On 3/4/14 Sgt Kenny Thompson responded to Langston Chapel Elementary School for a report of child cruelty. Sgt Thompson met with representatives of the school and the Ga. Dept. of Family and Children Services and examined the five year old male child, who displayed bruising around one of his eyes. After speaking with the child, Sgt Thompson interviewed the child’s mother, Shante Nicole Wright (28 yoa, Continental Can Rd Statesboro Ga), concerning the injury. Based on the physical and testimonial evidence, Sgt Thompson placed Wright under arrest for causing the injury to the five year old’s face by use of a belt. She was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with one count of Cruelty to a Child- 1st degree. Wright later posted a bond and was released. DFACS continues to be involved in the case.
On 3/4/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team served a search warrant in the 300 block of Palm Avenue (Hammocks Subdivision Statesboro Ga). The search warrant was the culmination of a lengthy investigation into the sale of illegal steroids. During the search, investigators located a substantial quantity of suspected steroids along with hundreds of syringes and other items consistent with the distribution of these substances. The tenant of the home, James Hunter Poole (23 yoa, Palm Avenue Statesboro Ga), was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana (misdemeanor), and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object. A female visitor present at the time the search warrant was served, Jaci Bree Bozeman (20 yoa, Freedom’s Landing Dorm, Statesboro Ga), was also arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana (misdemeanor).
On 3/4/14 at 1830 hrs Deputy 1st Class Randall Norman stopped a vehicle on Kyle Sorrell Rd at Newton’s MHP for a minor traffic offense. DFC Norman made contact with the driver, later identified as Kenneth Steven Chapman (21 yoa, Grant St Garden City Ga), at which time Chapman provided a false name to Norman. After obtaining Chapman’s true identity, DFC Norman found that he was wanted out of Effingham County. As DFC Norman attempted to take Chapman into custody, Chapman physically resisted arrest. The two struggled until other deputies could reach the scene, summoned by a call for help from DFC Norman. Chapman was taken into custody and transported to the Bulloch County Jail. DFC Norman sustained a minor injury to his knee during the altercation.
Chapman is charged with multiple offenses: 1 ct Felony Obstruction of an Officer, 1 ct Misdemeanor Obstruction, 1 ct Simple Battery on an Officer, 1 ct Giving False Identification, 1 ct Disorderly Conduct, 1 ct Battery, Seatbelt violation, and an outstanding Effingham County warrant. He has no bond.
On 2/28/14 investigators assigned to the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team were conducting surveillance on suspects associated with a long term heroin and cocaine sales operation. Four individuals were observed meeting and leaving the meeting spot driving separate vehicles. Investigators developed probable cause to stop both vehicles on Gentilly Rd. The occupants of a black Mercedes, Emily Rushing (26 yoa, Nature’s Way Statesboro Ga) and Tambi Rich (35 yoa, Wren Lane Statesboro Ga), and the occupant of Rushing’s Dodge Charger (Johnny Lee Branch Jr, 33 yoa Park Place Apts Statesboro Ga) were arrested after a K-9 alert led to the discovery of crack cocaine. Rushing’s Dodge Charger was discovered to have been stolen from Atlanta Ga as well.
Following up on these arrests, search warrants were conducted at Rushing’s residence on Nature’s Way, leading to the discovery of heroin and multiple syringes, and at an associate of Rushing’s living in Stadium Walk Apts on Lanier Drive. At Stadium Walk Apts, CST investigators discovered a quantity of heroin and arrested Michael Rice (25 yoa, Stadium Walk Apts Statesboro Ga). Rice was also charged with previous sales of heroin and cocaine observed by CST members.
These arrests demonstrate the interconnected nature of drug sales in Bulloch County and the number of neighborhoods and apartment complexes affected. Arrest data follows:
Emily Frances Rushing: 1 ct Trafficking Heroin, 1 ct Possession of Cocaine, 1 ct Theft by Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle
Michael Rice: 1 ct Trafficking Heroin, 1 ct Sale of Heroin, 1 ct Sale of Cocaine
Tambi Rich: 1 ct Possession of Cocaine
Johnny Lee Branch Jr: No Drivers License, 1 ct Possession of Cocaine
An investigation into sales of illegal narcotics led to three arrests on 2/25/14. Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team members began looking into suspected drug activity at an apartment in the 111 South Apartment complex on Rucker Lane, Statesboro, in December 2013. Purchases of illegal drugs from the apartment led to the issuance of arrest warrants for Zane Patrick Cobb (21 yoa, Rucker Lane Statesboro Ga) for three counts of Sale of Marijuana. On 2/25/14 CST investigators arrived at the apartment to serve the arrest warrants. They located and arrested Cobb and also discovered other drugs and drug related objects in the apartment. Lavelle Ronnie Lawton (19 yoa, Rucker Lane Statesboro Ga) and Curtis John Hamlett (24 yoa, Rucker Lane Statesboro Ga) were also arrested based on those findings. All three were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they subsequently posted bond. Charging information follows. Anyone with information on suspected drug activity should contact CST at 912-764-1786 or submit an anonymous tip to email@example.com
Zane Patrick Cobb: 3 cts Sale of Marijuana, 3 cts Unlawful use of Communications Facilities, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Tampering with Evidence
Lavelle Ronnie Lawton: Use or Possession of a Drug Related Object
Curtis John Hamlett: Possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, Possession of Marijuana (misdemeanor)
On 02/20/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team conducted an investigation regarding the sale of heroin. Investigators arrived at 147 Valley Road in Statesboro and attempted to make contact with the home owners. Investigators made contact with Michelle Geis Parker (48 yoa) and Vernard Andre Parker (45 yoa). After further investigation Vernard Parker admitted to possessing multiple bags of heroin. Michelle Parker was charged with Possession and/or Use of a Drug Related Object and Vernard Parker was charged with Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute. These arrests highlight changing trends in illegal drug sales and use in our community. A major focus of C.S.T. is the disruption of such trends.
In other arrests throughout the night C.S.T. members arrested a total of 18 individuals on various charges ranging from outstanding arrest warrants to possession with intent of various drugs.
On 2/14/14 at 2049 hrs Master Deputy Mark Guarino and Investigator M Brinson, both assigned the the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team, were working in the area of Lanier Drive when a burglary in progress call was given out at 2 Bird Lane. Guarino and Brinson responded to the location and were able to locate the suspect, later identified as Timothy Adams (29 yoa, Bird Lane Statesboro Ga), leaving the area with a stolen television. After a short foot pursuit, Adams was arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains on a charge of Burglary in the First Degree.
C.S.T.’s focus is to provide proactive law enforcement to areas where crime trends have become a concern. C.S.T. has focused extensively on the Lanier Drive area to provide robust protection to Georgia Southern students living off campus in that area.
1- Damage to property: Bunch Rd, 800 block of Lakeview Rd
2- Civil disputes: 3000 block of US 80 E, 6000 block of Brooklet Denmark Rd
3- Criminal trespass: 1200 block of Maria Sorrell Rd
4- Theft by taking: 17000 block of SR 67, first block of Meadow Drive, 14000 block of SR 46
5- Domestic disputes: Cedarwood Acres MHP, 100 block of Riggs Circle, Burkhalter MHP, 800 block of Rough Rider Rd, 13000 block of Clito Rd
6- Suicide threat: 100 block of Evergreen Drive
7- Deputies responded to multiple weather related issues due to the winter storm
The female victim discovered inside a residence in Oak Hill MHP on 1/26/14 by deputies was the victim of a homicide according to the Medical Examiner. Joylee Ann Brown, 39 yoa of Eastview Apts in Statesboro, was identified as the victim and her family members have been contacted. Further information will be released as the case progresses.
1- Domestic disputes: Old River Rd N, 80 block of Twin Forks Rd, Sea Pines Apts, 300 block of Live Oak Lane
2- Failure to register as a sex offender: 3000 block of Bass Court
3- Theft by taking: Jesse Holloway Lane, 200 block of Eldora Cemetery Rd, Old River Rd N, Pecan Grove MHP
4- Criminal trespass: 100 block of Pretoria Rushing Rd, 3000 block of Eldora Rd
5- Residential fire: 200 block of Bruiser Circle, 8000 block of Clito Rd
6- Affray: Broomstraw Trace
7- Mentally ill subject: 100 block of Princess Lane
8- Vehicle fire: Westside Rd, US 80 E
9- Civil disputes: 3000 block of SR 119, 17000 block of SR 67
10- Death investigations: 200 block of Indian Trail, Oak Hill MHP
11- Entering auto: Still Quarters Rd, 100 block of Nature’s Way
12- Hit and run: 200 block of Sawgrass Trail