The Folkston Police Department recently released the following incident reports for August 20 to September 7.

On August 20, Officer James Murray observed Marty Harold Johnson concealing items of clothing in his shorts and underwear at Family Dollar. Officer Murray placed Johnson under arrest. Family Dollar staff advised Officer Murray there was a female subject with Johnson, but they did not know where she went.  The female subject was located behind the abandoned building and multiple items of new clothing were on the ground and new pens still in the packaging were located. After further investigation, it was found the items were stolen from Dollar General. All items were photographed and returned to the proper store. Savannah Birch was also placed under arrest. Both offenders were transported to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Jeff Floyd found a clear plastic container, which contained methamphetamine, on his backseat. Deputy Floyd examined his back seat prior to transporting Johnson. Both offenders admitted to the theft after being mirandized and Johnson denied the methamphetamine. Warrants will be secured on Johnson. Birch was issued a citation and released. Both offenders were served criminal trespass warnings to Family Dollar and Dollar General. Johnson was charged with shoplifting less than $300.00, possession of methamphetamine, and a criminal trespass warning.     

August 22, Officer Jason Rifenbark conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Cadillac ATS traveling north on GA Hwy. #4  at the old scales. The vehicle was traveling at 66 m.p.h. in a 50 m.p.h. zone. The vehicle stopped at the turn lane of Friendly Express.  Officer Rifenbark made contact with Charmaine R. Moore who provided a Georgia driver’s license.  A check of the vehicle’s GA tag number CHARMY, revealed the registration was suspended on July 10 due to an insurance lapse. Moore was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s office where she was issued citations for the charges of driving with suspended tag and speeding. She was turned over to the jailors on duty. The vehicle was towed by Yahweh Towing.  This case is closed.

August 23, Officer James Murray observed a 2007 Jeep Cherokee.  Officer Murray had prior knowledge the vehicle had no insurance and suspended registration.  Officer Murray conducted a traffic stop and verified the insurance was not valid by the insurance company. Tri-City stated the policy was cancelled August 1. The driver, Amanda Denise Knox, was placed under arrest and transported to the jail. Knox was charged with driving with a suspended tag and no insurance. She was turned over to the jailor. The vehicle was towed by Seldomridge.

August 25, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2015 Hyundai Sante Fe with a passenger side headlight out. Officer Rhoden conducted a traffic stop and met the driver, Brittany Brookins and the passenger, Latoya Latrice Reddish. Officer Rhoden could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When Officer Rhoden conducted a search of the vehicle, marijuana was found in Reddish’s purse.  Reddish was placed under arrest and transported to the jail. She was interviewed and charged with VGSCA less than one ounce and turned over to the jailor on duty. Brookins was cited for improper equipment for the headlight.

Also on August 25, Officer James Murray was dispatched to Dollar General at 3731 Second Street, in reference to a shoplifting. Upon arrival, Officer Murray made contact with the complainant, who advised that a black male stole multiple items from the store.  Officer Murray reviewed the camera footage and obtained a description of the offender.  Officer Murray located the offender, Richard L. Holzendorf, on Martin Street and made contact with him.  Mr. Holzendorf handed Officer Murray the bag of items and fled on foot. Officer Murray gave Mr. Holzendorf the command to stop, but he continued. Officer Murray tackled Holzendorf and placed him under arrest. He was transported to the jail. G.C.I.C. responded that Holzendorf was wanted due to probation violation out of Charlton County.  Holzendorf was interviewed and turned over to the jailor on duty. He was charged with shoplifting less than $300.00, obstructing law enforcement officers, and a wanted person.

August 26, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a vehicle traveling south on GA Hwy. #4 at what appeared to be a higher rate of speed then the posted speed limit. Officer Rhoden clocked the vehicle traveling at 70 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone. Officer Rhoden conducted a traffic stop and met the driver, Bridget Michelle Gonder, and passenger, Sierra Jordan. While running information through G.C.I.C., it was revealed Gonder was wanted out of Washington County for violation of probation. Officer Rhoden detained Gonder for her warrant and asked her consent to search the vehicle. Gonder gave her consent. Officer Rhoden conducted a search on the vehicle and marijuana was found in the vehicle. Officer Rhoden placed the offenders under arrest, transported them to the jail, interviewed them, and charged them with VGCSA less than one ounce and speeding.  They were then turned over to the jailor on duty. Washington County placed a hold on Gonder for her warrant.

On September 1, Officer Jason Rifenbark was dispatched to a vehicle crash at the area of Pinewood Street and GA Hwy. #4.  The crash investigation revealed the offender, James Parnell Woodard, was driving a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice.  The Chevrolet’s GA tag of RNB4817 was checked through G.C.I.C. and revealed the vehicle had no insurance and the registration was suspended on May 24, 2019 for no insurance coverage.  The investigation also revealed a two-year old female was riding in the lap of the front passenger of the Chevrolet and not in a child safety seat.  Mr. Parnell was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s office, where he was issued citations for safety belt violation (children), no insurance, and driving with suspended tag.  He was turned over to the Jailor on duty.  The vehicle was towed by Yahweh Towing. This case is closed.

     On September 1, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2017 Honda Civic traveling at what appeared to be a higher rate of speed then the posted speed limit.  Officer Rhoden activated his radar and clocked the vehicle traveling at 67 m.p.h. in a 50 m.p.h. zone.  Officer Rhoden conducted a traffic stop and while checking information through G.C.I.C. the offender, Jacob Ryan Hutcherson, came back suspended through Florida on 8/23/19 for support delinquent.  Officer Rhoden placed Mr. Hutcherson under arrest, transported him to the jail, and charged him with speeding and license driving while license suspended/revoked.

     On September 3, Officer Michael Maddox was traveling northbound approaching the Star Motel and observed a 1998 Ford Ranger traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.  Officer Maddox conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  A check through G.C.I.C. came back as the tag on the vehicle belonging to a 1992 Ford F-150.  A check of the vehicle’s VIN showed the registration assigned to the vehicle was cancelled.  The offender, John Henry Lassiter, was placed under arrest and transported to the Charlton County jail, where he was issued citations for failure to maintain lane, driving with suspended tag, and tags alteration/improper plates/registration.  Lassiter was turned over to the Jailor on duty.  The vehicle was towed by Seldomridge Towing. This case is cleared by arrest.

     On September 7, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2003 Toyota Sequoia traveling south on GA Hwy. #4 at what appeared to be a speed higher than the posted speed limit.  Officer Rhoden activated his radar and clocked the vehicle traveling at 78 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone.  Officer Rhoden conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and met the offender, Tyneisha Chanel Wilson. Officer Rhoden checked Ms. Wilson’s information through G.C.I.C. and it was revealed that her license was suspended through Florida on 6/12/2019 for failure to pay traffic fines.  Officer Rhoden placed Ms. Wilson under arrest.  Ms. Wilson was transported to the jail where she was charged with license driving while license suspended/revoked and speeding.  She was turned over to the Jailor on duty.