Law Enforcement: January 13, 2011
Madison Police Department
• On January 3 a larceny complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a man reported that someone had taken a U-Haul dolly. Value of the dolly is $2,500.
• On January 7 a counterfeiting complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a woman reported that someone had paid with a counterfeit $10 bill. The woman said that she noticed the bill while checking a cash drawer. The bill was taken as evidence
• On January 9 Graham Louis Levitas, 19, Atlanta was arrested and charged with speeding and possession of marijuana after a vehicle he was driving on Interstate 20 was stopped for speeding. According to reports, consequent to the stop an officer observed several green leafy pieces of suspected marijuana on the center console. Levitas also, reports state, handed an officer a colored glass pipe with suspected burnt marijuana residue in the pipe. The officer also located a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana in the vehicle.
• On January 4 a fraud complaint was filed at a Belmont Street location after a man reported that someone had used his wife’s maiden name and the family’s current address to create a Bank of America checking account. The man said he had recently been getting phone calls from bill collectors regarding bad checks on the account. Officers ran a driver’s license used to create the account and found it to be fraudulent.
• On January 6 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a woman reported that someone had broken the driver’s side rear passenger window and removed a Couch purse and a beach bag containing clothing.
• On January 6 Robert James Higgins, 51, Madison was arrested and charged with drunkenness and disorderly conduct after he allegedly threw a pot of food on the floor at a Green Meadows residence and broke the handle off a refrigerator at the residence.
• On January 5 a simple assault and aggravated assault complaint was filed at a Garnett Street location after a woman reported that after she had sex with a man the man asked her if she was active with any other men. The woman said she replied an affirmative answer and the man threw her to the ground. The man told police that he had attempted to leave the residence at 4 a.m. and the woman threatened him with a knife. The man said he pushed the woman away to protect himself.
• On January 3 a counterfeit complaint was filed at a North Main Street bank after a manager of an Eatonton Road restaurant attempting to make a deposit was alerted to a counterfeit $10 bill included in the deposit. According to reports bank representatives determined that the bill was fake.
• On January 3 a warrant was issued on fraud charges for Holly Marie Butler, 22, Madison after she allegedly wrote five fraudulent checks to a Madison pizza restaurant. According to reports, a manager of the restaurant provided officers with copies of the checks including one written on December 29 for a delivery order to a motel room on Eatonton Road. An officer traveled to the motel room and confronted Butler, reports state and while at the room noticed a pizza box in the room. Butler told officers in a subsequent interview that she had realized the checks were fraudulent and that she was currently on probation for theft charges from when she stole money from an Eatonton Road sandwich establishment. Officers contacted the pizza restaurant and the restaurant agreed not to prosecute if Butler would make the checks and subsequent charges good by December 30. As of January 3, reports state Butler had not produced the $323.48 needed to cover the checks and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.
• On January 7 Robert Lamar Stell, 43, Bishop was arrested and charged with forgery in the first degree and attempt to obtain dangerous drugs after he allegedly presented a forged prescription to a Madison drug store. According to reports, Stell allegedly presented the prescription for 90 Loritabs using his mother’s name as the patient. The pharmacists noticed that the prescription had some irregularities and contacted the doctor’s office who stated that they did not have a patient under the prescription’ name. A Madison police officer contacted Stell when he was attempting to obtain the pills and after a short investigation arrested and charged Stell.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On January 8 a woman reported that her husband had taken her three children to the husband’s father’s house and that one of the children had called and wanted to be returned home. The woman said she feared for her children’s safety because she alleged the husband was intoxicated. A deputy went to the husband’s father’s residence and spoke with the husband and the three children. The deputy reported that the husband stated that he and the complainant had argued and he took the children to his father’s house to avoid further confrontation. The deputy reported that he did not observe any signs of neglect and did not believe the children were in danger. Later another deputy was contacted by Morgan County Dispatch regarding the complainant calling 911 repeatedly. The deputy arrived, reports state, and could hear the complaint screaming into the phone to the extent that the dispatcher disconnected the call. The complainant called again and this time the deputy attempted to calm her down but failed and disconnected the call. She called again, reports state, and was calmer but her speech was slurred and she appeared to be intoxicated. She alleged that her children were in danger and that the husband was drunk and that deputies “didn’t do anything about it.” The woman was told the children were fine and she became irate again, reports state, and the deputy disconnected the call. A few minutes later the woman called 911 again and was told that it was an emergency line and that if she continued to call she would be arrested. The deputy also advised that they would make another welfare check on the children, which he did, and responded again to the woman that the children were not in danger. The woman demanded that the deputy bring the children home. The husband said he did not have a valid license but if the woman wanted to come and get the children she could. The deputy called the woman back to report his findings and the woman, reports state, “seemed to be extremely intoxicated” and demanded that the deputy transport her children to her residence. The woman became irate again so the deputy disconnected the call. At shift change, reports state, the woman called again to speak to another deputy and reports state, she did not recall the conversation she had with the deputy following the second welfare check.
• On January 9 a theft of lost or mislaid property report was filed at a Sunshine Court location after a man reported that he had lost his son’s seizure medication. The man said he needed to file a report because the medication is a narcotic and he needed to have it replaced in case his son suffered a seizure.
• On January 8 a criminal trespass and theft by taking complaint was filed at a Beaver Dam Road location after a woman reported that when she and her husband arrived at an unoccupied house they own they noticed that someone had cut an overhead power line going to the house. They also found a red stocking cap on the ground that does not belong to either the husband or the wife.
• On January 4 a burglary complaint was filed at a Brown’s Lane location after a man reported that someone had entered his residence and removed 46 paintings, hand tools, a large picture frame, an electric air compressor and a generator. The man said he had been instructed by his landlord to vacate the residence and noticed the theft when he returned to collect his personal items. The man estimated the value of the items at $8,500.
• On January 4 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Big Sandy Creek Lane location after a man reported that while he was in the shower he had locked the bathroom door. The man said his wife attempted to enter the bathroom and became irate when she realized it was locked. The man said his wife accused him of cheating on her with other women. The man said his wife also threw a television remote at him and choked him. The wife said she had sent the man a text while he was in the shower and was attempting to see if he had received the text. She also asked him why the door was locked and the man allegedly told her he did not want her in the bathroom. The woman said she tapped the man on the head in a “playful” manor and called him a “nerd.” She also said she grabbed the remote to shut off the television so the couple could talk and made a motion at the man as if she was going to throw the remote but she refrained. She said she also made a choking sign with her hands in an attempt to get the man to quit yelling at her and the man allegedly grabbed the woman’s hands, placed them on his neck and requested that she choke him. The woman said she declined and the man allegedly shoved her to the ground and then walked away and called 911.
• On January 3 a burglary complaint was filed at a Pierce Dairy Road location after a man reported that someone had entered his deer camp and removed a bow, a bow case, a Leopold Range Finder, a Nikon 440 Range Finder and a trail camera. The man said recently an unknown man on a camo four-wheeler had been slowly driving by the camp. The gate to the camp was locked.
• On January 3 a theft by taking complaint was filed at an Oil Mill Road location after a woman reported that someone had entered her property and removed more than $5,000 in items including copper wiring, wedding bands, a Ford catalytic converter, a deer stand and a rifle scope. The man told authorities that his estranged son-in-law had a history of stealing items from the Prospect Road site and then pawning the items. The man said in the past he had located stolen items in pawnshops in Loganville and Monroe.
• On January 3 a theft by taking complaint was filed at an Athens Highway location after a man reported that someone had cut a section of his fence and removed more than 1,000 pounds of angle iron.
Printed in the January 13, 2011