2018-04-11 / Public Safety





Officer Beth Hearn was called to meet up with Deputy Chris Goff at Circle K in reference to a tag he ran that came back with no insurance and suspended vehicle registration.

When Hearn arrived, Deputy Goff was sitting beside Circle K. He informed Officer Hearn that he was familiar with the subject and that he had an expired license also.

When the vehicle left Circle K, Officer Hearn made a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Jerry Leon Widner of 42 Poplar St., Porterdale. Officer Spence was called to assist Hearn in the traffic stop.

Hearn had already notified dispatch, and they had confirmed that the subject did not have license due to failure to appear.

Spence placed Widner under arrest for driving without license, driving with suspended tag and no insurance. Widner also informed the officers that he was on probation and gave the officers consent to search his vehicle which nothing was found.



On April 3, 2018, Officer Austin Spence was dispatched to 152 Geer Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

The officers tried to make contact with the subjects inside the home for approximately 30 minutes.

Earl Tillman finally stepped to the door and advised himself and Mandy DeLoach were both asleep, and he did not know what was going on.

Chief Smith advised Officer Spence that it was Brandon Jones and Renee Simmons arguing outside. Spence, along with other units, made contact with Brandon Jones and Renee Simmons at Circle K. Simmons stated Tillman attempted to wake De- Loach up for a cigarette. Simmons stated DeLoach became upset with Till- man, and Tillman began striking DeLoach. The case has been turned over to Chief Hollis Smith.



On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Officer Timothy Shaw was dispatched to Jimbo Grow’s Mobile Home in Colquitt in reference to illegal dumping.

Upon arrival, Officer Shaw made contact with James Grow who stated that someone had thrown some roof shingles in the back of his property.

The case is pending further investigation.



On April 8, 2018, Officer Austin Spence was dispatched to the area of 509 Railroad Street in reference to a 911 hangup call.

Upon arrival, Officer Spence could hear a subject inside the house yelling who was later identified as Cowanda Fountain.

Spence entered the residence and observed Cowanda shouting loudly and was extremely intoxicated.

Spence made contact with Cowanda’s daughter, and she advised that she had awaken her yelling about her phone.

Fountain was placed under arrest for disorderly house due to multiple prior calls to the residence with Fountain being intoxicated every time and her wanting everyone to leave the house.

She was handcuffed and taken to the Miller County Jail and booked.


On April 4, 2018, Arthor Bernard Brown of 103 W. Dancer Street, Colquitt, was traveling east on Crawford Street.

Dylan Keith Brock of 793 Spring Head Road, Colquitt, was leaving the Dollar General parking lot headed south.

Brock, driving a 1988 Chevrolet Sport van, failed to yield to Brown, driving a 1985 Chevrolet, causing a collision.

Both vehicles were driven off, and no one was injured in the accident. The passenger of Brown’s vehicle, however, complained of back pain.

Officer Timothy Shaw was the reporting officer.

Return to top