Oconee Blotter

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:

CHECKS SEIZED: On July 4, a deputy was dispatched to a location on U.S. Highway 441 to meet with two Athens women who said a third woman, Mary Elizabeth Evans, had taken several checks from them. The women said Evans was driving a green Saturn and was possibly going to a location on Saxon Road in the southern part of the county.

Capt. Gary Gainey spotted the car on Daniells Bridge Road and made a traffic stop, finding Evans and another woman in the car. When Evans learned she was accused of taking the checks that belonged to the women, she provided explanations for the accusations. She also said one of the complainants had assaulted her at a house on Clover Street in Athens.

Some checks were found in the car, including one that belonged to Evans’ father, which she admitted having without her father’s permission. The two women arrived at the location, but the deputy determined these women were being less than honest in answers to his questions and would not explain how they knew each other. One woman also denied that she had assaulted Evans earlier.

A driver’s license number was found on one check and Evans, 36, of Westview Drive, Athens, was charged with possession of an identification document without permission.

THEFT: On July 5, a resident of Pine Valley Road, Bogart, reported someone drove a large vehicle into his home and caused substantial damage.

TRUCK STOLEN: On July 5, a resident of Sweetwater Circle, Athens, reported someone stole her black 1999 GMC Sierra while it was parked during the night at her home. The woman said she had locked the vehicle and did not leave the keys inside.

THEFT: On July 6, a resident of Dials Mill Plantation Drive, Statham, reported someone entered his vehicle and stole his wallet containing several credit cards. One of the credit cards had been used at a store in Athens.

SHOPLIFTING: On July 6, security at Walmart detained Meghan D. Clark, 26, of Commerce for shoplifting about $427 in merchandise.

MARIJUANA: On July 7, deputies were dispatched to a fight on New High Shoals Road, where the deputy found some men holding Patrick Boswell down on the ground. When a deputy searched Boswell, he found some marijuana.

Boswell, 18, of Victoria Crossing, Watkinsville was charged with possession of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol.

TRESPASSING: On July 7, a deputy was dispatched about 2:20 a.m. to Hillcrest Drive, where a man said he woke up about 2 a.m., and as he walked through his home he saw the back door opening.

The man said he yelled out and the door shut, so he ran outside in time to see a woman running away, getting into a blue vehicle and fleeing. The man identified the woman as someone who once dated his brother.

EXPOSURE: On July 8, a deputy met with a caretaker of a home in Watkinsville, who said the person there had exposed his private parts to her. The suspect was questioned, and he denied the allegation.

EXPLOSION: On July 8, a deputy was dispatched to Creek Farm Run, Watkinsville, where a man said someone set off two chemical bombs in his front yard. There was no property damage, but the culprits were in a gray Toyota.

THEFT: On July 10, a deputy met with a couple who said they attended a party at a home on Saxon Road, Watkinsville, and someone stole their bags, including a Coach bag valued at $300.

PAIR ARRESTED: On July 9, Deputy Josh Elrod was patrolling through Pinewood Mobile Home Park off Old Epps Bridge Road, when he saw two vehicles parked outside a home. Elrod knew that two people wanted on warrants drove the cars, so he stopped.

He saw someone peer out a window and recognized the person as one of the suspects. Other deputies arrived and they knocked repeatedly on the door, but no one would respond.

Capt. Gary Gainey took a pry tool and forced open the door and the deputies entered, finding both suspects inside. Michael Dennis Starnes, 35, of Bogart, and Megan D. Walls, 41, of Winder, were both served with the outstanding warrants and also charged with obstruction. Both suspects also provided an address on Rays Church Road in Bishop.

FRAUD: On July 9, a resident of Kings Mills Run reported he applied for a warehouse job advertised over Craigslist, then began receiving e-mails in response.

One person sent him a check for $2,390 and told him to cash the check, keep $500, then mail the remainder to an account in Africa.

MARIJUANA FOUND: On July 10, a deputy was parked at the intersection of the Oconee Connector and Hog Mountain Road, where the traffic light was not functioning. The deputy was operating his emergency lights, but a car went through the intersection without stopping.

The car was stopped, and the officer smelled marijuana inside. Jason Ross Jones of Hog Mountain Road was charged with possession after some marijuana was found inside. Jones denied knowing who owned the marijuana.

SHOPLIFTING: On July 8, a person left the Kroger store on Epps Bridge Parkway with a shopping cart of groceries without paying.

An employee went outside and confronted the person and removed the merchandise, then asked the suspect to come back inside the store. However, the suspect fled in a dark blue 1999 Ford Explorer.

BURGLARY: On July 11, a deputy met with a resident of Antioch Church Road, Winder, who reported someone entered his home sometime on July 8 or later and stole three firearms — a Remington shotgun, Marlin rifle and a pistol — all valued at $800. There was no evidence of forced entry into the house.