Incidents during the parade

Published 9:04 pm Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bainbridge police responded to several incidents, including a reported stabbing, which occurred on or near Shotwell Street as the Christmas Parade went on Monday night.

Dewey Griffin told The Post-Searchlight that his wife and family were assaulted at Nic’s Convenience Store on Shotwell Street as the parade was going past shortly after 7 p.m.

Griffin said his wife, Tawanna Griffin, was stabbed in the back of her head and pushed to the ground. Mr. Griffin said his wife was injured by multiple young males while trying to separate their daughter’s boyfriend from another man who had confronted him outside Nic’s.

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The parade was briefly stopped for an ambulance to take four people, including another friend of the Griffin family, to the hospital. Mr. Griffin said his wife was later released but had a noticeable gash on her head.

A second fight between two females also took place in the Nic’s Convenience Store parking lot around the same time as the stabbing. One of the females, a 15-year-old juvenile, was arrested and charged with affray. Griffin said a large crowd of youth had to be dispersed by police.

A 17-year-old male also reported being struck in the back of the head, apparently related to a domestic issue in the parking lot of the Pizza Hut on Shotwell Street.

BPS officers also handled a wreck at the intersection of Sims and Shotwell streets shortly after 8 p.m.

Stolen four-wheeler recovered

Police recovered an all-terrain vehicle that had been stolen from the back of truck at Memorial Hospital and Manor on Saturday, Dec. 13.

On Monday, police received information that three young males, two juveniles and 17-year-old Tarvar Bernard Shaikha, were riding the stolen ATV in the area of Vada Road.

Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Alton Brock located the vehicle and attempted to stop them initiating his emergency lights. The males attempted to run and fled onto Sharber Road where they attempted to pull into a field but were stopped by a fence.

Investigator Brock said the ATV had recently been painted black in an attempt to disguise the vehicle.

The two juveniles, both 16, and Shaikha, of 786 Old Pelham Road in Bainbridge, were arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Fleeing man shocked twice

Bainbridge Public Safety officers arrested a man in possession of drugs after he attempted to fool police.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday morning, Bainbridge Public Safety Cpl. Craig Carr began following a pickup truck with a headlight out traveling west on Dothan Road, according to incident reports.

The driver pulled into the Country Store on Dothan Road and turned off the vehicle’s lights. Carr drove by the store and discretely parked nearby and waited. After a few minutes, the driver turned on the lights and drove away. Officer Carr followed and the pickup truck turned around and again pulled into a parking lot, turning off the vehicle’s light. Carr followed suit, in an apparent game of cat and mouse.

After the driver again turned on the car’s lights and sped away, Carr located the vehicle parked in front of a home on Third Street and observed the driver, Willie Edward Perkins, 37, of 143 Gail Drive in Bainbridge, walking away.

Carr instructed the man to place his hands on the vehicle and Perkins began to run. According to the report, Carr pulled out his TASER electric stun weapon and yelled for the man to stop. He then deployed the TASER, causing Perkins to fall to the ground. Perkins got back up, again attempted to run and was shocked by the TASER a second time. Carr was then able to take him into custody.

A cellophane bag containing marijuana, a small bag containing cocaine and several pills—the officer stated appeared to be hydrocodone pills—were found in Perkins’ pocket.

Perkins refused to cooperate with jail officials and public safety officers saying he was paralyzed. He was charged with DUI, headlight out, obstruction, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.

A slow chase

Two were arrested on drug charges at around 3 a.m. Sunday morning after they led police on a slow chase.

Bainbridge Public Safety Cpl. Craig Carr followed a vehicle traveling at speeds between 30-35 miles per hour from the U.S. 84/27 bypass onto U.S. 97 North. When he attempted to stop the vehicle, it turned onto Avenue A and Gee Street. Carr pulled up next to the car believing they passengers were preparing to flee on foot, according to incident reports. The two cars collided as the fleeing driver turned onto Avenue C. The driver then sped up to around 40 miles per hour before pulling into the front yard of a residence and coming to a halt.

The driver, Kimberly Nicole Walker, 21 of 836 E. Broughton St. in Bainbridge, was found with a small bag of cocaine she was trying to conceal in her mouth. Walker was arrested and charged with DUI drugs, fleeing or attempting to elude, possession of cocaine, failure to maintain lane, safety belt violation, failure to yield to emergency vehicle, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving without license and contempt of court—original charge child support.

The passenger, Leonard Cula King Jr., 33 of Newton, Ga., was placed in the back seat of Carr’s cruiser where officers found pieces of marijuana on the seat and in King’s mouth. King was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) and tampering with evidence.

Car stolen from hospital

A nurse at Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge reported her car had been stolen while she was at work Saturday night.

The nurse told police she went outside the hospital and started her car to let it warm up for when it was time for her to go home. When she went to leave, approximately 10 minutes later, her Dodge Durango was gone.

Bainbridge Public Safety officers located the vehicle around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning in the parking lot of a local Realty company. The nurse reported minor things missing from the vehicle including a small amount of change, sunglasses and the car keys.

Garbage causes rollover crash

Sunday night, shortly after midnight an accident on Old Whigham Road left a vehicle in a ditch after rolling twice.

The driver, Michael Jones of 1524 E. Broughton St., went to the hospital with leg pains. Jones reported swerving to miss an object in the road. He told police he overcorrected and the car went off the westbound shoulder, rolling twice before coming to rest upside down.

Officers located a large pile of household trash was located in the westbound lane of the roadway.

Arrests & Citations

The following arrests and citations, occurring between Dec. 12-15, have been reported by Bainbridge Public Safety and the Decatur County Jail:

• Calvin Anderson, 32, 1036 MLK Drive, Bainbridge, contempt of court (three counts), SO;

• Veronica Yvette Anderson, 19, 1105 Lake Drive, Apt. 104, Bainbridge, probation violation—original charge disorderly conduct, driving without license on person, BPS;

• Samantha Katina Harrell, 18, 117 Gibson Road, Climax, Ga., disorderly conduct, disrupting public school, School Resource Officer;

• Michael Shannon Howell, 32, 128 Amsterdam Road, Attapulgus, DUI—marijuana, possession of marijuana (less than an ounce), failure to maintain lane, SO;

• Michael Vincent Knight, 18, Dexter, Mo., theft by taking (felony), SO;

• Freddie Lee Lately, 54, Jacksonville, Fla., probation violation—original charge child support, SO;

• Corey Tyrone Levens, 35, 1609 S. Hall St., Bainbridge, contempt of court—original charge child support, SO;

• James Levy Sapp, 27, 825 Antioch Church Road, Climax, safety belt violation, possession of controlled substance, tail lights required, windshield wipers, GSP;

• Scott Daniel Sconyers, 29, Havana, Fla., DUI, driving while license suspended or revoked, SO;

• Raven Symone Wilson, 18, 851 Greenshade Road, Faceville, disrupting public school, disorderly conduct, School Resource Officer;

• Robert Lee Ware, 19, 309 Martin St., Bainbridge, dog tags required, rabies vaccination, BPS;

• Teresa Jo Moreland, 38, 110 Dolly Drive, Bainbridge, driving while license suspended or revoked, BPS;

• Dexter Jerod Lewis, 22, 1008 E. Water St., Bainbridge, no insurance, BPS;

• Natasha Cherelle Dukes, 23, 805 Gordon Ave., Bainbridge, shoplifting (first offense), BPS.