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Page 5B May 16, 2018 f Reporter argument that night. She said her husband had con- Continued from 4B sumed alcohol and swal- lowed several Seroquel pills Rumble Road man before rtmning into the US. UL woods. The resident said credit card stolen, her husband was on parole charges for felony obstruction and had a tendency to be vio- lent. She said her husband At about 2:06 p.m. on May 2, a Rumble Road might have a pocket knife man told Cp1. Jake Justice in his possession. Rodgers that he was notified on then searched the woods May 1 that his USAA behind the home and credit card information had found the husband lying been stolen. The man said on the ground holding a several transactions were black-handled pocket knife. made in Mableton, indud- The husband was respon- ing $940 at a Walgreens sire but refused to drop and $50 at a gas station, the knife, instead plac- The resident said he was ing the blade to his neck. told by Walgreens employ- Rodgers then grabbed the husband's hand and, ees that the transaction was made at about 7:32 p.m. on along with Monroe County May 1. EMT Jason Lott, was able to take the knife from the Deputy discovers husband, who was then handcuffed. EMTs then Xanax tablets in treated the husband, whose Jackson woman's speech was lethargic and purse during stop whose balance was poor. The husband said he took A 20-year-old white five or six Seroquel pills Jackson woman was but had not drunk any arrested and charged with alcohol. Sgt. Willie Brown Violation of the Georgia then took the husband to Controlled Substance Macon's Medical Center Act, pills not in original Navicent Health, but the container and obstruction husband became ill while after a traffic stop on High en route and was turned Falls Road on April 30. over to EMTs. At about 9:32 p.m Dep. Tyler Rodgers saw a black Resident 1998 Acura 2.3CL with en May 2 shotgun, an improper tag display on High Falls Road near computer stolen Lakeshore Drive. Rodgers frol father's stopped the vehicle in the Citgo gas station parking At about 12:48 p.m. on lot on High Falls Road and May 2, a female Mayfield met with the male driver, Road resident told Sgt. who said he was having car Todd Haskins that her father's home had been trouble. Rodgers smelled a strong odor of raw mari- burglarized over the pre- juana coming from inside vious several days. The the vehicle and on the resident said there was no driver's person. Dispatchers sign of forced entry. Stolen then notified Rodgers that items included: a 12-gauge the driver's license was shotgun, three gold Deka suspended for failure to pins with diamonds, a gold appear. The driver also Masonic earring, a white- admitted to smoking marl- gold wedding band, an juana earlier in the day but Acer computer, two digital denied having any drugs in cameras, an iPad, a small: the vehicle. A female pas- grandfather dock and sev- senger said she had let the eral knives. The resident driver borrow her vehicle, gave Haskins the name of a The passenger said she too possible female suspect. smoked marijuana earlier in the day but also denied Deputies discover having any drugs inside marijuana, beer the vehicle. The passenger bottles in search told Rodgers she was not going to give him consent of Honda Civic to search, but Rodgers said he had cause for a search A 20-year-old white because of the marijuana Newnan man was arrested smell coming from inside and charged with posses- of the vehide. Rodgers also sion of marijuana while a picked up the passenger's second 20-year-old white purse, but she snatched it Newnan man was also out of his hand and told arrested and charged with him he was not going to underage possession of search it. Rodgers searched alcohol after a traffic stop the purse anyway and on 1-75 South on April found a small black bag. 25. At about 7:44 p.m Despite the passenger's Cpl. John Thompson saw protestations not to open a blue 2003 Honda Civic it, Rodgers found inside missing a taillight and a the bag small traces of brake light while failing to marijuana and a yellow maintain its lane on 1-75 prescription bottle without South near mile marker a proper label. The bottle 188. The female driver, contained two green pills who was extremely ner- of suspected Xanax, one vous and whose hands white pill and a partial pill were trembling, said she believed to be Oxycodone. and her three passengers, a The passenger told Rodgers female front seat passenger the person who gave her and two male back seat the pills told her they were passengers, were headed Melatonin tablets. Rodgers to Florida, The driver, who then took the driver to the said deputies make her Monroe County Jail while nervous, said she had been Sgt. Willie Brown took the arrested previously for passenger to the Monroe marijuana possession and allowed Thompson and County Jail. The driver, an 18-year-old white Jackson Sgt. Kemeyan Colvard to man, was arrested and search the car. Dispatchers charged with an improper determined the 17-year- tag display and driving old female passenger was while license suspended, reported missing out of Padding Count. Deputies Hwy. 341 resident then searched the car and found several Michelob threatens suicide Ultra beer bottles in the by taking pills trunk which one of the back seat passengers claimed. After deputies At about 10:36 p.m. on failed to find any other ille- May 1, Dep. Tyler Rodgers gal items, K-9 Koda then went to a 341 home alerted on the front of the about a suidde attempt, vehide. Thompson popped The female resident told the car's hood and found Rodgers that she and her a bag of marijuana inside husband had been in anthe fuse box, which the other back seat passenger daimed. Both back seat passengers were then taken to the Monroe County Jail while a Paulding County investigator got permission from the front seat passen- ger's mother to allow the driver to take the front seat passenger home. The front seat passenger's mother notified Thompson at 11:50 p.m. that her daugh- ter was home and safe. Forsyth man charged with DUI nearly falls asleep during urine test A 53-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on High Falls Road on April 24. At about 4:45 p.m Dep. Cody Maples was conducting a sobriety checkpoint at the intersection of High Falls and Blount roads when a tan-colored Ford F-150 truck approached. Maples saw the male driver appeared sleepy with puffy, red, swollen eyes, and he was moving slowly inside the truck. The driver, whose speech was slow, said he wasn't feeling well because he had recently been diagnosed with cancer. The driver said he had taken one Lortab tablet at 7 a.m. that morning but said he was tired from being sleep- deprived and having been to several doctor's appoint- ments. The driver had to hold onto his truck bed to keep from falling, and he agreed to take a field sobri- ety test, which he failed. Maples then searched the driver and found inside his front left pocket a cigarette pack contain- ing three Hydrocodone tablets. Dep. Christian Sawley then found inside the driver's lunchbox on the front passenger seat an empty Hydrocodone bottle with the driver's prescrip- tion. Once at the Monroe County Jail, Maples saw the driver nearly fall asleep several times as he submit- ted a urine sample. The driver was also charged with drugs not in original container. Deputy watches driver, passenger swap seats prior to 1-75 checkpoint A 29-year-old black Lithonia woman and a 33-year-old black Buckhead woman were each arrested and charged with possession of mari- juana after a traffic stop on Johnstonville Road on April 27. At about 8:10 p.m Dep. Jacob Robins was conducting a sobri- ety checkpoint at the Johnstonville Road exit ramp ofi-75 South when a blue Volkswagen Passat approached. Robins saw the vehicle's female driver and front seat passenger switch seats prior to the stop. He also saw one of the vehicle's occupants put something in the trunk. Robins smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officer Wade Kendrick of the Forsyth Police Department and Robins then searched the vehicle and found a small bag of marijuana inside a Crown Royal bag on the back seat. The front seat passenger said the drugs belonged to her. Kendrick also found a sec- ond bag of marijuana along with a grinder and rolling papers, which the back seat passenger said was hers. Both passengers were then taken to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was cited for having no insurance and was taken to Waffle House. Deputies locate ice cold Mike's Hard Lemonade in passenger seat A 23-year-old white Macon man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Johnstonville Road on April 27. At about 8:20 p.m Dep. Nicholas Ortiz was conducting a sobriety checkpoint at the Johnstonville Road exit ramp of 1-75 South when a blue Honda Fit approached. Ortiz smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and saw numerous cans in the passenger seat. The male passenger said the cans were Mike's Hard Lemonade but said they were old. The male driver denied having been drink- ing and agreed to take several field sobriety tests, which he failed. Dep. Cody Maples then searched the vehicle and determined the cans in the front seat were still cold and had con- densation on them. Ortiz then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he refused a state breath test. The driver was also charged with an open con- tainer violation. Deputy arrests high-speed chase suspect in parking lot of Macon KFC A 24-year-old black Miami Gardens, Fla. man was arrested and charged with fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, speeding, driving while license suspended/revoked, failure to stop for a stop sign and reckless driving after a high-speed chase on 1-75 South ended in Bibb County on April 29. At about 9:25 a.m Sgt. Todd Haskins saw a green 2017 Mazda vehicle with a Florida tag traveling 104 mph in a 70 mph zone on 1-75 South near mile marker 183. Haskins tried to stop the vehide but it continued south, exiting on Rumble Road before running the stop sign at the top of the exit ramp and contintfing back onto 1-75 South. Haskins saw the vehicle pass in the emer- gency lane and continue at speeds in excess of 120 mph into Bibb County. The vehicle eventually exited at Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. and turned into the Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot, where the male driver got out and fled on foot. Haskins, who determined there were two male pas- sengers inside the vehicle, eventually apprehended the driver in the KFC parking lot. Dep. Timothy Campfield then searched the vehide and found five Chime/Visa debit cards, which the driver said were his. The driver was then taken to the Monroe County Jail, where he may also face an additional charge of financial transac- tion card fraud. Ford truck wrecks in Hwy. 83 ravine, deputy locates 30- pack of Bud Light At about 1:41 p.m. on April 29, Dep. Jacob Robins went to Hwy. 83 North near Bemer Loop where he saw a red 2003 Ford F-150 truck with a Tennessee tag in a ravine. Robins deter- mined the truck had been driving recklessly on the shoulder of the road, lost control, overturned and came to a stop right side up in a small creek down an eight-foot deep ditch. Robins saw the truck's front was nearly on the culvert running under the road. There was extensive dam- age to the truck, including a caved-in roof, a busted front windshield, two bust- ed driver side windows, two broken mirrors and numerous dents to its body Dispatchers determined the truck belonged to an Athens, Tenn. man. Robins searched the area but did not locate the driver. He then found a Plant Scherer parking sticker on the truck and tried to reach the truck's owner there but learned the owner had not shown up for work that day. Robins found inside the truck a 30-pack of Bud Light beer cans with about 12 remaining in the box. He also found two open Bud Light cans and a third can with plastic from a six-pack on the dashboard. The truck's radio and key had been removed. Restaurant owner reports vandals steal from porch, light fire outside At about 11:11 a.m. on April 24, Dep. Jacob Robins went to the Hot Dog House on High Falls Road about vandalism. The male restaurant owner told Robins that suspects have been coming to the restau- rant after hours vandalizing the property and sleeping on the outside porch. The owner said a shelf next to a window going to the kitchen had been busted off, all of the exterior fan blades had been broken off and all of the exterior light bulbs had been stolen. The owner said he also found dothing left behind the outside cooler. The owner said when he arrived at the restaurant at about 10 a.m. that morning he found the outside furniture had been moved and someone had tried to start a fire near the rear of the restaurant. The o er said he had seen a suspect, age 20 to 23, around 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with dirty blond hair and a shaggy beard, typically wearing a t-shirt with cut- off sleeves and shorts, stay on the restaurant porch for the majority of the day before leaving when the restaurant closed. The owner said the male sus- pect was accompanied by a female suspect, age 19 to 21, around 5 feet, 2 inches tall, with glasses and a pink gym bag. The owner said the suspects walked from the direction of Lakeshore Drive. The owner said he had previously ignored the vandalism, chalking it up to "kids being kids" However, he said after seeing the fire so dose to his building, he believed they could bum his restaurant down or get hurt on his property. The owner said he contacted his insurance company and attorney about the matter and had decided to close in his porch so there is no access to it outside of busi- ness hours. Robins told the owner that patrol deputies would keep an eye on the restaurant after hours. Jackson driver arrested after dispute with school bus driver A 48-year-old white Jackson man was arrested and charged with disorder- ly conduct after a dispute with a Monroe County school bus driver on May 1. At about 4:33 p.m Dep. Nicholas Ortiz went to Cherry Street in Lakeview subdivision about a silver Ford Focus blocking a Monroe County school bus. A female Monroe County Schools bus driver told Ortiz the Focus was following her bus and blocking the road. The driver said the male Focus driver got out of his car and started hitting the bus with his hand while yelling and swearing at her. The bus driver said she photo- graphed the Focus driver and showed Ortiz the picture. Oaiz then went to a Horseshoe Bend Road home where he located the Focus and noticed its hood was still warm as if it had just been driven. The Focus driver denied hav- ing driven the Focus, but Ortiz saw it was the same man whom the bus driver had photographed. Ortiz then arrested the Focus driver and took him to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with driving on a suspended license. Driver, passenger arrested after deputies locate car reported stolen A 28-year-old black Jonesboro man and a 45-year-old Forsyth man were each arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property after they were stopped on Fairview Church Road on May 5 while traveling in a stolen car. At about 4:47 a.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a newer model Chevrolet Malibu parked at the Shell gas station on Hwy. 42 North that appeared to have been spray painted black. Dispatchers notified Haskins the car's license plate was registered to a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, and the plate was reported stolen out of Clayton County the previous day Haskins and Dep. Christian Sawley then followed the car to Fairview Church Road, where they stopped it. Sawley then searched the male driver and found an empty hypodermic needle in his pocket. The driver, who gave a false name and date of birth, told deputies he didn't know to whom the car belonged. He said his "girl" dropped the car off at his house and told him he could drive it. Haskins then asked the driver if the car was sto- len to which he replied: "I don't know if it's stolen, but now I'm beginning to wonder if it is" Dispatchers then determined the car was a blue 2009 Chevrolet Malibu reported stolen out of Morrow on April 13. Haskins, Sawley and Sgt. Willie Brown then searched the car and found a hypodermic needle on the back seat as well as a plastic bag in the center console containing a white crystal substance that the driver daimed was "Epsom salt." A male passenger told Haskins he didn't know the driver at all. The passenger said he met a girl online and the girl came with the driver over to his Stokes Store Road home about 30 minutes earlier. The pas- senger said he intended to "pay the girl for sex" but needed more cash. Therefore, the passenger said the driver took him to the Shell station so he could withdraw cash from the ATM. Both the driver and the passenger were then taken to the Monroe County Jail. Once at the jail, the driver admitted he had initially given his brother's name because he had an arrest warrant. Dispatchers then deter- mined the driver's license was suspended and he had a warrant out of Morrow for shoplifting. The driver, the Jonesboro man, was also charged with giving a false name and driving while license suspended. See INCIDENTS Page 6B