The Folkston Police Department recently released the following incident reports for July 22 to August 19.

On July 23, Officer James Murray made contact with a complainant who advised him that on July 22, she lost her company credit card at the Friendly Express.  Someone stole the card and began using it at multiply locations from Folkston to Jacksonville.  The offender made a total of six purchases totaling $812.51. The card was an American Express Business credit card. Upon further investigation, it was found that Elbert Eugene Starks committed the offenses.  Starks was placed under arrest on August 19 and charged with one count of financial transaction card theft and six counts of financial transaction card fraud. Starks was then turned over to the jailor on duty.

August 9, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2009 Pontiac G6 traveling south on GA Hwy. 4 with a driver-side headlight out. Officer Rhoden conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and met the offender, Bryanna Lynn Porter. While asking for her license, Officer Rhoden could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and observed marijuana on Porter’s pants. Officer Rhoden had Porter exit the vehicle and conducted a search. The search revealed marijuana and a metal grinder with marijuana residue. Porter was placed under arrest, transported to the jail where she was interviewed and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Porter was charged with possession and use of drug-related object, VGCSA less than one oz. (marijuana), and driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle.

August 11, Officer James Murray was dispatched to 71 Rebecca and James Ct. in reference to a physical domestic altercation. Upon arrival, Officer Murray observed all parties involved had minor injuries. After further investigation and retrieving witness statements, it was found the offender, Joseph Bernard Battle, choked the victim and threatened to kill her. While trying to defend the victim, the other two were bitten and hit by Battle. Battle was taken into custody and transported to jail. He was mirandized and interviewed. He was charged with two counts battery and one count aggravated assault-other weapon. Warrants were taken in this matter.

August 13, Officer Jason Rifenbark conducted a traffic stop on a 2007 Volvo Semi-Truck for running a red light at GA Hwy. 4 - southbound and Main Street.  Officer Rifenbark made contact with the driver, Thomas Gabriel Cordoba, who provided a Florida driver’s license. A check of Cordoba’s information through G.C.I.C. revealed that Cordoba’s driver’s license was suspended for failure to appear on a traffic summons on August 8.  Cordoba was taken into custody and transported to the sheriff’s office where he was issued the citations for running a red light and licensed driving while license suspended/revoked. The semi-truck was secured at the former Huddle House by Deputy/Class A Driver Dustin Morrison at the request of Cordoba.  This case is closed.

August 14, Officer James Murray was called to 390 Sixth Street, in reference to an accident and the driver left the scene.  Upon arrival, Officer Murray observed where a vehicle had struck the parking railing at Apt. 390 and damaged the railing and concrete.  Officer Murray located the offender’s vehicle, a 2006 Pontiac Vibe, on the property with damage matching the accident. Officer Murray located the offender, Kelly Noelle Klepser, at 396 Sixth Street. Klepser immediately admitted to striking the railing.  She was placed under arrest at that time. After checking the vehicle’s information through G.C.I.C., G.C.I.C. replied that Klepser had no valid insurance and the registration was suspended.  Klepser was transported to the jail. Officer Murray conducted an interview and she was turned over to the jailor on duty.  Klepser was charged with leaving the scene of the accident with injury/damage, no insurance, and driving with a suspended tag.

August 14, Officer James Murray was dispatched to 77 Fifth Street in reference to vandalism. Upon arrival, Officer Murray made contact with the complainant, who advised the offender, Lenzi Corene Maggart, beat the exterior of the complainant’s car with a four-way tire tool. A witness handed Officer Murray the tire tool. The vehicle received damage all around. Repair for the vehicle will cost more than $1,500.00. Warrants were secured. Later, on August 14, Maggart was placed under arrest, interviewed, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  She was charged with damage to property-private first degree.

August 14, Officer James Murray was dispatched to 77 Fifth Street in reference to offender, Lenzi Corene Maggart, spitting on a  complainant/victim. Upon arriving, investigation showed that while the victim and Maggart were arguing about an earlier incident,  Maggart spit at the victim, striking her in the face. Maggart was arrested prior to taking this report due to a prior incident referenced in the argument. This case was closed by arrest. Warrants were secured on Maggart for the charge of battery (simple).

August 17, Officer Jason Rifenbark observed an offender operating a moped on GA Hwy. 4 at the area of the Hilltop, traveling south in the northbound side of the roadway without a helmet and outside of a 35 mph zone.  Officer Rifenbark conducted a traffic stop on the moped and made contact with the offender, Michael Floyd Musgrove, who advised Officer Rifenbark that he did not have a driver’s license due to it being suspended. A check of Musgrove’s information through G.C.I.C. revealed Musgrove’s Florida driver’s license was suspended on March 31, 2014 for failure to pay a traffic citation.  Musgrove was taken into custody.  Both Musgrove and the moped were transported to the sheriff’s office.  The moped was secured into the Sally Port and Musgrove was issued citations for the charges of improper lane use, operating a moped outside 35 mph zone, no helmet on a moped, and driving while license suspended-second offense. He was turned over to the jailor on duty.  This case is closed.

On August 19, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2020 Kia Soul traveling north on GA Hwy. 4 at what appeared to be a higher rate of speed then posted speed limit. Officer Rhoden clocked the vehicle at 77 mph in a 55 mph zone. Officer Rhoden conducted a traffic stop on the Kia Soul and met the offender, Harold Stacy Bray. While asking for his license, Officer Rhoden smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.  Officer Rhoden conducted a field test with the Alcosensor and Bray tested positive for alcohol. Bray was placed under arrest, read Miranda warning implied consent, and Bray’s consent to a breath test.  Bray was transported to the jail and administered the state test for breath. Bray was convicted on January 25, 2013 for DUI. Officer Rhoden charged Bray with speeding and DUI-alcohol less safe-second offense. He was turned over to the jailor on duty. August 19, Officer James Murray responded to M&R Chicken in reference to a physical domestic altercation. Upon arrival, Officer Murray made contact with the victim and the offender, Dangela Maushea Austin. Upon further investigation, it was found that Austin slapped the victim in the face after she attempted to take her son away from him. Austin was placed under arrest and transported to the jail. Warrants were secured in this matter. The acts were committed in the presence of the minor child, age 7. Austin was charged with battery (simple) and cruelty to children-third degree.