An Athens man who reportedly shoplifted at a local store brought on additional charges after he fled from a deputy’s patrol car as he was finishing his investigation.
Sonyea Weems, 44, was charged with theft by shoplifting and escape.
According to the incident report from the sheriff’s office, officer Tracy Rucker went to the Dollar General on Glenn Carrie Road where he met with the store manager who showed him a recording of a black male walking through the store, shoplifting. The store manager stated that when she approached him about the items, the man ran with items in hand.
The store manager also stated that the suspect ran toward Hwy. 29. Rucker proceeded to check the stores in the area to see if any of them had seen the suspect. As he was traveling north on Hwy. 29, Rucker spotted a man walking in the ditch. He activated his blue lights, got out of his car and questioned the man on the side of the road.
Weems was wearing a football jersey with blue jeans and did not fit the clothing description of the suspect, but Rucker noted he did fit the build and hairstyle of the suspect. Rucker also noticed a blue bag in the woods where the suspect was standing and gathered the book bag and placed the suspect in his vehicle for identification purposes. Once back at the Dollar General, the manager and a clerk made a positive identification of the suspect and he was told he was under arrest for theft by shoplifting. Rucker noted that he rolled the windows up, moved his car to the front of the building and made sure all doors were locked. He then entered the store to return the items that were stolen and to receive a printout of the items for evidence. When Rucker returned to the patrol vehicle, Weems was no longer in the vehicle.
In another arrest, two people were taken into custody last week after they were pulled over by a Madison County deputy for driving with a busted windshield.
Brandon David Shields, 32, of Danielsville, was charged with driving while license suspended, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession and use of drug-related objects.
His passenger, Ginger Dawn Whitlock, 31, also of Danielsville, was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession and use of drug-related objects and battery FVA.
According to the incident report, while on patrol last week, officer Larry MacKay spotted a vehicle traveling on Hwy. 72 with a busted windshield.
He stopped the vehicle in the Bread Basket parking lot.
The driver, Shields, was found to have a suspended license and arrested.
While searching the vehicle, MacKay also located a glass pipe with a clear crystal like substance (suspected meth) underneath the center console. The clear crystal substance field-tested positive as methamphetamine.
Shields and his passenger (Whitlock) denied any knowledge of the methamphetamine or the pipe. Due to the fact that the pipe was located between both subjects and both had access to it both subjects were charged.
In another arrest, Victoria Starr Tillman, 19, Ila, was charged with disorderly conduct following a disturbance on Pine Street in Ila.
Lt. Burl Johnson went to the scene last week where he found a woman and three juveniles. She said she was having problems with the next door neighbor regarding their pit bulldog and three females cursing and threatening her three juveniles.
Johnson went next door to meet with the offender (Tillman), a woman and a juvenile at the edge of their property. When he asked them to explain to him what was going on, the Tillman reportedly became very irate. She began cursing and saying “I’m going to get those @#%^&&, this just made it worse.” Johnson told her to calm down, but she went on to say the police aren’t going to “do anything.” She was warned to calm down or she would be arrested for disorderly conduct and she was ordered to stop cursing in front of the children. She refused to comply and was arrested.
Other arrests on file at the sheriff’s office last week included:
•Brandon Lamar Ledford, 22, Danielsville, financial identity fraud, second-degree burglary, theft by taking felony and criminal trespass.
•William Matthew Autry, 29, Commerce, failure to appear felony and two counts of probation violation.
•Aressa Gwen Brewer, 28, Carlton, theft by shoplifting.
•Frederick O’Neal Brooks, 40, Comer, theft by taking felony, theft by receiving stolen property, criminal use of an article with altered ID mark and theft by receiving stolen property.
•Dustin Lewis Casper, 21, Hull, failure to appear.
•Jacob Yule Clark, 31, hold for Stephens County.
•William Shyenne Cowart, 21, Colbert, theft by shoplifting and marijuana possession less than an ounce.
•Ivy Rena Dockery, 27, Comer, theft by shoplifting.
•Jason Nathaniel Galloway, 39, Athens, probation violation. (Danielsville PD).
•Heather Michelle Harper, 24, Danielsville, obstruction.
•James Kelly Hathcock, 40, Colbert, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and marijuana possession less than an ounce.
•Rufina Hernandez-Aleman, 47, Athens, driving without a license.
•Jeffery Wendell Hewell, 32, Hull, theft by taking felony.
•Eli Joshua Damon Hughes, 29, Carlton, disorderly conduct.
•Trey Edward Jajko, 29, Comer, false report of a crime and theft by taking felony.
•Hollie Nicole Pierce, 19, Danielsville, probation violation.
•Tracey Allen Satterfield, 47, Pendergrass, criminal trespass.
•Tracey Jane Satterfield, 52, Pendergrass, criminal trespass.
•Nataija Kierra Sorrells, 18, Colbert, affray.
•David Warren Thomas, 39, Comer, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and marijuana possession less than an ounce.
•Joshua Capies Trossevin, 18, Hull, marijuana possession less than ounce.
•Felix Guadalupe Valesquez, 22, Comer, probation violation.
•Sheryl Lea Weathers, 43, Colbert, marijuana possession less than an ounce.
•Joshua Daniel Woodey, 33, Athens, probation violation.