The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT: A growling dog prompted a 48-year-old tenant at an apartment complex on East Wright Street to investigate sounds coming from the woods near her home at 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 1. The woman called 911 after hearing people talking from the woods and heard sounds like someone was throwing stones in her driveway, she told a deputy.
THEFT: A flatbed trailer with a zero-turn lawn mower and a walk-behind push mower totaling $7,700 was stolen from a home on Oxford Way in Winder on Sept. 1, the 31-year-old owner reported at 6 a.m. that morning. The trailer was parked beside his home and he didn’t hear anything suspicious in the night, he told a deputy.
911 HANG UP: When 36-year-old mother of two 2-year-old twins caught one of her sons playing with the family phone Sept. 1, she yelled at her son and hung up — on a 911 operator. A deputy responded to her home on U.S. Highway 29 in Hoschton and warned the mother to be careful how she spoke to her kids.
THEFT: Someone stole an air-conditioning unit outside of a church on Tanners Bridge Circle sometime between Sunday services Aug. 28 and Sept. 1. The A/C unit is valued at $1,500, a church employee told a deputy.
SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT: A deputy was dispatched to a home on Bee Maxey Road Sept. 1 after a homeowner called 911 to report that someone was trying to put up a deer stand on her property. The 53-year-old woman didn’t see anyone on the property but asked the deputy to double check; the deputy didn’t see anyone.
FINANCIAL FRAUD: A 73-year-old Statham woman called 911 after she stopped in at her local bank to check her balance and was told that she was negative $600. A bank manager showed her a photograph of the man who had stolen her debit card —her 22-year-old grandson, the woman told a deputy.
THEFT: Thirty-one used batteries — valued at $60 each — were stolen from a locked, fenced-in area behind the tire and lube department of the Walmart on 440 Atlanta Highway in Winder on Sept. 1. Surveillance footage caught a white man in a pickup truck back up to the fence, cut the lock with bolt cutters, and load the batteries into the bed of his truck.
911 HANG UP: A 60-year-old woman on Georgia Club Drive tried to dial 411 to get the number for the local Walmart pharmacy — and instead dialed Barrow County 911. When she realized her mistake, she hung up the phone immediately, she explained to the deputy who responded to her home a few minutes later.
DRUG CHARGES: George Glen Arnold, of 658 Tanner’s Bridge Circle, Bethlehem, was arrested at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 after a search warrant of his home revealed a garbage bag full of marijuana, prescription medicines and several pieces of crack cocaine. Arnold, 52, was charged with possession, possession with intent to sell, and 10 counts of possession of a controlled substance and drugs not in their original container.
CIVIL MATTER: An out-of-town landlord who had rented a Vinemont Way home to a couple called police Sept. 1 after she didn’t receive rent for a month and arrived at the property to find it abandoned and smelling of spoiled food, a deputy reported.
CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY: A Jefferson man called 911 after returning to the softball field parking lot at a high school on Haymon Morris Road Sept. 1 where he’d left his vehicle and finding the car had been vandalized. The 24-year-old owner told a deputy that the two front tires of his Ford Explorer were flat and the phrase “F%$# Ford” had been scratched into the hood of his vehicle, resulting in over $500 in damages.
THEFT: A guitar, guitar case, and amp were stolen from a home on Thornbrook Ridge in Bethlehem, the 55-year-old homeowner told a deputy Sept. 3. The items were purchased in a package for $200, and the homeowner has no idea how long they’ve been missing, she told a deputy.
WARRANT: A deputy dispatched to Melinda Drive to assist with a vehicle suck in a ditch about 4 a.m. on Sept. 3 ran the driver’s licenses of the driver and passengers and discovered one 22-year-old man had a warrant out of Gwinnett County for probation violation. Ryan Marion Cannon, of 363 Gazingstar Walk, Winder, was arrested and transported to Barrow County Detention Center.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE: A 62-year-old homeowner on Pleasant Hill Church Road was driving to the store about 1 p.m. on Sept. 3 when he noticed a white truck parked across the street from his home and stopped to help the driver, assuming he had broken down. When the truck sped off, he became suspicious and followed the driver to Atlanta Highway in Statham before returning home to call 911 with the license plate number. A deputy ran the plate and discovered it was for a Winnebago registered in Carol County; the tag was not reported stolen.
CRIMINAL TRESPASS: A deputy responded to a 911 call from a residence on Ridgeview Road and arrested a 17-year-old Auburn girl for criminal trespass after she took a bat to the walls of the home’s upstairs bedroom during an argument with her 34-year-old stepfather. The girl was bruised and had a 4-inch braid of hair pulled from the back of her head while her stepfather restrained her and took the bat, she told a deputy. EMS assessed the teen before she was taken to the Barrow County Detention Center.
FRAUD: A 45-year-old Winder woman called 911 Sept. 3 after she learned that someone in California had charged $601.28 to her debit card. She needed a police report to return to her bank as requested, she told a deputy.
POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR: Seven teenagers on their way to the University of Georgia football game were arrested and charged with of alcohol by a minor following a traffic stop for speeding Sept. 3 on Georgia Highway 316, east of Harrison Mill. Four large bottles of liquor and 64 cans of beer were taken from the vehicle, and the teens were instructed to pour out the contents at the side of the road before they were transported to the Barrow County Detention Center.
BATTERY: A deputy met with an intoxicated man and his wife at a gas station on Kilcrease Road at 9 p.m. Sept. 3 after the couple had been involved in a physical fight with the woman’s brother in the road in front of his home on Etheridge Drive in Auburn. A deputy advised the couple that they’d have to go to the magistrate court to request a warrant hearing before the woman’s 38-year-old brother could be charged with battery.
BATTERY: A deputy responded to a home on Rooks Road about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 after receiving a 911 call about a possible fight, only to find two shirtless brothers wrestling in the home’s garage. The 28- and 40-year-old men told the deputy they had been drinking heavily and decided to wrestle.
DRUG POSSESSION: Three teenagers were arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana and cocaine, and possession with intent to sell following a traffic stop at 1:30 a.m. Sept. 4. Frank Corum, 19, of 250 Little St., Apt. B105, Athens; Cameron Spears, 19, of 2535 Walton Way, Augusta; and Andrew Lankford, 19, of 4030 Abingdon Road, Charlotte, N.C., also had fake IDs when they were arrested, according to deputies. Corum was also charged with DUI, following too closely and failure to maintain lane.
DISCHARGING FIREARMS: A resident on Moonbridge Road in Winder called 911 about 6 a.m. on Sept. 4 to report hearing two gunshots. The 18-year-old woman said she didn’t know where the sounds were coming from, and a deputy didn’t see anything out of the ordinary in the neighborhood.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE: A black older-model car has been driving slowly past a home on Whispering Way in Winder, according to the 20-year-old man who called 911 about 2 a.m. Sept. 4 to report it. A deputy did not see the vehicle in the neighborhood during his search of the area.
CRIMINAL TRESPASS: A home on Grant Court in Bethlehem was egged during the night Sept. 4, according to the man whose vehicle’s mirror also sustained damage during the egging. The 39-year-old homeowner’s 15-year-old daughter may have upset someone, he told a deputy.
BURGLARY: A $1,147.59 men’s watch was stolen from a home on Georgia Highway 124 in Hoschton, the owner told a deputy Sept. 4. The 24-year-old owner believes that someone took it during his son’s birthday party Aug. 27.
THEFT BY TAKING: A 38-year-old Dacula woman left her overheating car parked on the side of the road at the intersection of Harry McCarty Road and Carl Bethlehem Road Sept. 3, only to find it had been stolen when she returned with water the next morning. The woman reported the incident in person seven hours after discovering it was gone.
CRIMINAL TRESPASS: A Hay For Sale sign struck a 20-year-old Cartersville woman’s car as she was traveling north on Georgia Highway 211 toward Hoschton Sept. 4, she told a deputy who responded to her 911 call from a gas station along Ga. 211. The sign left a golf ball-sized dent in the left rear door of her brand-new car.
CUSTODY DISPUTE: A deputy was called out to the parking lot of the Walmart on Atlanta Highway in Winder at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 to document a violation of a custody agreement between a Winder couple in the process of getting a divorce. The 27-year-old man called the deputy after his 25-year-old soon-to-be ex-wife brought her mother and grandmother along with her to pick up the couple’s young son, which is prohibited in the conditions of the custody agreement.
TERRORISTIC THREATS: A 55-year-old Hoschton woman was driving on Old Hog Mountain Road near The Springs subdivision around 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 when someone hit her vehicle with an orange paintball. There didn’t appear to be anyone in the area, and she had no idea why anyone would want to hit her car, she told a deputy.
NEIGHBORHOOD COMPLAINT: A homeowner on Piney Bluff Road in Winder reported Sept. 4 that he had found a dead cat on his driveway the day before, and had buried it before it occurred to him to report it to the sheriff’s office. The 62-year-old man heard gunshots in the area on Aug. 29, and suspected that someone may have shot the cat on that date, and it crawled into his yard to die, he told a deputy.
SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT: A 19-year-old Winder woman walking home from work on East Wright Street in Winder at 10:30 p.m. September 4 stopped at a house and asked the resident to call for a deputy because she believed someone was following her home. A man in a dark colored Jeep had pulled up to her and asked if she needed a ride but she declined, and the driver stopped next to her three times and made her feel unsafe, she told a deputy. The deputy gave her a ride to her home.
WELFARE CHECK: A 25-year-old mother of two called 911 at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 4 because her kids’ father should have returned them to her home by 7 p.m., according to their custody agreement, and refused to return them until Sept. 5, after the Labor Day holiday. A deputy told the Jonesboro woman that the Sheriff’s department does not enforce custody orders, but agreed to do a welfare check on the woman’s children; the kids and their 27-year-old father were not at his apartment. The father’s roommate told a deputy that he stays with his girlfriend on weekends he has the kids.
COMPLAINT: A neighbor involved in a dispute about damages to a residential road called 911 to lodge a complaint against his neighbor, whom he thought was trying to threaten or intimidate him by cleaning his gun within site of the Herring Road man’s home. The gun-owner, a 51-year-old man on Webb Road, told a deputy he wasn’t trying to scare his 49-year-old neighbor.
HIT & RUN: Someone struck a metal mailbox at a home on Kennedy Sells Road in Auburn Sept. 5 and then left without notifying the owner. The mailbox is worth less than $500.
COMPLAINT: A deputy met with a 30-year-old Monroe man at a gas station on Rockwell Church Road Sept. 5 and escorted the man to the home of his ex-girlfriend, with whom the man shares custody of their 6-year-old daughter. The man said his daughter wanted to leave the home, but he didn’t want to pick her up without law enforcement present because everyone at the home had been drinking and he didn’t want to be attacked, he told the deputy.
NO INSURANCE: A 43-year-old Marietta man with a cancelled tag was pulled over at Bethel Bower Road at Harvey Lokey Road in Bethlehem at 11 p.m. Sept. 5, and presented the deputy with a bill of sale showing he had just purchased the vehicle and that he knew the former owner was going to cancel the tag. Though the 43-year-old also presented an insurance card to the deputy, according to the state of Georgia, the vehicle didn’t have a tag and wasn’t insured so it had to be impounded, the deputy said.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON: Just after 3 a.m. on September 6, a 22-year-old resident on City Pond Circle in Winder called 911 after hearing voices coming from her front porch. By the time a deputy arrived, there was no one on the property.
DRIVING WHILE UNLICENSED: Alexander Lopez, 30, of 520 Oglethorpe Ave., Apt G-3, Athens, was in a hurry to get home after 5 a.m. on Sept. 6, and was traveling 89 in a 65-mph zone when a deputy pulled him over. Lopez was arrested after the deputy discovered he did not have a driver’s license, and given a citation for speeding and driving while unlicensed.
BURGLARY: Light fixtures and a toilet were damaged and broken glass and barbecue sauce was spread across the living room floor of an empty apartment on Atlanta Highway in Statham that a 52-year-old woman was preparing for a move-out inspection, she told a deputy on Sept. 6. The deputy reported that he believed someone broke into the apartment only to vandalize it because there were appliances and food left undisturbed in the apartment.
BATTERY: A guest threatened a 38-year-old woman and her husband in front of their 2-year-old daughter Sept. 6 at an apartment on Cedar Creek Road in Winder, and told the couple that her three children would be back to their place later in the day, the couple told a deputy. They called 911 after one of the woman’s sons started driving back and forth in front of their apartment, but the 38-year-old woman didn’t want to get the woman in trouble because of her health problems.
DAMAGED PROPERTY: A neighbor’s unsupervised goats keep escaping their fenced-in yard and have been eating tree leaves and jumping through a screen door on the back porch of a 38-year-old woman’s Russwood Road home. Because animal control could not respond to the 6:45 p.m. call on Sept. 6, a deputy helped the 38-year-old woman return the goats to her neighbor’s yard, where they escaped twice more while the deputy was on the scene. The neighbor returned to the property, however, and the deputy showed him where the goats were getting out and the damage they’d caused to the 38-year-old woman’s porch screen door.
CRIMINAL TRESPASS: A 29-year-old resident of a home on Georgia Highway 81 in Winder called 911 Sept. 6 after noticing a bullet hole from a small-caliber gun inside of a freshly-patched and painted bedroom. The resident has filed three prior police reports for incidents involving a former tenant and next-door neighbor and told a deputy he believes the men may be responsible.
CIVIL MATTER: A husband and wife in the process of a divorce but still living in the same Queens Drive home in Winder came to the attention of the sheriff’s department Sept. 6 after the 49-year-old wife called 911 to report her husband had removed a silver platter valued at $500 and a $400 in dishes from their home before their property is to be divvied up. Her 42-year-old husband denied moving the items, and said that they are still in the home.
SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT: Two aluminum target arrows were found in the yard of a Hickeria Way home on Sept. 11 and 12, the 63-year-old homeowner told a deputy. The Winder man called police after finding the arrows because he is concerned that one of the arrows might strike one of his pets.
THEFT: A deputy was called out to a home on Raineybrook Drive Sept. 12 after a 20-year-old Winder man reported that his 28-year-old brother may have stolen a $100 guitar amp and $600 chainsaw from a building behind the home. The deputy arrested Nicholas John Stake of 1449 Millstone Court after realizing that he had outstanding warrants for probation violation stemming from separate burglary and shoplifting charges.
FRAUD: A 57-year-old Winder man reported fraudulent charges on his credit card Sept. 12 after his local bank told him to file a police report. The $103.75 transaction was made at a gas station in Orlando, Fla. on Aug. 1, he told a deputy.
THEFT: An 18-year-old Lawrenceville man told a deputy Sept. 13 that he had blown a tire on a white box trailer valued at $1,000 on Georgia Highway 316 three days earlier, and that he’d had to return to work on the trailer. When he returned several hours later, he told a deputy he saw a Toyota 4Runner traveling west on Ga. 316 with his trailer attached. Another deputy performed a traffic stop and seized the stolen trailer while the Lawrenceville man filed his report.
THEFT: Someone in a black truck may have taken the gas can that a 44-year-old Auburn man filled before heading inside the Carl Cedar Hill Road gas station to pay for it — or maybe not. The store clerk told a deputy Sept. 13 that the man paid for the gas, went outside, came back in to purchase food, left, and then returned, saying that his gas had been stolen; the clerk was unable to rewind the surveillance tape to verify, but thought that her son could do it later.
THEFT: Workers in a warehouse on Smith Cemetery Road noticed that a cage housing propane tanks was standing open on Sept. 13, and that one of the tanks, filled with natural gas and worth about $210, was missing. The cage was damaged and a lock was missing, a worker told the deputy.
SHOPLIFTING: The Walmart on 440 Atlanta Highway was again the victim of shoplifters Sept. 13 when two customers, a 20-year-old Dacula man and a female teenager, took items out of their original packaging, hid them in the teen’s purse and tried to leave the store. Security detained the two until a deputy could issue them each theft by shoplifting citations for items totaling $30.10.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON: A homeowner on Kirkland Drive in Statham called 911 after one of his children told him a Hispanic man was standing in his yard and taking pictures of his home about 7 p.m. on Sept. 13. Things have been stolen from the 42-year-old man’s property after a similar incident with strangers taking pictures of the neighborhood, the man told a deputy.
THEFT: A 46” flat screen TV valued at $849 was stolen from a locked home on Henning Drive between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. September 13, the 50-year-old homeowner reported. Though there was no forced entry, the man told a deputy that he believes a former tenant and her juvenile son may still have a key to his home, but he didn’t know where she is currently staying.
WARRANT: At the request of the Henry County Sheriff’s office, a deputy was dispatched to the home of 46-year-old Hirum Wayne Maxey, of 97 North Williamson St., Winder, close to midnight on September. Detention Center.
BREAK-IN: Someone broke the passenger window of a 1995 Mazda parked at a home on Payne Springs Road between midnight and 5 a.m. on Sept. 14. Whoever broke in reclined the seat, opened the glove compartment but didn’t take anything, the 21-year-old owner reported.
CIVIL MATTER: A deputy was called to settle the back-and-forth between two neighbors on Blueberry Lane in Winder Sept. 1 after one man called 911 to report that the other had stolen his dog. After speaking with the deputy, both the 19-year-old and 37-year-old men told the deputy they didn’t want the dog.
SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT: A new resident on Grey Fox Lane called 911 after hearing a man and a woman converse on her front porch at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 2, but when a deputy arrived, he didn’t see anyone. The 33-year-old woman moved into the home Sept. 1.
CRIMINAL DAMAGE: A deputy had to re-document a, Aug. 10 burglary at a residence for sale on Georgia Highway 82 from memory because the first report “was lost in space in computer land,” the deputy wrote in the new report filed Sept. 2.
TERRORISTIC THREATS: A deputy responded to a 911 hang up call at Manning Gin Road where a 72-year-old woman who pays a man $18 to tie her shoes had told the man she was docking his pay to $16 a day because he hadn’t tied her shoes in three days. The woman called police when he began screaming and said that he would “get her” and that she was scared, but didn’t want to bar him from her house.
AGENCY ASSIST: A deputy was dispatched to Georgia Highway 316 near Olde Peppers Road at 3:20 p.m. Sept. 2 to assist the Barrow County Fire department with a vehicle fire. The deputy contacted the 26-year-old driver from Decatur by phone since she had left the scene to get water for her overheated vehicle and informed her it had caught fire.
THEFT: A neighborhood watchman called 911 about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 after realizing that an exterior heat pump had been stolen from the former YMCA building on Waterside Circle. This was the fourth unit to be stolen from the building recently, the 62-year-old watchman told a deputy.
THEFT: Three air-conditioning units were torn apart and stolen from a home on Dooley Town Road between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2 while the 43-year-old homeowner was out of town. The total value of the air-conditioning units is $12,000, he told a deputy.
BATTERY: Another fight over a neighborhood dog on Blueberry Lane had a deputy responding to a 911 call that one 37-year-old neighbor was struck with a baseball bat by another man about 10 p.m. on Sept. 2. Though the deputy got statements from five people involved in the incident, he couldn’t determine if the 37-year-old was struck or who owns the dog. Another deputy responded to a dispute between the 37-year-old man and a different neighbor — also involving ownership of a dog — the previous day.
NEIGHBORHOOD COMPLAINT: A Midland Court residence was egged for the second time in the last two weeks, according to its 33-year-old owner. The woman heard several eggs hit her front door at about 10:15 p.m. Sept. 2, but she didn’t see anyone in her yard, she told a deputy.