A 63-year-old man was on a Unionville street corner, clutching his wife's 50-year-old nephew by the shirt. It was the afternoon of Sept. 10, below Montpelier Avenue at the corner of Elpis Street and Pansy Avenue, roughly half a dozen blocks west of Pio Nono Avenue. A Bibb sheriff’s deputy cruised up and asked the older man, the one gripping the shirt, what was going on. The man said he wanted the younger fellow locked up for stealing his 1996 Ford Ranger. The deputy turned to the accused. “I was just driving it,” the 50-year-old nephew said. The remark landed him in the deputy’s patrol car for questioning. The truck’s owner told the deputy that the suspect was a crack cocaine addict with a $100-a-day habit. He said he’d tried to help the younger man, allowing him to live at his house. But then on Sept. 9, the Ford went missing. As did the nephew. The truck’s owner asked around and learned that the nephew was seen driving it in the Montpelier area. In the squad car, the nephew said he’d taken the truck without permission and gone to a relative’s house in Unionville. He said he left the keys in it and that it’d been stolen. Now it was gone. An onlooker on the street corner told the deputy that the nephew “was letting people borrow the truck to go buy crack cocaine in it all night. ... He was worried that the truck might have been traded for drugs.” The nephew was jailed on a felony theft charge. The uncle later told the Cop Shop that he found his truck behind a Unionville funeral home.
Dispatches: Just after 12 a.m. on Sept. 21, a barefoot 49-year-old man with apparent psychological issues was at the Krystal on Pio Nono Avenue in Macon. He was threatening to slit his throat, a Bibb sheriff’s report said. He threw himself through one of the restaurant’s front windows, sustaining several cuts to his left arm and feet. . . . On Sept. 24, two 20-year-old men at a farm pond off Old Nowell Road in south Bibb were cited for fishing without permission. . . . On Sept. 25, a 23-year-old man whose nickname is Mama Gal was arrested at the Harrison Road Wal-Mart in west Macon. He was accused of going into the shoe department and swapping his old shoes for a new pair of $6 pair sneakers, then trying to leave without paying.