• On Aug. 18 an attempted burglary complaint was filed at a West Jefferson Street location after a woman reported that when she walked out the back door of the business to get the mail, she noticed pry marks around a back door. The marks appeared to have been made by a screw driver, reports state.
• On Aug. 19 a larceny from building complaint was filed at an Amtico Road location after a woman reported that someone had taken tools from five different employees from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11.
• On Aug. 18 a fraud complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a woman reported that she had been contacted by a Seattle, Wash., man who alleged that someone had used his credit card to purchase three tires from the complainant at $1,452. Reports state that the woman said that a man driving a white Chevrolet dual pick-up truck had purchased the tires and, that at the time of purchase, he had presented identification that matched the name on the credit card.
• On Aug. 18 a simple assault complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road department store after a man reported that while he was working at the store, another man known to him engaged him in a conversation. The complainant said while the two men were talking, the topic of the conversation drifted to a discussion regarding the complainant allegedly initiating a relationship with the man’s girlfriend. The complainant, reports state, protested the allegation, stating “she is my cousin, why would I do that?” At that point in the discussion the man allegedly punched the complainant in the face. The man then attempted to strike the complainant a second time but missed. At this point the man ran from the store.
• On Aug. 16 a theft of utilities complaint was filed at an East Central Avenue location after authorities alleged that a man had turned his water service back on after the City of Madison had shut the water off for lack of payment. According to reports the man did not deny that he had turned the water back on and told the officer that his account was current. The officer cited the man for theft of utilities.
• On Aug. 14 a dog bite complaint was filed at a Penor Street location after a woman reported that her 9-year-old son had been bitten by a pit bull. According to reports, the child told his mother that he had been petting the dog and the dog reached up and bit him on the arm. The child said he fled and the dog attempted to chase him but stopped when its chain prevented the dog from running. The mother said the bite took nine stitches to close at Morgan Memorial Hospital.
• On Aug. 15 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Lions Club Road location after a man reported that someone had taken a 300-gallon fuel tank loaded with approximately 150 gallons of off-road diesel fuel. Reports state that someone used a Hitachi excavator at the site to load the tank onto a truck or trailer. The tank is valued at $570, the fuel at $550, a fuel pump on the tank at $450 and damage to a curb at the site is estimated at $1,000.
• On Aug. 15 a city ordinance violation report was filed at a East Washington Street location after a 13-year-old girl reported that while she was waiting for a school bus, a black and white dog ran towards and chased her and scratched her on the toe of her right foot. The girl said she tripped and fell while running and sprained her ankle. The dog’s owner was found and cited for allowing the dog to run at large.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On Aug. 22 a theft by deception complaint was filed at a Prospect Road, Rutledge, location after a woman reported that she had received a call from AT&T informing her that someone had opened a cell phone account in her name.
• On Aug. 20 a simple battery complaint was filed at a North Main Street convenience store parking lot after a man alleged that his former girlfriend had sprayed himself and his current girlfriend with mace during a confrontation at the intersection of Georgia Highway 24 and Georgia Highway 12. According to reports, the complainant said the former girlfriend had confronted him at his grandmother’s house on Bethany Road and had to be escorted from the property. He also alleged that the former girlfriend left a vehicle at the intersection and sprayed him and a woman with mace. The former girlfriend said she was attempting to get her truck and house key returned at the intersection and, during the confrontation, the new girlfriend threw her to the ground and kicked her several times. She said at that point she did deploy mace and inadvertently sprayed the former boyfriend, as well as the new girlfriend and herself.
• On Aug. 17 a theft by conversion complaint was filed at a Weaver Jones Road, Rutledge, location after a woman reported that she had paid a contractor $3,000 to work on her residence but, after the payment was made, the contractor never returned to the residence to complete the work. The woman said she was unable to make contact with the contractor on several occasions and, when she did, was told by the contractor to “take him to court.”
• On Aug. 19 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Heidi Trail, Buckhead, location after a man reported that someone had taken his Starcraft boat. The man said he observed a boat similar to the stolen boat in a nearby neighborhood. Authorities examined the boat and determined that it was not the stolen boat. The boat is valued at $150.
• On Aug. 18 a disruption of public schools complaint was filed at Morgan County High School after a 15-year-old male student allegedly texted his mother and stated that there was a student at the school with a gun and that shots had been fired. The student’s mother called the school regarding the allegation. The student was confronted regarding the text and initially denied sending a text but later told authorities that “he was just joking with his mother.” The student was arrested and placed in juvenile holding at the Morgan County Detention and was later released to his mother.
• On Aug. 12 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a Centennial Road, Rutledge, location after a man reported that his estranged wife had sent several text messages regarding collecting items that belonged to her. The man alleged that the estranged wife had already collected most of the items that belonged to her and that he no longer wanted her to come to the house.
Printed in the August 25 2011 edition.