• On August 5 Donna Marie Copeland, 50, Eatonton, was arrested and charged with public intoxication after authorities responded to a lewd act in public complaint at the intersection of Georgia Highway 24 and Cox Road. When they arrived, reports state, they observed that Copeland was “very intoxicated.” An officer advised her that she needed to find transportation away from the area and, reports state, Copeland requested that the officer transport her to a flea market in Eatonton. The officer told Copeland that he could not travel outside city limits. Reports state that after approximately 30 minutes of Copeland not being cooperative or giving the officer a phone number for someone to pick her up she was then arrested and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.
• On August 4 a damage to property complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road motel after a man reported that someone had broken the window of a room. Estimated damage to the window is $150.
On August 5 a dog bite complaint was filed at a Martin Luther King Jr. Drive location after a woman reported that a black male Pit Bull had bitten her in the thigh and hand while she was attempting to fight the dog off. Reports state that the woman told officers she was walking on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and noticed a group of children in a tree.
The children told the woman to beware of a Pit Bull.
The Pit Bull then ran around a house on Terris Drive and attacked another smaller Pit Bull in the yard. The woman said she was distracted by the black Pit Bull and retrieved the smaller dog and placed it in the residence. The woman said the black Pit Bull then rounded the corner again and attacked her. She said the dog approached at a sprint and then jumped toward her torso area.
The woman said she was able to push the dog away but during the confrontation the dog bit her in the thigh. She said as she was bitten she slapped the dog to fight him off and he bit her in the left hand. The woman said the dog then stood at her, growling, but she stood her ground and the dog eventually walked away. The woman then sought medical treatment at Morgan Memorial Hospital. Madison Animal Control was called and the dog was secured and transported to the Morgan County Animal Control facility.
• On August 3 a shoplifting complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road department store after a manager reported that a man took a Hewlett Packard computer and an Xbox game system from the store. Reports state that the man loaded the items into a shopping cart and then exited the store through a fire exit door. Video surveillance captured the theft and captured the man entering a black SUV and leaving the store.
• On August 5 Ricky Terrell, 52, Madison, was arrested and charged with public intoxication after officers were called to an Eatonton Road motel for a noise complaint. According to reports, an officer arrived at the motel and observed a group of nine people standing outside the motel rooms.
`The officer told the group to go back to their rooms for the evening. As people were leaving the area Terrell allegedly began to act as if he was going to fight a man in the crowd. At that point, he was arrested.
• On August 4 a simple assault complaint was filed at a Terris Drive location after a woman reported that another woman came to her house and attempted to engage the complainant in a fight. The complainant told officers that the woman alleged that the complainant had been “talking about her.” The complainant said she had not, and told the woman as much even after the woman allegedly produced a green razor knife and asked the complainant to “come to the street.”
• On August 2 a larceny complaint was filed at an East Avenue location after a man reported that someone had taken his Realight 10-speed mountain bike from his front porch. The bike is valued at $700.
• On July 31 Cortez Anton Paul, 40, Eatonton, was arrested and charged with two counts of shoplifting after officers responded to a complaint at an Eatonton Road department store regarding a female allegedly shoplifting.
When officers arrived the female had left. A vehicle matching the description of the woman was found at Wal-Mart. Officers secured the vehicle and located Paul in the vehicle.
According to reports, Paul had several pairs of pants concealed in his crotch area and there were also several items from another store that no one in the vehicle could produce a receipt for. Paul was then arrested.
• On August 3 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a Monticello Road location after a man reported that someone had entered his vehicle and removed a Taurus .45 caliber handgun. The weapon is valued at $480.
• On August 8 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Fears Road, Rutledge, location after a man reported that after he returned home from church he noticed someone had used a tool in an attempt to gain entry into his house. The man said the front door was damaged but that a dead bolt lock had prevented entry. The complainant said he has had several incidents recently where someone had vandalized his property. Nothing was reported missing, reports state.
• On August 4 a theft by taking complaint was filed at the Fountain of Praise Church, Eatonton Road, after an officer on patrol noticed that two of three air conditioning units at the church had been damaged. According to reports, the radiators and copper tubing from the units had been removed. Estimated damage to the units is $2,400.
• On August 7 Bashun Anthony Carter, 22, Madison, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor obstruction of police officers after he allegedly ran from a residence on East Jefferson Street while officers were attempting to serve a warrant on another male subject.
• On July 30 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Bethany Church Road after a man locked himself inside a house and called 911 to report that he was being beaten. According to reports, officers arrived at 5:06 a.m. and located the complainant. The complainant told the officers that several men had beat him.
One of the other men told officers that a fight had ensued after the complainant told him that he had cheated on him with another man who had AIDS.
The man said he became angry and slapped the complainant. The complainant was given a ride home by a deputy.
Both men had marks on their bodies, reports state.
• On August 6 a burglary complaint was filed at a Chivers Road, Buckhead, location after a woman reported that someone had entered her residence and removed two laptop computers. During a search of the residence the computers were found in a laundry room.
• On August 6 a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Sandy Creek Road location after a woman reported that a man with which she had a brief relationship had begun leaving voice messages and text messages approximately 30 times a day. In the messages, the woman reported, the man uses profanity and calls her disrespectful names. The woman said the messages are getting exponentially more bizarre and that she now fears for her safety.
• On August 3 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Bethany Road location after a woman reported that someone was destroying the grass in her front yard. The woman told the officers this was the second occasion the grass had been damaged. The first occasion was on July 29.
• On August 1 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Little Creek Lane, Rutledge, location after a woman reported that someone had taken a Dell laptop, a Kodak camera and a Blackberry phone from a backpack. The woman estimated the value of the items at $1,290.
• On August 1 a simple assault complaint was filed at a Beaver Dam Road location after a man reported that while he was sitting in his truck waiting for gas another man pulled alongside him and accused him of attempting to run him over several days prior.
The man said the other man then reached inside the complainant’s truck and punched and slapped him several times.
The complainant denied the allegation that he had attempted to run the other man over but said that the two had a history of problems.
• On August 1 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a Prospect Road, Rutledge, location after a woman reported that a man called her the previous night and told her “not to open her mouth, (expletive).”
The woman said the caller may be involved with a problem her neighbor was having.
Printed in the August 11, 2011 edition.