Search warrant leads to drugs, evidence of animal cruelty

On 7/7/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of West Jones Avenue, Statesboro, based on evidence of drug sales from that location.  Two occupants of the residence, later identified as Ray Walker Jr (37 yoa, Moore Rd, Portal Ga) and Demetrius Millen (32 yoa, Miller St Extension, Statesboro Ga), fled on foot but were apprehended.  The search warrant yielded multiple bags of cocaine, marijuana, and MDPV, also known by the street name “Molly” and similar to MDMA or “Ecstasy”.

In addition to the drug found, investigators also located three injured dogs and equipment consistent with the use of these dogs for fighting.  Bulloch County Humane Enforcement responded to the location and removed the injured animals.  This phase of the investigation is ongoing.

Walker is charged with 1 ct Possession of Cocaine with Intent, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent, 1 ct Possession of MDPV a/k/a “Molly”, 1 ct Tampering with Evidence, 1 ct Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, 2 cts Cruelty to Animals, 1 ct Obstruction, and 1 ct Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object.  Millen is charged with identical offenses.  Both remain at the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial action.

Theft arrest

On 6/24/14 the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Clerk of Court Heather Banks McNeal regarding a discrepancy in monies collected by an employee of her office.  Mrs McNeal indicated to investigators that citation monies handled by Karen Patterson (45 yoa, Shane Rd, Statesboro Ga) were not deposited as they should have been according to policy and that computerized records had been altered to conceal the thefts.  Patterson was terminated from employment by the Clerk of Court on 6/25/14.  According to a thorough internal audit conducted by the Clerk, approximately 19 instances of theft occurred over an approximately three month period and involved over $3,000 of citation money.

On 7/8/14 Investigator Jason Long served arrest warrants on Patterson for the offenses of Felony Theft by Taking, Computer Forgery, and Violation of Oath of Public Office.  She posted a bond of $10,000 and was released after being booked into the Bulloch County Jail.

Mrs McNeal believes that “the checks and safeguards that are currently in place in the Clerks Office are proving to be effective so that any deviations from office procedures are detected.”  The entire Clerks Office was completely cooperative with the efforts of BCSO investigators involved in the case.  Anyone with further information should contact Inv Long at 912-764-1747 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Fourth of July heroin, cocaine arrests

On 7/4/14 CST investigators responded to a residence in the 8000 block of Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga, in an attempt to locate Alan Kitchens, a parolee wanted for multiple drug sales.  While searching the residence, Kitchens was located hiding in a suitcase inside a bedroom closet.  Other drugs were subsequently located in the home and several of Kitchens’ family members were also arrested.  All were transported to the Bulloch County Jail.

Arrested:

  • Alan Kitchens (26 yoa, Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga):  2 cts sale of methamphetamine, 1 ct sale of heroin, 1 ct sale of morphine, 1 ct sale of oxycodone, 1 ct sale of marijuana, 1 ct obstruction, probation violation
  • Theresa Kitchens (29 yoa, Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga):  1 ct possession of methamphetamine, 1 ct possession of hydrocodone, 1 ct possession of dextroamphetamine, 1 ct obstruction
  • Rudolph Kitchens (55 yoa, Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga):  1 ct obstruction
  • Alicia Kitchens (47 yoa, Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga):  1 ct obstruction

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Later on 7/4/14 CST investigators located Arizona Zeb Connell (27 yoa, Westside Rd, Statesboro Ga) at a convenience store on Northside Drive East in Statesboro.  Connell had warrants for his arrest and was taken into custody without incident.  He was also found to be in possession of heroin.  Connell’s passenger, Addison Reddick (23 yoa, Reddick Rd, Portal Ga), was found to be in possession of crack cocaine and taken into custody as well.  Both were transported to the Bulloch County Jail.

Arrested:

  • Arizona Zeb Connell (27 yoa, Westside Rd, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct party to the crime-sale of oxycodone, 1 ct party to the crime-sale of methamphetamine, 1 ct possession of heroin, 1 ct criminal attempt-sale of heroin
  • Addison Reddick (23 yoa, Reddick Rd, Portal Ga):  1 ct possession of cocaine

Fourth of July heroin, cocaine arrests

On 7/4/14 CST investigators responded to a residence in the 8000 block of Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga, in an attempt to locate Alan Kitchens, a parolee wanted for multiple drug sales.  While searching the residence, Kitchens was located hiding in a suitcase inside a bedroom closet.  Other drugs were subsequently located in the home and several of Kitchens’ family members were also arrested.  All were transported to the Bulloch County Jail.

Arrested:

  • Alan Kitchens (26 yoa, Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga):  2 cts sale of methamphetamine, 1 ct sale of heroin, 1 ct sale of morphine, 1 ct sale of oxycodone, 1 ct sale of marijuana, 1 ct obstruction, probation violation
  • Theresa Kitchens (29 yoa, Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga):  1 ct possession of methamphetamine, 1 ct possession of hydrocodone, 1 ct possession of dextroamphetamine, 1 ct obstruction
  • Rudolph Kitchens (55 yoa, Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga):  1 ct obstruction
  • Alicia Kitchens (47 yoa, Stilson Leefield Rd, Brooklet Ga):  1 ct obstruction

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Later on 7/4/14 CST investigators located Arizona Zeb Connell (27 yoa, Westside Rd, Statesboro Ga) at a convenience store on Northside Drive East in Statesboro.  Connell had warrants for his arrest and was taken into custody without incident.  He was also found to be in possession of heroin.  Connell’s passenger, Addison Reddick (23 yoa, Reddick Rd, Portal Ga), was found to be in possession of crack cocaine and taken into custody as well.  Both were transported to the Bulloch County Jail.

Arrested:

  • Arizona Zeb Connell (27 yoa, Westside Rd, Statesboro Ga):  1 ct party to the crime-sale of oxycodone, 1 ct party to the crime-sale of methamphetamine, 1 ct possession of heroin, 1 ct criminal attempt-sale of heroin
  • Addison Reddick (23 yoa, Reddick Rd, Portal Ga):  1 ct possession of cocaine

Drugs, firearm recovered from Institute St apartment

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.

Arrested:

  • 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

Deputies arrest suspect in Woodyard Court shots fired call

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.

Search warrant at 111 South Apartments

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.

Changes to State law regarding the posting of booking photos

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.

Patrol arrest links suspect to multiple crimes in Pulaski Rd area

brown, anthonyOn 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.

Park Place Apartments drug arrests

Tyler, Zachary Tyler, Nathaniel

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.