Sheriff’s Office weekly update

Sheriff Robert Phillips and the deputies of Charlton County continue to patrol and answer calls in the county. The past weeks saw calls ranging from missing juveniles to drug trafficking.

Dispatch received a call from a construction company in Ohio that an employee had left a job in that state and returned home to Charlton County with a work vehicle, without permission. The owner made arrangements to have the vehicle located and transported back to Ohio, opting not to press charges as long as the vehicle was returned.

On September 3, 2021, Deputy Scott Woodman responded to a call of an altercation with a knife involved. Deputy Woodman met with the complainants who were owners of a rental car that had not been returned. They had located the vehicle and while inspecting it for damage, were confronted by a white male with a dog. The male wanted to retrieve items from the vehicle but was not allowed to, as he was not the renter. At that time the male tried to get his dog to attack the complainants and threatened them with a knife. After an investigation, the alleged offender was identified as James Johnson. Mr. Johnson was arrested on an active warrant for violation of probation out of Coffee County. This incident is under investigation with charges pending.

Also on September 3, Deputy Colby Thompson and Deputy Jeffery Floyd were dispatched to a call of an altercation with a firearm involved at 1264 Fitzgerald Drive in Saint George. Deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the subjects involved. After an investigation, subjects were referred to magistrate to seek charges.

On September 4, Deputy Colby Thompson responded to a call involving a physical altercation at the Saint George boat ramp on Highway 94. Subjects claimed that they were attacked by known acquaintances when they were getting out of their vehicle at the boat ramp. Statements and photographs were taken and the case was turned over to investigations.

Also on September 4, Deputy Jeffrey Floyd was dispatched to a vandalism call on Saint Mary’s River Bluff Road. Upon arriving on scene, Deputy Floyd was informed that someone had made forcible entry to the residence and the investigation was changed to burglary. A list of damage was taken along with an inventory of missing items and the case was turned over to investigations.

On September 7, Deputy Jonathan Chancy was dispatched to a call of a stolen vehicle. On the same date, the vehicle was recovered and the owner opted not to press charges.

Also on September 7, Deputy Chancy responded to a call of broken windows in a residence at 467 Broadway in Homeland. Upon entry to the home, Deputy Chancy noticed that most of the rooms had fire damage and there was smoke present. The fire department was dispatched to the location and the scene was turned over to Fire Chief C.L. Lewis.

On September 8, deputies were dispatched to a call of damage to a vehicle. Deputy Jonathan Chancy arrived on scene to take the report. The vehicle had been purposely scratched and damaged on the hood and both sides.

On September 8, Deputy Scott Woodman was dispatched to Peach Street on a call of possible dangerous dogs. After speaking with subjects on scene, Deputy Woodman advised the dog owners that they could be held liable for the dogs’ behavior under the Charlton County Vicious Dog, Dangerous Dog, and

Potential Dangerous Dog Ordinance. Upon returning on September 9 to follow up, Deputy Woodman was advised that the dogs had been turned over to the Humane Society in Kingsland.

On September 9 Trooper Jerry Taylor conducted a traffic stop on a black Dodge Charger. Upon making contact with the driver, Mr. Mario Wilson of Saint Mary’s, Trooper Taylor determined that he had probable cause to search the vehicle. The search revealed large amounts of ecstasy pills and several packages of marijuana ready for distribution. A firearm was located in the vehicle as well. Mr. Wilson was transported to the Charlton County jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and several traffic offenses.