July 16, 2009
Madison Police Department
• On July 9 a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male were both arrested and charged with loitering after they led officers on a chase near Madison’s Hill Park. Reports state that an officer observed four males walking near Crawford Street at approximately 2:30 a.m. and when he turned his patrol car around the males fled. Another officer responded and two of the males were found hiding in bushes off South Main Street. Both juveniles denied knowledge of the other juveniles. Both were charged and released to relatives.
• On July 5 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at Morgan County High School after a woman reported that sometime between July 3 and July 5 someone entered the school and ransacked eight to 10 rooms at the school. The offenders also ate two containers of yogurt in one of the classrooms and threw potato chips on the floor. They also sprayed a fire extinguisher in one of the rooms.
• On July 8 Michael Hyman, 47, Madison was arrested and charged with giving false name after an officer responded to another officer’s request for aid in securing a man running. The officer reported that when Hyman was stopped he allegedly told them his name was Michael Revere. When officers ran a criminal check on Michael Hyman they were told that he had several outstanding warrants against him.
• On July 9 an interference with a business complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road bank after a woman reported that someone had dropped a “stink” bomb in the vestibule between the bank’s front door and the lobby area.
• On July 10 Derrick Duane Binion, 43, Madison, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after officers responded to a dispute complaint at a Wellington Street location. Reports state that Binion accused another man of possession Binion’s car keys. The man told officers that he did not, in fact, have possession of Binion’s car keys at which time Binion requested that officers allow him to fight the man. When officers declined Binion allegedly charged the other man and attempted to strike him with his fist. Officers deployed pepper spray against Binion and asked the man for water to wash Binion’s face off before transporting him to jail.
• On July 10 Tracey Lynn Rhodes, 42, Madison, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after officers found her in possession of Brighton brand jewelry inside a Main Street retail store. According to reports the owner of the store had contacted officers on July 6 and told them that a Monroe merchant that carries the Brighton line had called and inquired if the Madison store was missing Brighton items. The owner said that the store had been missing some Brighton items and the Monroe merchant directed the Madison merchant to an EBay web site allegedly selling the stolen items. The Madison merchant was able to identify several items on the web site. Madison officers made contact with the Monroe Police Department on July 6 and were told at that time that they had issued an arrest warrant for Rhodes for allegedly taking items from the Monroe store. Four days later Rhodes came back to the Madison store. While she was in the store the owner observed her take some items. An officer arrived and questioned Rhodes who allegedly turned over two Brighton necklaces. The officer also requested permission from Rhodes to search her car and house. In total, reports state, officers believe more than $2000 in items were taken from the Madison merchant and $150 were taken from the Monroe merchant. Anther $360 worth of jewelry was located that could not be identified by either owner.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On July 11 a violation of a temporary protective order complaint was filed at a Cox Road location after a woman reported that another woman, who she has a temporary protective order against, had called Verizon and had the complainant’s cell phone coverage terminated.
• On July 12 a prowling complaint was filed at a Farrar Lane, Newborn, after a man reported that he heard someone “handling” his window air conditioner. The man said when he investigated he found that someone had taken two porch chairs and placed them under the window. The man said he also heard someone running away and heard a car leave the area.
• On July 10 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Chivers Street and Buckhead Road intersection after a Morgan County Code Enforcement officer reported that someone had removed a camera that was being used for code enforcement efforts. On July 9 the same code enforcement deputy reported that someone had also taken a camera from a Preston Ford Road location.
• On June 10 a domestic dispute complaint was filed at a Franklin Court, Buckhead location after a woman reported that her husband had her papers and refused to return them. The husband reported that the woman had his papers and refused to return them. The woman retrieved papers that apparently belonged to the husband from a neighbor’s yard and the man asked the deputy to take into possession two hunting rifles.
• On July 9 Jeff Paul Moore, 49, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after deputies responded to a dispute complaint at an Athens Highway motel. When they arrived a woman told the deputies that Moore had threatened her with a utility knife over a $17.75 debt. The woman said, reports state, that Moore said he would cut her tires and break her windows. The woman said she owed Moore the money from food stamps she had purchased from Moore. Moore told authorities, reports state, that he had threatened the woman. Reports state that Moore was intoxicated and was having problems standing up at the time of the arrest.
• On July 6 an abandoned vehicle complaint was filed at a Fairplay Road location. While deputies were responding they located a man walking on foot who said his friend had put him on the road. That man was transported to the Walton County line.
Later a deputy reported finding a vehicle that the man described as his friends on the side of the road. Inside the vehicle, reports state, deputies found a quantity of suspected cocaine. The owner of the vehicle was located at the Rutledge Grocery and was allegedly intoxicated, reports state. He told authorities that his friend had driven the vehicle and that the cocaine belonged to the friend. He said he did not know his friend’s name. The vehicle, a blue SUV, was impounded.
• On July 5 a civil dispute report was filed at an Apalachee Road location after a man reported that his estranged wife had allegedly entered his residence and removed photographs, decorations, curtains, cookware, dishes, a large rug, an end table, a lamp, all the toilet paper in the residence and a change jar. He also alleged that the house’s thermostat was set to 86 degrees, that every light in the house was on and that someone had put thumb tacks under the comforter on his bed. He also alleged that during an earlier confrontation the estranged wife had allegedly pointed a pistol at him and dry fired it several times.
• On July 5 a simple assault complaint was filed at a Hayes Street location after a woman reported that a man known to her had hit her and choked her. The woman said that she then went into the kitchen, retrieved a knife and stabbed the man. The man later told police that the couple had been arguing because they had not spent the Fourth of July together and during the argument the woman stabbed the man in the buttock.
• On July 2 a cruelty to children and battery report was filed at an Eatonton Highway location after a woman stated that her mother’s estranged fiancée had struck her. The woman reported that during an argument between the man and woman, the complainant intervened and was intentionally struck by the man. The man said during the argument the complainant allegedly jumped on his back, which he said she knew needed surgery, so the man struck the woman with an elbow.
The complainant’s mother remained combative, reports state. Two more units were called to disperse the crowd and calm the combatants, reports state. Both parties had allegedly been drinking.