Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

July 11, 2014

Convenience store employees report bogus bills

TAHLEQUAH — Employees at a Cherokee County convenience store say a man attempted to purchase items with counterfeit money this week, and wanted the fake notes back when they wouldn’t allow him to pay with them.

Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the Log Store South to take possession of the bills. While deputies were visiting with employees, the suspect’s mother called and said she was en route to get the bills. When she arrived, she was “very evasive” with deputies, but told them her son was at home. Deputies went to the residence with the mother, but she asked them to stay outside while she went in. She later returned and told deputies her son was not at the house.

Deputies said the fake notes were turned over to the Secret Service.

In other matters, deputies arrested Jason Duane Johnson, 37, of Park Hill, for assault and battery this week. Johnson allegedly struck Sharon Rodgers when he was walking at Garden Walk Apartments.

Mark Britton filed a theft report after a Kubota all-terrain vehicle was taken last week.

Buddy Spradlin filed an assault report Tuesday.

Sue Opp spoke with deputies about a neighbor’s donkey getting into her pasture.

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