A bizarre assault incident was reported recently. Officer Joshua Smith met with the victim in the Ingles parking lot last week who told him that he was on an appliance repair service call and that when he was leaving he was flagged down by three black males who asked him for directions. He said he got out of the truck to talk to them and his head was “slammed against his work van.”
He said when he woke up he walked to a neighboring house on Stone Ridge Drive and got a ride to Ingles.
A man on Stone Ridge Drive told officers by phone that he almost struck the victim as he was leaving his house to go to work. He said the victim was running from another trailer in the park. He said the victim told him he was attacked by three black men on “Strickland Circle” and then robbed.
At the time of the report, the exact location of the incident remained unknown as the victim could not provide any information on the attackers or a phone number of the employer. The investigation continues.
Other incidents on file at the sheriff’s office recently included:
•Stalking was reported on Colbert School Road last week by a woman who said she was having problems with an elderly male who lives in a nearby apartment. She stated that she had caught him looking at her with binoculars while she was in the yard with her children. She also stated that he came to her place of work and had called her several times and asked if she had a boy friend. She then advised that on the previous day as she was walking to work he yelled at her, saying “you have got a nice wiggle.”
Officer Brandon Moss went to the man’s apartment, where he did not deny any of the things that the woman stated. Moss told him that the woman did not want him to have any further contact with her. He was also given a criminal trespass warning for the woman’s address. The man advised that there would be no further problems. The woman was told there would be a report on file and to call if there were any more problems.
•Criminal trespass was reported on Rose Hill Drive last week. A woman called 9-1-1 to report that her son, who moved out about a month ago, was at the residence irate and cursing her. Officer Andrew Wilkes went to the home, where the woman told him the two got into a verbal argument. When her son went outside, she shut the front door and he allegedly busted the door open, causing damage to the doorjamb. That’s when she went to the bedroom and called 9-1-1. In the meantime, her son also allegedly tried to kick the bedroom door open, damaging that door as well. He had left the scene by the time Wilkes arrived.
•Family violence was reported on Hannah Drive last week after a couple got into a fight over their divorce papers.
Officer Andrew Wilkes met with the complainant and she stated that her husband grabbed her on the wrist. She stated that they were in a verbal argument over divorce papers that she presented to him this morning. She stated that he was arguing with her so she started recording the conversation and he grabbed her wrist to try and retrieve the phone. Her husband told Wilkes that he did not agree to the divorce and that he did try to take her phone from her, but that he did not grab her wrist. All three children were present at the time of the incident, but both parties stated there was no profanity used during the incident, according to the report.
•Simple battery was reported on Bullock Mill Road last week. Officer Christopher Haston found the couple outside in the carport when he arrived. Haston asked the husband what was going on and he stated “my wife is trying to leave with my son, and she is drunk.” Haston then asked the wife if she was trying to leave and she stated “yes.” She then stated that she and her husband were in the process of separating and she wanted to go stay with her mother. Haston asked Mrs. Moore if she was willing to take an alco`sensor test and she agreed. She passed the test and was told she could drive, but Haston explained that they had to come to an agreement regarding child custody because he could not decide who the child stayed with. The husband then stated to Haston that his wife had hit him in the head. Haston looked at the man’s head but could not see any marks on it, but advised him of the warrant process. His wife then decided to just stay at the residence.
•A vehicle fire was reported at Adam’s Clover Farm at the intersection of Hwys. 191 and 281 last week. According to the incident report, the driver said he pulled up to the intersection and the vehicle just blazed up in flames. A passerby extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher.
According to the report, the entire engine area was smoking and the hood area was black.
•A woman on Hwy. 191 came to the sheriffs office to file a report that some one unknown to her entered her unlocked vehicle that was located at her residence and removed her pocketbook. The pocketbook was a Coach name brand valued at $100. The pocketbook also contained her driver’s license, checkbook, Walmart charge card, Social Security card, about $5 cash, an extra set of car keys, compact mirror and savings account book. The woman says she will prosecute if person or persons unknown are caught.
•Criminal trespass was reported on Pope Miller Road last week. A man there told officer Brandon Moss that a white male subject had jumped into his pond then climbed a barbed wire fence. The man also advised that the male subject was saying he was “Jesus.” When Moss arrived, the man was laying in the bushes near the railroad tracks on the other side of the fence. Moss asked the man what he was doing and he stated that he “got baptized” and he was trying to go to heaven. Moss asked him to come back over the fence and speak with him and he did. He was handcuffed for officer safety due to his bizarre behavior, Moss noted. When asked where he lived, he stated “in heaven with Jesus.” He admitted to Moss that he had smoked methamphetamine, according to the report. EMS was summoned to examine him and he was transported to ARMC due to a very high heat rate.
The property owner said that he did not wish to press charges at this time. He stated that he just wanted the man to get some help.
•A woman on Osley Mill Road reported that the last few nights some one has been trying to get into the back door of her home. She told officer Justin Hanley that this has been going on since the previous Friday and she showed him pry marks on the back door of the residence. Pictures were taken of the pry marks and were added to the report. She also stated that late at night she can hear people outside talking and standing at her back door and trying to get into her house.
•Cruelty to animals was reported on Adams Road last week after a horse was injured by someone possibly throwing rocks at it.
Deputy Darren Sartain went to the scene where a man told him that earlier on that date they had trouble with the neighbor’s children throwing eggs at the residence and the Sheriff`s Office was contacted about the situation and a report was completed. He stated that later after the deputy left the scene they noticed their horse was very skittish and when he was brushing the horse it acted as if it was hurt on its left hip area. The man believes the children may have been throwing rocks at the horse and injured it in retaliation for the Sheriff`s Office being contacted about the eggs being thrown at the residence.
He was advised that a report would be on file at the Sheriff`s Office and a copy would be left for animal control.
•A woman on North Seventh Street reported that two juvenile males were terrorizing the neighborhood. She stated that two young males she knows by name were on a four-wheeler in the roadway and were pointing a long gun into the trees close to her property. She stated she never heard the firearm discharged, nor did they ever point the gun toward her or her residence.
She said she wanted this information documented in case her animals were shot by the two juveniles.
•A woman on Bedford Drive reported that she believes her car and some cash were stolen by her boyfriend. She said that he had taken her car once before and disappeared and she found it four days later in Elberton. Today, she told officer David Kidd that he took her to work, then dropped off her kids at school for practices. He told her by phone that he would be there to pick her up after work. Several hours had passed by the time Kidd spoke with her and she said he will not answer his phone. She believes that he has taken the car with the intent of depriving her of her property. She requested the vehicle be listed as stolen.
•Cruelty to animals was reported on Grady Drive last week after a woman there said a man she knows came into her yard and kicked her dog while he was on a runner. She stated the dog did not pose a threat to him and that she did not see the incident but a witness living with her saw what happened. While on scene, officer Daren Sartain noted that the dog did not appear to be injured. She was advised to follow up with animal control. Sartain made contact with the suspect, who told him the dog had bitten him in the past. He was issued a criminal trespass warning for the property at the owner’s request.
•A man on David’s Home Church Road called 9-1-1 to report a disturbing phone call he had received. He stated an unknown male identified himself as a Franklin County Deputy Sheriff named “Purdue.” The “officer” then stated that he had the man’s black SUV in Franklin County and it was burned. He also stated he found the victim’s name inside the SUV, along with some illegal drugs - and a dead goat. The caller stated he needed information from him regarding “his involvement.” The victim stated he had no idea what the caller was talking about.
The victim stated it was obvious the caller knew him and his family because he named his daughter and also knew he raised goats. The caller continued to get hostile and stated he was sending a Franklin County deputy to his house to pick him up if he did not respond to the incident. The victim had his wife call Madison County 911 and requested a deputy to respond to their residence. When he advised the caller that Madison County deputy was on his way to his residence, the caller hung up. At first the victim said he did not want a report because he felt it was a prank call. He later spoke to Franklin County and gave them the number he was called from and they advised him to request a report to be put on file in Madison County. The man advised “it`s a very good possibility” that his ex-son in law, would be involved in the incident, but he had no proof that this was the case.
•An unruly juvenile who was threatening to run away was reported on Reggie Ingram Road last week.
Prior to officer Joshua Smith and another officer’s arrival, information given to dispatch was that the 13-year old male had left the residence walking towards Highway 98 wearing a purple shirt and khaki shorts.
He was found and brought back to the residence. The mother stated that the boy and his younger brother got into an argument over a pair of socks. The older boy began to cuss at his brother and his mother. The mother stated she grabbed him by the mouth and told him he was not going to cuss in her house like that. He allegedly responded by saying “I ain`t got to live with you punk @#$%^#” and left out the back door of the residence walking. Juvenile justice was contacted and he was released back to his mother, who stated she did not want him staying with her parents (the only other relatives around) because of how he was acting.
•Terroristic threats and acts were reported last week on Hawks Drive. Officer Larry Mackay went to the location regarding threats made to residence there.
On arrival he met with a woman who stated that the three juveniles who reside nearby had made threats to her, her daughter, age 14, and her son, age 16. She said that they had come onto their property and had threatened to kick her daughters “*(_” and to beat up her son and threatened to kill her. She said that there had been problems with these children (ages 15 – 17) for several years. She was advised of the TPO, juvenile complaint, and warrant processes. Mackay went to the neighbor’s home and spoke with the suspects, one of whom was visiting the residence.
One of the suspects stated that the neighbor’s teenage girl had posted an item on Facebook that she was pregnant and admitted that she had gone to the road to meet this girl to fight. Both of the others stated that they did not leave the property, but stood at the edge to watch the fight. Neither of their parents was at home. Mackay spoke with the father, who was on his way home from work. He said that the disputes between the children had gone on for three or four years and that they were friends for two or three weeks and then they would start arguing again. Mackay advised him that he had told all three juveniles at his residence to stay off the neighbor’s property and to not be yelling at them from their property. The father said that he would talk with his daughter and tell her the same thing and that he would be instructing his children to stay away from the property and leave the neighbor’s children alone.
•A man on Timberlane Drive reported that someone stole $300 from a gun safe in his home.
•A man on Hwy. 191 reported that someone stole his 30-foot construction trailer that he used for a hunting cabin.
He said the thieve(s) also tried to start a tractor at that location.
•Officer James Justice responded to Westbrook Street, where a man reportedly stated he felt that he was going to hurt someone. The man told Justice that he had lot of family problems going on and was “at the breaking point” and thought he was going to “snap.” He was taken to ARMC for evaluation.
•Two people reported a broken window in an old block window next to Black’s Creek Baptist Church.
A sofa had been relocated to a front room in the building, and next to that was a sleeping bag. The men later noticed four large cups of what appeared to be urine under a table along the back wall.
One of the witnesses said they had seen an adult white male in the area for the last several weeks, and around the building. He said feels its quite possible that this individual has broken the window to gain entry, and has been staying in the building at night. He requested an extra patrol of his church property, and if the individual is located in the building please contact him to notify him that an arrest has been made.
•Officer Tracy Rucker was sent to Whitsel Road about a missing person last week. Upon arrival he spoke with a man who stated that he has not heard from his son in three days. He explained that his son was living in an abandoned mobile home off Woodale Street in Hull and stated that his son is dating a woman and she is the one Rucker needed to speak with about his son. He gave Rucker a phone number and he called her to get her address. He then went to the mobile home with another deputy to make entry, where they found saw that someone had been sleeping in the home. Inside the mobile home were VHS tapes on the Bible, an ax handle with a knife blade on the end of it, an ashtray with ashes, a can with holes in it supposedly used to smoke either crack cocaine or meth, a red 12” blade knife, an alleged crack pipe and a cardboard with various writings on it. Some of the writings were “I hate my f(*&^%*& life,” I love my toot toot,” “I am going to be a dad” and other random writings. They then proceeded to go Virginia Lane to speak with the missing man’s girlfriend.
She stated that she had not spoken with the man since August 10, 2013. She stated that he seemed depressed at times and she was worried about him. She said he has two friends that he hangs out with on a daily basis, but that neither had seen him since Aug. 11. Later that day, the woman called to tell Rucker that the missing man had just called her. She said he was over at a new friend’s home and that he was OK.
•A possible assault was reported on McGinnis Chandler Road last week. Officer David Kidd went to the scene where he met with a man who said he found his cousin lying in the ditch beside his car, which was on the side of Black’s Creek Church Road.
The man told Kidd that he was driving to the auction on Black`s Creek Church Road when he saw his cousin`s car parked partly in the roadway facing west. He stopped and found his cousin lying there disoriented and bleeding from an injury to his left eyebrow. He and a woman got the victim into his car and drove him back to his house. Family members there tried to find out what had happened but the man was unable to give an answer, instead saying that he had been at home the whole time. The victim kept dozing off repeatedly. The family then called 911 and requested an ambulance. The ambulance arrived at the same time Kidd did. Kidd took a few photos of the injuries that were visible before they loaded the victim into the ambulance. He was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center for evaluation. It was unclear as to how the man had been injured and there were no clues at the location where he was found. There had been constant rain from the time that his cousin had found him until officers checked the area approximately one hour later.