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May 1, 2019 Page 7A RepOrter By Will Davis A Forsyth man is charged with knocking another man unconscious with a blow to the back of the head with a baseball bat before stealing his shoes and phone in the early morning hours of April 26 at the Rodeway Inn. Christopher Dewberry, 35, of Forsyth, was ar- rested and charged with robbery by force and other charges on April 27. DEWBERRY Forsyth Officer Jeremy Malone was dispatched to the Rodeway Inn on Hwy. 42 around 6 a.m. on Friday, April 26 and found Brantley Johnson with blood on his face, head and jacket. He told Malone he had just woken up from being attacked and knocked unconscious with a blow to the head. He said the argument started around 3 a.m. when his acquaintances at the motel kicked him out of their motel room, accusing him of stealing items. Here's what hap- pened next, according to the report: while Malone talked to witnesses, John- son reported seeing Dew- berry walking up the street wearing his stolen shoes. He said he suspects Dew- berry attacked him with the bat because Dewberry was driving a red Saturn that had a bat inside. Johnson refused to go to the hospital so Malone took him to his Boxankle Road home and returned to the motel, finding the red Saturn in the park- ing area with a bat inside. Then Malone watched the security video of the inci- dent and saw Johnson and Dewberry arguing and saw Dewberry strike ]ohnson in the head and render him unconscious, then steal his shoes and cell phone, and kicked him. Along with robbery by force, Dewberry is charged with fleeing or attempt- ing to elude, obstruction, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane, possession of drug related objects and seatbelt violation. e A Forsyth pair with a sick newbom baby in the back seat was charged with possession of marijuana at Elder Manor Apartments. Officer Jeremy Malone responded to a report of a suspicious man walk- ing through the woods between Elder Manor and Forsyth Garden Apart- ments. The caller said the man got into a black car around 1:02 p.m. on April 25. Malone said he was sus- picious because the area is known to be a drug haven. Here's what happened all according to the report: Malone stopped a black Ford Fusion matching the description and smelled the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. The female driver and male passenger, who was in the back seat, both denied there was anything illegal in the car. While Malone checked their licenses, he saw the passen- ger put a small bag of weed in his shirt pocket. Malone arrested the suspect, Willie Hickman, 30, of Forsyth, for marijuana. Malone also found a Bob Marley mari- juana grinder with pot in it in the center console and charged the driver, Ken- dra Davis of Forsyth, with possession of marijuana as well. However there was a sick newborn in the car so Malone allowed Davis to stay with the baby while he took Hickman to jail. HICKMAN Now A VAILABLE! Fenced 7 Day ,~ "'oca' i!!~ & Lighted Access 814 Hwy 41 South. Forsyth, GA 31029 By Richard Dumas A Hwy. 83 South couple reported their neighbor shot their dog after it strayed onto his property on April 28. According to the incident report, at about 1:53 p.m. on April 28, a Hwy. 83 South resident, identified as Wesley Thomas Zellner, told Dep. Yolanda Mercer and Cpl. Jake Justice, each of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, that his neighbor, Haney Bu- chanan, had shot his dog. Zellner's wife, Michelle, said the incident happened the previous day on April 27 and said they had taken their dog to the veterinar- ian for treatment. Michelle Zellner said their dog had killed some of Buchanan's chickens last year, and she said they paid him repa- rations for the incidents. Michelle Zellner said they are friends with Buchanan and had moved l ast the chicken incident. She said she just wished Buchanan had called them to let them know their dog was on his property. Mercer told the Zellners that they needed to keep their dog contained in their yard or they would be in violation of the county leash law. Mercer also told the Zellners that Buchanan had a right to protect his chickens if the Zellners' dog was on his property. "c" 1 " Deputy Ml hae Noms Golf Tournament Friday, May 17, 2019 Forsyth Golf Club 400 Country Club Drive- Forsyth GA 4-Person Scramble 8:00am- Registration 9:00am- Tee Time Ist and 2"d place prizes for 2 flights Mulligans Door Prizes Hole-in-one Prize $60 per player Includes: lunch, green fees and cart **Limited to the first 21 teams registered andpaid Deadline for registration is Friday, May 3rd Proceeds will benefit the "Deputy Michael Norris Memorial Scholarship & C.O.P.S. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL: Michael Bittick - phone: 478-808-5658 or email: Monroe County motor- ists may want to avoid 1-475 north at the 1-75 merger over the next week- ends, May 3-6 and May 10-13. The DOT has announced it will dose one north- bound lane while crews work on concrete slabs on the 1-475 north bridge at the 1-75 merger in Monroe County over the next two weekends. The closure is slated to take place from 10 p.m. Friday, May 3 to 5 a.m. Monday, May 6 and also from 10 p.m. Friday, May 10 to 5 a.m. Monday, May 13. The work began this past weekend and traffic at times was backed up all the way to Zebulon Road. HOPKINS ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (io) 478-994-1820 (l~ 478-994-3102 Serving Forsyth for more than 40years/ I RNU AND HOME PHONE UFEUNE SISTANCE k-t a.y o:f the pr r s betew, you