Law Enforcement: October 13, 2011
Madison Police Department
• On Oct. 7 a damage to property complaint was filed at the parking lot of Morgan County High School after a woman reported that when she was leaving a football game, she noticed someone had shattered the right, rear door, passenger window of her vehicle. Nothing was reported stolen from the vehicle.
• On Oct. 7 Gregory Cobb, 50, Madison, and Eric Gene Hardwick, 37, Social Circle, were both arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after an officer responded to a fight in progress call on Burney Street. According to reports, the officer arrived and observed both men engaged in a fight. The officer ordered the men to cease fighting and then threatened to use pepper spray to stop the fight. At that point both men stopped fighting. Reports state that most of the individuals at the Burney Street location were intoxicated and that the officer received conflicting accounts of who initiated the fight. A female witness, who reports state was not intoxicated, stated that she was in the backyard of the residence when reports of a fight in progress in the front yard alerted guests in the backyard of the altercation. The woman said several guests ran to the front yard and a male attempted to stop the fight, but was struck in the head and knocked out. A woman who attempted to stop the fight, reports state, was also struck. Both men eventually requested medical treatment and neither man indicated who started the fight. Cobb, reports state, appeared to need stitches for a laceration to the head and Hardwick may have broken a hand.
• On Oct. 3 a terroristic threats complaint was filed at a Bramblewood Road location after a woman reported that her husband, who is currently incarcerated, made threatening phone calls to her regarding her relationship with another man. The woman told authorities that the husband also made threatening Facebook posts. An officer listened to a recorded call where the man allegedly told the complainant that he was “…gonna kill that (expletive) and I’m gonna do the same thing to you that I’m gonna do to that (expletive).” The complainant said that the relationship was over and that her husband was aware of this. The man also allegedly told the woman that he was “…gonna move on but not after he gets his point across.”
• On Oct. 2 Teresa Lynn McCurley, 49, Watkinsville, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after she allegedly took $39 worth of items from an Eatonton Road drug store without paying. According to reports, officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at the store after an employee reportedly observed McCurley enter a restroom at the store. After she left the restroom, reports state, the employee entered the restroom and found several package labels in a trash can. McCurley’s van was stopped by an officer and two cans of nuts, a pair of reading glasses and two cigarette lighters were located in the van and returned to the store.
• On Oct. 4 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Micha Way location after a woman reported that someone shot the front window of her Ford Explorer with a BB gun.
• On Oct. 5 a damage to property complaint was filed at an East Washington Street convenience store after an officer responded to an alarm signal. When the officer arrived, reports state, he observed that one of the store’s windows had been shattered. A rock was lying on the floor inside the store. The officer noted that nothing appeared to be missing because bars behind the window prevented access to the store. Two security cameras were repositioned, apparently to attempt to prevent recording the act, reports state.
• On Oct. 3 Christopher Marvin Walker, 35, Madison, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after he allegedly took a $40 bottle of Knob Hill liquor from an Eatonton Road liquor store without paying for the item. According to reports, officers responded to a complaint of shoplifting at the store. When they arrived they reviewed surveillance tape which allegedly showed Walker taking the bottle and placing it in his shorts. Reports state that he allegedly took the bottle out of his shorts and placed it back on the shelf after being confronted by a store manager.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On Oct. 10 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Parks Mill Road location after a man reported that someone had taken a Primos Truth Cam Deer Camera from an area he hunts. The complainant said he received information that a man known to him had taken the camera. The complainant said he recognized photos from the camera on the man’s Facebook page. The complainant said he located the camera on nearby property that the suspect man hunts. He said he retrieved images of the man from the camera’s memory. He also said that the man removed the suspect images from his Facebook page.
• On Oct. 7 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at the parking lot of Morgan County High School after a woman reported that someone shattered a window of her Honda Civic while she was attending a football game. The woman said her purse was removed from the vehicle but was later found at the intersection of College Avenue and East Avenue with all items in the purse intact. On the same date at the same location, a second woman reported that someone had broken a window of her Toyota Sequoia. The woman said nothing was missing from the vehicle and that the vehicle’s alarm system was activated after the window was shattered.
• On Oct. 8 Isiah Jaques McCommons, 19, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped for allegedly attempting to elude a traffic safety check point. According to reports consequent to the stop and a drug detection dog alerting on the vehicle, an officer located a small amount of suspected marijuana on a floor board in the rear of the vehicle. Reports state that McCommons told the officer the suspected marijuana belonged to him.
• On Oct. 7 Matthew David Burdette, 20, Aiken, S.C., was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. According to reports, Burdette was arrested after a vehicle he was driving on Georgia Highway 83 was stopped at a traffic safety check point. An officer reported detecting a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and later located a small amount of suspected marijuana in a black backpack in the vehicle.
• On Oct. 7 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Pine Tree Circle location after a woman reported that her boyfriend struck her. During the investigation, the woman told the officer that the man attacked her following a verbal altercation. The officer spoke with the man who said that the woman initiated the altercation over a disagreement regarding him dating another woman. Neither was charged and the report was to be sent to the Morgan County Magistrate Court for further action.
• On Oct. 6 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Shadyside Lane, Madison, location after a woman alleged that her boyfriend struck her and took her purse after she refused to make his lunch or give him money. Reports state that the woman alleged the man requested that she make his lunch and give him money for the day and that she refused both requests. The woman said the man then took her purse. The woman said she confronted the man in the gravel driveway of the house and they fought for the purse. The woman said the man pushed her down several times. The woman’s 14-year-old sister also allegedly became involved in the altercation, as did the man’s mother. The man and his mother both left the residence and spoke with deputies at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. The man alleged that the woman and her sister both attacked him in the driveway and that he was attempting to defend himself. In a related report, the woman’s 14-year-old sister reported on Oct. 9 that the man attempted to rape her a day prior to the battery complaint. On Oct. 9 the juvenile and her sister alleged that the man purchased marijuana, smoked it with the juvenile and then raped her on a dirt road. The juvenile told authorities that after the alleged rape, she and the man picked up her sister from work and drove home.
• On Oct. 4 Christopher Robert Parnell, 35, Griffin, was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, windshield violation, possession of open container and driving while license suspended. According to reports, officers were alerted to a suspicious man and vehicle at a Greensboro Highway convenience store. A woman reported that a man with copper hanging from the trunk of the vehicle requested directions to a metal recycling facility. Parnell was observed in Madison in a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and was stopped. Consequent to the stop, it was determined that the vehicle was reported stolen from a Newton County towing service. After Parnell’s arrest he allegedly told officers that several days prior, he borrowed his girlfriend’s vehicle to drive to the store for cigarettes. He said he also obtained methamphetamine and was “driving around” and smoking the methamphetamine when he had a flat tire. He said he left the vehicle then and it was towed. He said, reports state, several days later he was told by the towing company that the tow bill was $130. He said he broke into the impound yard of the towing company, changed the flat tire, pumped air into the tire, cut the locks off the impound yard and drove away.
• On Oct. 8 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Blue Springs Drive, Buckhead, location after a man reported that someone broke the windows and door window to a vacant house. The man said the house’s owner had not been there for several years. A deputy located "Playboy" magazines in the house that had been taken in a previous burglary in the neighborhood.
• On Oct. 8 an entering auto and financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at a Parks Mill Road, Buckhead, location after a woman reported that someone entered her unlocked vehicle and removed her purse. The woman said she learned that her debit card had later been used to make a $23.14 purchase at a Gray Highway convenience store in Eatonton.
• On Oct. 5 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Sandy Creek Road location after a man reported that he suspected someone tampered with both his wife’s vehicle and his company vehicle. The man reported that both vehicles began “knocking” while driven. The man said he suspects a group called the Morgan County Hell Raisers because a relative’s son has allegedly told several people that he would beat up the complainant on sight. The man also said that lately someone had been stopping at his driveway, blowing the horn, racing their motor and then driving away.
Printed in the October 13, 2011 edition