The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
HARASSMENT: A 23-year-old Auburn woman reported on Aug. 2 that an ex-boyfriend keeps calling her even though they broke up more than a year ago. He started to call her again a week before, the woman said, and got her new cell phone number because she texted him to tell him to stop calling. She also returned one call to find out where he was calling from and learned the number belongs to a motel. A deputy advised her to place a block on her phone and/or change her phone number.
MISSING PERSON: A Winder woman reported on Aug. 2 that her husband is missing. He left home the Saturday night before, saying he was going to work —a second-shift job at Chico’s. The job is new and he just recently got his first paycheck, she said. Her husband texted her that night and called on Monday from a borrowed cell phone, but had not returned home the following day. She thinks he is on drugs and needs help, the woman said.
ASSAULT: A Pleasant Hill Road man was charged aggravated assault after he stabbed his tenant in the leg with a boxcutter while the two were arguing about the water bill, which hadn’t been paid. The tenant was riding in the backseat, while his landlord drove. When the tenant complained that the landlord spent on all the money on “roxycotton,” he turned around, stabbed the tenant in the leg, slashed at his neck, punched him in the mouth (chipping a tooth) and forced him out of the moving truck, causing him to fall down, according to a deputy’s report. Mark McCarty, 41, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of battery. The victim doesn’t live in the house with McCarty, but rents a shack beside the main house, the deputy noted in his report.
HARASSMENT: A Winder woman complained on Aug. 2 to the sheriff’s office that her husband has been receiving harassing phone calls over the past few days from a woman he has helped in the past. The wife and husband both explained that he has taken the other woman to the doctor’s office and helped her get electricity turned on at her trailer, but she got mad when he left her at the doctor’s office and had the electricity cut off. The woman accuses her helper of “messing with her” and supplying her with prescription drugs.
SPEEDING: A Ben Johnson Road resident complained about speeding on his Bethlehem street and said that he’s nearly be run off the road near his house because of it. The deputy said he would write a report to document the problem and patrol the area more frequently while he is on duty.
VANDALISM: A Winder woman woke on Aug. 3 to find egg on the Kia Sedona parked outside of her Brooks Lane home and egg shell beside the car. Someone also threw eggs at her van the Thursday before, but she didn’t report it, she said. While she couldn’t think of any suspects, the deputy advised that she probably knows the vandal and should install more outdoor lighting. The woman estimated the cost of cleaning the car at $6.
DISPUTE: A Foxdale Court man is having trouble with a neighboring family that began to rent the property next to his about six months ago, he told a deputy. The tenants come onto his property and have aggressive dogs that he is afraid will harm his elderly mother-in-law. To make clear the property line, he placed stakes and tied a string around them to make a sort of fence. Recently he saw a neighbor mow over the stakes and fence. When he confronted the neighbor, the man called him a bad name and said he’d been to prison before. The deputy went next door and talked to the neighbors, but could not find the man who mowed over the stakes.
DISPUTE: A Winder woman called the sheriff’s office after she felt threatened by her neighbor. The two women have had a beef for years, the woman said, but that particular day was worse. As the woman was driving down the street, her neighbor began to yell and curse at her even though children were around. When the woman stopped the car to see what was going on, the neighbor pulled open the driver’s side door, confusing and scaring the woman. The complainant did not want the deputy to confront her neighbor, only to document the event.
DISPUTE: A pair of former friends called the sheriff’s office on Aug. 3 to arbitrate a disagreement over a 4-wheeler. The deputy responded to the Bethlehem Fire Department, 774 Christmas Ave., where one man complained that his former friend agreed to store his 4-wheeler while he moved and now as trying to charge him a storage fee that he’d never agreed to. The deputy went to the friend’s house and confirmed that the two had never discussed a storage fee. He told the former friend that he could not keep property that belonged to the other man and could sue him for the storage fee if he thought he would win. The man returned the 4-wheeler, which was only a partially rebuilt frame and four wheels.
COMPLAINT: A Bethlehem man complained to the sheriff’s office that his neighbor cut down a tree on his property three months ago and refuses to move it. A responding deputy told the man that the issue is a civil matter, but he will try to reach the neighbor and resolve the conflict.
SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT: A Winder man was driving on Georgia Highway 11 around 7:30 on Aug. 3, when he was forced to slow for traffic ahead, he said. When he veered a little to see what the trouble was, a man in the Audi in front of him stuck a large camera out the window and began taking pictures of his Dodge Charger and his family inside. The Audi driver — white man with a beard and sunglasses — continued to take pictures and eventually pulled off the road to shoot the Charger as it passed. The Audi driver then followed the family into a subdivision and continued to take pictures even as he sped away.
911 CALL: A deputy responded to a 911 hang-up on Marcel Park Drive in Statham. The resident said he was trying to call someone with a 912 area code.