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Burglary, weapons charges top crime news
Man charged with leaving scene of accident
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The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest in a recent burglary and theft case.James W. Stringer, 34, is charged with one count of burglary, theft of property over $500, and theft of property over $1,000. According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Stringer entered a barn at Pea Ridge Road and Dry Creek Road on April 15 with the intent to commit theft.Entry was made through a hole in a fence behind the barn.Items taken included a Honda 4-wheeler, a John Deere radiator, a Briggs and Stratton motor, a cast iron block for a motor, a Gravely tiller, Gravely side cycle mower attachment, a box of assorted radio parts, miscellaneous electrical motors, and five bundles of fence posts.The estimated value of the stolen items comes to $1,175.Stringer has allegedly admitted to taking the items.The detective who filed the charges has since recovered the stolen Honda ATV.Stringer also reportedly entered property at Pea Ridge Road and Dry Creek Road on April 20 and stole a 1986 model 125 Honda 4-wheeler, valued at $500, from behind a shed.Stringer has allegedly admitted to taking the ATV.His bonds total $15,000 and he will be in court on June 9.Leoncio Celaya Ramirez of McMinnville, 29, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.Ray reports that Ramirez was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 56 south on May 13, and that he left the scene on foot.EMS spotted Ramirez about one mile from the scene.Ramirez allegedly admitted to the officer making the arrest that he was the driver of one of the automobiles involved in the collision.His bond is $3,500 and he will be in court on June 2.Meanwhile, Walter D. Crawford, 44, is charged with resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search, as well as unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.His bonds total $27,500 and he will be in court on June 2.According to Ray, two deputies went to Bluhmtown Road to do a welfare check on a fifteen-year-old female on May 5, when the girl told the officers that she was afraid of her uncle, Crawford, with whom she resides.The girl stated that Crawford had sexually assaulted her, that he had guns in the home, and that he was a felon.Crawford admitted to the guns being in the home, but when the officers asked him if he had any felony convictions, Crawford responded that he didn't know.When asked if he had been charged with any sexual offenses, Crawford told deputies that he had not.A check through central dispatch, however, revealed that Crawford was a sex offender.After finding guns in his bedroom, officers placed Crawford under arrest for possession of a weapon by a felon.As they were confiscating the weapons from the bedroom, the deputies saw, in plain view on a dresser, a plastic bag with two packs of rolling papers and marijuana.A pipe was also found on top of the bag.Weapons seized included two pistols, eleven long guns and five shotguns.When the officers tried to place handcuffs on Crawford, he pulled away. Force then had to be used in order to handcuff him.His bond is $3,500 and he will be in court on June 2.