Calhoun Police Department officers arrested two men in separate incidents recently, one on gun and forgery charges after he was found sleeping in a vehicle with a sawed-off shotgun, and another on aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts charges after he pointed a pellet gun and threatened people at Kroger.
Late Sunday night police officers were dispatched to the Kroger grocery store on West Belmont Drive after 911 received calls about a man threatening people with a gun. Upon arrival, officers took Randall Eric May, of 120 Summerfield Lane N.E., Calhoun, into custody and obtained warrants for aggravated assault, reckless conduct, terroristic threats and acts and criminal trespass.
According to police reports, May pointed a Marksmen Repeater air pistol at and threatened an individual who was driving a parking lot sweeping vehicle in the Kroger lot. That individual went into the grocery store and notified staff, who locked the doors.
May told officers that he had pointed the gun at the person sweeping the parking lot because "I was trying to scare people off. I have to protect my house from intruders."
May's wife, Linda May, later arrived and told police
that her husband is bipolar and schizophrenic and that he had flushed his medications down the toilet. She said he had not been acting normally and that he had called her earlier in the day asking about a gun.
May was arrested without incident and transported to the Gordon County Jail.
A few days earlier, on Thursday morning, a Calhoun police officer was asked to do a wellness check at an apartment building on South Line Street. In the parking lot an officer observed someone sleeping in a truck with a sawed-off shotgun in his lap.
Andre Lincoln Ambris, listed as homeless, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, forgery in the second degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, entering auto and criminal use of article with an altered identifying mark.
According to reports, Ambris was removed from the truck and taken into custody without incident. Inside the truck, officers found a New England Arms 20-gauge shotgun with a barrel cut down to 9.75 inches and a damaged serial number, several counterfeit $5 bills, a shotgun shell and mail with Ambris's name.
The owner of the vehicle Ambris was sleeping in told police that Ambris had previously stayed with them but that he had been asked to leave and did not have permission to be in the truck.
After being booking into the Gordon County Jail, Ambris's fingerprints returned an arrest record in Boston, Massachusetts, for someone with the name Michael Tartt.
Police also located the person who was the subject of the wellness check and verified the individual was OK.
A naked North Carolina woman who told a police officer she was Jesus Christ was taken into custody at Gordon Central High School last week after she caused more than $1,500 worth of damage to two vehicles, according to Calhoun Police Department records.
Police were called to the school last Wednesday just before noon in response to a woman wearing only tennis shoes attempting to break into vehicles in the parking lot. When an officer arrived he found Tess Craig, of 3320 Rain Court, Hudson, North Carolina, sitting in a Dodge Dakota pickup truck belonging to the school system.
Reports say when an officer asked Craig to identify herself that she appeared "spaced out" and stated she was "Jesus Christ" and that she was casting demons out of the officer. During the interaction she also transitioned from laughing to being irate.
Before officers arrived Craig had broken the door handle on a Land Rover in the parking lot, causing $350 worth of damage, and caused $1,200 worth damage to the Dodge truck. Among other damage inside the truck, she broke the plastic dash in several places and pulled the rubber from around the steering column.
Two female officers removed Craig from the truck and she was transported to a local hospital.
Separately, a man named Terry Craig who identified as Tess Craig's father contacted the police department because someone called him to say his daughter had gone missing from a local hotel.
Terry Craig told police that his daughter has a "bad drug problem" and that she sometimes acts out when she is using drugs. He said he and his wife had attempted to get her help previously without success and that they suspected she may have mental issues but would not seek help.
Police took out warrants for Tess Craig on the charges of entering auto and criminal damage to property in the second degree.
Middle School student Katie Reynolds said she wanted to repay the kindness shown to her family by the Calhoun Police Department when she organized the fundraising effort to buy the department a McGruff the Crime Dog costume.
Members of the department, including former chief Gary Moss and chief secretary Sharon Jolly, headed up an effort to renovate her family's home after her father, Mike Reynolds, was injured while serving in the Army.
"Paying them back was a my big, overall goal," Katie said.
Katie and her dad took turns wearing the costume this week for campers at Jacket Jamboree, a summer camp at Calhoun Elementary School. The pair also organized multiple visitors from the various first responders in the area as part of Public Safety Week at the camp.
"I thought a Public Safety Week would have a much bigger impact and they would have more to take away from it," Katie said, explaining that she had considered organizing an agriculture-themed week.
Part of her Future Farmers of America community service project, Katie and her dad brought in officers from the police department, troopers from the Georgia State Patrol, local paramedics, firefighters and others to talk to students about their jobs and show off their equipment.
GSP Trooper Cadet Seferino Chavez spoke to the students on Monday, telling them about his training, the importance of safety belts, and answering dozens of questions, including one about pulling over to the side of the road when you see emergency lights.
"It's probably a good idea to go home and tell mom and dad, today I learned that you are supposed to pull over to the right side of the road, not the left, when you see blue lights, red lights or amber lights," Chavez said.
Campers cheered when McGruff rolled up in a GSP vehicle with lights and sirens turned on. They lined up for high-fives and hugs and at one point asked McGruff to do "the floss," a dance move made popular by the online video game "Fortnite."
Mike Reynolds, who has worked locally as a paramedic since 1990, said Katie led the effort to buy the costume but that this was the first time she finally got to wear it.
"She was too little to wear it back then," he said.
Frances Mullins, site manager for Jacket Jamboree, said she was grateful for the Reynolds for organizing the visitors for Public Safety Week. She said the presenters had done an awesome job and that campers had a blast.
"That was fun. They really enjoyed that," Mullins said.
The Little Giant gas station and convenience store on North Wall Street will re-open its gas pumps on Thursday after a four-week overhaul, store owner Ravi Patel said Tuesday.
Customers have been asking about the new pumps and the new 100 percent gasoline that the store will be offering, he said.
"They're waiting for the gas to come back," Patel said.
Patel closed down the pumps last month so that he could have new tanks and new pumps installed. In addition to 100 percent gasoline (typical fuel contains a percentage of corn-based ethanol), the new pumps will feature tap pay and card reader options and include the most secure payment technology currently available.
Patel said he knew he would lose some business during the four weeks the pumps were shut down but he believes being the first local gas station to offer 100 percent gas will lure in more people in the long run. He also wanted to be proactive about his equipment.
"I didn't want to wait until it gets old and starts causing problems," Patel said.
According to Patel, many of his customers prefer to use 100 percent gas as opposed to the ethanol blend, but he will also offer regular, plus and premium options of Midnite Oil gas as well. He said the ethanol blend can be bad for smaller engines in the long run.
Workers have been busy at the location for a few weeks now, but Patel said inspectors will be coming Thursday to make sure everything checks out before he opens his new pumps.
The store is located at 1116 N. Wall St. in Calhoun.
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