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RHPD reports: Suicidal subject, runaway car, dog attack, among calls
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From Richmond Hill Police Department reports:

Matter of record: Police were called to Plantation Apartments shortly before noon Nov. 27 regarding “a suicidal subject that stated they wanted to jump off a bridge.”

The officer met with the person, a woman, and asked her “if she was having suicidal thoughts. (She) advised that she was not suicidal and did not wish to harm herself. She said that she was upset because her insurance made changes and she was not able to see her therapist any longer. While she was on the phone trying to figure out her insurance with the doctor she told the doctor that if she jumped off a bridge no one would care and hung up. She said she made the comment out of anger and did not mean that that she wanted to jump off a bridge.”

EMS checked her out anyway, then got her to sign a release. The officer got a case number to document the incident.

Matter of record: An officer was sent to Piercefield Drive around 9 pm. Nov. 20 “to look for a blue in color Ford Explorer that was driving in circles around Piercefield Drive speeding with a woman yelling and screaming from inside.”

The officer found the SUV, a 1998 Explorer, at the corner of Piercefield and Falcon Drive, and “when it turned onto Falcon Drive I could see and smell smoke coming from the brakes of the vehicle,” the officer reported.

He turned on his emergency lights and followed the car onto Bald Eagle Drive, and could hear the driver “screaming that she was unable to stop the vehicle,” the report said, so the officer pulled up beside her and “tried to tell her multiple ways to get the vehicle to stop, to which she half cried and half screamed that she had tried everything but the car would not stop.”

The officer put his car in front of hers and called for backup to help block traffic until the SUV finally came to a stop back on Piercefield Drive. The woman “advised she was okay just shaken up, she advised her throttle has been sticking but has never been stuck this bad before.”

Because the SUV was smoking, the Richmond Hill Fire Department was called out to make sure it was safe to be towed. Once they did it was towed.

Animal running at large: An officer was sent to a Smoke Rise Road address around 4:30 pm. Nov. 18 regarding “a dog that attacked another dog at the listed location. Dispatch advised a male at this address was also bit by the dog. They advised the offending dog was a pitbull and was currently located inside a mail truck at this address. EMS, RHFD and Bryan County Animal Control were also enroute to the location.”

When the officer got there, he saw RHFD treating the injured man, a Smoke Rise Road resident, and spoke to the mailman, “who had locked the dog in the postal vehicle.” The mailman told RHPD he was there delivering a package and the man was in the front yard playing with his dog when a pitbull came into the yard and attacked the man’s dog, which led to him getting bit while he was trying to separate the two dogs.

The mailman was able to get “behind the pitbull and laid down on top of the dog until (the man’s dog, a German shepherd), was able to escape,” the report said. “(The mailman) held on to the dog until (the Smokerise Road man) as able to get his dog inside. (The mailman) then placed the pitbull into his mail truck.”

The officer checked out the dog, who “was wagging his tail,” and “showed no aggression to people,” but looked as if he’d been in a fight. Animal Control was able to get the pitbull, which had no tags or collar, taken to the pound for holding.

Attempts to check the German shepherd’s injuries were unsuccessful, and the owner said he’d take the dog to a Savannah pet hospital for treatment.

Police later found the owner, who lived on Glenn Way. She was charged with letting the dog run free.

Matter of record: A homeless Richmond Hill man reported his girlfriend missing around 7:43 p.m. Nov. 19. Police were sent to the Parkers on Timber Trail to talk to the man, who said the night before she “began making suicidal comments. (He) said recently he and his girlfriend had been displaced from their residence and became homeless. He said they have a 6-week-old infant together and due to their situation, they gave their infant to his mother as they did not want their child’s safety at risk.”

The man also said his girlfriend had since begun to make threats of harming herself, so he took her to Candler Hospital in Savannah for a mental evaluation and the last thing she told him was to “take care of our children.” The man said she spent six hours in the hospital before being released, something he learned when he called the hospital to talk to her and learned she had gone. “(He) said his girlfriend is not from this area and she has no way of contacting him.”

The man said he was temporarily staying with a friend. He was told to also contact Savannah authorities and report her missing.

Missing person: Police were sent to RHFD Station No. 2 around 9:12 p.m. Nov. 19 regarding a missing woman. The complainant said her aunt has Alzheimer’s “and frequently does not know where she is,” but has a routine of taking a walk around Whitaker Way before coming back to home, but this time she didn’t return.

Police put out a BOLO and were preparing to have the woman listed with the National Crime Information Center and Georgia Crime Information Center computers as a missing/endangered person, the report said, and “units searched the subdivision, including all bodies of water in the subdivision, yielding no results.”

Around 10:034 p.m., an RHPD corporal found the woman at the intersection of Plantation Way and Timber Trail. She only spoke Spanish, so an RHPD sergeant who knows the family came to help get her back home. She was found before she was listed in GCIC/NCIC, the report said.

Theft: An Enmarket employee is charged with stealing $288 scratch off lottery tickets, a report said. An officer was sent to an Enmarket on Highway 17 around 2:12 p.m. Nov. 20, and spoke to a manager who said when he noticed the “money count for lottery tickets sold vs. paid was off,” he checked camera footage and “could clearly see (a cashier) take an assortment of lottery scratch off tickets off the wall where they are stored and placed them next to the register.”

The manager said the woman then went to a “round high-top table where she scratched the lottery tickets rending them useful for sale,” the report said, noting the officer saw the security video and it backed up the manager’s story.

The employee cashed in $65 in winning tickets.

Matter of record: In case you’re missing a hammer, the following is from an officer’s narrative in an incident report.

“On 11/20/2019 while patrolling the area of Highway 17 in front of the Dogwood Inn, I noticed what appeared to be a hammer in the roadway. I activated my emergency equipment and retrieved a silver and black framing hammer. I placed it inside my patrol car and turned it as found property at the police department.”

Speeding, etc: Around 11 p.m. Nov. 21, an RHPD officer working traffic on I-95 near mile marker 86 saw a car headed south “at a speed much higher than the posted speed limit,” so he “activated the rear antenna of my radar unit and obtained a target speed of 100 mph in a 70 mph zone.”

He pulled the car over about a mile down the road. The driver, an Atlanta woman, had slurred, repetitive speech, the report said. “There was also a strong odor of alcoholic beverage,” and the officer “noticed a small juvenile sitting in a child seat in the back seat that was not properly secured with the harness restraint.”

The woman denied drinking but agreed to take a preliminary breath test, which registered positive for alcohol. She was arrested for DUI and agreed to a blood tst.

“There were two elderly women in the vehicle who both indicated that they did not possess a valid license,” and were given a ride to the Travelodge along with the kid in the car seat. A wrecker then towed the vehicle and the woman was taken to RHPD to take a blood test.

“While en route to the police department for the blood test, (the officer) was advised … that the two elderly women were not familiar with how to administer the juvenile’s medicine how to operate her medical device (nebulizer),” the report said. “Also, they were not able to get a hotel room as neither of them possessed an ID card.”

What’s more, once the officer got to RHPD, he “discovered that all the blood test kits were expired so a blood test was not administered. (The woman) was subsequently cited for reckless driving, speeding, safety restraint violation and failure to signal while changing lanes. She was then given a courtesy ride to the Travelodge and released to appear.”

Suspended license: An officer spotted a car on Casey Drive headed toward Harris Trail Road around 9:25 p.m. Nov. 22 with no taillights and pulled it over. The driver, a Springfield man, had thought the headlights were “working properly due to the vehicle’s daytime running lights being on,” but the officer explained what was happening and told him to turn the headlights on.

He also asked for the driver’s license, and was told it had been suspended. After checking and finding out it had been suspended for failing to meet child support obligations, the man was arrested. The vehicle was released to the passenger, who was also its registered owner.

Suspended license: Around 12:30 pm. Nov. 23 an officer saw a car on Highway 17 swerving, so he followed it and noticed a brake light was out. The officer pulled the car over and told the driver why, then asked for her license.

She gave him a Georgia ID card instead and told the officer her license was in a different purse. Her registration and insurance checked out, but her license was suspended. She was arrested and her sister was called to come get her car.

Matter of record: A Glen Way man called the cops around 3 p.m. Nov. 24 because he found “a Dutch slow burn leaf wrapper package” inside his mailbox, and he dialed 911 when he smelled pot “emitting from the package.” The man didn’t know how the package got into his mailbox. The officer could smell “the odor consistent with marijuana” when the man handed over the package. It was taken to RHPD.

Matter of record: An officer met with a woman at RHPD around noon Nov. 25 who said a friend sent her a screen shot of a coworker’s Snapchat which said “’If you die during the shooting, Don’t blame me.’” The woman said the man responsible “has had multiple complaints of harassment at work and she was scared (he) might bring a gun to work.”

The officer met the man at his job, and he “advised he suffers from heavy depression, but has a counselor he speaks with about his condition.” The man told the officer he posted the message during “one of his crisis moments and later realized he shouldn’t have done so and took it down.”

The man said he didn’t plan on doing anything and doesn’t have guns, or access to guns. The officer told the man to “call his crisis hotline when he felt he was spiraling out of control, instead of looking to social media.”

Giving false name/info to police: An officer was sent to Harris Trail and Brisbon Road around 8 p.m. Nov. 25 in reference to a woman “sitting on the side of the road, close to the road.”

He found her.

“The female advised she was walking down Harris Trail Road because someone told her that she could get back to Florida this way. She stated she was coming from the TA Center.”

The office asked where she was prior to being at the TA Center, which is at the I-95 exit, she “advised she was coming from Tallahassee, going to Daytona Beach.”

The officer asked for ID, but the woman said she didn’t have any, but did give a name and date of birth in 1982, and told the officer she’d had drivers’ licenses in both Pennsylvania and Oregon. A check through police computes showed she had ID in both those states, and in Alabama and Florida.

An RHPD employee found a woman who matched that info from Washington, as well as several social security numbers and birthdates. Ultimately, they found a photo which matched one of the IDs and the woman they’d found sitting on the side of the road.

The woman was arrested for giving false name and date of birth and given a court date, etc.

Stolen vehicle: A woman called the cops to a Bristol Way address around 5:44 a.m. Nov. 26 regarding a possible stolen vehicle. She said when they got up this morning their pickup was gone. Police found “tire drag marks from where the vehicle was parked, leading through the grass into the street, and continuing down the street into the traffic circle leading towards Harris Trail Road,” and deduced either the truck had been towed or repossessed. The woman said she was 36 days past payment with Suntrust but didn’t think they’d take the truck that quickly and without notice.

Another officer then see a repo truck “with what appeared to be an F150 in tow in the early morning hours,” and the officer called Suntrust to try to find out whether the pickup had been repossessed. They couldn’t confirm one way or the other, and the officer entered the pickup as stolen “unless (Suntrust) make contact advising us it was in their possession,” etc.

Matter of record: An officer was dispatched to Richmond Hill High School around 3:40 p.m. Nov. 26 “in reference to a complaint of harassment.”

There, the officer spoke with the complainants, a mother and her daughter. The mother said her daughter told her she was being harassed by another girl, and the daughter told the officer “who advised while in the high school parking lot today, (the other girl) displayed her middle finger towards her. (The daughter) stated at one point, (the other girl) then began circling her vehicle in her vehicle,” the report said, and the daughter said when she left the parking lot the other girl followed her, so she drove to a convenience store and contacted her mom.

The mother said she got there and asked the other girl what she was doing, and the girl denied the allegations. The mother said she wanted the incident documented.

The officer asked the daughter what the issue with the other girl was about and she said it was over a boy who was once the other girl’s boyfriend. There was another incident between the daughter and the other girl which got school staff and the school resource officer involved.

Loitering or prowling: This one’s strange. A 70-year-old Hazelhurst man was arrested Nov. 26 at a fast food restaurant on Highway 144 after he was accused of “following female employees into the female bathroom.”

The officer found the man parked in front of the restaurant, and he said he was waiting on his wife.

The officer then told the man why he was there and asked why he’d gone into the female bathroom, and the man said he was looking for his wife.

The officer the spoke to the manager, who said two female employees said the man followed them into the bathroom, and both employees – one a teen – gave similar stories, saying the man never said anything and just looked at them.

The officer again went outside to talk to the man, who gave “multiple contradicting stories as to who he was looking for and why he was at the business,” stories that ranged from he was looking for his fiancée, he was trying to find his son’s ex-wife, who was his fiancée, and he “concluded by saying that he could not explain why he was at the establishment in a way that made sense.”

He was arrested and got a criminal trespass warning.

Obstruction, battery, etc; Police were sent to a Melrose subdivision address around 11:19 p.m. Nov.26 regarding a man who was assaulted by his daughter. The first person the police ment was the daughter, who “stated there was no need for the police and she had a green Sea bag tied up underneath the back of her shirt,” the report said.

The officer said he tried to talk to the woman, whose birth year made her either 30 or 31, and “as she was pulling moss from a tree and she stated she was cleaning the tree.” The officer asked her what happened and she said a man “put his hands on me,” and “I don’t know who he is, he’s not my father,” then showed the officer what occurred. “She picked up a window screen, threw it down and started to move like she was engaged in a fight. She made serveral sudden body moves and then threw herself on the ground.”

The officer then asked for backup for county because there were no city police available, and a deputy showed up and stood with the woman while the officer went to talk to the complainant, who had a cut on his nose, cuts around his right eye and cuts on his forehead and top of the head. Richmond Hill Fire Department and Bryan County EMS showed up, but the man declined a trip to the hospital.

He told police he had got home from work and wanted to talk to his daughter about her “climbing in and out of the house through a window,” ‘but “when he went to try and talk wither, she climbed up on top of a vehicle that was parked in the drive-way and started acting like she was marching.”

He tried to help her down, he said, and tripped in the process, and his injuries were caused by his hitting his head against a tree.

The officer went back to talk to the daughter, who was referring to herself in the third person, claimed that man hit her in the face and “more than once,” knelt down, “act like she was praying and would start mumbling something.”

Police weren’t going to charge herfor battery, and the officer asked her if she “would go with EMS to get checked out,” but she refused to answer. She was arrested after another officer arrived and asked her what she wanted to do, and “more than once she would walk to one of the vehicles parked in the driveway and open the doors,” and she was arrested.

Her father was taken to the hospital by a family member.

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