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Page 4B July 25, 2018 a orter By Richard Two firms seeking to privatize the county's payroll payment procedures made presentations to Monroe County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 10. The proposed move comes as a result of the June firing of Monroe County finance officer Ashley.Wooley, who was termi- nated after she failed to pay the county's federal and state payroll taxes in a timely manner, resulting in fines and penalties. Kimberly Anthony and Derek Whitworth of Macon-based Altera Payroll & Insurance gave the initial pre- sentation. Anthony said Altera, which processes about $2 billion in annual wages, is a division of State Bank & Trust and already serves 45 Monroe County businesses. Anthony, who lives in Monroe County, would serve as Monroe County's account manager. Whitworth, president of Altera, said the county's cost to contract with Altera would be $4.75 per employee per pay period for a total cost of about $51,000 annually with a guaranteed fee structure for the first three years. He added that Altera clients have never paid a penalty for late or missed payments. Whitworth said the contract would also include a $4,000 credit as well as a customized pro- gram to make it easy for county employ- ees, State Bank employees and State Bank clients to dedicate their state taxes for Monroe County Hospital through the Georgia HEART Program. When District 4 commissioner George Emami asked if Altera's system would prove complex for Monroe County department heads, Whitworth replied that Altera's system is designed to do pay- .roll, human resources and timekeeping, which should make it easier on county employees. Whitworth said, "What we do is com- plex, but what you do should be very simple and eas)g' Jemila Stewart, sales executive for Alpharetta-based Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), gave the second presentation. Stewart said ADP would file taxes on the county's behalf as well as automate timekeeping with an initial focus on payroll. She said with 1,000 employees in Georgia alone, ADP also has the capability of managing the coun- ty's human resources but that aspect was not included in its initial contract. Stewart said ADP has over 650,000 clients and one in five Americans are paid using ADP. She said although ADP does not have a Middle Georgia office, it would provide a dedicated account man- ager for Monroe County. Stewart said the cost of ADP's proposed contract is for $29,150 annually and she estimated a return on investment of $46,800 due to time county employees would no longer have to spend manu- ally managing time sheets and payroll. She said the "initial cost of implementa- tion would be $1,850 with a two-week turnaround to get the system activated. , Stewart said ADP would pay the penalty for any late fees associated with payroll and admitted that the company had erred in the past and paid the penalties for its , clients. Monroe County commission chairman ;' Greg Tapley asked Stewart if ADP could guarantee the annual fee of $29,150 for , the first three years as Altera did. She answered that she could indeed do that Z and said she would lock in that price for : the first three years. However, Stewart said ADP contracts out to a outside firm called Makeshift payroll for shifts that cover two work days, such as extended , shifts logged by fire fighters. She said 4 that would result in an additional cost of about $1,500 annually. Monroe County commissioners did not i select a firm to handle its payroll needs at the July 10 meeting. INCIDENTS Continued from 3B Woman arrested after cmslCng two-vehicle wreck on High Palls Rd. A 3S-year-old white Jack- son woman was arrested and charged with DUI after a two- vehicle accident on High Falls Road on June 29. At about 1:58 p.m Dep. Nicholas Ortiz went to High Falls Road about an ac- cident. When Ortiz arrived, he the bottom of a door and threw it in the yard before smoldng cigarettes on the back porch. Rodgers then met with the resident who said he broke the lattice on the ramp because he was angry at how the nurse had spoken to him. The resident then said he didn't want to be at the home and encouraged Rodgers to take him to jail. The home's female owner told Rodgers she wanted to press charges against the resident. Rodgers then took the resident to the Monroe County Jail. saw the female driver of a black GMC Truck sitting on the trunk Pregnant resident of a gold Toyota Rav 4. The punches cousin during GMC truck drivertold Ortiz she Facebook post feud traveling eastbound toward I-Iigh Falls State Park when she A 25-year-old black Ma- began to feel dizzy and light- con woman was arrested and headed, losing control of her ve- charged with simple battery after hide and hitting the Ray 4. Ortiz a fight at a Shady Dale Drive noticed the GMC driver was home on July 11. At about 10:35 slurring her words and had trou- p.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins and ble recalling what had happened. Sgt. Kirk Seckinger went to a The GMC driver told Ortiz she Shady Dale Drive home about had taken prescribed Clonaz- a domestic dispute. A female epam before driving. The driver resident said she wrote a nega- then failed one field sobriety test tive Facebook post about her and refused to take anymore be- family earlier in the day. The cause she was out of breath and resident said her female cousin having trouble balancing. Ortiz then drove to her home and then arrested the GMC driver confronted her about the post. and took her to Monroe County She said her cousin called her Hospital for a blood test before a "crackhead" which upset her. going to the Monroe County Jail. She said she then grabbed her Meanwhile, the female Rav 4 cousin by the neck, choked her driver told Ortiz she was headed and then pushed her down into westbound on High Falls Road the fireplace at which point she when the GMC truck headed punched her cousin several the opposite way began to merge times in the face. The resident, into her lane. The Rav 4 driver who was nearly eight months said she tried to avoid colliding pregnant, said her cousin with the GMC truck but was un- grabbed hold of her arm in an able to do so because it contin- effort to stop the punches, and ued in her direction. A female Haskins saw several scratches on witness said she was traveling the residents arm. Haskins then behind the GMC truck on 1-75 met with the residents cousin, and had called 9-1-1 because the who said she came over to the truck was driving recklessly. The home to visit her grandmother, witness said she then followed who informed her about the the GMC truck onto High Falls residents Facebook post. The Road and saw the truck cross cousin said when she confronted into the oncoming lane and hit the resident, the resident im- the Ray 4 head on even though mediately became hostile and the Ray 4 had swerved onto began cursing and arguing with the grass in an attempt to avoid her. The cousin said the resident a wreck. Sgt. Chad Beck then repeatedly got in her face but searched the GMC truck and said she wasn't going to fight the found a half bottle of Clonaze- resident because she was preg; pare and Carisoprodol inside the nant. The cousin said she then GMC truck driver's purse, called the resident a "crack- head" at which point the resi- Whispering Pines dent grabbed her by the neck, home resident ar- choked her, pushed her down rested after tearing into the fireplace/rod hit her several times in the head with lattice trim her fist. The cousin told Haskins she never hit the resident but A 63-year-old black Macon did take hold of her arm. The man was arrested and charged grandmother, who recorded with criminal trespass after an the fight, then showed Haskins incident at the Whispering Pines the video, w.hich depicted the Personal Care Home on July 11. resident cursing at her cousin At about 5 p.m Dep. Tyler Rod- and then fighting her as the two gers went to .Whispering Pines each described. Haskins then Personal Care Home on Hwy. 41 took the resident to the Monroe South where a female nurse said County Jail. a male resident was yelling and threatening her as well as other residents. The nurse said the resident went to the wheelchair ramp and tore lattice trim down with his hands. She said he then ripped the metal threshold from man was arrested and charged with fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer after a high- speed chase in south Monroe County on July 13. At about 1:12 a.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a black 2009 Honda Ac- cord stopped at the stop sign at Popes Ferry Road and Hwy. 87 for an extended period of time. Haskins, who believed the male driver was possibly asleep at the wheel, saw the car then pull onto Hwy. 87 where it continued at 92 mph in a 55 mph zone entering into Bibb County. Haskins then saw the car pass two vehicles on a double yellow line and notified Bibb County deputies that he was in a chase. Haskins saw the car drive on the wrong side of the road on Arkwright Road, where it eventually drove into the woods and stopped. The driver jumped out of the car and tried to run, but he fell on the ground at which point Haskins pointed his gun at the driver. The driver then put his hands behind his back and was handcuffed. When Haskins tried to talk with a female passenger, the driver then jumped up and. ran into the woods. When the driver tripped yet again, Haskins then tackled the driver before taking him to his patrol car. The driver refused to give Haskins his name and date of birth. However, the passenger told Haskins she was the car's owner and told him the identity of the driver. The passenger, who said the driver told her to pick him up at the river, said she told the driver to stop but said he refused because he had arrest warrants. Dispatchers determined the driver had warrants out of Bibb and Jones counties and also had a suspended license. Hasklns then searched the car and found in the cupholder an unregis- tered black Millennium 9 ram. handgun with one bullet in the chamber. Haskins then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving while license suspended, speeding and driving on the wrong side of the road. Monroe rlmont employee discovers broken window, blood left a blood trail from the bro ken window into the women's restroom, where blood was all over the floor and walls. He saw it appeared the suspect had then washed his hands inside the re- stroom and put the paper towels into the trash can. The employee also saw an upstairs door to the club house had been kicked in but nothing appeared to be miss- ing. The employee said he was sure he had secured the door when he left work the previous day. The case was then turned over to Inv. Sam Leggett. parsyth driver charged with violations after ban from Circle K A 31-year-old Forsyth man was charged with driving on a suspended license and tire violation on Lee Street after being banned from the Circle K on July 16. Circle K staff told Forsyth officer Jacquetta Newsome that the suspect was barred from Circle K because he had groped a female employee earlier in the day. The suspect left the store while Newsome ran his information through dispatch, which turned up that his license was sus- pended for failure to pay child support. Newsome stopped him as he drove away at the Shell station and arrested him for driving on a suspended license. The suspect became belliger- ent, banging his head on a trash can. He was taken to jail and continued his irate behavior by banging the doors of his cell. Forsyth driver charged with violations after ban from Circle K A 33-year-old Forsyth man was charged with possession of cocaine near the Roadway Inn on Frontage Road on July 18. The motel night clerk told Forsyth officer Terrence Thomas around 11:40 p.m. that a Hispanic male was wander- ing around trying to get inside a motel room. Thomas found the man on Frontage Road and he was wanted. He also had some white substance in his left pocket that the suspect said was cocaine. He was charged with possession of cocaine and taken to jail. Deputy locates loaded an earlier arrest that it was a handgun in car after knocked off. Maples saw ahigh-drug activity area. The window had been broken and suspect tried to cut through the high-speed chase blood had spilled on the coun- woods and Kendrick got out to ter and the surrounding area. pursue him. The suspect con- A 34-year-old white Macon Maples saw that the suspect had tinued to flee from Kendrick but he finally stopped walking and Kendrick approached. As , he got doser Kendrick heard : the sound of glass breaking. Kendrick saw the suspect had , dropped a glass smoking pipe , onto the ground as well as a small bag of meth. The suspect : said it was his pipe but not his meth. Kendrick responded with ; disbelief, "So you got a meth , pipe with no meth in it?" The , suspect responded that it was , full of meth, but he had already , smoked it, then added that it ', wasn't his. The suspect also had weapons which he was allowed i to give to "Wolf" at the motel , before heading to jail charged with possession of meth. Milner man arrested after making scene over declined card ' A 41-year-old Milnerman was charged with failing to pay for his tab at El Dorado Mexican Restaurant and i public drunkenness on July 21. The server told Forsyth , officer Jacquetta Newsome around 7:44 p.m. that the man and a female companion had 4 bought two large Margaronas and cheese dip but then his card was declined three times ; and the woman had left. The I customer became irate say- ing there was nothing wrong with his card and tried to fight ; a male restaurant employee. 1 Newsome found the customer smelling of alcohol and talk- , ing on speaker phone in the restaurant and asked him to turn it off speaker. He said he didn't have to. Newsome and Cpl. Kendrick asked him to step outside to avoid disturb- ing customers but as they were walking out the customer began yelling loudly over his phone , that they were trying to shoot , him. Police reached the man's , girlfriend by phone and she said the customer knew he didn't have any money on his card because she had just paid , the rent. While he talked on the phone, the customer contin- ued to stumble around and fell over trying to sit down. He was arrested and charged with theft of services and public drunken' ness. Meanwhile the customer's girlfriend, a 47-year-old Milner woman, told police she had come to the restaurant to get her boyfriend's truck after he was arrested and that when she arrived a 35-year-old Jackson woman was trying to drive At about 9 a.m. on July 12, Jackson man charged Dep. Cody Maples went to the with meth possession Monroe County Recreation after officer finds pipe away with the car. The Milner Department about a burglary. A * woman said she parked in front male employee said he discov- A 48-year-old Jackson manof the truck to keep the Jackson ] ered when he arrived at work was charged with possession that morning that a Northern of meth near the Quality Inn woman from taking the truck. The Jackson woman denied concession stand had been on Frontage Road on July 20. driving truck and then said broken into. The employee said Cp1. Wade Kendrick said he she di ln t know where the keys he saw blood and noticed a approached a white male walk- were. Newsome told her to find ! cash register had been opened, ing in the area around 11:30 He also said the door on the p.m. because he knew from the keys but she continued to Northern club house had been deny knowing where they were. ', | Finally she was arrested for i obstruction and Cp1. Kendrick : found the keys under the pas- , senger seat.