Reports: Cordele Police Department

Published 4:48 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2017


•Cordele Police Department responded to a call from Rochelle, Ga about stolen equipment and vehicle. The victim, 25 year old Adam White said that Cartersville Police had already contacted him that his truck, trailer and piece of equipment was found in Cartersville, Ga. White told Cordele Police that he had never authorized anyone to take his vehicle.

•Cordele resident Edward Fenn was arrested for shoplifting from Wal-Mart located at 1215 E 16th Ave. The 47-year-old had taken two items from the business and passed all points of purchase, leaving the store without paying for the items.


•At 905 Broad St at approximately 11:25 p.m., two women, Sharron Battle and Tekiah Tubbs were arrested and charged with aggravated assault against the victim, 26 year old Dricen Green. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that Tubbs placed her hands around the victim’s neck and attempted to strangle him. Battle, also made unwanted physical contact with the victim by grabbing him by the shirt collar and hitting him in the chest. According to the incident report, alcohol was involved.

•At 802 East 6th Ave., Corporal Roufs responded to a dispatched call of a burglary. The victim, 23 year old Benjamin Mallory left the residence at around 12:11 p.m. and returned at 1:40 p.m. to find his back door kicked in and items inside moved around.

•At 109 N Bass St. Apt B, Corporal Roufs responded to a call about terroristic threats. The family of the 25 year old victim, Vontavious Harvey, was concerned for his wellbeing due to subjects arriving at the residence wanting to fight with Harvey. When the subjects left, someone called a family member at the residence, Chelsey Gay and threatened to shoot everyone at the house. Not enough information was known to locate and charge anyone at the time of the incident report.

•At 602 Blackshear Rd. Apt F, Cordele Police investigated a call about criminal trespass. The investigation revealed that the victim, 31 year old Shakevia Taylor had left her door unlocked and her former boyfriend, Eric Young let himself inside her residence and approached her upstairs as if to have an argument. Young was not at the residence when police arrived and Taylor wished for a criminal trespass warning issued and no charges filed.

•Cordele Police Department responded to a call at 1009 E 8th Ave. concerning a report of fraud. The victim, 46 year old Amy Johnson said she received a female recording from a number stating they were the IRS. Johnson said the recording told her she was facing four unknown charges if she did not call and talk with them within 24 hours. The number that called was 870-568-6953. Police and Johnson attempted to call the number back, and got a male recording that put them on hold for several minutes. At that time, Johnson hung up and blocked the number. No further action was taken.

•Cordele Police investigated a shoplifting call from Wal-Mart located at 1215 E 16th Ave. at about 7:47 p.m. Pitts resident, 33 year old Thad Howell had concealed golf balls on his person an attempted to exit the store without paying for the golf balls. Loss Prevention Employee Randall Jones stopped Howell. During his arrest, Howell was found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana, nicknamed Spice which is listed as a schedule I controlled substance. The golf balls were returned to the store and their value was $68.41. Howell was transported to the Crisp County Detention Center.

•Cordele Police Department investigated a dispatched call of an assault at 700 Blk W 16th Ave. The victim, 28 year old Xavier Butts was struck in the head by an unknown person as Butts was walking at around 3 a.m. Butts went to the emergency room later in the day at about 4 p.m. Butts had an enlarge left cheek, but no further information about the incident.


•At 805 N 5th St., Cordele Police responded to a call about a criminal trespass at around 3:36 p.m. The victim,

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Beal-Shephard tries to weather the storm over City HallBy Neil B. McGahee Managing Editor Cordele City Commissioner Vesta Beal-Shephard was elected in 2001 to represent the people of Ward One. By all accounts, she has done a very good job of relating to the citizens living in her ward. Recently, however, a dark cloud has settled over City Hall. From the first day of his term, newly-elected commission chairman Joshua Antwan Deriso began taking verbal snipes on social media at some of the other commissioners. Shephard says she just ignored it at first but on April 9, Deriso posted on Facebook “…It was much anticipated for Comm. Rainey to be against change. Comission (sp) Shephard fights against me the hardest…does not know much about government at all…She needs to be voted out next year 2023.” A few days later, he posted live saying …“I am totally over the games, the political stuff…a lot of people want to make what I said about Commissioner Shephard something about disagreement with Commissioner Shephard. It was her ignorance and short-sightedness…not able to understand what we can do as a government. “When there were people in charge that didn’t look like us…white people… she didn’t question anything. Since I became chairman, she has blocked everything…you don’t know what you are doing; you don’t know what you are talking about.” Shephard winces as she listens to Deriso. “I don’t do drama and I don’t do pettiness,” she said. “I refute everything he has said about me. I’m not angry with Josh; I am somewhat disturbed that he has targeted me, a citizen of Cordele; a black female…he accused me of loving white folks. Well I do love white folks, and brown folks and black folks — Haitian, Jamaican, Indian, Cuban, Mexican — I have no discrimination to anyone. My job is to facilitate for people in this ward and when I vote, I vote my conviction.” Shephard said she doesn’t know why Deriso has such hard feelings against her. “It’s so sad, I have to say that I never saw it coming,” she said. ”But I have to voice my opinion.” But one sad thing has evolved from this. “This is the first time I have been discriminated against by a fellow commissioner,” she said. “I used to invite people to my home if they had a problem. But I had to stop that. If you want to meet with me, we will have to go to a public area or to my office at city hall. I am going to keep my distance for the simple reason that I don’t want to endanger myself.