MOULTRIE — This article has been changed from its original version as a discrepancy about an address was corrected.
A Moultrie police officer’s investigation of a man pushing a wheelbarrow at 3 a.m. Friday resulted in police making theft charges against him and separate charges against another man after marijuana was found nearby.
The officer was patrolling near the intersection of Third Avenue and Eighth Street Southwest when he saw a man in dark clothing and black hood push the wheelbarrow containing a heavy object in a cardboard box. Noticing the officer, the man went into a 208 Eighth St. residence, leaving the wheelbarrow outside.
When the officer turned around and returned to the house, a second man and a man identified as Reginald James Coates were outside and he asked Coates to come over.
The first officer and a second who had arrived smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a nearby Chevrolet Malibu and learned that Coates was wanted on a Colquitt County Sheriff’s warrant, at which time he was arrested. The wheelbarrow and a vanity bathroom sink in it were taken as evidence.
Meanwhile, another officer found a man near the car who turned over the keys and he searched it, finding a large quantity of suspected marijuana inside. The owner of the house then gave permission to search it and more suspected marijuana was found inside.
At that point several people from the yard and residence were taken in for questioning. At the conclusion of that investigation Deaire Antron Davis, 23, 1020 Second St. S.E., was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Coates, 45, 127 Fifth St. S.W., was charged with theft by conversion.
In another investigation, police on Thursday charged Latoya Walker, 26, 422 First Ave. N.W., with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and interfering with an emergency phone call.
An officer responding to a report that Walker had a gun ordered her to get on the ground. With the officer holding his gun, Walker screamed and walked out to the road but refused to get on the ground, police said.
He eventually grabbed Walker and two other officers helped handcuff her. Inside the residence, police said, the officer found a black revolver. A resident told police that Walker had come in drunk and wanting to argue with her, taking her cell phone so she could not call 911.
She told police that Walker never pointed the pistol at her or made threats.
In other arrests:
• Larry Gibson Morris, 64, 119 S. Norris St., was charged Thursday with forgery.
• William S. Jackson, 58, 1106 Roosevelt St. Apt. A, Waycross, was charged Thursday with suspended license.
• Sandra Duncan Clayton, 48, 401 Cheyenne Way, was charged Thursday with duty to obey officer.
• Johnathan Eric Chafin, 19, 137 Lighter Knot Court, was charged Thursday with probation violation.
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• Betty Sue Griffin, 50, 5709 U.S. Hwy. 319 N., Norman Park, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence (refused test), failure to maintain lane and probation violation.
• Devortary Green, 21, 103 Benjamin St. Tifton, was charged Wednesday with theft by receiving.
• Melissa Lynn Wood, 28, 151 S. Manning St., Funston, was charged Thursday with probation violation.
• Zachery Arthur Smith, 20, 217 Third St. S.W., Apt. A, was charged Thursday with failure to appear.
• Bernice Walker, Moultrie, reported Thursday that two males had stolen $130 from her and were inside a store in the 500 block of 27th Street Southeast.
Walker told police that she left her wallet outside her apartment and when she went back to retrieve it she did not find the wallet but saw the two males. They denied taking the wallet, police said.
• Racheal Merrick, 2400 block Fifth Avenue, reported Thursday the theft of a heart wreath from her front door.
• Margaret Burks, Moultrie, reported Thursday that her medication was picked up at a pharmacy in the 700 block of West Central Avenue by an unauthorized person.
• Moultrie Technical College, 1800 Verterans Parkway N., reported Thursday the theft of property valued from $27 from the snack area preparation room in a burglary in which someone entered through the ceiling.
• Gloria Taylor, 1000 block Fred Webb Road, reported Thursday the theft of pistols valued at $2,500 including a Ruger Redhawk, Ruger .357-caliber, Smith & Wesson .357-caliber, Smith & Wesson .38-caliber, Browning 9 mm, Ruger .22-caliber, Ruger MK-1 .22-caliber and Charter Arms .22-caliber.
• Eddie Roberson, 2200 block Fifth Street Southeast, reported Thursday that a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado was damaged, with damaging totaling more than $1,500.
The truck had deep scratches all over and some words also scratched into the paint.
• A deputy dispatched to the 800 block of Grantham Road on a suspicious person call was flagged down by Dawn Strickland, Hayfield Road, Doerun, who reported hearing a truck with loud pipes drive by and that a man pulled on her front door about five minutes later.
Strickland reported that the man left when she called 911. She has had problems with a black, extended-cab Chevrolet Silverado with loud pipes driven slowly by her residence.
Strickland’s residence possibly is located in Mitchell County, sheriff’s reports said.
• Donna Withen, 600 block Georgia Highway 270 East, Doerun, reported Thursday hearing a loud noise and then finding a window broken right after a car passed by.
The window was cracked but not broken, sheriff’s reports said. Fresh vehicle tracks were found in Withen’s yard.
• Keith Freeman, 1300 block Overlook Drive, reported Friday that two women knocked on his door at 1:33 a.m. and asked for money for gas. They ran when he told them he had called 911.
The officer responding to the call found a 1999 Nissan Altima parked nearby on the side of the road with the driver’s-side tires in the roadway. The car was towed after an attempt to contact the owner was unsuccessful.