2017-09-13 / Public Safety



On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Officer Carl Epperson was on Crawford Street at College Street when he observed a van traveling north at a high rate of speed.

Epperson activated his radar and clocked the vehicle’s speed at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Oscar Hernandez.

The driver stated he did not possess a license and was in fact not a US citizen. A passenger in the vehicle did possess a Florida license and at the request of the driver, did take possession of the vehicle.

Hernandez was transported to the Miller County Jail where citations for the offense of speeding and driving while unlicensed were issued.

Verbal warnings for detective equipment, right brake light, and open container were also issued.

Hernandez posted a cash bond prior to completion of this report and is no longer being held in the Miller County Jail.


Manishaben Shaileshkumar Patel of 310 East Crawford Street came to the police department and advised that his wife misplaced her passport at some point in time and cannot find it.



On Thursday, September 7, 2017, Officer Lonnie Wade was dispatched to 205 West Main Street in reference to damage to property.

Upon arrival, Officer Wade spoke to Stacey Smith Grimes who stated that her co-worker advised her that the company vehicle, a 2013 Ford Fusion had been damaged.

Miss Grimes stated after looking at the damaged vehicle, she called the police department to report the incident. Miss Grimes stated that the vehicle was last driven on August 31, 2017, and had been parked in the garage since then.

Officer Wade then saw the damaged vehicle and noticed that the front bumper was damaged along with both driver and passenger side front tire fenders, due to some sharp object.

Statements were taken, and the case is ongoing.



Officer Beth Hearn was dispatched to 212 Brooks Street in reference to a verbal dispute.

The call originated from 224 Brooks Street by Rebecca Nash.

Officer Hearn arrived at 224 Brooks Street where she was met by Nash who stated that her neighbor, Kristi Wallace, came over to her property saying she was returning her pot pipe. Nash stated she did give the pipe to Wallace.

Nash stated that while on her property, Wallace started a verbal dispute with her friend, Lorrie Susan Presley who lives on part of Nash’s property.

Presley was walking away when Wallace swatted at her dog, Bella, which upset Presley, and caused the incident to escalate verbally.

Presley walked away as did Wallace. Nash advised Officer Hearn to tell Wallace she was not to come back to her property.

Officer Hearn left 212 Brooks Street and went to 24 Thompson Town Road which is where Wallace resides. Officer Hearn advised Wallace she was no longer allowed on Nash/ Presley’s property.

Wallace understood that she would be arrested upon violating the trespass warning. Warning was given verbally by Officer Hearn.


On Friday, September 1, 2017, Ashley Scott came to the Colquitt Police Department to file a report of a lost or stolen wallet.

Scott stated that she was at Super B the day before with her wallet and when she looked for it the next morning, it was gone. Scott stated she did not know if she lost it or someone stole it.

The wallet is described as cloth, camouflage, with a jewel cross. The wallet contained her social security card, along with her children’s, her driver’s license, kids’ insurance cards and her food stamp card.


On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Officer Lonnie Wade was dispatched to 203 Spring Street in reference to a civil dispute.

Upon arrival, he spoke to Miss Phyllis Burney. Miss Burney stated that she was in Pic-N-Sav when Michael Roberts approached her and asked her, “When are you going to pay me?”

Miss Burney stated that she tried to pay Mr. Roberts for his work, but he refused to take it. Miss Burney stated that Mr. Roberts became combative with words inside the store, and he was asked to leave by the store manager.

Officer Wade then spoke with Mr. Roberts who stated that he did some work for Miss Burney and that the pay amount was not right. Mr. Roberts stated that he did see Miss Burney in the Pic-N-Sav and asked her about the payment.

Officer Wade then advised Roberts from this day forward not to approach Miss Burney about the payment for his work and to go to the Probate Court for further actions on getting his money for the work he did.

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