Driver arrested after MDMA pills found in pocket during I-75 stop
A 38-year-old black Jonesboro man was arrested and charged with theft by receiving after he was caught in possession of a stolen gun during a traffic stop on I-75 South on June 15. At about 2:09 p.m., Cpl. Jacob Robins saw a gray 2010 Chevrolet Camaro traveling on I-75 South near mile marker 195 whose male owner had a suspended license. The car’s driver, who was the owner, told Robins he had paperwork to show that his license was valid, but he said he didn’t have it with him, but dispatchers confirmed the driver’s license was suspended. Robins then found in the driver’s pants pocket a small plastic bag containing eight MDMA pills. Meanwhile, a male passenger dropped a Mike’s Hard Lemonade bottle cap onto the ground as he pulled out his wallet. Robins and Dep. Willie Barkley then found inside the car under the driver’s seat a black semi-automatic Taurus .40 caliber pistol that was reported stolen out of Clayton County. They also found on the passenger side floorboard three open Mike’s Hard Lemonade bottles. The passenger was cited for open container and released from the scene. Meanwhile, Robins took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with driving while license suspended, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Pair of Jackson men arrested after fight at Mace Manor home
A 19-year-old white Jackson man and a 28-year-old white Jackson man were each arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a fight at a Mace Manor home on June 20. At about 3:34 p.m., a Jackson man told Sgt. Kevin Williams and Cpl. Jacob Robins that he went to a Mace Manor home to move items out when a male resident slapped him. The man said he then threw a water bottle at the resident, hitting him in the mouth and causing him to bleed. The man said the resident then responded by smashing his head into asphalt. The resident told deputies the man was being disrespectful and said he asked him to leave several times. The resident said the man then threw a Gatorade bottle at his mouth, which caused them to start wrestling around in the driveway. The resident said they each punched one another in the face several times. The resident said the man then left once before returning at which point they cursed and yelled at one another. The resident said when the man raised his fist at him, a female witness pushed the man away. Deputies then took the man, the 19-year-old, to Monroe County Hospital for treatment for a possible concussion, and he was arrested the following day. Meanwhile, the resident, the 28-year-old, was taken to the Monroe County Jail.
Jackson man arrested for entering vehicles on Edwards Loop
A 33-year-old white Jackson man was arrested and charged with two counts of entering an automobile after an incident on Edwards Loop on June 21. At about 6:18 p.m., a Geneva Lane woman told Dep. Tyler Rodgers that a white male suspect was trying to break into vehicles. The woman said she was at home when her grandson told her the suspect was trying to enter her vehicle The woman said she walked outside and didn’t see the suspect so she got into her vehicle and drove down Edwards Loop. She said she then saw the suspect leaning inside a gold 2007 Honda Accord. She said he then ran to her vehicle and jumped onto the side of it before jumping back off and crossing the road. The woman said she then saw the suspect standing by a black 2009 Ford F-150 and later saw the truck’s passenger side door open. An Edwards Loop man, who was the truck’s owner, said he found the suspect inside of his truck. He said when he told the suspect to leave, the suspect continued standing beside his truck before eventually heading over to the front porch of a neighbor’s house. Rodgers then found the suspect at the neighbor’s house. The suspect had cuts all over his stomach that appeared to have been caused by briars. He also had small pupils and could not stand still. The suspect told Rodgers he was visiting friends but did not answer when Rodgers asked who lived in the area. Rodgers then asked the suspect what he was doing around the truck, and the suspect said it was a nice truck and he was just looking inside of it. The suspect then began moving away from Rodgers and asked if he could drink his Coke. He then began reaching for the grass. When Rodgers told him there was no Coke on the ground, the suspect said he left it inside the neighbor’s home. Rodgers then handcuffed the suspect, who was breathing heavily and claiming he was having a heart attack. Monroe County EMTs then determined the suspect was not having a heart attack, and the suspect later admitted to having taken a lot of methamphetamine. Rodgers then took the suspect to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with pedestrian under the influence.
Woman reports iPhone 8 stolen from bag at High Falls Water Park
At about 6:45 p.m. on June 21, a Jackson woman told Cpl. Jacob Robins that her daughter’s iPhone 8 Plus was stolen from High Falls Water Park. The woman said her daughter’s phone was in a black gym bag in the corner of the locker room. The daughter said a towel, her friend’s phone and some loose change were also inside the bag but were not taken. The woman said she tracked her daughter’s phone to a Griffin address. The stolen phone was rose gold in color with a clear case with gold glitter.
Wesleyan Drive North resident reports mail stolen from mailbox
At about 8:50 a.m. on June 21, a female Wesleyan Drive North resident told Dep. Peyton Henderson that her mail was stolen out of her mailbox. The resident said she returned home at about 3:30 p.m. on June 20 and discovered her mailbox door was open but empty. Postal workers told the resident that her mail had been delivered and a package had also been dropped off. The resident said she didn’t know how much mail was missing but said she was expecting a SunTrust debit card and a package with personalized gifts. The resident said the stolen package contained two silver sequin pillows, valued at $50, shipped from China. One pillow had a picture of two dogs, one brown and one white, while the other pillow had a drawing of the human body with a colorful eye.
Jeep Patriot stolen from driveway on Teagle Road on June 21
At about 5:47 a.m. on June 21, a Teagle Road woman told Dep. Jacob Davis that when she was leaving for work that morning she noticed a tennis ball inside her vehicle was out of place. She also found black ink on the seat and door of her vehicle. The woman said her husband then discovered his Taurus Millennium PT111 G2 9 mm. pistol, valued at $400, was stolen from his white 2014 Ford Mustang GT. The woman’s husband said he found black ink on the interior and exterior of his car as well. Davis and Dep. Chris Sherrell collected fingerprints on the doors of both vehicles. In a separate but possibly related incident, at about 6:25 a.m. on June 21, Davis saw an abandoned white 2016 Jeep Patriot parked alongside Teagle Road. Davis saw the keys were still in the vehicle’s ignition, the car was still turned on, and the radio screen was broken. The vehicle’s female owner, also a Teagle Road resident, told Davis she left her vehicle unlocked with the keys in her purse on the passenger seat on June 20. The owner said her vehicle was stolen sometime during the night while she was asleep. Davis then took the owner and her husband to her vehicle, and they discovered that nothing was stolen but the Kenwood radio was broken. Davis told the owner to lock her vehicle and to keep her keys inside her home.
Newnan man reports brown wallet stolen from SUV on June 22
At about 4:43 p.m. on June 22, a Newnan man told Dep. Jacob Davis he left his brown ostrich skin wallet in the center console of his locked black Chevrolet Tahoe while it was parked at the High Falls Water Park. The man said when he returned to his SUV at about 4 p.m. he discovered the back door was unlocked and his wallet was missing. The stolen wallet contained $250 cash, his driver’s license, a concealed carry permit and credit cards.
Jackson driver charged with DUI after traffic stop on Hwy. 42 North
A 36-year-old white Jackson man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Hwy. 42 North on June 22. At about 1:45 a.m., Sgt. John Thompson and Dep. Wade Kendrick saw a green 1999 Pontiac Firebird failing to maintain its lane on Hwy. 42 North. The male driver appeared extremely nervous as his hands were shaking uncontrollably and he was breathing heavily. However, the driver denied consuming anything illegal and denied having any illegal items inside his car. Thompson then searched the driver, who admitted to having a pocket knife, and found a bag of methamphetamine in his right front pants pocket. The driver told deputies he typically gets methamphetamine from McDonough and said he last used drugs about 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. the previous day. Thompson then found inside the car a glass methamphetamine smoking device. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests. Deputies took the driver to the Monroe County Hospital ER for a blood test before taking him to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects.
Juliette man reports wallet stolen from counter at Quick Zip
At about 6:06 p.m. on June 22, a Juliette man told Cpl. Christian Sawley he laid down his wallet on the counter at the Hwy. 87 Quick Zip gas station while he bought some lottery tickets. He said he then walked off and forgot to pick up his wallet. When he returned to the store, the cashier told him that he had held the wallet up and asked if it belonged to anyone inside the store. The man said the cashier told him that a white female claimed it. The stolen wallet contained $300 in cash, a SunTrust credit card, a Discover card, a Chevron gas card, his driver’s license and an insurance card.
Shell station clerk hits vehicle window after customers take beer
At about 5:04 p.m. on June 23, a male store clerk of the Hwy. 42 North Shell gas station told Dep. Stephen Phipps that two black male customers entered the store at about 5:30 a.m. that morning and tried to buy a 12-pack of Bud Light beer valued at $13.99. The clerk said he told the customers they could not buy the beer because it was not legal to sell that early on a Sunday morning. The clerk said the customers began to argue with him and one of them threw a $20 bill on the counter and left the store with the beer. The clerk told Phipps he then went outside after the customers and began hitting the back window of their black GMC truck, nearly breaking the glass. The clerk said the customers then got out and began screaming at him, and one of them had a pistol on him. He said the customers then got back inside their truck and left.
Ensign Road resident reports neighbor’s dog broke chain, bit son
At about 10:58 p.m. on June 23, an Ensign Road woman told Sgt. John Thompson that her son was bit by her female neighbor’s dog. The woman said the dog broke its chain and bit her son while he was walking down Ensign Road. She said the dog often breaks its chain and runs loose. Thompson then photographed the son’s injury, and he was taken to the Monroe County Hospital ER for treatment. Thompson then met with the neighbor who said the woman’s son and other kids frequently torment her dog by throwing rocks and sticks at it. She said her dog, which was inside the home when Thompson arrived, did break its chain and chase after the kids. Thompson then told the neighbor that her dog needed to be quarantined for 10 days and cited her for her dog running at large.
Deputies locate wax marijuana in book bags during I-75 stop
An 18-year-old white woman and a 22-year-old white man, both of Lakeland, Fla., were each arrested and charged with possession of drug related objects after a traffic stop on I-75 South on June 24. At about 1:19 p.m., Sgt. Kevin Williams saw a blue 2010 Hyundai Accent with its hatch secured with bungee cords traveling on I-75 South near mile marker 187. Williams saw a shirtless male front seat passenger was not wearing his seat belt. By the time Williams stopped the car, the passenger had his seat belt on properly, and he told Williams he had the strap behind his back earlier. Williams then smelled marijuana coming from the car and noticed the female driver and the front seat passenger both appeared nervous. The driver then admitted to having a “one hitter” marijuana smoking device in the car while the front seat passenger said he had some “stuff” in his black book bag. Williams and Cpl. Timothy Campfield then found behind the driver’s seat a pink book bag that contained a vape pen with suspected hash oil inside of it and a small container with suspected wax marijuana inside of it. The driver admitted the pink book bag was hers. Deputies also found behind the driver’s seat a black book bag containing several glass marijuana smoking devices, four containers of suspected wax marijuana and two glass jars with a small amount of marijuana in them. The front seat passenger admitted the black book bag was his. Deputies then took the driver and the front seat passenger to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act while the front seat passenger was also charged with possession of marijuana.
Knoxville St. woman reports kayak stolen from backyard fence
At about 9:04 a.m. on June 24, a Knoxville St. woman told Sgt. Kevin Williams that someone stole her eight-foot Sun Dolphin kayak that was propped up on her backyard fence. The woman said the kayak was valued at about $200.
Monroe County jail inmate reports attack during TV commercial
A 43-year-old black Forsyth man faces a charge of aggravated assault after he allegedly tried to strangle another inmate at the Monroe County Jail. At about 4:58 p.m. on June 26, a male Monroe County Jail inmate told Sgt. Marilynne Fitts that another inmate tried to strangle him. Fitts saw red marks around the inmate’s neck, and he was coughing and having trouble breathing. The inmate told Fitts he and the other inmate were watching TV in the A-Block when a commercial came on that had bulls on it. The inmate said the other inmate asked him how much he thought a bull weighed, and he replied that he didn’t know. The inmate said the other inmate then approached him and put his hands around his neck, pushing him back several feet. The inmate said after several seconds in which he was struggling to breathe, the other inmate then let go and went back to his jail cell. Fitts then viewed the incident on the jail surveillance camera and it matched the inmate’s story. Fitts did not see any evidence that the inmate provoked the attack. A jail nurse then treated the inmate’s injuries while the other inmate was put in lockdown.
Marathon employee reports receiving fake $50 bill to buy beer
At about 2:32 p.m. on June 26, a male employee at the Marathon gas station on Johnstonville Road told Cpl. Jacob Robins that about an hour earlier a white male customer entered the store and tried to buy a case of Budweiser with a counterfeit $50 bill. The employee said he told the customer the bill was counterfeit and refused to sell the beer. He said the customer kept insisting that he return the bill to him, but he instead kept the bill to give it to law enforcement. The employee said the customer told him he had just bought a vehicle and received the counterfeit bill as change for the transaction. Robins then viewed the store surveillance video and saw the suspect appeared to be middle-aged and was wearing a blue collared shirt, a white undershirt and a bright green bracelet.
Jail officer finds bag of marijjuana in pants of arrested woman
A 23-year-old black Macon woman was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on North Lee Street on June 26. At about 8:19 p.m., dispatchers notified Dep. Tyler Rodgers to be on the lookout for a beige 1993 Toyota Camry failing to maintain its lane on I-75 North. Rodgers then followed the car off the interstate at Exit 187 and pulled the car over in the Hardee’s parking lot on North Lee Street. The female driver handed Rodgers a DUI citation she had received in Bibb County. When Rodgers told the driver he had seen her driving all over the road, the driver said trucks had been trying to hit her and she was driving with her bright lights on so she could see. Rodgers smelled a strong odor of alcohol and raw marijuana on the driver, and she admitted to having consumed one 12-ounce beer and two liquor shots as well as smoked marijuana the previous night. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested a high positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Rodgers then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where Officer Howell found a clear bag of marijuana inside the driver’s pants. The driver was also charged with crossing the guard lines with drugs, failure to maintain lane, failure to stop at a stop sign and possession of marijuana.
Wanted man tased after hiding in Kudzu near Lovers Lane
A 38-year-old black Forsyth man was arrested and charged with obstruction after he hid from deputies on Lovers Lane on June 27. At about 2:27 p.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a black male suspect with four arrest warrants walking on Lovers Lane. The suspect, who was wearing a white shirt and camouflage pants, saw Haskins’ patrol car and took off running behind a building into Kudzu. Cpl. Jake Justice then deployed his K-9 dog Gustaw and found the suspect hiding in Kudzu. When the suspect refused to come out, Haskins tased the suspect and was able to handcuff him. Dep. Willie Barkley then took the suspect to the Monroe County Jail.
Deputies confiscate more than $1,800 in cash during vehicle stop
A 30-year-old black Forsyth man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after a traffic stop on Hwy. 42 North on June 27. At about 7:55 p.m., Dep. Stephen Phipps saw a blue 2008 Chevrolet Impala with dark tinted windows and a brake light that was out traveling on Hwy. 42 North. The male driver had a suspended license, and Phipps smelled marijuana coming from the car. Phipps then found $327 in cash on the driver, who admitted to having a small sack of marijuana in the center console. Phipps then searched the trunk and found inside a kids backpack five bags of marijuana and more cash. Phipps confiscated a total of $1,843 in cash and 7.5 total ounces of marijuana. Phipps then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with driving while license suspended and having no brake light.
Man arrested after deputies find Ecstasy, marijuana in pants
A 39-year-old black Union City man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on I-75 South on June 27. At about 12:40 p.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a gray Chrysler 200 with an illegal tag cover traveling on I-75 South near mile marker 185. Haskins smelled raw marijuana coming from the car, but the female driver, female front seat passenger, female back seat passenger and male back seat passenger all denied having any drugs inside the car. The male passenger, who smelled strongly of marijuana, denied smoking marijuana despite Haskins seeing a tattoo of a marijuana leaf on his forearm and finding a lighter in his pocket with a marijuana leaf on it. Dep. Jaleel Brown then found inside the male passenger’s pants a large plastic bag containing marijuana and a bag containing a purple-colored powder that was suspected Ecstasy. Deputies then found in the male passenger’s seat two empty Bud Light cans that were still cold. Deputies then took the male passenger to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of amphetamine and open container. Meanwhile, the driver was given a verbal warning for the tag cover violation, and the driver and two female passengers were all released from the scene.