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Page 8C INCIDENTS Continued from 70 Woman charged with assault for throwing glass bottle A 26-year-old black Forsyth woman was arrested and charged with aggravated as- sault after she allegedly threw a glass bottle at two other women during a dispute at her Freeman Avenue home on Sept. 27. At about 11:48 pm, Dep. Jacob Davis and Cpl. Christian Sawley went to a Freeman Avenue apartment about an alleged assault. A woman, who had a deep gash on her left hand, told deputies that a female resident cut her on the hand with an unknown object as she tried to separate her daughter and the resident from a fight. The resident told deputies that the woman’s daughter came over to her home while she was in the shower and tried to hit her. The resident said the woman’s daughter then grabbed a blow dryer off her sink and threw it at her. The resident said she put on clothes and walked toward her front door where her female friend was standing in the doorway. The resident said the woman’s daughter then charged at her from outside the door. The resident said she went back inside and called the police. She also denied cutting the woman. As Monroe County EMTs took the woman to Monroe County Hospital for treatment, the woman’s daughter said she was outside with a female friend when she saw her boyfriend come out of the resident’s home, which upset her. The woman’s daughter said she then got into an argument with both her boyfriend and the resident while standing at the resident’s front door. The woman’s daughter said her mother tried to hold her back while the resident’s friend stood in front of the resi- dent in the doorway. The woman’s daughter said the resident went backinside her home, grabbed a bottle and threw it at her and her mother. She said the resident then threw an unknown object at the two of them and said her mother screamed that she had been cut by something. The woman’s daughter said she too had a small cut on her finger. The woman’s daughter’s friend said the resident, the woman and the woman’s daughter were all bunched up when she suddenly heard the woman say she had been cut. The resident’s friend said she saw the woman’s daughter walk inside the resident’s bathroom looking for her boyfriend. She said she also witnessed the woman’s daughter throw the hair dryer at the resident. The resident’s friend said the woman’s daughter then left the home and began arguing with her boyfriend outside on the balcony. The resident’s friend said the woman’s daughter told the resident if she came outside they would fight. The resident’s friend said the woman’s daughter then reached over her and threw a punch at the resident at which point the woman tried to pull her daughter back. The resident’s friend said she didn’t know how the woman or her daughter were cut. Davis then found a broken bottle at the bottom of the steps outside the apartment. Deputies then took both the resident and the woman’s daughter to the Monroe County Jail. The woman’s daughter, a 25—year—old black Forsyth woman, was charged with disorderly conduct. The woman, a 41 —year-old black Forsyth woman, had an outstanding arrest warrant for child support, so deputies also arrested her upon her release from Monroe County Hospital. Driver arrested after casting through gate at concrete plant A 20-year—old black Jonesboro man was ar- rested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude after a high-speed chase through the Hwy. 18 industrial park on Sept. 26. At about 4:20 am, Dep. Dustin Ramsey and Cpl. Tyler Rodgers saw a gray 2017 Honda Accord traveling 89 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-75 South near mile marker 191. When depu- ties tried to stop the car, it instead changed lanes and sped up. The car then exited off of I-75 at Exit 188, where it went into the ditch before continuing southbound onto Hwy. 42 North on the wrong side of the road at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The car then ran a red light at North Lee Street before continuing on Patrol Road, where it failed to stop at a stop sign at its intersection with Hwy. 18. The car then continued onto Industrial Park Drive, where it turned into Reames Concrete Com- V pany and approached a locked gate. The car then rammed through the gate and continued driving recklessly on the property before driving off of an embankment and crash- ing. The male driver then took off on foot at Which point Cpl. Christian Sawley was able to handcuff him. Dispatchers determined the driver was unlicensed, and Rodgers found a clear plastic bag of marijuana in the driver’s pocket. Deputies then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail. Rodgers then notified Reames’ male owner, who estimated the darn- age to the gate at $2,690. The driver was also charged with second degree criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana, failure to maintain lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding, aggressive driving, reckless driving and driv- ing without a valid license. I Rep"‘"““““"0rter October 2, 2019 Man gets 6 years for grave wreck By Richard Dumas A Forsyth man was sentenced to six years in prison on Sept. 23 after he was convicted by a Monroe County jury of felony fleeing following a one- day trial. Robert Lewis Jones, 47, was also convicted of driving while license suspended as the jury determined its guilty verdict within minutes. Jones led Forsyth police, Monroe County deputies and Lamar County law enforce- ment officers on a high-speed chase on the evening of July 1, 2017 that ended in a Barnesville cemetery. According to the Barnesville Herald-Gazette, Jones, whose license was suspended in 2002, initially fled from Forsyth police in a 2003 Buick LeSabre with a busted taillight. He eventually drove through downtown Barnesville and continued onto Zebulon Street, where he missed a curve and crashed through a barri- cade at Zebulon Street Cemetery. Jones’ LeSabre then smashed into the tomb of buggy magnate Jackson G. Smith, the grandfather of Judge E. By- ron Smith. According to the Herald- Gazette, the damage to the tomb was estimated at about $10,000. Jones was arrested at the scene While the LeSabre, owned by Angela Coz- zens, also of Forsyth, was heavily damaged and towed from the scene. While Jones was the lone defendant to go to trial last week, the Monroe JONES Robert Jones of Forsyth was found guilty after a trial and sentenced to six years in prison after striking this statue marking the Barnesville grave of the grandfather of retired superior court judge Byron Smith. (File photo/Barnesville Herald Gazette) County District Attorney’s office took a number of other guilty pleas that resulted in lengthy jail sentences: - William Jeffrey Hancock pled guilty to aggravated assault against his wife and received a 10-year sentence with 5 years to serve. Robert William Russell pled guilty to aggravated assault against his wife and received a 10-year sentence with 2 years to serve. o Claude Emory Sewell IV pled guilty to theft by taking and received a 10-year sentence with 8 years to serve. - Jason Earl Woolsey pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine, theft by taking and theft by receiving and received a 10-year sentence with 6 years to serve. County fire HQ claser to completion State corrections' inmates continued work last week on finishing the interior of the countys Juliette Road fire headquarters, including the main firefighters housing area (below left) and the truck bays (below). Exterior concrete is slated to begin being poured this week with the entire project tentatively scheduled to be finished by year's end. District 2 commissioner Eddie Rowland and his wife Kathy provided lunch, including cupcakes for dessert, for the inmate labor crew on Thursday. (Photos/Richard Dumas) Monroe County Commissioners (back row) recognized on Sept. 17 the accomplishments of local teens Aubrey Peterman (front left) and Austin Wiggins, who were named 2019 Georgia Master 4-Hers. (Photo/Richard Dumas) Commissioners honor county’s Master 4—Hers By Richard Dumas Monroe County Commis- sioners recognized Monroe County teens Aubrey Peter- man and Austin Wiggins for being named 2019 Master 4-Hers. Reaching Master 4-H’er status is the highest possible achievement in Georgia 4—H, according to Monroe County 4-H coordinator Courtney McElveen, who was on hand at commissioners’ Tuesday, Sept. 17 meeting to celebrate her students’ achievements. Wiggins, a 2019 Mary Persons graduate, competed in a beef project, discuss- agriculture.” t 3 ing proper soil techniques and pasture management as well as the implementation of enhanced cross-breeding systems. Wiggins, whose competition speech lasted 10 minutes, said he’s “very pas- sionate about cattlemen and Peterman, an MP junior, competed in saddle seat at the Georgia state horse show. Peterman, who grew up in a neighborhood with a horse barn, said he wrote a pattern and received a gold medal for his efforts at state. He then went on to the national horse show and took ninth place. McElveen said Monroe County has the third-most 4-H campers in its district. t