2007-01-10 / Community

News Around Us

Bainbridge - Decatur County Sheriff's deputies seized a large amount of illegal drugs and cash inside a sport utility vehicle during a traffic stop on Friday, December 29.

On Friday afternoon, deputies seized slightly less than nine ounces of cocaine in crack and powder form along with marijuana and $6,300 in U.S. currency from the inside of a Chevrolet Tahoe stopped on U.S. 27 South, Major Wendell Cofer of the sheriff's office said.

The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $20,000, Lt. Chip Nix of the sheriff's office said.

Deputy Jason Williams had stopped the SUV, driven by William Smith III, 34 of Sanford, FL, after noticing he was not wearing his seat belt. Because Smith appeared nervous, Williams requested the assistance of Deputy Ed Moorhead. Moorhead allowed his search dog, "Max," to search the outside of the SUV. Deputies searched the vehicle after the dog was alerted to the possible presence of drugs inside it, Cofer said.

The sheriff's office has tentatively seized the SUV and charged Smith with trafficking cocaine, transactions in drug-related objects, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and a seat belt violation.

Blakely - The Early County News learned Tuesday afternoon that a Damascus woman was killed in a twocar accident Saturday night in Damascus.

Nineteen year-old Travesha Jackson of 7367 Pullen Road in Damascus was killed when the vehicle in which she was a passenger collided head-on with another vehicle on Kestler Avenue in Damascus. Details of the accident and other persons involved were not available at press time.

Blountstown - A Wisconsin man is being held at the Calhoun County Jail after a traffic stop revealed he was driving a stolen car.

Daniel Ray Hall, 19, has been charged with DUI and possession of alcohol by a person under 21.

According to the Blountstown Police Department, Officer John Mallory responded to a disabled vehicle on SR 71 South around 12:33 a.m. December 23. Upon arrival, he found a man, later identified as Hall, behind the wheel of a 2001 Ford F-150. Hall advised he ran out of gas and was waiting for friends who were bringing some fuel. Officer Mallory noticed a strong odor of alcohol and spotted an open bottle of whiskey in the vehicle, along with open cans of beer. He also observed blood on Hall and the interior of the truck. Hall was found to have a three quarter inch laceration on top of his head. A check of the vehicle revealed it was stolen from Tomah, Washington.

After refusing to submit to a field sobriety test, Hall was placed under arrest. He reportedly became violent and began hitting his head on the door window of the patrol car. He was taken to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital, but refused treatment. He later took a breath test and failed. Hall later told authorities he had gotten in an altercation earlier and had been hit in the head with a beer bottle.

Hall remains in the Calhoun County Jail at this time.

Cairo - A 73-year-old man is in jail charged with last January's stabbing death of a wheel-chair bound Cairo woman. Police made the arrest nearly a year after Pearl Bell Johnson was discovered dead inside her apartment on January 7, 2006.

Martin Wheeler, 73, of Fourth Avenue SE, described by Cairo Police Chief Keith Sandefeur is an acquaintance of Johnson's, was charged with her murder on Friday, December 29, 2006.

Sandefeur said investigators with the Cairo Police Department and GBI had interviewed Wheeler in connection with the case during the course of the 12-month investigation and brought him in for a final interview on December 29th.

"After discussing all of the elements of the crime with the district attorney, we filed charges," Sandefeur said.

Wheeler is being held in the Grady Detention Center until a hearing before a Superior Court judge where he will find out if he will have to remain incarcerated while awaiting trial.

Donalsonville - SCHS football coach Alan Ingram has been having the pleasure of witnessing his team and several of its members being recognized for their playing skills during the season recently completed.

Coach Ingram says he is proud of every player on his roster, but he realizes it would be a major miracle of sorts if all of them should be named to an All-Star and honors selections. He had the next best thing, to be sure, when the entire team was chosen as one of the ten top teams in Class A football in the state by an earlier poll considered one of the most objective; and the team was one of the first listed for honorable mention in another, different polling line- up.

Also in addition, Coach Ingram has enjoyed seeing one of his players spotted and cited for becoming one of the better quarterbacks in any and all classifications in this corner of the state. He is Bacarri Rambo who started rebuilding for Ingram as a freshman and will now be a rising senior for the upcoming year.

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