Oconee Blotter

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

DUI: On Dec. 4, Sgt. Scott Underwood was traveling about 50 mph on Barnett Shoals Road in a marked patrol unit when a car passed him on a double yellow line. Underwood stopped the car and saw an open can of Bud Light beer. The driver admitted to drinking two beers.

After some roadside sobriety tests, Neil Clifton Abney of Lakeside Drive, Arnoldsville, was charged with DUI, possessing an open container and passing on a double yellow line.

NEWSPAPER THEFT: On Dec. 6, a resident of Pine Hill Circle, Watkinsville, reported that since Nov. 28 someone has been stealing her Athens Banner-Herald newspaper. The woman checked with the newspaper office and learned the paper has been delivered to her home.

ASSAULT: On Dec. 5, a Watkinsville man reported that he was in the Publix parking lot at Butler’s Crossing when a man he knows approached, made threats and attempted to instigate a fight.

The man said he refused to fight and tried to leave, but the suspect hit him several times. The victim said he didn’t want to pursue charges, but wanted the assault documented.

FRAUD: On Dec. 7, a deputy was dispatched to Rankin Road, Watkinsville, where a woman said she went on www.grants.gov to look for a student loan.

She applied for a $50,000 loan and on Nov. 26, she received word from a source that $42,000 would be drafted into her bank account and an additional $8,330 would be sent to her by Western Union. In return, she was to send $330 to a the Children’s Help Network in India.

The woman said she sent the $330, but she has not received any of the loan money.

SHOPLIFTING: On Dec. 7, security at Walmart apprehended a man who tried to flee after he was stopped for leaving the store without paying for some merchandise. The man was caught when he reached the Lowe’s parking lot.

Brandon Scott Allen, 23, of Winder was charged with shoplifting.

YOUTH INJURED: On Dec. 9, deputies were called to a home on Jones Road, Bogart, where a juvenile had been assaulted and injured. The injured teen’s mother told the deputy her son had been hit in the face and taken to a hospital.

Deputy Rafael Munoz spoke to a teenager at the house, who said he went outside to put burgers on a grill when he saw the victim on the ground bleeding. Some girls at the house took the victim to his home in Watkinsville.

Deputies checked the house and found a trash can filled with beer bottles. They also saw a teenager on the roof. The deputies located a group of young males, all of whom smelled of alcohol.

Austin Antonio Gantt, 18, of Jones Road, Bogart; Marqeus Maxwell, 20, of Thomasville, Donald C. Peterson, 17, of Bogart and Jarred Daniel Taylor, 20, of Acworth were all charged with underage possession of alcohol. A 16-year-old juvenile also was charged.

Deputies later arrested Hayden Chandler Lewis, 17, of Brookview Court, Athens, as a suspect in the assault on the teen. Lewis was charged with aggravated battery.

Chief Deputy Lee Weems said he couldn’t disclose the exact injuries on the victim’s face, but that the injury was significant, which warranted the charge.

NAKED MAN ARRESTED: On Dec. 9, a deputy was dispatched to Arrowhead Road, where a naked man was seen dancing in the roadway. Deputies arrived and placed Leon O. Farr in handcuffs. An ambulance was called because Farr had high blood pressure, smelled of alcohol and couldn’t comprehend questions asked of him.

Also, deputies questioned Rachael Skipper, who was in a minivan nearby and also appeared impaired, with her emotions going from crying to laughing. Skipper told the officers she didn’t know why Farr had pulled off his clothing.

A K-9 unit responded and inside Skipper’s purse they found several pills prescribed to Skipper in her purse. She told deputies she had taken four times the prescribed amount.

In addition, some forged checks belonging to Skipper’s mother were found inside the van.

Skipper, 27, of Woodlands Road, Watkinsville, was charged with public intoxication and forgery. Farr, 36, of Lafayette, La., was charged with public indecency and public drunkenness.

CAMPER STOLEN: On Dec. 10, Deputy Mark Smith was dispatched to Bishop, where a man reported the theft of a camper parked in front of a store front on Macon Highway. The homemade camper, made of plywood and covered in sheet metal, was valued at about $1,500. Someone hooked the camper to a vehicle and drove off.

SHOPLIFTING: On Dec. 10, security at Lowe’s detained a man who tried to leave the store with $64 in merchandise. Christopher G. Barnes, 26, of Winder was charged with shoplifting.

AUTO FRAUD: On Dec. 11, a resident of Harrowford Road, Statham, reported he purchased a used vehicle in Atlanta and transferred $3,000 from his account to the seller. However, he never received the vehicle and has learned it was sold to another person.

The man has tried unsuccessfully to get a refund.

CHEMICALS SPILLED: On Dec. 11, Deputy David Burchett met with a woman on Branch Road, Bishop, who said she found where someone had poured some dangerous chemicals on the floor of her barn, which could endanger her animals.

DUI: On Dec. 12, a deputy was dispatched shortly before 3 p.m. to the Oconee Connector and Mars Hill Road after a motorist reported seeing a man driving a Jeep in an erratic manner.

The deputy found the Jeep parked on the roadside with the key in the ignition and the lights on.

The driver was seen inside the nearby QuikTrip gas station and when he exited, the deputy walked up to question him. The man, who had bloodshot eyes and was unsteady as he walked, said he was fine.

Although he smelled of alcohol, he denied drinking and refused to do a sobriety test. An open container of Budweiser beer was found in the console.

Michael Chad Underwood, 34, of Carrollton was charged with DUI.