From Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and Richmond Hill Police Department incident reports:
Obscene material — A Richmond Hill man reported that his granddaughter received obscene photos on her phone. The man said his granddaughter woke him up in the middle of the night and showed him two photos she received of a man’s penis accompanied by the comment, “This is my year.” The grandfather took the phone to the Richmond Hill Police Department and a detective downloaded the images, according to the report. The man took the phone to their wireless provider and had the number changed. The company told him the images might have been intended for a previous owner of the number.
Counterfeit money — A BCSO deputy responded to a report that a customer attempted to pay for gas at the Parker’s store on Highway 17 in Richmond Hill with a counterfeit $10 bill. The customer reportedly became irate that the clerk would not give her back the $10 bill or let her take a picture of it, but the manager said store policy is not to return fake money. The customer told the deputy that she had broken a $100 bill the day before and was using the change she received from a Parker’s in Hinesville.
Cocaine possession — Two people were charged with possession of cocaine after a man was pulled over for weaving and running a red light on Highway 17 in Richmond Hill. The driver appeared to be under the influence, according to the report, and a license check showed that he was on felony probation for cocaine possession. A search of the car turned up a plastic bag of crack cocaine, a crack pipe and an open can of beer. The driver and his passenger each denied ownership of the cocaine, so both were charged with possession of it. The driver also was charged with having an open container of alcohol.
Dangerous drug possession — A Garden City woman was arrested on a felony drug charge for being in possession of one tablet of hydrocodone. An RHPD narcotics dog detected some type of drug in the woman’s car at a safety check on Belfast Keller Road, according to the report. Inside her purse was an ibuprofen bottle with a white pill officers confirmed to be hydrocodone, a Schedule II narcotic.
The woman said she had a prescription for the drug years ago and forgot it was in there. Illegal possession of hydrocodone is a felony in Georgia.
Marijuana possession, speeding — A driver clocked at 85 mph on Interstate 95 was stopped for speeding and then arrested for possession of marijuana. The driver’s hands were shaking as he handed his license and insurance card to the RHPD officer, according to the report. The driver, an Ormond Beach, Florida, man, refused to let the officer search his car. However, the officer is part of the RHPD K-9 unit, and his dog picked up the scent of drugs in the car. The man confessed that marijuana was inside the car and in the cigarette box in his pocket, and the officer found the drugs.
Hit and run — Witnesses reported that a truck with a crane left the scene after hitting a utility pole at Magnolia Street and Wildwood Avenue in Richmond Hill. The truck was described as a white flatbed boom truck with red oval logos. A witness said the truck’s mast struck a power line that crossed Magnolia Street, and the truck kept going, pulling the line, power pole and transformer along with it until the pole snapped. The witness told police “there was no way” the truck driver could not know what he did. Police blocked off the area because the utility pole, lines and transformer were in the road. No homes or vehicles in the neighborhood were damaged. A Coastal Electric Cooperative crew responded to turn off the power and make repairs.
Wanted person — A man wanted for questioning in a Volusia County, Florida, homicide was arrested at the Scottish Inn on Highway 17 in Richmond Hill. An RHPD officer spotted a blue Chevrolet Cavalier that matched a vehicle for which police had been alerted to be on the lookout. A hotel attendant confirmed that a man with the same name as the wanted man was staying in one of the rooms. After calling for backup, the officer ordered the man to open the door, and he was arrested without incident. He was held in the Bryan County Jail until he could be extradited to Volusia County, where the sheriff’s office had a warrant charging him with second-degree murder.
Public drunkenness — EMS and RHPD responded to the report of a man who was unresponsive in the common area next to a home on River Oaks Drive around 7:30 a.m. The man awoke, but his speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of alcohol, the report states. The man, who is from Claxton, said he had no idea where he was or how he got there. He recalled having drinks the night before at a friend’s home, but could not remember the friend’s name or address. He registered 0.132 percent blood-alcohol content, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.