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The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is of his unfailhlg love- Psalm 33:5 The Monroe County Reporter August 8, 2018 ~i~j~~i~~Ii~HHi~ Illll[lllll Illllllll I Jill I Hil III I I IIIIIIIHIHIIH~II I llllllllllli IHIIHI~It~tIH~HIIII ~llfIllltll~tlJ~tt~ll i INCIDENT REPORTS AUGUST 8, 2018 The following incidents were reported by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office July 12-Aug. 5. amrlu rel theft d At about 1:30 p.m. on July 12, a male Charles Johnson Road resident told Dep. Jacob Robins that his pink concrete pig statue was stolen from the end of his driveway on July 11. The resi- dent said when he left his home around 4:45 p.m. on July 11 the statue was still there but when he retumed at about 9:15 p.m. later that night he discovered it was missing. The resident said the pig statue was about two-and-a-half feet long and about one-and-a- half feet wide. He said the pig was standing on all four legs sup- ported by a base and added that the pig's right ear had previously been broken but had been put back in place. The resident said the pig statue, which was spray painted bright pink, weighed about 100 pounds and would have been difficult for one person to steal. He said he and his wife have owned the statue, valued at about $300, for about 30 years. Deputy spots driver trying to hide meth bag underneath seat A 40-year-old white Marietta man was arrested and charged with possession of metham- phetamine after a traffic stop on Indian Springs Drive on July 24. At about 9:17 a.m Cpl. John Thompson saw a dark blue 2017 Nissan Altima following too closely behind a gray trac- tor trailer in the far right lane of 1-75 South near mile marker 191. Dispatchers determined the car did not have insurance or valid registration. Thompson then fol- lowed the car as it exited at Exit 188 onto Collier Road and then stopped the car on Indian Springs Drive. Thompson noticed the male driver, who was traveling with his mother in the front pas- senger seat and a Rottwefler in the back seat, appeared extremely nervous and kept looking at his mother. The driver said he was taking his mother back to her Macon home and knew his car insurance was not valid. While the driver retrieved his dog's leash, Thompson noticed him fumbling around under the driver's seat. Thompson then searched the car and found under the driver's seat a bag of metharnphetamine. The driver admitted the drugs were his and said he was just going through a tough time in life. Thompson, who determined the driver had previously been arrested for pos- session of methamphetamine in 2016, then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail. He then notified the driver's probation officer of his arrest while Monroe County Animal Control took possession of the driver's dog. The driver was also charged with following too dosely and having no insurance. Tennessee man steals truck after escaping deputies during stop A 33-year-old white Murfreesboro, Tenn. man was arrested and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude after a series of incidents on 1-75 South on July 28. At about 9:24 a.m Cpl. lohn Thompson was noti- fied by dispatchers to be on the lookout for a black Mercedes SL550 with a Tennessee tag on 1-75 South. The female pas- senger's mother told dispatchers that her daughter had called her saying her boyfriend, the male driver was beating her. Another 9-1-1 caller reported the same car was altemately speeding and slamming on brakes and said the car had pulled into the southbound weigh station. Thompson and Sgt. Chad Beck then spotted the car at the weigh station and approached it. Beck ordered the driver to put his hands on the steering wheel, but instead the driver began to reach under his seat. Beck then drew his gun and again ordered the driver to put his hands where he could see them. The driver then began to laugh before finally putting his hands on the steer- ing wheel. The deputies saw there were beer cans and bottles all throughout the car. The pas- senger had bruises on her face and arms, blood on her face and in her hair, and the inside of her right eye was bright red. When Thompson told the passenger to get out of the car, the driver instead ordered her to "stay in the car." The driver then shifted the car into drive and sped away at which point Thompson fired a round from his gun into the front passenger side tire of the car. Thompson heard air com- ing out of the tire and got back into his patrol car to pursue the Mercedes. Shortly after leaving the weigh station, the car pulled over along the right side of the interstate because of his flat tire. The driver, who was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jean shorts, then got out, reached back inside the car and put something in his pants before running into the woods. The driver was about six-feet tall, had tattoos on his arms and had dark colored hair. As Thompson ran in the pas- senger's direction, he heard the driver call out, "Come on, dam- mit!" Thompson instead ordered the passenger, who was crying hysterically, onto the ground, where she followed instructions. The passenger, who identified the driver, said the driver had a gun and a federal warrant by the U.S. Marshal Service. Dispatchers' determined the car, valued at about $15,000, was stolen out of Rutherford County, Tenn. A short time later, a male witness flagged down Sgt. David Asbell of the Forsyth Police Department on Collier Road and said he saw a white 2004 extended-cab Ford Ranger, valued at about $3,500, bust through the gate at Industrial Propane. The witness said the truck sped in the direc- tion of Forsyth, but deputies were not able to find the truck. As Beck discovered where the truck had run through the propane company gate, Thompson noti- fied surrounding companies to be on the lookout for the truck. Damage to the gate and fence was valued at about $2,000. About 20 minutes later, the driver led Macon-Bibb County deputies on a chase, eventually wrecking the truck and taking off on foot. At one point, the driver, who did not have a gun in his possession at the time of his arrest, struck a Macon-Bibb County patrol vehicle. The passenger told depu- ties the driver had been beating her and threatening her for the past three weeks. The passenger, who was taken to the Monroe Connty Hospital for treatment, said anytime she tried to leave the driver, he would beat or threaten her. Deputies then noti- fied the Monroe Connty C.A.R.E. Cottage about the situation, and the passenger was placed in a motel room until her mother could pick her up. Georgia Department of Nattwal Resources deputies and K-9s then searched for the driver's gun around the propane company but were unable to locate it. The driver will also be charged with bring- ing stolen property across state lines, obstruction, theft by taking motor vehicle and criminal dam- age to property. South Carolina woman reports trailer stolen from side of 1-75 South At about 2 p.m. on July 24, a SimpsonviUe, S.C. woman told Dep. Cody Maples she was trav- eling on 1-75 South near mile marker 195 the previous week when her trailer blew a tire. The woman said she was unable to get the trailer towed so she left it alongside the road while her family went to Florida for a dance competition. The woman said they rented a U-Had trailer to take the rest Of their items with them. The woman said the male owner of Clint's Hardware said he last saw the trailer alongside the interstate on July 20. The woman said the trailer, which was valued at about $3,000, did not have a VIN or a tag. She said the trailer was black, had a single axle, was 12-feet by 6-feet in size and had "Let's Dance" written on its side. Forsyth woman reports remiv g envelope with money order At about 3:31 p.m. on July 31, a Forsyth woman told Major George Foster of the Forsyth Police Department that she received an envelope containing a money order in the amount of $950 along with a letter of instructions. The woman the letter told her to put the money order into her bank account but then to withdraw $700 and use the cash to buy gift cards to mail to an Alsip, IU. woman identi- fied as Maresheila Thompson. The woman instead turned the money order, envelope and letter over to Foster. See INCIDENTS Page 7C The following arrests were reported by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office July 2b-Aug. 2. An arrest means someone has been charged with a crime, but the law considers them innocent until proven guilty Jn a court of law. Kraig Adolphus Hall, 30, Macon, theft by receiving stolen proper- ty, possession of a weapon during com- mission of a felony, possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon Rodrigues Q. Sidney, 25, Forsyth, acquiring license plate for purpose of concealing ID of a vehicle, expired reg- istration, possession of drugs with intent to dis- tribute, crimi- nal use of an article with an altered ID mark, pos- session and carrying a concealed weapon with- out a license Teco- veling ReveU Starling, 36, Macon, pos- session of cocaine, theft by receiv- ing stolen property, possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony Lakeisha Lakay Townes, 36, Macon, pos- session of cocaine, theft by receiv- ing stolen property, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony Richard Thomas Martin, 28, Forsyth, pos- session of drug related objects, possession ofmetham- phetamine Andrea Nicole Murdock, 21, Forsyth, possession ofmetham- phetamine, possession of drug related objects, drugs not in original con- tainer r--~ 7 V,I~j L Charles Herbert Thompson, 48, Concord, DUi, slow poke law Shankia Lashara Watts, 26, Forsyth, simple battery Alexeev Vershone Jones, 44, Savannah, driving while license sus- pended, driv- ing in divided highway Ashley Marie Roberts, 33, Jackson, violation of taillights requirements, DUI, posses- sion of meth- amphetamine Jason William Sims, 39, Culloden, driving while license sus- pended, no seatbelt Robert Jamal Flono, 32, Morrow, headlight viola- tion, driving while license suspended Erica Zalita Jones, 29, East Point, driving while license suspended, taillight viola- tion, tag viola- tion Chelsea Brianna Lancaster, 19, Barnesville, violation of the hands-free law, driving while license suspended Jalnes Smith, 53, Cincinnati, Ohio, battery Patrick Gregory Stone, 39, Johnsonville, S.C robbery Jerome Alford, 41, Forsyth, failure to register as sex offender Eric V'mson Braswell, 28, Macon, driving while license sus- pended, failure to yield, failure to maintain lane, failure to use turn signal, driver to exer- cise due care, fail to stop at a stop sign, flee- ing an officer Lauren Christina Bruner, 32, Forsyth, aggra- vated assault, criminal tres- pass, third degree cruelty to children Terrance Latrel Dumas, 23, Forsyth, theft by receiv- ing stolen property, first degree bur- glary Dontavius Tramez Meadows, 31, Macon, posses- sion of drugs with intent to distribute, improper back- ing, failure to signal when turning or changing lanes Ferdinando Jay Williams, 29, Atlanta, failure to appear Collin McKinnon Abbitt, 34, Minneola, Fla theft by taking Landon Cole Lovell, 20, Forsyth, DUI, fail to maintain lane, open container, having no insurance Roberto Rodriguez- Rivera, 35, Macon, failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended Jennifer Leigh Trent, 41, Forsyth, possession of drug related objects Kristy Irene Middleton, 35, Forsyth, simple battery