Jackson County police blotter

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

N.C. MAN ARRESTED: On Oct. 14, Deputy Stephen Thomason was dispatched to Shane’s Rib Shack in Jefferson, where a suspicious man was seen hanging out around the trash bin. The manager wanted the man barred from the property and the deputy saw the man looking at him from a nearby fence. The man was searched and the officer found him carrying a pair of brass knuckles. The man claimed he was hanging around the restaurant to get free Wifi. However, dispatch provided information that Randall Dean Whitt, 48, was a convicted felon and wanted on two warrants from Jackson County charging him with account fraud. Whitt, who gave his address as Rutherfordton, N.C., was taken to jail.

WELFARE CHECK: On Oct. 14, a deputy was dispatched to a home in Maysville to check on elderly man, after a female friend of his on Facebook had not heard of him in weeks. The man was OK and told the deputy he had not been on Facebook in more than a month. The man was encouraged to contact the woman and let her know everything is fine.

IRS CALLS: On Oct. 14, deputies responded to homes in Braselton and Nicholson, where residents had received telephone calls from callers claiming to be with the IRS and demanding payment for back taxes or they would be arrested. No money was sent to the persons by the targeted victims. A similar call was received on Oct. 13 by a 42-year-old woman in Braselton, but also called 911 instead of sending the money.

MAN WITH GUNS: On Oct. 14, Deputy Thomas Duncan was dispatched to a home in Nicholson, where a woman, speaking through an interpreter, reported she saw her neighbor standing at the edge of her property and he was holding a pistol and shotgun. The neighbor fired six shots into her yard in the direction of her chickens. He then fired a round from the shotgun. The man had warned her three days earlier to keep her chickens out of his yard. The deputy was unable to contact the suspect.

ALLEGED BOMBS: On Oct. 14, Deputy Brannan Wilburn was dispatched at 11:08 p.m. to Pendergrass in reference to loud gunshots. A man told police he was sleeping when he heard what he thought was a loud gunshot. As they were talking another man came from across the street and identified a person he said was making homemade bombs and exploding them in the area. The suspect was also heard saying he was going to make a bomb and throw it in Sheriff Janis Mangum’s yard. The deputy did recover some burned paper where one man said one of the bombs had exploded.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 13, Deputy Cpl. Bruce Cronic was patrolling in Tanger Outlet in Commerce, when he found two holes knocked into a wall near Wilson Leather and the Zales stores. Employees of both stores were contacted and entry into the business was not made although a stock room was entered.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 14, Deputy Andrea Rogers was dispatched at 4:31 a.m. to a burglary alarm at Kay Jewelers in Tanger Outlets in Commerce. Deputies arrived and the front door was secure, but a hole was knocked in the wall at the rear. Deputies checked inside and found nothing missing or disturbed. Deputies did collect an item possibly left behind by the intruder.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 12, Deputy Andrea Rogers was dispatched to a home on Red Oak Road, Maysville, where a woman reported she heard a noise in the back of her trailer home and upon checking she saw a stranger in the kitchen. When the intruder saw her, he ran out the back door. A man said he ran around the house and confronted the suspect by punching him in the face and knocking him down. The suspect got back up and ran off. The burglar was described as a white man wearing jeans and a gray T-shirt. The back door was damaged where the man gained entry.

JUVENILE SHOT: On Oct. 12, Deputy Andrea Rogers was dispatched to a home in Pendergrass, where a man reported three of his neighbor’s children shot his grandson with a BB gun. The grandson was in the woods cutting a path with an ax, when the other children shot him in the back and ear and shattered his eye glasses. The deputy met with the young suspects and they said the other youth was trying to hit them with the ax. The parents all decided they would handle the matter themselves.

WATER THEFTS: On Oct. 12, deputies responded to two complaints about the theft of water. A deputy went to Wilbanks Road and met with a Jackson County Water and Sewer Authority employee who had discovered an illegal water tap. Another deputy went to a location on Cambridge Farms Drive, Hoschton, where someone had tampered with several water lines.

GUNFIRE: On Oct. 12, deputies responded to two complaints about gunfire on Hunters Ridge Road, Nicholson, where one woman said the noise was making her dog nervous. Another man said he was concerned about his pets because the shooters may be firing in an unsafe direction. Another man said the people are “always shooting something.” Deputy Thomas Duncan was dispatched to the same area on Oct. 9 for gunshots, but had no contact with anyone.

GUNFIRE: On Oct. 2, Deputy John Drossman was dispatched to Old Kings Bridge Road, where two women showed him two bullet holes in their home. One round entered through a kitchen door window and ended up on a table after hitting an artificial plant. A second round entered the kitchen door and hit the master bedroom.

DISPUTE: On Oct. 9, Deputy Roger Gober was dispatched to a home in Jefferson, where a man and woman were arguing because the woman is always talking about other men’s “winkies.” The man then said he felt stupid for calling 911, and they apologized to the officer. Both were drinking, and the officer suggested they discuss this matter when they are sober. They agreeable to doing this.

BAD DREAM: On Oct. 12, Deputy Ryan Brooks was dispatched to a home near Commerce, where an 87-year-old woman reported suspicious activity at her home. When the deputy arrived, the woman explained she was worried about a yard sale and believes she may have had a bad dream about people coming to her home asking about the yard sale items.

DEER STAND MISSING: On Oct. 8, Deputy David Pinkston was dispatched to a home on Poplar Road, Commerce, where a man reported the theft of a Portaclimb deer hunting stand and a camouflage Ameristep deer hunting bind. The man had the items set up in the woods across from his home and no one else had permission to hunt there.

NEWSPAPER THIEF: On Oct. 11, a 73-year-old resident of Gold Crest Drive, Braselton, reported the theft of his newspaper valued at $2. The man said when he woke up and made his coffee, he looked out the window and saw the paper in the driveway. Shortly after this he heard a car and saw a BMW stop near the driveway, then speed off. He went outside and his newspaper was gone.

COMPUTER VIRUS: On Oct. 7, Deputy Scott Harrison was dispatched to meet with a sheriff’s office employee who said he received an e-mail that appeared to be a order confirmation from Amazon for a cellphone. The man opened the document and when he did, his office computer began opening multiple files. He called the county’s information technology employee and this person discovered the e-mail contained a virus. The IT was able to clear the virus from the computer.

GUNSHOTS: On Oct. 6, Deputy David Pinkston was dispatched to a home on Line Creek Road, Nicholson, where a woman called after hearing gunshots. The deputy responded and found no one shooting, however, the woman called back later to report it was her neighbor shooting at a possum.

— Compiled by Wayne Ford/Staff