The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
ARRESTS: On Sept. 3, Deputy Josh Elrod was patrolling on U.S. Highway 441 when he observed a Isuzu minivan make an unsafe lane change. The deputy made a traffic stop and the driver, Howard Burnham Gowen, 45, of Stonybrook Circle, Athens, said they were headed to Monroe, but later said Winder. Investigator Carter Brank arrived and during a search of the van found some methamphetamine, spoons and syringes. Gowen, Andrew Evan Moon, 26, of Elder Heights Drive, Bishop, and Kenneth Melvin Sterling, 45, of Winterville, were all charged with possession of meth.
STOLEN FORD: On Sept. 3, Lt. Jeremy Wasdin was dispatched about 4:50 a.m. to New High Shoals Road, where a 1967 Ford Fairlane was found wrecked in a ditch. The owner, who is from Thomasville, was contacted and he said he had left the car parked on Georgia Highway 186 near this location after it broke down. The man said he didn’t crash the car, so he reported it stolen.
THEFT: On Sept. 3, a 69-year-old Statham woman reported someone broke into her vehicle parked on the 4500 block of Monroe Highway and stole a Louis Vuitton purse valued at $300.
SHOPLIFTING: On Sept. 4, Deputy Rafael Munoz was dispatched to the Family Dollar store on Hog Mountain Road, where a woman attempted to take a can of air freshener. Rennell Norman Williams, 57, of Moreland Drive, Watkinsville, was charged with shoplifting and barred from the store for two years.
SHOPLIFTING: On Sept. 4, Cpl. Mark Smith was dispatched to Walmart, where a loss prevention officer had detained two people for shoplifting. Savannah Jewel Dean, 18, and Walter Douglas McClung, 18, both of Nicholson, were also wanted on warrants from Glynn County. McClung also had an outstanding warrant from Winder.
BURGLARY: On Sept. 4, Deputy Andy Corbin was dispatched to Pete Dickens Road, Bogart, where a woman reported someone broke into her shed and stole $1,650 worth of property, including a leaf blower, saw and chain saw.
BURGLARY: On Sept. 5, a resident of Dials Plantation Drive, Statham, reported a burglary in which some jewelry, rare coins, and a World War II era watch, all valued at $1,800, were stolen.
MAN ARRESTED: On Sept. 5, Deputy Adam Thrower was dispatched to a home on Atlanta Highway, Bogart, where 32-year-old Keith Lee Patrick admitted he began throwing items in his parents home because they wouldn’t let him use a telephone. During his temper tantrum he broke a window and punched a metal building. Patrick was charged with trespassing.
DISPUTE: On Sept. 8, Deputy Fredy Wagoner was dispatched at 3:35 a.m. to Athens Ridge Boulevard after a 20-year-old Athens woman said she came to this location to visit a friend and when she was ready to leave she found her car had been egged. The woman said two women then approached her, pulled her from the car, and punched her several times in the face. She said they accused her of talking about them. The deputy attempted to locate the suspects, both in their early 20s, but they could not be found.