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15 charged by sheriff's office

The Banks County Sheriff's Office recently charged 15 people. Those charged were:

•Lorenzo Cromartie, 49, 401 16th Street, Unit 1377, Atlanta, speeding and driving while license suspended or revoked.

•Deitess Evans, 18, 160 Chalton Drive, Athens, criminal trespass and simple battery.

•Kristina Elizabeth Ponce, 34, 475 Hembree Road, Maysville, theft by shoplifting.

•Christopher Shane Posten, 50, 183 Barefoot Road, Lula, probation violation.

•Thomas Jordan Key, 27, 190 Hobbs Street, Royston, probation violation.

•Angie Huttcheson Ledbetter, 53, 557 Dogwood Trail, Commerce, theft by shoplifting.

•Rhonda Bethina Burdette, 42, 415 Ridgewood Drive, Pendergrass, theft by shoplifting.

•Fernando Mendez Garcia, 24, 1821 South Forest Street, Santa Ana, Calif., trafficking in illegal drugs, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, theft by receiving stolen property, driving without a valid license, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession of marijuana.

•James Dennis Rucker Jr., 32, 113 Sweetgum Lane, Commerce, driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUI) and passenger safety belt violation.

•Christopher Lamar Webb, 36, 201 Westbrooke Road, Commerce, probation violation.

•Ray Bernard Collins Jr., 52, 190 Northside Drive, Commerce, theft by shoplifting.

•Barry Myreon Pittard, 26, 1250 Spring Valley Road, Lot 8, Winterville, probation violation.

•Sharee Rosalee Lunsford, 30, 355 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, probation violation.

•Charles Tyrus McGill, 36, 3685 Highway 59, Commerce, failure to appear, possession of drug-related objects and possession of methamphetamine.

•David Michael Waldrep, 41, 287 Borders Drive, Commerce, possession of drug-related objects.

Dispatchers Stephanie Rhodes, Candace Burton and Kendall Payne had a big surprise at 9-1-1 from the Kingdom Kids at Homer Baptist when they brought by treats for them.

The donations for Banks County Family Connection's Christmas programs are already rolling in. A very generous anonymous donor brought in these 15 bicycles. For more information on how you can donate to Banks County Family Connection's Christmas assistance programs contact us or contact Family Connection at banks.gafcp.org or 706-716-0620.

Incidents reported to sheriff's office

•shoplifting when a woman placed several items in her purse and attempted to leave Walmart without paying for them.

•a North Mangum Bridge Road, Maysville, man said he had a deer trail camera on his property and he saw someone come onto his property.

•terroristic acts and threats at a Wells Road, Homer, address when one man said another man sent him text messages threatening him.

•a Webbs Creek Road, Commerce, man said a stray dog damaged his vehicle.

•a Gillsville man said a former friend of his is now stalking him.

•prescription medication stolen from an Ervin Chambers Road, Maysville, location.

•financial identity fraud against a Sol Drive, Commerce, resident.

•a man said his wallet was stolen when he stopped at a Banks Crossing convenience store to get coffee.