The Folkston Police Department released the following incident reports from April 1 through April 17, 2021.
April 1, Officer Jason Rifenbark responded to a vehicle accident at GA Hwy. 121 and Cedar Ridge. While conducting the accident investigation, GCIC and State Farm confirmed that the 2010 Dodge Ram did not have valid insurance since February 17, 2021. The offender, Dorothy Faye Donovan of Folkston, was taken into custody for no insurance. The vehicle was towed by Seldomridge Towing. Donovan was transported to the Sheriff’s Office where she was issued a citation for no insurance and turned over to the jailor on duty. A short time later, Donovan provided valid proof of a new insurance policy, verified by Progressive Insurance. Officer Rifenbark authorized the release of the vehicle. This case is closed.
April 2, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2000 Ford Explorer traveling north on GA #4, pulling a trailer without functional lights on it. He conducted a traffic stop and met the offender, Gary Lamar Thomas of Kingsland, GA. While speaking with Thomas, Officer Rhoden observed a clear glass smoking device with white residue in the center console. His investigation led to the smoking device and marijuana being found in the vehicle. Thomas was placed under arrest, transported to the jail where he was interviewed and charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), possession and use of drug related objects, and driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle. Thomas was turned over to the jailor on duty. The vehicle was left on scene per Thomas’ request. This case is closed.
April 2, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser traveling north on GA #4 with an out passenger taillight. He conducted a traffic stop and met the offender, Carlie Joanne Holman of Folkston, who admitted to not having a valid license. Officer Rhoden checked the information through GCIC and it was revealed that Holman was not licensed through the State of Georgia. Holman was placed under arrest, transported to the jail where she was charged with license driving while unlicensed or expired/new resident and driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle. She was turned over the jailor on duty. The vehicle was turned over to the owner. This case is closed.
April 5, Office Daniel Lightsey conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Dodge Charger at Circle K/McDonald, after checking its speed at 89 mph in a 50 mph zone, while traveling southbound through the area. Upon making contact with the driver, Leigh Deanne Charles of Waycross, GA, the odor of marijuana was observed coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of two small bags containing marijuana, a marijuana cigarette, a tray containing marijuana, and four open bottles of alcoholic beverage. A check of Charles’ information through GCIC revealed that her license had been suspended on February 12, 2021 for failure to appear. Charles and the other two occupants of the vehicle, Jalen Lashawn King and Ashante Kaitlyn Robinson, both of Waycross, GA were taken into custody and transported to the Charlton County Jail where they were interviewed and issued citations. Charles was issued citation for VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), license driving while license suspended/revoked, speeding, and opened container violation. King and Robinson were charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana). All three were turned over to the jailor on duty. This case is closed.
April 6, Officer Daniel Lightsey responded to a report of a 2002 Ford Explorer crash with possible entrapment and injuries on Oakwood Street. Upon arrival, the offender, William Andrew Hipkiss of Pittsburgh, PA, was found in the passenger seat with his back to the door. During the investigation, Hipkiss became physically combative with law enforcement. After being medically cleared by EMS, he was taken into custody on two counts of obstruction. The investigation led to Hipkiss being charged with no insurance, no registration, improper tag, and driving under the influence of drugs. A check of his information through GCIC revealed that his license was suspended on November 3, 2017 for failure to appear. At the jail, a search warrant for blood was secured. While attempting to collect the samples, Hipkiss struck the paramedic in the face. The blood samples were collected and taken into custody as evidence. A hold pending was put in place for the above charges plus additional charges of: obstructing law enforcement officers with violence, obstructing EMTs, license driving while license suspended/revoked, and failure to maintain lane. Hipkiss was turned over to the jailor on duty. Warrants were secured. This case is closed.
April 7, Officer Gary Rhoden was dispatched to the train platform in reference to an unrelated incident. While on the scene, he observed the offender, Steve Freeman Smiley of Folkston, sitting on the platform after being served with a criminal trespass warning by Sgt. Rifenbark on July 18, 2017. A check through GCIC revealed that Smiley was wanted out of Charlton County for a probation violation. He was placed under arrest, transported to the jail and interviewed. He was charged with criminal trespass, served his warrant, and turned over to the jailor on duty. This case is closed.
April 9, Officer Jason Rifenbark responded to a reckless vehicle call on GA Hwy. #4 northbound from Florida. A traffic stop was conducted on a 2013 Nissan Altima. The investigation resulted in the offender, Gina Michelle King of Blackshear, GA, being read implied consent for a blood sample and placed under arrest for DUI. A search warrant for a blood sample was secured through Judge Timothy Carter. Charlton EMS Paramedic Scott Woodman collected two vials of blood sample, which were secured into custody as evidence. King was issued a citation for DUI and turned over to the jailor on duty. This case is closed.
April 9, Officer Daniel Lightsey observed a 1998 Ford F150 traveling north on GA Hwy. #4, near mile marker 3. After observing the vehicle fail to maintain its lane of travel twice, Officer Lightsey conducted a traffic stop, pulling the vehicle into the CircleK/McDonalds on Martin Street. Upon making contact with the offender, William Edgar Stillwell of Folkston, Officer Lightsey could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Stillwell’s breath, and also saw that his eyes were bloodshot. Stillwell agreed to a roadside Alco-Sensor Test, which returned a positive result for alcohol on his breath. Stillwell was taken into custody on the charges of DUI – alcohol less safe and failure to maintain lane. He was read implied consent for the State Administered Chemical Testing on his breath, to which he agreed. Stillwell was then transported to the Charlton County Jail where Deputy Popp used the Intoxilyzer to test Stillwell’s breath. It showed the results of a blood alcohol content of 0.150 grams. Stillwell was issued citations on the above charges and turned over to the jailor on duty. This case is closed.
April 14, Officer Jason Rifenbark responded to a vehicle crash involving a 2006 Toyota Corolla at Hwy. #4 and Love Street. The vehicle crash investigation revealed that the offender, Loreatha Nicole Bryan of Folkston, ran the red light, which resulted in a vehicle crash and her driver’s license being suspended on January 28, 2019 for criminal failure to pay, on May 2, 2016 for failure to pay traffic fine, and on August 7, 2014 for failure to pay traffic fine. Bryan was taken into custody for red light violation and driving while license suspended-first offense. The Toyota Corolla was towed by Seldomridge Towing. This case is closed.
April 17, Officer Wyatt Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Nissan Altima for having its right front window covered with a trashbag, a cracked windshield, and an out right brake light. He met the offender, Antonie Alpheus Culmer of Folkston, and ran his information through GCIC. GCIC did not have his insurance information on file. Culmer provided a policy number for GEICO but not proper insurance documentation. Officer Garvin made contact with GEICO via cell phone and was advised that the policy was cancelled. Culmer was placed under arrest for no insurance and driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle. Officer Garvin conducted an impound inventory of the vehicle and discovered open bottles of Hennessey and 99 Bananas liquor. The vehicle was turned over to Seldomridge Towing and Culmer was transported to the jail where he was issued citations the above charges and for open container violation. He was turned over to the jailor on duty. This case is closed.