Madison Police Department
• On Sept. 11 a burglary complaint was filed at a West Jefferson Street location after a woman reported that someone had gained entry into a dress shop by throwing a rock through the glass front door. The woman reported that entry was gained and cash was taken from the register. She also reported that she had recently filed a police report after she had noticed pry marks on the side and rear doors of the shop. Nothing else was reported missing.
• On Sept. 10 a stolen property report was filed at an Eatonton Road motel room after a man reported that someone had taken a hearing aid. The man told police that he had been having problems with the hearing aid and took it out before going to a football game. The man said when he returned to the room after the game, he removed a hearing aid and placed it in the same container and noticed that the malfunctioning aid was gone. The man valued the hearing aid at $4,000.
• On Sept. 9 Brandon Lamar Griffith, 25, Madison, was arrested and charged with sale of marijuana and tampering with evidence. According to reports, two Madison police officers responded to a loitering complaint at Canterbury Apartments, Sulgrave Drive, and encountered several males standing near a silver vehicle. When officers arrived, reports state, they observed a plastic bag of suspected marijuana on the ground near the rear of the vehicle. Officers advised four males to place their hands on the vehicle. While speaking with one of the males, a 14-year-old, two older males fled the scene. Griffith was then detained and arrested. Reports state that the 14-year-old’s father arrived at the scene and took custody of the child. A second plastic bag that contained smaller plastic bags of suspected marijuana was then located near where Griffith had been standing, reports state. Other officers were called to the scene in an attempt to locate the two men who had fled but efforts were unsuccessful.
• On Sept. 7 a fraud complaint was filed at an Eatonton Highway sporting goods store after a man reported that an employee at the store had taken $1,527 over a three-week period by creating false returns. A loss prevention manager reported to police that the employee had taken the money by creating false return slips after sales. Officers interviewed the employee who reported that he had taken the money to pay for rent, car insurance, gas and food. The employee’s parents were called and the employee’s step-father agreed to pay the money. After the agreement, the store opted not to press charges but banned the employee from the store.
• On Sept. 6 a burglary complaint was filed at a Whitehall Street location after a woman reported that someone had stolen a white Frigidaire refrigerator from a rental house she owned. Entry to the house was gained after someone stood on a concrete block and crawled through a window. The refrigerator is valued at $635.
• On Sept. 6 a burglary complaint was filed at a Fourth Street location after a woman reported that someone had entered her residence and removed four 500 mg Loritab pills from a prescription bottle.
• On Sept. 6 a fraud complaint was filed at a North Main Street location after a man reported that someone had used his Bank of America credit card account to cash two bank checks for $2,500 each. The man said there was also a $600 processing fee included. The man said the bank had refunded the money but he wanted a report filed.
• On Sept. 1 Carnel Porter, 54, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after an officer stopped Porter after he allegedly nearly struck the officer’s vehicle at the intersection of Maxey Lane and East Washington Street. According to reports, after the officer made the stop, he allegedly observed Porter throw a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana on the ground. The officer retrieved the bag and arrested Porter.
• On Sept. 5 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Fairgrounds Road location after a man reported that someone had cut a computer cable in the attic of the location. An officer observed that the cable appeared to have been cut by a tool.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On Sept. 6 a misdemeanor warrant for obstruction was filed against Randall Otto Moss, 36, Bishop, after he allegedly fled from officers who were attempting to serve a warrant for Moss at a Fairplay Road residence. According to reports, Moss allegedly fled in a vehicle parked at the residence when officers arrived. An officer then was walking near a convenience store near the residence and, reports state, observed Moss again. The officer reported that he gave verbal commands for Moss to stop but Moss allegedly ran towards Ruark Road. The officer was able to retrieve one of Moss’ boots but did not locate Moss.
• On Sept. 6 Deion L. Petty, 35, Rutledge, was arrested and charged with simple battery after he allegedly struck a woman in the mouth. According to reports, a deputy responded to a report of a tree across the roadway on the Interstate 20 overpass on Newborn Road. When the deputy arrived he noticed a silver Pontiac Grand Am and noticed that a female driver of the vehicle had her hands over her face and appeared to be crying. When the deputy spoke with the driver, he observed a swollen lip. Petty told the deputy he accidently struck the woman in the mouth as they were hugging following an argument.
• On Sept. 10 a possession of alcohol by a minor complaint was filed at a Westminster Way location after a man reported that his 15-year-old daughter had arrived home after curfew and had consumed alcohol. The teen told authorities she had consumed two beers during the evening. A breathalyzer test performed showed that the teen was twice the legal limit for alcohol consumption for an adult.
• On Sept. 10 a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at a Mallory Road location after a man reported that, after he had gotten off work at 3 a.m., he noticed a fire on the road to his residence. The man investigated and observed a Chevrolet Suburban totally consumed by fire. The vehicle had been sitting on concrete blocks.
• On Sept. 6 a found property report was filed at an Athens Highway location after a woman reported that someone had thrown a bag containing five cell phones over a fence behind the Morgan County Road Department building. The woman told a deputy that she believed the phones were meant to be found by members of a state prison work crew. The phones were confiscated.
• On Sept. 6 an 11-year-old male student at Morgan County Middle School was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts and carrying weapons within a school safety zone after he allegedly brought a folding knife to school and threatened a student. According to reports, three male students told an officer that the juvenile had displayed the knife during gym class and had threatened to kill one of the students. The three students then informed a faculty member who detained the 11-year-old. The 11-year-old produced the knife while questioned by administrators at the school and said he had brought the knife to school for protection. Both counts will be felonies, according to reports.
• On Sept. 11 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Blue Springs Road, Buckhead, location after a man reported that someone had taken a personalized road sign and post from his residence. The man said the sign read “Copper Head Drive” and was yellow with black writing. The man said at 1:30 a.m. he was watching television and heard a car enter the driveway. The complainant said when he got dressed and walked outside he noticed the sign was missing.
Printed in the September 15, 2011 edition