A Hull man was charged with prowling recently after someone reported that he was standing in the intersection of Brownwood Drive and Rice Drive firing a handgun.
Deputy Kyle Roberts went to the scene where the caller reported that she heard four shots and could see the man with the gun.
Roberts saw a white male about 20 feet off the road with a flashlight looking around a yard. When the man saw Roberts, he walked to his pick up and attempted multiple times to get inside but the truck was locked.
Roberts asked him what he was doing and he said he was looking for three black males who were in his yard.
He did not have a gun on his person only a flashlight, Roberts noted.
Roberts also noted that the man seemed very unsteady on his feet, was not answering questions normally and seemed to be “heavily intoxicated on some sort of drug.”
A neighbor told Roberts that they had not seen anyone else but the man walking through the yards, looking around cars. They said they did hear a couple of shots, but did not see the man fire a gun.
The original caller said she was lying in bed when she heard a man talking outside her window and then heard a shot. She said she dove to the floor. She said her husband looked out and saw the man next to their car. She said she believed that he fired two more shots up in the air, but could not tell what kind of gun he had.
The man denied having a firearm and a search of the area, his vehicle and his home did not produce one.
Other incidents on file at the sheriff’s office last week included:
•A man on Holman Autry Road said his ex-wife in Florida is continually harassing him by texting him and by contacting him on Facebook.
•Criminal trespass was reported at the high school.
Someone reportedly broke the front glass out of a snack machine in the teacher’s break room. Resource officer Mark Jerome said it appeared as if someone had their money taken by the machine and then tried to shake it until the glass broke.
•Harassing phone calls were reported on Friendship Church Road last week. Deputy Lt. Klinton Segars went to the residence, where he met with a pregnant woman who said that she has been receiving text messages for the past three weeks from two different numbers about her losing her baby. She said her pregnancy is considered high risk.
She said she did not know who is sending the messages, but believes it could be an ex-girlfriend of her sister-in-law’s husband (she is not sure which one). She said her sister-in-law is mentioned in the texts. Both women were to have a gender reveal party at Sandy Creek Park that weekend the texts mentioned someone coming to the party to cause a disturbance. She inquired about having police protection and was told she would need to contact Athens-Clarke County PD about that.
•Warrants have been issued for a 30-year old man following the report of battery against an elderly person on New Town Church Road last week. Deputy William Elrod and deputy Shawn Rhoades were sent to the area regarding a suicide threat. A woman called 9-1-1 stating that her son (suspect) and her husband had gotten into a fight that day. Following the altercation, her husband drove himself to the hospital to seek treatment. Deputy Elrod and the mother told the stepson never to return to the parents’ home and he was turned over to hospital security.
•Burglary and criminal trespass were reported at a vacant home on Ferndale Court last week. Officer Bradley Osborne was dispatched to the home where he met with man there who said someone attempted to take his paint sprayer out of the house and also damaged the house. He said the homeowner was in Oklahoma and the home is currently vacant. A neighbor said she saw three males in the dumpster in front of the vacant house when she pulled into her driveway.
She stated when the males got out of the dumpster and ran towards the woods. A bathroom window was found busted out, two holes were knocked in the walls on the inside and the door jam was busted on the back door. The male witness found his ladder down in the woods and his paint sprayer was found in the yard.
•Simple battery was reported on Hwy. 29 South last week.Officer Bradley Osborne was dispatched to the residence regarding a 9-1-1 hang up call. A woman there told him that she and her boyfriend got into an altercation.
She said during the argument, her boyfriend tied all the doors shut, grabbed her arm and slapped her in the face while saying that “she ain’t going anywhere because she does not have anywhere to go.”
Her boyfriend said they did argue, but that he did not strike her. He said she became upset with him and started accusing him of sleeping with her sister. He said the only thing that was physical was that she came at him and he held out his arm to block her and she ran into it. The girlfriend retrieved her snuff out of the house and stated she was leaving and not coming back. Osborne noted there were no physical marks on either person.
•Battery was reported on Wildcat Bridge Road last week. A woman told officers that she and her brother got into a fight and began shoving each other, knocking a dresser over in their aunt’s room. Her brother left the scene prior to officers’ arrival. The grandmother was on scene and very upset about the situation, according to the report. Due to her medical history, EMS was called to evaluate her. She signed a medical refusal and said if she got worse she would call them to take her to the ER. The sister said she did not want to have her brother arrested.
•A woman on Norwood Circle reported damage to her property.
•Theft by taking was reported on McKenzie Drive last week. A woman there said they heard a noise on their back deck. They went outside and found that one deck chair had been taken. The chair had a white metal frame and had green mesh webbing for seat and back. She did not see who had taken it and her husband looked in the area to see if he could find anyone carrying the chair, but made no contact.
An officer rode through the area, but did not spot anyone carrying the chair.
•Deputy Larry MacKay was dispatched to Nowhere Road last week regarding the theft of a cell phone. He met with a woman who said her son’s phone was taken while he was at the high school for weight training.
•A woman on Cherokee Road reported that two broaches she had packed for shipment and placed in her mailbox were stolen form the mailbox overnight.
•Theft by deception was reported on Hwy. 29 South last week. Deputy Jason Luke went to the home where he met with a woman who said she answered an ad on Craigslist for a house cleaning service in which someone was needed to clean a home in Athens three times per week for $450.
She said she went to the address listed on the same day and met a man there who told her he did not place an ad for house cleaning. She contacted the man who placed the ad and he told her it was legitimate and she later received a check for $2,600 in the mail from the man with instructions to cash it at the bank of her choice. She took it to her bank and then began disseminating funds as the man had requested.
She stated she purchased two Western Union checks from Walmart with one going to a woman in Connecticut and another going to a man in Nigeria. She was told to keep $550 for her payment for cleaning house.
She said she now understood that she had been scammed and will make arrangement to repay the $2,600 to her bank.
She said the man who placed the ad told her he would send her another check. Luke told her to bring that check to the sheriff’s office and not to cash it.
•A man on Jot-Em-Down Road reported that he believes someone stole his black Angus cow.
•Theft by taking was reported on Garnett Ward Road last week after a woman there told officer James Justice that her niece and her boyfriend took her washing machine without her permission and sold it for scrap at an auto wrecking facility.
•A woman said her husband had been drinking heavily when he discovered that a song he wrote was being performed on YouTube. This caused him to become enraged, according to the report, and he grabbed his wife and threw her on the floor, holding her down. He pulled her hair with “extreme force” according to the report and would not let her go. Eventually, she was able to get away, taking their two children with her.
•Impersonating a police officer was reported on Smith Road last week. A woman there called to report a possible scam. Deputy Justin Hanley went to the home and met with her. She said that she received a call form a man, calling himself “Bo Baker,” who said he was from the Barrow County Sheriff’s deputy. He allegedly told her that Barrow County had two warrants on her for failure to report to jury duty. She told him she was over 70 and that she did not live in Barrow County. He told her that it was for a “special jury.” Then he told her to put $457 on a Green Dot card and to call him back and give him the card information and he would take care of the warrants. The number “Bo” provided to the woman went to a tractor dealership in Atlanta. Hanley followed up with Barrow County, who said there was no person there by that name.
•Theft by taking was reported on Peach Orchard Road last week. A woman came to the sheriff’s office to report that a large gray filing cabinet she left on the porch of the home was missing. She said she in the process of moving from the home.
•A man on Hardman Morris Road said he texted someone his Social Security number thinking it was his roommate. He said he realized later in the week that his roommate had not texted him asking for his number. He said he wanted a report on file in case someone tried to use his number.
•A woman on Ivy Street reported that she believes her neighbor stole some money from her.
•Pain pills were reported stolen on Wildcat Bridge Road.
•Burglary was reported at Jai’s Country Corner on Hwy. 106. Deputy Jeff Strickland went to the store in response to a burglary alarm. He saw the front door to the store had been broken out. He found that someone had entered through a small vent on the roof gable and fell through the roof onto the floor and then left by breaking the glass on the front door. Nothing was reported missing from the store. The clerk who came to the scene did not know how to operate the security camera but said she would contact the owner.