The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
HARASSMENT: On Oct. 5, a 22-year-old Commerce man reported that his landlord has called him threatening to come to his home with a deputy and taking his kids and car because he hasn’t paid his rent.
The deputy advised this was a civil matter, but to call the sheriff’s office if the landlord shows up at his home. The man said he is moving out because he cannot afford the rent.
ANGRY THIEVES: On Oct. 6, Deputy Christopher Spears was dispatched to the Oshkosh B’Gosh store in Tanger Outlets in Commerce, where a clerk advised that two women came into the store who were suspected of shoplifting on a previous occasion.
As the clerk began watching the women, one told her, “If you look at me again I’m going to hit you in the (expletive) face.” The clerk could see one of the women taking items off hangers, but couldn’t see what was being done with the items.
The clerk called 911. The two women left the store and could not be located by authorities.
VASE TAKEN: On Oct. 5, Deputy Aric Hamilton met with a 68-year-old Jefferson man, who said his nephew took a vase off his mother’s grave in Jackson Memorial Cemetery.
The nephew, who lives in Commerce, admitted taking the vase, but has not returned it to the grave even though he said he would.
PAIR ASSAULTED: On Oct. 7, a 39-year-old Lula woman reported she went to a man’s home to sign a paper agreeing to pay for some damage that her dog did to the carpet in the man’s home. However, when she arrived, a woman at the house grabbed her by the neck and punched her in the face.
This woman’s boyfriend then grabbed the woman’s male companion by the neck. She said they fled to a restaurant and called 911.
The deputy spoke to the suspects, who denied anything like the story the deputy heard had occurred.
THREAT: On Oct. 7, Deputy Steve Thomas met with 23-year-old Statham man, who reported he received a telephone call from a man who threatened to kick his rear end.
The deputy called the suspect and told him to not call the victim again and the man agreed to comply with the deputy’s order.
FAMILY DISPUTE: On Oct. 6, Deputy Aric Hamilton was dispatched to Maysville, where a woman reported that her two nieces were arguing over their grandmother’s medications that were missing.
The pair had exchanged punches before they were separated by their aunt. The deputy spoke to the sisters and they agreed to separate for the evening.
FALSE NAME: On Oct. 4, Deputy Tim Burke saw a man walking along Interstate 85 and stopped to explain that it was illegal to walk on an interstate. The man became defensive when asked for identification and told the deputy he was Russell Dorling.
Dorling said he had just moved to Georgia earlier this year from Michigan. The deputy ran a check on the name and determined that a man named Russell Brian Darling, 25, was wanted in Michigan. When the deputy asked for more information, the suspect objected to being interrogated. Another deputy arrived to assist, and the man was placed in handcuffs. A box knife was found in his pocket.
He was identified as Darling and charged with giving a false name.
DOG ATTACK: On Oct. 5, Deputy Christopher Spears was dispatched to Maysville, where a 28-year-old woman said a stray dog has attacked her pet dog on two occasions and that the stray also backed her child against the garage door.
A neighbor agreed to tie up the white boxer until an animal control officer could arrive.
PURSE RETURNED: On Oct. 4, Deputy Blake Russell met with a Grayson man who found a purse on the side of Georgia Highway 53 in Hoschton. The deputy located an ID card and a call was made to a telephone number found in the purse and a Dahlonega man answered, saying he had found the cell phone on the roadside in Barrow County and planned to turn it in.
The owner, a 32-year-old Hoschton woman, was eventually located and she came to the sheriff’s office to claim the purse. Cash and other items were still inside and the woman said nothing was missing.
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY: On Oct. 3, Deputy Major Patterson was dispatched about 9 p.m. to Hog Mountain Road, Jefferson, where a woman said she heard a noise at the rear of her home and upon looking through a bathroom window she saw a man with a flashlight standing at her basement door.
The deputy checked the door and found it slightly ajar. He entered the basement, but found no one inside. The woman said the man may have run off after seeing her looking out the window.
BURGLARY ATTEMPT: On Oct. 3, Deputy Wesley Pearson was dispatched to the West Jackson Medicine Center on Georgia Highway 53, Braselton, for a burglar alarm.
The deputy checked the building and found that the back door was almost pried open. A security video showed two white men trying to force the door open.
DOGS ATTACK: On Sept. 29, Deputy Daryl Howington was dispatched to Maysville, where a woman reported she was in her backyard when three medium-size dogs and one large bulldog came into the yard and began growling at her. The woman said when the dogs began approaching her, she ran into the house and called 911.
The dogs had left when the deputy arrived.
CAT BITE: On Sept. 29, Deputy Danny Woods was dispatched to W.E. King Road, Commerce, where a woman said her son was bitten by a stray cat. The 17-year-old victim said he reached down to pet the cat when it walked up to him, but the cat latched onto his leg. He kicked the cat, which then bit him on the knee.
FIGHT: On Sept. 29, Deputy Major Patterson was dispatched to meet with a 26-year-old Commerce man who said that earlier he had been at a home on Apple Valley Road, Commerce, drinking with friends when one man became angry at him for using the word “vagina.”
The pair then went into a barn where they fought. The man said his wife came and took him home. He declined to press charges.
DISPUTE: On Sept. 29, deputies were dispatched to a home on Apple Valley Road, Jefferson, where a man was attending a cookout at the residence. The man said another man asked how he wanted his salad fixed, then punched him in the head.
The victim said the man charged him and began hitting him again, but two women separated them. The group had been drinking and no one wanted to press charges.
SHOPLIFTING: On Sept. 28, a deputy was dispatched to the Oshkosh B’Gosh store in Tanger Outlet in Commerce, where a woman was caught putting 25 pairs of jeans in a shopping bag and trying to leave the store. The 27-year-old Commerce woman was issued a trespassing order barring her from entering the store again.
DAMAGE: On Sept. 29, an Eatonton woman reported someone scratched both sides of her 2012 Honda Pilot in the parking lot of the J&J Flea Market on Georgia Highway 441.
The woman said she is not sure who did the damage, but as she pulled into a parking space, a man in a black Chevrolet Tahoe had wanted to park in the same space. However, she pulled in before he did and she observed him beating on his steering wheel and looking at her before he drove off.
BURGLARY: On Oct. 1, Deputy Joseph Chastain was on patrol when he checked on a home on Winder Highway, Jefferson, where a previous break-in had occurred. The deputy found the gate on the driveway standing open, and the door to the vacant house also had been opened.
The deputy found damage in the house and electrical wires pulled in the basement.