tests. Sgt. Kevin Williams then arrived with his K—9 dog, which alerted on the truck Sawley then found in the center console a clear bag of marijuana and a prescription bottle of Divalproex with a warning label not to drive after use. The driver told Saw- ley she last smoked marijuana about three hours prior to the stop but said she had not taken the prescription drug since five days earlier. Sawley then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where she took a urine test. The driver, who said she thought she had had a seizure, was then taken to Menroe County Hospital for treatment. The driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and posses- sion of marijuana. Forsyth man d'iarged with DUI aftersleep'ng in SW on Rumble A 44-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Rumble Road on Dec. 31. At about 4:45 am, Cpl. Christian Sawley saw a silver 2014 Ford Escape without its lights on blocking one lane of traffic on Rumble Road. Sawley saw the male driver was sleeping in the driver’s seat, so he knocked on the door. The driver replied, “I’m trying to sleep.” Sawley then asked the driver why he stopped in the middle of the road, but the driver had no response. Sawley then asked the driver how much he’d had to drink that night, and the driver answered he’d had a lot. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested a high positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Sawley then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he tested positive for more than two times the legal limit of alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with i1- legal stopping in the roadway. Deputy finds man'iuana 'nside dip bag during Hwy. 83 South stop A 24-year-old black Barnesville man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Hwy. 83 South on Dec. 31. At about 9:15 pm, Sgt. Kevin Williams and Capt. Jeff Thomp- son stopped a gray 2017 Nissan Sentra on Hwy. 83 South near Dumas Road. Deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car, but the male driver denied having any drugs in the car. Williams then searched the car and found several blunt wrappers and blunt spray. Wil- liams then found on the back seat a bag of cheese chips. Inside the chip bag was a plastic bag con- taining two smaller bags of mari- juana. The driver then admitted the marijuana was his and said he also had another bag of marijua- na hidden in his crotch area. Wil- liams told the driver to leave the bag inside his pants until he got to the Monroe County Jail. Once at the jail, the driver retrieved the bag from his pants. The driver was also charged with improper stopping in the roadway. Forsyth man arrested after smashing truck windows on Jan. 2 A 32-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with first degree criminal darn- age to property after he allegedly smashed truck windows outside a Blount Road home on Jan. 2. At about 1:05 am, a man told Dep. Larry Sullivan he was in the shower at a Blount Road home when he was told there was someone at the door. The man said he heard loud noises, includ- ing someone yelling and making threats to “beat his a--.” The man said he then put on his clothes and went outside at which point he saw his truck was damaged. The man said he saw another man running through the yard and leaving in a car alongside a white female that was being driven by a black male. The man said the other man used a bat or axe to bust out his truck win- dows and windshield. Sullivan saw the windshield was broken in several places, the driver side window was completely broken and the passenger side window was partially broken in addition ‘ r to damage to the window frame. The man said the other man had previously messaged him re— questing favors and rides and was angry because he had refused to give him rides. A female witness said she also saw the other man yelling, running through the yard and getting into the car. Heritage Healthcare patient detained for hitting another patient At about 3:15 pm. on Jan. 2, a female administrator at Heri- tage Healthcare of Monroe on Hwy. 42 North told Dep. Teldric Middlebrooks that a male patient who has advanced dementia I attacked a female patient by strik— ing her in the face and choking her. The administrator said the female patient was complain— ing of shoulder pain. A female . employee told Middlebrooks she , heard the female resident yell- ' 1' ing for the male resident to leave her alone. The employee said she then entered the female resident’s room and saw the male resident . choking her. A second female employee said she then entered the room to assist and saw the male patient holding the female patient down by her arms. The employees said they were able to get the male patient out of the room but that he hit the female patient in her face again before leaving. The male patient was then taken for a mental evalua- tion. Deputies stop driver after alleged road rage incident on Jan. 3 At about 2:06 pm. on Jan. 3, Dep. Jaleel Brown and Sgt. John Thompson were notified by dispatchers about a male driver of a white 2013 Nissan Altima pointing a pistol at another male driver on I-75 South. Deputies stopped the car near mile marker 186. The driver told deputies he had a pistol inside the car but denied pointing it at anyone. The driver said another vehicle pulled alongside his car while he was driving and said the other driver threatened him about his driving. The driver said he then removed his gun holster from under his seat and pointed it at the other driver, saying the incident occurred about 30 to 40 miles north of where he was stopped. Deputies then met with the other driver, who said he was traveling with his family when the driver cut him off, nearly causing a crash. The other driver said he then blew his horn at the driver and exchanged words with the driver while passing him. The other driver said the driver then unholstered his black gun and pointed it at his vehicle. Once deputies determined the incident occurred in Henry County, they notified Officer Fisher of the Henry County Police Depart— ment.