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Drug suspect wanted for fleeing from deputies

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Deputies are currently seeking information on the whereabouts of Jamaal Johnson on both drug related and obstruction charges.
On 12/15/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team served a search warrant on an apartment in the 2000 block of Stambuk Lane, Statesboro, based on drug sales from that location. Johnson was present at the time the search warrant was served and resisted arrest, investigators having to deploy a Taser to handcuff Johnson. Even after the cuffs were applied, Johnson was able to break away from investigators and flee into a swampy, heavily wooded area nearby. Extensive efforts to locate Johnson using air and ground units were unsuccessful.
Jamaal Johnson is a 22 yoa black male, 5’11”, 170 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He has warrants for 3 cts of Sale of Marijuana, 3 cts of Unlawful Use of Communications Facilities, 1 ct of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, 2 cts of Obstruction, 1 ct of Escape, and 1 ct of Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object.
Anyone with information on the location of Johnson is asked to contact C.S.T. at 912-764-1786 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Two incidents lead to three arrests for manufacturing meth

Two separate incidents led to the arrest of three individuals for manufacturing methamphetamine along with other charges.
On 12/13/14 BCSO Senior Deputies Jeff White and Doug Harrell responded to a residence in the 300 block of Live Oak Lane, Brooklet, for a dispute over money. Upon arrival, Deputies White and Harrell contacted Christopher Stephen Crosby (32 yoa, Live Oak Lane, Brooklet) who was obviously under the influence of some sort of drug. Methamphetamine and a firearm were found in Crosby’s truck and investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team were summoned to assist. The remains of a methamphetamine lab were discovered on the property as well. Crosby was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains pending further judicial action. He is charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
On 12/15/14 investigators with C.S.T. received information that an individual wanted for probation violation, Stoney Keelin (44 yoa), was living on Bird Rd. C.S.T. investigators and patrol Sergeant Rey Rodriguez responded to the residence and met Belinda Kight (42 yoa, Bird Rd, Statesboro) who denied that Keelin was at home. A search of the residence however revealed Keelin hiding in the bathroom. An active meth lab, three firearms, a quantity of methamphetamine, and various drug related objects were also located. Both suspects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they remain pending further judicial action. Stoney Keelin and Belinda Kight were charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Obstruction, and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object. Keelin was additionally charged with Probation Violation.

CST arrests; attempted murder suspect arrested

On 12/10/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team served a search warrant at The Grove Apartments located in the 1000 block of Brampton Avenue, Statesboro, after an investigation into sales of narcotics from an apartment there. Various types of drugs were located in the apartment and the tenant, Joniqua Ragland (21 yoa, Brampton Avenue, Statesboro), was arrested. Ragland was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where she remains pending further judicial action. She is charged with 1 ct of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, 1 ct of Possession of a Schedule II drug, and 1 ct of Possession of a Schedule IV drug.
On 12/11/14 C.S.T. investigators received information that a wanted person, Jimarie Whitehead (21 yoa), was located at a residence in the 100 block of Baldwin St, Statesboro. Whitehead was wanted by authorities in Dorchester County, South Carolina for attempted murder where a 14 year old was shot. C.S.T. members responded to the residence and made contact with the occupants of the home. During this contact several males attempted to flee the residence through a bedroom window but were prevented from doing so. Whitehead was located inside the residence and arrested. Three other persons at the home who had lied to investigators about Whitehead being there or who had otherwise obstructed the investigation were also arrested. All four were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they remain pending further judicial action.
• Jimarie Whitehead (21 yoa, Baldwin St, Statesboro)
• D’Jhyria Pendergrass (19 yoa, Baldwin St, Statesboro): Hindering the apprehension of a criminal, Obstruction
• Tracy Pendergrass (52 yoa, Baldwin St, Statesboro): Hindering the apprehension of a criminal, Obstruction
• Dalton Houston (22 yoa, Baldwin St, Statesboro): Hindering the apprehension of a criminal, Obstruction, Probation violation

Stolen ATV’s recovered

On 12/4/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team responded to a home in the 6000 block of Rocky Ford Rd, Statesboro, attempting to locate a wanted person. Investigators made contact with Charles Allen Pomar (45 yoa, Cross Creek Circle, Statesboro) and were allowed to conduct a search of the property. The wanted suspect was not found but a four wheeler with a damaged ignition switch was located in the back yard. The four wheeler was determined to be stolen along with a dirt bike also found during the search. Pomar was arrested and charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and transported to the Bulloch County Jail. Investigators are attempting to return the property to its rightful owners.

Pursuit and meth arrests

On 12/8/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team were working the Middleground area of Bulloch County looking for a suspect in several stolen property cases. Richard Harden Lanier (43 yoa, Rocky Ford Rd, Statesboro) was wanted for questioning and also had failed to comply with bond conditions when he was released in September 2014 on a previous charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Sgt Kent Munsey with C.S.T. located Lanier in a vehicle parked behind a residence on Rocky Ford Rd and attempted to contact him. Lanier fled in a Nissan Pathfinder and a vehicle pursuit involving C.S.T. investigators and BCSO patrol deputies ensued. The pursuit continued throughout the Middleground Community and onto US 25. At Williams Rd and US 25 Lanier drove into a field, down into a ditch, and then intentionally rammed a marked BCSO patrol car. Three separate attempts by deputies to use the PIT maneuver to end the chase were made with Lanier continuing to flee in the vehicle. Lt Bobby Durden was finally able to PIT Lanier’s vehicle into a ditch where other deputies boxed Lanier’s vehicle in. Lanier refused to unlock the vehicle’s door and exit when directed to do so and the window had to be shattered to remove him. Lanier continued to physically resist and had to be subdued using a Taser. Lanier was later treated for minor cuts resulting from the chase at East Georgia Regional Medical Center and transported to the Bulloch County Jail. After a functioning meth lab was located in the rear of Lanier’s SUV his passenger, Staci Street Anderson (45 yoa, Rocky Ford Rd, Statesboro), was also taken into custody. Both remain at the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial action.
20 patrol deputies recently attended a school at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to become certified on the PIT maneuver. The PIT maneuver enables deputies to end a dangerous pursuit such as Lanier’s before the pursuit reaches heavily populated areas, such as Statesboro.
Lanier is charged with Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude, Suspended Drivers License, Obstruction of an Officer, Speeding, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of a Knife during the Commission of a Crime, Possession of Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, and two counts of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property. He also has a Superior Court bench warrant.
Anderson is charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer, and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object.

Burglary suspects arrested

As part of its mandate to reduce crime trends, the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team was tasked with preventing burglaries in areas of student housing over the GSU Thanksgiving break. Each year thieves attempt to take advantage of the vacation period to steal from homes and apartments in the Langston Chapel Rd/Lanier Drive/Harville Rd/Old Register Rd areas. This year CST teamed up with patrol units of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Statesboro Police Dept, and Georgia Southern University Police Dept to hit these areas hard in search of suspicious persons or activity.
On 11/26/14 at midnight Cpt Jason Kearney observed a suspicious male subject inside the Landings Subdivision off of Burkhalter Rd near Langston Chapel Rd. Cpt Kearney made contact with the male, later identified as Rodney Miller Jr (22 yoa, Chandler Rd, Statesboro), and discovered that he was wearing latex gloves and was carrying a handgun concealed on his person. Miller was taken into custody and additional CST and BCSO patrol personnel responded to the area. A vehicle parked nearby was connected with Miller and discovered to have stolen property from a burglary that night in it. A second suspect, Caleb Watkins (22 yoa, Landings Parkway, Statesboro), was taken into custody a short distance away. A third male, Pierre Bass (22 yoa, Chandler Rd, Statesboro) was also determined to be a participant in the burglary, and arrested later that day near GSU campus. All subjects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they await further judicial action. Further investigation has led to the three also being connected to a burglary on Robin Hood Trail being investigated by Statesboro P.D.
Rodney Miller Jr: 1 ct Burglary 1st degree, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, 1 ct Loitering/Prowling, 1 ct Public Intoxication, 1 ct Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Caleb Watkins: 1 ct Burglary 1st degree
Pierre Bass: 1 ct Burglary 1st degree

Drug arrests

On 11/19/14 members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team responded to Southern Courtyard on GSU property to assist GSU P.D. officers with a drug complaint. Officers and investigators made contact with three males at an apartment in Southern Courtyard and discovered that they were in possession of “Ear wax”, a form of pure THC, along with several drug related objects. The three males listed below were arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they later posted bond and were released. All were charged with Possession of a Schedule I Drug and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object.
1. Jared Henry (18 yoa, Wild Thistle Court, Savannah Ga)
2. Nicholas Brian Topper (18 yoa, Ettington Court, Suwanee Ga)
3. Davis Bailey (19 yoa, Cranbrooke Circle, Suwanee Ga)

On 11/21/14 CST members executed a search warrant at an apartment in Aspen Heights on SR 67, Statesboro, after conducting an investigation into the sale of narcotics from that location. During the search, CST investigators located multiple containers of marijuana and pure THC, also known as “Ear wax.” Investigators were able to determine that the suspects were essentially processing green marijuana down into the concentrated “ear wax” form of THC. Multiple drug related objects, a firearm, and several stolen items were recovered as well. A total of five males were arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.
1. Harrison Fletcher (19 yoa, Aspen Heights, Statesboro): 1 ct Possession of a Schedule I drug with Intent to Distribute, 1 ct of Manufacturing Marijuana, 3 cts of Sale of Marijuana, 2 cts of Unlawful Use of Communications Facilities, 2 cts of Possession of a False or Fictitious License, 1 ct of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, and 1 ct of Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object
2. Jackson Wells (19 yoa, Aspen Heights, Statesboro): 1 ct Possession of a Schedule I drug with Intent to Distribute, 1 ct of Manufacturing Marijuana, 1 ct of Sale of Marijuana, 1 ct of Unlawful Use of Communications Facilities, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, 1 ct of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, and 1 ct of Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object
3. Austin Royal (19 yoa, Aspen Heights, Statesboro): 1 ct Possession of a Schedule I drug, 1 ct Manufacturin g Marijuana, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana (misd), 1 ct Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, 1 ct Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
4. Logan Seagraves (19 yoa, Aspen Heights, Statesboro): 1 ct Possession of a Schedule I drug, 1 ct of Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object
5. William Bohlke (19 yoa, Wexford Lane, Statesboro): 1 ct Possession of a Schedule I drug, 1 ct Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object

CST arrests

On 11/21/14 members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team received information that a wanted person, Tevin White (24 yoa, Lanier Drive, Statesboro) from Florida was living in Eagle Heights Apartments next to the Fast and Easy on Lanier Drive. White was wanted by Florida authorities for violating his probation after being convicted of Burglary in Ft Lauderdale. CST members set up surveillance in the area and observed a male fitting White’s description entering one of the apartments. CST members and BCSO investigators made contact with White and several other male subjects in the apartment, taking White into custody without incident. He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains pending an extradition hearing. White’s arrest highlights one of the missions of CST, namely the arrest of wanted persons who pose a danger to the safety of this community. White, a convicted burglar, was residing in an area which sees an uptick in burglaries during this time each year.

On 11/21/14 members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team executed a search warrant at the Cove at Southern apartment complex on Chandler Rd. The search resulted in the recovery of over 100 baggies of marijuana and two firearms. Six persons were taken into custody, including one who was wanted on an outstanding parole warrant. All subjects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.

• Nicholouis Devine (23 yoa, Lockett Drive, Register): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Giving False Identity Information to L.E., Parole Violation
• Coolidge Carroll (20 yoa, Modoc Rd, Swainsboro): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
• Gerald Gibbons (21 yoa, Stambuck Lane, Statesboro): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Possession of Marijuana (misd)
• Stanley Jenkins (20 yoa, Beaver Creek Drive, Statesboro): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Giving False Identity Information to L.E.
• Dalvin Anderson (18 yoa, Chandler Rd, Statesboro): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
• Jacory Thomas (27 yoa, Chandler Rd, Statesboro): Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime

Aggravated assault arrest

On 11/7/14 BCSO patrol deputies responded to a residential burglary in the 1800 block of Stucky Rd, Statesboro. The deputies collected evidence and witness statements from the scene for use by Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division.

A short time later deputies responded to Chance’s MHP on Kyle Sorrell Rd for a disturbance. Deputies contacted the three female victims from the Stucky Rd burglary who indicated that they had driven to Chance’s MHP because they believed that they knew who had broken into their home. When they arrived, they had a confrontation with Willie Rufus Key (62 yoa, Chance’s MHP, Statesboro) who brandished a shotgun at the three females and chased them throughout the mobile home park. Deputies found that Key was also a convicted felon and that the shotgun in question was stolen from a burglary earlier in 2014. Key was arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail charged with 3 cts of Aggravated Assault, 1 ct of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property (felony), 1 ct of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, and 1 ct of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Key remains without bond at the Bulloch County Jail.

Scam alert

On 10/30/14 at 1350 hrs a resident of the Hazelwood Subdivision reported that she had been approached at her home by a white male identifying himself as “Jack Myers.” “Myers” claimed to represent a home security company and offered to examine her home security system. He further claimed that he had replaced a neighbor’s security system recently. The homeowner became suspicious since her neighbor had died a year prior. After “Myers” left, the homeowner contacted the security company and was told “Myers” was not employed by them.

All homeowners are encouraged not to allow persons unknown to them access to their homes for any reason. Every year citizens report being scammed by door to door salespersons, and people posing as representatives of a company may be burglars in disguise. Please be alert for these individuals.