On 7/3/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team responded to the Lodge Apartments of Statesboro on Institute Street in an attempt to locate a male wanted for sale of cocaine. The wanted suspect was believed to be in apartment #3 and upon approaching the unit investigators observed a male subject at the door matching his description. The male, Rotema Watson (43 yoa, Hwy 23, Millen Ga), attempted to throw away a bag of crack cocaine and was taken into custody. Six other individuals at apartment #3 were also taken into custody after investigators obtained a search warrant for the unit and discovered additional drugs including marijuana and prescription pills and a firearm. All were transported to the Bulloch County Jail on various charges (described below).
The discovery of drugs and a firearm at the location is particularly significant since the area outside of this apartment was the scene of a shooting on 6/29/14 currently under investigation by detectives with the Statesboro Police Department. CST will be assisting in this investigation in any way possible.
- Rotema Watson (43 yoa, Hwy 23, Millen Ga): 1 ct possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, 1 ct sale of cocaine, 1 ct possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, 1 ct possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 1 ct possession of marijuana (misdemeanor)
- Nicky Young (38 yoa, Institute St, Statesboro Ga): 1 ct possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, 1 ct possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, 1 ct possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Larry Jackson (24 yoa, Holmes Drive, Millen Ga): 2 cts of possession of a schedule II drug with intent to distribute, 1 ct possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, 1 ct possession of marijuana (misd)
- Michelle Parker (48 yoa, Valley Rd, Statesboro Ga): 1 ct possession of marijuana (misd), 1 ct possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
- Brandon Mincey (27 yoa, Institute St, Statesboro Ga): 1 ct possession of marijuana (misd), 1 ct possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
- Jarel Brown (24, Williams Rd, Statesboro Ga): 1 ct possession of marijuana (misd), 1 ct possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
- Prethenia Wells (43 yoa, Johnson St, Statesboro Ga): 1 ct possession of marijuana (misd), 1 ct possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
On 7/2/14 at 1621 hrs BCSO patrol deputies were notified that shots had been fired at several people in the 100 block of Woodyard Ct, Brooklet Ga. The victims had fled the area to a residence on Railroad Street in Brooklet. Deputies spoke with the victims who stated that Orlando Rock (23 yoa, Pamela Way, Statesboro, Ga) had driven to his girlfriend’s residence on Woodyard Ct, found her ex-boyfriend in the yard speaking with her along with several other witnesses, and had fired shots at the ex-boyfriend before chasing after him on foot. The ex-boyfriend was able to evade Rock and was later picked up and driven from the scene by the other witnesses. No one was injured in the shooting, but there were bullet strike marks on the ex-boyfriend’s vehicle.
As witnesses were being interviewed, they indicated that Rock’s vehicle was traveling through Brooklet at the present time. Deputy 1st Class William Sims was able to stop Rock’s vehicle on Brooklet Denmark Rd and take him into custody. A handgun and shotgun were located in the vehicle. Physical evidence at the scene on Woodyard Ct indicated that both had been discharged. Rock was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with 1 ct Aggravated Assault, 1 ct of Pointing a Firearm at Another, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, and 1 ct of Criminal Trespass. No bond has been assigned to Rock at this time.
On 6/26/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team served a search warrant at an apartment in 111 South Apartments on Rucker Lane in Statesboro. The search warrant was based on drug transactions from that apartment. Marijuana, various controlled prescription drugs, and an AR-15 style rifle were recovered from the location and one of the tenants, Brian Holmes (22 yoa, Rucker Lane, Statesboro Ga), was arrested on scene. A second tenant, Eric Ferguson (24 yoa, Maple St, Statesboro Ga), turned himself in later to the Bulloch County Jail. Both Holmes and Ferguson were charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Schedule II drug, Possession of a Schedule III drug, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object.
Effective July 1, 2014, we will be unable to attach booking photos to our web and social media postings. This is due to a state law passed which partially shields persons arrested and booked into Jail facilities from having their photos posted for public display. We will continue to furnish news outlets with booking photos after they sign the required paperwork mandated by the State, however we as an agency will refrain from publishing them.
On 6/23/14 patrol deputies were dispatched to Pulaski Rd near the Candler County line for a reported bicycle theft. The victim stated that she had seen a black male subject riding the bike in the area. Deputy 1st Class William Sims located the black male, later identified as Anthony Lamar Brown (25 yoa, Wilma Brown Rd, Register Ga), and while speaking with him noticed Brown reaching into his waistband. Brown was detained at gunpoint until other deputies arrived and Brown could be secured in handcuffs. Brown was found to have been reaching for a pistol which he had concealed in his waistband.
Further investigation by BCSO investigators revealed that the pistol had been stolen from a residence in the 7000 block of Pulaski Rd on 6/9/14 in a burglary. The bicycle had been stolen from a residence in the 1700 block of Brook Run Drive on 6/20/14 in a burglary. Brown was found to be a convicted felon who had been convicted in both Jenkins and Burke counties of Entering Auto and Terroristic Threats. He was released from the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections in March 2014. Brown was also determined to be a member of the Gangster Disciples, a group to which several recent violent episodes over the past several months have been linked.
Brown was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains in custody without bond. He is charged with 2 cts of Burglary, 1 ct of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, 1 ct of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, 1 ct of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, 1 ct of Theft by Taking (misd), 1 ct of Obstruction, and 1 ct of Participating in Criminal Gang Activity.
On 6/23/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team intercepted a package containing a quantity of marijuana scheduled for delivery to an apartment in Park Place Apartments located at 230 Lanier Drive, Statesboro Ga. The package was claimed by Zachary Tyler (21 yoa, Lanier Drive, Statesboro Ga) who was found to reside with his brother, Nathaniel Tyler (20 yoa, Lanier Drive, Statesboro Ga), in Park Place Apts. Investigators developed probable cause to search the apartment in which the Tylers resided and discovered quantities of marijuana, LSD, and other drug paraphenalia. Zachary Tyler was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object. Nathaniel Tyler was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of LSD with Intent to Distribute, and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object. Both were transported to the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial action.
The Lanier Drive corridor is one of several focus areas in Bulloch County where CST is concentrated based on citizen complaints, crime statistics, and proximity to GSU campus.
On 6/11/14 investigators with BCSO’s Criminal Investigation’s Division, the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team, and State Probation teamed up to conduct on site compliance checks on all registered sex offenders living in Bulloch County. These unannounced checks take place as public schools are in recess for the summer and children are more likely to be active in the community. The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office is responsible, in conjunction many times with State Probation, for supervising a fluctuating number of sex offenders which averages 90 at any given time.
Three individuals were found to have employment or residence violations. Jack Bragg, convicted of child molestation in Screven County, had failed to report changes in his employment and was arrested. James Elbert Dickerson, convicted of child molestation in Dekalb County, had failed to report changes in employment and address and a warrant for his arrest was issued. Michael Benemon, convicted of Statutory Rape in Bulloch County, was determined to have absconded from Bulloch County and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Benemon’s case will be turned over to the US Marshals Service as a possible candidate for a Federal Adam Walsh Act violation, based on his being a sex offender moving from one state to another without complying with registry requirements. Investigators believe that Benemon has possibly moved out of state.
Sheriff Anderson asks that anyone with information on a sex offender who has moved or is otherwise not reporting required information to contact Cpt Todd Hutchens at 912-764-1787 or submit an anonymous tip to email@example.com. Anyone with information on the location of Michael Benemon is encouraged to do so as well.
On 6/14/14 at 2300 hrs BCSO patrol deputies responded to the area of SR 67 for a vehicle pursuit entering the county from Bryan County on I-16. Bryan County Sheriff’s deputies had attempted to stop a vehicle which then fled westbound on I-16. A trooper from the Georgia State Patrol was able to intercept the vehicle, a Chevrolet Cruze, near the SR 67/ I-16 interchange and the vehicle again refused to stop. The pursuit continued northbound towards Statesboro on SR 67.
BCSO deputies were determined to prevent the fleeing vehicle from entering Statesboro, since the potential for a high speed crash in a heavily built up area was very high. Deputies set up spike strips on SR 67 near the Kiwanus Fairgrounds. The fleeing driver observed the trap, turned around in the middle of SR 67, and intentionally backed into a BCSO patrol car. The driver then fled into the Hammocks Subdivision where he recklessly drove behind homes and through yards before attempting to regain the highway. A trooper and deputy were able to strike the violator’s vehicle with their own and push it into the ditch. The driver, later identified as Ernest Graham (33 yoa, 59th Street, Savannah Ga), then fled on foot. When confronted by troopers and deputies, Graham physically struck and fought them until subdued by use of a Taser. The passenger, Shavika Williams (31 yoa, 59th Street, Savannah Ga), was taken into custody without incident. A subsequent search revealed a quantity of cocaine and also marijuana in the vehicle.
Graham is charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana (misd), 4 cts of Felony Obstruction of Law Enforcement, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude, Speeding (124 in a 55), DUI, Driving while License Suspended, Open Container, and Criminal Trespass. Williams is charged with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana (misd).
On 6/11/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team and deputies with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 3000 block of SR 119 near Stilson to look into a drug complaint and the possibility that stolen property was located on the premises. Investigators made contact with the tenant, Robert James Kendrick Jr (27 yoa, SR 119, Ellabell), who fled the location in a vehicle. After a short pursuit, Kendrick abandoned his truck and fled into the woods on foot. Two passengers in the vehicle with Kendrick, Jeffrey Taylor (26 yoa, SR 119, Ellabell) and Aubrey Sims (33 yoa, SR 119, Ellabell), were arrested when marijuana was discovered in the vehicle.
During the search for Kendrick in woods near his residence, investigators located a 2012 Polaris Ranger stolen in March 2014 from a resident of the Stilson area. The Ranger was recovered for its rightful owner.
Later in the day CST investigators received information that Kendrick was hiding at a residence on Railroad Bed Connector in the Brooklet area. A search of that location led to the arrest of Kendrick and also Linda Kendrick (52 yoa, SR 119, Ellabell), James Robert Kendrick (33 yoa, US 80E, Brooklet), and Annie Elizabeth Kendrick (32 yoa, US 80 E, Brooklet) for Hindering the Apprehension of a Criminal.
Further investigation led investigators to a quantity of methamphetamine at Robert James Kendrick Jr’s residence. All parties were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.
- Robert James Kendrick Jr: Fleeing and attempting to elude, Obstruction, Theft by receiving stolen property (felony), Possession of Methamphetamine
- Jeffrey Taylor: Possession of marijuana (misd)
- Aubrey Sims: Possession of marijuana (misd)
- Linda Kendrick: Hindering the apprehension of a criminal
- James Robert Kendrick: Hindering the apprehension of a criminal
- Annie Elizabeth Kendrick: Hindering the apprehension of a criminal
On 6/7/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team responded to a residence in the 300 block of Palm Avenue off of Lanier Drive to assist in a domestic disturbance call. The homeowner of that residence, James Hunter Poole (23 yoa, Palm Avenue, Statesboro), had been arrested by CST in March 2014 for manufacturing steroids and subsequently posted bond on that charge. During the domestic dispute investigation, CST personnel noted all of the necessary ingredients to manufacture steroids inside the residence along with syringes, vials, and a quantity of suspected finished product. Poole was re-arrested for manufacturing steroids and transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains without bond. All evidence was submitted to the GBI Crime Lab for testing.