A Statham man had a difficult time explaining to authorities what caused an injury to his head.
A deputy was called to a Rat Kinney Road address after a drunk man came to the residence bleeding from his head. The homeowner said the drunk man lived in a nearby camper.
When questioned, the drunk man said a female acquaintance of his hit him in the head with a crowbar. When the deputy asked why the female would do such a thing, the drunk man explained the female wanted money and he told her no.
The man could not remember where he was when the alleged crowbar attack occurred. He then informed the deputy that several people had “beat his head into the ground.”
The deputy asked the drunk man if he had been hit with a crowbar or if his head had been beaten into the ground. The man replied that his head had hit the ground, but could not advise if he was inside or outside when it happened.
Eventually, the man provided the deputy with the names of three people who had reportedly been at his camper to drink beer. The man described the trio as “bums” who owe him money. The drunk man said the three individuals frequently visit him to drink beer and borrow money. The drunk man then advised that one of the three people had hit him in the head with a 2x4.
Due to his very intoxicated state and his head injury, the man was transported to the hospital.
The deputy later made contact with two of the “bums” the drunk man had entertained earlier that day. One of the individuals said the man was stumbling around drunk in the yard and had fallen several times. Both individuals maintained that the man was uninjured when they left.
No charges have been filed.
911 lesson goes awry
A Winder woman received a visit from a Barrow County Sheriff’s deputy after her juvenile son decided to practice newly learned safety skills.
A deputy was dispatched to a Bee Maxey Road residence in response to a 911 hang up call. When dispatchers called the number back, a juvenile answered the phone and said his mother was teaching him how to use 911 and his mother was dead.
When the deputy arrived at the residence, he met with the juvenile’s mother who explained that she had been teaching her son how to call 911 in the event of an emergency. The woman was out of the room when she heard the phone ring and heard her son talking to someone. When she walked back into the room, her son said he had dialed 911.
The deputy spoke with the juvenile and explained the importance of calling 911 only if there is an actual emergency.
‘Pervert’ accused of placing family under surveillance
A Winder woman called the Sheriff’s Office to complain that her neighbor had placed her family under surveillance. The woman said the man had been videotaping her juvenile son and the rest of her family.
When asked if she knew why the man was videotaping her son, the woman said “because he is a pervert.”
According to the woman, the man will walk outside and stare at her and her family when they are in their yard. The woman said the man “freaks her out.”
The man denied placing his neighbors under surveillance, but admitted having video cameras on the corners of his residence. The man explained that one camera points to his driveway and the other points to the street because of the drug sales which reportedly occur in the area.
The man said the only time he has spoken to the juvenile was to ask him not to play music outdoors because of the explicit lyrics.
Suspected rabid fox dispatched by DNR
A fox was put down after a Barrow County Sheriff’s deputy and a ranger from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) witnessed the animal behaving strangely.
A deputy was called to a Pleasant Hill Road address on Sept. 27 after a homeowner became concerned about the behavior of a fox on his property.
When the deputy arrived, the fox was standing near the road. Despite noise from passing cars, the fox did not move. As the deputy approached the animal, he noticed it was shaking its head and its body as if it was having a seizure.
While waiting for the DNR ranger to arrive, the deputy noticed the fox looking at him. The fox then walked into the brush and lay down. The fox made no attempt to run away.
The DNR ranger advised the fox was showing symptoms of distemper or rabies. The ranger dispatched the fox with a .22 caliber rifle and took possession of the carcass.