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Mangolia Police makes arrests for burglaries, threatening Facebook post, drug and firearm possession

By J.D. Bailey
This article was published March 13, 2018 at 12:23 p.m.

The Magnolia Police Department has issued statements on multiple recent felony arrests. Two incidents involve alleged commercial and vehicle burglary, another links an 18 year-old student to a purported threatening social media post, and two probationers were taken into custody on drug and firearm charges.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 21, an MPD officer patrolling the Mockingbird Street area observed two subjects walking and approached them. The officer, according to a report, recognized one of the men as Shaquille Johnson, 23, who was wanted for breaking or entering and theft of property from vehicles. The Magnolia man was arrested, while his companion was identified as 24-year-old Angel Johnson of Waldo.

The men were then found to be in possession of stolen property, according to a police statement. While the weather outside was rainy, the property was found to be dry and stolen from vehicles broken into the same night.

Both subjects were arrested on new charges relating to the vehicle break-ins. Angel Johnson was charged with breaking or entering and theft of property under $1,000. He was not issued a bond at his Feb. 22 arraignment.

Shaquille Johnson was arrested on multiple counts of breaking or entering and theft of property under $1,000. His bond was set on Feb. 22 at $25,000.

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Magnolia Police, assisted by Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies, were dispatched early the morning of Feb. 24 to Brookshire’s grocery store on East Main Street for a reported burglary. Once arriving, officers found 29-year-old Terrence Hamilton inside the building, situated between a cooling unit and a wall, according to a police statement.

Hamilton was arrested for commercial burglary and criminal mischief-first degree with a bond of $250,000.

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On March 1, Magnolia Police became aware of a Facebook post containing a direct threat made by one person to another. The suspect and the victim were found to 18 year-old Magnolia Schools students, according to police.

An investigation was conducted into the issue, and the suspect was identified as Semaj D. Harper of Waldo. He was charged with terroristic threatening-first degree with a bond of $10,000.

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On Feb. 18 Magnolia Police assisted local probation officers on a home visit to two probationers. While at the residence, officials conducted a search and discovered drugs and firearms, according to an MPD statement.

Ashley Martin, 31, of Magnolia was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and Richard Martin, 64, of Magnolia was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a certain person.

Both were first appeared on Feb. 20. and are now out on bond.

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