May 1: Burglary — A resident in the 700 block of Hearn Road reported that a laptop was taken sometime between Monday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 1, and that the back door has signs of forced entry. No other items were reportedly missing, and the residents waited to report the missing item in case they had only misplaced it. The responding officer reported signs of forced entry, and the address reportedly was also burglarized with forced entry in 2011.
Possession of cocaine, marijuana and synthetic marijuana — A Hinesville woman was arrested for possession of marijuana less than one ounce, obstruction, driving without a license and window tint violation after a traffic stop in which she attempted to deceive officers. The woman was stopped for her illegal window tints but reportedly gave officers a false name, even though her proper name was on her vehicle registration. Officers searched the vehicle and found two burnt ends of marijuana cigarettes, loose marijuana in the center console, cocaine powder in a baggie and a rolled spice cigarette. A passenger was released, and the woman was taken to jail.
Battery — Officers were dispatched to the Dugout on Highway 196 after a fight in which a patron sustained facial injuries after being “jumped” by several people. A man reportedly stomped on the victim’s head before fleeing by foot, and multiple vehicles reportedly left the area afterward. One witness said that seven people jumped the victim, who reportedly is known to carry large sums of money. The victim reported that he was jumped by four people and he did not know why it happened. He sustained injuries to his left eyebrow, nose, left cheek bone and bottom lip. His eyes were swollen shut, and he had a knot on his forehead. He uttered in the ER that “it was not no drug deal gone bad.”
DUI, failure to obey traffic control device, driving on suspended license — A Fort Stewart woman was arrested around 1 a.m. for DUI after a stop on East M.L. King Drive in which she reportedly immediately smelled of alcohol. The woman’s Florida drivers’ license reportedly came back as suspended, and she blew .125 and .123. She was released on her own recognizance and was given a court date.
Theft by taking — An employee from Coastal Auto & Recycling reported that a customer sold the business scrap metal containing a manhole cover and drainage grate. The manhole cover has city of Hinesville engraved on it, and the grate was unmarked. The city’s public works contractor, OMI, claimed the items, valued at $700, but said there was no report that they were missing.
Simple battery — Officers were dispatched to Liberty Prayer Chapel on Memorial Drive to break up a fight. A man involved with the fight said he was walking down Memorial Drive in front of the church when two older and two younger males approached and started hitting him. He said he has no knowledge of why the suspects jumped him, and he did not know the suspects. The suspected antagonists reportedly fled by car.
DUI — A man was arrested for DUI after failing to signal a lane change and turn at E.G. Miles and Veterans parkways around 2:45 a.m. The officer said the suspect smelled like alcohol, and he reportedly did not perform well on a field sobriety test. He blew a .161 and .155.
He was taken to jail and issued a court date.
Burglary-Forced Entry-Residence — The front door to a Magnolia Plantation apartment residence was found kicked in by HPD officers, following a complaint by the resident. HPD also found evidence in the storage room that the circuit breaker had been flipped and the power turned off. Taken items included a $700 plasma TV and $500 laptop.