A Colbert man was arrested on family violence charges recently after he allegedly choked his fiancé.
Tiawan Lejarvis Eberhart, 32, 3355 Hardman Morris Road, was charged with battery FVA.
According to the incident report, his fiancé told officer Jerry Whiddon that someone dropped Eberhart off at her location on South Fourth Street earlier to get her car, but that she saw that he had been drinking so she refused to give him the keys. They began to argue and he allegedly put his arms around her neck and choked her, cutting her upper lip. She said he then took her cell phone and keys and left in her car headed toward their home on Hardman Morris Road. Whiddon found Eberhart at the residence, drunk, but he denied choking his fiancé. He said they did argue, but he was unsure what it was about.
Other incidents on file at the sheriff’s office this week included:
•Child bruised - a woman on Forest Lane told an officer she had picked up her son at a Head Start and when they arrived home the child began trying to take his shirt off. She took the shirt off and found scrapes and bruising on his back and side. She said no one at the school indicated that he had been hurt. She said she had attempted to call the school but had not been able to reach anyone.
•Social Security number stolen - A woman on Adams Clarke Road said she went to Home Depot to open a credit account for a large purchase and was told that her Social Security number came up under another person’s name who lives in Texas. She said it had to have happened over the last month as she just purchased a new cell phone contract a month ago and everything was fine.
•Suicides - Three suicide attempts/threats were reported around the county recently.
•Battery/family violence - A woman in Diamond Hill Trailer Park on Hwy. 29 South reported that her ex-husband smacked her in the face and cursed at her when she returned from the hospital. She said he then got in a red car with friends and left.
•Harassing phone calls - A man on Isabelle’s Way reported that his girlfriend’s dad keeps calling him threatening to “whip his @%$.”
•Marijuana sale at alternative school – A witness told school administrators that he had witnessed a drug transaction between two students and that the student who purchased the marijuana put it in his book bag. The marijuana was located and drug evidence was found inside the suspect’s vehicle.
•Welfare check – A man on Waggoner’s Grove Church Road reported that a woman he rents a building to sent a note along with the rental check stating that her husband had threatened her. He said he had not seen her in a few days and was concerned. Officer Justin Hanley went to the woman’s location and spoke with her and she said she sent the note to let her landlord know she would not be opening her store anytime soon. She repeatedly stated that she was OK.
•Four-wheeler stolen – A man on Paul Drake Road reported that his 1997 Kawasaki Prairie 400 four-wheeler had been stolen. The vehicle was described as grayish-green in color.
•Criminal trespass – A woman on Sartain Drive reported that a juvenile male was seen walking around the back of her residence with what appeared to be a pellet gun. She said she heard a loud pop behind her house where she later found a hole in the vinyl siding of her home. She said she recognized the boy and that he lives behind her on McGinnis Chandler Road. The neighbors there said they don’t have any pellet guns and that they have had several problems with their neighbor.
•Shoplifting - An employee of the Dollar General Store on Glenn Carrie Road reported that a white male customer stole a DVD from a display case. He said he confronted the man, who said he put the DVD back, but surveillance tapes showed that he did not. The witness said he left in an older white mini van.
•Gas drive-off - An elderly man in a red Chevy pick allegedly drove off without paying for $50 worth of gas at the Bread Basket on Hwy. 72.
•Money stolen - A man on Hwy. 98 West reported that a jar of quarters had been stolen from the dresser in his bedroom. He said there was no sign of forced entry. The jar, he noted, was shaped like a baby bottle. He said he spotted two male teenagers walking by his residence a couple of days prior that he did not know, but that he didn’t see anything in their hands.
•Reckless conduct/abandonment – Officer Josh Fowler was dispatched to Ingles last week concerning two children being left in a vehicle in the parking lot unattended. A woman said she came to Ingles to drop off an employee when she heard a horn blowing and a small child yelling for help. She said she walked over to a Toyota Camry and saw a small child in the front yelling “help me.” A man also walked up to the vehicle and saw the child. At that point, the first witness called 9-1-1. A Clarke County officer was at Ingles and also stopped to assist. He found the rear passenger door unlocked and began to talk with the child in the back seat. The mother showed up in the meantime and stated she had just gone inside for some milk and was in the store “for just a minute.” Since she had no one to take the custody of the children at that time, she was ordered to turn herself in the next day.
•Theft by taking - A man on Johnson Bridges Road reported that three saddles and two drill presses were stolen from his property.
•Trespass - Someone on Hwy. 106 South said they went out for a while and when they came back they noticed that someone had come in their back door and opened a bag of chips and then left through the front door. They were certain that the juveniles who live behind them did it, but they were not at home at the time of the report.
•Rod/reels stolen - A man on Hudson River Church Road reported that a man he knows came and took 20 rods and reels from his front porch while he was gone to the store. He said that his mother-in-law, who was home at the time, asked the man not to take them, but he said they were his.
•Medication stolen - A woman on Joyce Court reported that someone came into her house and took a prescription bottle with 20 Xanax inside and a debit card from her purse while she was gone. A person at the scene showed the responding officer where it appeared that a screen had been pried off a window and a bed moved to gain entry.
•Stolen motorcycle – A woman on Faye Carey Road reported that her motorcycle was taken from her front yard and that the key was not in it.
•Stolen firearms – A man on Christian Strickland Road reported that several guns were taken from his residence while he and his mother were out shopping. He said he saw a man he knows pulling out of his driveway when they returned, but the man would not stop for them. He left in a silver Hyundai going towards Hwy. 172. He said the man had stayed with them for a while, but did not live there any longer. A front window was open, though both doors were locked.
•Harassing phone calls - A woman on Crawford W. Long Street reported that her estranged husband keeps calling her and cursing at her. She said they are going through a divorce.
•DUI – Officer Jerry Whiddon was dispatched to D. Highland Road regarding a man parked in a person’s driveway with their lights on. Whiddon found a red Ford Mustang parked in the driveway and saw a white male passed out in the driver’s seat. The engine was still running and the lights were on. Whiddon turned off the engine and attempted to talk with the man, who was incoherent. Eventually, Whiddon placed the man in his patrol car and took him to Athens Regional for treatment. A warrant was taken out for DUI and his vehicle was towed.
•Criminal trespass – A man on Young Harris Road reported that he saw two people walking around the backside of his residence and when he went to confront them, they took off running and jumped into a light blue GMC extended cab truck they had parked on the side of the road.
•Nails in driveway – A woman on Diamond Hill – Colbert Road reported that someone placed roofing nails in her driveway, damaging tires on two vehicles. She said approximately three dozen nails were found in the driveway.
•Dog shot - A man on Madison Boulevard reported that someone shot and killed his dog. He said he found the dog dead underneath the front porch and thought at first that it had died of natural causes, but when he went to bury it he found a gunshot wound on its side. He told the officer that a neighbor’s dog had attacked his dog earlier and that he had taken the neighbor to court over that incident.
•Shoplifting – A white woman in her mid-thirties allegedly came into the Dollar General on Glenn Carrie Road two days in a row attempting to shoplift. On the first day, she was allegedly confronted by employees and she returned the items. The next day, she told them she did not take anything and left walking towards CVS after an employee told her they were calling the sheriff’s office. She allegedly drove away in a blue Volvo four-door hatchback.
•Reckless conduct/trespass – A man on Belhaven Lane reported that he was in bed asleep when he heard someone behind his house. He said he went outside and two subjects ran next door, firing two shots, and he called 9-1-1. Two officers came and searched the area but could not find anyone. They then went to Creekwood Drive to meet with more complainants, who said that they also heard a noise outside their residence and went outside to see what it was. One of the complainants said he saw the two subjects behind the first complainant’s residence but could not give a description because it was too dark. He said he yelled at them and they took off running toward the end of the street, firing two shots up in the air while running.
•Battery/pointing a gun at another – Officer Jeff Strickland responded to Colbert School Road where he met with a couple who said they had been staying with the man’s cousin for a few days when the cousin woke them up holding a shotgun and yelling at them to get out because they stole his baseball cards. As they were getting dressed to leave, he allegedly threw a can of food at them, striking the woman on the leg. They left and called 9-1-1. The homeowner said he did not point any type of gun at them, but did order them to leave because they stole his baseball cards. He said he did throw a box of food out the door, but not at the couple.
•A man on Hwy. 72 West reported that a woman he evicted from a rental residence stole and damaged some items in the home. A TV, microwave and wicker chair were reported missing and ductwork under the house had been damaged, along with other damages.
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