The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
THEFT: On Nov. 8, a deputy spoke with an employee of Dickey’s BBQ in Watkinsville, who reported he had evidence of an employee taking $100 from the cash register.
SHOPLIFTING: On Nov. 8, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart, where security detained a woman trying to leave the store with $109 in merchandise. Heather Hughes-Carnahan, 26, of Cedar Shoals Drive, Athens, was charged with shoplifting.
FRAUD: On Nov. 8, a Bostwick Road, Bishop, woman reported she applied for a clerk’s job on Craigslist and after sending in her application, she received a FedEx package from a company in San Diego, Calif., with a payroll check for $3,450.
She was told to deposit the check, keep $700 for herself, then forward the remainder to an address in the Philippines, where it would go to an orphanage.
The woman did not deposit the check, but turned what she considered a fraud over to the deputy.
DUI: On Nov. 8, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Princeton Lane, Watkinsville, after someone called to report seeing a man arrive home in a vehicle and he appeared to be under the influence. The deputy located the man inside the house. The man, who appeared intoxicated, admitted driving, but later denied he was driving.
Matthew Grady Fletcher, 45, was charged with DUI.
SHOPLIFTING: On Nov. 8, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart, where security stopped a man trying to leave with $36 in clothing.
Barry M. Pittard, 19, of Spring Valley Road, Athens, was charged with shoplifting.
THEFT: On Nov. 9, a resident of Robinson Court, Athens, reported that on Oct. 21 someone stole an Apple iPod, valued at $200, in her home.
FRAUD: On Nov. 9, a resident of Robinhood Road, Watkinsville, reported someone opened two fraudulent bank accounts in his name using his previous address and his Social Security number. The balance in both accounts was zero.
DUI: On Nov. 11, a deputy was parked on Georgia Highway 316 near Virgil Langford Road about 2 a.m., when his radar picked up a car traveling 17 mph.
The deputy watched as the slow car came to a stop in the road, so he drove over to the car. He asked the driver why he stopped and the man said he had a flat tire. The deputy noticed fresh damage to the front end of the car, but the man denied hitting anything.
Telly Savarles Smith of Covington admitted he drank three beers and was charged with DUI.
SHOPLIFTING: On Nov. 11, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart where two people were being detained for trying to leave the store with $60 in merchandise.
Taylor W. Grimes, 20, of River Road, Carlton, and Austin K. Bogue, 20, of Colbert, were both charged with shoplifting.
FRAUD: On Nov. 12, an employee with American Pest Control reported the theft of his fuel card, which was used for 15 transactions totalling $276 at three locations during October.
THEFT: On Nov. 12, a deputy met with a woman at the sheriff’s office who said her daughter’s iPhone was stolen that day at North Oconee High School. The student told her mother that she placed the phone on a ledge outside the cafeteria about 1:30 p.m. when it was stolen.
SHOPLIFTING: On Nov. 12, a deputy was dispatched to Lowe’s on Epps Bridge Parkway, where security had detained a man trying to leave the store with four electrical breakers valued at $100.
Melvin T. Minish, 33, who had addresses in Monroe and Lavonia, was charged with shoplifting.
CHURCH ENTERED: On Nov. 13, a deputy was dispatched to Bogart Christian Church on Elder Street, Bogart, where someone forced open a door and stole a flat screen TV.
SHOPLIFTING: On Nov. 13, a deputy was dispatched to Lowe’s on Epps Bridge Parkway, where a man resisted being detained after he left the store without paying for merchandise. The suspect loaded two 5-gallon cans of sealer, valued at $300, in a shopping cart and left through the front door. When confronted, the man left the cart and began walking off. The employee told him to stop, but the man refused. However, when confronted again, the suspect tried to hit the employee.
Jason Randall Chance, 45, of Autry Road, Auburn, was charged with shoplifting and simple batter. A background check showed the suspect is also wanted on a warrant in Barrow County.
WOMAN ARRESTED: On Nov. 13, Deputy William Evans was dispatched to a mobile home park off Old Epps Bridge Road, where a Department of Family and Children Services worker reported a woman had threatened her with a broom handle.
The deputy arrived and the DFACS worker said she came to the location to investigate a complaint and Elizabeth Ayala became irate and refused her access to the children. She said Ayala picked up a metal broom and swung it at her.
The worker retreated to her vehicle and the suspect stuck the broom through the passenger window and swung it at her again and made a verbal threat as well.
Evans spoke to the 36-year-old Ayala, who was still irate, but she denied trying to assault the worker with the broom. The deputy asked for her name and she refused. When she refused to cooperate with the deputy in providing information, she was placed under arrest on charges of obstruction and simple assault.
ARRESTS MADE: On Nov. 10, Deputy Fredy Wagoner was dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. to Circle C Mobile Home Park near Bogart to be on the lookout for a green minivan being sought by Athens-Clarke County police.
The owner of the van had reported it stolen, but later declined to press charges. Wagoner and Sgt. Scott Underwood arrived at the trailer park and found the van with four occupants. They identified the four and learned that three were wanted on active warrants.
Billy Joe Furr, 56, of Monroe Highway, Watkinsville, was served with a Gwinnett County warrant for failing to appear in court.
Joseph Daniel Jackson, 33, of Panter Court, Hoschton, was served with warrants for aggravated assault in Jackson County, auto theft in Habersham County and a probation violation in Dunwoody.
Stacey Elizabeth McDougald, 34, of Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, was placed in custody for a shoplifting warrant out of Alto. A 37-year-old Watkinsville man was not charged.
DISPUTE: On Nov. 13, a deputy was dispatched to Miriam Place, Watkinsville, where a woman said her husband called the county’s animal control unit about the neighbor’s dog running loose in the neighborhood.
Animal control issued a warning to the dog owner, who showed up at the complainant’s home this day. The neighbor yelled at her, tore up the warning and threw it in her face.
TREE DAMAGED: On Nov. 15, a person in the parking lot of Walmart called to report a dark-colored pickup, possibly a Chevrolet Silverado, was driving in circles and had hit a tree.
The deputy arrived, but the pickup had already left the area.