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Forsyth man reports illegal trash dumping along English Road At about 1:30 p.m. on March 22, a Forsyth man told Cpl. Jacob Robins that as he arrived at the Monroe County Recycling Center on English Road a male witness told him a long bed green Chevrolet pickup truck occupied by two black males tried to dump illegally a large quantity of trash. The witness said he told the men to take the trash to the landfill. The man said he then passed the same truck with an empty bed traveling on the dirt road portion of English Road. The man said he then saw the trash dumped into the woods on English Road about a quarter-mile from the recycling center. Robins then found in the location the man described several large, cut sections of what appeared to be an older model camper. Robins then searched the area but did not find the suspects. He then contacted the Monroe County Road Department to dean up the trash. Driver charged with DUI after leaving Five Guys location in Macon A 39-year-old white BarnesviUe man was arrested and charged with DUI (refusal) after a traffic stop on 1-75 North on March 27. At about 6:42 p.m Deps. Chris- tian Sawley and Willie Barkley were notified by dispatchers of a black 2011 Nissan Frontier on 1-75 North driving all over the road and nearly causing several wrecks. Barkley then saw the vehicle failing to maintain its lane, including driving in the emergency lane, and stopped the vehicle near mile marker 180. A male 9-1-1 caller told Sawley he was eating at Five Guys in Macon when the vehicle pulled into the parking lot and nearly hit his vehicle. The caller said the vehicle's male driver appeared to be weaving as he walked into the restaurant. He said when the driver left, he tumed right onto Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. and then right onto Northside Drive, where he began changing lanes quickly and running offthe road. The caller said the driver nearly hit another vehicle on Riverside Drive before striking a concrete barrier as he tumed onto 1-75 North. The caller said the driver's erratic driving continued on 1-75 North. Sawley then met with the driver, who was seated on the rear of his vehicle. The driver, who smelled of alcohol, said he was headed home from FedEx but had stopped at Five Guys for dinner. The driver admitted to drinking a beer earlier in the day and said he had also taken several medications at about 9 a.m. that morning for blood pressure and depression. The driver then refused to take any field sobriety tests and also refused a blood test at Monroe County Hospital. Sawley then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail. Charlie Benson Road resident reports theft of mail on March 27 At about 9 a.m. on March 27, a Charlie Benson Road man told Dep. Jaleel Brown that he was missing mail from his mailbox. The man said he contacted the U.S. Postal Service about the issue and learned that someone had asked for a change of address so that the man's mail would be sent to a Union City address. The man told Brown he never asked for a change of address and told the U.S. Postal Service to have his mail sent back to his home. The man said he was missing two credit card statements. woman son's glove stolen from MP baseball locker At about 10 a.m. on March 31, a Forsyth woman told Sgt. Cody Maples that her son's glove was stolen from the Mary Persons baseball locker room. The woman said her son left his glove in his cubby in the locker room at about 5:30 p.m. on March 28. She said when he returned at about 3:30 p.m. on March 29, the glove was missing. The woman told Maples that the male Mary Persons principal and male Mary Persons athletic director had identified two former MP baseball players as suspects. The woman said she was told the two former players were seen driving away from the locker room area on the night of March 28. The woman also told Maples that players stealing from one another has been an ongoing problem, including one player who admitted taking money from another player's wallet. The woman said the stolen glove was a Wilson 2018 A2000 model, valued at about $300. Ruby Road neighbors feud after alleged donuts in driveway At about 8:38 p.m. on March 31, Dep. Tyler Rodgers was notified by dispatchers of a child nearly being hit by a vehicle do- ing donuts in the driveway of a Ruby Road home. Dispatchers also told Rodgers that a separate 9-1-1 caller had reported a fight at the same location in which the subjects had guns. When Rodgers arrived, he saw a large group of people in the driveway of a neighboring home. Some witnesses told Rodgers that four men had guns. A female witness told Rodgers that four men from the Ruby Road home approached the group and began cussing at them in front of children. The witness said the men threatened them, so she grabbed a baseball bat and made retaliatory threats. The witness said one of the men then pushed another woman before heading back to the Ruby Road home to get guns and then coming back to the neighbor- ing home. CpI. Christian Sawley then met with a male neighbor, who was alleged to have had a gun. The neighbor said he heard a group of people shouting about someone having a baseball bat. The neighbor said he told the group to disperse or he would come down there at which point the deputies arrived. Rodgers then went to the Ruby Road home where one of the men said the neighbors had done a donut in his driveway as they turned around, nearly hitting his child who was in the yard. The man said he told the neighbors not to tum around in his driveway anymore and said one of them became irate. The man said he and two other men did yell back at the neighbors and said the female witness threatened them with a baseball bat. The man said he and the other two men, not three as the witnesses claimed, then retumed to their home, and he said the feud never got physi- cal. The man also said the dispute occurred in the road and denied ever being on the neighbors' property. Rodgers saw obvious tire marks in the man's driveway indicating a vehicle had spun its tires. With no clear indication of who started the dispute, Rodgers then had everyone involved write witness statements and urged both groups not to return to their neighbors' homes. By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net A Barnesville man was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly dragged the mother of his child 50 feet as she clung to his vehicle on March 10. Michael Brown, 44, was taken to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with third degree cruelty to children. According to the incident report, at about 8:20 a.m Cpls. Timothy Campfield and Thomas Haskins of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office went to a Colvin Road home where a female resi- dent, identified as Brandy Gatlin, was bleeding from her head. Dis- patchers notifed deputies a male suspect, identified as Brown, left the scene in a black Hyundai with a drive out tag, and Forsyth Police stopped the vehicle on Ponder Road. Brown told Campfield he was headed to Barnesville and denied hitting Gatlin. Brown told Campfield he recently won the lottery and said he went to the Gatlin's home to pick up his seven-year-old son to take him shopping. Brown said he normally deals with the Gatlin's mother, Lawanda, because he and Gatlin don't get along. Brown said Gatlin brought their son to his vehicle and then got inside the front seat. Brown said they then began arguing over money and he ordered her to get out ofhis vehicle. Brown said Gatlin then exited the vehicle with their son and slammed the door at which point Brown drove off. However, Haskins saw Gatlin had injuries throughout her body, induding significant head inju- ries. Gatlin told Haskins she and Brown were arguing over money. Gatlin said when she exited the vehicle she was still holding on to it, pleading with Brown not to leave. Gatlin said Brown then revved up his engine and drove away while she was still holding onto the vehicle. When Haskins asked Gatlin why she didn't let go, she said she was scared because of the speed with which Brown was driving. Gatlin, whose clothing was disheveled and covered with dirt, was unable to provide a witness statement at the time due to her injuries and pain medica- tion. Haskins photographed the Gatlin's injuries as the evidence suggested she was drug about 50 feet by Brown's vehicle. Brown's seven-year-old son told Haskins: "Mommy was holding onto Daddy's car at the passenger side window when he left pulling Mommy up the road" Lawanda Gatlin said she heard arguing and the vehide's motor revving up before she heard her daughter's screams. The following arrests were reported by the Monroe County Sheriffs Office and Forsyth Po- lice Department on March 25-31. An arrest means someone has been charged with a crime, but the law considers them innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. . Carl Cannon, 36, Peachtree city, driving while license revoked Orlando Montex King, 37, Forsyth, criminal trespass James Lynn Gra- num, 39, Barnesville, DUI Tatiano Lucca Pol- lastrino, 25, speeding Jason Hood, 26, Clayton, Ind point- ing weapon at another, recldess driv- ing, third de- gree cruelty to children Bobby Jordan, 39, Macon, speeding, driving with- out a valid license John Taturn, 34, Fultondale, Ala speed- ing, driving while license revoked Jonathan Wells, 27, Indianapolis, Ind window tint viola- tion, driving while license revoked Hunter Dawley, 18, Jackson, disorderly conduct Margarito Fuentes, 30, Macon, failure to maintain lane, driving without a valid license Russell Al- len Mullis, 38, Macon, child support lockup order Justin James Sellers, 23, Juliette, driving while license revoked Julio Baez, 32, Greenville, S.C driving while license revoked Brian Cole Buchanan, 19, Forsyth, improper use of center turn lane, failure to signal when turning or changing lanes, failure to maintain lane, speeding, reck- less driving, DUI .Calvin Thomas, 28, Forsyth, driving while license revoked Kyle Derek Waters, 48, East Dublin, failure to ap- pear Eric Navar- ro Yount, 58, Macon, driving while license revoked ~ii!ii!ii~ii %, Chekobe Smiley Go'ms, 18, Lakeland, Fla driving while license revoked, speeding Christo- pher Terrez Jackson, 27, Jacksonville, Fla driving without a valid license, speed- ing Jose Fran- cisco-Bonoso, 20, Kennesaw, driving without a valid license, speeding Anthony Chandler, 21, Jonesboro, obscuring tag flame or tinted tag covers prohibited, attempting to elude, speed- ing, failure to signal when turning or changing lanes Avery Scottie Leslie, 21, Jonesboro, violation of tag/ registration requirements, speeding, at- tempting to elude, failure to signal when turning or changing lanes Keon Newsome, 27, Charlotte, N.C failure to appear