Two men were taken into custody Wednesday night after a deputy stopped a truck matching the description of one used in a recent theft and found a rifle inside that had been reported stolen.

As of Thursday charges had been filed against the passenger in the truck, and charges were pending against the driver.

The 2007 Chevrolet Silverado stopped by the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:15 p.m. matched a truck seen around Edwards Motors on the night the rear bumper of a GMC Sierra was stolen. The officer saw the truck with a driver and one passenger, later identified as Ramon Ponce Melendez III, on Veterans Parkway South in the area of the car dealership.

The rear bumper on the Silverado matched the one reported stolen on Monday from the dealership, sheriff’s reports said. After getting permission to search the truck, the deputy found a .22-caliber Remington rifle whose serial number matched one stolen out of Polk County, Fla.

When deputies found an Edwards Motors drive-out tag in the tool box of the truck the two men were taken into custody for questioning, the reports said.

Melendez was charged Thursday with one count of theft by taking.

In other arrests

Sheriff’s Office

• Marviq Leekhi Richardson, 17, 1115 11th Ave. S.E., and Zayvone Ty’Shaun Brown, 18, 128 Funston-Sale City Road, were each charged Tuesday with one count each of fighting in a public place and disrupting a public school after Colquitt County High staff broke up a fight.

Xavien Jamal Kinsey, 18, 104 E. Bethel Ave., also was charged with disorderly conduct in the incident

Sheriff’s reports said that Richardson and Brown got into a fight at the high school cafeteria, causing a “great disruption.” As staff members were breaking up the fight, Kinsey allegedly used vulgar language toward a school employee and refused to follow instructions from officials tried to break up the crowd.

• Randy Deal, 56, 104 Inner Circle, was charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct.

Georgia State Patrol

• Deshan Laneal Wilson, 27, 710 Sixth St. S.E.., was charged Wednesday with driving while license withdrawn and expired tag or decal.

Probation violation

Sheriff’s Office

• Demetrius Ro’Shaud Crawford, 22,  502 Fourth Ave. N.W.

• Stavinski Rashad Bigelow, 18, 620 Fifth St. S.E.

Police Department

• Lonnie Craig Poole, 25, 751 Edmondson Road.

• Steven Michael Walker, 24, 522 27th Street. Apt. 12.


Sheriff’s Office

• Sheena Gordon, 100 block Price Road, reported that a 47-inch LG television valued at $389 was stolen during a burglary of her residence.

Gordon told police that her front door was forced open.

• Kathy Casteel, 6118 Highway 111, Hartsfield, reported Wednesday the theft of a mail box valued at $50 from the end of her driveway.


Sheriff’s Office

• Betty Baron, 200 block Gopher Lane, reported Wednesday that her identification was used fraudulently to open a credit account that she did not authorize.

Baron told police that a collection agency contacted her about a $224 balance owed to Ginny’s. Her name and Social Security number had been used to set up the account.

When police contacted the retailer, it agreed to freeze the fraudulent account and that the $224 charge would be eliminated.


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