Waffle House customers caught paying for meal with counterfeit bill
The Waffle House on North Lee Street told Forsyth officer Cody Maples on Nov. 25 that someone tried to pass a fake $20 bill to pay for their meal. Maples stopped the suspect as he left the parking lot as a passenger in a Dodge truck. The suspect was shaking profusely and spoke with a trembling voice despite wearing a thick fur coat. He said he didn’t know the money was fake. Maples noted the bill felt like tissue paper. The suspect said he was blind. Maples ordered them to return to Waffle House and pay using real money. The Waffle House clerk said the same suspect had done the same thing two weeks earlier. Maples turned the case over to investigations.
Yatesville man arrested after stealing box of checks from employer
A 46-year-old black Yatesville man was arrested on Nov. 27 and charged with second degree burglary after he allegedly stole a box of company checks from his employer. At about 9:11 p.m., a Culloden man told Dep. Willie Barkley that a male employee of his entered his gray 2017 Volkswagen Passat and stole a book of company checks without his permission. The man said the employee also wrote and cashed a check for $50 at the Culloden Chevron station. The man told Barkley he saw the employee buying several items after the checks had been stolen out of his car the previous night. The man said he asked a Chevron station clerk whether the employee had used one of his company checks to buy the items, and the employee said he did for the sum of $50. The man said he then contacted the employee, who admitted to stealing the checks. After the employee agreed to meet the man at the Chevron station, the employee drove up in a red car. Barkley then pursued the car and stopped it at the intersection of Main Street and Norwood Street. The employee told Barkley he had “messed up” and admitted to stealing the checks, including writing one for $50 at the gas station. The employee then gave Barkley the box of checks, which were returned to the man. Barkley then took the employee to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with fourth degree forgery and theft by taking.
Macon man charged with DUI after stop on Pate Road on Nov. 27
A 33-year-old black Macon man was arrested and charged with DUI (refusal) after a traffic stop on Pate Road on Nov. 27. At about 8 p.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a red Hyundai Elantra failing to maintain its lane on Hwy. 41 South. Haskins checked the car’s license plate and determined the male driver, the car’s owner, had an arrest warrant out of Bibb County. Haskins then followed the car onto Klopfer Road and then onto Rivoli Road, where it failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Pate Road. Haskins then stopped the car on Pate Road and saw a female passenger was holding an infant child in her arms. Haskins saw a car seat next to the passenger but it was not being used. Meanwhile, Haskins noticed the driver’s eyes were red and glossy and his speech was very slow and lethargic. He also smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the car. The driver told Haskins he was “trying to get back to Macon” but had gotten lost. He added he drank “one beer” after getting off of work “several hours ago.” The driver then failed several field sobriety tests. When Haskins looked up the name the passenger had given him, he couldn’t find any record of her. Haskins then confronted the passenger about whether she had given him a fake name and date of birth, and she replied, “Well I’m going to jail too I guess.” The passenger then gave her real name and date of birth, saying she thought she also had an arrest warrant. However, dispatchers determined she didn’t. The child, who was three months old and had a feeding tube, was turned over to the passenger, who was given an appearance ticket for giving a false name. Meanwhile, Haskins took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with DUI (child endangerment), failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane and a child seatbelt violation.
Man faces arrest after allegedly punching woman during dispute
A 35-year-old black Griffin man faces charges of battery and felony destruction of property after a domestic dispute at a Willis Circle home on Nov. 27. At about 11:30 p.m., a Willis Circle woman told Dep. Jacob Davis that she and her boyfriend had gotten into an argument down the street from her home. The woman said she then returned home about 15 minutes later and discovered her home had been entered. She said she then walked back outside and found her boyfriend. She said he then walked inside her home and punched her in the face. She said he then grabbed a can of pineapples and threw them at her, missing her but breaking a window to her home. The woman said she then ran outside and called 9-1-1 at which point her boyfriend fled the scene. The woman said she planned to stay at a friend’s home for the night. Then, at about 1:52 a.m. on Nov. 28, the woman called Davis a second time to tell him that her front door had been forced off of the frame while she was gone from her home. The woman said a potholder had also been damaged.
Couple spends night without paying for room at Forsyth motel
America’s Best Value Inn in Forsyth told officer Cody Maples that someone was staying in a hotel room without permission around 12:05 a.m. on Nov. 28. The hotel manager had rented room 195, but when the guest arrived the beds were disheveled as if someone was staying in it. Water had dripped onto the floor between the two beds but the suspects had fled. The hotel had video footage of a black couple leaving the room after witnesses found them and fleeing in a dark SUV. The maintenance man said a window was found unlocked in the room and may have been how the couple entered.
Driver charged with DUI after Rumble Road traffic stop on Nov. 28
A 25-year-old white Carrollton man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Rumble Road on Nov. 28. At about 2:58 a.m., Sgt. Kevin Williams saw a red 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse failing to maintain its lane on Rumble Road. The male driver, whose eyes were very watery and glazed and whose speech was slurred, initially told Williams he was coming from a friend’s house before admitting he was coming from a bar. Williams then smelled the odor of alcohol inside the car. The driver, who was unsteady on his feet, said he had been drinking prior to going to the bar and then had two whiskey drinks at the bar. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests. Williams then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with failure to maintain lane.
Two Forsyth women charged with fighting at Circle K store
Two Forsyth women were charged with fighting by officer David Asbell at the Circle K around 2 a.m. on Nov. 30.
MedPro employee reports gun stolen from parked vehicle
At about 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 29, Dep. Jacob Davis went to a Charles Johnson Road home where a female resident said her boyfriend had been taken by Monroe County EMTs to Macon’s Coliseum Hospital. The resident said she returned home from work and found her boyfriend passed out on the floor with several alcohol bottles near him. The resident said she initially thought her boyfriend was passed out from being intoxicated, so she tried to wake him. However, she then saw her boyfriend begin to jerk and shake, so she called 9-1-1. While waiting for EMTs to arrive, the resident saw a suicide note on their bed. The resident said EMTs were able to wake her boyfriend up to answer questions, and he said he took several Ibuprofen pills and drank alcohol.
MedPro employee reports gun stolen from parked vehicle
A MedPro employee told Forsyth officer David Asbell on Nov. 29 that someone stole her Ruger SR9 from her Toyota Tacoma truck while it was parked behind MedPro while she was working. A security video didn’t show anyone entering the vehicle.
Forsyth woman reports buying vehicle using phone app on Nov. 29
A Forsyth woman told police officer George Foster on Nov. 29 that she sent $250 to someone named Alex Collins using a CashApp on her phone in exchange for a vehicle. But she said he never fulfilled his promise to deliver the vehicle and quit responding to messages. The case was turned over to investigations.
Forsyth man arrested after wife alleges he grabbed neck in fight
A 30-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with simple battery (Family Violence) after an alleged domestic dispute at a Torbet Road home on Dec. 3. At about 9:06 p.m. on Dec. 3, a Forsyth woman told Dep. Jacob Davis that she arrived at her Torbet Road home at about 7:16 p.m. that night and found her husband, against whom she has a temporary protective order, inside her home. The woman said when she told her husband to leave, he grabbed her cell phone and threw it onto the floor, breaking it. The woman said she then walked into her kitchen to get away from her husband at which point he began screaming in her face. She said he then grabbed her by the neck and pushed her into the kitchen counter. The woman said she responded by grabbing her husband’s arm with her nails and then grabbing his face to push him off of her. She said her husband still refused to leave and then went into the living room and flipped over her coffee table, breaking it. The woman said her husband then refused to let her leave her home to go pick up her son unless he could go with her because he was worried she would call the police. The woman said when she went outside to leave, her husband jumped on top of the hood of her car, causing minor dents. The woman said she was eventually able to drive to the High Falls Sunoco gas station, where she called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Davis photographed damage to the woman’s neck, which had minor red marks, phone and coffee table. Sgt. Kevin Williams then reviewed the woman’s home surveillance video and confirmed the husband had been inside her home at the time she stated. Deputies later found the husband at his mother’s home on Maynard Church Road, where he said he had been since 5:30 p.m. that night. He then said his wife had contacted him and asked him to come to her home. He said they got into an argument and he had left. The husband was then taken to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with second degree criminal damage to property.
Monroe County deputy reports drone crashed in creek during search
At about 3 p.m. on Dec. 2, Cpl. Christian Sawley was dispatched to fly the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office drone to assist with locating a missing fugitive. Sawley flew the DJI Inspire drone with a DJI Zenmuse XT infrared camera for about 50 minutes until its battery ran low. Sawley then tried to land the drone near English Road, but he was unable to locate it. When the battery reached 11 percent in strength, Sawley lost all connection with the drone. However, using the GPS tracker on his remote, he was able to find the drone, which had crash landed into Red Creek. Sawley then removed the drone, camera and battery in an effort to dry them out.
Woman finds out brother is using dead sibling’s identity
At about 9:23 a.m. on Dec. 3, a Jackson woman told Dep. Akedra Robertson that she was notified by a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee in Macon about some paperwork for her to sign concerning her brother over whom she has power of attorney. The woman said the SSA employee told her that someone from All Seasons Tree Service had used her brother’s name and social security number to earn $33,375 in 2018. The woman told the SSA employee that her brother had been a resident at Pruitt Health nursing home for the past three years until he died on Nov. 26. The woman said the SSA employee advised her to notify All Seasons about the matter. She later learned that her other brother had been using her brother’s name and social security number.
Worsham Road woman reports mail, $4,000 ring missing from home
At about 12:50 p.m. on Dec. 6, a female Worsham Road resident told Dep. Peyton Henderson she had not yet received her late husband’s monthly Southern Company retirement check nor a monthly Vanguard Fiduciary Trust Company check that she typically gets at the beginning of each month. The resident said she notified Southern Company about the first check and learned that it had been mailed to her on Nov. 29 and had already been cashed. The resident said the missing checks were valued at $423.99. The resident said she has also been missing her gold wedding ring with a diamond in the center for the past several weeks. The resident said her ring has three leaves with diamonds on each side and is valued at about $4,000. A male resident told Henderson that he remembered a white truck stopping outside his mailbox several days earlier. The resident said the white male driver, who appeared to be in his 40s, asked him about a horse buggy located on his property. He said he had never seen the driver before but saw his truck later at a neighboring home.