Blount Road resident reports goats attacked by pitbulls on Aug. 22
At about 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 22, a Blount Road man told Dep. Peyton Henderson that when he arrived home at about 8:30 a.m. that morning he heard his goats were squealing. The man said he went to check on his goats and saw two pitbull mixed dogs attacking them. The man said he then retrieved his handgun and shot both dogs. He said he didn’t know the identity of the dogs’ owner. The man said eight goats were injured and one was missing. He said the dogs likely pushed in a fence to enter his property.
Witness calls deputies after domestic dispute in Best Buy station lot
At about 2:16 p.m. on Aug. 28, Cpl. Thomas Haskins was notified by dispatchers of a domestic dispute between a man and woman that occurred at the intersection of Hwys. 87 and 83. Dispatchers told Haskins the couple had left in a black Nissan Maxima headed northbound on Hwy. 83 headed into Jasper County. Haskins then saw the car re-entering into Monroe County on Hwy. 83 and stopped it near Old Stewart Road. Haskins saw the car’s rear window was broken out and noticed the man had a cut on the back of his hand. The man told Haskins the window broke due to a chair in their trunk hitting it accidentally and said he cut his hand working on a vehicle. Haskins noticed both the man and woman appeared very dirty and the woman was not wearing any shoes. However, Haskins did not see any bruises on either the man or woman. The man told Haskins he was at the Best Buy gas station at the corner of Hwys. 87 and 83 when a male witness approached them holding a handgun because he thought the couple was fighting. The man said nothing happened, and they left the store. The woman said they were talking loudly at the gas station but denied they were arguing. A Jasper County deputy then told Haskins he stopped the witness, who said he had told the couple to stop arguing. The witness said the man approached him aggressively, so he took out his Taurus 9 mm. handgun and told the man to stay away from him. He said the couple then left the gas station, and he followed them. Haskins then searched the couple’s car, and a single black sock fell onto the ground. The man then became upset and yelled that Haskins was going to “destroy our property.” When the man continued to argue, Haskins handcuffed the man until he completed the search, which turned up nothing illegal. Haskins then met with the woman again separately from the man and asked again if anything had happened between the two. The woman again denied they had argued and was cheerful and laughing about the incident. Haskins then released the man and woman from the scene after citing the woman for having expired registration on her car. Haskins then met with the witness, who said he saw the woman running down Hwy. 83 North while being chased by the man. The man said the woman jumped into the car’s driver seat at which point the man grabbed the door, pulled it open and began punching the woman several times in the chest area. The witness said the woman yelled for help, so he approached the two and ordered the man to stop hitting her. He said the man then walked at him aggressively so he pulled out his gun and held it by his side. The witness said the man then yelled profanities at him as he got into the passenger side of the car, and the couple left. The witness said he then followed the car into Jasper County at which point he called authorities. Haskins then went back to the Best Buy to review the store’s surveillance video, but the cameras were not angled in the direction of where the incident occurred.
Monroe County deputy reports Glock handgun stolen from vehicle
At about 11:28 a.m. on Aug. 30, Sgt. Thomas Haskins told Dep. Jaleel Brown that his .40 caliber Glock 22 handgun was stolen from his vehicle. Haskins said the gun had been located inside a blackhawk holster under the center console. He said he found the holster under his front seat, but the gun was missing. He said he thinks the theft occurred on Aug. 27. Brown then entered the gun as stolen.
Lorraine Woods Drive man reports mailbox pulled out of ground
At about 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, a male Lorraine Woods Drive resident told Dep. Peyton Henderson that at about 5 a.m. that morning he saw a vehicle drive past his home to turn around in the cul-de-sac. The resident said the vehicle then stopped outside of his home near his mailbox for several minutes. He said he then went outside to get a better view of the vehicle at which point it sped off. He said he was unable to get a description of the vehicle or the vehicle’s tag because it was dark. The resident said his roommate later discovered their mailbox had been pulled out of the ground and thrown down. The resident, whose mail was still inside of the box, estimated the cost of the damage was $50. The resident told Henderson his white 2010 Toyota Tacoma had also been entered about a week earlier, and a yellow Fluke electrical meter and a dog stringer were stolen from the truck. The stolen items were valued at about $325.
Juliette driver charged with DUI after traffic stop on Rivoli Road
A 50-year-old white Juliette man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Rivoli Road on Aug. 31. At about 11:54 p.m., Cpl. Tyler Rodgers saw a white 2011 Volvo C30 fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Klopfer Road and Rivoli Road. Rodgers also saw the vehicle cross over the center line, so he stopped the vehicle on Rivoli Road. The male driver, who smelled strongly of alcohol, admitted to drinking a few beers that night and said, “You can just let me go home.” The driver also told Rodgers: “I don’t drive where I can’t drive.” The driver then failed several field sobriety tests but refused a field breath test. Rodgers found inside the driver’s front right pants pocket a small bag of a white powder substance that was suspected cocaine. When Rodgers then tried to search the driver’s front left pocket, the driver mumbled for him not to search there at which point Rodgers found a brown wooden container of marijuana. Rodgers later found inside the vehicle’s cupholder a half-empty bottle of Bud Light Lime. He then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane, an open container violation, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.
Castleberry Road woman reports finding bullet in kitchen floor
At about 10:54 a.m. on Sept. 1, a female Castleberry Road resident told Dep. Chris Sherrell that at about 10 a.m. on Aug. 1 she heard multiple gunshots coming from behind her home. The resident said she thought it was her neighbors shooting and said because they stopped shooting she decided not to notify authorities. The resident said her son then found on Sept. 1 a bullet in her kitchen floor, and they also discovered a bullet hole in her kitchen wall, which extended into her kitchen cabinet. Sherrell took the bullet as evidence, but he was unable to get in touch with the resident’s neighbors.
High Falls thrift shop owner reports phone case, debit cards stolen
At about 11:34 a.m. on Sept. 2, the female owner of the Cabin Clutter Thrift Shop on High Falls Road told Cpl. Nicolas Ortiz that someone stole her dragonfly phone case from outside of her store earlier that morning. She said the phone case contained two Bank of America debit cards. The store owner said she then went to cancel the cards and learned that three fraudulent charges, $201 to Verizon, $92.90 to the High Falls Sunoco station and $40 to the Jackson Love’s station, had already been made. The store owner said her surveillance camera showed a green SUV approach her store with a male driver and four other occupants, two male and two female. The store owner said the male driver was not seen taking her phone case but was seen walking around her store. Ortiz then went to the Sunoco station, where employees said they would look through their receipts to see who spent $92.90 there that morning.
Pate Road man reports transport truck knocks over brick fence in yard
At about 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 2, a male Pate Road resident told Deps. Larry Sullivan and Willie Barkley that an unmarked white transport truck pulled into his driveway and tried to back out. The resident said the truck hit the brick fence beside his driveway, knocking it over. The resident said he was unable to get the truck’s tag information.
Three persons charged with disorderly conduct after trespassing feud
A 54-year-old white Forsyth man, a 51-year-old black Forsyth man and a 55-year-old black Forsyth man were all arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a dispute at a Hwy. 42 North home on Sept. 2. At about 5:32 a.m., a Hwy. 42 North woman told Dep. Jacob Davis that at about 5:25 a.m. that morning she was standing by her bedroom window when she heard someone in her backyard riding an ATV. The woman said she and her husband walked outside to confront the ATV driver, who was identified as an acquaintance of their male neighbor with whom they had been having recent conflicts. The woman said she went back inside her home to get her cell phone to record the incident. She said by the time she got back outside, another man was also on her property. She said the other man threatened to get a shotgun and shoot the woman and her husband. She said her husband then recorded the incident while she called deputies to the scene at which point the ATV driver left. Davis then viewed the woman’s video recording, which showed the woman’s husband ordering the ATV driver to “get the f--- out of my yard.” Davis also saw the other man flailing his arms and pointing at the woman’s husband in what appeared to be an aggressive manner. Davis then asked the woman if anyone else was involved in the conflict, and she said her neighbor was also involved. Davis then handcuffed the woman’s husband, the 54-year-old, the neighbor, the 55-year-old, and the other man, the 51-year-old, and took them all to the Monroe County Jail.
Chicago man arrested for DUI after traffic stop on I-75 South
A 27-year-old black Chicago, Ill. man was arrested and charged with DUI (refusal) after a traffic stop on I-75 South on Sept. 2. At about 3:47 a.m., Dep. Judy Mercer saw a green Dodge van traveling 88 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-75 South near mile marker 190. When Mercer asked the male driver for his license, the driver replied, “Ok, officer it’s your word against mine, right? I’m wrong and you’re right?” The driver, who spoke very slowly and softly with slurred speech, then gave Mercer his license. When Mercer then asked the driver to get out of the van, Dep. Wade Kendrick saw the driver throw a bottle of liquid behind his seat. Mercer then asked the driver if he knew that his back right tire was flat. The driver asked, “What? I did not know that.” despite the van nearly riding on its rim. The driver, who smelled of alcohol, agreed to take several field sobriety tests. During the walk-and-turn test, the driver struggled during the exam, telling deputies: “This is killing me man. I ain’t doing anymore.” The driver refused to take a field breath test or a blood test and was taken to the Monroe County Jail. Kendrick later collected the bottle with liquid he had seen the driver throw and determined it had alcohol in it. The driver was also charged with speeding, violation of tire requirements and an open container violation.
Forsyth man charged with DUI after hitting pole on Hwy. 42 North
A 33-year-old black Forsyth man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Hwy. 42 North on Sept. 3. At about 7:53 p.m., Dep. Judy Mercer went to the intersection of Hwy. 42 North and Johnstonville Road where a gold 2003 Ford Ranger hit an AT&T telephone pole and crashed into a ditch. The male driver told Mercer he was headed home when he came around a curve on Hwy. 42 North and saw a black object in the road that appeared to be a rope. The driver said his wheels got “hung up” on the rope, causing his truck to go off the road. The driver, who smelled of alcohol, denied that he had been drinking. The driver then changed his story and told Dep. John Thompson that he had had a couple of beers earlier in the afternoon. Deputies also found alcohol spilled in the driver’s side floorboard. Monroe County EMTs treated the driver at the scene for minor injuries, and he was then taken to the Monroe County Hospital emergency room to submit a blood sample. Mercer then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with violation of tire requirements and failure to maintain lane.
Blue Store Road couple reports vehicle parked in driveway on Sept. 5
At about 10:54 p.m. on Sept. 5, a Blue Store Road couple told Dep. Judy Mercer that they saw a suspicious, dark, older model Honda with a gold chain around its license plate parked in their driveway. The couple said two white males, possibly in their 20s, were inside of the vehicle, which was parked without its lights on for a while. The couple said the vehicle eventually left headed northbound on Ponder Trammell Road. They said they were unable to get the vehicle’s tag information. The couple said on the previous day, Sept. 4, a white van had pulled into their driveway and sat for several minutes before leaving. The couple added that on Aug. 28 someone had been in their yard and prowling around their home, leaving burned matches in and around their home, including several near their grill’s propane tank. The male resident said someone had also tried to get into his child’s window, damaging the screen. Mercer and Sgt. Kevin Williams then searched the area but were unable to find the suspicious vehicle. Deputies told the couple to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office if any more strange activity occurs.
Jackson man arrested after cutting power to ex-girlfriend’s camper
A 64-year-old white Jackson man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a dispute at a Buck Creek Road home on Sept. 7. At about 1:39 a.m., a female Buck Creek Road resident told Dep. Wade Kendrick that her ex-boyfriend, who lives next door, was banging on the side of her camper and had cut off her power. Dispatchers notified Kendrick the ex-boyfriend was trying to bust the camper windows out and was shouting in the background of the resident’s 9-1-1 call. Kendrick saw the ex-boyfriend was intoxicated and was drinking a Bud Light. The resident told Kendrick her ex-boyfriend had also beat on her door and threatened her. Kendrick confirmed the camper’s power had been cut from the outside. Kendrick then took the ex-boyfriend to the Monroe County Jail.
Deputies look for truck suspected in Hwy. 42 South home burglary
At about 8:35 p.m. on Sept. 8, a Forsyth woman told Cpl. Tyler Rodgers that she found the back door of a vacant Hwy. 42 South home had been kicked in. The woman said the home is owned by Russellville Baptist Church and said no one had been at the home since about 10 a.m. on Sept. 3 when a male painter left. The woman said nothing was missing from the home, but the door frame was damaged. Rodgers was unable to find any fingerprints on the door. A male witness said he saw a man with blond hair in his late-teens or early 20s driving a suspicious vehicle at about 8 p.m. that night. The witness said he saw the vehicle, a blue 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 long bed truck, turn onto Treadwell Road, where another person exited the side of the property where the burglary occurred and got into the truck. The witness said he got the truck’s tag information.
North Monroe County residents report pellets fired into home yards
At about 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 8, a Stokes Store Road couple told Dep. Judy Mercer that there were hunters firing guns across the road in a field. The residents said pellets were falling out of the air into their yard, where the male resident was working on his vehicle and his five-year-old granddaughter was playing. The male resident said he told his granddaughter to go inside his home because he feared for her safety. A male hunter then drove up on an ATV and said he and his son were firing guns on the field, which he owns. The hunter said he didn’t realize the pellets were going into the residents’ yard until he heard the male resident yelling about it. The hunter said he and his son then moved to a different location to shoot. The hunter then apologized to the male resident, and they shook hands. Mercer told the hunter he needs to be more cautious about shooting near homes and roads. In a separate incident, at about 6:50 p.m. on Sept. 8, a female Blue Ridge School Road resident told Dep. Judy Mercer that hunters were shooting pellets into her yard. The resident said she had to take her grandchildren and dogs back inside her home and move her horses to a different pasture because of the shots. Mercer then met with a male neighbor who was hunting with a group of people on his property. Mercer told the neighbor he had to be farther away from the road and couldn’t shoot near other homes. The neighbor asked if 20 feet was far enough from the road, and Mercer told him he had to be 50 feet away. The neighbor then appeared upset and said he would just quit hunting and go home. Mercer told the neighbor he could continue hunting but warned him to be careful. The other persons hunting on the neighbor’s property drove off on an ATV before Mercer could speak to them, so she told the neighbor to let the others know that this would be their only warning. Mercer told the resident to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office if the problem continued.
GPSTC dorm resident accidentally fires shot while clearning gun
At about 9:49 p.m. on Sept. 8, a female Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) official told Dep. Judy Mercer that a man had accidentally discharged his gun while cleaning it inside of a dormitory room. The official said a cabinet was damaged in the incident, and both the slug and casing were recovered on the dorm room floor. The man told Mercer that as he was reinserting the magazine, his finger hit the trigger. He said he had already notified his female supervisor of the incident.