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April 5, 2012

Lawmen investigate assaults, thefts; several arrests made

MOULTRIE — MOULTRIE — A Moultrie man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a March 16 incident in which a woman reported being hit in the mouth.

Joshua Janiel Howard was taken into custody Wednesday, Moultrie Police Department reports said.

On March 16, Brandy Barnes reported that Howard came to her apartment and she went to a friend’s residence to avoid him. Howard later went to the friend’s apartment, and when she refused to talk to him he hit her in the mouth.

Barnes also reported that her cell phone was stolen during the incident.

Howard, 22, 618 Apt. D Fourth Court N.W., was charged with simple battery.

In other assaults:

• Deborah Russell, 700 block First Street, reported Wednesday that a female acquaintance hit her during an argument.

Russell told the officer that while she was moving out of the apartment she previously shared with the woman she discovered that she was taking her clothes. When she stepped into her doorway to prevent any more clothes being taken the woman hit her.

Deborah Hye, reported that Russell hit her first and that she defended herself.

Hye, 53, 706 First Ave. S.E. Apt. 1, was charged with disorderly conduct after a 911 operator confirmed that while Russell was talking the phone went silent for a moment after which she reported being hit, police reports said.

• A Valdosta woman reported that a 6-year-old girl was molested by a male acquaintance.

The woman told the officer that the molestation occurred in March in Moultrie.

Arrests

Moultrie Police Department

• Sarah Kelley, 57, 634 26th Ave. S.E., and Shantel Bracken, 46, 160 Kendalwood Drive, were each charged Monday with disorderly conduct and released on subpoenas.

They were cited following a minor collision at a parking lot in the 500 block of Veterans Parkway South, police reports said. Both women accused the other of causing the accident and physical retaliation after the accident.

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