A deputy was called to an East Wright Street residence to help a man who was having trouble with his landlord.
The man explained that he has been plagued with bats inside the residence and that the landlord refuses to do anything about it.
As the deputy was speaking with the man, several bats flew out of the fireplace, circled the room and then flew back into the fireplace.
The man said his landlord would not let him out of his lease and would not let him move to another unit. The landlord reportedly informed the man that the bats were his problem and that if he wanted them out he would have to pay to have them removed.
The deputy advised the man to seek help through Magistrate Court.
Racially charged text messages prompt complaint
A Winder man contacted the Sheriff’s Office after receiving several offensive text messages.
The man said he had spent time earlier in the day with a black acquaintance. That evening, he invited the black male over for dinner. Approximately 30 minutes after his friend arrived, the man received a text message from an unfamiliar number.
The unidentified message sender referred to the man as “white trash” and twice included a pejorative term for African-Americans.
A few minutes later, the man received a second text message which said only "white trash, white trash, white trash.”
The man said he had no idea who would send him such text messages.
The deputy attempted to call the number, but the call went straight to voice mail.
Toddler wants to see ‘real-life’ officer
A deputy was dispatched to a Groveland Drive residence after central communications received a 911 hang up call from the location.
When the deputy arrived, he met with the homeowner who said she had not called 911 and did not know who had.
While the deputy was speaking with the woman, the woman’s three-year-old son walked into the room and said he called 911 so he could see a "real life police officer."
The deputy spoke to the child regarding the importance of using 911 only for emergencies.
Man claims he was targeted because of nationality
A woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office regarding loud music coming from her neighbor’s house. The woman said the bass from the music was shaking her doors and windows.
The deputy walked across the street to speak with the neighbor in question. As soon as the deputy stated the purpose of his visit, the neighbor became upset and said the only reason the deputy was at his house was because he was “Mexican.”
The deputy informed the man that his race had nothing to do with the noise complaint and asked the man to turn down the volume of his music.
The neighbor replied that the volume was low enough. The deputy then told the man to turn the music completely off.