Woman reports longtime neighbor made threats to kill son
At about 6:40 p.m. on Nov. 17, a female Tina Drive resident told Dep. Judy Mercer that her neighbor had been yelling and threatening her adult son with a gun. The resident said she has two children, ages 9 and 11, living at her home and said she was terrified for her family. The resident, who was shaking and crying, said her neighbor has been terrorizing her family for years. The resident said her neighbor shoots guns and firecrackers at all hours of the night and has shot holes in her windows before. The resident said her neighbor used to call her numerous times a day and tell her there were aliens on the roof of her home. The resident said she used to be friendly to her neighbor but said she no longer wants anything to do with him because she’s afraid of him. The resident said she and her son have put up “no trespassing” signs in an effort to keep her neighbor off of their property. The resident said her son has medical issues and said her neighbor had threatened to kill him. The resident’s son echoed his mother’s concerns, saying the neighbor fires guns across the road at a target. He said their neighbor exhibits very odd behavior, including mowing his lawn at 3 a.m. The resident’s son said that night he had gotten his four-wheeler stuck in a ditch in front of his home. He said his neighbor then came out into the road and started using a leaf blower. He said his neighbor yelled at him the whole time he was trying to get his trailer out of the ditch. The resident’s son said their neighbor then went back inside his home before coming back out and yelling, “I got a gun for you. You been messing with my Freightliner.” The resident’s son said their neighbor used to park a truck at their home but said it had not been there for some time. The resident’s son said their neighbor accuses him of damaging his things. He said he put up a privacy fence to try to keep their neighbor away from their home. However, he said their neighbor then erected surveillance cameras that were higher than his fence so their neighbor could see into their yard. Mercer then met with the neighbor who said the resident’s son has been in his yard and at his home, damaging his property. The neighbor accused the resident’s son of shooting up his parked truck and said the resident’s son also dented his kitchen sink. The neighbor denied threatening anyone and said every time he tries to talk to the resident’s son it turns into an argument. The neighbor also admitted to having a shooting target in his front yard but denied shooting across the street. Mercer told the resident he was not allowed to shoot in the direction of the road, within 50 feet of the road or in the direction of other homes. Mercer told the neighbor that if she got anymore calls about his using guns or firecrackers or harassing other residents then he would be arrested. Mercer also told the neighbor not to have any contact with the resident or her son. The neighbor then locked up his home, got his dog and got into his car, saying he was headed to Gray for the night to take a leaf blower to his brother. Mercer then told the resident and her son not to have anymore contact with their neighbor and to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office if he even steps foot on their property. The resident then asked Mercer if she had arrested the neighbor. Mercer told the resident that the neighbor had denied threatening her son with a gun and because there were no witnesses to the incident, no charges would be taken against the neighbor. The neighbor, who still appeared shaken and nervous, told Mercer she feared her neighbor’s erratic conduct would continue.
Jackson driver arrested after deputy finds drugs thrown from car
A 33-year-old white Jackson man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop on I-75 South on Nov. 20. At about 1:03 a.m., Cpl. Tyler Rodgers saw a black Dodge Dart failing to maintain its lane on I-75 South near mile marker 188. Dispatchers told Rodgers the male driver, who said he left his driver’s license at home, had an arrest warrant out of Spalding County for violation of probation. Rodgers then found on the ground beside the vehicle a small white bag containing a pipe with white residue on it. Rodgers then found next to it another clear bag containing suspected methamphetamine. Although the driver said he knew nothing about the drugs, Rodgers reviewed his dash cam video, which showed the driver throwing the bags out of the passenger side window. Rodgers then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of drug related objects, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license on person.
I-75 driver suspected to have mental illness taken to hospital
At about 10:24 a.m. on Nov. 20, Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a silver 2017 Chevrolet Silverado with a South Carolina tag traveling in reverse down the entrance ramp to the I-75 North weigh station at mile marker 190. Haskins stopped the truck when he saw it was turned in the opposite direction of traffic in the emergency lane. Haskins saw the truck’s female driver was slumped behind the wheel and asked her if she was okay. The driver replied, “No I need help. I just had a baby.” The driver, who became increasingly irate and irrational, appeared to have some type of mental illness. The driver was speaking nonsensically and waving her hat out the window. Because the truck was still running and Haskins feared the driver would drive off directly into oncoming traffic, Haskins turned the ignition and took out the key. However, the driver, who continued to yell at him, then tried to roll up her window and re-start her car. But she didn’t realize that Haskins had already removed her key. The driver then started hitting her horn repeatedly before opening her driver’s door back up and saying, “I’m going to get you.” Haskins then slammed the door shut and threatened to Tase the driver if she came at him further. The driver then began digging inside the center console at which point Haskins reached inside the truck and grabbed both of the driver’s arms until Dep. Jaleel Brown arrived to assist. Deputies then put the driver in Brown’s patrol car. Deputies found inside the driver’s purse on the front passenger seat an MP .40 caliber handgun with a fully loaded magazine. However, there was not a bullet in the chamber, and the gun was taken into evidence. Monroe County EMTs told Haskins the driver was likely a paranoid schizophrenic and said they had already received a call earlier that morning from a Forsyth motel about the driver’s erratic behavior. The driver had refused medical attention during the previous call. EMTs then took the driver to Macon’s Medical Center Navicent Health for treatment. While en route to the hospital, the driver ripped out her IV and was given additional sedatives. Later in the transport, the driver again ripped out her IV and scratched a paramedic’s arm at which point she was given yet another sedative. Haskins and Monroe County Fire/EMS chief Matt Perry then accompanied the ambulance the rest of the way to the hospital.
after passenger flees vehicle
A 26-year-old black Warner Robins man was arrested after his passenger got out and ran from police during a traffic stop on Hwy. 18 on Nov. 10. At about 6:17 p.m., Officer Kevin Powell of the Forsyth Police Department saw a white Lincoln Town Car traveling 87 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-75 South. Powell tried to stop the car when it exited at Exit 185, but the car continued onto the end of the ramp, hitting a concrete curb and turning right onto Hwy. 18. The car then pulled into the parking lot of the Circle K convenience store and came to a stop. The front passenger door then opened, and a black male dressed in blue jeans and a black hood ran toward Shoney’s while appearing to be holding something. Powell then drew his service gun and ordered the male driver out of the car. The driver, who said he didn’t have a license, did as instructed and was handcuffed. Meanwhile, Cpl. Bruce Hughley and Officer Cody Maples, both of the Forsyth Police Department, and Monroe County sheriff’s deputies searched for the passenger but were unable to find him. Dispatchers determined the driver was wanted for violation of probation by the Warner Robins Police Department. Hughley then found inside the car a U.S. priority mail envelope that contained a large sum of cash as well as more cash scattered throughout the car’s console. Officers seized the cash, which was determined to be $3,684 in various bills, and the driver’s two cell phones. Maples found on the back seat an open mason jar containing marijuana residue. Officers then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was charged with speeding, failure to maintain lane and driving while license suspended.
Buck Creek Road man reports finding spray paint on Jeep Compass
At about 8:47 a.m. on Nov. 21, a Buck Creek Road man told Dep. Dustin Ramsey that when he walked out of his home to go to work at about 8:15 a.m. that morning he discovered that his black 2018 Jeep Compass had been spray painted. The man said he last saw his SUV at about 11:30 p.m. the previous night when he had gone outside to smoke a cigarette, and he said his SUV was fine at that time. The man said the only suspect he could think of was his ex-girlfriend with whom he had recently broken up. Ramsey saw the SUV was spray painted on the driver’s side only, facing away from the man’s home. The man said if his car paint was damaged, it could cost more than $8,000 to re-paint.
At about 11:57 a.m. on Nov. 21, a Forsyth man told Cpl. Nicolas Ortiz that he thinks someone posing as an Apple customer support representative stole his identity. The man said he received a call from a female friend at about 12 p.m. on Nov. 20 saying she needed $200. The man said his friend asked him to send the money via Apple Pay. He said he sent the money but then heard from his friend again at about 6 p.m. saying she never received the money and had Apple Support on the phone. The man said the Apple Support representative told him he needed to take photos of his driver’s license and debit card so they could verify who he is. The man said he did as instructed and sent the photos. He said he then realized something was wrong when the representative asked him to go to the store and buy $400 in Apple Pay cards. The man said he told the representative he didn’t want to do that and hung up. The man told Ortiz he intends to cancel his debit card.
Forsyth man charged with DUI on Hwy. 87
A 39-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with DUI (refusal) after a traffic stop on Hwy. 87 on Nov. 23. At about 1:15 a.m., Dep. Jaleel Brown saw a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph and failing to maintain its lane while headed northbound on Hwy. 87. The male driver’s eyes were glazed and his speech was slurred. The driver told Brown he was headed home from Macon’s Wild Wing Cafe, where he said he drank several beers. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Brown then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with speeding and failure to maintain lane.
Deputy finds diploma after driver gives fake birth date during stop
A 24-year-old black Macon man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on I-75 South on Nov. 26. At about 11:26 a.m., Cpl. Jake Justice stopped a black 2013 Kia Optima who failed to move over while deputies were conducting a separate traffic stop on I-75 South near mile marker 181. The male driver told Justice he didn’t have his driver’s license or his vehicle registration information, and Justice smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. The driver then gave Justice his name and date of birth, but dispatchers were unable to find any information on the driver. When Justice told the driver he intended to search the car, the driver admitted to having a bag of marijuana inside of a cupholder. He then changed his story and said the marijuana was actually inside of his left coat pocket, where Justice then located it. Justice then found in the car’s center console a small black scale, clear empty bags and rolling papers. He then found in the trunk a small black bookbag with more clear bags. Justice also found the driver’s high school diploma, which indicated he could not have the birth date he had given. The driver then gave his real birth date and said he had given a fake one because his license was suspended. Justice then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with violation of the move over law, driving while license suspended and giving a false date of birth.
Deputies find pipe, meth bag in
A 33-year-old white Eatonton man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop on Hwy. 18 on Nov. 26. At about 10:50 p.m., Cpl. Tyler Rodgers was conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Hwy. 18 near I-75 when a silver 2018 Chrysler 300 approached. Rodgers saw the male driver’s seatbelt was behind him and noticed his car’s tag frame was obscuring the registration decal. When the driver exited the car, Rodgers saw an item bulging from his left front pants pocket. Rodgers then found in the left pocket a pipe with white residue that was suspected methamphetamine wrapped inside a black sock. Dep. Wade Kendrick also found in the driver’s right front pants pocket a clear bag of suspected methamphetamine. Deputies then found in the car’s center console two blue packages of Suboxone for which the driver had a prescription. Rodgers then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of drug related objects, obscuring tag frame and a seatbelt violation.
Florida driver arrested after deputies discover gun
A 25-year-old Hispanic Cape Coral, Fla. man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on I-75 South on Nov. 26. At about 10:05 a.m., Sgt. John Thompson saw an orange 2017 Ford Escape change lanes rapidly on I-75 South near mile marker 191. Thompson stopped the SUV near mile marker 188 and smelled the odors of air freshener and marijuana coming from inside the SUV. The male driver denied smoking any marijuana or having any drugs inside the SUV. When Thompson said he intended to search the SUV, the driver told Cpl. Thomas Haskins that he had some marijuana inside of a Crown Royal bag on the back seat. Thompson then found the bag as well as a gun box containing a Smith and Wesson 9 mm. and two loaded magazines. A female passenger first said the gun was hers before saying it belonged to the driver, her boyfriend. The driver then admitted to Haskins that he had a prior conviction for felony marijuana possession and had been told not to have a gun. Thompson then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with failure to maintain lane and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Marietta man arrested after deputies locate chocolate bar with THC
A 27-year-old black Marietta man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on I-75 South on Nov. 26. At about 3:12 p.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a red 2017 Nissan Sentra with an illegal tag cover over the registration sticker traveling on I-75 South near mile marker 190. Haskins stopped the car and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from it. The male driver told Haskins he was a ride service driver and had just picked up a female passenger from Atlanta. When Haskins told the driver he smelled marijuana, the driver told him it was actually “sage.” When Haskins told him he knows what sage smells like, the driver again maintained the substance wasn’t marijuana. While Haskins searched the car, the driver asked for his jacket because he was cold. Haskins then found inside the jacket pocket a plastic bag of marijuana. When Haskins held up the bag to show the driver, the driver said, “Oh, I forgot that was in there.” Haskins then found in the trunk a brown box containing a THC-infused chocolate bar. The driver told Haskins he bought the chocolate bar in California and also forgot it was in the car. When Haskins told the driver he intended to have his car towed, the driver told the deputy that the passenger could drive it instead. Haskins then asked the driver why he would leave his car in the hands of a stranger he had just picked up, and the driver admitted he knows the passenger. Haskins then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with having an illegal tag cover and Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act.