The Folkston Police Department recently released the following incident reports for October 12 to October 28.

October 12, Officer Gary Rhoden was dispatched to Folkston Pharmacy in reference to shoplifting.  When Officer Rhoden arrived, he met the complainant who advised that the offender, Amanda Danielle Lebicz, was concealing clothing in her purse.  His investigation led to video footage showing Lebicz concealing three shirts, one pair of pants, and a pair of sunglasses in her purse and then inside of a jacket.  Total value being $128.00.  Both offenders, Amanda Danielle Lebicz and Ricky Michael Coombs, were served with a criminal trespass warning for the location.  Lebicz was placed under arrest, transported to the jail where she was interviewed, charged with shoplifting less than $300.0, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  This case is closed.

October 14, Officer Daniel Lightsey responded to the Friendly Express Truck Stop in reference to a suspicious person.  Upon his arrival, Officer Lightsey met with the complainant who pointed out the offender inside the store.  After speaking with the offender, Betty Mizell Woolard, and witness, an investigation led to Woolard being taken into custody for public drunkenness and transported to the Sheriff’s Office.  Woolard was issued a citation for public drunkenness and turned over to the jail staff on duty.  This case is closed.

October 16, Officer Wyatt Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe after receiving a call about an intoxicated driver and witnessing it fail to maintain it’s lane of travel.  Officer Garvin’s investigation led him to believe that the driver/offender of the vehicle, Cynthia Walker Trowell, was under the influence of alcohol.  Trowell was read implied consent and asked to participate in the state administered breath test, which she refused to do.  Trowell was placed under arrest and charged with DUI – alcohol less safe (first offense), failure to maintain lane, and driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle and transported to the jail.  There a search warrant for her blood was obtained from Judge Hugh Chancey and EMS Squad 3 obtained two vials of blood from Trowell.  She was then issued citations and turned over to the jailor on duty.

    October 18, Officer Wyatt Garvin responded to the Friendly Express Truck Stop after the offender, Miguel Angel Ramirez, made a complaint stating that people were following him during a call made to the Sheriff’s Office.  Officer Garvin made contact with Ramirez at the Truck Stop and while speaking with him observed indicators that he may have been impaired.  Ramirez gave consent for his vehicle to be searched and the search resulted in the discovery of a small amount of marijuana.  Ramirez was placed under arrest, transported to the jail where he was issued a citation, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  He was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana).

October 18, Officer Wyatt Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Chrysler 200 for an out headlight.  He met the driver/offender, Joshua Mantel Simmons, who informed Officer Garvin that he was unlicensed.  GCIC revealed that his license was suspended on May 25, 2017 for failure to pay a court obligation.  Officer Garvin asked Simmons if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he admitted that there was a firearm in the vehicle and that he was convicted for grand theft or a firearm-felony on March 19, 2018 in Clay County, Florida.  Simmons was placed under arrest for the charges of firearms possession by convicted felon, driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle, and license driving while license suspended/revoked.  He was transported to the jail where he was interviewed, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Warrants were secured in this matter.

    October 22, the complainant arrived at the Folkston Police Department advising  Officer Gary Rhoden that the offender, Audrey Lee Rudolph, was cursing and throwing items at her at 597 First Street, Apt. B.  Investigation revealed that Rudolph threw a white curtain rod and was cursing at the complainant.  Rudolph was placed under arrest, issued a citation for disorderly conduct.  She was then sent for a mental evaluation.   This case is closed.

    October 22, Officer Wyatt Garvin made contact with the offender, Trenton Lee Blizzard, after locating him asleep in the Advance Auto Parts parking lot after normal business hours.  Indicators given by Blizzard, as well as an Officer’s prior knowledge of the offender, resulted in a narcotics K-9 being deployed for a free air sniff of the vehicle.  K-9 Hank gave a positive indication for narcotics within the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of controlled substances, as well as drug related objects being located.  Blizzard was placed under arrest and transported to the jail.  There, a plastic tube was located during a strip search of Blizzard.  He was interviewed and turned over to the jailor on duty.  He was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), possession of methamphetamine, and possession and use of drug related object.  Warrants were secured in this matter.

    October 26, Officer Daniel Lightsey conducted a traffic stop on a 2001 Ford Explorer due to it having a cracked passenger side taillight.  A check of the driver’s, Charles Edward Lepley, information through GCIC revealed that his license was suspended on October 22, 2020 for a non-judgemental suspension.  Lepley was taken into custody for licenses driving while license suspended/revoked and driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle.   He was transported to the jail where he was issued citations and turned over to the jailor on duty.  This case is closed.

    October 28, the above offender, James Laurie Avant, was a passenger in a 1991 Honda Accord (FL tag #PGLZ94).  A traffic stop was conducted by Officer Wyatt Garvin after Avant’s wife operated a vehicle on GA Hwy. 4 with an out headlight.  While conducting a warrant check on both occupants, it was revealed that Avant did have a warrant out of Nassau County for failure to pay a traffic fine.  Nassau County placed a hold on Avant for the warrant.  Avant was transported to the jail and turned over to the jailor on duty.  A fugitive from justice warrant was obtained.   This case is closed.  On October 29, 2020 fugitive from justice warrant was dismissed.