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Madison Police Department

On August 3 Hunter Lee Hignight, 25, Bargersville, Ind. was arrested and charged with theft by taking and two counts financial card theft. According to reports, a truck driver reported that Hignight was an authorized “ride along” rider when the truck stopped for the night at the travel center. The complainant said prior to arriving in Madison he observed Hignight inject some type of drug into his arm. The complainant said he reported the alleged drug activity to the trucking company. The man said he then went to sleep and when he woke up he noticed his wallet, cell phone and Hignight were gone. Authorities performed a search of motels near the truck stop and discovered that Hignight had attempted to rent a room at Super 8 and had allegedly used the man’s ATM card at a machine in the motel’s lobby. Officer’s also learned that Hignight had allegedly used the complainant’s American Express card to rent two nights at the Quality Inn. Officers arrived and arrested Hignight at the Quality Inn.

On August 11 a forgery complaint was filed at Bank of Madison, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said a black male, 6’1” with a thin build entered the bank and attempted to cash a forged check for $1,851. The check was written on a local business account. When the teller attempted to call the business to verify the check, the suspect attempted to snatch the check back. The teller refused to return the check and the man left the bank. The business was contacted and told the bank that the account information and routing number’s on the check were correct but that the check had already been issued to another vendor.

On August 11 a financial fraud complaint was filed at a Vine Street residence. According to reports, a woman said someone used her debit card to make 13 unauthorized transactions. The transactions totaled $171.21.

On August 11 a criminal trespass report was filed at Commerce Street residence. According to reports, a woman said her boyfriend had placed several of her personal items on the front yard of their shared residence. The woman said she contacted police on Friday evening with the assumption that her belongings would be moved back into the house. The woman said the next morning she drove by the residence again after the boyfriend texted her and told her to come and get her belongings. The woman said when she arrived she noticed that the items had been left out all night in the rain and were damaged. Items include pictures, lamp tables, a dresser and clothes.

On August 10 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Concord Lane residence. According to reports,a woman said someone took her son’s 20” blue and black mongoose mountain bike. The bike is valued at $259. The bike was later found by an officer during an event. The young man riding the bike told and officer he found the bike in a ditch off Burney Street.

On August 8 an entering auto complaint was filed at Hampton Inn,  Eatonton Road. According to reports, a man reported that someone had shattered a window on his Ford F 150 pickup truck. Nothing was reported stolen from the truck, however. A second truck also had its window broken at the Hampton Inn. A glove box was opened but nothing was reported stolen.

On August 8 a information report was filed at an East Avenue residence. According to reports, officers responded to a complaint of two boxer–type dogs roaming near the campus of Morgan County Primary School. When an officer arrived and approached the dogs they ran into a wooded area next door to the primary school. An animal control officer arrived and contacted a family friend who also arrived and secured one of the dogs at the East Avenue residence. The second dog was not located even thought the area around Morgan County Primary School was searched for approximately 1.5 hours.

On August 7 Keith Edward Kirkland, 47, Covington was arrested and charged with financial transaction card fraud and open container. According to reports, a woman contacted police and said that sometime between August 4 and August 5 she had either lost or had her wallet stolen while at Wal Mart or a nursing home. The woman said on August 7 she noticed that someone had used her debit card to make $1,927 in charges in, primarily, Madison businesses.

An officer responded to Hibbett’s sports where an employee remembered and described a man who had made a $300 purchase using the woman’s debit card. An officer also learned that someone had used the card to purchase a fuel pump from O’Reilly’s. When Kirkland arrived to pick up the ordered fuel pump, an officer stopped the truck he was a passenger in and arrested Kirkland. He also had a half empty bottle of vodka in the vehicle, reports allege.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On August 13 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Jackson Street residence. According to reports, a man said that sometime during the night someone damaged his 2014 Chrysler 300. A deputy noted that one rear tire appeared to have been cut and their were scratches on the driver’s side door.

On August 13 a failure to report striking a fixed object complaint was filed at a Dixie Highway location. According to reports, a deputy responded to a damaged Dodge Caravan on facing east in the westbound lane at 8:45 p.m. The deputy noted that both air bags had been deployed after the van had apparently left the roadway. A wrecker was called and the deputy attempted to call and locate the vehicle’s owner but failed. Reports state that charges are pending while authorities search for the driver of the vehicle.

On August 12 an information report was filed at a Arrowhead Circle, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone created and forged two checks using her account information. One check was written to Advance Auto for the amount of $199.17 and the second check for $498.16 was written to Wal Mart.

On August 12 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Rutledge Wings, Atlanta Highway, Rutledge. According to reports, an employee reported that sometime during he previous night someone had taken $120 from the wallet of an employee.

On August 12 an injuring mailbox complaint was filed at a Old Mill Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man said while mowing his grass he noticed that someone had damaged a ditch he shares with a neighbor. The man also said he noticed that a mailbox across the street from the ditch had been knocked down.

On August 11 a damage to utilities complaint was filed at a the corner of Fairplay Streeta and Martha Lane in Rutledge. According to reports, a deputy reported that someone told him a tractor trailer had knocked down a telephone line at the corner of the streets. The deputy located a U.S. Foods truck located behind Yesterday’s Cafe that had allegedly struck the phone line.

On August 11 a medical assist call was filed at a West Dixie Highway, Rutledge residence. According to reports, deputies responded to the residence and were told that a man’s daughter was in the woods with her mother and the mother was attempting to calm the daughter down after she had allegedly taken various drugs. Two deputies responded to the woods behind the house and found a combative 48-year-old woman being aggressive with her mother and other relatives attempting to hold her down. Deputies report at one point in the incident they had to handcuff the daughter and while transporting the daughter out of the woods the woman bit both deputies. The woman was eventually transported to Athens Regional Medical Center and both deputies were treated at Morgan Memorial for minor bite marks and scratches.

On August 9 a burglary complaint was filed at a Centennial Road residence. According to reports, a man working on constructing a house said that sometime in the night someone entered the job site and stole hand–held power tools. The man said he is missing a 4.5” Makita hand grinder, a power drill, batteries and a battery charger.

On August 9 a financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at a Heidi Trail, Buckhead, residence. According to reports, a woman said that another woman invited her to go to the “club” that night. The woman said that since it was her birthday and because she had never been to a club before, she agreed to go. The complainant said, however, that things happened that she cannot remember, including that she had to call a friend to come get her from a Commerce, Ga. motel. The woman also said that several charges were made to her bank card that she doesn’t remember. She also said that the friend that initially invited her to the club was now calling her cell phone and making threats against her.

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