The Folkston Police Department made several arrests over the past few weeks.

On December 31, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2004 Ford Focus travelling south on GA Highway 4 with dark tinted windows and no brake lights on the vehicle. The officer conducted a traffic stop and met with Jacob Roy Crews. While running the information through GCIC, Deputy Doug Popp ran a free air sniff with K9 Hank, which resulted with a positive alert on the vehicle. At that time, GCIC came back with the vehicle having no insurance. The officer then placed Crews under arrest for no insurance, driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle and light-reducing material affixed to windows and conducted a search of the vehicle,  finding nothing. The vehicle was towed. Officer Rhoden then transported Crews to the jail where he was charged with the above charges and turned over to the jailor on duty. Window tint was checked at 17 percent.

On January 1, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2007 Pontiac G6 pull onto Third Street and immediately turn its lights off. Officer Rhoden made contact with the vehicle and Melissa Raydale Hayes due to suspicious activity. Upon making contact with Hayes, she advised that her vehicle was shutting off on her. The officer then asked to search her vehicle and she gave consent. During the search, narcotics and drug related objects were found in the vehicle. The officer then placed her under arrest and transported her to the jail where she was interviewed and turned over to the jailor. Methamphetamine was found on Hayes in the jail during a routine strip search. Warrants will be secured in this matter.

On January 1, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze traveling south on GA Highway 4 with a headlight out. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the Cruze and met with Wilton Fletcher Ellisor. Officer Rhoden ran his information through GCIC and the Cruze came back with expired registration, no insurance and suspended registration. Ellisor came back suspended for failure to appear on a traffic summons. The officer then placed Ellisor under arrest for VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), expired tag, license driving while license suspended/revoked, no insurance, driving with suspended tag, driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle. Upon vehicle inventory for impound, the officer could smell the odor of raw marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed marijuana inside. The vehicle was towed and the officer transported Ellisor to the jail, where he was interviewed, charged with the above charges and turned over to the jailor on duty.

On January 3, Officer James Murray observed a 2015 Hyundai Genesis traveling faster than the posted 35 mph limit, clocking the vehicle at 50 in a 35 mph zone. The officer conducted a traffic stop and checked the vehicle and driver’s license through GCIC, which reported Charles Anthony Dasher’s license suspended for non-judgment. The officer called the insurance company and they confirmed Dasher canceled insurance. Dasher was placed under arrest and placed in the patrol car. While conducting the vehicle inventory, Dasher escaped from the patrol car, fled on foot and failed to comply with lawful commands to stop. He was apprehended a few moments later. The vehicle inventory yielded a plastic container with multiple bags of marijuana packaged for sale and distribution. Warrants will be secured in this matter. The vehicle was towed.

On January 5, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2017 Jeep Wrangler traveling east on GA Highway 40, at what appeared to be a higher rate of speed than the posted speed limit. The officer activated the radar and clocked the vehicle traveling 61 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and the front passenger threw a cup out of the vehicle. As the officer approached the vehicle, he could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside. Officer Rhoden then met with Vincent Alexander Baker and advised him of the reason for the stop. Baker, Geovonni Armani Smith, Branae Maria Foreman, Caleb Tyree Hannah, Jamie Levern Shellman, and Maoces Exavier Fuller were detained so the officer could investigate the marijuana smell coming from the vehicle. The search of the vehicle revealed marijuana, smoking devices, a digital scale, and an open 4 Loco container of alcoholic beverage. The officer then placed all under arrest. While running information through GCIC, Shellman came back wanted out of Folkston for failure to appear. Smith also came back wanted out of Nassau County, for obstruction of a police officer and numerous other charges. Nassau County sent a hit, stating the warrant was valid and they would extradite. Offenders were then transported to the jail where they were interviewed, Baker was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), possession and use of drug related objects, and speeding, Smith was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), possession and use of drug related objects, fugitive from justice, and wanted person, Foreman was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), possession and use of drug related objects, possession of alcoholic by a minor, and open container, Hannah was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), possession and use of drug related objects, and safety belt violation (adults), Shellman was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), possession and use of drug related objects, and wanted person and Fuller was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana) and possession and use of drug related objects. They were all turned over to the jailor on duty. Warrants will be secured for Smith for fugitive from justice. This case is closed.

On January 6, Officer Gary Rhoden was dispatched to Kay Street for a domestic. When the officer arrived, Sgt. Spikes was placing Aunae Zahki Meredith under arrest when she began to struggle. Officer Rhoden then assisted Sgt. Spikes in arresting her and Sgt. Spikes deployed his taser. Meredith was then placed under arrest. Upon further investigation, Sgt. Spikes was cut by the offender’s fingernail, under his neck and the victim was injured on her left shoulder due to Meredith throwing a bowl at her. Also, Meridith put a hole in the wall of the upstairs bedroom with a hammer. Sgt. Rifenbark transported Meridith to the jail where she could be interviewed due to her uncooperativeness. Meridith was turned over to the jailor on duty and warrants will be secured in this matter.

On July 8, 2017, Steve Freeman Smiley was issued a criminal trespass warning (CTW) for the train watch platform by Officer Jason Rifenbark. On January 9, the officer responded to a call at the train watch platform, where he made contact with Smiley. The officer checked the FPD CTW log and located the before mentioned CTW. Smiley was then taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and turned over to the jailor on duty. A hold was placed on him pending securing warrants for criminal trespass-private. This case is closed.

On January 8, Angelo Patrick Dasher was served with a criminal trespass warning by Officer James Murray of the Folkston P.O. Dasher signed the CTW barring him from Flash Foods #107, on Martin Street. On January 9, Officer Jason Rifenbark responded to Flash Foods #107 in reference to Dasher returning to the store after the CTW was served. This incident was caught on video. Dasher was located a short time later, and taken into custody for criminal trespass-business and criminal trespass warning. He was then transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and turned over to the jailor on duty. A hold was placed pending the securing of warrants for the above charges. This case is closed. Dasher was also issued a criminal trespass warning for the train watch platform located on Folkston Funnel Street.

On January 10, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2002 Toyota Camry stopped at the red light of Love Street and GA Hwy. 4, facing east. The officer observed D’Trevious Sharon Epps not wearing his seatbelt. He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and met with Epps, whom advised that he did not have his license on him, but had a valid learner’s permit. The officer then ran Epps name, date of birth, and vehicle through GCIC. GCIC revealed that the above vehicle had no insurance and suspended registration. Epps was also unlicensed through the state of Georgia. Officer Rhoden placed Epps under arrest and the vehicle was towed. The officer then transported Epps to the jail where he was charged with license driving while unlicensed or expired/new resident, no insurance, driving with suspended tag, and safety belts violation (adults) and turned over to the jailor on duty. On January 11, Officer Gary Rhoden made contact with the Charlton County Tag Office, whom advised an alteration had been made on the vehicle on January 10. 

On January 14, Officer Jason Rifenbark responded to a physical domestic dispute at Oakwood Street. When the officer arrived, he met with the victim, offender Adam Mckenzie Logan and complainant. The investigation resulted in Logan being taken into custody for simple battery FVA, the victim and Logan are currently married. Logan was transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was turned over to the jailor on duty, pending a warrant for battery (simple). This case is closed.

On January 15, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2010 Toyota Prius at Third Street with a driver’s side headlight out. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and met with Zachary Nathaniel Bennett. When he ran the information through GCIC, it revealed that the vehicle had no insurance and suspended registration. The officer then placed the above offender under arrest and the vehicle was towed. Bennett was then transported to the jail, where he was charged with no insurance, driving with suspended tag, and driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle and turned over to the jailor on duty.