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May 16, 2018 Page 6B Reporter By Richard Dumas At the request of District 1 commissioner Larry Evans, Monroe County Commissioners held a moment of silence near the conclusion of its Tuesday, May 1 meeting to honor the memory of Doris Ogletree. Ogletree, who died on April 26, had served as the District 1 Mon- roe County Planning & Zoning board representative since P&Z'S inception in 1987. Ogletree also served for years as a Monroe County courthouse bailiff. Evans said of Ogletree: "She's just been a community person that we're going to dearly miss" Continued from 5B Man reports niece stole mailed check, made it payable to hersdf for $400 At about 11:32 a.m. on May 7, a Forsyth man told Cpl. Jake Justice that his niece had stolen his checks he was expecting to receive from BB&T. The man, who is disabled, said his niece sometimes stays with him and has access to his mail. The man said he was expected to receive a Social Security check in the amount of $1,009 in early May but said he had not received it. The man said when he then checked with BB&T, he learned his niece had made a transaction with his check. The man said his niece filled out one of his checks for $400 and made it payable to herself. Although the man's sig- nature was at the bottom right of the check, the man denied author' mg the check. Justice planned to meet with Monroe County Magistrate Court Judge Buck Wilder about secur- ing a warrant against the niece for fourth degree forgery. Motorcycle driver threatens deputy after traffic stop at Hwy. 42 Shell A 41-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended/ revoked and obstruc- tion after a traffic stop on Hwy. 42 North on May 3. At about 9:43 p.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw the male driver of a white 2001 Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle pmnping gas at the Shell gas sta- tion on Hwy. 42 North. Haskins knew the driver did not have a valid license and tried to stop the motorcycle as it exited the station. The driver then threw his hands in the air and blurted out loudly: "What am I get- ting stopped for?" When Haskins asked the driver for his license, the driver replied on two occasions: "I ain't going to give you s---:' When Haskins tried to arrest the driver, the driver instead pulled away and started walking away from him to the front of his motorcycle. Haskins eventually took the driver to the ground and was able to place handcuffs on him with the help of Dep. Perry Fitzgerald and Officer Tellas Daniels of the Forsyth Police Department. Haskins then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail. Once at the jail, the driver continued threatening Haskins, saying: "I'll catch you one day without that badge,' while adding, "I In other Board of Commission- ers news: Monroe County Commission- ers approved 4-0 on Tuesday, May i a variance in agriculture allowing a Lakeshore Drive resident to have a 60-foot road setback. John Steinhaur of 327 Lake- shore Drive, owned by Freida W. Morris, asked commissioners to allow him to add on to his home, which would shorten the set- back distance below the required 70 feet from the center of the road. No one was opposed to Steinhaur's request. The Mon- roe County Planning & Zoning can't wait to catch you on the streets:' board previously approved Stein- haur's request by a 3-0 vote at an April 23 meeting. District 4 commissioner George Emami was absent from the May 1 meeting. Monroe County Commission- ers approved 4-0 on Tuesday, May 1 a conditional use variance in agriculture allowing a Hwy. 41 South home to be used as office Juliette woman reports text seam concerning grant funds from Apple At about 6:47 p.m. on May 6, a Juliette woman told Sgt. Willie Brown that she received a text message from Apple Foundation Grant on May 4 asking her to send it $700 in exchange for the woman receiving a $150,000 grant. The woman said the mes- sage instructed her to go to a nearby Walmart and send $700 to John Balcerzak at an Amherst, N.Y. address. The woman said she then sent the money but later received a text that the transaction didn't go through. She said she then received yet another text telling her to send the money instead to Rosa Mary De Santiago of Riverside, Calif. The woman said she realized it was a scam when she got another text asking her to send $7,000 while adding that the IRS had stopped the caller from sending the grant money to her. El after escape during stop A 25-year-old black Forsyth man was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended and obstruction after a traffic stop on North Frontage Road on May 5. At about 1:16 a.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a sil- ver 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe without tag lights and missing a brake light trav- eling on North Frontage Road. Haskins stopped the SUV in the New Forsyth Inn parking lot at which point the male driver, who was wearing a gray shirt and shorts, exited the SUV and began running down North Frontage Road in the direction of North Lee Street. Haskins chased the driver down the street, into the woods and down a trail, where Haskins and Dep. Christian Sawley eventually handcuffed the driver behind E1 Tejado Mexican Restaurant. The driver refused to reveal his name or why he ran, but Officer Wade Kendrick of the Forsyth Police Department recognized the driver. Dispatchers then determined the driv- er had a suspended driver's license. While Sawley took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, Haskins reviewed his patrol car dash camera and noticed a male passenger wear- ing a black shirt and beige pants also exited the SUV on foot during the stop, Haskins then searched the area but was unable to find the passenger. Haskins then went to the New Forsyth Inn, where he met space. Robin Head asked commis- sioners to allow a 0.7-acre tract at 2735 Hwy. 41 South, cur- rently owned by Phillip and Betty Mock, to be used as an admin- istrative office for her company, Head to Head, which specializes with the driver's girlfriend, who was the SUV's owner. The girLfriend revealed to Haskins who she believed was the passenger. The driver was also charged with having no tag lights. Warner Robins driver arrested after deputies find hash oil in vehicle A 27-year-old white Warner Robins woman was arrested and charged with possession of mari- juana after a traffic stop on 1-75 South on May 5. At about 12:34 p.m. on May 5, Sgt. Kevin Williams saw a red 2008 Chevrolet Aveo without a tag travel- ing on 1-75 South near mile marker 190. Williams smelled the odor of mari- juana coming from inside the vehide, and the female driver admitted to hav- ing a blunt in her purse. The driver, who appeared lethargic, fell to the pave- ment and began shaking violently. The driver said she didn't have a history of seizures, but Williams called Monroe County EMTs to the scene any- way. Williams and Dep. Cody Maples then found a marijuana blunt inside the driver's glasses case inside her purse. They also found three containers and a piece of wax paper with wax marijuana on it as well as a rape pen containing suspected hash oil under the driver's seat. Williams then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where she was also charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, having no insurance, possession of drug related objects and Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act. Man arrested after allegedly stabbing wife dur g dispute on Brandywine Dr. A 57-year-old black Forsyth man was arrested and charged with aggra- vated assault after he allegedly tried to stab his wife during a domestic dispute at a Brandywine Drive home on May 7. At about 3:56 a.m a female Brandywine Drive resident told Dep. Christian Sawley that about two weeks earlier Monroe County EMTs had visited her home, and she told them she sprained her elbow at work. The resident told Sawley that her husband had actually beaten her, but she had lied because she didn't want him to get in trouble. The resident said earlier that night, her husband had grabbed her while they were in the bedroom, throwing her onto the bed and choking her while stating, 'TU kill you" The resident said she suffered a scratch on the back of the neck as a result of the choking. She in the sale of handbags on line and at trade shows. Head said she and her husband George have put in a tentative contract to buy the tract with the intention of stor- ing trade show inventory there as well. No one was opposed to Head's request. The Monroe County Planning & Zoning board previously approved Heads request by a 3-0 vote at an April 23 meeting. District 4 commissioner George Emami was absent from the May 1 meeting. Monroe County Commission- ers approved 4-0 on Tuesday, May 1 to allow a Pioneer Trail homes on a 4.12:acre tract. Jean Dunbar asked comniis- i sionerS to grant her"avarianceI -i in agriculture to build a second: r! home while alS maintaining i a trailer at 304 Pioneer Trail, a property owned by her mother, ' Patsy J. Neurohr. Dunbar said mother was recently widowed, and she wants to move her family, onto her mother's land to care for her. No one was opposed to Dunbar's request. The Monroe County Planning & Zoning board previously approved Dun- bar's request by a 3-0 vote at an April 23 meeting. District 4 commissioner Geotg Emami was absent from the May resident to place two additional 1 meeting. ! ] said when her husband let before striking his pas- press charges, She added ! go, he then pulled a knife senger side mirror with that her boyfriend's n.iece ii and tried to cut her with it, something. Haskins then also assisted her mother but she put her hands up to defend herself, causing cuts to both of her hands. The resident said she then ran out of the room and called 9-1-1 before escap- ing into the front yard. Sawle ; Sgt. Willie Brown and Cpl. John Thompson then searched the home but could not fend the husband, who appeared to have escaped out of the back door. The husband was arrested and booked into the Monroe County Jail later the same day. Deputy responds to Whittle Road home after report of gunshot wound At about 12:12 p.m. on May 3, a female Whittle Road resident told Cpl. Timothy Camp field that she had discovered her husband dead in their home. The resident said her husband had been battling lung cancer for several years. The resident said she left their home at about 11 a.m. and went to another home located on their property. She said when she retumed at about 12:05 p.m she noticed the upstairs door open. She said she then went upstairs and found her husband unrespon- sive in his office chair. Campfield saw the hus- band appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. A Smith & Wesson .45 revolver was lying on the floor at his feet, and a Monroe County EMT said the gun had fallen to the floor when he lifted the husband's shirt to check his vital signs. Several other guns were found in the room with the hus- band's body. The case was then turned over to Inv. Allen Henderson. Motorcycle driver punches F-150 mirror during road rage incident At about 8:54 p.m. on May 4, the male driver of a blue 2017 Ford F-150 told Cpl. Thomas Haskins that a green 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle pulled up next to his truck on 1-75 South near mile marker 190. The F-150 driver said the male motorcycle driver had hit his truck mirror with something, shattering it. The F-150 driver said he continued following the motorcycle until Haskins stopped it at the intersec- tion of Smith Road and Orchard Ridge Drive. The motorcycle driver then denied any such incident had happened. The F-150 driver told Haskins the motorcycle pulled up along his pas- senger side and said the motorcycle driver flipped his middle finger at him spoke with the motorcycle jumping on her. Monr l driver a second time. The County EMTs then motorcycle driver then checked the womanand; changed his story and said he was following behind his girlfriend's vehide when the F-150 driver cut his girlfriend off, making him angry. The motor- cycle driver then admitted to pulling alongside the F-150 and hitting its mir- ror with his hand. The motorcycle driver then displayed his left hand, which was bleeding, but he refused medical treatment. The motorcycle driver said he initially lied because he has a provisional motor- cycle license and was not allowed to drive on the interstate. The F-150 driv- er then declined to press criminal charges, saying he just wanted the motorcycle driver to pay for his mir- ror. The two drivers then came to an agreement, and the motorcycle driver was not charged with a crime. Forsyth officer discovers College Street resident dead on May 11 At about 6:34 a.m. on May 11, Sgt. Willie Barkley of the Forsyth Police Department went to a College Street home after the male resident failed to show up for his sched- uled dialysis appointment. When Barkley arrived, he saw the resident sitting in a recliner. Barkley then knocked on the door sev- eral times and called loud- ly in the residents direc- tion but was unable to get a response. Barldey found the resident appeared to be dead and called Monroe County EMTs to the scene. Pregnant woman reports boyfriend's sister attacked her on Union Hill Drive the case was turned Over '{ to Inv. Geoffrey Holtzc!aw] of the Forsyth PoliCe Department. ! Florida driver drinks Fireball shots prior to DU[ arrest on 1-75 N. : A 57-year-old white , Lake Panasofkee, Fla. man! and a 57-year-old white ', Bristol, Tenn. woman were each arrested and charged i with possession of a con- , trolled substance, an open ' container violation and , possession of drug related i objects prohibited after a ', traffic stop on 1-75 North on May 6. At about 11:10 ', a.m Dep. Cody Maples was notified by dispatch- ! ers to be on the lookout * for a gray 2002 Chevrolet " Silverado with a Florida license plate traveling recklessly on 1-75 North. i Maples saw the truck : . nearly hit the guard rail well as several other vehi- : cles and stopped the truck: near mile marker 189. Thg male driver, who smelled i of alcohol and had to hold' on to his truck for support said he consumed several ; "Fireball" shots about 45 minutes earlier in Macon."! The driver told Maples he was coming from Jacksonville, Fla where hel helped his son move into,: a new home. The driver then failed several field i! sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol on a ] field breath test. Maples :, then searched the truck ] and found a large bottle of] Fireball whiskey between i the driver and passenger seats. He also found sev- eral glass pipes containing suspected. .' methamphet- :i ampae m a backpack ] behind the passenger seat as well as a clear container of s spected synthetic At about 3:36 p.m. on marijuana. The female ] April 23, Officer Bruce passenger then admitted ] Hughley of the Forsyth to having smoked meth- !| Police Department went amphetamine about two to Union Hill Apartments days prior. Both the driver] on Union Hill Drive about and the passenger were a fight. A Forsyth woman then taken to the Monroe I told Hughley that she County Jail while a very i and her boyfriend got off large dog traveling with work from Waffle House them was taken to Monrod and went to an apartment County Animal Control. on Union Hill Drive to The driver was also relax. The woman said her charged with Violation of boyfriend's sister jumped the Georgia Controlled ! on her outside the front Substance Act, DUI, reck- door causing her to fall to less driving and failure to the ground. The woman maintain lane. ! said she was five months i pregnant and wanted to t Rick Cantrell 478-992-7042 LAND CLEARING / FORESTRY MULCHING BRUSH MOWING / RIGHT OF WAYS / BOUNDARY LINES NO DEBRISTO HAUL OFF / NO BURNING / ECO FRIENDLY