Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

Local news

July 24, 2010

Gang activity leads to multiple arrests by police

Cordele — CORDELE — Repeated altercations involving juveniles has led to the arrests by Cordele Police Department officers of four teen-age gang members.

Early Wednesday evening, Sgt. Dedra Davis and Det. Ketorie Sales said they were contacted at police headquarters by a woman who said her son had been assaulted  in the 1300 block of Spring Lane by other juveniles.

The officers said they then set up a forum with the involved teens and their parents and during it said the youths admitted being members of the “Rod Gang.” They also gave a list of names and aliases for two other local gangs — the “Clara Scott Project Boys” and the “Get Money Boys.”

They acknowledged, too, that there has been a two-year rivalry among the groups and that during that time numerous fights and altercations had occurred.

Subsequently charged with gang violence and affray were a 15-year-old Albany youth and three local boys ranging in age from 14-16.

Follow-up investigation of the gang activity in the Clara Scott Homes area on 13th St. N., later led to the arrest of a 18-year-old man on multiple drug charges.

Cpl. Jesse Barfield said he received radio transmission from fellow officers to stop a subject who immediately tried to leave the area when he spotted the law enforcement activity there.

Barfield said that in making contact with Dino Ladon Lemmons Jr. he saw him thrown a bag on the ground. After initially arresting Lemmons for loitering, Barfield said the bag he had thrown down was found to contain three smaller packets of suspected cocaine.

Upon arriving at the police station for booking, Lemmons, of 108 Ross St., was reportedly found to have in his possession 50 assorted color and size bags commonly used in the sale of drugs.

He thus was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a housing project.

n other activity between Wednesday and Friday, officers:

— Investigated separate burglaries that took place at the home of a woman and man recently released from jail after serving about 2 1/2 months time behind bars.

The female victim, who resides on Eighth Ave. W., told Cpl. Christina Barfield that upon unlocking the front door to her residence she noticed all her food children’s clothing were missing along with two television sets, two DVD players and a microwave.

Entry to the dwelling may have been gained, the investigating officer said, through a window that had been broken apparently when struck by a rock.

The officer said she also received conflicting reports from neighbors in the area about who might have been responsible for the crime.

The male burglary victim told Sgt. Dedra Davis that  a cable TV box valued at $400 also had been stolen in addition to items his  sister had previously reported had been taken from his Sixth Ave. W. home while he was in jail

Television sets were reported stolen in two other burglaries police were asked to investigate.

At a residence in the 900 block of 24th Ave. W., the homeowner told Cpl. Barfield forced entry was made through a back door between 2-3 p.m. Wednesday. A flat screen television was reported missing.

A 32-inch Magnavox was said to have been taken from a home in the 100 block of Fifth Ave. W. where Sgt. Robert Montgomery noted entry was gained through a door on the east side of the residence.

— Responded to an assistance call from a 27th Ave. E. resident who told Det. Ketorie Sales that through trickery a son had stolen more than $50,000 from his two bank accounts.

The victim, who had previously contacted an Adult Protective Custody official, said the alleged offender had power of attorney over him and that he is suppose to pay back the money he has taken. He requested that further investigation be postponed until he can see if that will indeed be the case.

— Looked into a pair of theft complaints.

A woman told Sgt. Davis her Gucci purse containing a Georgia Bulldog wallet, personal papers and a $275 payroll check from Cracker Barrell had been stolen from her sister’s home in the 1500 block of 11th St. S.

Sgt. Davis said she was also called to a location in the 100 block of 24th Ave. E. when a woman complained that $280 had been stolen from her purse that she had left underneath a desk between 10:25 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday.

— Received a complaint that a Hispanic male was seen standing in bushes near a 16th Avenue motel masturbating as he watched women in the pool area. Officers searched for but could not locate the subject.

— Cited Kervin Papoulette, 19, of 610 11th St. N., for battery (domestic violence) after he allegedly punched in the face and threw against a wall the women who was in the process of leaving him.

Although the woman was observed to have “a very swollen and red right eye,” Papoulette denied striking her. He also is accused of pouring sugar into the gas tank of the couple’s 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix to prevent her from driving away in that vehicle.

— Took Gregory Foreman, 19, of 1014 10th St. S. into custody for probation violation.

 Lt. Lloyd Anderson said he learned Foreman was wanted after making a routine traffic stop in the 1600 block of 16th Ave. E. just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

— Made a disorderly conduct case against Delvita Johnson, 20, of 609-C 23rd Ave. W. after she allegedly ignored instructions by Lt. Lloyd Anderson not to return to a residence in the 700 block of 13th Ave. W. where she had previously tried to start a fight with another woman.

— Filed an auto theft charge against Marque Shamar Palmer, 29, of 620 15th Ave. E.

Sgt. Robert Montgomery said Palmer is accused of taking a 2002 Honda Civic that a woman he had been harassing left parked outside an auto parts store.

The officer said the victim told him she had gone into the business in an effort to try and prevent further contact with Palmer who followed her inside and continued to try and talk with her.

When she asked employees there to call police, he left the store and drove away in her car. About 2-3 minutes after the theft had been reported, Palmer was stopped and taken into custody by Lt. Anderson.

— Ticketed four teen-agers on loitering charges after they were seen just before 3 a.m. Friday peering into a SUV parked at the Suwanee Apartments.

Charged with the offense were Jatarius Trevon Jackson, 17, of 101 Oak St., Pineview; Bobby Grace Jr., 19, of 111 King St., Rochelle; and two 15-year-old Cordele youths who also were cited for curfew violation.


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