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February 21, 2018 Page 7A l porter e e ' November at the earliest As first reported in this Georgia. A senate confir- sheriff upon Bittick's con- newspaper in November, it mation vote is expectedfirmation and he can hold appears long-time Monroe soon. the position up to a year County sheriff John Cary The move would end until a spec'ml election can Bittick is on his way to Bittick's 35 years as sher- be held, said chief registrar leaving the pest he's held iff, and would represent a Kay Warren. Warren said for 35 years to become a rare break in the Bittick the earliest the election U.S. marshal, dynasty that's held thecould be held would be President Donald Trump position for most of the Nov. 6. announced last week his past 100 years. Shackelford has said intent to nominate Bittick Under state law, the he will run to keep the to be the U.S. Marshal sheriff's chief deputy A1 post. Michael Bittick of for the Middle District of Shackelford will becomethe Bibb County Sheriff's Sheriff John Cary Bittick, left, shown last year at the White Hosue with the man who just nominated him for U.S. Mar- shal, President Donald Trump. Office, a distant cousin of time Monroe County Capt. the sheriff, as well as long- Brad Freeman, are report- edly interested in the race. So is former sheriff's can- didate Troy Copela In its press release, the White House said the U.S. Marshal performs essen- tial functions of protecting the Federal judiciary by apprehending fugitives, transporting prisoners, and protecting witnesses. 'These candidates share the Presidenfs vision for WIakingAmerica Safe Again,s' said the press release. t A Mary Persons student has been charged with dis- orderly conduct for an on-line SnapChat post that contained "concerning and potentially threatening lan- guage against the school" just two days after 17 stu- dents were killed at a Florida high school. Brandon Justice Hudson, 17, of 125 W. Harzell Lane, Forsyth, located behind Forsyth HUDSON what Garden Apartments, was cited for disorderly con- duct on Thursday afternoon. Monroe County Sgt. Richard Coughenour was dispatched to the school around 3:58 p.m. and met with principal Dr. Jim Finch about an "alarming Snap Chat posts". The sheriff's office would not say Hudson wrote on the pests. Snap Chat posts dis- appear after a short time. In his report, Coughenour said that after several minutes of discussion with Finch it was determined that further action would be sought through the justice system. Coughenour then issued Hudson a citation for disorderly conduct. Capt. Lawson Bittick said they checked with magistrate judge Buck Vfflder and the district attorney's office and nei- ther felt like the evidence met the standard to charge Hudson with the more serious offense of terrorist threats. However Bittick said they did obtain search warrants to confis- cate his phone and other electronics and make sure there were no other seri- ous threats. '"l'hat's one thing we learned in all the mess going on in Florida -- that it's important to follow up," said Bittick. However Bittick said so far no evidence had turned up and it may be a case of being stupid and bad tim- ing for Hudson. Meanwhile, the school system sent out an email saying that the studentparents, and the commu- had been identified and nity to report any potential removed. '"Under federal, concerns to the school or regulations, the school law enforcement. Safety is system cannot reveal infor- our top priority for Monroe mation about students," County Schools." the school system wrote. %Ve encourage students, Three vehicles were reported stolen in Monroe County in a spate of vehi- cle thefts over a three-day span last month. According to the inci- dent report, at about 9:12 a.m. on Jan. 27, Elbert Jackson Road r ident Jamie Higgins told Dep. Thomas Haskins of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office that his white 2008 Chevrolet Sflverado 3500 was stolen from his property. Higgins said he last saw his truck at about 10:30 p.m. the previ- ous night, where it was parked behind a locked gate and was connected to a trailer. Higgins said the stolen truck contained a Diamondback .380 hand- gun, a Discovery laptop computer, a $1,200 cowboy hag several checkbooks and several titles to his horses. Higgins said he discovered his truck was missing at about 9 a.m. that morning. He said the trailer was in the same place where he left it and the entrance to his property did not appear to be damaged. Higgins ' added the truck was left unlocked but the key was not inside the truck. Higgins tgld Haskins he thinks a male ex-employee stole his truck. He said his ex-employee, who he said has an extensive criminal record, stayed on his prop- erty with him for about a year. Higgins said he and his ex-employee had an argument because the ex- employee's girlfriend had been staying with him on x the property. Higgins said key to his truck. the ex-employee left in the In a separate but pos- middle of the night on Jan. sibly related incident, at 22, and Higgins said he about 2:38 a.m. on Jan. notified the ex-employee's 29, Kent Drive resident parole officer about his Michael Garman told Sgt. leaving the following day. Willie Brown that his Higgins said he later black 1999 Honda Accord received a call on Jan. had ben stolen. Garman 24 from his ex-employee said he heard a noise out- threatening him if he side of his home and went called the ex-employee's outside to check. Garman parole officer. Higgins said said he then saw someone he thinks the ex-employee driving off in his car with made a copy of his gate a silver or white-colored key prior to ieaving and vehicle following it. In must have stolen his spare another separate but pos- , ANNUAL DATE NIGHT Friday, F.eb. 23, 2018 7 p,m,-9 p,m, $t0 per person sibly related incident, at about 6:48 a.m. on,Jan. 30, Blackberry Trail resident Matthew Beech told Dep. Timothy Campfield that his truck, a blue Chevrolet Silverado Z-71 extended cab with an Alabama tag, was stolen. Beech said the truck was parked near his home with the keys in it and the doors unlocked. Beech said he heard a vehicle leave at about 5 a.m. but didn't know it was his truck. Beech said when he exited his home to go to work, he discov- ered his truck was miss- ing. We have Tire Brands & Prices You'll Love! We do headlight restoration too! Locally owned & operated by Dennis Lewis, 675 Hwy 83 North - Forsyth, GA Hubbard Elementary School. 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