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Hinesville Police Department blotter June 5

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POSTED: June 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Hinesville Police Blotter
May 1, 2008
Criminal trespass
Pafford Street, Hinesville

Officer Damien Butler responded to a call at Bradwell Institute. The assistant principal reportedly showed the officer video footage showing a juvenile painting a six-point start on the side of another student's locker. The officer took the young man into custody and called the department of juvenile justice.

May 1, 2008
Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of MDMA, possession of marijuana
Folker Road, Hinesville

While on foot patrol, officer Michael Troutman called for assistance on a car that was leaving his immediate area playing loud music. Officer Andres Plaza and Sgt. Rhett Dill stopped the vehicle in question at the Clydes store on Highway 196 and Frank Cochran. The officers detected a strong smell of alcohol coming from inside the car. The driver reportedly cooperated and submitted to a breath test that came back negative. The passenger reportedly refused to cooperate with officers and did not provide his name, date of birth or answer any of the officers' questions. The officers arrested the passenger for allegedly having alcohol on his breath. It was later discovered he was only 18. The officers reportedly found a clear bag containing a yellow pill in the passenger's left front pocket, a clear bag with white residue in it in his right front pocket, and what the officers described as loose pieces of marijuana in his left front pocket. A MACE agent was called to the scene to collect the evidence and reportedly identified the passenger as a member of a local gang. A background check showed the passenger was wanted by HPD for failing to appear in court for previous charges. As the suspect was booked, the officer reportedly found another clear plastic bag with white residue in the man's rear left pocket.

May 1, 2008
Cruelty toward a child
Lee Road, Hinesville

Officer Joseph de la Torre reported that a man was remorseful and distraught when he allegedly admitted he spanked his son with a belt, causing welts and bruising. The man told the officer that he's been stressed out since his wife is deployed and that his son got in trouble at school. A family member took the boy to the hospital for evaluation and will keep the boy for the time being.

May 1, 2008
Attempted suicide
Saunders Avenue, Hinesville

Office Michael Stephens was prepared to kick open the door of a locked room where a woman was allegedly trying to cut her wrists with a razor blade over a bad break-up when the woman unlocked the door. Officer Stephens said the woman had superficial cut her on her wrists. Liberty EMS took her to the hospital for further evaluation.

May 1, 2008
Fire
Hearn Road, Hinesville

Officer Dennis Poulsen said a woman reported she observed three people in a wooded area near a mobile home park on Pineland Avenue. The woman said she heard a pop that she initially thought was a gunshot. She looked out the window and saw smoke coming from the woods. The fire department and the forestry department were called to put out the fire.

May 2, 2008
Suspicious activity
Oak Street, Hinesville

Officer Joshua Heath reported he spoke with a man who said he was walking down the street when another young man took his hand-held Play Station Grand Theft Auto game. The officer took the man's statement and drove him to his personal care residence. The residence manager said the man did not own that game due to its violent nature, and told Officer Heath that the man had a history of misleading people. An assisting officer did find the young man who allegedly stole the game. The young man said he didn't take any game because there wasn't one to take. The young man told the officer that he and the other man were only talking about the game.

May 2, 2008
Cruelty to animals, discharging a pellet gun inside city limits
Woodcrest Circle, Hinesville

Officer Jerry Britting spoke to a distraught woman who said her cat had been shot by a pellet gun. She told the officer she let the cat out in the morning and found the cat half an hour later on the front porch, very weak, drooling and vomiting. She took the cat to the vet and learned someone had shot a pellet into the right side of its rib cage. According to the vet, the pellet entered on the cat's right side, traveled through the cat's abdomen and lodged in the left side of its left rib cage. Animal control was called to take over the investigation.

May 2, 2008
Simple assault
South Main Street, Hinesville

Officer Joseph Matthews reported that a man and a woman were engaged in a heated verbal dispute when another woman stepped in to break it up. The first woman asked the second woman if she was "sleeping with her man" and the fight continued between the two women. One woman claimed the other pulled a knife out and threatened her, but the man intervened and took possession of the knife.
Warrant procedures were advised.

May 3, 2008
Simple battery
East Oglethorpe Highway, Hinesville

Officer Jerry Britting responded to a dispute that turned physical when a young man closed his fist and allegedly struck a young woman on the cheek. The victim's mother told the officer she didn't want to press charges since it was a family matter.

May 3, 2008
DUI, suspended license, brake light required
Pineland Avenue, Hinesville

Officer Andres Plaza observed a car with a nonfunctioning brake light. He and an assisting officer stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver. The officers said they thought the driver smelled of alcohol and questioned him. Plaza said the man offered to take a sobriety test. The initial test came up positive for alcohol. He was taken to HPD for a follow-up test but the driver said he was not able to blow into the machine as necessary due to medical problems affecting his lungs. The man allegedly showed the officers his surgical scars as proof and was taken to the hospital for a blood test. He was then released on his own recognizance pending the results of the blood test.
 

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