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Hoboes arrested on freight train

Monday, March 18, 2013 4:21 PM
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Six hoboes have been arrested in Grovetown after they were caught hitching a ride on a freight train to Savannah, Ga., police said.

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William Robert Jackson, 26; (top left clockwise) Jayson Arthur Willard, 23; Dennis James Kist, 24; Megan Rose Tuck, 23; Jo Ann Heilberg, 23, and Heather Bermudez, 23.  Special
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William Robert Jackson, 26; (top left clockwise) Jayson Arthur Willard, 23; Dennis James Kist, 24; Megan Rose Tuck, 23; Jo Ann Heilberg, 23, and Heather Bermudez, 23.


Charged with hiding on a train for the purpose of stealing a ride were William Robert Jackson, 26, of Graham, Wash.; Jayson Arthur Willard, 23, of Williamston, Mich.; Dennis James Kist, 24, of Okeana, Ohio; Megan Rose Tuck, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas; Jo Ann Heil­berg, 23, of Florida; and Heather Bermudez, 23, of New Hampshire.

They were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday on $1,100 bond, according to jail records.

All six are listed as homeless in a report from the Grovetown Police Depart­ment.

They had hopped a CSX train in Atlanta with the intention of traveling to Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to the report, and were discovered aboard by a CSX police officer shortly before 5 p.m. Satur­day when the train stopped in Grovetown near the 300 block of Railroad Avenue.

They were turned over to Grovetown police, and four dogs traveling with them were turned over to Columbia County Animal Services.

All four large-breed dogs appeared to be well-taken care of and had up-to-date rabies vaccinations, said Linda Glasscock, the animal ser­vices manager.

The travelers were carrying ample amounts of dog food in their backpacks, she said.

A relative of Willard plans to travel to the shelter to pick up his dog, Glasscock said, and the others will be caged until their owners are released from jail.

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crackertroy
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crackertroy 03/18/13 - 03:54 pm
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Kids need to realize that
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Kids need to realize that they significantly reduce their opportunities in life with the neck and face tattoos.

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 03/18/13 - 04:16 pm
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Ummm am I missing something
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Ummm am I missing something here? They have their faces plastered on the front page like they're wanted criminals. All they did in reality was hitchhike in a fancy car. Who cares? Would 5 people make the front page if they caught a ride in a car? Only in Columbia County would you find a crime like this. Kinda like jay walking. Nobody cares!!!

my.voice
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my.voice 03/18/13 - 04:20 pm
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I hate to see this, these

I hate to see this, these were someone's baby at one point.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/18/13 - 04:56 pm
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Well, besides the "someone's

Well, besides the "someone's baby" thing, I hate to see it because now WE have to house and feed these folks. I know they were caught committing a crime, but it sounds like they were just moving through the area and hitching a ride on the train was their mode of transportation. I know..I know...it doesn't make it right.
Think of it this way....what would Sheriff Andy Taylor do?? He'd just send them on their way, WITH their dogs!
I just hope and pray these girls don't get pregnant on one of these adventures.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/18/13 - 06:33 pm
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JMO, I like your comment.

JMO, I like your comment. They made it ALL the way to grovetown and they were ALMOST there. I wish they could of made it and were able to experience st paddys day. If they would have made it to Savannah, would society be worse off? Is the world a safer place because they were arrested? According to the law, yes to both questions. But that's a hard sell to me. My guess is, just another cop trying to pad his performance evaluation.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/18/13 - 06:39 pm
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Hoping freights is risky! I

Hoping freights is risky! I bet if one of them had been hurt there would be 10 lawyers seeking to sue!

scorehouse
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scorehouse 03/18/13 - 09:14 pm
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deputy dawg at his finest
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let them go!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/18/13 - 09:28 pm
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carcraft has it right on why

carcraft has it right on why they don't allow train rides; but like the others, I would send them on to be someone else's thorn in the side. We've detained them and when they finally get cut loose will probably set up shop here. They can hop the next freight back to Atlanta as far as I'm concerned if this is the lifestyle they choose.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 03/18/13 - 09:27 pm
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Just hitching a ride...

So, some laws aren't worth enforcing? It's ILLEGAL to "hitch a ride" on a train. Someone is paying good money to move their goods, why should someone be allowed to "hitch a ride?" Say you were out of town and they decided to break into your house to get something to eat, shower/bathe, and maybe sleep in your bed? No harm, no foul, right? And just like carcraft said, if one got hurt or killed, lawyers would come out of the woodwork. If they wanted to get to Savannah, they could have paid for a bus trip. They gambled and they lost.

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 03/18/13 - 10:00 pm
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Fatboy, I wasn't saying what
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Fatboy,
I wasn't saying what they did was right, or even condoning it. My comment was simply that the AC usually reserves the pictures of people that are WANTED. Not 5 people hitchiking that are already in jail. The charge for hopping on a train is Criminal Trespass. A misdemeanor. I am sure out fine deputies locked up some felons in the last couple of days who's faces could have made the front page. That's all I meant.
How would you like it if you drove to the store real quick and forgot your wallet and got pulled over for something and the deputy took u to jail for not having ID on you? That's a misdemeanor. Then you woke up the next day and saw your picture on the front page. The charge doesnt warrant the publicity, that's all.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/19/13 - 04:11 am
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Go to sleep you weary

Go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Can't you hear the steel rails hummin'
That's the hobo's lullaby

I know your clothes are torn and ragged
And your hair is turning gray
Lift your head and smile at trouble
You'll find peace and rest someday

Now don't you worry 'bout tomorrow
Let tomorrow come and go
Tonight you're in a nice warm boxcar
Safe from all that wind and snow

I know the police cause you trouble
They cause trouble everywhere
But when you die and go to Heaven
You'll find no policemen there

So go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Listen to the steel rails hummin'
That's a hobo's lullaby

Jane18
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Jane18 03/19/13 - 05:22 am
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Transients, Hoboes, Bums, and Now, Lawbreakers

Six twenty-somethings....what I would like to know is, how did six young people from different states end up together? I guess their parents and families are sooooooooo proud.............I don't believe dogs are allowed on River St. in Savannah, especially with so many people down there.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/19/13 - 05:41 am
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wow.. six people hop a ride
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wow.. six people hop a ride on a train. Big deal. Shouldn't make the top story

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 05:57 am
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Twenty somethings who are

Twenty somethings who are homeless are homeless by choice.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/19/13 - 06:08 am
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How did you conclude that
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How did you conclude that based on the news article, KSL?
But I'm sure your conclusion makes you feel better.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 06:14 am
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I was trained in social

I was trained in social work., pal. Were you?

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 06:17 am
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If they have not made bad

If they have not made bad choices, then I hold their parents responsible.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 06:24 am
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And no, my conclusions do not

And no, my conclusions do not make me feel better, nor does your comment. Your comment makes me fear for our future as a country.

Do you plan to go and help these hapless vagrants or are you just the typical lib who thinks the taxpayers need to pick up the ticket, pun intended?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/19/13 - 07:36 am
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The fact is, KSL, taxpayers
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The fact is, KSL, taxpayers are picking up the tab... Columbia county taxpayers right now. My observation was that you certainly jumped to conclusions based on no evidence whatsoever. No respectable social work program would have trained you in that uncanny skill.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 03/19/13 - 07:51 am
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Good to know

... the Grovetown cops have so little to do they can also double up as railroad bulls! Every meeting of the town council they pass another tax, surcharge, levy, assessment, fee, use tax, license fee, and we're to believe it's for public safety.

Apparently, there is no crime and all the assault BB gun owners have been rounded up, so there is nothing for them to do. Time for some layoffs, methinks!

jrbfromga
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jrbfromga 03/19/13 - 08:06 am
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hoping freights?
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I hoped on freights many times as they passed by. I even jumped on them for a joy ride on Sixth Street. Hoping is one thing, carcraft, hopping freights is even riskier. At my old age, I hope that I could hop freights. Learn to spell. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 03/19/13 - 08:03 am
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^ I read that the CSX
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^ I read that the CSX Officers were the ones who turned over the homeless ones to the Grovetown PD.

jrbfromga
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jrbfromga 03/19/13 - 08:09 am
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It is obvious that you are dealing with meth
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these kids are meth addicts, except for maybe Heather who may have some hope at redemption. Just from the pictures, the rest are too far gone. Sorry for their parents, but they must not have been there when needed.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 08:31 am
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Ok , pal

You just condemned the State of GA DEFACS. They are they are responsible for my training.

I will add that I was picked to be one of 8 for a GA regional training program for future social workers put on during the summer before I graduated from college.

By the way, we were trained by a person picked by the state of ga who had a masters in social work and did nothing else but train us.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/13 - 08:34 am
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So pal

I guess you have an issue with the State of GA.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 03/19/13 - 08:38 am
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Hobos

Well, judging by their appearance, I'm sure they smell alot better now that they are in jail.

Darby
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Darby 03/19/13 - 09:37 am
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I always wanted to try that.

Too late in my life now. My wife would kill me and you could read about my murder on these pages.

I guess that ship has sailed. (Freight trains and sailing ships??) Is that some kind of mixed metaphor?? Oh well....

QwertytrewQ
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QwertytrewQ 03/19/13 - 09:46 am
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Lame
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Have you guys ever heard of not seeing your comments; only when you are logged in under your name will you see them?

Really AC?!

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Barry Paschal 03/19/13 - 09:51 am
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CSX police made the arrest

dstewartsr: CSX police made the arrests, and turned the six over to the Grovetown police. That's in the story. Also, we're not aware of any additional "tax, surcharge, levy, assessment, fee, use tax, license fee" from Grovetown City Council. Do you have a source?

dwb619
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dwb619 03/19/13 - 11:26 am
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glaring absence

I noticed that nowhere in the article was anything said about drugs or weapons. I did notice that the dogs had ample food, rabies shots, and were well taken care of. Appears that the "hobos' had their priorities right in regard to the animals.

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