Sunday, March 22 at 5:40 p.m., Officer Michael Maddox was dispatched to a residence at the corner of First and Love Street.

Upon arrival, Officer Maddox observed the offendor Leo Scipio arguing with the victim. While attempting to arrest Scipio, Scipio pulled a knife and made violent threatening gestures towards Officer Maddox. The offender also refused to comply with orders to place his hands behind his back when told he was going to jail. Scipio fled the scene on foot, was picked up and transported to Florida by offender Destiny Scipio, who was also at the scene. Investigation revealed Scipio chased the victim, his spouse, with a hammer and knife. Further investigation showed he struck the victim’s left pinky finger, causing it to swell. While the vitcim attempted to call 911, Scipio took the phone and destroyed it with the hammer. Warrants will be secured for the following charges: interfereing with a 911 call, terroristic threats and acts (MISD), disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, aggravated assault, another aggravated assault, battery, criminal tresspass-business, and obstructing law enforcement officers with violence.

Other News:

The Folkston Police Department recently released the following incident reports from February 19 to March 1.

On February 19, Officer Daniel Lightsey conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Toyota Camry, driven by Tremayne Anthony Smith, for an out headlight.  While checking the driver’s information through GCIC, Deputy Sheriff Doug Popp had K-9 Hank conduct a free air sniff, and received a positive alert.  A search of the vehicle revealed a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana located in a jar inside the center console.  Further investigation revealed that Smith was on probation and also had a warrant from Brantley County.  Smith and passenger, Deandra Adell Jackson, were taken into custody and transported to the Charlton County Jail.  They were interviewed, issued citations, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Smith was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana), driving unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle, and wanted person.  Jackson was charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana).  This case is closed.

      February 21, Officer Wyatt Garvin was advised by Sgt. Nicholas McDowell that an individual, in a 2005 Buick UT SUV, at Walgreens was possibly intoxicated.  After making contact with the driver, Amber Jillana McLoon, consent to search the vehicle was given.  Subsequent search of the vehicle revealed that the occupants, McLoon, Michael C. McMillan, and Tara Eve Newsome were in possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.  It was also determined that McLoon drove there with a suspended/revoked license and one of the passengers was in possession of pills that were not in their original container.  The three individuals were placed under arrest, transported to the Sheriff’s Office, interviewed, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Warrants were secured in this matter.  McLoon was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related object, and license driving while license suspended/revoked.  McMillan was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related object.  Newsome was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related object.

      February 21, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, driven by Flepio Zion Sherrod, traveling on GA Highway #4 at what appeared to be a higher rate of speed that the posted speed limit.  Officer Rhoden activated his rear radar and clocked the vehicle traveling at 66 m.p.h. in a 50 m.p.h. zone.  While attempting to conduct a traffic stop, Officer Rhoden observed the passenger brake light was out.  He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  While speaking with the driver, Sherrod, Officer Rhoden could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  Deputy Daniel Crosby arrived on the scene while Officer Rhoden was checking the information through GCIC.  At that time a search of the vehicle was conducted and marijuana was found in a red leather bag inside of a purple container that belonged to Sherrod.  Sherrod was placed under arrest, transported to the jail where he was interviewed, and charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana).  He was turned over to the jailor on duty.

      February 23, Officer Wyatt Garvin was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Love Street and Third Street.  Upon arrival on scene, one of the drivers of the two vehicles involved in the collision, fled the scene of the accident on foot.  Upon approaching the vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, that was abandoned on scene, a strong odor of marijuana was smelled coming from within the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of a marijuana cigarette.  The driver of the abandoned vehicle, Walter Lee Johnson, later turned himself in to the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office.  Johnson was arrested and charged with driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident, and VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana).  While at the jail, he was interviewed, issued citations, and turned over to the jailor on duty.  GCIC verified that Johnson, the driver of the vehicle that was abandoned, was unlicensed.

      February 26, Officer Wyatt Garvin was dispatched to Ace Hardware in reference to shoplifting that occurred on February 24.  Officer Garvin met with the complainant and he provided security footage that showed the offender, Ronald Onan Watson, unlawfully concealing and obtaining a set of Gearwrench wrenches, valued at approximately $49.00.

Watson left the store without paying for the item.  A warrant was secured in this matter.

      February 25, Officer Jason Rifenbark responded to a call on Main Street, near Folkston Pharmacy in reference to a subject causing a disturbance.  When Officer Rifenbark arrived he met the complainant who advised the offender, Avante Javarr Merideth, was yelling curse words at her and other people.  The investigation resulted in Merideth being taken into custody for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.  He was transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was issued citations and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Merideth was also issued a Criminal Trespass Warning for Folkston Pharmacy.  The CTW was served and signed by both Merideth and Officer Rifenbark.  This case is closed.

      February 26, Officer Gary Rhoden was dispatched to Folkston Elementary School about someone ramming a vehicle with a juvenile and adult in it.  While Officer Rhoden was enroute, he observed a 2014 Honda Accord leaving the scene.  His investigation revealed that the offender, Cortez Antonio Glover, tried to run the victims off the roadway, striking their gold 2007 Toyota Camry in the rear end, and fleeing from law enforcement during a traffic stop.  The Honda was found abandoned and unsecured on Fairfax Road.  During an inventory check on the vehicle, a digital scale was located and five open, empty Heineken bottles were located in the vehicle.  Seldomridge towed the vehicle.  Warrants were secured on this matter.

      February 27, Officer Gary Rhoden was contacted by a concerned citizen advising that the offender, Ronald Onan Watson, that was wanted for shoplifting, was at 315 First Street.   Officer Rhoden made contact with Watson and placed him under arrest.  While searching his person, Officer Rhoden located a pill bottle in Watson’s pants pocket.  Inside the bottle were two different narcotics in multiple packages.  Watson was transported to the police department for an interview.  Watson was then transported to the jail and turned over to the jailor on duty.  Watson was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute or sale of, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, drugs to be kept in original container, and wanted person.  Warrants were secured in this matter.

      March 1, Officer Daniel Lightsey conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu for having an out headlight on GA Highway #4 at Main Street.  Officer Lightsey made contact with the offender, Trevon Ulric Louis, who provided a Florida driver’s license.  A check of Louis’ information through GCIC revealed that Louis was wanted our of Camden County Sheriff’s Office for charges of battery, simple assault, and criminal trespass.  Camden County provided confirmation of the warrants being valid and that they would take Louis into custody.  Louis was taken into custody for custody for the Camden County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the county line where he was turned over to a Camden County Deputy.  The vehicle was parked and secured in the parking lot of H&R Block.