Author Archive for Jared Akins

Child molestation arrest

On 7/13/15 the mother of a 9 year old female filed a report with BCSO investigators regarding the molestation of the 9 year old over a two year period.  The incidents occurred at a residence in the 400 block of Stephens Little Rd, Register, Ga.  A forensic interview was conducted with the child during which the child disclosed the identity of the perpetrator, James Kelley Catron (39 yoa, Colfax Rd West, Statesboro).  Further investigation by Cpt Todd Hutchens led to the arrest of Catron on 7/28/15.  Catron is charged with 2cts of Aggravated Child Molestation, 2 cts of Aggravated Sodomy, 2 cts of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, 2 cts of Incest, and 1 ct of Cruelty to Children-1st degree.  Anyone with further information on this case should contact Cpt Hutchens at 912-764-1787 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Portal drug roundup leads to multiple arrests

Over the past six months, deputies with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office were made aware of significant drug activity in the Portal area.  The complaints came from school officials, community leaders, and ordinary citizens who witnessed suspected drug transactions.  The Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team, working with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, began an investigation, the culmination of which took place today with the serving of search and arrest warrants at various locations in the Portal area.  CST investigators had purchased prescription pills, marijuana, and cocaine from suspects during the course of the six month long operation.

On 7/23/15, BCSO deputies, CST investigators, Statesboro Police officers, Portal Police officers, DEA agents, and Deputy US Marshals served five search warrants and targeted multiple defendants wanted for various drug offenses.  The searches began at 0500 and concluded at noon.  21 defendants were taken into custody on various charges.  Additionally, multiple items and vehicles were seized as tools in the sale and distribution of illegal drugs for forfeiture through the courts.  One defendant, Osborne Williams, is still wanted on various felony charges.  Both the Sheriff’s Office TAC team and Statesboro Police’s SERT team took part in the search warrants and at one location a defendant was found with a loaded firearm in his bed.

This operation would not have been possible had it not been for the tips and information provided by residents of the Portal area.  Sheriff’s investigators can only work cases with the cooperation of the public, and in this case that cooperation was instrumental.  Sheriff Anderson would also like to thank Investigator Ben Lienhard, the lead investigator on the case, and the other CST personnel who devoted their time and effort to successfully breaking up this drug ring.

A list of defendants follows:

  • Adrian Black
  • Karen Brown
  • Shaun Bryson
  • Walter Bunch
  • Latisha Chavers
  • Adam Dietz
  • Larry Finch
  • Marica Gray
  • Janeika Hagins
  • Lutrell Hagins
  • Willie Jones
  • Tina Parker
  • Marion Reason
  • Tara Rowell
  • Roy Laurence Smith
  • Travis Smith
  • William Torrence
  • Harold Washington
  • Frankie Waters
  • Lacie West
  • James Wilkes

Investigators are currently searching for Osborne Williams (39 yoa, Pleasant Hill Rd, Portal) on 3 cts of Sale of Marijuana.  Anyone with information on Williams’ location should contact Inv Lienhard at 912-764-1786.

Investigators make arrest in July home invasion on Bella Terra Rd

On 7/6/15 at 2300 hrs BCSO patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Bella Terra Rd, Brooklet, for a home invasion.  The elderly residents of the home reported that the door to their home had been kicked in and that they had retreated to their bedroom and locked themselves in.  Arriving deputies conducted a search with canines for any suspects on foot but found no one in the area.  Inv John Quattlebaum arrived and processed the scene for evidence.  Inv Quattlebaum and Cpt Todd Hutchens have conducted the investigation into the home invasion from that date forward.

After interviewing numerous witnesses in the case, and with great assistance from deputies with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Inv Quattlebaum and Cpt Hutchens were able to identify Brandon Jamaal Hope (21 yoa, Henderson Drive, Hampton Ga) and Landry Dejuan Valant-Boyd (20 yoa, Griffin Rd, Allenhurst Ga) as suspects in the case.  Hope was arrested by BCSO deputies in Statesboro Ga where he had lived for some time and Valant-Boyd was taken into custody by Liberty County deputies.  Both Hope and Valant-Boyd are charged with Home Invasion-1st degree, Burglary-1st degree, and two counts of Elder Abuse.  They remain at the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial hearings.

Sheriff Anderson would like to thank the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case.  He hopes that the arrests in this case give some peace to the elderly victims and to residents of the Bella Terra Rd area.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered

On 6/25/2015 APO Kyle Briley with the Statesboro Police Department received an alert on his tag readers that a stolen vehicle had passed him on Zetterower Avenue headed in the direction of Fair Road.  APO Briley was not able to turn around on the vehicle due to heavy traffic.  Briley sent out a BOLO to include the photo of the actual vehicle to surrounding agencies.  Later that same day the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team began working the area around GSU in an attempt to locate the vehicle.  Senior Deputy Randall Norman and Master Deputy Mark Guarino located the vehicle parked at the Fast and Easy on Lanier Drive.  CST made contact with Javaris Demond Dukes (age 37, West Burke Street Stockbridge, GA) and took him into custody.  CST investigators learned that in addition to being in possession of a stolen vehicle Dukes was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.  The vehicle was towed from the scene and the owner of the vehicle was contacted.  Dukes was transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing

 

Javaris Demond Dukes was charged with 2 cts of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Driving while License Suspended, DUI, Open Container, Possession of a Drug Related Object, and Probation Violation.

Child molestation arrest

On 6/19/15 at 2145 hrs BCSO patrol deputies responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Cowboy Way, Portal, for a fight in progress.  Upon arrival deputies separated the female parties and began their investigation.  It was determined that the altercation began when one of the females learned that the other female, Amanda Gwaltney (33 yoa, Savannah, Ga), had performed oral sex on a 14 year old male.  Cpt Todd Hutchens of BCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division responded and was able to corroborate this version of events.  Gwaltney was charged with 1 ct of Sodomy, 1 ct of Child Molestation, and 1 ct of Cruelty to Children-2nd degree and transported to the Bulloch County Jail where she remains without bond.

Meth arrests

On 6/11/15 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team responded to a residence in the 500 block of Starling Road, Pembroke, in reference to reports of a possible meth lab at that residence.  After investigators arrived they made contact with the resident Jacob Smith, aka “Cornbread” and located several items used to manufacture methamphetamine.  Investigators also made contact with Gregory Adam Scott and Cherokee Patricia Woods who were also involved with the attempted manufacture and also possessed a quantity of methamphetamine . Investigators were able to take the subjects into custody before they could begin the cooking process.  One male (Christopher Michael Jenkins) who was not at the residence when investigators arrived is still at large and warrants for his arrest have been issued.

The three individuals arrested were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they await further judicial action.

 

  1. JACOB RYAN SMITH (38, SR67, PEMBROKE) CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE AND CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE

 

  1. ADAM SCOTT GREGORY (40, SAM ROACH DR, PEMBROKE) CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE, POSSESSION OF A DRUG RELATED OBJECT, CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE AND IMPROPER LEFT TURN

 

  1. CHEROKEE PATRICIA WOODS (18, AKINS CIRCLE EXT, BROOKLET) CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE. POSSESSION OF A DRUG RELATED OBJECT AND CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE.

 

  1. CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL JENKINS (WANTED BY C.S.T.) (42, 3124 OLD DONALDSON SCHOOL ROAD STATESBORO) HAS OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST FOR CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE AND CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE.

 

Anyone with information on Jenkins’ location is asked to contact Inv Marcus Nesmith at 912-764-1786 or submit a tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

CST arrests

On 6-10-2015 Bulloch County Patrol Deputies along with C.S.T. Investigators and Parole Officers responded to 875 Martin Swinson Road to assist parole officers with locating a male wanted on a parole violation warrant.  After arriving at the residence investigators located marijuana and several smoking devices in plain view. Investigators also made contact with approximately seven individuals who were present in the residence.    C.S.T. investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence and in addition to a large marijuana plant in the residence they located an eighth person hiding in a closet.  Joseph Carter was identified as the male wanted by parole.  Investigators learned that two others present were also wanted, one by parole (Adam Webster) and one by probation (Coleridge Archibald).  All 8 subjects were arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.

 

  1. Christine Corzine (22, SR 119, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd) and possession of a drug related object.
  2. Joshua Shuman (39, Martin Swinson Rd, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd) and possession of a drug related object
  3. Coleridge Archibald (23, Pleasant Hill Church Rd, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd) drug object and probation violation
  4. Anthony Downs (22, Still Quarters Rd, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd) and drug object
  5. Adam Webster (32, Olney Station Drive, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd), drug object and parole violation
  6. Jacob Waldron (19, Martin Swinson Rd, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd), manufacturing marijuana (felony), and drug object
  7. Joseph Carter (25, Lansan Dr, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd) drug object, and parole violation
  8. Melanie Boone (32, Olney Station Dr, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd)

CST drug arrests

On 6-11-2015 Investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team executed a search warrant at 118 Olney Station Drive, Ellabell, after receiving information that meth, spice, and firearms were being sold from that residence.  Adam Webster and Melanie Boone were the target of the investigation and were both arrested the day before on Martin Swinson Road for marijuana charges.  Webster was also charged with a parole violation so he was being held without bond. While investigators were searching this residence they located Melanie Boone and Christine Corzine and found them to be in possession of marijuana again (both were charged the day before with marijuana possession).  Shannon Eugene Manley was also found to be in possession of marijuana.

 

While gathering evidence Teresa Boone and Harry Boone arrived at the residence and became extremely disorderly.  The two were asked to leave the area several times but refused to do so.  Both were eventually charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of a police officer.

 

  1. Charges were added for Adam Webster (32, Olney Station Dr, Ellabell) for sale of methamphetamine, sale of a schedule 1 drug (spice) and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  2. Melanie Boone (32, Olney Station Dr, Ellabell) charged with sale of methamphetamine, sale of a schedule 1 drug (spice) and possession of marijuana.
  3. Shannon Manley (38, Eldora Rd, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd)
  4. Christine Corzine (22, SR 119, Ellabell) charged with possession of marijuana (misd)
  5. Teresa Boone (53, Live Oak Loop, Ellabell) charged with obstruction of a leo and disorderly conduct
  6. Harry Boone (20, Live Oak Loop, Ellabell) charged with obstruction of a leo and disorderly conduct

Clito areas crimes solved by arrest of juvenile

On 4/12/15 at 0302 hrs Sergeant Travis Tuenge was patrolling commercial businesses in the area of SR 24 at Mill Creek Park when he observed a John Deere Gator UTV traveling on SR 24 away from Statesboro. The Gator matched the description of one reported stolen on 4/9/15 from a business in the 5000 block of Clito Rd. Sgt Tuenge stopped the UTV after a short distance and observed the male driver fumbling around in his waistband apparently attempting to remove an object. For officer safety reasons Sgt Tuenge drew his weapon and began giving the driver verbal commands to put his hands up. After a short time the male complied and was taken into custody. He was found to be in possession of a Glock .40 handgun which had been stolen from an entering auto reported from the 300 block of Lane Rd on 4/3/15. The UTV was verified as being the one stolen on 4/9/15. The suspect was found to be a 16 yoa juvenile.
Further investigation into the incident was conducted by the on-call CID investigator, Cpt Todd Hutchens. The juvenile was determined to have committed two back to back commercial burglaries reported on 4/9/15 and 4/10/15 at the Zip In Foods #8 in the 5000 block of SR 24. These were in addition to the theft of the UTV and firearm.
The juvenile was booked into the Bulloch County Jail and later transferred to the Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center. He was charged with 1 ct Smash and Grab Burglary, 3 cts of Burglary-2nd Degree, 1 ct Entering Auto, 1 ct Theft by Taking- Felony, 1 ct Possession of a Pistol by a Person Under 18, and 1 ct Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
This incident highlights the ease in which incidents can turn deadly quickly. The situation could have been one of deadly force had the juvenile actually pulled the firearm from his waistband. Deputies must make split second decisions which can have lasting consequences and in this case had no way of knowing that the suspect was a juvenile. Fortunately Sgt Tuenge exercised appropriate restraint and the juvenile finally complied.

CST arrests for past week

On 4/3/15 at 0100 hrs investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team responded to the 1500 block of Fair Rd to assist the Statesboro Police Department in locating a suspicious person in the area. Investigators located Andrew Hughes (28 yoa, Hwy 121, Millen Ga) who provided conflicting stories as to why he was in the area attempting to flag down traffic. A consent search of Hughes’s vehicle revealed prescriptions pills not in their original container and a handgun. Hughes was arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail on charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Original Container Required, Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, and Driving while License Suspended/Revoked. Hughes was denied bond and remains in Jail pending further judicial action.
On 4/2/15 at 2030 hrs Deputy 1st Class Randall Norman made a traffic stop on a vehicle on US 301 S for an equipment violation. DFC Norman contacted the driver, Joseph Mathis (22 yoa, Jackson Rd, Statesboro), and passenger, Link Ridgeway (43 yoa, Abercorn Ave, Atlanta Ga), and smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A K9 also alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed six separate types of illegal drugs. Both Mathis and Ridgeway were transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with Defective Headlight, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (Marijuana “wax”), Possession of Psilocybin (mushrooms), and Possession of MDMA. Both were denied bond and remain in the Jail pending further judicial action.
In the days prior to 4/8/15, CST investigators were conducting an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine from an apartment at The Garden District in the 17000 block of SR 67, Statesboro. Investigators conducting surveillance on the location observed a male and female exit the target apartment and leave in a vehicle. Investigators, along with patrol units from the Statesboro Police Department, conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Stambuk Lane at which point the male fled on foot. Investigators attempted to stop the foot pursuit using a Taser however the male, later identified as Ricky Lee Lively Jr (27 yoa, Colfax Rd West, Statesboro), turned and began to fight one of the investigators by striking him, knocking the Taser from the Investigator’s grasp in the process. Lively was finally subdued as other investigators arrived. A search of his person revealed several types of controlled substances. The female passenger, Sydney Strickland (22 yoa, Isaac Rd, Claxton Ga), was found to be in possession of a significant quantity of crystal methamphetamine and also arrested. After the traffic stop, investigators returned to the target apartment and took two other persons into custody: Jerry Bentzel (23 yoa, Cedar Ave, Hagan Ga) and Candice Bivens (29 yoa, Garden District Apts, Statesboro). All subjects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail on the following charges:
• Lively: Felony Obstruction of Law Enforcement, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 2 cts of Sale of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession/Use of Drug Related Object, Attempting to Remove an Officer’s Weapon, Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction of Law Enforcement (misd), and Probation Violation
• Strickland: Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Tampering with Evidence, Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, Obstruction of Law Enforcement (misd)
• Bentzel: Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Unlawful use of Communications Facilities
• Bivens: Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Sale of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance, Sale of Methamphetamine, Original Container Required, and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object
Lively and Strickland were denied bond. Bentzel and Bivens were granted $10,000 bonds.