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The Lordloves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love - Psalm 33:5 The Monroe County Reporter October 17, 2018 INCIDENT REPORTS OCTOBER 17, 2018 The following incidents were reported by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Oct. 7-13. Deputy discovers truck unsure of his location and could not find his phone to call for help. lying upside down on The driver then said after knock- Bl nt Road on Oct. 12 ing on several nearby doors and not getting any answer, he then At about 10 p.m. on Oct. 12, walked about five miles to his Dep. Chris Sherrell went to sister's home, where he called Blount Road near Garr Road for help. Sherrell told the driver about an abandoned black 2009 that no accident report would Toyota Tacoma lying upside be completed because he left the down in the middle of the fond. scene. Sherrell discovered the truck's driver appeared to have left the road, overcorrected and Buck Creek Drive man lost control, rolling the truck reports paddleboard, over at least two times. Sherrell canoe stolen on Oct. 9 found alongside the road a Yeti cooler, various meat products and At about 5:51 p.m. on Oct. 9, a roughly 29 unopened Miller Lite male Buck Creek Drive resident beer cans. Sherrell then tried to told Cpl. Jacob Robins that earlier contact the truck's male owner in the afternoon he discovered but was unable to reach him. his 14-foot Chief canoe and his About two hours later, the owner 12-foot paddleboard were miss- called Sherrell and told him he ing from the rear of his home. was driving down Blount Road The resident said the canoe was when another vehicle entered his located about 30 feet from High lane, causing him to lose control Falls Lake on cinder blocks while of.his truck. The driver said he the paddleboard was located lift the scene because he was about 20 feet from the lake on a homemade rack. The resident said the canoe, which was valued at about $600, was brown, had two large Chief emblems and flex seal tape on the outside bottom ridge. He said the paddleboard, which was valued at about $200, was blue on top and white on the bottom. The resident said it would be easier for a suspect to steal the items from the lake than from the front of his home. G, arr Road woman reports Acer stolen from front gate At about 12:37 p.m. on Oct. 10, a female Garr Road resident told Dep. Nicholas Ortiz that two black Acer laptop computers were stolen from outside her home. The resident said she ordered two 15.6-inch computers, valued at $397.99 each, from Amazon. The resident said she was supposed , to receive the computers on Oct. 4, so she called the U.S. Postal Service and leamed they were delivered on Oct. 4. The resident said she was told the packages were delivered to her front gate and left at the end of the drive- way. The resident said she would try to get the serial numbers for the computers. Jackson man charged with simple battery after Ham Rd. incident A 61-year-old white Jackson man was arrested and charged with simple battery after an incident at a Ham Road home on Oct. 11. At about 2:52 p.m Dep. Nicholas Ortiz went to a Ham Road home where a man said his stepfather was on pain medica- tion and was acting out. The man said his stepfather was swearing at him and throwing items in his direction. The man said his stepfather picked up one side of the man's daughter's playpen with her in it and dropped it, causing it to drop to the ground forcibly. The man said his stepfather then picked up a kitchen chair and tried to throw it at him at which point the man left the home until Ortiz arrived. Ortiz then met with the stepfather, who stood up from his living room chair and approached the depu . The stepfather admitted to throwing things at his stepson and also admitted to picking up the man's daughter's playpen. However, he said he never intended to hurt the man's daughter. Ortiz then tried to arrest the stepfather, but he dosed his right hand into a fist and attempted to hit Ortiz in the face. The stepfather then took a fighting stance at which point O rtiz took him to the ground and handcuffed him. Ortiz then took the stepfather to the Monroe County ]aft. A female witness later told Ortiz she saw the stepfa- ther throw a chair at his stepson and drop his daughter's playpen. The stepfather was also charged with reckless conduct and ob- struction. New Whirlpool stove stolen from kitchen of Cedar Creek Dr. home At about 4 p.m. on Oct. 11, a female real estate agent told Dep. Jaleel Brown that someone en- tered a Cedar Creek Drive home and stole a brand new Whirlpool stove out of the kitchen. The real estate agent said the home had just been built and was going to be dosed on next week. The real estate agent said when she arrived at the home, she saw an unoccupied white Acura MDX was parked in the driveway. The real estate agent said there were tools inside of the vehicle, which was locked. She said she then met with the vehicle's male owner, who said he had parked his vehicle at the wrong home. She said the vehicle owner then drove away in his vehicle. Brown saw tire tracks that led into the backyard and indentions in the wood tile flooring that led to the back door. He also saw paint chips on the back door and base frame exit. Pitbull owner cited after 13-year-old boy bit on Jeffrey Way At about 3 p.m. on Oct. 13, Dep. Christian Sawley went to a Jeffrey Way home where a 13-year-old boy said he was walking down the street when a pitbull ran after him and bit his pants, causing them to rip about three inches. Sawley then met with the dog's male owner who said every time the boy walks by his home he antagonizes the dog. The owner said the boy will hide behind bushes and trees and jump out at the dog. Sawley then cited the owner for a leash taw violation. The following arrests were reported by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Oct. 8-14. An arrest means someone has been charged with a crime, bd the law considers them innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. leremy Chandler, 23, Byron, driver to exercise due care, driving while license revoked, fail- ure to appear George Edward Honey, 70, Juliette, aggra- vated assault Heather Nichole Lipps, 38, The Rock, failure to appear Jonathan Michael Couch, 3i, Forsyth, driving while license revoked Tiffany LaDonna Grover, 40, Jackson, theft by taking Tera De- nise Hardy, 47, Forsyth, affray Michael Dale Lester, 38, Cotopaxi, Colo no brake lights, driving with- out a license Artez Maloy, 33, Macon, simple battery, obstructing person making emergency call, third degree cruelty to chil- dren Deshon- ica Shentrez Sands, 24, Forsyth, party to a crime Kierra Alexis Walton, 21, Forsyth, criminal tres- pass Dereck Dixon, 39, At- lanta, speeding, driving while license revoked Guy Holton, 61, Jackson, simple assault, ob- struction, reck- less conduct Maralas Ramos, 36, Suwanee, driv- ing without a license, tag lights required Lauren Elizabeth Roy- al, 27, Albany; no taillights, no insurance, driving without a license Willie De- marcus Jones, 22, Forsyth, entering an automobile to commit theft Nileshku- mar Patel, 36, McDonough, commercial gambling Kimberley Golden, 34, Li- thonia, driving without license, possession of marijuana Ke'Vaughn Johnson, 26, Jacksonville, speeding, driving while license revoked Deshon- ica Shentrez Sands, 24, Forsyth, driving while license revoked By Ridmrd Dumas Monroe County Commission- ers are tightening collection poli- cies for the Monroe County Water System that will go into effect starting Jan. 1, 2018 District 4 commissioner Eddie Rowland said they needed to up- date policies as they try to collect debt from county water custom- ers. Rowland said the county water, department was under- staffed for several years, making it impossible for the two-person department to properly monitor customers. Rowland said now that the county has contracted out its water system to Utility Partners, Utility Partners has the resources to pursue customers' unpaid bills. Rowland said commissioners' goal for the water system is for it to "break even" He said the coun- ty will likely never earn enough on water to off-set an estimated $700,000 in annual depreciation for the system, but he said collect- ing existing debt could eliminate an estimated $200,000 annual shortfall. Rowland estimated that there is $120,000 annually that is uncollected. He said there are currently 484 delinquent/inactive customer accounts among the 1,100 customers in North Mon- roe County and 224 delinquent/ inactive accounts among the 2,100 customers in south Monroe County. "If you're using water and pay- ing on time, thank you for being a good customer," Rowland said. "If you're using county water or ha;ce used county water and have a delinquent payment, come by the county water office and resolve it. It's unfair that county taxpayers are paying for people to fraudu- lently use the system" Utility Partners representative ]effDorough, who manages the Monroe County system, said Utility Parmers does not have the authority to forgive delinquent bills but he said a payment ar- rangement can be made so that customers can get caughtup. Dor- ough said he has already settled a number of delinquent bills in the past two months. Of 568 recent notices sent out to south Monroe County customers who owed the county money, he said 345 either paid up already or established a payment plan. According to the policy, hook- up fees for all residential custom- ers will be $900 (with box) and $1,200 (without box) regardless of whether the customers' meter size is .75 inches, one inch or two inches. Residential customers will also pay a $16 minimum monthly bill for up to 2,000 gallons of us- age. After 2,000 gallons have been exceeded, residential customers in both the North and South water systems will pay $4.44 per 1,000 gallons for each additional 1,000 gallons use& Hook-up fees for all commer- cial customers will be as follows: $1,200 for a meter size of 1.5 inches, $1,800 for a meter size of 2 inches, $2,400 for a meter size of 3 inches, $3,000 for a meter size of 4 inches, $5,000 for a meter size of 5 inches and $7,500 for a meter size of 8 inches. Commerdal customers on a 1.5-inch meter will also pay a $24 monthly bill for up to 2,000 gallons, commercial custom- ers on a 2-inch meter will pay a $40 monthly bill for up to 2,000 gallons, commercial custom- ers on a 3-inch meter will pay a $75 monthly bill for up to 2,000 gallons, commercial custom- ers on a 4-inch meter will pay a $100 monthly bill for up to 2,000 gallons, commercial custom- ers on a 6-inch meter will pay a $250 monthly bill for up to 2,000 gallons and commercial custom- ers on an 8-inch meter will pay a $500 monthly bill for up to 2,000 gallons. Commercial customers, like residential customers, would then be charged at a rate of $4.44/1,000 gallons for each additional 1,000 gallons used. As for deposit fees, customers must pay deposit fees prior to installation of the tap. The cost is $75 for homeowners and $150 for lessees/renters/contractors, and deposits will only be refunded when accounts are dosed and a final bill is paid. As for bad check fees, customers must pay a minimum service fee of $30 if a check bounces. After checks are returned to the same customer twice, that customer can only pay cash or credit card. As for cutoff/locking fees, a cus- tomer will pay a $25 fee anytime he requests that his water service be cut off and locked. As for transfer fees, a customer will pay a $35 fee anytime he requests that his account be trans- ferred to a new location unless he agrees to pay a separate deposit for the new location. As for tampering with water meters, if a customer is deemed to have tampered with a county water meter, the customer's water service would immediately be disconnected, and utilities would not be restored until the entire account balance, bad debt and fees are paid in full. The customer would also be responsible for any equipment orparts damaged dur- ing the theft attempt and would be required to pay a $50 tamper- ing fee, a $25 damage fee, any consumption charges and a $50 reconnect fee. As for re-connect fees, water services that have been discon- nected for non-payment will have a $50 re-connect fee for the first time and a $100 re-connect fee for each subsequent occurrence. As for water bill payments, the due date of payment is 20 days after the statement date unless the due date falls on a weekend of holiday in which case the pay- ment is due the next working day. In case of non-payment, a second notice would be sent the day after payment was due, and water service cutoffwould occur 10 days after the due date unless the cut-offdate fails on a Friday; a weekend, or a day before a holiday in which case it would occur on the next business day. Payments received after the due date will be assessed a 10 percent late fee, and failure to receive a bill does not exempt customers from a late payment penalty. Customers can make payments at the Monroe County Water System office at 38 West Main Street during office hours or online at www.monro- Commissioners unanimously approved the revised policy at its regular meeting on Tuesday; Oct. 2.