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August 8, 2018 Page 7C /Reporter e By I nxB forsCh@mymccnet Monroe County Commissioners hired Macon- based Altera Payroll & Insurance to take over the county's payroll procedures. The Tuesday, July 24 deci- sion came several hours after a 15-minute presentation by a nationwide payroll company, CertiPay, whose Middle Georgia office is located in Juliette. Lisa Wheeler, a Monroe County native who serves as vice president of the Georgia division of CertiPay, said the company has been in operation for 25 years, including 20 years locally. David Adams, CertiPay sales and business devdopment director, told commissioners that CertiPay, which annually moves over $2 billion in taxes, has a partnership-driven sales model that does not outsource sup- port and technology assistance. Adams said among CertiPay's payroll clients is the Savannah Fire Department, the largest privately-held fire department in the country. Adams said CertiPay would be responsible for repayment and penalties on any payroll error. He said no payroll company is per- fect but the difference between them comes down to how quickly an error can get fixed. He then said the cost of contracting with CertiPay would be $2.50 per employee per month and guaranteed a three-to-five-year rate lock. Two other private payroll com- panies, Altera and Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), gave presentations at commis- sioners' July 10 meeting. District 3 commissioner John Ambrose said he preferred CertiPay because of its connec- flora to Monroe County. He also said Altera's bid of $4.75 per employee per pay period, equat- ing to about $51,000 annually, was too high. In contrast, Monroe County commission chairman Greg Tapley said he was adamantly behind Altera, noting that Altera vowed to include a $4,000 credit as well as a customized pro- gram to make it easy for county employees, State Bank employees and State Bank clients to dedi- cate their state taxes for Monroe County Hospital through the Georgia HEART Program. Tapley also noted that Altera officials promised to pay an additional one percent credit if the county puts money in a State Bank account. After about 25 minutes of discussion, Tapley called for a vote on Altera, and the measure passed 4-1. Ambrose was the lone opponent. In other Board of Commissioners' news: Monroe County Commissioners unanimously approved on Tuesday, July 24 to buy new state-mandated com- puter equipment for the Monroe County tax commissioners' office. Commissioners contracted with UniV trtual Solutions on the equipment in the amount of $6,760.88. Monroe County Commissioners unanimously approved on Tuesday, July 24 an agreement to divide 2018 fuel costs with the City of Forsyth and the Monroe County Board of Education. Commissioners approved a split that calls for Monroe County to pay 49.1 percent of the fuel costs, the BOE to pay 39.7 percent of the costs and the City of Forsyth to pay 11.2 per- cent of the costs. Commissioners also assigned the county's yet-to-be-hired finance director to determine 2019 fuel percentages based on usage: Monroe County extension coordinator Caitlin Jackson introduced to Monroe County Commissioners on Tuesday; July 24 the county's new 4-H agent, Courtney McElveen. McElveen achieved Master 4-H status while growing up in Jones County and previously served as a 4-H pro- gram assistant in Bibb and Jones counties. McElveen will begin her new position on Wednesday. McElveen told commissioners: "Thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for being willing to invest in the children of Monroe County, and I know it's going to be a great future ahead of us in 4-H" Continued from 6C Man accuses residen deputies, DIFC.S w ker A 33-year-old white Locust Grove man was arrested and charged with crudty to children after an inddent at the Monroe County C.A.KE. Cottage on July 24. At about 11:51 am Dep. Cody Maples went to an Old Cork Road home where a man said he was being kicked out by the residents who had been housing him since July 20. The man said he was homeless and had been sleeping in a church parking lot when a female resident told him he could stay at her home for a little while. The man said he woke up that morning and saw one of the home's female residents staring at him while he was lying in bed. The man told Maples he thought the resident was trying to perform witchcraft on him. The man said he knew the residents wanted him to leave but said he knew his rights and knew he had 30 days before he had to go. Maples then met with the female resident who said her daughter had met the man on Facebook and asked if they could pick him up from a church park- ing lot in Newnam The resident said she felt bad for the man and agreed to pick up, intending for him only to stay for a few days. The resident said the man had been strangely he arrived and said he begged her on July 22 to take him to Locust Grove so he could see his two-year-old daughter. The resident said she took him to visit his daughter but saw the man had arranged for Henry County deputies to meet them there. The resident .said she didrft know the man intended to bring his daughter back with him and said she told the man he had to go when he woke up scream- ing and hollering that momin The man then told Maples he was going to get his daughter and walk down the road, where he planned to live in the woods. Maples then called Monroe County Magistrate Judge Buck Wilder, who said the man would be considered to be trespassing if he diddt leave the home. Child Advocacy Officer Sherry O'Neal of the Monroe County C.A.R.E. Cottage then told Maples he could bring the man and his daughter to the Cottage to wait for the rnar father to pick him up. Maples then asked the man if he would allow one of the residenfs daughters to put his stuff in the car. The man then began shouting and Cursing that he has been in prison and doesn't like people touching his belongings. The man then began crying about how he had been saved by the Lord and only the Lord could help him and his child. Maples then called the maffs father, and he said he did not intend to pick up his son because he doesdt want him back at his home The father said his son had a drug problem and agreed only to pick up his grand- daughter. A Monroe County DFCS worker then arrived at the C.A.R E. Cottage to determine what to do with the daughter. At about 4 pan. that day; Maples retumed to the C.A.R.E. Cottage to check on the situation. When the man saw Maples, he told him he was a ' /Sng devil" and threatened to have his badge removed. The man told Maples they were holding him hostage Maples and Sgt. Adam Blanks told the man he was free to leave whenever he wanted but said his daughter would not be going with him. Maples then watched the man use his vape as he left while cursing about how the devil was at work at the CA.RE. Cottage After walking away multiple times, the man then returned to the C.A.RE. Cottage The marts mother then arrived to pick up her granddaugh- ter. The mother told Maples that her son and his wife are both "drug addicted lo " and said neither one could provide for their child. The mother said she had been trying to get parental rights to the child since she was born. When the man overheard the DFCS worker mention his name, he became irate and tried to push his way through a door. The man made several arm motions as if he was going to hit the worker wl'dle saying "If yoffre going to talk about me, I need to be in here." When Cpt. JeffThompson then stepped in between them, the man backed up and acciden- tally knocked his daughter to the ground. The man then charged at Thompson as ifhe was going to push him and Thompson secured the marts hands behind his back When Maples told the man he had been uncooperative the entire day; the man responded, "F--- you7 and said he wasdt leaving his daughter without a fight. Maples then took the man to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with simple assault and obstruction. South Carolkm driver charc d OUi after Collbr Road traffic stop A 23-year-old black Beaufort, S.C. woman was arrested and charged with DUI after a traf- fic stop on Collier Road on July 27. At about 5:51 pro on July 27, Cpl. Thomas Hasldns saw a silver 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee with significant damage on its left side that was blocking the roadway on Collier Road near 42 North. The female driver, who displayed her driver's license, said she didfft need an accident report The driver said she was exiting 1-75 South at Exit 188 when her one-year-old son threw a bottle and hit her, caus- ing her to drive offthe mad and into a ditch. When Haskins asked the driver if she hit anythin the driver said she wasn't sure. Haskins then saw the tire tracks and noticed the SUV had run over a ' Sharp Right Tur ' sign that was knocked onto the ground. When I-Iaskins then asked the driver if she had hit the sign, she replied, 'Ifs possible" Hasldns then smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver and saw her eyes were red and bloodshot. The driver said she was headed to Atlanta from South Carolina, so Haskim asked her why she was headed southbound. The driver then asked, "You want to see my GPS?" The driver then admitted to drinking one Mike's Hard Lemonade before she left home. The driver then failed sev- eral field sobriety tests and tested a high positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Monroe County Caet.R.E. Cottage took possession of the son until his father could pick him up. Meanwhile, Haskins took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where she tested posi- tive for more than the legal limit of alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane and violation of child safety restraints. Driver arrested after deputy finds leaded gun with altered ID A 25-year-old black Forsyth man was arrested and charged with use of a license plate to misrepresent a vehide after a traffic stop on North Lee Street on July 26. At about 7:42 pan Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a silver Honda Accord with a tempo- rary license plate that belonged to a 1986 Ford Ranger parked in the Al's Market service station parking lot on North Lee Street The male driver told Haskins he could not afford a license plate, and Haskins also determined the vehicle's reg- istration was exp'ged. Haskins smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car and CpL Wade Kendrick of the Forsyth Police Department arrived to assist. Haskins found a loaded black Taurus 9 mm. handgun in the driver's rear pocket. There were three bullets in the gnn:s magazine, and the serial number appeared to have been filed off The driver told Haskins he bought the gun from a friend and said he painted it black. Kendrick then found in the driver's possession a plastic bag containing two bright-colored pills that were suspected Xanax tablets. Haskins then searched the car and found a small burnt marijuana cigarette in an ash tray. The vehide was released to the driver's girlfriend while the driver was taken to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of an artide with altered identity, carrying a concealed weapon and expired registraiorL Deputies arrest couple with drugs, smoking device on Hwy. 42 N. A 28-year-old white Forsyth man and a 21-year-old white Forsyth woman were each arrested and' charged with possession ofmeth- amphetamine and possession of drug related objects after an ind- dent on Hwy. 42 North on July 27. At about 4:48 a.m Dep. Tyler Rodgers and Cp1. Thomas Haskins saw a man and woman walking from the Budget Inn toward the Quality Inn on 42 North. The man, who denied having any weapons in his possession, put his left hand in his pocket several times. Haskins then frisked the man and found a pocket knife in his front right pocket and a pipe used for smoking methamphet- amine in his left rear pocket He then found in the mar front right pocket a dear bag of suspected methamphetamine, which the man said he had recently bought. Haskins then searched the woman and found several cut straws inside of a cigarette box in the woman pocket Inside one of the straws was a ydlow bag of suspected meth- amphetamine while Haskins also located in the dgarette box a white pill, suspected SeroqueL Both the man and woman were then taken to the Monroe County Jail, where the woman was also charged with drugs not in original container. Moreland Road woman receives delivery pizza from unknown source At about 10:27 parr on July 24, a Forsyth woman told Dep. Christian Sawley she had received multiple phone calls from three different numbers. The woman said one number was from a Brace Wayne .claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service while another number was from a Michad Collins dainaing to be the CEO of Publisher's Gearing House. The woman told Sawley that earlier that day a Pizza Hut employee had arrived at her Moreland Road home with a pizza. She said the delivery man told her that a man named Don Fisher had placed the order, saying it was for his mother. The delivery man said the man said his sister would be home and urged the delivery man to call him back and let him know if someone was at home. The deliv- ery man said the same man had continuously called the store asking to see if the pizza was delivered. In a separate but possibly related inddent, a about 8 a.m. on July 25, the woman told Dep. Cody Maples that someone had paid offher Chase credit card in the amount of about $1,800 using money out of her bank account. The woman told Maples she had already cancelled her credit card. Forsyth man reports charges after leaving card in ATM machine At about 11 am. on July 22, a Forsyth man told Dep. Cody Maples that he left his debit card in the ATM machine at Robins Federal Credit Union after making a $100 transaction at 11:18 p.m. on July 21. The man said he almost immediately noticed money started coming out of his account and he called at 4 a.m. that morning to cancel his card. The man said the fraudulent transactions included: $11.81 at Forsyth Liquor, $12.26 at Sassy Beauty Supp,$148.66 and $33.66 at O'Re'flly's Auto Parka $94 at Cricket Wirdess, $12.31 at Dollar General and $80.30 at Holiday Bottle Shop. Local motel customer reports discovering bedbugs on Aug. 5 At about 7:46 am. on Aug. 5, a Riverhead, N.Y. man told Major George Foster of the Forsyth Police Department that he found bedbugs in his room at the Days Inn on North Lee Street. The man then showed Foster a bedbug he had kept in a paper cup. Foster then met with a female motel employee who said the man had called the front desk twice. The employee said she told the man he needed to speak to the motel manager, so the second time she put the man through to the manager's voice mail The employee said the man then came to the front desk acting very irate, and the employee told him the manager would be in at 9 a.m. The employee said the man instead demanded she do some- thing immediatdy and when he didn't calm down, the employee said she called the police. Foster told the man that the employee did not have the authority to help him and advised him to wait until the manager arrives. The man said he understood and intended to wait for the manager's arrival Forsyth CVB director reports semi-truck crashed into city sign At about 11:08 am. on July 26, Major George Foster of the Forsyth Police Department went to the Forsyth Wdcome Center on North Lee Street where the female Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau director said a female dty employee witnessed a semi-truck damage one of the dty's Wdcome Center signs. The director said she photographed both the damaged sign and the parked truck but was not able to locate the driver. Foster then met with the employee who said she was at her desk when she heard a loud sound. The employee said she looked out the window and saw the Wdcome Center sign shaking while also viewing the truck trying to park beside the sign. The employee said she then went downstairs and told the director that the sign was hit. Foster deter- mined the truck was owned by Wells Fargo Equipment but was unable to reach a male Wells Fargo representative. Women arrested after fight outside Forsyth Gardens Apartments A 24-year-old black Forsyth woman and a 25-year-old black Forsyth woman were each arrested and charged with affray after a fight at Forsyth Gardens Apartments on July 26. At about 2:21 a.m a woman told Officer Iacquetta Newsome of the Forsyth Police Department she was in a car in front of her building talking to her female cousin when another woman came up in another car driven by another female The woman said the other woman then got out of the car and asked, "What's up?" while threatening to fight The woman said the other driver and a male passenger were encouraging the two to fight telling the other woman to "oeat her a--" The woman said when the other woman approached her, she then pepper sprayed the other woman at which point the other woman got up swinging at her. Newsome saw several scratches on the woman forehead. The other woman then told Newsome she was riding in the car when she heard someone yelling for them to stop from the womar s car. The other woman said she thought it was the car's female driver, who is a friend of hers, so she got out. The other woman said the woman then came up on her and asked her why she was telling lies about her. The other woman said the woman then pep- per sprayed her out of nowhere and she said she never touched the woman. Newsome then took both the woman and the other woman to the Monroe County Jail