Winder-headquartered VanKirk Electric was hit with a cyber-attack and more than $200,000 was stolen as a result recently.
According to a Winder Police Department incident report, the company’s head of security and IT director reported the incident Aug. 1 and told officers that an unknown suspect had broken into the company’s computer network and installed an “email sweep,” which blocked all incoming messages from the domain of Indiana-based sub-contractor Garrett Construction and re-routed them to an anonymized email address.
The unknown suspect impersonated a VanKirk Electric employee by email while corresponding with a representative of the sub-contractor. The suspect requested an outstanding invoice of $215,888 to be paid by wire transfer at a new bank account. The bank listed was Wells Fargo and paperwork submitted by the suspect had the contact name of “Nathan Lightner.”
Other incidents reported recently to the WPD include:
•Two people were arrested for 11 violations and fled from officers trying to stop the car. Jonathan Charles Lassiter, 29, 609 Miles Patrick Rd., Winder, was charged with fleeing police, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to stop at a stop sign, no insurance, expired registration and operating an unsafe vehicle. A passenger in the car, Lassiter’s girlfriend, Veronica A. Franklin, 32, 609 Miles Patrick Rd., Winder, was charged with permitting an unlicensed person to operate a vehicle, permitting another person to operate a car without insurance and permitting the unlawful use of a vehicle. The incident started on East Broad Street, then onto Linwood Avenue, North Broad Street, Buena Vista Street and then the officer quit the chase. Both were found at the Miles Patrick Rd. house.
•Multiple calls were received about a disturbance that started at the intersection near Graham and Elm streets. A man was reported hitting a woman there. Anthony Jamaine Jackson, 37, 3257 Thousand Oaks Dr., Gainesville, was charged with battery-family violence. Neither of the people were found. About two hours later a man said Jackson had returned to his apartment. Both the man and woman have been charged previously with family violence against each other. Jackson and the woman gave different stories about what happened. The woman had a split lip when officers talked to her.
•A woman said she lost her purse between 8 and 9 p.m. July 29. She said the purse included $1,600, her Social Security card, a debit card for a bank, a work permit and a driver’s license.
•A Monroe man was arrested for multiple violations after a traffic stop. Jason Martin Hibbert, 32, 587 Manning Gin Rd., Monroe, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, violation of registration and license plate requirement, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession and use of drug-related objects and failure to maintain lane. An officer said he followed Hibbert’s pickup truck for more than two miles and it “failed to maintain lane numerous times.” The marijuana was found in a bag that was in a box under the passenger front seat. Hibbert told officers he had the drug in the truck.
•A man on Georgia Avenue said his girlfriend and he had an argument that turned physical. He said she pushed him and his lip was "busted" and bleeding. The woman said it had not been physical. She said she tried to stop him from leaving because “he always leaves instead of talking about their problems.” After reading his statement to the man, he told an officer the woman “pushed his chest ‘kinda hard but not really.’”
•A Commerce woman was charged after a business complained she pawned items she had rented. Megan Lynn Baldwin, 35, 69 Andrew Jackson St., Commerce, was charged with theft by conversion and theft by deception. Officers recovered a 49-inch LG television and an Xbox console from a pawn shop.
•A Winder man was charged with battery-family violence after an argument at an apartment on Graham Street. Davy Macio Holloman, 47, 215 Graham St., Winder, was charged. He also had been criminally trespassed from the property. An officer said he had been “kicked out on multiple occasions.” A neighbor said a woman called him and told him Holloman beat her up. When officers saw her inside the house she had a split bottom lip “that appeared bloody” and a scratch on her right arm. The woman said there had been no argument and she said she fell, causing the injuries. She said the police were “trying to get her kicked out of housing again.” She denied calling the neighbor.
•A Winder woman faced multiple charges after an accident involving her vehicle. Jessica Leanne Hodges, 27, 470 Jasmine Dr., Winder, was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating substances, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and open container violation. Hodges was in a Chevrolet HHR when an officer arrived at a Natchez Cir., Winder, house. The Chevrolet was on the curb and on top of a mailbox. Extensive damage was done to the front of the vehicle. A witness said the Chevrolet came around a curve “at a high rate of speed,” hopped the curb onto the sidewalk and re-entered the road. The vehicle hit a parked car and rolled across the street, hitting the mailbox.
•A Winder man was arrested for criminal trespass and loitering at a local carwash. Clifford Benjamin Carroll, 36, 167 Atlanta Ave., Winder, was charged. Officers saw a car parked and running at the carwash. Carroll had been arrested previously and banned from another car wash for opening the vacuums and going through the dust bins to find coins and other trash. Carroll admitted to going through the vacuums.
•A woman said someone had been posting photos of her and her baby and contacting adoption agencies, saying the baby is for adoption. She said she filed a report about four months ago, but it still is happening.
•A local convenience store reported two checks were cashed from a contracting company and the checks were returned as fraudulent.
•A Stockbridge man was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers after he would not allow officers to handcuff him. He had been locked in a bathroom at an East Wright St. house. Juan Gabriel Sanchez, 28, 37 Lillian Ct., Stockbridge, was arrested. He would not leave his sister’s house, locking himself in the bathroom.
•A Bethlehem woman and Winder woman were charged after a traffic stop on Horton Street. Myia Nicole Nash, 18, 1390 Morrow Dr., Bethlehem, and Garyuna Denay Hunter, 18, 29 Marion Lay St., Winder, were arrested. Nash was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic control device. Hunter was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Officers found marijuana on the front passenger driver side of the car. Nash was driving and Hunter was in the back seat. Both denied owning the marijuana.
•A Winder woman said she took her child to meet his father at a local fast-food restaurant. She said the man “grew angry and hostile” and threatened to beat up her boyfriend.
•Two people were charged after an argument in the Glenwood Winder area. Charged were a Winder brother and sister. Precious D. Johnson, 30, 234 Wood Ave., Winder, was arrested for terroristic threats. Markise Antwon Johnson, 25, 106 Lighthouse Way, Winder, was charged with stalking, entering an automobile with intent to commit a felony and simple assault. Two women said the brother came to a house and got in a car looking for a key. He did not find the key and began threatening the woman who owned the car. His sister sent threatening messages through Facebook Messenger, one of the women said. Johnson was later arrested on an outstanding warrant.
•Officers took a Sig Sauer P250 .45 caliber pistol from the front passenger seat after a traffic stop and the driver was taken to Northeast Georgie Medical Center-Barrow for a mental evaluation.
•A Winder woman was arrested after a traffic stop on Midland Avenue. Catherine Alice Reinoehl, 38, 161 Scott Dr., was charged with driving on a suspended license and having an altered license plate.
•A Winder man reported a 2017 Chevrolet Impala stolen in the area of Doster Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The car was recovered through OnStar in Gwinnett County.
•A Bethlehem man faces three charges after running his vehicle off the road into a ditch near Victor Lord Park. An officer told him to get out of his car because of his demeanor and he refused multiple times. Brandon James Smith, 33, 503 Harry McCarty Rd., was arrested for violation of brake light requirements, driving without a license and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.
•Two men were reported in a fight when one went to Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Barrow for treatment. Charles Lawson Johnson, 17, 864 Whispering Way, Winder, was charged with fighting Bradley Lawrence Messer, 17, 531 Valley View Dr., Winder. Messer was charged with the same offense. Messer said Johnson hit him in the face and he “returned punches, striking (Johnson) several times.”
•A Winder man was arrested on multiple charges after a report of him refusing to leave a house. The girlfriend of Vontarious Cook said he kicked her door in and then fled when told officers were coming. Cook was found in a closet, hiding behind a piece of wood. The woman said they were both drinking and argued. She told him to leave and he kicked in the door and then kicked the TV in the living room. Cook, 28, 341 Addison Dr., Winder, was arrested on a warrant from Walton County and also was charged with aggravated assault-family violence, criminal trespass-family violence, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers and public drunkenness.
•A Winder man was arrested for disturbing the peace after officers found five people in a parking lot of a fast-food restaurant arguing about two women attempting to fight. Two women were on the phone with the dispatcher yelling about a potential fight.
•A Winder man was charged with five violations after a traffic stop on Missi Lane. Bobby Anthony Worley, 52, 38 Bowman Mill Rd. NE, Winder, was arrested for driving on a suspended license, violation of open container, broken tail light lenses, no insurance and operating an unregistered vehicle.
•A Winder woman was arrested after a domestic argument on Valleyview Road. Cassandra Lingenfelter, 30, 503 Valleyview Rd., Winder, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and simple battery-family violence. A boyfriend said he had broken up with Lingenfelter and she showed up “in a foul mood” and threatened to break “every window in the house.” On Aug. 7, Lingenfelter was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Barrow County after a report she had broken up with her boyfriend and was “unstable.” Another woman said she was afraid Lingenfelter might harm her daughters. The Department of Family and Children Services was notified.
•A Winder woman was held on two Barrow County warrants, one for failure to appear and one for fraud. Cassie Leann Meeks, 29, 236 Graham St., Apt. 6B, Winder, was arrested.
•A woman reported unauthorized uses of a debit/credit card. One was in Winder. Others were in Barrow County.
•A woman on Pine Rock Road said she had phone and internet services through Windstream under her husband’s name and they had been shut off with her husband’s name, phone number and last four digits of his Social Security card.
•A Winder man was arrested on drug charges after officers stopped a truck near the Sutherland pool. Three people were in the truck, but Kyle James Willis, 23, 236 Capitol Ave., Winder, admitted a THC vape cartridge, scale and marijuana shake were his. He was charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug-related objects.
•A Braselton woman said she lost $350 when she took a shower at a motel and a man for whom she had rented the room after he argued with his girlfriend left the room.
•An Athens man was charged with fleeing police and failure to obey a traffic control device after a traffic stop on McNeal Road. Leno Blandenburg, 57, 299 Mission Rd., Athens, was arrested. The incident started on May Street near Center Street. The car went into a business parking lot, onto West May Street after another officer tried to stop the car, turned on Horton Street, then Athens Street to Holly Hill Mall and then on McNeal Road. Officers found steel wool, a rubber glove, several lighters and a small piece of burnt glass.
•An argument between a son and his father occurred on Wood Ave. over the son’s girlfriend. A woman at the house first said she saw “him” with a knife above “his” head, but the father said, “We aren’t going there” and “that’s aggravated assault” and the women “then refused to speak with me." She told an officer she did not want to “be in family drama.”
•A Hoschton woman was charged with multiple violations after a traffic stop in a school zone. Jessica Lynn Suttle, 34, 1317 Old Victron School Rd., Hoschton, was arrested for DUI-drugs, DUI-endangering a child under 14, speeding and a safety belt violation (ages 6 to 17). The woman was stopped after an officer said she was going 46 mph in a 25-mph school zone at McNeal Road and Partridge Trail.
•A Winder man was charged with drug violations after a traffic stop at South Center and South Broad streets. Nathan Avery Attaway, 17, 97 Circle Dr., Winder, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession and use of drug-related objects. Attaway was a passenger in the car stopped. He had a “history of possessing methamphetamine,” an officer said. He had a container of methamphetamine in his pocket.
•A woman said her husband got a call from a person claiming to be with Georgia Power. The caller said they should give him the information on a Green Dot money pack card to pay the company for the balance of $1,000. The man bought two cards for $500 and gave the information to the caller. The caller had the man’s account number.
•A Winder man said his payroll green dot card that his paycheck goes on was used 10 times between July 9 and 24 to make purchases totaling more than $1,000. The man said he did not make the purchases.
•A Winder man was arrested for public drunkenness and pedestrian under the influence after officers found him lying in the road intersection of Capitol Avenue and Williamson Street. Quincy Jermaine Maxey, 42, 97 N. Williamson St., Winder, was charged.
•A Winder woman said she was hit by a Toyota 4Runner on East May Street and her vehicle had front end driver side damage.
•A catalytic converter was reported stolen from the Barrow County Senior Center’s bus. A mechanic said it would cost $1,000 to $2,000 to replace.
•A Cincinnati, Ohio, woman was charged with disorderly conduct after an argument between another woman and her at a local fast-food restaurant. Tacorrha Solomon, 20, 5445 Winneste Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, was charged.
•A passenger in a traffic stop was arrested for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession and use of drug-related objects. Dakota Ley Mackey, 18, 152 Mayweather Dr., Bethlehem, was charged after a traffic stop on Exchange Circle.