The Folkston Police Department released the following incident reports for the dates of March 26 through April 9.

March 26, Officer Wyatt Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 GMC Terrain SL, driven by Tran Kamar Conley, for its third (top) brake light not illuminating.  While speaking with Conley, Officer Garvin could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the Terrain.  A subsequent search of the Terrain resulted in Conley’s being placed under arrest for firearms possession during a crime, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute/sale of marijuana, possession and use of drug-related objects, and driving an unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle. He was transported to the jail, interviewed, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Warrants were secured in this matter. The search of the Terrain uncovered a digital scale, multiple baggies of marijuana, which are commonly used for distributing marijuana, a marijuana pipe, marijuana cigars, and a handgun.

March 26, Officer Gary Rhoden was dispatched to the Friendly Express in reference to a shoplifting.  When Officer Rhoden arrived, he spoke with the complainant and she advised that the offender, Shawn Joseph Bannister, shoplifted a blue/grey hat valued at $20.00. Officer Rhoden’s investigation led to Bannister’s being identified and located.  He was placed under arrest, transported to the jail, interviewed and turned over to the jailor on duty. The hat was returned to Friendly Express and Bannister was served a criminal trespass warning for Friendly Express. He was charged with shoplifting less than $300.00.

March 26, Officer Wyatt Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 2006 Honda Accord for having an incorrect license plate displayed. During the stop, Officer Garvin was given false names/dates of births twice by the offender, Londrell Devon Blake. After identifying Blake, it was revealed by GCIC that he had a warrant from Cobb County for dangerous drugs and a warrant from the Folkston Police Department for convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  While speaking with Blake, Officer Garvin could smell an odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.  Blake admitted to having a small amount of marijuana on his person and turned it over to Officer Garvin on scene.  A search of the Honda was conducted and no contraband was located.  The Honda was turned over to a friend on scene and Blake was transported to the jail where he was interviewed and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Warrants were secured.  Blake was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), wanted person, and giving false name/address/date of birth to an officer.

     March 27, Officer Wyatt Garvin was dispatched to the Extended Stay in reference to a domestic dispute.  While on scene, Officer Garvin met the offender, William Shannon Wagner, and ran his identification through GCIC.  Wagner’s license came back with multiple suspensions.  The latest being annotated on his driver’s history as “Canc-Indef DL cancelled on F.S. 322.08(7)” on 3/20/2017 through Florida.  After leaving Extended Stay, Officer Garvin observed Wagner driving south on GA Hwy. 4.  Officer Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 Chevrolet truck due to his knowledge of Wagner’s driver’s license being suspended.  Officer Garvin requested Deputy Jeff Floyd of the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office deploy his narcotics K-9 Whiskey, to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle while Officer Garvin spoke with Wagner.  Whiskey gave a positive alert for narcotics being in the vehicle.  A subsequent search revealed methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug related objects (digital scale, smoking devices, marijuana grinders, syringes, a straw, two spoons).  Wagner was placed under arrest for the charges of VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), possession of methamphetamine, possession and use of drug related objects, 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.

     March 29, Officer Gary Rhoden was dispatched to Circle K on Main Street in reference to shoplifting.  Officer Rhoden’s investigation led to the offender, Ronald Eldell, being identified by video footage shoplifting the following items:  2-cans of tuna, 1-Nestle Drumstick ice cream, 1-bottle of Barefoot wine, 1-Rockstar Energy drink, and 1-Ritz Cracker.  The total value of the items was $21.84.  Eldell was previously found guilty on 12-16-1994 and 3-19-2013 for shoplifting, making this charge a third offense.  On March 31, at 1935 hours, Eldell was found at the Circle K on Main Street where he was placed under arrest and transported to the jail.  He was interviewed and charged with shoplifting less than $300.00 and turned over to the jailor on duty.

     March 29, Officer Gary Rhoden was dispatched to the Circle K on Main Street in reference to shoplifting.  His investigation led to the offender, Ronald Eldell, being identified by video footage, where Eldell was seen shoplifting:  1-can of tuna and 1-Dandee ham sandwich, valued at $6.08.  Offender was previously found guilty on 12-16-1994 and 3-19-2013 for shoplifting.  This case made his third offense.  On March 31, at 1935 hours, Eldell was located at the Circle K on Main Street and placed under arrest.  While searching Eldell’s person, a glass smoking device with residue was found.  He was placed under arrest, transported to the jail where he was interviewed.  Eldell was charged with shoplifting less than $300.00 and possession and use of drug related object.  He was turned over to the jailor on duty.  He was also served a Criminal Trespass Warning for the Circle K, 3719 Main Street.

     March 30, Officer Wyatt Garvin met the offender, Bryan Scott Peacock, while performing a routine neighborhood patrol and smelled marijuana coming from Peacock’s person.  After Officer Garvin informed Peacock that he would be conducting a search of his person, Peacock admitted to having marijuana in his pocket and gave Officer Garvin a container of marijuana.  A search of Peacock’s person revealed that he also had an additional container of marijuana and a container of methamphetamine, as well as, a straw for methamphetamine consumption.  Peacock was placed under arrest, transported to the jail, interviewed, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Warrants were secured in this matter.  Peacock was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), possession of methamphetamine, and possession and use of drug related object. 

     March 31, Officer Wyatt Garvin was dispatched to 678 Martin L. King Drive after receiving a report stating that the offender, Avante Jevar Meredith, was destroying a house and vehicle.  When Officer Garvin arrived on the scene, he met Meredith on the sidewalk in front of the residence.  After investigating the scene, it was apparent that Meredith was intoxicated and he had destroyed/damaged in excess of $500.00.  Meredith was placed under arrest and transported to the jail for booking.  Upon arrival at the jail, Meredith refused to exit the rear seat of Officer Garvin’s patrol car, after he was given multiple commands to do so.  Meredith was taken into the jail.  Officer Garvin escorted him to the interview room where he refused to participate in the interview or exit the room.  Meredith was turned over to the jailor on duty.  He was charged with public drunkenness and obstructing law enforcement officers.  Warrants were secured.  It was later discovered that the offense of criminal damage to property – second degree occurred in the county jurisdiction.  The property damage charge has been turned over and Major Kenneth Jones was advised of the situation.

     April 7, Chief Wesley Green stopped the offender, Charles Dennis Casey, having clocked him speeding 76 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. speed zone.  Upon making contact with Casey, Chief Green requested his driver’s license and his insurance card.  Casey stated that he did not have his driver’s license with him, but he was able to provide a valid insurance card.  Chief Green ran Casey’s name and date of birth through GCIC.  GCIC reported that Casey’s driver’s license was suspended on 8-21-2019 for failure to pay a traffic fine.  Casey was then placed under arrest and transported to the county jail.  He was charged with speeding and license driving while license suspended/revoked.  Due to Casey’s medical condition he was released on his citations until court.

     April 9, Officer Wyatt Garvin was dispatched to the Dollar General, 4783 Second Street North, in reference to an incident involving the offenders, Allison Renee Lightsey and Brandon Ray Lightsey.  After investigating the situation on scene, it was determined that Allison and Brandon Lightsey removed the two shopping carts, having one each from Dollar General’s property without permission.  Allison and Brandon Lightsey were placed under arrest, transported to the jail where they were interviewed and turned over to the jailor on duty.  They were both charged with removal or abandonment of shopping carts.  They were both also served with criminal trespass warnings by Officer Rhoden.