Jackson Blotter

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

THEFT: On July 2, a Clayton man reported that he took a 1995 Freightliner truck to a repair shop on Georgia Highway 334 on June 6 to get the transmission repaired. When he called to check on the truck, no one answered, so he drove to the shop and learned the mechanic had been evicted from the location for not paying his rent.

The man learned that a Hartwell man had the truck, but a visit to the man’s residence failed to turn up any trace of the vehicle.

THEFT: On July 2, Deputy David Larkins was dispatched to Elrod Farms in Talmo where a man reported someone stole his Honda Fourtrax Rancher 350 four-wheeler from the farm. The vehicle is valued at $4,500.

SHOPLIFTING: On June 30, a deputy was dispatched to Tanger Outlets in Commerce, where a man fled the Calvin Klein store with a bag of merchandise, setting off the security alarm. An employee followed the suspect and saw him get in a black Mercedes with a personalized license plate.

Deputies stopped the car and recovered the $775 in merchandise, including items taken from American Eagle and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Benjamin Taylor, 50, of Buford Highway, Norcross, was arrested for shoplifting.

BURGLARY: On June 30, Deputy Michael Stanifer was dispatched to Mount Olive Road, Commerce, where a woman said she returned home from swimming with friends and found someone had entered her home and taken some jewelry, a computer, DVD player and air-conditioning unit.

ENTERING AUTO: On June 30, a Hoschton man reported someone entered his vehicle while it was parked on Reece Drive and stole a GPS unit and his Oakley sunglasses.

TRASH SCATTERED: On July 1, a resident of Kesler Road, Nicholson, reported that a dog came onto her property and tore into her trash cans and scattered the trash in the yard. The dog also tried to jump onto her vehicle, and scratched the paint.

The dog looked malnourished and may have the mange, according to the sheriff’s department report. The responding deputy recommended that the woman contact animal control.

BOTTLE THROWN: On July 1, a 22-year-old Jefferson man reported he was leaving the Depot Tavern in Arcade shortly after midnight when someone called his name and he turned to see a Jefferson man he knew. This man threw a beer bottle at him, but missed.

When the suspect and his two companions approached, the victim told the man he didn’t want any trouble because he had just gotten out of jail. However, the two companions grabbed the victim, and the suspect choked him until he almost lost consciousness.

After the suspects left, the victim said he got into his truck, called his mother, and asked her to contact 911. The man said he wants to press charges against his assailants.

BURGLARY: On June 29, Deputy Aric Hamilton was dispatched to a vacant residence on Pond Fork Church Road, Pendergrass, where someone saw a blue Ford Ranger pickup backed up to the house.

The truck was gone when the deputy arrived. The owner arrived and determined some electrical wiring and some metal items were missing from the house.

The suspect was described as a young blonde-haired white man with tattoos on both arms.

THREAT: On June 29, Deputy Richard Howard was dispatched to Dan’s Food in Nicholson after a store employee called a 27-year-old Nicholson man about a check that was returned due to insufficient funds.

The employee said the man came to the store and began cursing him, grabbed him by the shirt and threatened to beat him.

CHICKENS KILLED: On July 1, Deputy Danny Teater was dispatched to Old Winder-Jefferson Road in Jefferson, where a man said three hounds came onto his property and killed two of his chickens. Three more chickens were missing, the man told the deputy. The man said he caught two of the dogs and called the 80-year-old owner, who offered to pay for the chickens.

PROWLING: On July 2, Deputy Danny Teater was on patrol about 2:40 a.m. on Old Gainesville Highway, Pendergrass, when he saw a man running from behind North Jackson Food Mart, which was closed.

Teater stopped and found the man on the ground, attempting to conceal himself inside some vegetation. Richard Bryant Freeman, 31, of Hillside Way, Maysville, was charged with prowling and obstruction.

BURGLARY: On June 28, Deputy Richard Vaughn was dispatched to the Shields-Ethridge Farm in Jefferson, where someone had broken into several buildings and had taken an undisclosed item from a glass case.

DAMAGE: On June 27, Deputy Daryl Howington was dispatched about 3 p.m. to a home on Hillside Way, Maysville, where a 26-year-old woman said she heard a loud noise outside her home. The woman said she found a window broken in her vehicle, and noted that she saw a white woman in a black Ford Focus driving away from her home.

BURGLARY: On June 27, Deputy Richard Vaughn was dispatched about 9:45 a.m. to Dixon Bridge Road, Maysville, where a woman said someone entered her trailer, tore the paneling off the walls and pulled out the electrical wiring.

Cabinets were also pulled down in the kitchen. She said there is a man in the neighborhood with a reputation for thievery.

BURGLARY: On June 26, Deputy Randolph Moore was dispatched about 5 p.m. to a home on Carruth Road, Jefferson, where a woman said she came home and found a door window broken out. Several items were missing. Tracks were found in the dirt, going in the direction of Hunter Road.

YOGURT THROWN: On June 25, a Hoschton man reported he was inside his home about 10 p.m. when he heard a noise at his front door. He checked and saw two men entering the woods near his home. A cup of yogurt had been thrown on his porch.

THEFT: On June 25, a resident of Carruth Road, Jefferson, reported someone entered his vehicle and stole a gold bracelet and a bag containing $60 in change.