The Newnan Times-Herald


Public safety roundup

  • By Clay Neely
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  • May. 12, 2017 - 6:55 AM

Public safety roundup


Deputy Jeff Bugg discovered 11 glass jars filled with marijuana in the trunk of a car speeding through a work zone on the interstate.


Two men were arrested for aggravated assault and burglary after they allegedly forced their way into a local business where the owner resides. 

Sean Roger Dennis, 50, and Austin Ryan Teal, 22, told police they were attempting to recoup money they felt they were owed by the owner of a business located at 4 VC Street. 

Police arrived and found the resident cleaning a head wound in the restroom while Dennis allegedly was holding a cane in his hand and told police the victim owed him $2,000. Dennis said the victim was bleeding because “he fell.”

The victim told police he was sleeping when the two men arrived, began beating on the door and were seen walking toward the back of the building with a drill. Prior to opening the door, the victim dialed 911. 

When the victim opened the front door, Dennis allegedly hit him with a metal pipe while Teal struck him with a cane. During questioning, Teal allegedly told police the blood on his shirt was from helping the victim off the ground. 

At one point, Dennis allegedly placed a .38 Smith & Wesson in the victim’s face and stated he could “end this.” Police recovered the gun, drill, cane and metal pipe, and both Dennis and Teal were transported to the Coweta County Jail. 

A Lawrenceville man was charged with driving under the influence and endangering a child after deputies with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a van for driving erratically. 

Deputy K.J. Johnson was patrolling along Interstate 85 just past mile marker 41 when he observed a minivan weaving and slowing below 40 miles per hour, according to an incident report. After pulling the vehicle over, Johnson saw the driver had his pants open and food was spilled in his lap. 

The driver, identified as Jacinto Duran, told Johnson he had consumed around two beers that day.

After performing a series of roadside tests, Duran consented to a breathalyzer test which allegedly registered .230 – nearly three times the legal limit. Duran was traveling with two minors in the car who were later turned over to their mother at the scene. 

An Atlanta woman was charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute after allegedly speeding through a construction zone on Interstate 85.

Deputy Jeff Bugg was stationed at the construction zone near mile marker 45 when he noticed a car approaching at a high rate of speed. The deputy’s radar allegedly showed the driver was going 72 mph in a 60 mph zone. 

After pulling the car over and speaking with the driver, Bugg immediately smelled what he thought was marijuana coming from the car. The driver, identified as Crystal Ashlee Archie, told Bugg she had a small amount in the back seat of the car.

A small amount of marijuana was found in a glass jar, according to the report. Bugg then continued the search into the trunk of the car where he uncovered 11 more glass jars filled with marijuana. 

Archie took responsibility for the marijuana, and the passengers were released so they could take possession of the car and Archie’s 17-month-old son in the back seat.


A Luthersville man was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant after fleeing from Walmart.

Officer Juan Castro with the Newnan Police Department reported observing a known shoplifter inside the store and performed a warrant check on the man, identified as William Hurt.

Hurt then fled the store and jumped into a truck, which then went south on Newnan Crossing Boulevard and was later pulled over by another officer, according to the police report. 

Police confirmed Hurt had an active warrant and told the officer he ran from the store because he believed Officer Castro was a member of a street gang pursuing him. 

Clay Neely:, @clayneely