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Traffic stop leads to arrest of fugitive

web posted March 24, 2009
MERRIWETHER – A Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol Sunday afternoon spotted a driver disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of St. Anthony and Miller Streets and initiated a normal traffic stop. After the driver pulled over a check of records found Johnny Jude Gorman, 22, was wanted in Catoosa County, Georgia for a felony forgery charge with extradition.

After the fugitive warrant was confirmed Gorman was taken into custody and booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center and was picked up by Catoosa County authorities on Monday.

Over the past week traffic stops accounted for several other arrests. Johnston Police Officers arrested four individuals in the last week after three traffic violations.

Alexander King, 21, of Kingston, Tennessee, and Aron Padgett, 19, of Johnston, were arrested for possession of marijuana after a consented search found what police believed to be marijuana in the car.

Angelberto Costillo, 25, was arrested after running a stop sign on Aiken Avenue and almost colliding with a Johnston Police cruiser. The officer stopped Costillo and found he had no drivers license and placed him under arrest. According to incident reports, Costillo said he did not see anyone coming so he did not bother to stop at the stop sign.

The vehicle was turned over to the owner and was not impounded by police.

Scott A. Howard, 24, Trenton, was charged with possession of marijuana after being stopped for speeding on a motorcycle on Highway 121 near Sunset Drive and presented the officer with what is believed to be marijuana in a baggie from his pocket.


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