Joseph R. Tankersley, 58, 196 Christmas Circle, Colbert, was charged with possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies and obstruction after an incident near his residence recently.
According to the incident report, officer Alan Stratton was sent to Christmas Circle after a man reported that Tankersley had shot at him. The man said his mother had called him to come to her residence on Christmas Circle because a man was standing in the road in front of her house “yelling, howling and cursing” at her. He said he went to the house and found the man (Tankersley) still standing in the road and asked him to leave because he was scaring his mother. Tankersley allegedly told him to come on his side of the road and he would kill him. He said he finally told Tankersely “well just shoot me then” and at that point Tankersley pulled a pistol from his pocket and fired at him. The male then ran down the driveway to his own house.
Stratton went to the house and found Tankersley’s residence door open and several spent shell casings, a fire burning and a cold beer sitting on the porch rail. He eventually found Tankersley hiding behind a pine tree in the woods with the pistol in his hand. He dropped the pistol and came out from behind the tree and began cursing at Stratton and said it would take more deputies than him to arrest him. Another officer arrived and Stratton diverted his attention to this officer and tackled him, forcing him to the ground where he was handcuffed. The fully-loaded gun was then found at the base of the tree. Tankersley said he was not hiding, that he just liked to stand in the dark woods at dark and that Stratton could not take his gun off his property. He also said he did not shoot at anybody, though he had not been asked any questions.
He appeared to be intoxicated and told the officers he was drunk.
Others arrested by law enforcement officers last week included:
•Gabriel David Black, 30, 1647 Garnett Ward Road, Hull, hold for Oconee County.
•Amy Elizabeth Brown, 21, 1126 Flatwoods Road, Elberton, failure to appear.
•Rebecca Faith Davidson, 41, 820 Shiloh-Fort Lamar Road, Danielsville, four counts of financial transaction card fraud.
•Veronica De La Luz, 37, 1465 Hwy. 29 South, D-15, Athens, operating without lights required by law and driving without a license.
•Ricky Dubose, 19, 361 Dickson Drive, Danielsville, in for court, theft by taking, burglary, two counts of entering an auto, two counts of financial transaction card fraud, two counts of financial identity fraud and three counts of failure to appear.
•Connie Melissa Fowler, 31, 74 Buddy Moore Road, Lot 1, Colbert, criminal trespass.
•Michael Lumar Haggard, 31, 109 Transco Road, Danielsville, reckless driving, speeding and driving without a valid license.
•Terry James Hughes, 48, 141 Rogers Mill Road, Danielsville, probation violation and two counts of order to incarcerate.
•Mattie Robinson Johnson, 55, 169 Washington Drive, Athens, probation violation.
•Jamie Florence Jones, 35, 16 West 25th Street, Jacksonville, FL, driving without a license.
•Russell Frank Massey, 33, 165 Ed Coile Road, Hull, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance. (GSP)
•Kaitland Elicxandria Merk, 21, 705 Spring Valley Road, Lot 95, Athens, DUI/drugs and weaving over the roadway. (GSP)
•Todd Derle Mills, 47, 127 Oak Drive, Elberton, driving while license suspended or revoked and speeding. (Comer PD)
•Everett Stacy Moon, 49, 95 Thomas Road, Hull, DUI/alcohol. (GSP)
•John Riley Mumford, 19, 2208 Dilworth Road, Charlotte, NC, DUI/alcohol/under 21. (GSP)
•Royer Antonio Perez, 21, 444 Farmers Academy Road, Martin, driving without a valid license and speeding. (Comer PD)
•Cody Lee Pless, 23, 2060 Stevens Road, Elberton, two counts of theft by taking. (Comer PD)
•Samantha Mae Ross, 24, 1266 Gailard Drive, Conway, SC, DUI/alcohol. (GSP)
•Brian Alejandro Rubio, 18, 1495 Hwy. 29 North, Lot G-15, Athens, DUI/alcohol/under 21 and driving without a valid driver’s license. (GSP)
•Jonathan Daniel Samples, 20, 123 Helican Springs Road, Athens, probation violation. (GSP)
•Stephanie Star Scott, 37, 140 Winterwood Drive, Winterville, DUI/alcohol. (GSP)
•Amelia Marie Skinner, 27, 1020 Short Seagraves Road, Commerce, theft by shoplifting.
•Stewart Gilliard Smith, 33, 331 Prime Drive, Commerce, DUI/alcohol. (GSP)
•Martha Jean Southard, 56, 1132 Blacks Creek Church Road, Danielsville, failure to obey stop sign and DUI/alcohol. (GSP)
•Santino Marquez Swain, 21, 361 Sanders Road, Hull, probation violation.
•Matthew Walter Todd, 27, 3464 Hardman Morris Road, Colbert, disorderly conduct.
•Stephen Adam Turner, 31, 661 Jordan Street, Royston, probation violation.
•Jake Brandon Umberhant, 22, 25 Sammy Haggard Road, Danielsville, DUI/alcohol.
•Michael Wayne Washam, 36, 35210 Eley Road, Gibson, in for court and failure to appear.
•Ginger Dawn Whitlock, 30, 8165 Hwy. 106 South, Hull, battery FVA.
•Tywanna Lashay Wilson, 31, 383 Arch Street, Athens, probation violation.