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Tag scanner leads to drug arrests
Liberty County Sheriff's blotter for Oct. 15

Recent reports filed with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office include:

Sept. 25
• Discharge of firearms on or near public highway — An employee at Revolutions Night Club told a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy that as she worked at the front door of the club, she saw a silver, four-door car leave the parking lot around 2:20 a.m., and someone in the vehicle fired shots in the air. She said she thought the car was occupied by four men and added that no altercation between herself and the men or anyone else at the club had taken place. Five .45-caliber shell casings were found in the roadway — not the parking lot — by HPD officers prior to the deputy’s arrival.
• Criminal damage to property/battery — A middle-school football player got into an argument with his mother about playing games on his school-issued iPad. Later, the mother told the child’s father about the fight, and the father and the boy also got into a heated verbal argument.
The boy reportedly went into his bedroom, where he punched a hole in the wall of their Carlyene Drive home in Midway. When the boy’s mother came in to talk to him, he reportedly hit her with an open hand, leaving a goose-egg bump on her forehead. The couple didn’t want to file a juvenile complaint but wanted the incident noted by police. They planned talk to the boy’s football coach, who also is his math teacher, saying the boy respects the coach and the parents hope another authority figure will set their child straight.
• Speeding/driving with suspended license — A deputy pulled over a 2011 Ford F-250 commercial-services truck after the deputy clocked the vehicle traveling at 85 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver pulled the truck over on the shoulder of the road after exiting Leroy Coffer Highway and turning onto Highway 17 north right at the Bryan County line. The deputy told the driver he had been speeding. The male driver gave his license to the deputy and apologized for speeding, but said he was on his way to a service call. A check on his license showed it was suspended because he failed to appear in court for a previous vehicle violation.

Sept. 26
• Theft by taking — Someone stole a push lawnmower an Allenhurst man had chained to his mobile home overnight. The man said he woke up to find a piece of the chain had been cut and the mower was gone. He said he bought the mower at a yard sale and had not recorded the serial number.
• Driving with suspended license/unlawful plate transfer/no proof of insurance/ child-restrain seat used improperly — A man driving a green Nissan Altima was arrested after a deputy ran his vehicle information and discovered his license had been suspended for failure to appear in court. The man also had placed the tag belonging to a different vehicle on his car to avoid being detected as expired. The man also had his 4-year old-daughter in the back seat with no child-restraint seat or seat belt on.

Sept. 27
• Matter of record — A woman called 911 after she found her husband at the front door of their Woods Drive home with a bleeding cut on his face. At first, the man told his wife not to call for help, but after two hours of the man drifting in and out of consciousness, she placed the call. Police found a metal grate outside the front door that was consistent with the mark on his face. The man said he is prone to fainting and sleepwalking and admitted it was not the first time he had fallen. He was taken to a hospital in Savannah.

Sept. 29
• Trafficking in cocaine, marijuana, illegal drugs/possession of marijuana/possession of a schedule II controlled substance/no tag — After the Automated License Plate Recognition System mounted on a deputy’s patrol car signaled that a passing car had an expired tag, the deputy initiated a traffic stop. The 2002 Buick Park Avenue was stopped just south of the Friendly Express gas station on Talmadge Road in Walthourville.
The driver handed his license to the deputy while his female passenger informed the deputy that it was her car and she forgot the tag had expired. While checking his license, the deputy learned that the driver had outstanding arrest warrants in two counties. The deputy called for backup and asked the other deputy to speak with the driver, saying that he wanted to validate his suspicion that there might be marijuana in the door because he detected a light odor when he first approached the car.
In the meantime, the deputy arrested the driver for the two outstanding warrants. The first deputy transported the driver to jail and later learned the second deputy found suspected marijuana and more illegal drugs in the car.
• Matter of record — A high-school student used a GPS tracking system to locate her cell phone, which she reported had been taken from her by another student. The mother of the girl called authorities and said she wanted her daughter’s cellphone retrieved from the location and returned to her daughter. The deputy went to the home and spoke to the mother of another young girl who did have the phone. It was returned to its rightful owner.

Sept. 30
• Battery — An argument over money owed led to a complainant being punched in the eye. The complainant’s right eye had a laceration over it, with no other visible injuries. Officers were unable to make contact with the suspect.

Oct. 1
• Assist other agency — The Georgia State Patrol pursued a motorcycle at a high rate of speed from Bryan County into Liberty County. Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined the chase on Georgia 38, traveling west. The motorcyclist traveled to his home on Stewart Terrace, pulled into his driveway and attempted to jump off the bike but was stopped. As the suspect resisted arrest, the assisting officer fired a taser at the suspect, who then became compliant. When the officer removed the taser probes from the suspect’s body, he discovered that the barbs had not pierced the suspect’s body, but were hanging from his clothes. The suspect was transported to the Chatham County Jail by GSP.
• Theft by taking — A complainant said that he went to a local motel to check on his crew members and noticed that the company truck was not in the parking lot. A crew member told him that another employee must have taken the truck keys from him while he was asleep, because the crewmember was not there. The complainant said that over $100,000 worth of equipment was on the truck. The truck and equipment later were returned, and no charges were made.

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