The following are highlights of incidents handled by the Charlton County Office of the Sheriff recently.

On February 9, 2021, Deputy Gwaltney observed a suspicious vehicle area off Ga 4 and Indian Trail. 

The driver was identified as Kaitlin Wise. Marijuana was located in her possession

Ms. Wise was transported to the Charlton County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 oz.

On February 10, 2021 at approximately 7:00 am, officers with the Charlton County Sheriff`s Office executed a search warrant at 37072 El Terrace in Homeland, the residence of Justin Jackson and Luis Wittrien. Upon arrival officers located Luis Wittrien and Melissa Hayes in a shed and located Stephen Jackson, Cecilia Kimball, and Justin Jackson in the residenc

During the search of the residence, sheds, and vehicles, narcotics and contraband were located.

Luis Wittrien, Melissa Hayes, Stephen Jackson, Cecilia Kimball, and Justin Jackson were arrested and charged with possession of Methamphetamines and possession and use of drug-related objects. All offenders were transported to the Charlton County Jail.

Officers from the Folkston Police Department and Hoboken Police Department assisted in the detail.

On March 4, 2021, The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a Highway Safety Check Point in Saint George on Highway 121/Farley Burnsed Intersection.  The following were arrested as a result: Jennifer Boykin – Driving While License Suspended; Austin Nettles – DUI Less Safe, Possession of Marijuana less than one ounce, Possession of Drug Related Objects and Driver must change license state within 30 days; Denise Potter – Possession of Marijuana less than one ounce.  Officers issued other citations to include Expired Registration, Expired Driver’s License, Window Tint, No Insurance, Child Safety Restraint and Possession of Marijuana.

On March 8, 2021, our office received information that a house a gentleman was working on containing several of his items had caught fire.   The state fire marshal was called due to suspected arson.  There was no power to the house.  The fire was started in the back area.  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to aid in the investigation.  Three juveniles were arrested as a result and transferred to the Youth Detention Center.

On March 16, 2021 at approximately 8:25 am, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision executed a search warrant with the assistance of the Charlton County Sheriff’s Dept at a residence on Spring Lake Drive.  During the search of the residence, methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and drug related objects were located. The following were charged and transported to the Charlton County Jail: Antonio Tillman, Kaitlyn Slusser, Ricky Stout and Helen Stout.

On March 29, 2021, Deputy Doug Popp and Sgt. Tommie Spikes responded to Traders Hill Landing in reference to an overdue boater.  Mr. Ranzy Outler from Tattnall County had been reported overdue and believed stranded in the Saint Mary’s River. Sgt Nick McDowell and Trent Leitch located the boater approximately two bends from the landing.  Sgt McDowell and Leitch towed the boater to the Traders Hill Landing. Mr. Outler stated that he had motor problems and his cell phone died while he was working on his motor. 

“Great job by responding Deputies and a big thanks to Trent Leitch for bringing his boat and assisting.  Warmer weather means more people in our rivers so practice good boater safety and leave a plan with family as to your itinerary and include a return time,” said Sheriff Robert Phillips. “Also, stay out of a boat if drinking or have a designated driver.  Watch out for other boaters, use personal flotation devices, especially children, and keep everyone safe.” 

The Office of the Sheriff will have a boat on the water on weekends during the summer as often as we can and DNR Rangers will support our efforts to keep Charlton’s waterways safe.

Sheriff Phillips said, “Let us have a safe and fun summer on the water.”