July 18 at 12:20 a.m., Folkston Police officer Kurtis Ford responded to a call in reference to a stabbing, which occurred in the area of Bowery Lane and GA Hwy. 4. Upon arrival, Officer Ford met the victims, both having obvious deep cuts to their necks and covered in blood. EMS then arrived on scene. The victims stated the offender, Jonathan Graham Sheppard, was the one who assaulted them. Both victims were transported to Shands Hospital in Florida by EMS Squads One and Three. The victims’ vehicle was towed by Seldom Ridge.Warrants for the offender for two counts of Aggravated Assault were secured. Investigation led to the second offender, Shelby Brooke Varnadoe, being placed under arrest for hindering apprehension of the first offender. Warrants were secured in this matter.

The Folkston Police Department recently released the following incident reports for June 3 to July 1.

June 3, Officer Gary Rhoden was dispatched to 597 First Street in reference to a fight. His investigation led to Audrey Lee Rudolph’s being placed under arrest for cursing and throwing a wooden board. Rudolph was then transported to the jail where she was interviewed, charged with disorderly conduct and turned over to the jailor on duty.  This case is closed.

June 17, Officer Michael Maddox was dispatched to 3719 Main Street in reference to trespassing. Upon arrival, it was revealed Angelo Patrick Dasher was on the property of 3719 Main Street in violation of a criminal trespass warning that he was issued on March 20, 2020 by Folkston Police Officer Clint Rhoden.  A pat search of Dasher showed he was in possession of a glass smoking pipe containing burnt residue.  Dasher was placed under arrest and transported to the Charlton County jail where he was interviewed and issued citations for the charges of criminal trespass and business and possession of drug-related object. This case is under investigation.

June 18, Officer Michael Maddox conducted a traffic stop on a four-wheeler at GA Hwy. 252.  The offender, Johnny Jessie Ric Watkins drove up behind Officer Maddox on the shoulder of GA Hwy. 252.  Officer Maddox observed Watkins was not wearing a helmet while perating the four-wheeler, . Watkins was placed under arrest and transported to the Charlton County jail where he was issued citations for the charges of no helmet and prohibition of ATV on public roadway. He was turned over to the jailor on duty.

June 19, Officer Jason Rifenbark conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 Honda Civic for speeding at 71 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone.  Near mile post three on GA Hwy. 4, southbound. Officer Rifenbark made contact with the offender, Lawrence Calvin Daniels, who advised he did not have a license and provided a Florida I.D. card.  A check of Daniels’ information through GCIC revealed his license was suspended on September September 3, 2019 for failure to appear, failure to pay traffic fines on August 5, 2019, November 27, 2017, and October 13, 2017. Revoked on August 6, 2018 for DUI.  All suspensions were from Duval County, Florida. Daniels was taken into custody, transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with driving while license suspended and speeding.  Daniels was turned over to the jailor on duty.  This case is closed.

     June 26, Officer Michael Maddox observed a 2006 Nissan Altima traveling south on GA Hwy. #4 with the driver’s side headlight was not working.  Officer Maddox conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Upon contact with the driver, Taegan Nicol Knowles, Officer Maddox detected a strong odor of marijuana.  A search of the vehicle revealed the offender, Ms. Knowles, to be in possession of several small pieces of marijuana and a small marijuana cigarette.  Ms. Knowles was then placed under arrest, interviewed, and issued citations for VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), no license on person, and driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle at the Folkston Police Department.  She was then released.   She advised that she left her license at home.  This case is cleared by arrest.

     June 27, Officer Wyatt Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 2010 Chevrolet Impala, for window tint.   The tint tested at 16%.  Officer Garvin met the driver, Vintavious Lamar Cooper.  While speaking with the Mr. Cooper, Officer Garvin could smell the odor of marijuana.  Officer Garvin’s investigation led to the recovery of two pipes with marijuana residue in them.  After running Mr. Cooper’s driver’s   information though GCIC, it was revealed that his license was suspended for failure to appear on 4/10/2019 and 9/28/2018.  Both occupants, Mr. Cooper and passenger, Kayla Leigh Harrell, were placed under arrest and transported to the jail where they were read their Miranda Warning/Constitutional Rights, interviewed, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Mr. Cooper was charged with possession of drug related object, license driving while license suspended/revoked, and light-reducing material affixed to windows.  Ms. Harrell was charged with possession of drug related object.  This case is closed.

     June 28, Officer Wyatt Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 2018 Ford Fusion for traveling 69 m.p.h. in a 50 m.p.h. zone.  After meeting with the offender, Dexter Lamar Williams, Officer Garvin ran his information through GCIC which revealed that his license was suspended on 11/7/2017 indefinitely for failure to pay a traffic fine.  Mr. Williams was placed under arrest and transported to the jail where he was issued citations for license driving while license suspended/revoked and speeding.  He was turned over to the jailor on duty.  This case is closed.

     July 1, Officer Wyatt Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Devin Lincoln Southerlin, for speeding.  During the traffic stop, Officer Garvin learned that the vehicle did not have any insurance coverage on it.  Mr. Southerlin was placed under arrest and transported to the jail where he was charged with speeding and no insurance.  He was turned over to the jailor on duty.

     July 1, Officer Michael Maddox observed a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado traveling 70 m.ph. in a 55 m.p.h. zone.  Upon conducting a traffic stop on the vehicle, it was revealed that the offender, Zachary Terry Ivey, was under the influence of alcohol.  Mr. Ivey was placed under arrest and implied consent was read on scene.  Mr. Ivey gave consent to the state administered test for his blood.  He was then transported to the Charlton County jail where a search warrant was obtained and a blood draw was done.  Mr. Ivey was then issued citations for DUI – alcohol less safe (1st offense) and speeding.  He was charged and turned over to the jailor on duty.  This case is cleared by arrest.