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Two men arrested after fight at Forsyth Budget Inn on June 21

Two men got into a physical altercation on June 23 at the Budget Inn in Forsyth. Ofc. Anais Benjamin charged both men with affray, and one with criminal trespass.

Virginia Street resident reports Dodge Caravan stolen from driveway

A resident of Virginia Street reported her red Dodge Caravan had been stolen from her driveway on June 24. Her husband had parked it in their driveway and left the keys inside. Major George Foster advised officers to be on the lookout. The vehicle was found near Hubbard Elementary School.

Officers respond after mother leaves children in hot car on July 3

On July 3, Forsyth officers responded to a report at the Ambrose Dental Clinic where three young children had been left inside of a car. The mother came out and told officers she had only been inside for a few minutes trying to get a room for the children. The receptionist told officers the woman had checked in at 10:49 a.m., and it had been 11:20 a.m. when officers first made contact with her. One of the children in the vehicle had special needs, and officers found the woman had two more children with special needs inside the dental office with her. Officers called Monroe County DFCS who took the children to their offices after their appointments. They decided not to press charges against the mother, saying she had become overwhelmed while trying to find a place inside the clinic for all of the children and made an error in her judgment.

Woman reports rodent infestation at home on St. Luke Methodist lot

On June 28, a woman reported a large amount of undergrowth and a rodent infestation at a house on St. Luke Methodist Church property. Major George Foster was unable to reach the woman who made the complaint, but he did go to the head steward of the church about the problems.

Forsyth woman reports windshield cracked by rock on James Street

 A Forsyth woman reported on June 28 that a rock from a city truck had cracked her windshield as it drove down James St. The driver of the truck told the woman to contact his supervisor, who agreed to meet the complainant and Major George Foster at the complainant’s home.

Union Hill resident reports neighbor’s pit bull broke off chain

Major George Foster was waved down on July 3 by a Union Hill resident who stated her neighbor’s gray pit bulldog had broken off its chain and would not let the woman or her family get into their car. Foster was able to distract the dog long enough for the family to leave, then turned the case over to animal control.

Deputies discover meth, pills in Ohio couple’s SUV during I-75 stop

A 38-year-old white man and a 31-year-old white woman, both of Fostoria, Ohio, were each arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug related objects and drugs not in original container after a traffic stop on I-75 South on June 28. At about 3:58 p.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a red 1998 Ford Explorer with an Ohio license plate following another vehicle too closely on I-75 South near mile marker 188. Haskins saw the SUV drift into another lane, causing a Nissan to have to drive in the emergency lane to avoid being hit. Haskins determined the SUV’s male driver’s license was suspended. The male driver, female front seat passenger and female rear seat passenger all denied having anything illegal inside the SUV. Haskins and Dep. Jaleel Brown then found inside the rear cupholder a pill bottle with two different types of pills inside that were suspected Hydrocodone and amphetamine, respectively. Deputies also found behind the front passenger seat a methamphetamine pipe and a container of methamphetamine. Both the driver and the passengers denied knowing about the drugs. Haskins then discovered the SUV’s tag came back to a Ford Taurus, and the driver told Haskins his mother must have gotten the two tags “mixed up.” The front seat passenger, a 15-year-old, was taken to the Monroe County C.A.R.E. Cottage while the driver and the back seat passenger were taken to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane, following too closely, misrepresenting a vehicle with an incorrect license plate and driving while license suspended.

Deputy kills possibly rabid raccoon in road on Hwy. 83 South

At about 8:40 a.m. on June 30, Dep. Willie Barkley saw a live raccoon in the middle of the road on Hwy. 83 South that caused vehicles to swerve to get around it. Barkley saw the raccoon appeared dazed and was possibly rabid. Barkley then shot the raccoon and moved it out of the road.

Quick Zip employee charged with stealing lotto tickets on July 1

A 21-year-old white Jackson woman was arrested and charged with theft by taking after she allegedly stole more than $1,100 worth of lottery tickets from the Hwy. 87 Quick Zip store on July 1. At about 2:54 p.m., a male owner of the Quick Zip convenience store on Hwy. 87 told Dep. Jacob Davis that a female employee had been stealing Georgia Lottery scratch off tickets from the store. The owner said he saw the employee on surveillance camera take lottery tickets from racks, scratch the barcode off and then scan the tickets without buying them. The owner said if the tickets were not winners, the employee then threw the tickets into the trash can. The owner told Davis the stolen tickets amounted to $1,138 in lost sales but said he hadn’t counted up all the stolen tickets yet. Davis then viewed the surveillance video, which showed what the owner had described. Davis then arrested the employee, who was still working the cash register, and took her to the Monroe County Jail.

Locust Grove driver charged with DUI on Johnstonville Road

A 27-year-old white Locust Grove man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop at the Johnstonville Road exit on July 3. At about 1:40 a.m., Dep. Wade Kendrick saw a white 2018 Toyota Camry failing to maintain its lane as it pulled out of River Forest subdivision onto Johnstonville Road. Kendrick saw the car cross the yellow line near Higgins Mill Road before he stopped it on the I-75 North on ramp. The male driver told Kendrick a friend suggested he swerve as he drove because it makes it easier to avoid hitting a deer. The driver, who smelled of marijuana, then admitted to having alcohol inside the car, saying it belonged to a friend. The driver initially denied drinking any alcohol but later admitted to consuming a few beers. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests but refused a field breath test. Sgt. John Thompson found inside the car a bottle containing six blue pills that were suspected amphetamine tablets. Kendrick then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and failure to maintain lane.

Deputy contacts state Dept. of Agriculture about dead calf

At about 12:42 p.m. on July 3, a male customer of a Hwy. 18 business told Dep. Willie Barkley that a calf was dead on the business’ property. The business’ female manager told Barkley the male owner recently bought two calves at auction. The manager said the calves were sick, and they were trying to nourish them back to health. She said she was aware one of the two calves had died and had contacted the owner about the situation. She said the owner was en route to tend to the issue. Barkley saw the two calves inside a metal fence at the rear of the property. One calf was dead while the other appeared very sick. The manager said she intended to wait until the owner returned to take action, but Barkley notified the Georgia Department of Agriculture about the matter.

Deputies find pair of handguns inside bags during I-75 South stop 

A 29-year-old black Savannah man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on I-75 South on July 3. At about 3:14 p.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a gray 2019 Nissan Rogue failing to maintain its lane and following another vehicle too closely on I-75 South near mile marker 184. Haskins smelled raw marijuana coming from the vehicle, and the male driver appeared very nervous, breathing heavily and visibly shaking. The driver denied having anything illegal inside his vehicle and refused to allow Haskins to search. Haskins and Deps. Christian Sawley and Willie Barkley then found inside a bag on the front passenger seat a purple Glock handgun. They also found inside a bag in the rear a black Hi Point handgun. Deputies also found in a black bag in the rear several rolled marijuana cigarettes and a glass jar with marijuana inside. After determining the driver was a convicted felon, Haskins took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and failure to maintain lane.

Dublin woman arrested after deputies find pills during I-75 North stop

A 30-year-old white Dublin woman was arrested and charged with possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance after deputies found pills during a traffic stop on I-75 North on July 3. At about 2:28 p.m., Dep. Jaleel Brown saw the female center front seat passenger of a white 1992 Ford Ranger was not wearing her seatbelt on I-75 North near mile marker 190. Brown saw the female driver and center front seat passenger appeared to be under the influence of drugs and noticed needle marks on their arms. The driver said they were coming from Dublin and were dropping the center front seat passenger and male front seat passenger off in Griffin. Brown then determined the male passenger had active arrest warrants for larceny out of Butts County. Brown, Dep. Robertson and Cpl. Thomas Haskins then found inside the truck two yellow pills that were suspected Zolpidem Tartrite and three white pills that were suspected Tizanidine Hydrochloride, a muscle relaxer. The center front seat passenger said she took them from her mother to sell. Brown then released the driver from the scene and took the male passenger to the Butts County Jail. Meanwhile, he took the center front seat passenger to the Monroe County Jail, where she was also charged with drugs not in original container and a seat belt violation.

Resident punches hole in door during dispute at Whispering Pines

A 50-year-old black Macon man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly threatened another resident at Whispering Pines personal care home on Hwy. 41 South on July 4. At about 5:06 p.m. a female Whispering Pines employee told Cpl. Jacob Robins that a male resident punched holes in the room door of a female resident while threatening her. The male resident told Robins the female resident kept running water and it was damaging the building. The male resident said he punched holes in the door while telling the female resident to turn off the water. The male resident said he then retrieved some nail clippers and pointed them at the female resident’s face while threatening to kill her in an attempt to scare her. Robins then took the male resident to the Monroe County Jail.

Jackson man notifies deputies after finding shotgun in Juliette lake

At about 12:29 p.m. on July 4, a Jackson man told Sgt. Kevin Williams he was snorkeling at Lake Juliette near an aluminum dock at the Dames Ferry boat ramp when he saw a black gun case on the bottom of the lake. The man said he retrieved the case and found inside of it a camouflage Winchester shotgun. Williams took the shotgun as evidence, and Inv. Rhonda Seckinger notified the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) about the case.

Deputies find baggies of marijuana in car in July 4th traffic stop

A 33-year-old black Juliette woman was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after a traffic stop on I-75 South on July 4. At about 3 p.m., Dep. Willie Brown saw a black 2018 Ford Focus in which the female driver and female passenger were not wearing their seat belts on I-75 South near mile marker 186. The driver told Brown, who smelled the odors of marijuana and perfume coming from inside the car, that they were headed to Savannah to pick up her daughter. The driver also told Brown there was a black Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9 mm. next to her in the center console. The driver appeared very nervous, and her hands were shaking as she grasped the steering wheel. She admitted to having just rolled a blunt and said it was under her seat. Brown found on the driver’s seat multiple plastic sandwich bags with flakes of suspected marijuana inside. Brown and Cpl. Thomas Haskins then searched the car and found under the driver’s seat a rolled blunt and a small bag of marijuana. They also found a black plastic bag filled with blunt rollers as well as a vacuum-sealed plastic bag containing 10 small baggies of marijuana. The passenger was released from custody after being cited for a seatbelt violation while the driver was taken to the Monroe County Jail. Deputies later determined the marijuana amounted to 1.2 ounces. The driver was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and was cited for a seatbelt violation.

Woman arrested after throwing cocaine-laced bills under patrol car

A 37-year-old black Valdosta woman was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine after a traffic stop on I-75 South on July 5. At about 2:53 p.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a blue 2019 Nissan Sentra with very dark window tint traveling on I-75 South near mile marker 191. Dispatchers notified Haskins that the male driver’s license was suspended, and Haskins smelled raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver, female front seat passenger and female back seat passenger all denied having anything illegal inside the vehicle. Haskins then found under the front of his patrol car where the front seat passenger had been standing two crumpled dollar bills. When Haskins opened the bills, he found suspected cocaine inside of them. The driver and both passengers denied throwing the bills onto the ground. When Haskins told them that they would all be arrested if no one confessed, the front seat passenger said, “We’re family, so we can all take the charge.” Haskins then found marijuana on the back seat and a marijuana grinder in the passenger side door pocket. The front seat passenger then admitted the marijuana belonged to her and said she also threw the cocaine onto the ground. The back seat passenger was released from the scene while the driver and the front seat passenger were taken to the Monroe County Jail. The driver, a 31-year-old black Boston man, was charged with driving while license suspended and a window tint violation. The passenger was also charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug related objects and obstruction.

Forsyth woman reports receiving obscene text photo of nude woman

At about 10:03 a.m. on July 5, a Forsyth woman told Cpl. Christian Sawley that the previous night she received a text message that was a screen shot of a Facebook message from a female named Amanda. The woman said she then received four more forwarded photos and a short message from the same number. Then, at about 9:57 a.m. that day, she got another text that included three more photos, including one of a white female laying on a bed without pants on. Sawley told the woman to block the number, which came from an Oregon area code. The deputy tried to call the number multiple times but no one answered.

Felon admits to buying handgun off dark web during I-75 North stop

A 28-year-old black Savannah man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on I-75 North on July 6. At about 8:45 a.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a black 2014 Dodge Journey with an illegal tag cover traveling on I-75 North near mile marker 186. Haskins tried to stop the vehicle, which smelled strongly of burnt marijuana, but it continued for another mile before coming to a stop. As Haskins stopped the vehicle, he then smelled a strong odor of air freshener coming from the vehicle. Dispatchers notified Haskins the male driver’s license was suspended. Haskins then determined there were four children riding in the vehicle, including a four-year-old that was not sitting in a child safety seat. The driver then admitted to smoking marijuana while he was driving and said there was about a gram of marijuana inside the vehicle. Haskins and Dep. Jaleel Brown then found under the front seat a loaded Springfield 40 caliber handgun, and dispatchers determined the driver was a convicted felon. The driver told Haskins he bought the gun off of the “dark web” several weeks earlier and admitted it was probably stolen. Deputies then found in the center console a bag of marijuana and on the driver’s side floorboard a large sum of cash that was rubber-banded. Haskins asked the driver, who said it was about $4,100, why he had so much cash, and the driver replied, “In case I got pulled over and needed bail money.” Since the driver did not have any previous drug charges, Haskins did not seize the cash. Haskins then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving while license suspended, obscuring tag frame and violation of child safety restraints.