Two men were arrested recently after they allegedly showed up with a stolen Ford Mustang on a trailer to turn in to Athens Auto Wrecking.
Robert Benjamin Howard, 28, 462 McCarty Road, Statham, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, while his passenger, Jason Chad Kitchens, 37, 1677 Hwy. 82, Winder, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
According to the incident report, an employee of Athens Auto Wrecking told the responding officer that he had spoken with the owner of the vehicle that morning and that he called 911 when he saw the vehicle then come in the gate. Another employee went out to talk with the men to keep them on scene until officers and the victim arrived. The victim stated the vehicle belonged to one of his customers. The owner was contacted and authorized the victim to take the vehicle back with him.
In another arrest, Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Vargas, 23, 478 Ed Coile Road, Hull, was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and pedestrian under the influence of alcohol or drugs after an officer found him lying in the road on Hwy. 29 South near Ed Coile Road.
According to the incident report, officer Chad Parr was called to respond to a man standing in the roadway yelling and cussing at cars going by. At 4:40 a.m., he found Vargas lying in the road moving his arms around and yelling, crying and saying he wanted to die. He cursed at the officers and had to be tasered in order to be handcuffed. Officers noted he had a strong smell of alcohol and that his speech was slurred and his eyes bloodshot. His sister arrived and said she had been at a party with him earlier and that he had had a lot to drink. He was checked by EMS and taken to jail.
Other arrests on file at the sheriff’s office recently included:
•Christopher Adam Couch, 23, 70 Natillie Court, Danielsville, was charged with one count of theft by taking after he allegedly took nearly $600 worth of roofing metal from Georgia Metals in Danielsville.
•Jessica Marie Ashworth, 19, 54 Mary Lane, Colbert, hold for Barrow County.
•Jimmy Lane Booth, 20, 345 Cook Street, Elberton, speeding and driving while license suspended. (Comer PD)
•Ronald Brown, 54, 215 Field Avenue, Athens, bench warrant.
•Marcus Wade Cleghorne, 36, 147 George Washington Avenue, Athens, following too closely, too fast for conditions and DUI/alcohol.
•Quincey Lee Daniel, 23, 250 Alberta Drive, Colbert, battery.
•Mary Shaconda Dykes, 30, 30 Waynes Lane, Commerce, six counts of financial transaction card fraud and five counts of financial identity fraud.
•Colin Scott Gannon, 17, 795 Woodale Street, Hull, theft by taking.
•Evan Lee Horne, 47, 33 S and H Road, Comer, burglary and probation violation.
•Stacey Allen Jackson, 47, 113 Moreland Avenue, Athens, probation violation.
•Richard Emmette Porterfield, 35, 275 Audie Porterfield Road, Danielsville, failure to appear, probation violation, two counts of possession of tools for the commission of a crime and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.