Tifton Gazette


June 23, 2014

Charges filed after Tifton officer bitten

TIFTON — A tussle with law enforcement, including one officer being bitten on the arm, led to a local man's arrest.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, Officer Amanda Faircloth reported on the night of June 17 that while patrolling through South College Circle, she was flagged down by a woman who said her husband was still acting crazy and threatening her.

Faircloth reported sometime earlier that day that she was sent to the same residence due to the offender, 53-year-old Dallas Neloms Sr. of Tifton, cursing at his wife, calling her names and telling her that he would "drop her in the street." There were no other witnesses at that time. Faircloth said she spoke to Neloms and told him to calm down. He said he would stop talking "crap" and go to bed. Neloms was drinking a beer at the time.

When responding later that night, Faircloth reported that Neloms' wife said he told her that he was going to "kill her tonight." A witness confirmed the threat. He reported that he tried to get Neloms to stop and leave her alone, but he started cursing at him.

Faircloth said the entire time that she was trying to speak to the wife, Neloms was constantly talking over her and cursing. Neloms went inside the residence to use the bathroom, and Faircloth and Officer King went inside to arrest him.

When she opened the bedroom door, Neloms was sitting on the bed with an unopened beer can in his hands. She stepped in and immediately told Neloms that he was under arrest and to stand up and place his hands behind his back. She and King repeated this several times. While giving him instructions, Neloms tightly clinched his fist.

Faircloth said she reached the first time to take the beer from Neloms' hand and he snatched away from her, saying no. She then grabbed the beer from his hand and sat it down behind her while trying to get his other hand. Neloms still pulled away, clinching his fist as if he was going to swing at them.

King grabbed one arm to try and get it behind Neloms back, and he proceeded to roll King over him and off the side of the bed. Neloms was on top at this time. Faircloth pulled Neloms off of King and got one hand cuffed. He was still hanging onto King. Faircloth finally got Neloms' right arm behind his back and cuffed.

At that time, King hollered that Neloms bit him. He had a large bite mark that broke the skin and was bleeding. Faircloth said they had to physically move Neloms toward the door and out to the patrol car. When she opened the patrol car door to get him inside, he tried to get back out before she could get the door shut.

Faircloth said she was able to shut the door and started driving toward the Tift County Jail. As she was coming up on West 11th Street and South College Avenue, Neloms started kicking her windows and door in the back seat while cursing. Neloms commented that when arriving to the jail and getting those cuffs off, he wanted to "see King then." Faircloth said Neloms had a small, silver crack pipe in the pocket of his shorts. It appeared to have been used. There was something on the inside of the pipe.

Faircloth said when they arrived at the jail, another officer got Neloms out of the patrol car and walked him inside. She said as soon as he got inside the jail, Neloms started screaming and acting crazy again. It took several jailers to get him to sit down. He was banging on the doors and standing on the benches in the holding room. Neloms was charged with drug related objects, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers and simple battery (family violence).

King was treated for his injury and released from Tift Regional Medical Center.

In another matter, a 19-year-old male reported Wednesday morning that he was walking to Doc's Store. He said when he got to the cut between Cypress Street and South College Mobile Home Park, he saw two black males with white T-shirts and black gym shorts fighting.

The male reported that he saw one of the subjects pull out a black pistol and point it at the other subject and shot three times. He said the bullet hit a fence post and ricocheted, hitting him in the foot. When asked by Officer Adam Benefield why he waited all day to go to the hospital, he said he didn't think it looked that bad, but it started hurting.

While speaking to the victim at the Emergency Room, Benefield saw on his right foot, on the outside edge, a tiny hole that went through the skin. He said the hole appeared too small for a gunshot wound, and the doctor said it appeared too small for a gunshot wound and that he didn't see any kind of bullet fragments in his foot. The male said he didn't know the two subjects fighting.

Also, an employee with Walgreens reported Saturday that he received a phone call from an unknown male who claimed that his name was Charles Gabriel and he was calling from another Walgreens store. The subject asked him his position and some other personal information about his job.

The employee said he asked the subject his phone number so he could call him back, and the subject hung up. He notified Walgreens' security office, because they have been getting phone calls from someone pretending to be an employee in order to get prepaid credit cards activated over the phone.

The employee said several Walgreens stores have been targeted and that management had sent out an e-mail alerting employees of the scam. The call was from an anonymous number. No credit card was activated for the caller and no information was given out during the call.

In other unrelated cases:

- A woman who lives on Ferry Lake Road reported Saturday that someone threw eggs on the passenger side windshield and front window of her vehicle. There were recent reports of this incident occurring in other areas in the community.

- The principal at Charles Spencer Elementary School reported Sunday that a teacher notified him that someone entered the school, because things appeared to be out of place. He said after reviewing the video surveillance, he discovered a black male juvenile enter the building through an unsecured door near the gym on Saturday. The subject went through all of the classrooms and office desks in the school. He took an estimated $25 from the front offices. He then made his way toward the principal's office and disconnected the video surveillance. The principal was not sure what else the subject stole.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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