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NEWBERRY — A Newberry man was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana and depositing waste in an unsanitary manner after Newberry City Police responded to a report of a possible prowler on Feb. 2 in the area of Glenn Street and Adelaide Street.

According to a Newberry City Police Department report, someone called police to report a man lurking behind the Livingston Towing building on the corner of Glenn and Adelaide streets around 7:15 p.m. The man was described as wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a black backpack.

The caller also said that the man, later identified as 28-year-old Gerald Mathis of 415 Glenn St. in Newberry, had gone behind the building empty-handed but emerged carrying a white trashcan. The caller lost sight of the man as he headed down Glenn Street toward Mollohon.

Officers located Mathis when he emerged from the woods on Glenn Street. According to the report, he was empty-handed, appeared nervous and was out of breath.

When officers searched Mathis, they found two small plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. After his arrest, officers found a brown paper bag containing six unmarked round white pills in Mathis’ backpack.

According to the incident report, Mathis contradicted himself several times when asked about the pills, first saying that he got them from a friend for his mother and later saying they were an antibiotic or body cleansing treatment. The pills will be evaluated by SLED to confirm they are not a controlled substance.

Mathis also told officers he was looking around behind Livingston’s Towing when he found a white trash can in a trash pile. He stated he got nervous and threw it into the woods off Glenn Street near the creek, but later stated he could not make it to his house (100 yards from the incident location), so he urinated near the creek, according to the report.

Officers located the trash can about two feet away from the creek.

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