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qhe Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love - Psalm 33:5 The Monroe County Reporter * December 26, 2018 II ~IHI~IIH I IHIIltl I HI~I~ ! IH~I~ itf~HH I t tl I I I ~1 illll ~ ~ II I IHIll i ~ fll II~ ~ ~ IIIHI~I llll~llll H tlllllllll tlll~ll i ~ ~HIII ~llIII INCIDENT REPORTS December 26, 2018 The following incidents were reported by the Forsyth Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Dec. 14-18: Gilmore Road resident her purse at the time of the theft, roports lhoft of ~l'sos including three credit cards, three debit cards, two checkbooks, two from Ford Expedition Social Security cards, a driver's license, a passport, a hearing aid At about 7:11 a.m. on Dec. 17, and an unknown amount of cash. a female Gilmore Road resident told Cpl. lake Justice that at about 6:45 a.m. that rooming she got into her black 2004 Ford Expedition and reached for her purse, which she thought was in the passenger seat. The resident said she was in a hurry to get to work and kept driving but said she then discovered her passen- ger side door was not secured. The resident said she previously drove her vehicle at 2 p.m. the day before and never used her passenger side door. The resident said she then returned home and discovered two purses were sto- len from her SUV, one from the front seat and one from the back seat floorboard. She said another family member's vehide had also been opened. The resident said a number of items were inside discover THC oil, n'mn]uena c jmetl ,icb r. .d n.uck A 21-year-old white Dawson man was arrested and charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act and possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on Hwy. 42 South on Dec. 15. At about 5:25 p.m Dep. Christian Sawley saw a 2005 Ford pickup truck with an expired tag traveling on Hwy. 42 South. Saw- ley then smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the truck and told the male driver that he intended to search the truck. Sawley and Cpl. Timothy Camp- field then found inside the center console two marijuana cigarettes and suspected THC oil. When Sawley asked the driver if the substance would test positive for THC oil, the driver first said he thought so before saying he was 99.99 percent sure that it would. Sawley then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with having expired registration. Maryland mr At about 1:08 a.m. on Dec. 14, a Forsyth man told Cpl. Thomas Haskins that sometime the previous week he was notified by Credit Karma that his personal information was accessed by a Waldorf, Md. car dealership, Wal- dorf Ford. The man said he then contacted Waldorf Ford but did not hear back from them until several days later when the deal- ership notified him that a loan for $50,000 had been taken out in his name and a vehicle had been delivered to an Atlanta address. Waldorf Ford representatives told the man they had already filed a police report with their local au- thorities and were trying to track down the vehicle. He said the representatives told him also to report the identify theft with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Marijuana, suspected heroin found in vehicle in Boxankle Road stop A 49-year-old white Forsyth woman was arrested and charged with possession ofmetham- phetamine and possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on Boxankle Road on Dec. 18. At about 9:55 p.m Dep. Chris Sherrell stopped a silver 2008 Chevrolet Equinox on Boxankle Road and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Sherrell determined the male driver, a 51-year-old white Jackson man, was wanted out of Butts County and arrested him. However, the driver and a female passenger each denied having anything illegal inside the vehicle. Sherrell, CpI. Jacob Robins and Dep. Peyton Henderson then searched the vehicle and found under the rear seat a Newport cigarette box containing a small bag of marijuana, a few small marijuana cigarettes and a small bag of suspected heroin. Depu- ties then found a glass pipe inside the passenger's jacket pocket. Deputies then took the drugs into evidence, and both the driver and passenger were taken to the Mon- roe County Jail. Deputy tases Forsyth man who refuses to enter patrol vehicle A 20-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with obstruction and destruction of government property after he allegedly refused to comply with a deputy's orders on Dec. 17. At about 2:30 p.m Sift. Cody Maples saw a man with an active arrest warrant at the intersection of Indian Springs Drive and Mize Street in front of Ink Wizard tattoo shop. When Maples tried to arrest the man, he refused to put his hands behind his back or put his cigar down. As Maples finally was able to handcuff the man, the man shouted profani- ties at the deputy and refused to get into Maples' patrol car. The man told Maples: "You're go- ing to have to fight me to get me inside the car" The man then acted as if he was going to try to run away, so Maples kneed him in his left thigh as the man again said, "You aren't getting me inside the car:' Maples then threatened to use his taser on the man, but the man still refused to comply. At that point, Maples tased the man in the stomach, and the man got inside the patrol car and was taken to the Monroe County Jail. Once at the jail, the man refused to stand against the wall so he could be searched. When he was then put in a holding cell, he kicked the door several times with his foot, leaving large prints. He later stood on top of a toilet and knocked out a large ceiling tile. The man then asked several jail officers if he would face more charges if he escaped through the ceiling while again threatening officers to fight him. Hwy. 87 man reports theft of drawer, DVDs from Mazda Protege At about 6 p.m. on Dec. 18, a Hwy. 87 man told Dep. Peyton Henderson he arrived home from work and noticed the car door to his 2003 Mazda Protege was open. The man said a dresser drawer containing an assortment of DVDs was missing from his driver's seat. The following arrests v, ere reported by the Monroe County Sheriff's O~ e Dec. 17-20. An arrest means someone has been charged with a crime, but the law considers them innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ~~~~ 4, ~?~ JosuePache-" Angel WLIliam Herbert Lairsey, 20, Forsyth, ter- roristic threats and acts, criminal tres- pass, battery, interference with govern- ment proper- ty, obstruction co-Reyes, 58, Houma, La speeding, reckless driv- ing, passing within 200 feet of oncom- ing traffic, passing in a no-passing zone Timothy Olane Smith, Dana Leigh Buice, 49, Forsyth, possession ofmetham- phetamine, possession of marijuana Juana G. Juare~- Mendez, 62, Cairo, speed- ing, driving while license suspended/ revoked Janle$ Langham, 36, Ma- con, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, obstruction Necole Alexia Smith, 25, Macon, driving while license suspended/ revoked 27, Forsyth, theft by shop- lifting Jason Stan- ley, 48, Macon, failure to appear Austin Lane Whafley, 21, Forsyth, hav- ing no insur- ance, driving while license suspended/re- voked, expired registration, seatbelt viola- tion Brian Lee Williams, 38, Jackson, theft by taking Darrius Craig, 29, Ma- con, violation of windshield requirements, driving while li- cense suspend- ed/revoked Terrance Latrel Dumas, 24, Forsyth, theft by taking Joseph Jovan Wilson, 29, Orlando, Fla possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, driving while license sus- pended/re- voked lustin Christopher Yale, 22, For- syth, violation of probation, simple battery Enett 36, takdar Fl,x, possession of THCo ,posses- sion ofmeth- amphemm possess nof session ofdrug rdated ect drugsnotin o 'r a on n Marco An- tonio Medina, 28, Macon, speeding, driv- ing without a valid license Morgan Brittany Turner, 30, Lakeland, Fla possession of methamphet- amine Bekzod Bakhtiyarovi Umarov, 33, Orlando, Fla failure to obey traffic control device, obstruc- tion "Ihenardo Renard Wright, 45, Lakeland, Fla commercial vehide driver qualification violation | By Walter Geiger A Macon man still at large after a high-speed chase on Johnstonville Road in Monroe County on Dec. 4 has a trou- bled history. Authorities have identified the driver as Thomas Mason Porter, who was one of five people arrested after the murder of Bibb County deputy Joseph Whitehead on March 23, 2006. Whitehead was shot and killed as he and other officers served a no-knock warrant at an alleged drug house in Macon. Porter was among those arrested. He later went to prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in the after- math of the shooting and was released on parole on Sept. 24, 2010. Porter now faces more prison time after the chase, which began on 1-75 at about 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 4. Lamar County Sgt. Anthony Thompson and Dep. Hunter Hemphill saw a white 2018 Dodge Charger weav- ing across the fog line of the southbound lane and stopped it. Porter, 32, was the driver. He had his license in his trem- bling hand outside the driver's window when Sgt. Thompson approached. Thompson thought he smelled marijuana as he approached but the smell was quickly overcome by the smell of a burrito on the console and an air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror. Porter said he was coming from Southlake Mall and the Charger had been rented by his "baby mama". Thompson went to the front of his vehicle to check Porter's license and Hemphill noted he also could smell marijuana in the vehicle. When he went back to the driver, Thompson noticed a blunt wrapper and Porter said he smoked them but had no marijuana in the car. Porter denied permission to search the Charger and Thompson asked him to step out of the car so a K9 could be deployed. Porter refused, reaching for the floorboard beneath him. Hemphill came to Thompson's aid and, when he opened the door, Porter sped off. The depu- ties pursued him south and the chase reached speeds in excess of 100 mph as it went into Monroe County. Porter veered off the interstate at lohnstonville Road at the last second. Thompson could not make the turn and went up the opposite on ramp instead. At the top, he found the Charger wrecked. A bystander reported the driver had fled into the woods. Tracking dogs from Monroe County could not find Porter. Deputies found 11 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags. Also found were cereal and gummy bears laced with THC oil. On the floorboard where Porter had been reaching was a black Smith & Wesson handgun which had been stolen in Atlanta. Porter is still on the loose. He faces charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, theft by receiving stolen prop- erty, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane. In the 2006 incident, Whitehead was shot in the head as he broke down the door of the drug house. Lamar County Sheriff Brad White and Whitehead had attended police mandate school together. "He was my buddy" the sheriff said. The others arrested at the drug house were Antron Fair, Damon Jolly, Cynthia Green and Hassan Harclerode. Testimony revealed both Fair and Jolly fired shots during the raid. They claimed they did not realize they were shooting at deputies. After multiple delays over six years, Fair pled guilty and got life with the possibility of parole. Jolly also entered a plea and got life with the pos- sibility of parole after 14 years. Charges against Green were dropped. It is unclear ff Porter and Harclerode were ever pros- ecuted for Whitehead's death. Fair remains at Hancock State Prison. Jolly is serving his time at Smith State Prison. Harderode did a prison stint for obstruction and possession of marijuana prior to the shoot- ing. He was paroled in 2001 on those charges. The U.S. Marshal's fugitive squad is heading up the ongo- ing search for Porter. t t