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Effingham County Sheriff's Office reports April 18

POSTED: April 18, 2018 5:30 a.m.

April 1

Obstructing or Hindering Law Enforcement Officers; Disorderly Conduct

A woman stated that she had gotten into an argument with her husband due to him being intoxicated. She noted that he was an alcoholic, and her son confirmed this story. After refusing to speak with police, the husband was placed under arrest. The reporting officer was Karyn Witherington.

Simple Assault-Family Violence

A woman advised that her father was threatening to kill her with a gun. The father, however, claimed that the daughter had been the one to threaten him with a knife after he asked her to turn her music down. The intoxicated woman changed her story several times before finally admitting to raising a knife at her father. She said that she only did so because her father was plotting to kill her. She was arrested a short time later. The reporting officer was Matt Smith.

DUI-Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol; Failure to Maintain Lane

A man was seen failing to maintain his lane as he was driving down the road. It was noted that he smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages, and he later admitted to being under the influence. After failing a field sobriety test, he was placed under arrest. The reporting officer was Daniel Handshumaker.

Burglary-First Degree (Felony); Theft by Taking- Misdemeanor ($500 or Less)

A woman stated that someone had broken into her home and stolen several items. It was noted that a window and a mirror was broken and that a lock on the back door had been bent. The missing items included her wallet and all its contents. She was unsure of who could have committed the theft. The reporting officer was Kristopher Withem.

Domestic Dispute

A man stated that his female friend was on drugs and out of control. The female friend would not say what happened and only wanted the man to leave. The man agreed and said that he would no longer live at the residence. The reporting officer was John Etzle.

April 2

Domestic Dispute

A man stated that he was called by a friend who sounded like she was in distress. She had ranted that she was at a gas station and that her boyfriend had a gun. The friend claimed, however, that she and the boyfriend had simply been fighting and that the whole situation had been blown out of proportion. She also said that he owns a gun, but he did not have it with him. She later admitted to having been in a previous relationship with the man. The boyfriend provided a similar story, and all parties were separated. The reporting officer was Malcom Foy.

Traffic Complaint/Violation

A man was spotted driving in an erratic manner which made it appear as if he was trying to avoid police. A background check revealed that his license was suspended due to failing to pay child support, and he was swiftly arrested. His vehicle was towed by a local wrecker service. The reporting officer was James Thompson.

April 3

Domestic Dispute

A man stated that he had gotten into an argument with his friend and the friend’s mother about guns but that the matter was settled. It was noted that he was under the influence of alcohol and that he was not complying with officers. He tried to downplay the situation but finally admitted that the conversation got heated. All parties were advised to avoid the topic for the time being. The reporting officer was Bryan Shearouse.


Possession of Marijuana

A man was seen driving down the road in a vehicle that smelled strongly of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed marijuana as well as a glass smoking pipe. The man was soon placed under arrest. The reporting officer was John Preston Morris.

Terroristic Threats and/or Acts

A woman stated that her sister threatened to kill her because she had called child protective services on the sister. She noted that the sister was a known drug user who did not care for her kids. Several witnesses confirmed that the sister had made these threats. Contact could not be made with the sister. The reporting officer was Garett Buckles.

April 4

Theft by Taking-Felony; Burglary-First Degree (Felony); Wanted Person- Warrant Service

A man stated that someone had broken into several of his sheds and stolen multiple items. The missing items included multiple batteries for trucks, tractors and lawnmowers. He suspected his friend who was staying with him of committing the theft to get drug money. It was noted that a vehicle on the property had been reported stolen, and the friend said that her acquaintance had driven it to the property the night before. The friend was later arrested because she had a warrant out for her arrest. The acquaintance claimed that the vehicle belonged to his girlfriend and that he had no idea that it was stolen. After he was later found with a stolen bank card, he was swiftly arrested. A local wrecker service was contacted to tow the vehicle. The reporting officer was John Reinhart.

Burglary-First Degree (Felony)

A woman stated that she suspected that her mother and a friend had broken into her residence and stolen her belongings. She noted that her mother is a known drug user and has stolen in the past. The back door appeared to have been pried open. The mother and the friend could not be contacted. The reporting officer was John Etzle.

Financial Transaction Card Fraud; Forgery; Entering Automobile or Other Motor Vehicle with Intent to Commit a Crime; Theft by Taking-Misdemeanor ($501-$1,500)

A man advised that his ex-girlfriend had used two checks and a financial card from his bank account. She had also stolen his prescription medication from his truck. The charges amounted to over $2,000, and he proceeded to kick her out of his house. Contact could not be made with the ex-girlfriend. The reporting officer was Terry Gideon.

Theft by Taking-Felony

A man stated that a hot water heater had been stolen from his vacant property. At a later date, two boat trailers and a boat motor were also found to be missing. He suspected a friend of his neighbor of committing the theft, but he could not prove this. The reporting officer was Victoria Wisecarver.

April 6

Possession of Marijuana; Failure to Maintain Lane

A woman advised that a large black truck was swerving erratically on the roadway. It was noted that the truck smelled strongly of burnt marijuana. The driver denied being under the influence and said that he was simply tired, but he later failed a field sobriety test. It was later revealed that he had marijuana, a grinder and medication in his vehicle. He was placed under arrest, and his vehicle was towed by a local wrecker service. The reporting officer was John Preston Morris.

April 7

Registration and License Requirements

A woman was spotted driving down the road in a vehicle that did not have proper registration. She admitted to not having registration and also said that the vehicle did not have proper insurance. A local wrecker service removed the vehicle from the scene and the woman was given a citation. The reporting officer was James Hurst.

Domestic Dispute

A man stated that his daughter had accused him of stealing her washer and dryer and that he wished to have her removed from his property. The daughter claimed that she simply asked about the items when her father started yelling. Both partied were advised to keep their distance. The reporting officer was Rebecca Irvin.

Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects

A woman was seen driving down the road with improper paper registration. She admitted to not having her driver’s license and she appeared to be distressed. It was noted that marijuana was present in her vehicle. A further search revealed that she also possessed a syringe and methamphetamine, which a male passenger claimed ownership. He was taken to a local hospital to treat multiple injection sites and the woman was released from the scene. The reporting officer was John Preston Morris.

Traffic Complaint/Violation; Obscured or Missing License Plate; Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance

A woman was spotted driving down the road without a license plate. She claimed to not have any illegal substances but a search of her vehicle revealed that she had methamphetamine and a prescription pill in her possession. She was swiftly arrested and her vehicle was towed by a local wrecker service. The reporting officer was Christopher Cary.

April 8

Disturbing the Peace- County Ordnance

An unknown informant advised that a neighbor was playing his music at an excessive volume. He was asked to turn it down, but he refused to do so due to being intoxicated. He was swiftly placed under arrest. The reporting officer was John Preston Morris.

Simple Battery

A woman stated that she went to her separated husband’s house to let him spend time with their children and found him with another female. The two then got into an intense argument. The husband confirmed this story at a later time. Both parties were advised to stay away from each other. The reporting officer was Christopher Cary.

Criminal Trespass

A woman stated that her boyfriend and her daughter had gotten into an argument which resulted in him cutting the daughter’s belongings with a knife. The destroyed items included a clothing, shoes, pillows and a mattress topper. She noted that he gets drunk and irate quite often. The boyfriend was later found nearby in an intoxicated state. He was detained, and his knife was confiscated. A witness confirmed the story, and the boyfriend was arrested. All his personal items were placed in the care of his sister. The reporting officer was James Daniel McKie.

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