According to incident reports filed by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office between July 8 and July 31, as many as 168 citations or arrests were made for more than 30 different charges and offenses.
By the numbers
• Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: 28
• Failure to maintain lane: 25
• Possession of marijuana: 18
• Possession of a schedule substance: 13
• Possession of methamphetamine: 9
• Driving without a license: 8
• Theft by shoplifting: 7
• Theft by taking: 7
• Theft entering auto: 7
• Burglary: 6
Other charges reported include: possession of heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm of knife during the commission of a felony, possession of drug-related objects, possession of open alcohol container, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, theft by deception, obstruction of a police officer, fleeing or attempting to flee a felony, underage possession of alcohol, failure to use seatbelts, failure to obey a traffic control device, following too closely, speeding, violation of the Hands-Free Georgia Act, failure to report striking a fixed object, driving without insurance.
Students arrested for climbing radio tower
On July 25, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an address off Barker Road on Sawnee Mountain to investigate reports that two males were seen climbing the Sawnee Mountain radio tower.
According to a sheriff’s office incident report, once at the radio tower, a deputy discovered that two males were in fact on top of the tower and instructed them to climb down. The report states that the tower is Forsyth County government property, controls the 911 radio system and to climb it one must pass no trespassing signs, chain link fences and barbed wire.
After the two men were placed in handcuffs, deputies discovered that they were both students and had climbed the tower “to see some great views and because they’re adrenaline junkies.”
They were asked, “Why they thought they could enter a place where there is a chain link fence with barbed wire on top of it,” and both said they didn’t think it would be an issue since they were only there to see the views and hadn’t damaged anything.
Both men were arrested, charged with criminal trespass and taken to the Forsyth County Jail.
Arrests made for heroin possession
After the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop off Freedom Parkway in north Forsyth, two locals were arrested for heroin possession.
According to a sheriff’s office incident report filed July 22, at about 12 a.m. deputies stopped a brown sedan off Freedom Parkway near Keith Bridge Road after it was seen “suspiciously” leaving an already-closed animal hospital. The driver allegedly told deputies she was leaving the animal hospital because she “had to turn around,” despite being witnessed in the parking lot for several minutes.
The report states that deputies observed strange, nervous and panicked behavior from both the driver and the passenger of the vehicle. Upon checking the driver’s license, deputies found that it was suspended.
“I asked her if there was anything in the vehicle I needed to know about,” the report stated. The driver allegedly responded, “There was stuff in the vehicle before I got it, and some stuff in there is mine and some is [the passengers] stuff.”
While searching the vehicle, deputies allegedly found heroin and a “roll of cash.”
Both of the suspects were arrested for possession of heroin. The driver was also cited for driving without a license.
Appliances stolen from house for sale
On July 19, local authorities responded to a home under construction on Davis Farm Drive and found that sometime in the previous two days, the home had been entered and a gas cooktop, dishwasher, oven and microwave had been stolen.
According to an incident report, the thieves entered the home by forcing open the garage door and kicking in the interior door. Suspects then turned off power to the house via the breaker box in the garage before stealing the appliances.
The report states that the items are worth a total of more than $2,800.
A deputy was able to take several pieces of physical evidence from the scene, the report states.
Vehicles damaged at south Forsyth business
According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Incident report, on July 11 deputies responded to a business in south Forsyth for reports that sometime that morning an unknown person came onto the property and damaged five vehicles.
The report states that a chain link fence was pulled out of the ground and pulled over the vehicles of six employees. Five of the vehicles showed scratches on their trunks, hoods, tops and sides.
In the report, a deputy states that due to the employee’s schedule, the incident had to have occurred between 6-9 a.m.
The report states that that there was no footage of the incident because the property’s video camera surveillance system was not working.