Crime Suppression operations on 3/27/14

BRAVURA BANKS JRdavid banks jamaal mcclearinjared bambergdaniel mikell dexter adams christopher adamsdonald williams keysha smith marie white-gibson robert light

Over the past several weeks Investigators assigned to the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigated the use of forged signatures on prescription pads to fraudulently obtain prescription medications at area pharmacies.  The suspects in this case were essentially “pharmacy shopping”, in other words going from pharmacy to pharmacy in order to obtain prescription medication by use of the forged prescription pads.  The suspects would then sell the medications for a profit on the black market, especially pain medications like Hydrocodone and Oxycontin.  During the course of the investigation, CST members discovered that the forged prescriptions were turning up in the Atlanta area as well.  This enabled CST to reach out to detectives in Metro Atlanta as well as local pharmacists for assistance.  One local individual, Bravura Banks Jr (20 yoa, Statesboro Place Circle, Statesboro Ga), was arrested as he attempted a fraudulent purchase at Rite Aid in Statesboro.  Three other individuals have been arrested in the Atlanta area and other arrests are anticipated.  Banks was charged with Forgery in the 1st Degree and Fraudulently Obtaining a Controlled Substance and was later released on bond.

On 3/27/14 CST members executed a search warrant at an apartment in The Grove Apartments on Brampton Avenue in Statesboro based on sales of marijuana and prescription pills from that location.  Jamaal Mcclearin (22 yoa, Brampton Ave Statesboro Ga) was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Sale of Marijuana, 1 count of Sale of a Schedule IV drug, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and 1 count of Giving False Information to Law Enforcement.  David Banks (19 yoa, Brampton Ave Statesboro Ga) was charged with 1 count of Sale of Marijuana and 1 count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.  Both were booked into the Bulloch County Jail.

On 3/27/14 CST members executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Thomkin Drive, Statesboro, based on drug sales from that home.  Jared Bamberg (21 yoa, Thomkin Drive Statesboro Ga) was arrested and charged with 1 count of Sale of Marijuana and booked into the Bulloch County Jail.

On 3/27/14 CST members executed a search warrant at a mobile home in Eagle Trace MHP on US 301 S based on sales of methamphetamine, marijuana, and cocaine from the residence.   Dexter Adams (27 yoa, Eagle Trace MHP) was arrested on 2 counts of Sale of Methamphetamine, 2 counts of Sale of Marijuana, 1 count of Possession of Cocaine, and 1 count of Possession/use of a drug related object.  Christopher Adams (31 yoa, Eagle Trace MHP) and Daniel Mikell (23 yoa, Eagle Trace MHP) were arrested for Possession/use of a drug related object.  Mikell was also wanted for Probation Violation.  All suspects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail.

Finally on 3/27/14, CST members executed a search warrant at an apartment in The Lodge of Statesboro on Institute St.  Multiple complaints had been received concerning this apartment related to drug sales/use, prostitution, and other quality of life issues. Three individuals, Marie White-Gibson (36 yoa, Miller St Extension, Statesboro), Robert Lee Light (34 yoa, North Foss St, Statesboro), and Keysha Smith (42 yoa, Spruce St, Statesboro) were located in the one bedroom apartment along with numerous drug related objects used to smoke crack cocaine.  They were arrested for Possession/Use of a drug related object and served a notice not to return to the Lodge or face arrest for criminal trespass.  The tenant of the apartment, Donald Williams (58 yoa, Institute St, Statesboro), arrived while the search was being conducted and was arrested for Maintaining a Disorderly House.  All four were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.

 

Parolee arrested for drug sales

KEAVENEY, JEROMYOn 3/18/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team served a search warrant at Sea Pines Apartments in the 9000 block of Burkhalter Rd, Statesboro Ga.  The search warrant was based on drug purchases from the tenant of the apartment, Jeromy Lee Keaveney (28 yoa, Burkhalter Rd, Statesboro Ga).  Keaveney fled out of the apartment but was taken into custody after a short foot chase.  The search revealed marijuana at the location.  Keaveney was charged with four counts of Sale of Marijuana, one count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, one count of Obstruction, one count of Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, and parole violation.

Keaveney was paroled from the state prison system after having served three years of a ten year sentence for multiple burglaries, according to the Ga Dept of Corrections website.

Suspect indicted for murder in the death of 4 month old

WILLIAMS, ALLAN RAY

On 9/12/13 deputies responded to a mobile home in the 2000 block of Old Register Rd along with EMS for a 4 month old child reportedly not breathing.  EMS transported the child to East Georgia Regional Medical Center where he sadly passed away.  Investigators responded to both the scene and EGRMC to begin an investigation.

Extensive interviews were conducted with the father of the child, Allan Ray Williams (29 yoa, Old Register Rd Statesboro Ga) who had recently moved to Bulloch County from Johnson County.  Williams indicated that the child had choked while drinking a bottle in his crib and that upon noticing the child in distress he called for help.

Based on multiple interviews with Williams and others, along with the processing of the  residence, inconsistencies appeared in Williams’ story.  A subsequent autopsy by the GBI’s Coastal Regional Crime Lab further highlighted the fact that the child did not die as related by Williams.  On 9/27/13 Williams was charged with Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree and Making False Statements.  Williams has since remained in custody.

On 3/16/14 the Grand Jury of Bulloch County was presented with the facts of the case.  The Grand Jury returned true bills of indictment on the following charges against Williams:  Felony murder, Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree, and Making False Statements.  Williams remains in custody with no bond at the Bulloch County Jail.

Anyone with information on this case should contact Inv Jason Long at 912-764-1747 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Drug investigation leads to multiple arrests

On 3/13/14 Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigators served a search warrant at an apartment in the 100 block of Lanier Drive, Statesboro Ga, regarding sales of marijuana from that apartment.  The tenant, Jeffrey Zane Strickland (19 yoa, Lanier Drive Statesboro Ga), was arrested and charged with three counts of Sale of Marijuana, three counts of Unlawful Use of Communications Facilities, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.  Marijuana and a firearm were recovered during the search.

Acting on the findings of the search warrant, investigators began arresting individuals who arrived at the apartment attempting to purchase marijuana.  This reverse sting continued throughout the night, resulting in the arrest of a total of 28 defendants.  Charges against these individuals included Criminal Attempt to Purchase Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana (less than one ounce).  With the assistance of BCSO Jail Division deputies, all the defendants were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.  As of this release bonds have been assigned to the defendants and several have been released.

The purpose of this operation was twofold.  One was to interrupt drug sales from this location, an activity which often leads to more serious crimes such as home invasions for the purpose of stealing drugs from such locations.  The other was to send a message to purchasers about the hidden dangers of participating in the drug trade.  Investigators spoke with the defendants after their arrest about how drug sales impact the apartments and other areas of student housing in which they live.

Crime Suppression Team arrests

rich, eric anderson, kelvin blaney, victor harlie, fontarian holloway, taivez

On 3/10/2014 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team served a search warrant at 110 St. Charles Place Apartments for drug sales.  This is the second search warrant that the Crime Suppression Team has served at this address in the last month.   St. Charles Place Apartments is located at the entrance to Park Place Apartments in the 200 block of Lanier Drive, Statesboro Ga.  While serving this latest search warrant, CST investigators arrested Victor Jerome Blaney (45 yoa, Lanier Drive Statesboro Ga) for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.  A quantity of marijuana, packaging materials and smoking devices were also seized. Blaney (who was already out on bond and on probation) was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he is held pending a court appearance.   

 

Also on 03/10/2014 investigators with CST served a search warrant at 10 Stadium Place Apartments for drug sales.  Investigators located Eric Rich (38 yoa, Lanier Drive Statesboro Ga) as he was attempting to flush a large bag of marijuana, however Rich clogged the toilet and the evidence was recovered. Rich physically struggled with investigators but was taken into custody.  Rich was charged with felony obstruction of an officer, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and tampering with evidence (felony).  While investigators were serving this search warrant other CST members stopped a vehicle that was suspected of having just purchased narcotics from Rich.  Both of the occupants were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana (misd): Taivez Holloway (30 yoa, Knight Drive Statesboro Ga) and Fontarian Deonta Harlie (24 yoa, Cedar Creek Rd Claxton Ga).  Two small children were in the vehicle at the time of the drug transaction and were eventually turned over to a family member

 

On 03/11/2014, after conducting surveillance on a suspected drug dealer, CST investigators stopped Kelvin Antwone Anderson (36 yoa, Boggs St Claxton Ga) after he was believed to have sold cocaine to another male.  Anderson was attempting to leave the Statesboro Mall at the time of the traffic stop.  During this stop a sizeable amount of cocaine and approximately $600.00 in US currency was located.  Anderson was placed under arrest and charged with the sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.  Anderson’s vehicle was impounded to await forfeiture procedures and he was transported to the Bulloch County Jail. 

Aggravated assault investigation

On 3/11/14 at 2312 hrs patrol deputies were notified of a male shot in the 100 block of Nature’s Way, Statesboro Ga.  Deputies and EMS personnel responded a found the male victim, 41 yoa, shot in the leg.  The victim was transported to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The victim stated that he was shot by an unknown black male driving a light colored car.

BCSO Investigator Dusty Williams was assigned to the investigation.  Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area of Nature’s Way around the time of the incident is asked to contact Inv Williams at 912-764-1703 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Child cruelty arrest

WRIGHT, SHANTEOn 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.

Two arrested after Crime Suppression Team serves search warrant

POOLE, JAMES HUNTER bozeman, jaci

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).

Deputy suffers minor injury in fight with wanted person

chapman, kennethOn 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.

Traffic stops lead to several drug arrests

EMILY RUSHING TAMBI RICH MICHAEL RICE JOHNNY LEE BRANCH JR

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