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Police Blotter, Aug. 6, 2014

Former Grovetown officer denies charges

Posted: August 5, 2014 - 11:17pm  |  Updated: August 6, 2014 - 12:49am

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Former Grovetown officer denies charges

A former Grovetown Department of Public Safety officer recently indicted for sexual misconduct with a female inmate denied the charges at a Friday arraignment hearing.

Jon Eric Austin Stripling, 38, of Railroad Avenue in Grovetown, pled not guilty to three counts of sexual assault by a person with supervisory authorities and violation of oath by a public officer at the hearing in Evans.

A Columbia County grand jury indicted Stripling on July 16 and he turned himself in to authorities on July 23.

A woman who was being held in the Grovetown Department of Public Safety Detention Center accused Stripling of sexually assaulting her during a short stay at the facility in April 2013, according to the indictment. The 31-year-old woman, who was being held on drug charges, was later transferred to the Columbia County Detention Center, where she made the allegations against Stripling.

Stripling is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

 

Evans Park outdoor stage vandalized

Someone recently spray-painted graffiti on the stage at Evans Towne Center Park.

A deputy on routine patrol of the park in Evans at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday found purple graffiti on the state of Lady Antebellum Pavilion. The deputy also found a can of purple spray chalk paint on the stage near the graffiti.

 

Teens arrested for pilfering mailboxes

Three Atlanta-area teens were arrested in the early morning hours Friday after a deputy caught one pilfering through mailboxes along Washington Road.

A deputy was patrolling the area of Washington Road at Fairway Ford at about 3:30 a.m. and saw a young man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt running west along Washington Road near Mellow Mushroom. He then saw the person, later identified as Jonathan Maurice Johnson, 19, of Riverdale, Ga., open the mailbox in front of the restaurant, remove an item and put it in his pocket. Johnson then crossed the road and ran toward Evans to Locks Road.

The deputy stopped Johnson, who said he was an athlete and his friends from Atlanta dropped him off to run a mile. He then charged his story stating he was from College Park, Ga., and had come with friends to gather mail and look for checks.

While the deputy talked to Johnson, a black passenger car pulled in front of Leslie Pools and the driver turned off the headlights.

The driver, Andrew Justin Smith, 19, of Fairburn, Ga., and passenger, Dorian Jamaal Craine, 18, of Riverdale, said they were friends of Johnson.

Smith initially told the deputy he was in town to see his hospitalized grandmother. He then said that prior to parking the car, he and Craine took some mail they had in the car to a nearby Circle K. A deputy recovered the mail that had been discarded in a trash can.

Craine told the deputy he came to Columbia County with his two friends so they could go to Walmart.

He said they did go to Walmart, then left Johnson as a joke and that’s why he was walking. He then admitted they were going through mailboxes looking for account numbers, checks and credit cards. He then told the deputy that there were several checks in the vehicle and they were collecting checks for an individual in Atlanta in exchange for $13,000 each.

Deputies found three checks above the passenger sun visor, blank checks under the passenger seat and a Visa credit card behind the passenger seat.

The deputy found a white envelope addressed to Mellow Mushroom in Johnson’s front pocket.

All three were charged with financial transaction card fraud and identity theft. They were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday on a $10,200 bond, according to jail records.

Woman busts peeping Tom in public bathroom

A woman said a woman was spying on her recently in a public restroom.

The woman said she was in the restroom of Home Depot on Belair Road in Evans at about 11:45 a.m. Friday.

She was using the bathroom when she noticed a man looking at her through the cracks of the bathroom stall.

She said the white man with brown hair wearing a blue shirt and brown pants then went into the stall next to her.

The woman said she left the stall, washed her hands, then opened the door to the stall the man was in. She said he was facing away from her and she told him he wasn’t supposed to be in there. He replied, “I must be in the wrong restroom.”

He then left the restroom and the store in a camouflage truck.

Man threatened by scam caller

A man said a caller who was trying to scam him threatened his family.

The 48-year-old man said he’s received about 10 calls from an out-of-town phone number between 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Friday. The caller says the man is eligible for a federal grant. The man said he knew it was a scam and when he refused to provide his personal information, the caller got upset. the caller then told the man he’d have sex with his wife and daughters.

The man told the caller to stop calling. But he wasn’t able to reach anyone when he called the number back.

The phone number had a New York area code and the man’s caller ID showed the name Mikel Jacoby.

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