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Page 4B June 12, 2019 iR orter INCIDENTS Continued from 3B Deputies locate stolen vehicle on 1-75 South, arrest driver, passenger A 21-year-old white Valdosta woman and a 40-year-old black Macon man were each arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property after a traffic stop on 1-75 South on May 31. At about 12:57 p.m Sgt. John Thompson and Dep. Wade Kendrick saw a white 2003 Saturn L200 with an Arkansas tag traveling without tag lights on 1-75 South near mile marker 185. Dispatchers notified Thompson the vehicle came back stolen out of Inde- pendence County, Arkansas. Thompson ordered the female driver and male passenger to exit the vehicle with their hands in the air and drop to the ground, which they did. q-he passenger said he was at the Exit 201 truck stop when he got a ride from a "white girl" after she asked him for a ciga- rette and said she needed gas. He said the driver was to take him to Macon, where she was also headed. The driver then gave Thompson a fake name and date of birth. Dispatchers then called the man who the passenger said he was, and the man said he was in Macon and that his brother was likely us- ing his identity, which deputies determined was true. Deputies then determined the passenger had a warrant out of Fulton County for failure to appear. The driver, who had a Florida ID, told deputies she recently split from her ex-boyfriend and said he must have reported the vehicle was stolen because he was upset at her. The driver said she picked up the passen- ger in Valdosta and said they drove together to Macon. She said the passenger then wanted her to drive him to the Exit 201 truck stop, where he got out of the vehicle for 30 to 45 minutes, before returning. The passenger then reiterated that he only got in the vehicle with the driver because he needed a ride while denying being in Valdosta. Deputies then took the driver and the passenger to the Monroe County Jail and notified the Independence County Sheriff's Office about the stolen vehicle being found. The driver was also charged with having no tag lights and driving without a license. The passenger was also charged with giving a false name and date of birth. Chriswood Drive man reports mail being sent to Illinois address At about 1:38 p.m. on June 1, a Chriswood Drive man told Cpl. Jacob Robins that over the past couple of weeks he and his wife had not been receiving all of their mail. The man said he contacted the post office and learned that someone had cre- ated a change of address some- time prior to May 15 for the man and was having his mail sent to a Harvey, Ill. home. The man said he then called his credit card companies and dis- covered someone had also been trying to apply for new credit cards under his name but had been unsuccessful because they couldn't answer the security questions. The man told Robins he doesn't know anyone who lives in Illinois and said his wife has changed their mailing address back to their home. Oak Ridge Drive man reports revolver stolen from truck on June 3 At about 9:32 a.m. on June 3, an Oak Ridge Drive man told Cpl. Thomas Haskins that when he arrived home after being out of town for the weekend he discovered the door to his parked 2007 Chev- rolet Silverado was open. The man, who had left his truck unlocked, said his stainless steel 32-caliber revolver, a fire extinguisher, $50 in cash and a pair of Costa sunglasses were stolen from the truck. The man said his neighbor notified him about his truck being open on the morning of June 2, so he suspected the theft occurred on the night of June I or early morning of June 2. Recreation department gate chain removed on Fairview Church Road At about 7:24 a.m. on June 3, a male Monroe County Recre- ation Department maintenance director told Cpl. Jake Justice and Dep. Stephen Phipps that someone walking at the park noticed the complex's rear gate on Fairview Church Road was unlocked. Deputies determined the chain to the gate had been removed. The maintenance director said there was no sur- veillance video of the incident and said he didn't know when it had occurred. Craig Road residents report Challenger driver harassed kids At about 6 p.m. on June 3, a male Craig Road resident and a female Craig Road resident told Dep. Tyler Rodgers their children were riding four- wheelers through trails in the area when they were harassed by the male driver of a yellow 2010 Dodge Challenger. The residents said the Challenger has a flag on the side window, a badge on the back window and a "Back the Blue" tag. The resi- dents' children said they were riding their four-wheelers with a male friend near the intersec- tion of Craig Road and Free- man Road at 4 p.m. on June 1. The residents' children said the Challenger driver told the chil- dren he was an off-duty police officer and had search warrants for them. The residents' chil- dren said their friend began to drive away, and the Challenger pursued him. The residents' children said they then en- countered the Challenger again near the intersection of Stokes Store Road and Hwy. 42 North. They said the Challenger driver revved his engine, flicked them off and yelled and cursed at them. Rodgers then Facetimed the friend who confirmed the June I incident and said he was chased by the Chal- lenger another time six months earlier. The friend said in the first incident he passed the Challenger on his dirtbike and put his thumb in the air while saying, "Nice car." He said the Challenger then turned around and chased him down Gordon Road, hitting his dirtbike's rear tire and causing him to wreck. Rodgers then ran the Chal- lenger's tag and showed the residents' children a photo of the car's owner. The children confirmed the owner was the driver they had seen. Rodg- ers then warned the residents' children about the dangers of operating four-wheelers and dirtbikes on a road and told them to stay away from the Challenger if they saw it again. Rodgers then found the Challenger parked at a Lassiter Road home. The Challenger driver denied yelling and curs- ing at the children and also denied chasing after them. The Challenger driver said he first encountered the friend on his dirtbike on Craig Road several days earlier. He said he waved the dirtbike to drive around him at which point the friend flicked him off and popped a wheelie, kicking rocks onto his car. The Challenger driver said he then called the Sheriff's Office on May 30 about the dirtbike driving recklessly on Teagle Road near Brownlee Road. The Challenger driver said he also told the residents' children that he had also called the sheriff's office on them but denied telling them he was an off-duty officer or that he had search warrants. The Chal- lenger driver then told Rodg- ers he had not driven his car in two days. Rodgers also told the Challenger driver to call law enforcement if he saw the dirtbikes or four-wheelers do- ing anything illegal and warned him to stay away from the children. Macon driver arrested for DUI after crashing into wall on 1-75 South A 43-year-old white Macon man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on 1-75 South on June 3. At about 7:04 a.m Cpl. Christian Saw- ley was notified by dispatch- ers of a black 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driving all over the road on 1-75 South near mile marker 183. A male 9-1-1 caller said the truck nearly hit his vehicle. He said he followed the truck and saw it run off the road and hit a wall. The truck's male driver said he was headed home from work when he wiped his eye, causing him to run into a wall near mile marker 184. Sawley saw the driver had urinated on himself, but the driver denied having been drinking. He then failed several field sobriety tests. Sawley found inside the truck part of a Xanax bar in a pink cup, a Camel cigarette pack with a plastic tube with residue inside and a pill container with about seven Xanax bars inside. Sawley then took the driver to Monroe County Hospital for a blood test before taking him to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with pills not in original container, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane. Deputy locates vehicle alongside 1-75 South after one-car wreck At about 6:49 a.m. on June 4, Cp1. Christian Sawley found an abandoned green 2019 Ford Crown Victoria facing north along the side of the road on 1-75 South near mile marker 174. The car appeared to have lost control and spun out on the right shoulder of the road. Pea Ridge Rd. residents points gun over car battery At about 10 p.m. on June 3, a female Pea Ridge Road resident told Dep. Peyton Henderson, Sgt. John Thompson and Cpl. Christian Sawley that her male neighbor stood on the road in front of her home holding what appeared to be a long hand- gun and yelled at her while accusing her son of stealing a car battery off of his property. The resident's husband told Henderson he was standing in the yard when the neighbor walked to the front of his home holding an object. He said the neighbor accused his son of stealing a car battery. The resi- dent's husband said he gave his neighbor permission to check under the hood of his cars for the battery, but the resident then told the neighbor he was not allowed to come onto their property and instead called the police. The neighbor then told Thompson he did go in front of the residents' home to talk to them about the missing car battery. However, he said he was only holding a flashlight, not a gun. Estes Road resident reports son stole keys to Chevrolet Malibu A 50-year-old black Macon man faces a charge of theft by taking after he allegedly stole his mother's car on June 5. At about 7:51 a.m an Estes Road woman told Sgt. Kevin Wil- liams that her son took her blue 2006 Chevrolet Malibu without her permission. The woman said her son took her car keys from her purse while she was sleeping. Williams asked the woman how she knew that her son took her car, and she said his girlfriend had called her and said her son had driven to her home at about 3 a.m. that morning. The woman said her son had been using drugs heavily and had recently been abusive toward her. The woman said she wanted her son charged for the theft. Deputies find THC oil, marijuana in vehicle during 1-75 South stop A 44-year-old black Los An- geles, Calif. man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on 1-75 South on June 5. At about 11:30 a.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox following another ve- hicle too closely on 1-75 South near mile marker 188. The male driver appeared very nervous, was visibly shaking, and asked for a warning several times. The driver then denied having any- thing illegal inside his vehicle but refused to allow Haskins to search. Sgt. Kevin Williams then deployed his K-9 dog Zibi, who alerted on the vehicle. The driver then admitted to having a small amount of marijuana inside of a black laptop bag. Haskins and Williams then found inside the vehicle a bud of marijuana, three THC oil e- cigarette cartridges, a large vac- uum-sealed plastic bag with an ounce of raw marijuana and a flask of alcohol. When Haskins showed the driver the drugs he found, the driver replied, "Oh, I forgot that was in there." Depu- ties later determined they re- covered 27 grams of marijuana in total. Haskins then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, an open container violation and following too closely. Vining Street resident reports lawnmower stolen from front yard At about 3 p.m. on June 7, a male Vining Street resident told Dep. Peyton Henderson that his riding lawnmower was stolen. The resident said he last saw his yellow, black and green Husqvarna riding lawnmower at about 4:30 p.m. on June 4 when it was parked in his front yard next to his push mower. The residents wife said her brother-in-law first discovered their lawnmower was missing, and they said they first thought their pastor might have borrowed it, but he had not. The resident said his home surveillance cameras captured a suspect standing in his yard smoking a cigarette. The cameras also showed a car driving very slowly by his home at about 3:30 a.m. on June 5. Deputy locates crack cocaine inside vehicle during 1-75 North stop A 49-year-old Hispanic Atlanta man was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a Schedule II con- trolled substance after pills and crack cocaine were found in his SUV during a traffic stop on 1-75 North on June 7. At about 7:29 p.m Cpl. Jacob Robins saw a gray 2008 Mercedes GL 450 with extremely dark window tint on 1-75 North near mile marker 190. Robins deter- mined the SUV'S male owner's license was suspended, and he was wanted out of Fulton County for failure to appear. The SUV driver, who was the owner, told Robins he missed a court appearance because his home burned down, but Robins told him he would have to ar- rest him anyway. Robins then found inside the SUV a glass tube with wire and drug residue in the center console along with a small metal tin containing several different pills and vita- mins. Inside the glove box Rob- ins found a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana and a small clear plastic bag of suspected crack cocaine. Sgt. John Thompson later determined Robins seized four grarss of crack cocaine, six Hydrocodone pills and one Oxycodone pill. Robins then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with a window tint violation, driving while license suspended, possession of drug related objects and possession of marijuana. Jocksen man token to husp l altar albged by meal At about 5:50 p.m. on June 7, a Jackson man told Inv. Danid Ruiz that he was taken to the High Falls Road fire station to have his injuries checked out by a male friend after he was involved in a fight with another man, whose identity was not known. The man told Ruiz something went wrong between them and he was hit in the head with a metal bat. Ruiz saw the man was bleeding from his ear, had a bloody right hand, a cut to his left eye and was complaining of jaw pain. Dep. Peyton Henderson then tried to get the man to give him more information about the attack, but he refused to say anymore. The man later went to Spalding County Hospital for treatment. Darer charged with DUI after ruru g stop sign on Johnston Street A 29-year-old black Stock- bridge man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Lovers Lane on June 8. At about 11 p.m Cpl. Christian Sawley saw a white 2015 Dodge Charger traveling 60 mph in a 45 mph zone fail to stop at the stop sign at West Johnston Street and West Main Street. Sawley tried to stop the car, but it turned right onto Jones Street and sped up. Sawley followed the car until it turned left and parked beside a home on Lov- ers Lane. The male driver told Sawley he didn't have a license, and dispatchers determined the driver's license was suspended for failure to appear. The driv- er's breath smelled of alcohol, his eyes were very red, and he admitted to have been drink- ing earlier in the night. Sawley then handcuffed the driver and told him to get into his patrol car. The driver refused and said, "IfI do that I'm going to jail" When Sawley told the driver he was going to jail anyway, the driver sat down. As Sawley talked to the driver's aunt, the driver then began yelling and hitting his patrol car window. Sawley then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, speed- ing and driving while license suspended. Woman arrested deputy finds drugs in vibrator remote control A 32-year-old white Jack- son woman was arrested and charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act after a deputy found methamphetamine inside her vibrator during a traffic stop on Montpelier Road on June 8. At about 1:13 p.m Cpl. Jake Jus- tice saw a maroon 1994 Chev- rolet GMT-400 pickup truck with a damaged windshield on Montpelier Road. Dispatchers notified Justice that the truck's male owner, who was driving, had an arrest warrant out of Lake City. The driver denied having anything illegal inside his truck and allowed Justice to search. Justice then found on the back seat a blue t-shirt that had an orange cap, often used to close needles, inside of it. Justice then searched a female passenger's purse and found a pink vibrator, which contained a small clear bag of suspected methamphetamine inside of the remote control battery compartment. The pas- senger appeared embarrassed but confirmed the vibrator was hers. When Justice then placed handcuffs on her, she started to cry and said the drugs were not hers. Justice then took the pas- senger to the Monroe County Jail. Meanwhile, Dep. Peyton Henderson also took the driver, a 54-year-old white Forsyth man, to the Monroe County Jail, where he was not given any additional charges.