A suspicious person was reported last Friday, Dec. 28, near Comer.
Brandon Lee Bowers, 22, of Elberton, was charged with loitering and prowling.
According to the incident report, the person (Bowers) was described as a white male wearing gloves, black shirt, blue pants and a white du rag who was reportedly knocking at a person’s residence with an unknown electronic device.
Officer Joshua Smith went to the area, where he located Bowers in the 5400 block of Hwy. 98 East and identified him by his ID card. His also had on a red/gray backpack on his back.
Smith questioned Bowers about where he was coming from and where he was going, and Bowers said he didn’t know, but stated later in their conversation that he was dropped off by his mother either in Madison, Commerce or Comer and he didn`t know where he was. Bowers stated when he got out of the vehicle with his mother, he got into a vehicle with a female known as “Carrie.” Bowers could not tell where “Carrie” lived.
During their entire conversation, Bowers was acting nervous and fidgety, Smith noted, and was continuously looking in the direction of Comer. Bowers asked if the person who called about him was the person whose house he just left and admitted to Smith that he had knocked on somebody’s door with an electronic device in his hands.
He was continuously grabbing at his pants and digging in his pockets so Smith patted him down for safety.
Inside the backpack was a gray touchscreen Acer tablet electronic device.
Bowers said he located this device under a mailbox down the road, then went and knocked on the door of a residence to find out if it belonged there. He said the man at the house was very rude to him and an “a#()&^%.” He was taken to jail.
In a similar incident, an Athens woman was charged after someone called 9-1-1 to report “a strange person on their porch.”
Connie Lasah Brown, 36, was charged with one count of public drunkenness.
Officer Tracy Rucker was dispatched to Fox Trail where he found Brown, who told him she wanted to go home.
Rucker asked Brown where home is and she stated “North Peter Street in Athens.”
When Rucker asked her why she was on someone’s porch without their consent she stated again in a slurred voice that she wanted to go home and admitted that she had been drinking “all day long.”
She said she had been at her boyfriend’s house and they were arguing and she just wanted to go home. Rucker told her he would return her to her boyfriend’s home, but would not take her to Clarke County. Rucker took her to the house she indicated and knocked on the door and a young man answered. The man stated he did not know Brown. Rucker explained that she would be going to jail if he continued to disclaim her. The man then said, “I don`t know her and take her to jail.”
She was taken to jail.
Other incidents on file at the sheriff’s office last week included:
•A Hull woman was arrested after she allegedly chased her boyfriend with a ball bat and threw a brick at him for talking with her sister.
Dollie Lou Ann Miller, 24, was charged with one count of battery FVA.
According to the report, officer Darren Sartin went to Morningside Mobile Home Park on Hwy. 106 South where he met with the boyfriend, who was standing at the entrance. He said she (Miller) had been chasing him with a ball bat and threw a brick at him and then went back to the trailer. Miller told Sartain she had been at her parents’ house drinking and when she came home she and her boyfriend got into an argument about him talking to her sister. She admitted throwing a brick and having a ball bat, but said she did not make contact with him with the bat. The boyfriend had a torn shirt and scratch marks on his arm where he said she grabbed him.
•Simple assault was reported in Country Living Mobile Home Park on Christmas Eve after a woman there said her boyfriend knocked the phone out of her hand while she was speaking with a friend. She said she had just found out that she was pregnant with his child and had told him she was considering giving it up for adoption and he became irate as she was discussing this with her friend. The boyfriend’s ex-wife was on scene when officer Klint Segars arrived and told him that she was afraid her ex-husband was going to hit his girlfriend and so she forced him to leave. The girlfriend said she would be spending the night with the ex-wife. Both were told to call 9-1-1 if the boyfriend returned.
•A man on David’s Home Church Road reported that his son’s home had been broken into. He said they also busted a window on a truck sitting in the driveway. The only items reported missing was a Craftsman tool box and tools.
•A woman came to the sheriff’s office to report that a man her daughter was staying with when she was arrested had stolen some of the items she left behind. She also said the man was using her daughter’s cell phone.
•Suspected arson was reported on Crabapple Hollow Road after a vacant home burned. Officer Michael Moore went to the scene, where he met with the Neese/Sanford fire chief who told him that the owner had been out of town for the few months leaving the residence vacant. Someone had also taken the a/c unit from the home, leaving only the casing. The home was considered a total loss due to the fire, which was fully-involved when firefighters arrived.
•A man on Madelyn Court reported that someone had gone through his and his neighbor’s mail, scattering it along the roadside.
•A couple using an ATM at First Citizens Bank in Colbert noticed an abandoned 1994 Mercury Cougar in the parking lot with a side window shattered. It was not known at the time of the report how long the vehicle had been there or to whom it belonged.
•A man on Gillispie Drive reported that his kids’ mother took his cell phone while she was visiting the children for Christmas. When he called the phone, she answered and said she was not bringing it back.
•Simple battery was reported on Paoli Street in Comer after a woman said another woman scratched her. She said she went to the nursing home there to visit her daughter that she has lost custody of. While there, she and the woman who had temporary custody of her child got into an argument over a gift. She said the other woman scratched her hand when she snatched her child out of her arms and she wanted a report on file. The women are reportedly in a custody battle over the child.
•Harassing phone calls were reported on Sanford Road last week. A woman there said a man she knows has been calling her repeatedly and that he believes she has some of his clothing and his EBT card but she does not. The man was reportedly at Athens Regional at that time being treated for drug abuse. She was advised of the warrant process.
•Financial transaction card theft and fraud were reported at the Dollar General in Hull. A man there said he lost his wallet in the bathroom at Ingles and when he went back to retrieve it, it was gone. He went to the bank to report his wallet and credit card missing and was told the card had been used five times since he lost it; once in Ingles and four times at the Ingles gas pumps. The card, the teller said, was being used at that moment at the Dollar General in Hull. The man then went to the store, where he met with the manager, who was able to pull up a video of a black male in a black jacket and red stocking cap attempting to use the card to buy diapers and wipes. The bank declined the card and the man left in a hurry, possibly followed by a female.
Video was also retrieved from Ingles to aid in the investigation.
•A business on Madico Drive reported that some scrap metal and other items were stolen from the back of the building over Christmas.
•A woman reported that her law mowers were stolen from a storage building on her property.
•Officer Josh Smith was dispatched to CO Draper Road on Dec. 28 regarding a female with a medical problem. According to the report, the woman was standing in the road with only a gray sweatshirt on and it was in the upper 20s to low 30s and frost on the ground. Smith found her behind a house washing blood off her legs with a water hose. Smith noted that she had briar scratches from the thighs to her feet and was bleeding. She was incoherent and appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic. She would not say what she had taken.
She told Smith she was running through the woods with two men she was hunting with last night. She said one of the men, who she named, had a crossbow and she had a “pump gun.” She did not say how she lost the men or where they would be located.
A white car was located approximately .2 miles north of this residence. The vehicle was located in the ditch with a busted passenger side front windshield.
The woman in the back of the ambulance was asked how she wrecked her car. She stated “I wrecked my car..” and then stated she did not wreck her car.
Smith went to the scene where he found a white Ford Thunderbird in briars and the transmission still in reverse.
The battery was dead and frost was on the windshield, indicating it had been there through the night. There was no sign around the vehicle that anyone else had been with the woman. No additional clothing for the woman could be found either.
She was taken to St. Mary’s for a medical evaluation.