By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Authorities: wanted man allegedly buried gun at courthouse

A Clarkston man has been arrested by local authorities on gun and burglary charges after he was seen on camera burying a loaded handgun in gravel behind the Forsyth County Courthouse on Tuesday.

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Sheldon Derrick Oliver, 23, of Clarkston came to the courthouse for a bond hearing on Tuesday morning and allegedly stopped along the south side of the courthouse to bury a Louis Vuitton bag in gravel behind an air-conditioner unit.

Rainwater said that after deputies saw Oliver bury the bag on security cameras, they were immediately suspicious of the act. He said that they investigated and found that the bag contained a loaded 40 Cal. Smith and Wesson handgun.

“Our deputies saw him bury it and said, ‘That’s not right,’” Rainwater said. “But he went through security with no problem, and they kept their eyes on him.”

After finding the gun, Rainwater said they tracked Oliver to a courtroom and discovered that he had no license to carry the handgun and was wanted for a burglary that took place in July at the Hazah Islamic Center in south Forsyth.

Oliver was pulled from the courtroom and charged with burglary, carrying a handgun without a license and reckless conduct, Rainwater said.

He is being held at the Forsyth County Jail under a bond of $28,730.