Nov. 15: Theft by taking — An Owens Drive resident in Midway reported that her Craftsman riding mower was taken from her backyard between Nov. 15 and Nov. 18. She said the mower was a gift and did not have the serial number immediately available.
Theft by conversion (felony) — A woman reported being scammed by a Craigslist car purchase transaction. The complainant reportedly sent a $2,850 wire transfer to a seller, but she has not been able to reach the seller since.
DUI — A man was arrested for DUI at Highway 38 and Darsey Road in Hinesville around 1:35 a.m. The patrol officer did not indicate why he stopped the driver, but the driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and consented to a breathalyzer test. He was taken to jail and was issued two citations.
Theft by taking — A Butter Blount Road resident reported that someone took $2,500 in bottles of liquor from his shed, which he reportedly kept unlocked but closed. The responding officer said there was no obtainable evidence at the scene.
Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute — A man was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after a stop at Lewis Frasier and Barrington Ferry roads. An officer initiated a traffic stop after observing a center-lane violation, and he smelled marijuana smoke coming from the car. The driver said he had smoked earlier but had nothing on him or in the car; the officer called for backup and asked the driver to step outside of the car. The driver seemed nervous, and a test showed a negative reading for alcohol on his breath. Backup officers arrived, and the search found suspected crack cocaine, marijuana and $636 in small denominations of cash. Officers also found that the tags on the vehicle were registered to a different vehicle in the suspect’s name, though a bill of sale was found in the glove box indicating the vehicle he drove was purchased in September. The suspect also was charged with possession of marijuana, failure to maintain lane and missing, defaced or obscured license plate.
Obstruction and disorderly conduct — A man and woman were arrested on charges of misdemeanor obstruction and another woman was charged with disorderly conduct after an officer responded to a disturbance call on Greenway Lane in the Woodland Lakes subdivision in Midway. Several people reportedly had been drinking together when two males began fighting and a woman told another man that she had put his gun in the dryer. The gun was not located within the home. The man and woman who were charged with misdemeanor obstruction left the scene before police arrived and evaded them as police sought the gun; the woman who was charged with disorderly conduct reportedly was yelling and cursing at the group when police arrived and refused to be quiet when ordered by the officers.
Possession of marijuana — A man was arrested at Dave Williams Road and Screven Fork in Midway after a traffic stop indicated four vehicle occupants had been smoking marijuana. The officer initiated the stop because the driver was going 45 mph in a 25 mph zone, but upon stopping, the front-seat passenger opened the door in an attempt to flee. The officer saw a green leafy substance on the passenger’s pants and smelled burning marijuana; the occupants admitted they had just smoked a blunt. Each of the people in the vehicle had a different story about who owned the substance, but the officer found a bag of marijuana on the ground next to the passenger’s door, and the passenger was arrested.
Possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, transfer to convicted felon — A man and woman were arrested around 3 a.m. on Highway 84 and Kent Road in Walthourville after a traffic stop. The officer reportedly smelled marijuana smoke coming from the vehicle, and the driver said her boyfriend had smoked in the car prior to her dropping him off in Hinesville. She consented to a search, and concurrently, a passenger in the car was arrested on a Pembroke warrant for probation violation. The vehicle search revealed suspected crack cocaine, a .22 mm firearm and several open alcoholic beverages. Both suspects were arrested and taken to jail.