By Elaine Rackley
Law enforcement officers in Henry County detained three suspects -- two of them convicted felons -- following a roadblock check. Two were taken to the Henry County Jail, and one to the Clayton County Jail.
The incident began when a woman gave Henry County Police a fake name during a roadblock on the 228 exit ramp of I-75 southbound, in Stockbridge. Her alleged misinformation set off police inquiries that showed she, and one passenger, were convicted felons. Police said one other passenger was wanted for a probation violation, and was taken into custody by Clayton County authorities.
In addition, a gun and suspected illegal drugs, were found in the car, according to police.
Jennifer Lynne Hightower, 31, of Stockbridge, and William Ray Lane,Jr., 31, of Forest Park, are in the Henry County Jail. Daniel Menelio Brown, 40, of McDonough, is in the Clayton County Jail.
Hightower was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly gave police a fake Georgia driver's license, and said her name was Katherine Harris.
Henry County Police Officer Benjamin Taylor said Hightower's license did not appear to be issued by the state, so he had it checked, and learned that the number belonged to another woman, according to a police report.
Hightower gave the officer her real name and allegedly confessed that her license was suspended.
Henry County Officer Marc Rommelman then began a search of the car she was driving. "Officer Rommelman brought to my attention that there was a handgun under the front passenger seat ... The gun was a black, 9mm Sig Sauer model P239, the serial number had been scratched off," the police report showed.
Rommelman also found a tan purse that contained two glass pipes and two baggies that contained a "white crystal-like substance (suspected methamphetamine), and one baggy that was mostly empty, with residue on the inside," according to the police report.
Background checks revealed that Brown was wanted in Clayton County for violation of probation. Lane and Hightower are convicted felons, police said.
According to the warrant for her arrest, Hightower was charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm or knife during commission of, or attempt to commit certain felonies; receipt, possession or transfer of firearm by convicted felon, or felony first offender; criminal use of an article with altered ID mark; and manufacture, sale, distribution of false ID document.
Lane was charged with, receipt, possession or transfer of firearm by a convicted felon or felony first offender; criminal use of an article with altered ID mark, according to his arrest warrant.
Brown was charged with possession of a firearm and criminal use of altered ID mark.
The trio appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court, Thursday, before Judge Robert Godwin. Judge Godwin dismissed all of the charges against Brown, and set Lane's bond at $20,000, and Hightower's at $17,000. They were represented by the Public Defender's Office.