City code enforcement officer fields complaint about swimming pool
A resident complained to Forsyth code enforcement officer George Foster about undergrowth and water in a pool at an Oakridge Drive home. Foster talked to the homeowner on May 19 and she said that the home was supposed to be sold but had fallen through. Foster said the problem had gone on too long and that he would have to cite her if she didn’t fix the problem before he returned to work in three days. She said the water in the pool was just rain water and she would turn on the power and pump it out.
Forsyth woman reports motorcycle stolen from North Lee St. in 2018
A woman told officer Manuel Barajas on May 19 that someone stole her motorcycle on North Lee Street back in November 2018. She said she just now reported the theft because she had had surgery.
South Carolina driver charged with DUI after I-75 South traffic stop
A 21-year-old black Darlington, S.C. man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on I-75 South on May 19. At about 4:12 a.m., Cpl. Nicolas Ortiz saw a blue 2003 Honda Accord change lanes without signaling on I-75 South near mile marker 179. He then saw the car failing to maintain its lane, including cutting off another vehicle. Ortiz smelled the odor of alcohol coming from inside the car. He then asked the male driver, who said he was returning from a club in Atlanta, if he had had anything to drink that night, and the driver replied, “Not enough.” The driver then had trouble maintaining his balance as he exited his car, leaning on it for support. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Ortiz then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he tested positive for more than the legal limit of alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with failure to use a turn signal while changing lanes and failure to maintain lane.
Rock thrown through window of new auto dealership on May 20
A construction manager at the new Volume Chevrolet on Lee Street Extension told Forsyth Cpl. Kimberly Barnett on May 20 that someone threw a rock through a window of their mobile office. Barnett told him she would notify other shifts to be patrolling the area.
Forsyth deputy arrests illegally parked Tahoe owner over warrant
A Forsyth man was charged with improper parking and driving on a suspended license after a tense encounter with Forsyth officer Jeremy Malone on Milledge Circle on May 21. Malone saw a black Chevy Tahoe parked in the wrong direction on Milledge Circle and after it stayed that way much of the day, decided to stop and talk to the owner. The owner’s father was unable to move it because it was locked, so Malone started to write a ticket. Malone then learned from a tag check that the owner was wanted in Spalding County on weapons charges and had a history of violence. Then the owner arrived at the home in another vehicle, got into his Tahoe and pulled it into the driveway, spinning tires. Malone told him he was going to get a parking ticket and the man responded that Malone was harassing him and should leave him alone. Malone told him about the outstanding warrant and suspended license, and the suspect responded that he was not going to jail and that Malone would have to earn his money today. The suspect then got on the phone and was saying that the police were harassing him and that he was about to nut up. Malone said he realized he was not listening and took out his Taser to use on the suspect. The suspect said he was not scared of a Taser. Finally Malone was able to get the suspect to go to his knees and put his hands behind his back and placed him under arrest.
Johnston St. woman reports boyfriend hit her during argument
A Johnston Street woman told officer Jeremy Malone on May 21 that her boyfriend hit her several times during an argument. She was very irate and hard to understand and Malone determined she may not be mentally sound and her recollection not accurate. The boyfriend said he didn’t touch her and left before things got more out of control.
Shell Station reports suspect paid for beer, gas with fake $20 bill
The Shell station on Hwy. 18 told Forsyth Major George Foster on May 21 that someone paid for gas and beer using a fake $20 bill.
Boxankle Road man reports trailer, water pump stolen on May 21
At about 1:17 p.m. on May 21, a male Boxankle Road property owner told Cpl. Jake Justice that he discovered that day that several items had been stolen from his home. The property owner said he primarily lives in St. Simons and had last visited his Boxankle Road home about four weeks earlier. The property owner said stolen items included: a Toro zero turn lawnmower, a Honda Rancher four-wheeler, a Kubota RTV, a water pump and a 12-foot enclosed trailer. The property owner said he thinks the suspects used the trailer to transport the other stolen items. The property owner said his grandsons are the only persons with permission to be at his home, but he said they had not visited. He said several construction workers were working nearby recently but did not know if they ever came onto his property.
Man reports fraudulent transactions on United Bank card on May 20
On May 22, a Macon man told Inv. Chris Landers that his wife received text messages from United Bank on May 20 about fraudulent transactions on their account. The man, who said he had already cancelled his credit card, said he last used the card on May 20 at the Exxon station on Hwy. 41 South in Bolingbroke, where he bought gas for his lawnmower.
Deputy finds U-Haul truck abandoned on Hwy. 87 on May 22
A 29-year-old white Warner Robins woman faces charges of abandoning a vehicle and possession of drug related objects after a one-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 87 on May 22. At about 4:29 p.m., Cpl. Jacob Robins went to Hwy. 87 just south of Plant Scherer about a white 2013 Ford F-150 U-Haul truck in the ditch. A 9-1-1 caller told dispatchers that a white female wearing black pants and a white shirt was seen walking away from the wreck. When Robins arrived, he saw the truck, which had an Arizona tag, was facing north while leaning on the southbound embankment. The truck, which was heavily damaged on the driver side, had hit several trees. Robins found inside the truck several suitcases and bags with women’s clothing, a grinder with marijuana residue, two glass pipes used for smoking drugs and a scale. He also found a U-Haul rental agreement with a Warner Robins woman’s name on it. A male witness told Robins he was leaving Plant Scherer when the truck’s female driver asked him for a ride to a gas station. The witness said the driver told him she was lost and not from the area. Robins, Cpl. Thomas Haskins and Cpt. Jeff Thompson then searched for the driver but were unable to locate her. Robins then tried to contact the driver using the rental information. When Robins told the renter he needed to ask her some questions about the wreck, the renter hung up on him. Robins then called back, and the renter’s boyfriend answered the phone. The boyfriend gave Robins a different woman’s name as the driver and said she was the one in possession of the U-Haul. The boyfriend said they were sitting at a friend’s house in Warner Robins when the other woman went out to the truck to charge her phone and took off with the truck.
Forsyth doctor’s office patient reports abuse on note in restroom
At about 9:41 a.m. on May 23, a female nurse at Central Georgia Family Medicine on North Lee Street told Cpl. Jake Justice and Dep. Judy Mercer that a 76-year-old female patient had left a note in the restroom during her office visit on May 22 but it was not found until that morning. The note was written in black sharpie and stated: “Help me out, husband abous”. The nurse said she called the patient to check on her. Not knowing if the patient was around her husband at the time, the nurse asked the patient if she accidentally left something in the restroom. The patient replied that the note was not an accident. She said she had later reported the abuse to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and was at Macon’s Coliseum Hospital at the time the nurse called her. The nurse told deputies that the patient had recently gotten married and she did not have any information on file about the husband. Mercer then contacted the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office about the incident.
Macon man reports fraudulent debit card charge on May 23
At about 9:51 a.m. on May 23, a Macon man told Dep. Jacob Davis that his Persons Bank debit card was fraudulently used at the “76 Gas Station” in Covington on May 22, and $95 was charged to his account. The man said he reported the incident to Persons Bank and learned that there were about 30 fraudulent charges on different accounts at that same gas station.
Forsyth man reports Confederate flag stolen
On May 24, a Forsyth man told Dep. Christopher Sherrell that a Confederate flag had been stolen from Forsyth City Cemetery. The man said he last saw the flag on May 22 and noticed on May 24 that the flag and all riggings had been cut and removed from the flag pole. The man said it was the second time a Confederate flag had been stolen from the location.
Driver charged with DUI crossing tracks
A 37-year-old white Barnesville man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Zellner Road on May 26. At about 5:45 p.m., Sgt. John Thompson saw a silver 2005 Mercedes C500 without a tag traveling on Collier Road. Thompson witnessed the car run through a stop sign and cross over railroad tracks without slowing down before turning onto Hwy. 41 North. Thompson then stopped the car on Zellner Road and asked the male driver, whose breath smelled of alcohol, why he ran the stop sign. The driver replied, “Nobody stops there,” before admitting to drinking a beer while eating lunch that day. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests, and he was taken to the Monroe County Jail. Once at the jail, the driver tested above the legal limit for alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with failure to stop at a stop sign.
Old Oak Drive resident reports finding dead fish floating atop pond
On May 26, a male Red Oak Drive resident told Dep. Jaleel Brown that someone had poisoned his pond and killed all of his fish. The resident said he noticed numerous dead fish on top of the water the previous day.
Zebulon Road resident discovers AK-47 rifle missing from bedroom
At about 1:40 p.m. on May 27, a male Zebulon Road resident told Cpl. Nicolas Ortiz that his AK-47 rifle had been stolen. The resident said he did not know the rifle’s serial number. He said he stored the gun under his bed, had not looked for it in several months and did not know when it went missing.
Deputy finds cocaine in woman’s purse after picking up inmate
A 29-year-old black Atlanta woman was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine after a traffic stop on I-75 North on May 27. At about 10:46 a.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a red 2001 Ford Expedition failing to maintain its lane on I-75 North near mile marker 192. Haskins smelled the strong odors of air freshener and burnt marijuana coming from inside the SUV. The female passenger told Haskins she had just picked up the male driver from Al Burruss Prison and admitted to having smoked marijuana inside the SUV the previous day. Haskins then found inside the passenger’s purse a small plastic bag containing a white powdery substance that was suspected cocaine, a large marijuana cigarette and a digital scale with marijuana residue on it. The passenger admitted the drugs belonged to her but said the substance in the plastic bag was actually MDMA. Haskins then released the driver from the scene but took the passenger to the Monroe County Jail, where the unknown substance later tested positive for cocaine. The passenger was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects.
Ponder Trammell Road woman reports dog hit with shotgun ammo
On May 28, a Ponder Trammell Road woman told Sgt. Willie Brown that she let her dog out to use the restroom in the yard sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight on May 26. The woman said when she let her dog back in the house, she discovered it had been injured as if it had been hit by a car. She said she then took her dog to the veterinarian the next day and learned that her dog had been shot with birdshot.
Macon man arrested after urinating in pot
A 41-year-old black Macon man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly urinated in his parents’ flower pot on May 29. At about 1:52 p.m., Dep. Stephen Phipps went to a Zebulon Road home where a man was sitting on the porch holding a cell phone. The man’s mother told Phipps the man was screaming and cursing at her and his father because they no longer wanted him on their property. The man’s mother said her son was served an eviction notice three weeks earlier. The man’s father said his son then became more upset and began urinating in a flower pot on the front porch. The man’s mother said she wanted her son to leave and not to return. When Phipps was unable to find space for the man at River’s Edge Behavioral Health, he instead took him to the Monroe County Jail.
Deputies locate Ecstasy, marijuana in I-75 stop
A 47-year-old white Conyers man and a 46-year-old black Macon woman were each arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop on I-75 South on May 29. At about 7:46 p.m., Sgt. John Thompson saw a gray 2014 Chevrolet Impala with dark tinted windows traveling on I-75 South near mile marker 188. Thompson smelled the odors of marijuana and beer coming from inside the car. The female passenger, who is the car’s owner, said they were coming from Conyers, where the male driver, her husband, works. The driver, whose license was suspended, denied having anything illegal inside the car. The passenger then admitted to having marijuana and Ecstasy pills inside the car, which she said belonged to both of them. Thompson and Inv. Kemeyan Colvard then searched the car and found about 20 Ecstasy pills, a marijuana cigarette, a small bag of marijuana and a nearly empty 24-ounce Heineken beer. Both the driver and the passenger were then taken to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with a window tint violation, an open container violation and driving while license suspended.
Atlanta man arrested for DUI after ‘chilling’ over holiday weekend
A 33-year-old black Atlanta man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on I-75 South on May 28. At about 2:02 a.m., Dep. Yolanda Mercer and Cpl. Nicolas Ortiz saw a white 1990 Infiniti M30 traveling 93 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-75 South near mile marker 190. Mercer saw the vehicle cross all lanes without signaling as it exited into the weigh station. When Mercer tried to stop the vehicle, it instead sped up as it exited the weigh station. However, a semitruck blocked the vehicle’s path back onto the interstate, and it stopped at mile marker 189. The male driver was unable to get his license out of his wallet, so he tried to hand Mercer his entire wallet. Mercer, who smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, told the driver she only needed his license. The driver told Mercer he was on his way to Macon to see his girlfriend. Mercer asked him if there was something wrong with his girlfriend that was causing him to drive so fast. The driver replied, “Yes, all kinds of stuff going on.” Ortiz then met with the driver, who told him a different story, saying he was headed to Macon to see his grandmother. When asked about the different accounts, the driver said he was headed to visit family in Macon and said his girlfriend lives in Atlanta. The driver told deputies it was Memorial Day weekend and said he was just “chilling” and not bothering anyone. When asked if he had been drinking, the driver said he had but said he was fine and not hurting anyone. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests, and Ortiz took him to the Monroe County Hospital emergency room for a blood test. While at the ER, the driver cursed and yelled at Ortiz and was told several times to stop being so loud and using obscene language in front of an ER nurse. Ortiz then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with speeding, failure to maintain lane, failure to use a turn signal and failure to yield to emergency blue lights.
Customers at Persons Bank report fraud
At about 12:34 p.m. on May 28, a Forsyth woman told Dep. Jacob Davis that she had been notified by Persons Bank that someone had made a fraudulent $95 charge on her debit card. The woman said the charge was made May 27 at a gas station in Covington. The woman said she already cancelled her debit card. In a possibly related incident, at about 2:24 p.m. on May 28, a second Forsyth woman told Davis that her Persons Bank debit card had two fraudulent charges totalling $75. The second woman said the charges were made at a Marathon gas station in Douglasville. She said she already notified her bank and cancelled the card. In yet another incident, at 4:10 p.m. on May 29, a third Forsyth woman told Dep. Stephen Phipps that she was notified by Persons Bank on May 24 about a fraudulent charge in the amount of $95 on her account. The third woman said she didn’t know who could have made the charge and said she already cancelled her bank card.
Flovilla man arrested after following wife to High Falls Water Park
A 37-year-old black Flovilla man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine after an incident at the High Falls Water Park on May 27. At about 2:25 p.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins and Dep. Willie Brown went to the High Falls Water Park where a woman said her husband was following her even though she had a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) against him. She said her husband was also wanted for criminal trespass out of Butts County, which dispatchers confirmed. Deputies then met with the husband, whose white 1997 Ford F-150 truck was parked across the street at the Citgo gas station. The husband admitted to having a gram of methamphetamine inside a metal candy container and a brand new glass pipe inside his truck’s center console. The husband said he called his wife about 200 times but she wouldn’t answer. He said he knew his wife was at the water park, so he went there to see his daughter. The husband said when his wife still wouldn’t let him see his daughter, he took his wife’s keys out of her purse when she wasn’t looking and threw them in the woods. The husband then showed Brown where he had thrown his wife’s keys, and Brown put him in his patrol car. At that point, the husband started yelling profanities out the window. The woman told Haskins she filed a TPO against her husband three days earlier but said she didn’t think a judge had signed the order yet and provided no proof. The woman said she is divorcing her husband and said she didn’t want to be around him. She said he has texted her hundreds of times and called her about 200 times. She then showed Haskins numerous text messages from her husband displaying profanity with some saying, “I will find you.” The woman said she didn’t know how her husband found her at the water park but said she told him she had a TPO against him and that he needed to leave. She said when he refused to leave, she walked away from him and called 9-1-1. Deputies then took the husband to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with harassing phone calls and theft by taking.
Campground visitor curses at supervisor over parking space
At about 5:30 p.m. on May 28, a male supervisor at Dames Ferry Campground on Hwy. 87 told Dep. Paul Stewart he was involved in a dispute with a male campground visitor about not following park rules. The supervisor said about a week earlier he saw a red Jeep parked in a campground lot. The supervisor said he then found the Jeep’s owner, the visitor, fishing inside the campground area without a reserved camp site. When the supervisor asked the visitor to leave, he said the visitor gave him a hard time but left. The supervisor said he then saw the Jeep at the campground a second time on May 28. He said this time the visitor, who was with two other men, had a reserved camp site but was parked in a restricted area. The supervisor said the visitor got mad when he asked him to move his Jeep to a gravel area and told the supervisor he was harassing him. The supervisor said he returned to his own camp site and called Monroe County deputies to the scene. He said while waiting for Stewart to arrive, the visitor approached his camp site and began to curse and argue with him. He said the visitor then left the campground before Stewart’s arrival.
Idaho driver arrested after one-vehicle crash
A 39-year-old white Bonner Ferry, Idaho woman was arrested and charged with DUI after a one-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Hwy. 74 and Hwy. 42 South on May 30. At about 6 p.m., Dep. Peyton Henderson went to the intersection of Hwy. 42 South and Hwy. 74 where a female driver of a white 1996 Toyota Avalon told Henderson she was traveling on Hwy. 74 when she realized she was going the wrong direction. She said she was headed to Macon to meet her father at a Best Western motel on Eisenhower Parkway. The driver, who smelled of alcohol, said she drank alcohol about 15 minutes before the wreck. She then changed her story and said she actually drank water 15 minutes prior to the crash. The driver then refused to take any field breath or field sobriety tests, saying she only wanted Henderson to help her get her vehicle out of the ditch. Henderson then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he found a bottle containing marijuana inside the driver’s purse. The driver was also charged with a seat belt violation and possession of marijuana.
Man taken to rehab after bathroom floods
At about 11:41 a.m. on May 31, a male Forsyth Yatesville Road resident told Cpl. Jacob Robins he suspects his grandson, who lives with him, has been using drugs. The resident said the previous night his grandson arrived home and parked in a different place than usual. The resident said he then found his grandson had run bath water and flooded the bathroom into the living room. He said he went and woke up his grandson and saw a large scrape on his grandson’s knee. The resident said his grandson said he had no idea what had happened and didn’t remember turning on the bath water. The grandson told Robins he took a Xanax pill and smoked marijuana cigarettes before driving home the previous night. He said he didn’t remember driving home or anything that happened after he got home. The resident’s son then showed Robins five vape pen tips containing hash or cannabidiol oil he found in the grandson’s room. The grandson said he doesn’t use drugs regularly but said he gets stressed out from work and smokes marijuana. Robins then found four marijuana cigarettes in the grandson’s vehicle. The resident said he didn’t want his grandson to continue living there if he was using drugs, so the grandson agreed to allow his father to take him to drug rehab.
Oak Hill Drive resident reports neighbor acted aggressively at home
At about 10:28 p.m. on May 31, a male Oak Hill Drive resident told Dep. Yolanda Mercer that his male neighbor was visiting with he and his wife when his neighbor became aggressive and started cursing. The resident said he asked his neighbor to leave several times, which he did. However, the resident’s wife said the neighbor returned again and cursed and acted aggressively a second time. She said she unsuccessfully told him to leave, and the neighbor’s stepfather eventually had to come over and get him to leave. The residents said they didn’t want to press charges against their neighbor but did not want him to return. The neighbor’s parents told Mercer their son was drunk and had left walking. Mercer told the neighbor’s parents that their son would be arrested if he returned to the residents’ home.
Towaliga South Road resident reports youth riding four-wheelers
At about 5:27 p.m. on June 1, a female Towaliga South Road resident told Dep. Yolanda Mercer that someone on a four-wheeler drove by and kicked dust all over her as she was walking her dog. The resident said four-wheelers, dirt bikes and vehicles speed down Towaliga South Road at all times of the day and night. She said the riders don’t wear helmets and often small children and infants are riding. The resident said pre-teen children also frequently ride in the back of a green Toyota pickup truck that speeds on the road. She added that someone is also throwing trash, including beer cans, in the ditches next to the road that she and her husband frequently pick up. Mercer then saw a four-wheeler being driven by a child and asked to speak with the child’s parents, who also live on Towaliga South Road. Mercer told the child’s parents that four-wheelers should not be driven on the road and riders should be wearing helmets.
Two men charged after dispute at Bar None Rd
A 30-year-old white Jonesboro man and a 36-year-old white Flovilla man were each arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a dispute at a Bar None Road home on June 1. At about 9:23 p.m., Dep. Yolanda Mercer and Cpls. Nicolas Ortiz and Jacob Robins went to a Bar None Road home about an alleged hostage situation. A Jonesboro man told deputies that a Flovilla man was inside the home with a shotgun and would not let a female resident or their daughter leave the home. The Jonesboro man told deputies he was in a relationship with the female and had been living at the home for a couple of months. The Jonesboro man said the Flovilla man had threatened to kill him and said he had a metal pipe to defend himself. The Jonesboro man said he argued with the Flovilla man and played audio of the dispute for deputies. Deputies then met with the Flovilla man who said the Jonesboro man had threatened him and was telling him to come outside. The Flovilla man said he was only protecting his daughter. The female said she and the Flovilla man were previously involved, but she denied being in a relationship with the Jonesboro man. She said she gave the Flovilla man permission to come to her home. She then said she had to go to work and didn’t have time for the matter. Deputies were unable to find a shotgun in the home. They did find a knife in a scabbard on the Flovilla man, but the Jonesboro man said the Flovilla man never took out the knife. They also found the Jonesboro man’s metal pipe laying in the woods near the driveway. Deputies then arrested both men and took them to the Monroe County Jail.