Law Enforcement: February 17, 2011
Madison Police Department
• On February 9 a canine running at large report was filed at a Micha Way location after a man reported that a neighbor’s bulldog had killed his cat.
According to reports the man said he observed the dog chasing his cat and a neighbor’s cat into the woods.
The man said his cat climbed a tree to escape the dog but the dog jumped into the tree and caught the cat and killed it.
The man said he attempted to separate the dog from the cat by striking him several times with a 40-ounce bottle.
The man said the dog finally released the cat after he struck the dog twice with brick.
The man said the dog never acted aggressively toward him.
The dog’s owner told police that she was attempting to attach a chain on the dog when it escaped.
• On February 9 Clarence Joseph Brown, 46, Sandy Springs, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly struck a man in the head during an argument at Micha Way.
According to reports, officers arrived at the location and discovered that Arthur Binion, no age, no address, had injures on his face and had a swollen eye.
Brown alleged that Binion had become intoxicated and had attempted to destroy the contents of an apartment and refused to return shoes that Brown had let Binion borrow. Brown told officers that Binion had fallen and struck his head.
Officers observed that one of Brown’s hands was swollen. Binion was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
• On February 9 Marcus Ladell Hall, 34, Madison was arrested and charged with simple assault/simple battery after he allegedly pushed a woman down during an argument at a Micha Way location. Also arrested in the altercation and charged with simple battery was Nedra Morgan, no age, no address given.
• February 5 a larceny from building complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a man reported that while he was going to the bathroom he placed his wallet on the top of the toilet.
The man said he left the restroom and did not take his wallet. He told officers when he remembered he left his wallet he returned to the bathroom and the wallet was gone.
The man said the wallet contained $135 cash, credit cards and other items.
• On February 7 a larceny from an auto complaint was filed at a Carriage Lane location after a woman reported that she heard a loud noise and observed a man breaking the window of a vehicle parked in the parking lot.
The woman reported that she then observed the man remove a pink and white purse.
The vehicle’s owner was contacted and the owner reported that the purse was a Coach purse valued at $150. Entry to the vehicle had been gained by shattering a window with a rock.
• On February 8 Robert James Higgins, 51, Madison, was arrested and charged with shoplifting (third offense), disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana after he allegedly took a pack of noodles from an Eatonton Road department store without paying. According to reports, Higgins was located by officers standing in front of a liquor store holding the pack of noodles.
When officers requested a receipt for the noodles he threw the noodles at an officer.
At this point Higgins was arrested and consequent to the arrest officers allegedly located a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana in his pocket.
During processing at the Morgan County Detention Center, reports state, Higgins made disparaging remarks regarding one of the officer’s mother and refused to give officers his name.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On February 14 a 16-year-old male was arrested at Morgan County High School and charged with carrying weapons within a school safety zone after a school administrator located a folding knife in the student’s book bag.
According to reports the knife had an approximately three-inch blade.
The student was arrested at the school and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.
• On February 10 a stolen identity complaint was filed at a Monticello Road location after a man reported that he had received an Internal Revenue Service notice regarding withholding his tax return for review. The complainant said he had not been employed or filed a tax return for the last five years.
The complaint said the IRS told him someone was using his information to attempt to file a tax return.
• On February 9 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Davis Academy Road, Rutledge location after a woman reported that someone had removed a well pump from a well house.
• On February 8 a missing dog report was filed at a Mallard Ridge Road location after a man reported that his two-year-old Rottweiler was missing.
The man said the dog was last seen in a pen located in the backyard of his residence.
• On February 11 a criminal interference with government property complain was filed at a Buckhead Road, Buckhead location after deputies were called regarding a trailer stinking and damaging a pole and fence at a county trash dump.
According to reports, a witness reported that a man in a gray Chevrolet truck pulling a black trailer struck the fence.
The witness followed the trailer and observed that the man stopped the truck and trailer to inspect a tire that was smoking because a rear fender on the trailer had been bent.
Video footage showed the man and officers were able to use the truck’s license information to locate the residence. Officers located the trailer at the residence but have not made contact with the driver.
• On February 9 a theft by conversion complaint was filed at a Greensboro Road location after a woman reported that a woman known to her had taken a car from her yard and sold it for junk.
The complaint said the woman did not have permission to take the car.
The woman told authorities she had cleared the removal of the vehicle with the complainant’s mother. The woman said the mother was paid $300 for the car and that the mother then loaned the woman $250 to help her pay utility bills.
The complainant said she still owed a finance company $2800 for the car. The car was crushed and is non-recoverable, reports state.
• On February 11 a financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at a Highway 278 location after a man reported that someone had used his wife’s American Express card information to make a $3,037.74 change to a German airline.
• On February 11 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Head Road, Bostwick location after a man reported that someone had taken a 16-foot flatbed trailer valued at $1,000 from his chicken house.
• On February 11 a fraudulent attempt to obtain refunds report was filed at Pinetree Circle location after a woman reported that the IRS had informed her that someone in Pennsylvania had attempted to use her Social Security number.
Printed in the February 17, 2011 edition