Courthouse holding cell transfer sends two to hospital

Published 8:03 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2009

An inmate and a Decatur County Sheriff’s deputy were taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon following a struggle that ensued when the inmate attempted to escape.

Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin said that Jubal Nakeem Davis, 21, of 1807 Love St. in Bainbridge, attempted to escape when he was being transfered from the Courthouse holding cell to the Decatur County Jail. Davis was in custody after failing to appear for his court date earlier that day.

Officers at the Courthouse wrestled Davis to the ground as he attempted to escape and during the struggle, Code Enforcement Officer David Ellis injured his knee.

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At around 3:30 p.m. Emergency Medical Services first responders were called to the Courthouse to tend to Ellis and Davis, who was complaining of chest pains. Both men were transported to the hospital.

Davis was charged with two misdemeanor counts of obstruction and one felony county of obstruction on top of his original bench warrant arrest for false report of a crime, disorderly conduct and two counts of pointing a pistol at another.

Armed robbery on Evans Street

A Bainbridge man was robbed at gunpoint by two males on the evening of June 21.

According to incident reports, a resident of Evans Street in Bainbridge said he was sitting on the steps of his front porch at around 11 p.m. when he observed a red crown victoria style vehicle slowly travel in front of his residence and then turn onto Russ Street. A short time later, two men approached him on foot, one coming east on Evans Street and the other walking north on Russ Street. The man told police both men pulled out handguns and pointing them at him, asked for his money.

The two men took $300 and a cell phone valued at $300 and fled running west on Evans Street.

Man charged with intent to sell fake drugs

Early Tuesday morning, Bainbridge Public Safety Officers arrested in possession of a quantity of imitation crack cocaine.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Officer Rusty Day was patrolling on Planter Street in Bainbridge when he saw two males riding bicycles, one of the males pulling another bike along side him. Day ordered the young men to stop using his vehicles loudspeaker at which time they threw down the bicycles and took off running.

A short time later Sgt. Ray Cox apprehending a suspect, Raymond Anthony Williams, 20, of 451 MLK Drive in Bainbridge, in front of Stones Home Center on Calhoun Street.

According to incident reports, after a plastic vial containing 16 pieces of a substance that looked like crack cocaine was found in Cox’s cruiser where Williams was sitting. The substance field tested negative for cocaine and Williams stated it was soap, according to the report. Williams also stated that he was the owner of all three of the bicycles.

Williams was arrested and charged with loitering, theft by taking, possession of imitation of controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Investigators conduct search warrant for counterfeit money

On June 19, Decatur County Sheriff’s investigators conducted a search warrant on home for counterfeit U.S. currency but instead found a small amount of drugs.

Investigator Julian Crowder said the Sheriff’s Office received information that Lashondra Karen Carter of 1105 Lake Drive, Apt. 103, in Bainbridge, was in possession of a quantity of counterfeit money. Upon a search of the residence, investigators did not locate counterfeit bills, but instead found a small amount of marijuana and a pill bottle without a label containing eight yellow round pills, according to incident reports.

No counterfiet money was found inside the home and Carter denied having any involvement in or knowlege of counterfeiting.

Carter was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

Two instances of businesses discovering counterfeit money took place this week.

On Saturday, a customer at Dominoe’s Pizza on S. Scott Street attempted to break a $20 bill after puchasing some food. The bill was found to be fake using a marker for determining bill autherticity. The customer said he received the bill from a store owner in Brinson.

On Monday, police were called to the Quick Buys convenience store on Whigham Dairy Road. A clerk said she discovered a $10 bill she believed to be counterfiet in the store’s cashier drawer. The bill was confirmed to be counterfeit by a local bank.

Investigator Crowder said he urges businesses to be conscious of the money they receive, paying special attention to look of the bills and feeling of the paper. He said if the currency draws suspicion, take note of who is providing the money and contact law enforcement officials.