On 1/19/15 BCSO patrol deputies received information that James Rodney Shuman (43 yoa, Harveytown Rd, Ellabell), wanted for Aggravated Assault and Methamphetamine related charges stemming from a 1/14/15 incident in Bryan County, was located at a residence in Bulloch County.
Based on the nature of the charges, Patrol supervisors called on the services of BCSO’s T.A.C. (Tactical Apprehension and Control) Team to assist with the arrest. The T.A.C. Team, composed of deputies from other BCSO divisions who undergo specialized training, was reorganized in 2014 at the direction of Sheriff Anderson and focuses on high risk warrant service and barricaded suspect operations. The Team, along with BCSO patrol deputies, searched a residence off of SR 67 for Shuman but did not locate him there.
Further information led deputies to Park Place Apartments in Statesboro where Shuman was sighted traveling in a vehicle. The vehicle in which Shuman was seen was stopped in a cul-du-sac in Park Place by T.A.C. Team members. Shuman and another passenger in the vehicle, Robert Boyette (20 yoa, Park Place Apts, Statesboro), resisted arrest but were taken into custody. Shuman was found to be in possession of a pistol tucked into his waistband. A meth lab was also discovered in the apartment in which Shuman and Boyette had been living. Both subjects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they remain pending further judicial action.
Sheriff Anderson commends the deputies who were involved in the operation.
James Rodney Shuman: 1 ct Criminal Attempt to Manufacture Methamphetamine, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, 1 ct Possession of Methamphetamine, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Wanted Person (Bryan County)
Robert Dillon Boyette: 1 ct Criminal Attempt to Manufacture Methamphetamine, 1 ct Felony Obstruction, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, 1 ct Hindering the Apprehension of a Fugitive
Over the past several weeks the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team has undertaken an investigation into several individuals involved in the sale of stolen property from both Georgia and Florida. An investigator with C.S.T., working undercover, posed as an individual who was in the business of purchasing stolen property. The investigation led to the recovery of approximately $50,000 worth of stolen property including a Bobcat T250 “stick steer” and a dual axle trailer (both stolen from Pensacola, Florida) and another trailer with a Yamaha 225 boat motor. Three subjects were arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they remain pending further judicial action. A fourth individual has active warrants for his arrest. Anyone with information on this case should contact Inv Jim Riggs at 912-764-1786 or submit an anonymous tip to email@example.com
• Kevin Gaddy (22 yoa, Cedar Brook Dr, Savannah Ga): 1 ct Felony Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, 1 ct Possession of Methamphetamine
• Arch Morgan (40 yoa, Hopkins Lake Dr, Duluth, Ga): 1 ct Felony Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
• William Cherry (37 yoa, Zipperer Rd, Guyton Ga): 1 ct Felony Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, 1 ct Possession of Methamphetamine
• Dustin Dowd (27 yoa) Last known to be in the Savannah area: 1 ct Felony Theft by Receiving Stolen property
On 12/19/14 BCSO patrol deputies received a lookout from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office on Randall Joey Futch Jr, the suspect in a homicide in that county, along with a vehicle belonging to the victim which Futch had stolen, a Buick Century. On 12/21/14, Sgt Rey Rodriguez was actively patrolling the area of SR 119 near Eldora when he observed the Buick Century being driven by Futch. Since BCSO patrol shifts operate with so few deputies, Sgt Rodriguez’s nearest backup was several minutes away. Deciding to risk a traffic stop by himself rather than risking the murder suspect escaping, Sgt Rodriguez stopped Futch near the Stilson Elementary School, ordering him to the ground using his patrol rifle. Futch complied and was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and later released to Liberty County deputies. The stolen vehicle was towed to the Sheriff’s Office for processing by the GBI.
Sheriff Anderson commends Sgt Rodriguez for his actions in arresting Futch. Sgt Rodriguez has been awarded BCSO’s Meritorious Service Ribbon for his bravery in effecting the arrest. In 2010, he received BCSO’s Medal of Valor for his actions after a Statesboro Police officer was shot and wounded by a suspect near Rucker Lane in Statesboro. Rodriguez’s dedication to duty is a reflection of the actions taken daily by understaffed BCSO patrol deputies in responding to all manner of calls for service. They are the backbone of this agency and serve the citizens of Bulloch County each day with honor.
On 12/18/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team were conducting a narcotics investigation at Blakewood Apartments in the 600 block of East Olliff Street, Statesboro. During the course of the investigation, C.S.T. members observed Johnathan Newkirk (29 yoa, Shuman Rd, Statesboro) and attempted to place him under arrest for warrants which Newkirk had from both BCSO and Statesboro P.D. Newkirk fled on foot but was apprehended by C.S.T. members using a Taser. He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains without bond. Newkirk is charged with 1 ct of Armed Robbery (SPD), 1 ct of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (SPD), 1 ct of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime (SPD), 3 cts Sale of Marijuana (BCSO), 1 ct Sale of Cocaine (BCSO), 1 ct Distribution of a Controlled Substance in/near a Public Housing Project (BCSO), 1 ct Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (BCSO), and 1 ct Obstruction (BCSO).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
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.