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Man arrested for theft twice

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Putnam County man is arrested two separate times for theft and resisting law enforcement by local authorities in less than 72 hours.

Around 8:30 p.m., Friday, William B. Ross, 59, was involved with a verbal dispute with employees of a local grocery store about his alleged shoplifting when off-duty BCPD Reserve Officer Rick Swearingen entered the building.

According to Police Chief Dave Archer, witnesses reported to authorities Ross had allegedly made two prior trips to a vehicle in the parking lot with unpaid items. When store management approached Ross, he ran toward the door where Swearingen tried to stop him.

Ross attempted to pull away and a brief scuffle broke out, but Swearingen was able to take the man into custody.

Investigating officers, who were able to see numerous store items inside Ross' vehicle, impounded the car to process evidence.

Transferred to the Clay County Justice Center, Ross was preliminarily booked on one count each of resisting law enforcement and theft. A $7,000 cash bond was issued in the matter.

However, because the incident took place during the weekend, after 48 hours Ross was released on his own recognizance Sunday because case paperwork had not been filed at the Clay County Courthouse.

Around 8:30 a.m., Monday, Archer said Ross appeared at the BCPD to sign paperwork to get his vehicle released, left the building and was waiting for the vehicle to arrive when the department received a shoplifting report from employees at another local grocery store.

"They said they had just chased the man across the parking lot," Archer said.

Sgt. Dennis Archer was outside the BCPD facility and saw Ross, who matched the description provided by the grocery store employees, walking toward him.

"When Sgt. Archer yelled out to Ross, he ran and Dennis gave pursuit," Archer said.

The police chief ran outside the police department and joined in the brief foot pursuit, which ended near Sherfey St., where the two officers cornered Ross in the alleyway.

"Ross started to walk to me like he was going to talk, but as soon as he got close he started to run again," Archer said. "I caught Ross, put him up against the wall of a building and informed him he was under arrest. Once Ross was in custody, we walked him back to the department."

Archer said there was a brief moment of comedic confusion when Ross was taken back to the Clay County Justice Center and booked on the same charges as he was on Friday.

"They wanted to know why we were bringing him back for the same thing again," Archer said. "It's sad really, all this for a stolen package of pork steak and two disposable razors. He didn't even have a chance to get out of town."

More confusion surrounds Ross' hometown because, according to officials, he has told authorities several different home addresses. Ross is currently incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed) awaiting formal arraignment per the court calendar on both cases.


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Well I would make a comment, but the paper would just delete it. Ooops, guess I just made one.

-- Posted by opininated on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 6:02 PM

The offensive comments were far more than hurting someones feelings that I read, people not involved inthe article in any way were being lied about, thats a lawsuit, not hurt feelings.

-- Posted by Centered on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 7:05 PM

Centered speaketh the truth! Freedom of speech doesn't mean you can slander people by saying things about them that are outright lies. There is a difference in speaking freely and destroying someone's reputation by spouting off untrue statements.

-- Posted by littletad on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 9:44 PM

An arrest in Clay County that hasn't involved drugs!! Call Paul Harvey, there has to be a "rest of the story".

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 10:05 PM

I would say that six of those comments are not really related to this story in any way. Most of you are just being SNITZY about not being able to say what you want, how you want, when you want.

To delete the OFF TOPIC comments leaves only three, and one of those is trying to figure out what all the hubbub is about, the second one is apparently lost and the remaining one is mine! This is a perfect example of why the comment sections get shut off by the people in charge of the website for the paper.

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This REALLY is a no Brainer situation. If you want free speech, do the following:

1 Stay on topic for once

2 Don't write offensive remarks, provide details of a crime, slander someone or just be plain nasty to others

3 Watch your language

4 write an intelligent response on the topic that either enlightens the conversation or points out a factual error (the key to this one is INTELLIGENT RESPONSE) and be ready to prove your point with facts not your own complaints

5 Stop having personal vendettas and seeking vengeance for things that no one cares about except the person complaining the loudest in here

AND FINALLY, my favorite one...

6 Stop the conspiracy theories, you're just showing you are not intelligent enough to come up with an original thought process and you like to follow the sheep along with the other Judas Goats that are in here!

-- Posted by Cy on Tue, Feb 3, 2009, at 2:57 PM

Well, here is my comment. Maybe someone will get offended, so I higly anticipate the paper shutting off the comments section because of me.

What do you think Cy?

I just think it is pathetic how someone can be arrested and not even 48 hours later commit the same crime. I understand that the courthouse cannot be open on weekends, but why can't there be something done to prevent something like this happening? The first time, it was very lucky that officer Swearinger was there and able to apprehend him. And the second time Mr. Ross didn't have his car back or else he probably would've been able to get away. He refuses to give a correct home address and obviously feels himself above the law. I understand that alot of people think theft is petty crime, but we as consumers all suffer because of people like Mr. Ross. It would be nice if there wasn't a 48 hour (deadline?) to get the paperwork turned in. Maybe if it was changed to 72 hours, this wouldn't happen. I am sure there is no way of this happening. But, no matter what, people like him are still going to break the law.

-- Posted by liarsalwaysgetcaught on Wed, Feb 4, 2009, at 7:45 AM

Maybe the man was hungry,he stole FOOD,and yes its a crime,but 7000 dollar bond,thats rediculous.

-- Posted by T-REX on Wed, Feb 4, 2009, at 11:03 AM

liarsalwaysgetcaught ...

I don't think your comment will get ousted, it's a thoughtful, intelligent response. I also agree with you, its disgusting how the legal system has become so convoluted that many times it works for the criminals instead of against them.

You are also right about the possibility of changing the legal system for the better will probably never happen. It angers me that police, prosecutors and judges are bound by rules that make no sense. I'm getting long in the tooth, but I'm seriously thinking about going back to college to learn how to implement change. Something's got to be done before the criminals truly break down the gates and run amok.

-- Posted by Cy on Wed, Feb 4, 2009, at 11:14 AM

THE TRUTH IS THAT THE COURTHOUSE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE OPEN 24/7. WHO DO YOU THINK IS SIGNING ALL OF THOSE "PROBABLE CAUSE APPROVALS", "ARREST WARRANTS" AND "SEARCH WARRANTS"? I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT JUDGE AKERS AND/OR JUDGE TROUT ARE ON CALL EVERY WEEKEND TO SIGN THOSE DOCUMENTS (INCLUDING THE CCSD AT JUDGE TROUT'S HOUSE LAST WEEKEND. IT IS A RARE CASE INDEED WHEN THE POLICE DO NOT GET THE PAPERWORK DONE ON TIME---ALL IN ALL THEY ARE WORKING VERY HARD FOR YOU.

-- Posted by alias on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 3:54 PM

P.S. THIS MANS BOND IS $7000 IN EACH CASE FOR A TOTAL OF $14,000---NO TEN PERCENT ALLOWED PER JUDGE AKERS IN SUPERIOR COURT.

-- Posted by alias on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 4:17 PM


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