A Commerce man was arrested recently after he allegedly told police officers he was going to kill his wife.
The 48-year-old was charged with one count of terroristic threats and acts.
According to the incident report, the man contacted 9-1-1 asking for a deputy to “go and get his car back” from his wife. The dispatcher told him that an officer could not do that as the vehicle also belonged to his wife. The man then allegedly became irate and said he would “just go and kill his wife and take the vehicle.”
Dispatch then contacted deputy Josh Fowler and told him of the situation. Fowler contacted the man to see if he could get him to calm down. When Fowler explained that officers could not just go get the vehicle from his wife, he allegedly screamed at the officer, saying “OK, I will just kill the #$%%^ and you can deal with it then.”
Fowler and another officer then went to the man’s residence, where they found him in a chair in his living room. Fowler noted that he appeared intoxicated. As officers spoke with him about his threats, the man became irate again, so he was arrested and taken to jail for making threats against his wife.
In a related incident, deputy Brandon Hanley went to the residence earlier in the week, where he met with the man, who was reportedly upset that his wife had damaged a grandfather clock when she took it out of their Volkswagen Beetle.
The man told Hanley that his wife snatched the clock out of the car, damaging it. Hanley asked the man if they were arguing when this happened, but he denied it, saying that his wife was just mad but he didn’t know why. He said she was unloading the clock alone, though he admitted it had taken four people to get the clock into the Beetle.
Hanley noted that the clock, which was lying in the driveway, was about five feet tall by two feet wide and would have been difficult for one person to pick up alone. He told the man he could seek a warrant through Magistrate court if he wanted to press charges against his wife.
In another incident, a 72-year old man could be charged with assault after he shot his son in the arm at a home on East Fifth Avenue.
According to the incident report, deputy Joshua Smith went to the scene where he found that the alleged victim had already gone to the hospital for treatment.
The 72-year old man was placed in handcuffs while the scene was cleared. A pellet gun was found lying in plain view of the son’s bedroom with blood on the stock. The door to the bedroom was open and had damage, which appeared to have been caused by a gunshot. A woman there said her daughter and her boyfriend borrowed the elderly man’s truck to go to the store. They returned and the man got the shotgun and stood behind the front door and told the girl he wanted his truck keys back. Then he came into the bedroom still holding the shotgun. Then the victim went to his room and came back with a gun while both were arguing. Sometime during the argument, the elderly man’s shotgun was discharged striking the bedroom door and his son’s arm. The woman said the gun was fired by accident.
The shotgun was found beside the elderly man’s bed with one spent shell casing.
A blood trail was located going from the open doorway of the victim’s bedroom through the living room, front porch and out into the front yard where he got into a vehicle to go for medical help.
Other incidents on file at the sheriff’s office last week included:
•A woman on Woodale Street reported that someone tried to break into her house by prying the door open. She said she has been hearing suspicious activity outside her home at night for the past week. She was advised to call 9-1-1 immediately if she hears the noises again.
•Burglary was reported on Spratlin Way last week. Deputy Shawn Rhoades went to the scene where he met with a man who said he went to the Hull post office, leaving his back door unlocked. When he arrived home, he noticed a white Jeep Cherokee parked halfway in his driveway. He entered his residence and observed a black male, approximately 6`5” tall and a muscular build, in his office in the front of his residence holding an Apple computer. When he confronted the suspect, the suspect ran out the door and the complainant went to push the emergency button on his home alarm system. The complainant`s bedroom door had been kicked in and several items had been moved in the room. He said that he usually keeps money behind a photograph and it had been knocked over. His mattress was lifted up and moved as if the suspect was looking for something under the bed. A be-on-the-lookout “BOLO” was given to Athens Clarke County PD on the tag number of the vehicle.
•A man on Brownwood Drive reported that he got a phone call from a man named “James Washington” stating that he had won a million dollars. He said Washington told him to go to CVS and purchase a Green Dot card for $750 and then call him back. He then told him to read the number on the card to him to get the money. Once he read the numbers, “Washington” told him that the numbers were wrong and he needed to purchase another one. He refused to get another card. Officer Tracy Rucker told the man that scams like this are going around and not to give any more money to the man.
•Burglary was reported on Snow Farm Road last week.
A man there told deputy William Elrod that he’d been out of town the previous week and that when his granddaughters came over to ride horses that morning he discovered the saddles were missing. After a closer look around his tack barn he noticed his stereo, large Troybilt generator, concrete saw, and air compressor were also missing.
•Deputy William Elrod went to a Dollar General Store last week to meet with a store manager regarding a man who would not leave the store. The man said he’d been hired by another store in the county and wasn’t getting enough hours so he came there to work. He said he had completed an application online. The manager confirmed that he was not an employee and told the man this information, which made him angry. The manager at the other store said the same man had called her numerous times and she had also told him that he had not been hired. The employees became very uncomfortable and the man refused to leave when asked to do so. The man left after Elrod issued him a no trespass citation, under “confusion and protest.” Later that day, the man called dispatch and asked to speak with Elrod. He told him that what had occurred at the store was “unnecessary” and requested that he contact the company’s corporate offices to straighten the matter out. Elrod told him that he would not be doing that and instructed him once again not to go on the property or contact the store repeatedly. The next day, the store manager called Elrod to tell him that the man began calling the store at 6:30 a.m., even though the store didn’t open until 8 a.m. He also began asking questions about a store clerk during the calls. The manager said he stated that “he didn’t want to start trouble and hoped that this situation could be resolved without causing problems in their marriage or Dollar General Corporate Offices getting involved.” The manager said her employees were fearful of him. After this call, Elrod received another call from dispatch saying the man was at the Ingles’ fuel island requesting a ride to ARMC for a mental evaluation. When Elrod arrived at the scene, the man told him he would drive himself, but he was out of gas. He called Elrod again later in the day to talk about the store incidents and to tell him he was living in his car. The officer told the man that he had taken a positive step that day to get help for himself and told him, once again, to stay away from the store so that he would not be arrested for criminal trespass. Elrod said the man’s demeanor changed, he thanked the officer and disconnected the call.