While responding to a call about a person looking into vehicles near Camelot Drive, a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw a man matching the suspect’s description of wearing a grey hoodie, blue jeans and yellow backpack while riding a bicycle. According to the incident report, the suspect described in the call also was riding a bicycle.
As the deputy exited his patrol vehicle, the suspect, later identified as Justin Dodge, feld on foot into the woods. The deputy pursued him and, after running approximately 75 yards, he was able to catch Dodge.
When asked why he ran, according to the report, Dodge said he thought there was an outstanding warrant on him for child support.
The deputy then began to search Dodge for weapons. According to the incident report Dodge said, “Don’t tough the bag, it has used needles in it.”
Dodge was wearing a black fanny pack and when the deputy searched it he found four syringes; a small white, rock-like substance; and a spoon with white residue. The deputy suspected the white substance and residue were methamphetamine. A field test confirmed the deputy’s suspicion.
Dodge, according to the incident report, then admitted to using methamphetamine “several hours ago.”
After searching Dodge’s backpack, the deputy found two saws, ratchets and pliers among other tools.
Dodge was charged with obstruction of an officer, prowling, possession of methamphetamine and contempt of court. He was transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident.
Deputy arrests convicted felon with firearm
A convicted felon allegedly in possession of a .380-caliber pistol was arrested Saturday night.
A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the area of Old Roving Road and Roving Road in Cartersville in reference to several men standing outside of an apartment building and brandishing a firearm, according to the incident report.
The deputy saw a car parked in the driveway of 18 Old Roving Road. A man and a woman got out of the car and approached the deputy. The deputy stopped the man and frisked him for any weapons.
The man identified himself as Stephen Jamal Herring. According to the incident report, the deputy could smell a “moderate odor of marijuana emanating from his person.” He asked Herring if he could search his person. When Herring said yes, the deputy searched him and found $693 in various denominations.
Herring said he did not have a bank account and he worked for a contractor by cleaning houses. He also said he was going to deposit the money into a bank.
When asked, Herring said he did not know anything about the complaint involving a group of men allegedly brandishing a firearm. However, according to the incident report, he did see several cars “fly out of the area” before the deputy arrived.
The deputy also found loose bits of marijuana contained in a cigarette pack in Herring’s right jean pocket. Herring said he did not know anything about it.
The deputy asked the woman if he could search her car, as he could smell marijuana on Herring. She allowed him to search the car.
After searching the vehicle, according to the report, the deputy found a Jimenez Arms .380-caliber pistol underneath the passenger seat. Herring said the pistol was his cousin’s gun and it was registered in the cousin’s name. He then added that his cousin had given him the gun so he could hold onto it.
The deputy then spoke to Herring’s cousin, who lived in the Old Roving Road apartment. The cousin said he had sold the gun to Herring earlier in the year because he had been placed on probation, according to the incident report. The cousin had a bill of sale available and it was taken into evidence.
Bartow County Dispatch performed a criminal history check on Herring and discovered he was a convicted felon with a conviction date of June 13, 2011.
Herring was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was then transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident.