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One victim reported her right front door was damaged, she suspects by kids riding bikes. At the second call, while talking to the complex manager about com- plaints of cars being keyed or en- tered, a tenant came to the office and told Inv. Alexander Daniels that she saw a suspect captured on video with a beard, dark pants and a hoodie looking through unlocked cars the previous night and hid in an unlocked car when police arrived. Police said they would increase surveiUance of the parking lot. Forsyth grocery store reports customer fails to pay for lotto tickets A Forsyth grocery store report- ed that a man asked for $18 worth of lottery tickets on Dec. 16 and paid for another item but not the lotto tickets. Dungan Street resident reports theft of book bag, laptop from car A Dungan Street resident told Forsyth officer Manuel Barajas on Dec. 19 that earlier that morn- ing someone had entered her tmlocked car in her driveway and stole a Northface book bag containing a Dell laptop. A 63-year-old white Union City man was arrested and charged with possession ofmetham- phetamine after a traffic stop on Collier Road on Dec. 24. At about 1:15 p.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a black 2003 Chev- rolet Tahoe parked near the back gate of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center on Collier Road. Haskins saw a small black bag on the male driver's lap and noticed a straw sticking out of the bag. The driver told Haskins he rode down to Al Burruss Prison with a female friend who was visiting her boyfriend. The driver, who appeared very nervous, said he was not allowed to stay on prison grounds while his friend was inside the prison so he left the facility while he waited for her to finish. Haskins then inspected the driver's straw and saw what ap- peared to be methamphetamine inside of it. The driver only had one leg, so Haskins helped him into his wheelchair. The driver then refused to allow Haskins to search the SUM saying it was not his vehicle. Cpl. Jake Justice then arrived with his K-9 dog Gustaw, who alerted on the SUE. Deputies then searched the SUV and found behind the driver's seat a dear plastic container with two large pieces of suspected methamphet- amine. When Haskins asked the driver about the drugs, the driver said they were "two big ole rocks of meth? However, he denied the drugs were his. Haskins then took the driver to the Monroe County lail. Little Street resident reports son's ex threw brick through window Sick driver cited after officer discovers drugs in SUV during stop A Little Street resident told Cpl. Wade Kendrick on Dec. 20 that an acquaintance threw a brick through her window. The resident's son had a video'of the woman threatening to break the window and said he saw her break it. The resident said the female suspect is her son's ex-girlfriend who's mad about a "fake pregnan- cy" and a break-up. The woman was charged with trespassing. A man facing drug charges after an 1-75 traffic stop on Dec. 24 was hospitalized after coming down with a sudden medical issue during the stop. Forsyth officer Bruce Hughley stopped an SUV going 88 in a 70 mph zone. While Hughley checked his license, the driver suddenly had a medical issue and EMTs were called to the scene. Hughley found small bags of apparent marijuana in the vehicle and a scale. The driver was taken to Monroe County Hospital and was issued four citations. Officer spots banned customer at Walmart, cited for trespassing Officer Bruce Hughley on Dec. 24 spotted a woman in the garden center of the Forsyth Walmart who was banned from the store as part of her probation sentence. She was also wanted for another probation violation but because she was seven months pregnant, the jail refused to incarcerate her so a warrant was issued for her for criminal trespassing. Dodge Charger roils into yard after theft suspects jump out Two car thieves left the Dodge Charger they stole in drive on Bmokwood Drive as they ran from police during a Christmas Day chase. A Willis Wilder Drive resident told officer Wade Kend- rick around 9 p.m. on Christmas night that his Dodge Charger was stolen while he was in Atlanta during the day. An hour later, Kendrick saw the Charger on MLK Drive and turned around to stop it. The Charger sped up and turned onto Brookwood. As Ken- drick caught up to it, the thieves jumped out of the vehicle and and ran toward Union Hill Apart- ments. The Charger was still in drive and continued rolling into a yard before it came to a stop. The suspects were not caught at the time. ~n arresh~ on Ovlstmm Day after allegedly steal g car A 35-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property after he was stopped while driving a stolen car on Dames Ferry Road on Dec. 25. At about 5:42 p.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins was notified by dispatch- ers to be on the lookout for a stolen green 1996 Honda Accord. The car's female owner said her car was stolen on Dec. 24 but said she had seen it traveling on Juliette Road. She said the car had a different license plate on it but said she was sure it was hers because it had a large dent in the passenger side door. The owner said she followed the car until it turned onto Holly Grove Road at which point her vehicle ran out of gas. Cpl. Timothy Campfield and Dep. Willie Barkley then searched the area but were unable to find the car. Haskins then spotted the car headed southbound at 86 mph on Hwy. 87 near Georgia Power and stopped the car as it turned right onto Dames Ferry Road. Haskins pointed his rifle at the car and ordered the male driver and female passenger to get out and lay down on the ground which they did. The female passenger said the driver, her boyfriend, had just picked her up at her Mize Street home and did not know the car was stolen. The driver told Haskins that the car's owner had given him permission to test drive the car for a while. The driver told Haskins that the passenger did not know anything about the car. Barkley then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail while Haskins took the passenger to a Forsyth Waffle House, where she was released from custody. The driver was also charged with violation of tire requirements and speeding. ~ n'l~n ~ OR ha en At about 5 p.m. on Dec. 25, a Forsyth man told Sgt. Cody Maples that he was being ha- rassed by a woman on Faceboole The man said the woman had posted several times that he was gay with her soon-to-be ex- husband, which he said was false and misleading to his friends and family. The man then provided Maples with screenshots of the posts. Maples was unable to make contact with the woman. rxM #h auto break-k s, gun, credit card, stolen Forsyth residents may want to lock their cars at night after a rash of auto break-ins were reported. On Dec. 26, Richard Johnson of 491 Carya Lane reported some- one stole his black Taurus gun, valued at $400, out of his vehicle. On Jan. 2, Charles Randall at 115 W. Johnston Street reported that someone had entered his Honda Pilot and his Honda Accord on Dec. 30, stealing $15 in change. Then a resident at 35 Harold Hill on Jan. 3 gave city police security photos of someone rummaging through her Honda CRE parked in her backyard. Nothing was reported missing. Also on Jan. 3, Susan Gregory of 147 Johnston Street reported someone entered a vehicle she's keeping for a friend and stole a credit card. Then on Jan. 5, a resident at 203 Conifer Drive reported he was walking to his car when he saw a man in camo running from the vehicle. Nothing was missing. That same day, Jason Adams of 505 Patrol Road reported finding someone had rummaged through his ve- hicle, but nothing was taken. Forsyth man arrested for reckless conduct for firing gun in air A 36-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with reckless conduct after he allegedly fired his gun outside a Joe Chambers Road home on Dec. 26. At about 4:54 p.m a male Mitchell Road resident told Dep. Christian Sawley that he and three friends were riding in their backyard in a Dodge Raider when they noticed three other per- sons walking toward them. The resident said he and his friends then heard a gunshot and saw one of the persons was pointing a black pistol at them. The resident said they then turned their vehicle around and went to the residents house. Sawley then went to the location where the resident said the incident occurred and de- termined it was on the residents property. However, Sawley was unable to find a bullet cas'mg at the scene. Sawley then met with a male neighbor who said he was told that a black vehide was in his backyard. The neighbor said he went to check it out at which point his male cousin fired a warning shot into the air to get the resident and his friends' at- tention. The neighbor said the ve- hide then sped off after the shot. Sawley then went to the neigh- bor's cousin's home. The cousin said the vehicle was tearing up the neighbor's yard and almost hit a dog. The cousin said in response he fired a warning shot from his 1911 pistol and said he was not aiming the shot in anyone's direc- tion. Sawley then took the cousin to the Monroe County Jail. Forsyth driver charged with DUI after traffic stop on Hwy. 87 A 25-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Hw~ 87 on Dec. 27. At about 12:40 a.m Dep. Tyler Rodgers saw a red 2008 Ford F- 150 travel- ing north in the southbound lane ofHwF 87. Rodgers stopped the truck and saw the male driver was slumped over Rodgers knocked on the window and signaled for the driver to roll down his window, which he did. Rodgers, who saw the driver's reaction time was slow, smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the truck. The driver, who had watery, bloodshot eyes, said he had consumed two alcoholic drinks much earlier in the night. The driver, who held on to the driver side door for balance, then told Rodgers: "You can go ahead and put me in jail. You know I've been drinking." When Rodgers asked the driver again how many drinks he'd had, the driver replied that he drank eight alcoholic beverages and said his last one was only 20 to 30 minutes prior to the stop. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested a very high positive for alcohol on a field breath test. The driver then declined a state breath test. Rodgers then inventoried the vehicle and found a cold, half- empty, 22-ounce Miller Lite beer can in the driver's side floorboard. Rodgers then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with failure to maintain lane and an open container violation. See INCIDENTS Page 4B The following arrests were reported by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and Forsyth Police Department on Dec. 31-Jan. Z An arrest means someone has been charged with a crime, b~t the law considers them innocent until proven goJlt~ Jn a court of law. Ken- neth Davis, 59, Forsyth, aggravated assault Michad Jerome Mays, 29, Forsyth, driving while license re- voked Chasity Kiera Davis, 23, Macon, driving while license re- voked Felida De- nise Gossett, 36, Forsyth, criminal tres- pass, obstruc- tion, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct Jason Robert Ward, 40, Forsyth, disorderly conduct Ronda Lynn Andrews, 57, Warner Robins, shop- lifting Eugene Sterling Cobb, 52, Forsyth, criminal trespass Robert Mattis, 33, NichoUs, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, pos- session of marijuana, possession of drug related objects Robert Merritt, 31, Douglas, pos- session of a firearm during the commis- sion of a felony, possession of drug related objects, posses- sion of drugs Willie Roberts, 43, Louiswille, Ky driving while license revoked, failure to main- rain lane Idtyl a Harris, 17, Macon, party to a crime .leda Deshjuone Lee, 19, Macon, first degree burglary William Vessell, 35, Hampton, theft by shoplifting Ke'lth Churchill, 46, Ecorse, Mich improperly equipped vehi- cle, no license on person Destany N. Herringdine, 26, Bamesville, theft by taking DeMarco Burton, 25, Ty- rone, slow poke law (left lane driving prohib- ited), racing on highways Corey Coo- per, 27, Brasel- ton, racing on highways, slow poke law (left lane driving prohibited) Phatsak- hone Kham- phounvong, 40, Forest Park, driving while license revoked Chevy Nat'- ramore, 24, Newnan, speed- ing, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, pos- session of drug related objects Zachariah C. Weingartz, 23, Lakemont, racing on high- ways or streets, slow poke law (left lane driv- ing prohibited) Chad Middleton, 31, Jackson, disor- derly conduct Kristy Irene Middleton, 36, Jackson, aggra- vated battery Tif- fany Scott, 52, Cosby, Tenn driving while license revoked, speeding