Tifton Gazette


April 1, 2014

Apparent bullet holes found in residence

TIFTON — More shooting incidents in the city have been reported by local residents.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, a 28-year-old woman who lives in the 400 block of Church Lane reported Monday night that she heard several gunshots on the side of her residence. She said she didn’t see or hear a vehicle.

Officer William Germaine, who responded to the scene, reported that when he checked the outside of the residence, five bullet holes and what appeared to be two shotgun groupings were found on the outside east wall of the residence in the front. The scene was secured and turned over to a lieutenant.

In another matter, officer Quinton Peacock reported Sunday night that he heard gunshots being fired in the area of Peterson Apartments. Upon arrival, he located a vehicle that had been shot and a subject who had been shot.

Also, a 23-year-old woman reported Sunday night that she was walking north on Collins Street when she believed a bullet went past her. She began running and left the area. She said no vehicles or pedestrians were present who appeared to be firing a gun. A resident on Collins Street said she was outside of her residence during the reported time and the only thing she heard was her neighbors beating on the hood of their vehicle.

Officer Chance Howell reported Monday that he responded to Dees Apartments in reference to shots being fired. Upon his arrival, he spoke with a 19-year-old male who said he heard shots being fired outside his residence on East 13th Street.

The male reported that he walked outside to leave the residence and saw another male subject, 18-year-old Jerry Miller Jr. of Tifton, standing outside his apartment. He said Miller asked him what he was looking at. He said since he has had previous problems with Miller, he just went back inside his residence.

Howell reported that while on the scene, there was a disturbance going on at a nearby apartment. While approaching the residence, some bystanders told him that the subject with white shorts and no shirt on was Miller. While walking up to the residence, he saw Miller banging on the residence’s front door and walls. Miller was yelling at the top of his lungs, “I’m going to kill you, you (expletive). This is (expletive) up.”

He was then placed under arrest and became combative. He was escorted by two officers to a patrol unit. When the officer pulled off from the scene with Miller, he kicked the passenger side back window out of the patrol unit. Leg irons were then placed on him. Miller was charged with disorderly conduct, interference with government property and reckless conduct.

In other unrelated cases:

• Sgt. David Gay reported Monday that he responded to Flash Foods on West Eighth Street in reference to a white male in the bathroom masturbating. The complainant said the offender had been coming in the last four days, masturbating in the bathroom each time.

Gay said upon his arrival to the Flash Foods, the complainant told him that the offender was inside masturbating and that he had his shirt off. He said he walked into the men’s bathroom and saw the offender standing at the urinal with his shirt off.

Gay said when he opened the door, the offender turned and looked at him still with his genitals in his hand. The offender’s eyes were very big and his pants were unzipped and unbuttoned. He said, “What’s going on? I’m not doing anything.” He had sweat beads on his forehead; however, it was chilly outside.

Gay reported that he told the offender to stop what he was doing and put his hands on the wall. The offender, Joseph Carl Hartley, 37, of Tifton, was searched by another officer and placed under arrest for public indecency because of the lewd act he was committing in the bathroom. Hartley was then taken outside the store and asked why he came to the Flash Foods to masturbate. He told police that there were people at his house.

The complainant reported that Hartley was masturbating one day earlier and may have exposed himself to a child. He said he didn’t call then because Hartley left the scene before he could call 911. Gay said when he asked Hartley about this matter, he said he didn’t do anything in front of a child and that he was only sitting on the urinal masturbating. Hartley was transported to the Law Enforcement Center. He was also banned from all Flash Foods gas stations.

• A man reported Sunday that a heavyset black male came up to him while in the area of Hughes Lane and West Washington Street and put a small gun in his face and took his Droid cell phone.

• A man who lives in the 4100 block of London Lane reported Sunday morning that someone toilet papered his yard and left feces on his front porch. He said he called 911 the night before because someone was ringing his doorbell.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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