Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

December 31, 2013

Hulbert man arrested for attempted burglary

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Hulbert man Saturday after an attempted burglary at Garden Walk Apartments.

Joseph Eugene Breeden, 24, was booked for attempted burglary and public intoxication. Deputy Kim Novak responded to when Breeden attempted to get into an apartment. When Novak arrived, Breeden was allegedly passed out in a chair on the front porch.

In other matters, Darel Skelton spoke with deputies recently when a car drove up to his house and he later heard noises in the attic. Skelton told deputies someone in the attic then fired several gunshots, so he returned fire into the ceiling. The car later sped off from the area.

Deputies took a report Sunday on a runaway girl who left her guardian’s home when her cell phone was taken away. The girl’s guardian told deputies he took the phone when he learned men had sent the girl nude photos. Deputies later found the girl about six miles from her home, and she told them she has left the home several times because she doesn’t want to follow any rules. Deputies said pills and marijuana were found in the girl’s room.

Deputies took a report last week from Nathan Machalica and his nephew, Jonathan Machalica, who said they were hiding in a ditch doing surveillance on Nathan’s property when they saw a vehicle drive up. Nathan Machalica told deputies unknown suspects had been stealing from his property, so he and his nephew approached the men in the truck. The three claimed they were looking for someone but confronted the Machalicas when Jonathan pointed a pistol and shotgun at them, trying to keep them on the scene until deputies could arrive. The suspects eventually got back into the truck and left the scene, nearly striking Jonathan Machalica, according to deputies. Authorities said Jonathan Machalica fired several shots at the truck trying to flatten its tires. Deputies have received a photo of the truck from a game camera that was set up on the property.

Cynthia Kirkhart told deputies a man used a wooden handle to hit her, and he later threatened her, last week.

Donald Berry filed a trespassing report Saturday when two men entered his property and refused to leave.

Barbara Anderson reported the theft of a chainsaw last week.

Katie Neeley filed a trespassing report last week.

Debbie Glasgow recently spoke with officers about vandalism to her mailbox.

Samuel Roberts filed a burglary report last week and said numerous items, including tools, around 50 fishing poles, two tool boxes, motors and more were stolen.

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