Crime Suppression Team arrests

On 9/13/14 Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigators conducted a traffic stop on a 1994 Chevrolet Caprice for a traffic violation.  The driver, identified as Jonathan Mitchell (21 yoa, Stephens Little Rd, Statesboro Ga), and passenger, identified as Michael Jackson (25 yoa, Stephens Little Rd, Statesboro Ga), both appeared very nervous.  Jackson provided investigators with a Ga Dept of Corrections ID card.  Master Deputy Kirk McGlamery and his K-9 partner Max arrived on scene at which point Max gave a positive alert on the vehicle for the presence of drugs.  Jackson was found in possession of multiple baggies of marijuana, powder cocaine, and crack cocaine packaged for distribution.  Jackson physically resisted arrest but was taken into custody.  Mitchell was arrested and charged with Open Container and Jackson was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent, Possession of Marijuana with Intent, Possession of a drug related object, Open container, and Obstruction.  Both were transported to the Bulloch County Jail.  Jackson was on active parole at the time of his arrest.

On 9/16/14 Deputy 1st Class Randall Norman attempted to stop a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe on Veterans Memorial Parkway for a traffic violation.  A short vehicle pursuit ensued, ending in the parking lot of Citizens Bank on Brannen St in Statesboro.  The driver, Taj Jones (23 yoa, Bay St, Millen Ga), was taken into custody and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a new type of drug known on the street as “ear wax.”  “Ear wax” is made by using aerosol butane to extract THC from marijuana, producing a substance with the texture of human ear wax and with an extremely high level of THC.  Jones, on active parole at the time of his arrest, was charged with a seatbelt violation, driving without license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to maintain  lane, DUI (drugs), fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction, and possession of  a schedule 1 controlled substance. He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail.

Patrol deputies arrest suspect in aggravated battery

On 8/31/14 at 0700 hrs BCSO patrol deputies were dispatched to East Georgia Regional Medical Center in regards to a Hispanic male subject who had been severely beaten.  Upon arrival, Senior Deputy Jeff Thompson met with medical staff and the 23 yoa male victim.  The victim suffered from a broken jaw and chin as well as multiple contusions.  He indicated that he had been beaten at a residence in the 100 block of Bird Rd by another Hispanic male.  Cpl Greg Collins and Sgt Rey Rodriguez responded to the Bird Rd location and discovered large amounts of blood inside the mobile home.  They also spoke with a Hispanic female witness who indicated that her former boyfriend, Erick Quiterio (23 yoa, Eagle Trace MHP, Statesboro), had arrived at the home around 0500 and beaten the victim who was staying with her.  The scene was processed by Patrol and Quiterio turned himself in later in the morning.  He was charged with Aggravated Battery, False Imprisonment, and Criminal Trespass.  He remains at the Bulloch County Jail without bond pending further judicial proceedings.

Patrol deputies arrest man wanted for kidnapping in Long County

On 8/29/14 at 1615 hrs Senior Deputy Jeff White conducted a traffic stop on a 2006 Chevrolet Impala on US 301 S near Old King Rd for a traffic violation.  The driver, Troy Tigner (27 yoa, Church St, Glennville Ga), was arrested for driving without a valid license.  Deputy Mac Edwards, who recently joined BCSO after having worked with the Glennville Police Dept, recognized Tigner’s name and stopped to assist S/D White.  The passenger in the vehicle provided a false name to deputies, however Deputy Edwards also recognized him from working in Glennville as Rashaad Doe (26 yoa, Mincey Loop, Glennville Ga).  Deputy Edwards further was familiar that Doe was wanted by Long County S.O. for a kidnapping which had occurred in that jurisdiction.  Doe was arrested and both he and Tigner were transported to the Bulloch County Jail.  Doe was later released to Long County deputies.

Investigators arrest suspect wanted for multiple burglaries

Over the past month, BCSO investigators have responded to several commercial and school burglaries where drink and snack machines were broken into and change removed.  Two of these incidents occurred at Southeast Bulloch High School and one at Sheppard Lumber Company on US 80 E.  The burglary at Sheppard Lumber was captured on video and an image of the suspect was obtained.  The image indicated that the suspect had a distinctive tattoo on his arm.  The image was distributed to local media and social media sites in an effort to identify the suspect.

Investigators were contacted after the surveillance image was distributed by a member of the community.  Rodney Jason Hall (49 yoa, Park Place Apts, Statesboro Ga) was identified as the suspect and later arrested at his apartment on Lanier Drive.  He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains without bond charged with 3 cts of Burglary-1st degree, 3 cts of Theft by Taking, 2 cts of Concealing Identity with Mask, and 6 cts of Criminal Trespass.  Hall is also on Parole.  Anyone with additional information on this case should contact Inv John Quattlebaum at 912-764-1785 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Burglary in progress results in arrest

On 8/14/14 patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 19000 block of US 80 W, Statesboro, after the female homeowner walked in on a burglary in progress.  The female complainant indicated that the suspect, a black male, had entered her residence and then fled when she confronted him.  The complainant was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect and of the vehicle in which he fled.  The suspect left driving eastbound on US 80 W towards Statesboro.

Lt Bobby Durden and Cpl Bob Dinello were clearing from an alarm call on US 80 W when the call was dispatched.  They were able to locate the suspect vehicle on Veterans Memorial Parkway near Williams Rd and conduct a felony traffic stop.  The driver, later identified as Lester Charles Wadley Jr (28 yoa, Chandler Rd, Statesboro), was taken into custody and positively identified by the complainant.  Wadley was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains without bond pending further judicial action.  He was charged with one count of Burglary in the First Degree.

Deputy arrests fugitive from North Carolina

On 8/13/14 Senior Deputy Doug Harrell was dispatched to Burkhalter MHP on Burkhalter Rd, Statesboro, for a report of suspicious activity in the mobile home park.  Upon arrival, S/D Harrell observed a vehicle which he recognized as being one driven by a fugitive from North Carolina, Dillon Clint Collins.  Collins, wanted for multiple counts of armed robbery, burglary, and theft in Harnett County NC and Benson NC, has been sought by BCSO deputies since North Carolina sent this agency a BOLO for Collins after he fled from their jurisdiction.

Senior Deputy Harrell, Senior Deputy Jeff White, and Sgt Kenny Thompson searched the mobile home where the vehicle was located and arrested Collins, who provided a false name.  After verifying Collins’ identity, he was transported to the Bulloch County Jail to await extradition to North Carolina.

Missing person from Go Bar Landing found deceased

On 8/14/14 patrol deputies responded to a residence on Lagoon Rd, Statesboro, near the Go Bar Landing on the Ogeechee River for a missing person.  Randy Higginbotham, 57 yoa, had last been seen by family at 1330 hrs and had several medical issues of concern.  A search by the patrol shift was curtailed by nightfall and the density of the swamp growth of the Ogeechee River.  At dawn on 8/15/14 the search resumed using approximately 20 BCSO deputies and investigators, rangers from the Georgia Dept of Natural Resources, and a helicopter piloted by troopers of the Georgia State Patrol.  After three hours of searching by foot, ATV, boat, and helicopter, Deputy Will Craig located Higginbotham in an area of thick swamp near the river.  Unfortunately, Higginbotham was deceased.  At this point there is no evidence of foul play, however the deceased was turned over to the Bulloch County Coroner’s Office and further information on the cause and manner of death is pending.  Deputies extend their condolences to Higginbotham’s family.

Patrol deputies arrest burglary suspects

On 8/11/14 at 1345 hrs BCSO patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Oakwood Drive, Statesboro, for a reported burglary in progress.  The complainant observed two black males force entry to the home and called 911 for assistance.  Upon arrival deputies set up a perimeter around the residence, made entry, and cleared the home, finding no one inside.  Deputies then fanned out looking for anyone matching the complainant’s description of the two suspects.

At 1430 hrs Senior Deputy Ross Newman and Deputy 1st Class Devon Deloach observed two black males walking on foot along the railroad tracks which parallel US 301 S approximately one quarter mile from the burglary scene.  The males, a 16 yoa juvenile and 18 yoa Dauntavius Robinson, were positively identified by the complainant as the persons she observed forcing entry to the home.  The juvenile and Robinson were arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they were charged with Burglary in the 1st Degree.

S/D Newman and DFC Deloach received commendations for observing and arresting these two suspects. Sheriff Anderson thanks them for their diligence and efforts.

23 arrests in monthlong drug operation

Over the past month, investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team conducted a series of operations aimed reducing drug activity in certain areas of Statesboro-Bulloch County prior to the beginning of fall semester at Georgia Southern University.  These operations consisted of a combination of concentrated patrols in high intensity drug areas, the use of confidential informants, undercover purchases of narcotics, and the service of several search warrants.  In total 23 individuals were arrested on a variety of felonies.  Investigators hope that these operations will help reduce overall street crimes and deter local sellers from setting up shop as students return to the area in the coming weeks.  Citizens with information on criminal activity may contact CST at 912-764-1786 or submit anonymous tips to tips@bullochsheriff.com.  Arrest data follows.

  1. Laterrell Alexander (25 yoa, Sterling Drive, Hartwell Ga):  2 cts Sale of Oxycontin, 1 ct Possession of Oxycontin with Intent
  2. James Curry (20 yoa, Rucker Lane, Statesboro Ga):  2 cts Sale of Oxycontin, 1 ct Possession of Oxycontin with Intent, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana
  3. Elijah Cone (17 yoa, Lewis St, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent, 1 ct Possession of Drug Related Object
  4. Donyah Hardaway (18 yoa, Orange St, Stateboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent, 1 ct Possession of Drug Related Object
  5. Chance Harkins (19 yoa, Georgia Ave, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Marijuana (misd), 1 ct Possession of Drug Related Object
  6. Dylan Koch (19 yoa, Georgia Ave, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Marijuana (misd), 1 ct Possession of Drug Related Object
  7. Antonio Parks (30 yoa, Johnson St, Statesboro Ga):  3 cts Sale of Cocaine, 3 cts Unlawful Use of Communications Facilities, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana
  8. Crystal Jackson (26 yoa, BJ Clifton Rd, Statesboro Ga):  2 cts Sale of Cocaine, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana (misd)
  9. Ricky Joe Harden (43 yoa, Lindsay Ct, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Sale of Cocaine, 1 ct Sale of Schedule II Substance, 2 cts Sale of Schedule IV Substance, 1 ct Sale of Marijuana, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent, 1 ct Possession of Schedule II Substance, 1 ct Possession of Schedule IV Substance, 1 ct Driving while license suspended, Superior Court Bench Warrant, Wanted out of Floyd County for probation violation
  10. Brenda Lawson (54 yoa, Mikell St, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Schedule II Substance
  11. Anthony Pryor (34 yoa, Mikell St, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Sale of Schedule II Substance
  12. Michael Aikens (33 yoa, Mikell St, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Cocaine, 1 ct Possession of Imitation Controlled Substance, 1 ct Giving False Information to LE
  13. Dieon Evans (22 yoa, Gus Denmark Rd, Statesboro Ga):  2 cts Sale of Cocaine, 1 ct Possession of Cocaine with Intent, 2 cts Tampering with Evidence, 1 ct Unlawful Use of Communications Facility, 2 cts Possession of Schedule II Substance, 1 ct Possession of Schedule III Substance, 1 ct Obstruction
  14. Burnice Johnson (36 yoa, Old Stagecoach Rd, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana (misd)
  15. James Campbell (33 yoa, Old Stagecoach Rd, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent, 2 cts Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, 2 cts Sale of Marijuana, 2 cts Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, 1 ct Possession of Schedule III Substance, 1 ct Possession of Drug Related Object, Felony probation violation
  16. Julius James (47 yoa, Everett Lane, Brooklet Ga):  1 ct Possession of Cocaine, 1 ct Tampering with Evidence, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana (misd), 1 ct DUI, 1 ct Fleeing and Attempting to Elude
  17. Jimmy Raymond (66 yoa, Overland St, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Cocaine with Intent, 1 ct Obstruction, 1 ct Possession of Drug Related Object, Probation violation
  18. Ricky Connely (44 yoa, Henry St, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Cocaine, 1 ct Possession of Drug Related Object, Felony probation violation
  19. John Connely (38 yoa, Simpsontown Rd, Newington Ga):  1 ct Possession of Cocaine, 1 ct Possession of Drug Related Object
  20. Shakeem Hagins (22 yoa, Star Avenue, Savannah Ga):  1 ct Possession of Cocaine with Intent, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana (misd), 1 ct Obstruction, 1 ct Loitering and Prowling
  21. Jason Solise (29 yoa, East Elmhurst, Queens NY):  1 ct Possession of Cocaine, 1 ct Tampering with Evidence, 1 ct Giving False Information, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana (misd)
  22. Tammie Tardiff (33 yoa, Institute St, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Cocaine, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana (misd), Probation violation
  23. Jacob Boan (18 yoa, Pate Place, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent, 1 ct Unlawful Use of Communications Facilities, 1 ct Tampering with Evidence

Investigation recovers thousands of dollars of stolen property, closes multiple cases

Over the past month, local builders and mobile home dealerships reported multiple burglaries in which furniture and appliances were stolen.  These burglaries occurred in Bridgewater Subdivision, under construction on Josh Deal Rd, Langley Pond, under construction on Burkhalter Rd, and Jesup Homes, located on US 301S.  Additionally, other commercial burglaries of a more conventional nature were reported on the US 301 S corridor.

Patrol, working with Investigators and members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team, saturated these areas and used other investigative methods to prevent further thefts and to locate those responsible for earlier ones.  On 7/24/14 these efforts paid off when investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for a residence in the 7000 block of Sinkhole Rd, Statesboro, where numerous items of stolen property were located.  The resident of that home, Jamie Lamont Smith (40 yoa, Sinkhole Rd, Statesboro) was arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail.  Investigators also searched residences in Cedarwood Acres MHP and on Old Stagecoach Rd.  Based on these searches, investigators recovered approximately $14,240 worth of stolen property.  Smith was also identified as one of two subjects caught on security video at Deloach’s Diesel on US 301S committing a theft of metal from that location in May of this year.  All together, 17 separate burglaries and/or thefts have been cleared by the arrest of Smith.  Smith is also a registered sex offender, having been convicted in Statutory Rape in 1997.

These investigations are ongoing, led by Inv Dusty Williams and Inv Jason Long, and other arrests are expected in these cases.  These cases would not have been resolved except for the dedication of Williams and Long, the hours of extra patrol by deputies and CST investigators, and information developed by Officer Jeremy Glisson, assigned by Statesboro P.D. to CST.  Sheriff Anderson thanks all the deputies and officers involved in these cases for their exceptional work.

Jamie Lamont Smith:  9 cts Burglary in the 1st Degree, 1 ct Burglary in the 2nd Degree, 2 cts Felony Theft by Taking, 2 cts Criminal Attempt Burglary