Sheriff's Office Press Release

2015

Name of suspect in shooting incident

9-14-2014

Warrants will be taken for Christopher Keith Calmer, 46 years old, of Monroe County, in connection with a shooting incident involving Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies. MCSO Deputies Wilson and Norris responded to Calmer's residence, 111 Haley Drive near Bolingbroke, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 after E-911 dispatch received a call about an attempted suicide with a firearm. When deputies arrived on scene Calmer exchanged gunfire with them striking Deputy Norris and Deputy Wilson. Calmer received a gunshot and was transported to the Medical Center for treatment and was released today. Deputies Wilson and Norris remain at the Medical Center. Calmer is being charged with murder, attempted murder, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and five counts of aggravated assault. Calmer is being housed at an undisclosed facility.

 

This incident is still under investigation by the MCSO and the GBI.

 

No on-camera interviews are being granted by the MCSO.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Michael Norris-UPDATE

9-14-2014

Deputy Michael Norris's family has asked that the following update be released regarding his condition:

 

Deputy Norris sustained injuries in the line of duty yesterday, Sept. 13, 2014, that were not survivable and has been determined brain dead today, Sept. 14, 2014. In keeping with his career of service, he is an organ donor. While matching organ donor recipients are sought, Deputy Norris has been placed on life support at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

 

Deputy Norris began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office approximately two years ago as a jail officer. He served as a school resource officer at K.B. Sutton Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year and transferred to the Patrol Division in June. Deputy Norris is a dedicated law enforcement officer whose career, while brief, is outstanding.

 

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office appreciates the outpouring of support during this difficult time.  It is our hope that Deputy Norris's last act of true service -- organ donation --  will prevent another family from suffering a similar loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Norris's wife, parents and other family members.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPUTIES SHOT

9-14-2014

PRESS RELEASE

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

J.C. BITTICK, SHERIFF

 

Two Monroe County deputies were shot in the line of duty today, Sept. 13, 2014, while responding to a call on Haley Lane in Bolingbroke. Deputy Jeff Wilson and Deputy Michael Norris were dispatched at 5:45 p.m. to 111 Haley Lane in response to a man attempting suicide. The deputies were told that the subject was in possession of a gun. When Deputies Norris and Wilson arrived on scene they exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Both deputies were shot by the suspect and transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment.

 

The suspect's name is not being released at this time but he was taken into custody. The extent of the injuries the deputies received is not being released.  This incident is under investigation.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HORSE ON INTERSTATE

9/08/2014

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office captured a horse on I-75 shortly before 2:00 p.m. after motorists reported seeing the animal galloping along the interstate. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office began receiving calls shortly after 7 a.m. but deputies could not locate the horse until around 11:15 a.m. The horse was running along with traffic on I-75 and deputies guided the horse with patrol vehicles to the side of the interstate near mile marker 181 northbound. The horse was distressed, but uninjured, but would not let deputies approach it to place a halter and a lead. A veterinarian assisted deputies and administered a sedative so that the horse could be safely loaded on a trailer.

 

If anyone has any information about the horse and its owner they are urged to call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 478-994-7048. Photos of the horse are attached.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AREA BURGLARY ALERT

08-12-2014

PRESS RELEASE

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

J.C. BITTICK, SHERIFF

 

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is asking Monroe County citizens to close their garage doors and lock storage buildings to help curtail a rash of burglaries that began in July. The Sheriff's Office has received reports of stolen lawn equipment and tools from homes on Camden Way, Hwy. 83 North, Popes Ferry Road and Estes Road. The suspect or suspects are entering open garages and carports, sometimes when the residents are home, and are taking anything they can hand carry. Homeowners are asked to secure their lawn equipment and tools and to report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office at 478-994-7048. Homeowners should not confront the suspect(s) if they witness a theft or burglary, but should call 911 to report a crime in progress.

 

Earlier this year in May, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office along with Bibb County and Jones County Sheriffs Offices made arrests for similar burglaries. Again, if anyone has any information about the recent thefts/burglaries, they are encouraged to call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. At this time there are no known suspects and the investigation into these incidents continues.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Forsyth, GA

 

TEEN SAFE DRIVING CAMP

August 8, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

J.C. BITTICK, SHERIFF

 

August 8, 2014

 

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Forsyth Police Department in cooperation with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) will be holding the seventh annual Safe Driving Camp for young drivers ages 15 to 17 on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Around 100 teenagers have registered for the class which begins at 9:00 a.m. at GPSTC. Students will be taught basic vehicle maintenance, skid recovery, and defensive driving techniques. Presentations on distracted driving and drugs that impair driving will also be offered. In addition to classroom instruction students will witness simulators that demonstrate the dangers associated with railroad crossings and vehicle roll-overs. Fatal Vision is a hands-on simulation in which the students will be required to wear goggles that will impair their vision as if they were intoxicated. The students then have to navigate an obstacle course while driving a golf cart.

 

If any news organization would like to cover the Safe Driving Camp, please let me know in advance so that we can schedule a time. News media staff must be escorted onto the campus. I can be reached at 478-808-1524 . I recommend that those who wish to cover the event come between 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. ad 3:00 p.m. to avoid the break for lunch and presentations that will be conducted indoors.

 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Forsyth, GA

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies recovered over 96 pounds of marijuana today, August 6, 2014, after a routine traffic stop on I-75. Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Norris stopped a silver Mitsubishi Montero sport near mile marker 191 southbound on I-75 around 9:15 a.m. for window tint violation. The driver, Anthony Sean Howard, 33 years old from Jacksonville, FL was found to be driving on a suspended or revoked license and was placed under arrest. Deputy Norris noticed that Howard was acting strangely and radioed a request for assistance from another deputy. Deputy Thompson arrived and when he and Deputy Norris searched the vehicle, two large black trash bags containing multiple bricks of a green leafy substance, suspected to be marijuana, were discovered in the rear of the SUV. The green leafy substance was tested and the tests confirmed it was marijuana. Howard is being charged with Improper Lane Change, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License and felony Trafficking Marijuana.

 

See attached photos: 1: Photo of the marijuana showing the original opened packaging. 2. Deputy Norris with two large bundles of marijuana. 3. Deputies Thompson and Norris with the confiscated marijuana. 4. Deputy Thompson, Sheriff J.C. Bittick, Deputy Norris with repackaged marijuana bricks.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

478-808-1524

 

 

 

DRUG DISCOVERY

08-06-2014

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies recovered over 96 pounds of marijuana today, August 6, 2014, after a routine traffic stop on I-75. Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Norris stopped a silver Mitsubishi Montero sport near mile marker 191 southbound on I-75 around 9:15 a.m. for window tint violation. The driver, Anthony Sean Howard, 33 years old from Jacksonville, FL was found to be driving on a suspended or revoked license and was placed under arrest. Deputy Norris noticed that Howard was acting strangely and radioed a request for assistance from another deputy. Deputy Thompson arrived and when he and Deputy Norris searched the vehicle, two large black trash bags containing multiple bricks of a green leafy substance, suspected to be marijuana, were discovered in the rear of the SUV. The green leafy substance was tested and the tests confirmed it was marijuana. Howard is being charged with Improper Lane Change, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License and felony Trafficking Marijuana.

 

See attached photos: 1: Photo of the marijuana showing the original opened packaging. 2. Deputy Norris with two large bundles of marijuana. 3. Deputies Thompson and Norris with the confiscated marijuana. 4. Deputy Thompson, Sheriff J.C. Bittick, Deputy Norris with repackaged marijuana bricks.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

478-808-1524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HEAVY RAIN ACCIDENTS

07/25/2014

PRESS RELEASE
MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
J.C. BITTICK, SHERIFF

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office worked numerous wrecks this evening, July
25, 2014, after a heavy downpour that left water standing on Interstate 75. The
Monroe County Sheriff's Office began receiving calls from motorists reporting
traffic crashes just before 6 p.m. An initial wreck involving two vehicles near
mile marker 181 northbound spawned additional wrecks south of that accident
scene as drivers attempted to avoid striking fellow travelers.

The initial, or most northbound of the accidents, occurred while traffic on
I-75 northbound slowed due to heavy rain and the resulting water on the roadway.
Daniel Scott, of Starkville, Mississippi, was driving a 2011 Ford Edge which was
rear ended by a 2005 Ford Mustang driven by Yasmine Lynch of Macon. Lynch stated
that when she attempted to slow down quickly in response to the rain and traffic
conditions, she lost control of her vehicle and rear ended the Ford.
 
About a half a mile south of the initial accident a white Chevy 2500 truck,
traveling in the fourth lane, was rear-ended when the driver, John Russell of
Villa Rica, slowed to avoid colliding with vehicles involved in the initial
accident. Russell's truck was struck from behind by a green Honda Civic driven
by Hector Chaverria of Forest Park. The Honda Civic came to rest in the median
of I-75. Chaverria was arrested after the accident for driving on a suspended
license. Russell's truck was then rear ended again by an Audi A4 driven by Kyle
Connors of Johns Creek.
 
Shortly after the second cluster of accidents an Isuzu Trooper, driven by
Enrique Alexander of Tallahassee, FL, pulled into the emergency lane to avoid
striking the vehicle in the lane ahead. The Trooper was rear-ended by a Toyota
Corolla, driven by Michaela Kotziers of Fleming island, FL.

A hit and run also occurred about the same time as the other accidents on I-75
northbound. According to Brittany Tucker of Lizella, her 2002 Pontiac Bonneville
was struck in the rear by a white tractor trailer while she was slowing down to
avoid the accidents just north of her. Tucker was unable to report any
identifying details of the tractor trailer but her vehicle sustained extensive
damage to the passenger's side.
 
Meanwhile, in the third lane, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Sandra Harvey
of Forsyth, was struck in the rear by a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Shenese Brown
of Jackson. Brown's vehicle hydroplaned during the heavy rain and struck the
right rear of the Trailblazer. Brown was cited for driving a vehicle without
insurance.
There have been no reports to the MCSO of injuries as a result of these
accidents. At the time of this release, I-75 is clear of accidents.

Allison Selman-Willis
PIO/Accreditation Manager
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
478-994-7048, ext. 223

DROWNING VICTIM UPDATE

07-12-2014

The drowning victim's name is Richie Arnez Poole, 48, of Macon. Next of kin has been notified. CORRECTION: He was transported to the Monroe County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

DROWNING

07-12-2014

 

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drowning that occurred on the Ocmulgee River today, July 12, 2014, near Juliette. Monroe County dispatchers received a phone call around 2:15 p.m. from a witness reporting a possible drowning. When deputies and EMS arrived the person had been pulled from the river by witnesses. The person was transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and was pronounced dead on arrival. The name and other identifying information about the person is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Forsyth, GA

478-994-7048, ext. 223

 

 

TRAFFIC BLOCKED

06-23-2014

There is a large pine tree blocking both lanes of Hwy. 41 S near Smarr. GDOT is en route to remove the tree and the MCSO is providing traffic assistance. Travelers are urged to take an alternate route to their destinations. No estimate was provided regarding how long it may take DOT to clear the roadway and no injuries or damage to vehicles or property were reported.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

ESCAPED PRISONER CAPTURED

06/20/2014

PRESS RELEASE

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

J.C. BITTICK, SHERIFF

 

June 20, 2014

 

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has captured the State prisoner from Al Burrus Correctional Training Center who escaped while on a work detail on Weds, June 18, 2014. 

The prisoner, James Douglas Kelly, was discovered today at a hunting camp on Hwy. 42 south near Tobesofkee Creek by a group of hunters. The hunters told deputies that Kelly was eating hotdogs and drinking alcohol under a covered shed on the property and ran from the hunters when they made initial contact. They said that Kelly returned to the camp and told them that he was a parolee and gave them a false name. One of the hunters was able to phone the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and notify deputies of Kelly's whereabouts. 

Kelly was arrested shortly after 5:00 p.m. today without incident at the hunting camp and was turned over to the Fugitive Task Force. He was transported to the DOC State Diagnostic Center in Jackson. 

Kelly escaped Wednesday while on a work detail on Georgia Public Safety Training Center property. The hunting camp where Kelly was arrested is about five miles from that location. When found, Kelly was wearing camouflage clothing and a pair of white and black Reebok sports cleats. Kelly was serving a sentence for burglary and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. 

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

06-17-2014

All four lanes of I-75 northbound are now open after an accident that occurred around 4:00 p.m. today, June 17, 2014, near mile marker 177, closed all lanes of travel. After a preliminary investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office it is believed that a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser, driven by David Daniel, 23, of Jones County, struck a tractor trailer, driven by David Evans, 54, of Beaufort, South Carolina, while attempting to change from the second lane of travel to the first lane (right lane). Subsequently, the tractor trailer, which was loaded with a container filled with ice, lost control and flipped onto its right side. When the tractor trailer flipped, it landed on the Toyota trapping the driver and the passenger, identified as Chloe Fowler, 20, of Jones County. The Toyota's driver was removed from the vehicle quickly but it took EMS personnel about 40 minutes to extricate Fowler. She was transported to an Atlanta area hospital by LifeFlight with serious injuries while the Toyota's driver, Daniel, was transported to Macon by ambulance along with the tractor trailer's driver. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time. It appears that seat belts were in proper use in all vehicles and weather conditions did not play in role in causing the accident. No charges are expected to be filed in this case. 

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

 

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

6-17-2014

PRESS RELEASE

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

J.C.BITTICK, SHERIFF

All lanes of I-75 northbound near mile marker 177 are closed due a traffic accident involving a tractor trailer and another vehicle. Details regarding the vehicles involved and injuries, if any, are unknown at this time. Motorists who are on I-75 can expect long delays while the accident is investigated and cleared. If possible, motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes to their destinations. 

Updates regarding the accident and traffic delays will be provided via press release as information becomes available. 

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

PRESS RELEASE

5-09-2014

PRESS RELEASE

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

J.C. BITTICK, SHERIFF

 

 

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident at Monroe County Middle School that occurred on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The Sheriff's Office was notified yesterday, Thursday, May 8, 2014, that a seventh grade student took a handgun to school the previous day and showed the weapon to several friends. After a preliminary investigation MCSO investigators determined that the gun was an airsoft gun, not an actual handgun. Airsoft guns use compressed air to shoot tiny plastic pellets that are similar in size and shape to BBs. Usually the guns have red tipped barrels, but the airsoft gun that the student had did not have that. Investigators searched the student's home and found the airsoft gun hidden in a drawer. The student, a 13 year old male, has been charged as a juvenile with possession of a weapon on school grounds and disruption of a public school. The student was left in his mother's custody.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

478-994-7048 ext. 223

SCAM ALERT

05-02-2014

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

PRESS RELEASE

J.C. BITTICK, SHERIFF

May 2, 2014

SCAM NOTIFICATION

 

A new scam is making its way through Georgia and Sheriff John Cary Bittick is warning all citizens not to fall victim to this most recent scam.

 

As with most scams, the latest involves the victim turning money over to a stranger. But since most victims have learned the hard way that money shouldn’t be wired or transferred to an unknown bank account or banking institution, scammers have found a new way to take victims’ money.

 

In this latest scam, victims are receiving phone calls from a scammer who claims to work at a law enforcement agency. The scammer  usually, but not always, identifies him/herself as having the rank of Lieutenant and tells the victim that he/she has missed jury duty. The scammer goes on to say that there is a warrant out for the victim’s arrest but the victim can avoid arrest by paying a fine. The scammers instruct the victims to go to a business that sells Green Dot MoneyPak cards (usually Wal-Mart), and load the cards with the fine money which is usually between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00.

Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reloadable debit cards, available nation-wide, and consumers can use them to pay bills and make purchases at most businesses and retail stores. People who don't have, or want, bank accounts tend to use them as alternatives to traditional bank accounts. Since the money is “on” the Green Dot MoneyPak card and not in a bank or savings account and is not a credit card, anyone you share your card number with has instant access to your cash and can siphon the card dry. Once the money is used, it cannot be retrieved. NOTE: The Green Dot cards aren't the problem – they work like any prepaid debit card or gift card, so remember if you use them or any prepaid card, never share your number with a stranger.

Sheriff Bittick urges all citizens to take proper precautions to prevent being scammed. If you receive a call from someone who says they represent a local law enforcement office or department and they ask you to provide them with money, be suspicious. Contact your local law enforcement agency and report the scam. Citizens should always use caution whenever they are contacted by someone they do not know who asks for or requires money or who asks for personal information like social security numbers or bank or credit card numbers.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Sheriff Bittick, “Because once the money is gone, it is nearly impossible to get back. Scammers will always find new ways to take someone else’s hard earned money so I urge everyone to be aware and be cautious and to report anything they feel is suspicious.” Information regarding scams can be reported to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 478-994-7043.

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

478-808-1524

OVERTURNED VEHICLE

04/15/2014

PRESS RELEASE

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

J.C.BITTICK, SHERIFF

A red Ford Explorer overturned tonight, April 14, 2014, around 8:00 p.m. on Rumble Road entrapping the driver. Monroe County Sheriff's deputies discovered the Explorer, which flipped and came to rest on its roof after the driver apparently ran off the roadway, over-corrected, then lost control of the vehicle. The driver was entrapped and was extricated by Monroe County EMS then transported to the Medical Center of Central GA with what appeared to be non-life threatening  injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt. The driver's name is not being released at this time and the investigation into the accident continues. 

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

DRUG ARREST

04/15/2014

A Florida man has been arrested after a traffic stop today, April 15, 2014, on I-75 northbound by Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies. Lucas Michael Johnson, 37, was stopped near mile marker 191 earlier today when deputies on patrol observed Johnson following too closely behind another vehicle and changing lanes without signaling. After deputies stopped Johnson it was discovered his driver's license was suspended out of Oregon and Florida. When deputies searched Johnson's vehicle, a 2001 Toyota Sequoia, they found a small amount of heroin, 2 - 3 lbs. of marijuana and $100,130.00 in U.S. currency. Johnson is being charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, driving on a suspended license, failure to signal and following too closely. Johnson has several previous drug related charges in New York, Florida and Kansas. He is currently being held in the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Jail and the investigation in this incident continues.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

B.O.L.O ALERT

04/11/2014

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's helping with identifying the man in the photo below (Photo not available for publishing). The man pictured is wanted in connection to a burglary that occurred March 17, 2014 which was reported to the MCSO last weekend when the homeowner noticed his lawn care equipment was missing. The suspect's photo was captured by home security cameras as he took lawn care items such as a weed eater and backpack style leaf blower from a home storage shed/shop building in Culloden. Anyone with any information about this incident or the suspect is asked to contact Sgt. Travis White, Investigator, at 478-994-7043. 

STUDENTS FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES

04/09/2014

PRESS RELEASE

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

J.C. BITTICK, SHERIFF

 

Three Monroe County students are facing criminal charges after taking money from a teacher's desk at Mary Persons High School. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was notified by the school on March 7, 2014 that funds, given by students to cover prom expenses, amounting to $2,100 in cash as well as numerous personal checks, were taken from a teacher's desk the previous day, March, 6. Three 10th grade students, each 16 years old, are being charged. One student will be charged with theft by taking, another with theft by receiving and giving false statements in a government matter and a third with destruction of evidence (for disposing of the checks). Between $270.00 and $300.00 of the cash has been recovered.

 

The juveniles have not had a first appearance hearing in Juvenile Court.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

c. 478-808-1524 

FAMILY ASSUALTED

04-02-2014

PRESS RELEASE

 

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

JOHN CARY BITTICK, SHERIFF

 

 

 

APRIL 2, 2014

 

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies were summoned to the 1600 block of Smith Road around 9:20 p.m. last night, April 1, 2014 in response to a call from a motorist who was being assaulted by a pedestrian.

 

According to the victim, John Adam Bevan, 32, of Forsyth, he and his family were traveling north on Smith Road when he noticed a man, identified by deputies as Christopher Bryan Bunn, 37, standing in the road. When Bevan stopped his vehicle, a Ford Explorer, Bunn attempted to enter the vehicle through a rear door on the passenger’s side. Bunn gained entry to the vehicle through the door, where four children were seated, and ordered BEVAN to “Go, go, go – move, move,” and attempted to reach the accelerator. Bevan exited the driver’s seat and attempted to remove Bunn from the vehicle, who began choking the front seat passenger, Terri Lynn Barbour, 32, of Forsyth. During the physical struggle, one of the children in the back seat was kicked under the chin by Bunn. Bevan removed Bunn from the Explorer during which time that same child was pulled out of the vehicle by Bunn. Bevan then wrestled Bunn to the ground and held him there until deputies arrived.

 

When deputies arrived they handcuffed Bunn and found him to be unresponsive. EMS transported Bunn to the Monroe County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His body has been transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for autopsy. Cause of death is unknown and no weapons were used by either party in this incident.

 

This incident is under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

Allison Selman-Willis

 

PIO/Accreditation Manager

 

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

 

478-808-1524

MISSING MAN

04/01/2014

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

PRESS RELEASE

4/1/2014

SHERIFF JOHN CARY BITTICK

 

Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick is asking for the public's help in finding a missing Monroe County man. On Sunday, March 30, 2014, Willie James Thomas, 54 years of age, checked himself out of Whispering Pines Personal Care Home, located in south Monroe County on Hwy. 41, to attend church services at a nearby church. Thomas was reported missing by the Care Home around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. Monroe County deputies searched for several hours for Thomas but were not able to locate him. A Mattie's Call was issued yesterday afternoon, Monday, March 31, for Thomas.

 

Thomas is a black male, 6 ft. 2 in. tall and weighs approximately 170lbs. He is usually wearing a hoodie type shirt with a green colored coat but was last seen wearing a shiny, gray coat and jeans. He is usually not clean shaven and has stubble and has dark hair that is graying. His eyes are brown.  He may not be lucid and may be in need of immediate medical attention.

 

Another resident at the Care Home told investigators that Thomas was observed getting into a small, white, two-door vehicle, possibly a Honda or Toyota, being driven by an older, white male. This information has not been substantiated. Thomas may be attempting to travel to Ft. Valley or Macon, GA or to Orlando, FL where he may have family.

 

If anyone has any information about Thomas or his whereabouts, please contact the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 478-994-7010.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

478-808-1524

PRESS RELEASE

02/07/2014

Three Macon women have been arrested and charged with felonies after a traffic stop on I-75 south today, February 7, 2014. Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a blue Grand Marquis around 3:00 p.m. today after observing the vehicle had extremely dark window tint. After making contact with the four women in the car it was discovered that around $500.00 of stolen goods were in the floorboard of the vehicle. Several of the women gave deputies false names and dates of birth but once the women were identified it was learned that many of them had warrants from other counties. One passenger, who was not arrested, told deputies that the stolen items, which included baby clothes and cooking pans, were stolen from the Tanger Outlet (Polo, the Children's Place, Old Navy and Levis) or Wal-Mart in Locust Grove.

 

 

Arrested were:

 

Nyreshia Smith, 23 years of age, charged with: Giving False Statements in a Government Matter (felony). Smith has several prior charges that included Identity Fraud, Criminal Damage to Property and Passing Fraudulent Checks and has warrants from Bibb, Upson, and Dodge Counties.

 

Parscha Clark (driver of the vehicle), 20 years of age, charged with: Driving on a Suspended License and Window Tint Violation. She also has a warrant for her arrest from Henry County for Disorderly Conduct.

 

Kiana Cummings, 18 years of age, charged with: Giving False Statements in a Government Matter (felony). She also has a warrant for her arrest from Bibb County. This is her third arrest for shoplifting.

 

The stolen items were turned over to the Locust Grove Police Department for the prosecution of shoplifting charges. The Grand Marquis was impounded. All three women were taken to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Jail after arrest.

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation manager

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

www.monroecosheriffga.us

SEVERE WEATHER DRIVING ADVISORY

01/29/2014

 

PRESS RELEASE

January 29, 2014


The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is working two tractor trailer accidents on I-475. The first accident, which occurred around 10:41 a.m., involves the southbound side of the interstate. Some lanes are still open but expect delays if you are traveling in that direction. The second accident occurred around 10:57 a.m. on the northbound side of I-475. All lanes of travel on the northbound side are closed and travelers should expect long delays while the accident scene is cleared. There is currently no information regarding when the accident scenes will be cleared or if there are any injuries.

Drivers are encouraged to not travel today unless it is absolutely necessary. Travel on I-75 is expected to be sluggish and drivers can expect long delays. As more information becomes available, press releases will be issued. 

 

 

 

 

Allison Selman-Willis

PIO/Accreditation Manager

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office