Police/Fire/EMS - December 17, 2010

Lee County deputy arrests one for pot

LEESBURG -- According to reports, the smell tipped off a Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy to possible marijuana usage, and a resident confirmed it.

When the deputy arrived at a home on the 100 block of Cobblefield Drive the door was answered by Jarmira Cromartie, stated the deputy's report.

"As soon as the door was opened I could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence.," the deputy wrote in his report.

The deputy asked the obvious question, Why does the house smell of marijuana?

Cromartie said, "Cause I been smoking weed."

Apparently Cromartie had two green leafy suspected buds of marijuana left in a plastic bag, the report stated. Cromartie smoked joints and didn't use a pipe or other smoking device.

Cromartie was taken to jail and issued a magistrate summons for possession of marijuana, the report said. The suspected marijuana was dropped into an evidence storage box.

Meantime, Albany police responded to at least 24 incidents Wednesday, according to available police reports. Police responded to incidents including:

-- Cruelty to animals on the 1200 block of Parker Avenue;

-- Theft by taking on the 700 block of of South Westover Boulevard and the 900 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard;

-- Possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18 on the 400 block of Alice Avenue;

-- Motor vehicle theft on the 1700 block of Parker Avenue;

-- Burglary on the 900 block of Rosedale Avenue, the 200 block of Pine Bluff Road, the 1200 block of Crawford Drive and the 2200 block of Arrowwood Drive;

-- Entering auto on the 2600 block of Dawson Road;

-- Vandalism (family violence) on the 1900 block of Dawson Road;

-- Simple assault (family violence) on the 500 block of Cotton Avenue;

-- Assault (family violence) on the 1500 block of East First Avenue.


Emergency medical services responded to 50 calls on Wednesday. There were 42 medical calls, six trauma calls and two other calls. Medical calls included, three chest pains, three respiratory problems, one faint, five diabetic complaints, two mental problems, four miscellaneous pain calls, two stroke symptoms and 22 various medical. Trauma calls included one vehicle crash injury, four falls and one laceration. Other calls are typically standby for other units and patient transport.


Lee County deputies responded to at least two other calls, according to police reports.

Deputies responded to incidents including:

-- A disturbance on the 100 block of Stillwell Circle;

-- A person wanted on an Americus warrant on the 1900 block of Smithville Road.


Albany firefighters responded to 92 calls from Dec. 8 through Wednesday including:

-- Carbon monoxide from a heater, nine electrical shorts, 25 activated alarms, debris in a barrel burning, three medical assists, a tractor-trailer truck overturned, a potted plant on fire, three unauthorized burns, a public service tour, two overheated motors, a chimney fire, two gas leaks, building fire with $20,000 in damage, a building fire with $10,500 in damage, water coming through sidewalk pavement, five vehicle fires, five cardiac arrests, three vehicle crashes, three grass fires, four false alarms, four trash fires, a shed fire, a building fire with $12,000 in damage, oven gas leak, building fire with $180,000 in damage, building fire with $25,000 in damage, two calls about smoke in the building, mobile home fire with $10,000 in damage, call to check on 4-month-old child (child OK), two unattended cooking calls, a diesel fuel spill and a building fire out on arrival.

-- Compiled by Pete Skiba