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Page 4B April 17, 2019 iR orter Continued from 4B Craig resident reports suspoct stole from pkkup truck At about 4:42 p.m. on April 12, a Craig Road man told Dep. Chris Sherrell that sometime between April 6-12 someone entered his white 2012 Dodge Ram truck and stole his Springfield XD-40 pistol. The man said the pistol was located in the center console and said the suspect had left the hol- ster behind. Sherrell then entered the pistol as stolen. 1-475 after towed fire truck bursts halo flames At about 12:48 p.m. on April 12, Dep. Yolanda Mercer and Cpl. Jacob Robins went to 1-475 South near mile marker 12 about a vehicle fire. A male tow truck driver told deputies he was towing a fire truck when he heard a loud explosion. He said he looked back and saw the fire truck was on fire and pulled over to try to put out the fire. A male witness said he was traveling in the lane next to the tow truck in his white Chev- rolet 2500 pickup truck when the fire truck caught on fire. Deputies saw the pickup truck had damage to its hood, windshield and driver side from the incident. A second male witness said his white Mack tractor trailer also suffered hy- draulic/brake damage as a result of the incident. Hyundai driver faces arrest after flipping car at 1-75 South rest area A Hyundai driver faces a charge of fleeing or attempting to elude after a high-speed chase on 1-75 South on April 13. At about 1:45 a.m Cpl. Christian Sawley saw a tan 2003 Hyundai car with a Texas tag traveling 94 mph in a 70 mph zone on 1-75 South near mile marker 191. Sawley then tried to stop the car, butit instead changed lanes without signaling and sped up to speeds inexcess of 115 mph. The car thentried to turn into the 1-75 South rest area but lost control and hit a power pole, a tree and then a light pole, where the car rolled over. The male driver was taken to Macon's Medical Center Navicent Health. Sawley then searched the car and found a Coors Light in the front seat. The driver will also be charged with speeding, failure to maintain lane, having slick tires, open container violation, reckless driving, driving while license sus- pended and a seatbelt violation. Man reports Ruger hondgun missing after visit to High Fogs Pork On April 13, a Macon man told Dep. Tyler Rodgers his Ruger LCP .380 caliber handgun went missing after a visit to High Falls State Park The man said he put his handgun, which was inside a black wallet holster, inside his hiking bag at about 9:.30 a.m. that morning. The man said he left his home and stopped at a Macon grocery store before heading to High Falls State Park. The man said while at the park he walked on the nature and tranquility trails before returning home at which point he realized his handgun was missing. The man said he thought he might have dropped his hand- gun on the trails but wasn't sure. Rodgers then entered the gun as missing/stolen. Man arrested after medication stolen from Dollar General store A 41-year-old black Juliette man was arrested and charged with shoplifting after an incident at the Hwy. 87 Dollar General on April 13. At about 12:07 p.m a female assistant manager at the Hwy. 87 Dollar General store told Cpl. Jacob Robins and Dep. Yolanda Mercer that amale customer had shoplifted medicine from the store at about noon that day. The store surveillance video showed the male customer take medica- tion, valued at between $3 and $19, from the shelf. The male customer hid the item under his shirt and then put it into his left front pants pocket. A female cashier told deputies a female customer asked her where to find swim trunks and said she took her to a separate part of the store while the male customer took the medicine. Deputies then went to the male customer's workplace and arrested him. The female customer was not charged while the male customer was taken to the Monroe County Jail. Rex man charged with DUI after 1-75 South traffic stop on April 13 A 48-year-old black Rex man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on 1-75 South on April 13. At about 5:50 p.m Dep. Peyton Henderson, Cpl. lake Justice and Dep. Robert- son saw a gray Dodge Challenger changing lanes without signaling, speeding and failing to maintain its lane on 1-75 South near mile marker 192. The male driver told Justice he last consumed alcohol at about 2:45 a.m. that morning: when he had a single beer. He =. then changed his story and said he drank three beers that day be?. fore adding he was just trying to get away from his wife in Stock- bridge. The driver, who smelled of alcohol, then failed several fie d sobriety tests. Henderson then took the driver to the Monroe , County Jail, where the driver gave an insufficient breath sample on a state breath test. However, he tested a high positive for alcohol: on a field breath test. The driver, was also charged with failure to ' maintain lane and failure to signal when changing lanes. Hwy. 42 s. prope ! : owner reports hearing gunshots near cattle ii': At about 7 p.m. on April 14, : a male 42 South property,: owner told Dep. Tyler Rodgers he was moving his cattle into another pasture when he heard five gunshots. The property owner said he then saw his male neigh=' bor walking back inside his hom& The property owner, who said cattle were all accounted for, said' he thinks his neighbor was shoot'- ing to antagonize his cattle; ,4 S By Diane Glidewell ning & Zoning Commis- sion recommended three variances in the city code On April 1 Forsyth Plan- for Wes Cone's property at AT Personal Chef Painting/Power Washing Landscaping Errand/Shopping Services YOUR SERVICE 478-394-0514 51 Adams Street. The vari- ances allow for a reduced setback to 20 feet on one side of the property line, a reduced variance to 15 feet from the intersection and a variance to allow unloading and loading in front of the building. Forsyth economic devel- opment director Tammie Pierson said that after city council agreed to work with Cone on building sidewalks in front of his climate-controlled stor- age building at 51 Adams Street, she realized that the sidewalks would make him out of compliance with city codes unless he obtained variances. She said the issue is where the cut needs to be and the setbacks for the driveway from the property line. Planning & Zoning member Hal Clarke asked Cone if he had talked with the engineer about drain- age since the city has had problems with drainage on Adams Street at N. Jackson Street, particularly with water causing dam- age at the masonic lodge. Cone said the planned raised sidewalks should help with drainage be- cause drivers running over drainage pipes has been a big part of the problem. Planning & Zoning member Steve Coleman asked Cone about the problem of people parking all around his building, up to the building, as they Heating & A/C, inc. i i Hll We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Jullette fld Forsylh, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg.CU401419 are shopping at the Circle of Care Thrift Shop across the street. Cone said raised sidewalks should eliminate 95 percent of the problem. "We're ready to get this poured, but we need a variance," said Cone. 'Tve never seen anything like it. They park everywhere even though we already have no parking signs. But they've been doing it for years." Cone said he will make the drive one-way where people pull into the drive to load or unload their storage items. Planning & Zoning chairman Martin Presley Said itcouldbe a good idea to make the road one-way all the way to the post office. Clarke asked if Cone has planned enough room for trailers to pull in to unload and turn around. Cone said he has planned 4 feet off the building everywhere and will plant shrubs next to the build- ing. There will be 10 feet for turning, but few of his customers use a moving truck. After the recommen- dation to approve the variances from Planning & Zoning, Cone's request ing Commission discussed variances for the lot sizes . at Juliette Commons, a :: planned subdivision off " of Frontage Road behind the Hampton Inn that abandoned in 2006 but " has recently been bough(," by Hughston Homes of Columbus, Ga. At the March 25 meeting of :.! Planning & Zoning, Edgar Hughston told the com- .' mission that his company' is planning to re-start the subdivision and talked "' about updating the infra,', structure that is in place on the land. ', Hughston was not pres~ ent at the April I called , Planning & Zoning meef-' ing. Forsyth's economic ' development director ~' Tammie Pierson said shei~ looked at the city's zoning guidelines for subdivisions and saw that the guide- ,: lines now require 15,000 square-foot lots in subdi '" visions, but most of the '(' lots in Juliette Common]I are smaller than that. Pierson said apparently guidelines required only , 14,420 square-foot lots in 2005 when the Original ~" subdivision where Juliette located wa.~', approved. " Pierson said the develop- for three variances Will be erbuilding in the Mont-. i: advertised andhe will take pdier Manor subdivision the request to city council is also basing his lots on for a final decision.14,420 square-feet because Montpelier Manor was .:: In other Forsyth Plan- started in about 2005 or ning & Zoning news: 20,06. . ,Larger lo, t sizes are go6 * The Planning & Zon- for the: city ! sai Ciarkei : However, Presley ~ ~ pointed out that the lots ifi Juliette Commons already; have water, sewer and , - S/WE UPTO OFF INITIAL SERVICE, www.BackyardPest.eom power meters and that although each lot would. only be shifted a little to : get to the 15,000 sq. ft. i currently in the city's code, the effect on over 90 lots, would be a mess. Plannifi'g & Zoning directed Piers6ti to determine exactly when the lot size was changed ~ i by finding the city council minutes when the change~ was approved. ' " The commission rec- ommended that if the change was made after the lots were approved, they, would be grandfathered - and approved for a vari ance. However, the small~"r lots will be allowed in A- Phase 1 of Juliette Com- mons but not in Phase 2"', where the lots are not yell, surveyed and there are water, sewer and power , meters in place. .