The Folkston Police Department recently released the following incident reports.

On June 7, Officer Jason Rifenbark conducted a traffic stop on GA Hwy. 4, on a 2010 Dodge Journey, for speeding at 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.  The driver, John Anthony Reese, who provided a GA drivers license was advised of the reason of the stop.  A check of the driver’s information revealed that Reese’s driver’s license was suspended on May 13, 2019 for child support obligation.  Reese was taken into custody and transported to the Charlton Sheriff’s office where he was issued a citation for speeding and licensed driving while license suspended/revoked. Reese was turned over to the jailor on duty.

June 7, Officer Gary Rhoden was contacted by S.I.S. Henderson from D. Ray James Correctional Facility.  Henderson advised that a suspicious person wearing a green long sleeve shirt was behind the prison hiding in the bushes. Henderson advised the offender was identified as Alex Antunez, due to Antunez coming to visitation at the facility earlier that day.  When Officer Rhoden arrived he observed Antunez exiting the woods on the prison property.  Antunez then entered a 2017 Ford Fusion and Officer Rhoden conducted a traffic stop.  Antunez was detained for suspicious activity.  While searching his person, marijuana was found.  Officer James Murray met the driver, Eduardo Christian Gutierrez, and Officer Rhoden met the front passenger, Ana Rosa Sanchez Flores.  Officer Rhoden smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and narcotics, drug-related objects, 36 phones, 18 chargers, and $1,776.16 were revealed in the vehicle. All offenders were placed under arrest, transported to the jail where they were interviewed and turned over to the jailors on duty.  Warrants were secured on the offenders for their charges. Antunez was charged with possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession and use of drug-related objects, conspiracy to commit a crime, open container violation, crossing guard line with controlled substance, and criminal trespass-business.  Flores was charged with possession of ounce or less of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession and use of drug-related objects, conspiracy to commit a crime, and open container violation.  Gutierrez was charged with possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession and use of drug related objects, conspiracy to commit a crime, and open container violation.

On June 10, Officer James Murray was dispatched to 3933 Second Street, Double D’s Auto Sales, in reference to multiple vehicles being broken into.  Upon arrival, Officer Murray reviewed the video footage and was able to identify the suspect as Ellis Thomas Jernigan.  Upon further investigation it was found that Jernigan entered 21 vehicles and damaged four vehicles while removing the radios. Jernigan was located and placed under arrest and transported to the sheriff’s office where he was interviewed.  Jernigan was mirandized and he confessed and admitted to the offense. While in jail, a metal smoking device with crack cocaine residue was found in Jernigan’s sock.  Jernigan was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of a drug-related object, criminal trespass-business, enter auto with intent to commit theft, and crossing guard lines with a controlled substance.

June 15, Officer James Murray, was dispatched to the Circle K, located at 3719 Second Street, in reference to a shoplifting.  Upon arrival and conducting an investigation, it was found that Timothy Jawann Shellman committed theft.  Shellman stole a lighter and a large fountain drink valued at $4.00. A criminal history was ran and it was revealed that Shellman had been convicted on December 18, 2009, October 7, 2011, and on June 6, 2014 for shoplifting, making this offense a felony. Warrants were secured in this matter.  Shellman was located on June 16, and placed under arrest after physically resisting arrest and disobeying orders.  Shellman was served a criminal trespass warning and charged with theft by shoplifting felony and  

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On June 23, Officer Jason Rifenbark responded to a physical domestic dispute at 6017 Second Street.  When Officer Rifenbark arrived he met Clara Elizabeth Lowmon who advised that Ronnye Alphiaelizabeth Bischof physically attacked her.  Bischof advised that Lowmon physically attacked her. The investigation resulted in both Lowmon and Bischof being taken into custody and transported to the sheriff’s office. A hold was placed on them for the charges of simple battery-fva as they cohabitate in the apartment. A GCIC check of Lowmon’s information revealed that she is wanted for FTA by Ware County Sheriff’s Office.  Ware County Sheriff’s Office placed a hold for Lowmon.  Warrants for the above charges were secured.    This case is closed.  Lowman was charged with simple battery and wanted person.  Bishof was charged with simple battery.

June 28, Officer James Murray was dispatched to Friendly Express in reference to a disturbance.  Upon arrival Officer Murray made contact with Mitchell Burwin Hilton whom advised that a road rage incident occurred.  Hilton followed the truck driver to the truck stop and confronted him. Officer Murray reviewed the camera footage and observed that Hilton was the aggressor and he admitted to cursing and was insighting a fight.  Hilton was placed under arrest.  Upon arrival at the jail Hilton was issued a citation and released.

June 29, Officer Michael Maddox was dispatched to 17 Kay Street, in reference to a possible fight.  Upon arrival investigation showed that Adam Eugene Havis was yelling and cursing at Chanci Byrd and Tonya Current due to being woken up. It was also found that Havis threatened to fight Byrd’s husband and had also consumed alcoholic beverages. Havis was placed under arrest and transported to the Charlton County Jail where he was interviewed and issued a citation for disorderly conduct. Havis was then turned over to the jailor on duty.  This case is cleared by arrest.

June 29, Officer James Murray observed Kelvin Javan Peterson get into a Chevy Impala at GA Hwy. 4.  Officer Murray had prior knowledge that Peterson was wanted for a battery charge with the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office.  Officer Murray conducted a traffic stop and placed Peterson under arrest. Peterson handed Officer Murray a bag of marijuana from his groin area. He was placed in Officer Murray’s patrol car and transported to the Sheriff’s Office and turned over to the jailor on duty.  GCIC also reported that Peterson was wanted by Camden County Sheriff’s Office for probation violation. Peterson was charged with possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and wanted person.

June 30, Officer James Murray was dispatched to 300 Second Street, in reference to a subject passed out, laying on the floor.  Officer Murray made contact with Tristin Zane Sisson and the investigation revealed that Sisson was highly intoxicated.  A field test on the Alco Sensor showed a reading of .172 brac.  Sisson was placed under arrest and transported to the jail.  GCIC also reported Sisson was wanted for probation violation in Nassau County, FL.   Sisson was charged with possession/purchase alcohol under 21, public drunkenness, and fugitive from justice and turned over to the jailor on duty. A warrant for fugitive from justice will be secured.

June 30, Officer James Murray observed a 2009 Volkswagon Passat’s driver, Ashton Alan Burchfield not wearing a seatbelt.  Officer Murray conducted a traffic stop and made contact with Burchfield, and while speaking to him Officer Murray noticed the smell of burnt marijuana.  A search was conducted and a marijuana cigarette and plastic bag of marijuana was found in the center console.  Burchfield was placed under arrest and transported to the sheriff’s office. Officer Murray conducted an interview with Burchfield.  He was charged with possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and safety belts violation (adults) and turned over to the jailors on duty.