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Search warrant leads to drugs, guns near GSU campus

CORY HARRISONOn 4/5/14  Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigators executed a search warrant at an apartment in the Cambridge at Southern Apartments on Lanier Drive, Statesboro, in reference to drug sales from that location.  Investigators located a quantity of marijuana along with a 9mm handgun and an AK-47  assault rifle.  Cory Harrison (21 yoa, Lanier Drive Statesboro) was arrested and charged with one count of Sale of Marijuana, one count of Possession of Marijuana (misd), and two counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.  Lanier Drive, an area of high student population and adjacent to Georgia Southern property such as Paulson Stadium, is a priority area for the Crime Suppression Team.  Part of C.S.T.’s mandate is to target violence and the drug activity which often spawns such violence in these areas.

Sheriff’s Office investigates alleged robbery, shooting

On 4/4/14 Patrol Division deputies were summoned to a residence in the 200 block of Frink Rd, Statesboro, for a reported robbery and shooting.  Upon arrival patrol deputies located the victim, a 46 yoa male, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.  The male was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center by Bulloch County EMS where he is in stable condition.  The male stated to investigators and deputies that he was shot after being confronted by a group of black males who attempted to rob him.  Processing of the scene and neighborhood canvassing continued into daylight hours.  At this point the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information on this incident should contact Inv John Quattlebaum at 912-764-1785 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Master Deputy Brian Nessmith rejoins BCSO

BRIAN NESSMITH

A decorated former BCSO deputy has returned to the Office.  Sheriff Anderson welcomes Master Deputy Brian Nessmith back to employment at the Sheriff’s Office after he served several years with the Richmond Hill Police Dept.  Master Deputy Nessmith brings numerous certifications including Firearms Instructor to the Office as well as several years of supervisory experience with both Bulloch County and Richmond Hill.

Crime Suppression activities

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Over the past two days, Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team members have conducted search warrants on target locations and conducted saturation patrols in conjunction with the Statesboro Police Dept

  • CST investigators re-arrested Edward James Rawls (29 yoa, Baldwin St Statesboro Ga) on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of MDMA (Ecstasy) with intent to distribute, and driving while license suspended.  Rawls was previously arrested by CST in January 2014 for possession of cocaine when he was found with the cocaine at The Lodge Apartments on Institute St.  Rawls is a parolee and a hold has been placed on his release by his parole officer.  Part of CST’s mission is to focus on repeat offenders such as Rawls.
  • CST investigators served a search warrant at Campus Crossing Apartments on Lanier Drive.  Keilan Mann (20 yoa, Lanier Drive Statesboro Ga) was arrested on charges of sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.  Approximately $4000 and several ounces of marijuana were seized pursuant to the search warrant.
  • CST investigators worked a concentrated patrol in areas of high crime activity in Statesboro.  A traffic stop on a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt on West Jones Avenue led to the seizure of a quarter pound of marijuana and  the arrests of Kendra Herrington (26 yoa, Dannie Cartee Rd Statesboro Ga) on charges of defective equipment and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and James Johnson (36 yoa, Spring St Statesboro Ga) for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
  • A traffic stop by Master Deputy Mark Guarino on a 1994 Chevrolet S 10 for an equipment violation led to the arrest of its driver, Steven Way (35 yoa, Martin Swinson Rd Ellabell Ga) for driving while his license was suspended.  Further investigation found that the passenger in the vehicle, Jeffery Cox (51 yoa, Martin Swinson Rd Ellabell Ga), was in possession of methamphetamine.  Both were arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail.

Citizens with concerns of criminal activity in their neighborhoods or with information should submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com or call 912-764-1786.

New Patrol Division deputies complete field training

MAURICE MARCOS

Citizens will soon meet the two newest Patrol Division deputies.  Deputies Maurice Lester and Marcos Burgos recently completed their three month Field Training Program and were certified as fit for solo patrol duties.  The Field Training Program pairs newly certified deputies with state-certified Field Training Deputies for three months.  During these months the new deputies are evaluated on a daily basis and operate as part of a two-man unit with the Field Training Deputy.  The final two weeks of the program allows the new deputy to operate on his own, being shadowed and observed by the Field Training Deputy.  The Field Training Program was designed to bridge the gap between the Police Academy and actual law enforcement field work for the deputies.  Long gone are the days when a new deputy was hired, received the keys to a car,  and was told “Go be the police”  with no further instruction.  Deputies Lester and Burgos are also the first deputies to obtain law enforcement certification under a new BCSO program which encourages Jail Division deputies to obtain that distinction.  This certification rewards faithful service in the Jail Division and ensures that the Patrol Division receives deputies of proven worth to the agency.

Deputy Lester was hired in May 2011 as a Jail Division deputy.  His energetic work ethic and ability to handle inmates resulted in his being sent for law enforcement certification in late 2013.  Deputy Lester is a fitness enthusiast in addition to his duties.

Deputy Burgos was hired in October 2006 as a Jail Division deputy.  He functioned as an assistant shift supervisor in the Jail Division and also assisted other deputies and agencies as an interpreter of the Spanish language, which he speaks fluently.  He was sent for law enforcement certification in late 2013.

Sheriff Anderson would like to congratulate Deputies Lester and Burgos on their accomplishments.

Meth lab and stolen vehicle discovered

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On 3/31/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team received information that a stolen vehicle was located at a residence in the 6000 block of Rocky Ford Rd.  CST members arrived at that location and located a 1999 Ford Ranger which had been reported stolen to the Statesboro Police Dept.  The occupants of the home were contacted, at which time an active methamphetamine lab was discovered inside the home.  The two persons present at the home, Richard Lanier (42 yoa, Rocky Ford Rd, Garfield Ga) and Staci Street Anderson (45 yoa, Rocky Ford Rd, Garfield Ga), were arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail.  Both are charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine.  The investigation into the theft of the truck continues.

Crime Suppression operations on 3/27/14

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Over the past several weeks Investigators assigned to the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigated the use of forged signatures on prescription pads to fraudulently obtain prescription medications at area pharmacies.  The suspects in this case were essentially “pharmacy shopping”, in other words going from pharmacy to pharmacy in order to obtain prescription medication by use of the forged prescription pads.  The suspects would then sell the medications for a profit on the black market, especially pain medications like Hydrocodone and Oxycontin.  During the course of the investigation, CST members discovered that the forged prescriptions were turning up in the Atlanta area as well.  This enabled CST to reach out to detectives in Metro Atlanta as well as local pharmacists for assistance.  One local individual, Bravura Banks Jr (20 yoa, Statesboro Place Circle, Statesboro Ga), was arrested as he attempted a fraudulent purchase at Rite Aid in Statesboro.  Three other individuals have been arrested in the Atlanta area and other arrests are anticipated.  Banks was charged with Forgery in the 1st Degree and Fraudulently Obtaining a Controlled Substance and was later released on bond.

On 3/27/14 CST members executed a search warrant at an apartment in The Grove Apartments on Brampton Avenue in Statesboro based on sales of marijuana and prescription pills from that location.  Jamaal Mcclearin (22 yoa, Brampton Ave Statesboro Ga) was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Sale of Marijuana, 1 count of Sale of a Schedule IV drug, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and 1 count of Giving False Information to Law Enforcement.  David Banks (19 yoa, Brampton Ave Statesboro Ga) was charged with 1 count of Sale of Marijuana and 1 count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.  Both were booked into the Bulloch County Jail.

On 3/27/14 CST members executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Thomkin Drive, Statesboro, based on drug sales from that home.  Jared Bamberg (21 yoa, Thomkin Drive Statesboro Ga) was arrested and charged with 1 count of Sale of Marijuana and booked into the Bulloch County Jail.

On 3/27/14 CST members executed a search warrant at a mobile home in Eagle Trace MHP on US 301 S based on sales of methamphetamine, marijuana, and cocaine from the residence.   Dexter Adams (27 yoa, Eagle Trace MHP) was arrested on 2 counts of Sale of Methamphetamine, 2 counts of Sale of Marijuana, 1 count of Possession of Cocaine, and 1 count of Possession/use of a drug related object.  Christopher Adams (31 yoa, Eagle Trace MHP) and Daniel Mikell (23 yoa, Eagle Trace MHP) were arrested for Possession/use of a drug related object.  Mikell was also wanted for Probation Violation.  All suspects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail.

Finally on 3/27/14, CST members executed a search warrant at an apartment in The Lodge of Statesboro on Institute St.  Multiple complaints had been received concerning this apartment related to drug sales/use, prostitution, and other quality of life issues. Three individuals, Marie White-Gibson (36 yoa, Miller St Extension, Statesboro), Robert Lee Light (34 yoa, North Foss St, Statesboro), and Keysha Smith (42 yoa, Spruce St, Statesboro) were located in the one bedroom apartment along with numerous drug related objects used to smoke crack cocaine.  They were arrested for Possession/Use of a drug related object and served a notice not to return to the Lodge or face arrest for criminal trespass.  The tenant of the apartment, Donald Williams (58 yoa, Institute St, Statesboro), arrived while the search was being conducted and was arrested for Maintaining a Disorderly House.  All four were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.

 

Parolee arrested for drug sales

KEAVENEY, JEROMYOn 3/18/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team served a search warrant at Sea Pines Apartments in the 9000 block of Burkhalter Rd, Statesboro Ga.  The search warrant was based on drug purchases from the tenant of the apartment, Jeromy Lee Keaveney (28 yoa, Burkhalter Rd, Statesboro Ga).  Keaveney fled out of the apartment but was taken into custody after a short foot chase.  The search revealed marijuana at the location.  Keaveney was charged with four counts of Sale of Marijuana, one count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, one count of Obstruction, one count of Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, and parole violation.

Keaveney was paroled from the state prison system after having served three years of a ten year sentence for multiple burglaries, according to the Ga Dept of Corrections website.

Suspect indicted for murder in the death of 4 month old

WILLIAMS, ALLAN RAY

On 9/12/13 deputies responded to a mobile home in the 2000 block of Old Register Rd along with EMS for a 4 month old child reportedly not breathing.  EMS transported the child to East Georgia Regional Medical Center where he sadly passed away.  Investigators responded to both the scene and EGRMC to begin an investigation.

Extensive interviews were conducted with the father of the child, Allan Ray Williams (29 yoa, Old Register Rd Statesboro Ga) who had recently moved to Bulloch County from Johnson County.  Williams indicated that the child had choked while drinking a bottle in his crib and that upon noticing the child in distress he called for help.

Based on multiple interviews with Williams and others, along with the processing of the  residence, inconsistencies appeared in Williams’ story.  A subsequent autopsy by the GBI’s Coastal Regional Crime Lab further highlighted the fact that the child did not die as related by Williams.  On 9/27/13 Williams was charged with Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree and Making False Statements.  Williams has since remained in custody.

On 3/16/14 the Grand Jury of Bulloch County was presented with the facts of the case.  The Grand Jury returned true bills of indictment on the following charges against Williams:  Felony murder, Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree, and Making False Statements.  Williams remains in custody with no bond at the Bulloch County Jail.

Anyone with information on this case should contact Inv Jason Long at 912-764-1747 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Drug investigation leads to multiple arrests

On 3/13/14 Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigators served a search warrant at an apartment in the 100 block of Lanier Drive, Statesboro Ga, regarding sales of marijuana from that apartment.  The tenant, Jeffrey Zane Strickland (19 yoa, Lanier Drive Statesboro Ga), was arrested and charged with three counts of Sale of Marijuana, three counts of Unlawful Use of Communications Facilities, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.  Marijuana and a firearm were recovered during the search.

Acting on the findings of the search warrant, investigators began arresting individuals who arrived at the apartment attempting to purchase marijuana.  This reverse sting continued throughout the night, resulting in the arrest of a total of 28 defendants.  Charges against these individuals included Criminal Attempt to Purchase Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana (less than one ounce).  With the assistance of BCSO Jail Division deputies, all the defendants were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.  As of this release bonds have been assigned to the defendants and several have been released.

The purpose of this operation was twofold.  One was to interrupt drug sales from this location, an activity which often leads to more serious crimes such as home invasions for the purpose of stealing drugs from such locations.  The other was to send a message to purchasers about the hidden dangers of participating in the drug trade.  Investigators spoke with the defendants after their arrest about how drug sales impact the apartments and other areas of student housing in which they live.