The following are on file with the Bryan County Sheriff's Department:
Jan. 4 – An Ellabell man reported around 6:20 p.m. that someone broke into Henry’s Bait and Tackle on Hwy. 204 in Ellabell and took a several fuel canisters, tools, fishing rods and reels, worth between $500 and $800 combined.
Jan. 9 – A man told deputies around 10 a.m. that someone broke into the Macedonia Baptist Church on Hwy. 204 in Ellabell. The suspect or suspects got onto the church’s roof, entered through an air vent, and slid down a furnace pipe. The suspect or suspects then kicked open the locked door of the pastor’s office. The only thing reported missing was copper piping, worth $500.
Possession of firearm
Jan. 5 – A Richmond Hill man was arrested around 1:15 a.m. near the northbound mile marker 86 on I-95. The man ran out of gas, so a deputy drove him to a gas station to get fuel and drove him back to his car. The deputy noted that the man smelled like alcohol. Once he arrived at his car, the man told the deputy he had a gun in the back of his pants. The deputy took the gun and performed a breath test on the man, which was positive for alcohol. The man told deputies that he didn’t know having a concealed gun on him while drunk and not telling authorities about it was illegal.
Jan. 6 – A Bluffton woman was arrested around 9:45 p.m. on Hwy. 17 in Richmond Hill after being pulled over for driving north in the southbound lanes. She refused a breath test.
Jan. 9 – A Statesboro man was arrested around 3 a.m. on Groover Hill Road in Ellabell after being pulled over for crossing the double yellow line. The man smelled like alcohol and agreed to a breath test. Deputies found an alcoholic beverage in the front cup holder.
Jan. 9 – A Pembroke man was arrested around 12:30 a.m. on Steve Bulloch Road in Ellabell after being pulled over for crossing the double yellow line. The man tried to exit the vehicle through the passenger side door while the vehicle was still moving. The deputy got out of his car and cornered the man, who smelled like alcohol, before he could run away.
Drug and gun offenses
Jan. 7 – An Ellabell man was arrested around 9 p.m. on Little Creek Road in Ellabell and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm during a felony crime, possession of marijuana and possession of a sawed off shot gun. A deputy noticed the window tint on the car the man was driving was too dark, followed him and eventually pulled him over for failing to maintain his lane. When the man exited the vehicle, he threw a “clear plastic bag containing white powdered substance” on the ground. The deputy placed the man in handcuffs and later found two guns, several bags of the “white powder substance” and marijuana in his car and more marijuana in his jacket pocket.
Jan. 8 – An Ellabell man was arrested around 3 a.m. on Steve Bulloch Road in Ellabell and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of dangerous drugs and DUI. The man crossed the double yellow line and before he was pulled over, threw hydrocodone, Soma and ecstasy pills out his passenger side window. The man smelled of alcohol and the deputy saw a clear plastic bag containing crack cocaine in the center console. The man refused to take a breath test.