On 10/5/14 BCSO Senior Deputy Doug Harrell and Master Deputy Jeff Thompson responded to the area of Thomas Village on US 301 N, Statesboro, in reference to a suspicious vehicle. After arriving, deputies located Prakashkumar Patel (27 yoa, McCall Blvd, Statesboro) sitting behind a residence in a black SUV. After making contact with Patel, Deputies Harrell and Thompson determined that he did not know the owner of the residence and that he had given them several different stories as to why he was parked there. After further investigation the two deputies located multiple bags of methamphetamine along with several glass pipes commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. Patel was charged with possession of drug related objects and also possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Patel was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he is being held without bond due to an I.C.E. hold that was placed on him.
On 7/8/14 BCSO deputies responded to Buddy’s Truck Stop in the 8000 block of US 301 S, Statesboro, for an armed robbery which had just occurred. During the course of that investigation, Inv Dusty Williams was able to identify James Kelsey Rock Jr (26 yoa, Reed St, Statesboro) as the individual who had robbed the store clerk. Warrants issued for Rock on charges of Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
After an extensive search, authorities in Florida were able to locate and arrest Rock. He was extradited back to Bulloch County where he remains without bond at the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial hearings. Sheriff Anderson thanks all the law enforcement agencies involved in the hunt for Rock for their efforts.
On 9/18/14 Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team members served a search warrant at 130 Lanier Drive (Cambridge @ Southern The Palms) after investigators received information of drug sales from that location. Multiple bags of cocaine and marijuana were seized and the two residents, Robin Renee Dickerson (49 yoa, Lanier Drive, Statesboro) and Dexture Lamar Dickerson (40 yoa, Lanier Drive, Statesboro) were arrested. Robin Dickerson is charged with 1 ct of Possession of Marijuana with Intent, 1 ct of Possession of Cocaine with Intent, and 1 ct of Sale of Cocaine. Dexture Dickerson is charged with 3 cts of Sale of Cocaine, 1 ct of Possession of Marijuana with Intent, and 1 ct of Possession of Cocaine with Intent. Both were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they remain until they post $10,000 bonds each.
On the same day and in the same apartment complex, CST investigators responded to another apartment for a drug complaint and found marijuana in plain view in the common area of the apartment. After obtaining a search warrant, investigators located multiple pounds of high grade marijuana inside the apartment along with a large sum of US currency. Keilan Mann (21 yoa, Lanier Drive, Statesboro) was charged with 1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent, Joseph Okekpe (22 yoa, Lanier Drive, Statesboro) was charged with 1 ct of Possession of Marijuana with Intent, and Maya Shasta (19 yoa, Rosewell Rd, Atlanta Ga) was charged with 1 ct of Possession of Marijuana (misdemeanor). Both Mann and Okekpe were out on previous felony drug bonds after being arrested by CST and are therefore held without bond at the Bulloch County Jail. Shasta posted a $2000 bond and was released.
On 9/23/14 CST investigators executed a search warrant at 1150 Brampton Avenue (The Grove Apts) after investigators learned that the tenant, Eduardo Jean (19 yoa, Country Lane, Carrollton Ga), was manufacturing fictitious Georgia ID cards and drivers licenses. During the search investigators located all the necessary computer and printing equipment to manufacture high quality false documents. Jean was arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with 3 cts of Possession of False Identification Documents and 19 cts of Forgery in the 1st Degree. He remains in custody pending the posting of a $20,000 bond.
These arrests are part of an ongoing effort by the CST to eliminate drug sales in the Lanier Drive corridor adjacent to GSU campus and also to impede the manufacture of fictitious ID documents, especially in light of recent concerns over incidents at local businesses near campus.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.