Law Enforcement: March 31, 2011 edition
Madison Police Department
• On March 27 Guiomar Lopez Garcia, 35, Mexico City, was arrested and charged with speeding (107 in a 70 mph zone), reckless driving and fleeing and attempting to elude police after an officer clocked her allegedly driving 107 on Interstate 20. According to reports, Garcia refused to stop when an officer initiated a traffic stop. Once the vehicle was stopped, an officer asked Garcia why she did not stop and she allegedly told officers that in Mexico people did not stop for police.
• On March 16 a burglary complaint was filed at a Micha Way location after a man reported that someone had broken a living room window and entered his apartment. The man reported that five bottles of Nautica cologne were missing. Value of the cologne, the man said, is $500.
• On March 21 a damage to property complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a woman reported that after she finished shopping she noticed that someone had scratched her vehicle on both the passenger side door and the driver’s side door.
• On March 16 a damage to property complaint was filed at a North Main Street location after a man reported that someone had pried open a drink box and removed money.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On March 25 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Godfrey Road location after a man reported that someone had taken a 2001 Honda Rubicon ATV, three chainsaws, one grass trimmer, three containers of fuel and a tool box with assorted tools. The complainant reported that he found a gate open that adjoined his property. A deputy checked the area and found where a metal fence had been cut with wire cutters. He also located ATV tracks leading to a road and a pair of wire cutters in a field.
• On March 25 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Parks Mill Road, Buckhead, location after a woman reported that someone had taken a 2000 Paca cargo trailer from behind a store. Officers reviewed surveillance video and determined that someone took the trailer at midnight on March 24. The trailer is valued at $800.
• On March 24 a battery complaint was filed at a Saffold Road, Buckhead, location after a man reported that he woke up and observed a fight taking place between two juveniles in the house. Reports state that the fight was stopped by a woman in the house and that one of the juveniles retrieved a steak knife during the fight. One of the women in the house reported that the fight began after one of the juveniles woke her up and requested that she make him something to eat. After the meal was served, reports state, another juvenile chastised the first juvenile for waking the woman. At that point, reports state, the fight erupted and spilled down the hallway.
• On March 24 an animal running at large complaint was filed at a Sandy Creek Road location after a 63-year-old man reported that a brown male bulldog type of dog entered his property and chased him back into his residence. The man stated that he retrieved a firearm from his residence for protection because he felt threatened by the animal. Reports state that a deputy attempted to contact the owner of the dog but was unable. He was told by a person at the owner’s residence that the dog had left the property in the past and that the owner was attempting to find more secure methods to contain the dog.
• On March 23 a found property report was filed at a Hayes Street location after a woman reported that during the process of repossessing a 1994 Acura a woman located a small baggie containing a white substance. The vehicle was searched by authorities but no other substance was found. The substance was secured and placed in an evidence bag.
• On March 12 a child custody report was filed at a Shady Side Lane location after a woman alleged that her ex-husband had left her children with a known drug user. Officers located the ex-husband who said he left the children at the man’s house so he could go to town. The children were taken from the house and returned to the mother.
• On March 22 a burglary complaint was filed at a Mallard Ridge Road location after a man reported that someone had entered the residence through a sliding glass door. The man reported that when he entered the house he found items missing and the house in disarray. An Acer laptop computer, a blue translucent piggy bank with $100 in change, a 1987 Morgan County High School class ring, a yellow and black 12 x14 tent, a remote controlled Jeep and packs of noodles were missing. Total value of the items is $1,523.
• On March 21 a battery complaint was filed at a Bethany Road location after a woman reported that while attending a party at the “Sally Patch” a man allegedly jumped from a porch, struck her on the neck and laughed.
The woman said she struck the man with a can of beer and the man retaliated by striking her twice on the left side of the face with his closed fist. The woman’s report was taken from the emergency room at Morgan Memorial Hospital. The woman requested that police prosecute and she said she would attempt to secure restitution for medical expenses from the man.
Printed in the March 31, 2011 edition