Madison Police Department
• On Dec. 4 Teela Naomi Turpen, 24, Greensboro, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after an officer allegedly found a small bag of suspected marijuana and a pipe in her vehicle. According to reports, Turpen’s Mitsubishi Lancer was stopped on College Drive for a tag light violation. After the stop, reports state, the officer noted a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Turpen allegedly told the officer there was no marijuana in the vehicle. Two officers searched the vehicle and discovered a black leather pouch that contained a small, plastic bag with suspected marijuana. Another black pouch was located that contained a glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue.
• On Nov. 29 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Hancock Street location after a man reported that someone damaged his vehicle. An officer noted that the trunk of the vehicle was damaged.
• On Nov. 28 a harassing communication complaint was filed at a Madison Avenue location after a woman reported that her ex-boyfriend repeatedly texted and called her in a one-hour time span. The woman said the man was allegedly upset over a rumor that she was sending money to her son’s father while the son’s father was in prison.
• On Nov. 27 a burglary complaint was filed at an Overlook Drive location after a woman reported that someone entered her garage and removed a black and red gas-powered mini-bike. The woman said she purchased the Motovox mini-bike from Kmart for $321.
• On Dec. 1 a burglary complaint was filed at a Foster Street location. According to reports, Madison authorities were notified by Greene County authorities that they had a suspect in custody on a number of burglary charges in Greene County. The Greene County authorities said the suspect allegedly confessed to a burglary on Foster Street.
On Oct. 11 Madison authorities received a “suspicious vehicle” call from a homeowner on Foster Street. The homeowner said he confronted a man at the Foster Street location after he noticed his vehicle in the driveway. The man reported that he was looking for a lost dog and quickly left the scene after being confronted. Madison authorities requested that the Foster Street homeowner inventory items. A woman at the house reported that she was missing pearl stone earrings, a diamond tennis bracelet, a diamond cluster ring, a diamond stone heart-shaped pendant with yellow gold necklace, a diamond stone round-shape pendant with yellow gold necklace, a yellow gold butterfly-shaped ring with multiple-colored gem stone, a yellow gold necklace with an SAE fraternity design, a yellow gold locket and a turquoise diamond pendant with matching earrings in yellow gold.
• On Nov. 26 a burglary complaint was filed at a Micha Way location after a man reported that someone kicked down his rear door and took two change jars worth $50.
• On Nov. 29 Antonio Martin Cervantes, 21, Greensboro, was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts and disorderly conduct after he allegedly cursed at a customer at an Eatonton Highway department store and threatened a police officer during his arrest. According to reports, a customer at the store called police after one of four men walking down the aisle at the store confronted him. The man immediately called police and, reports state, the four men then became louder. One of the four men attempted to push the other three men back. Once Cervantes was advised he was being arrested, he allegedly cursed at three police officers. Enroute to the Morgan County Detention Center, Cervantes allegedly told the officer that “this is how cops die, (expletive)” and “I’ll be coming to get you.” The officer also learned that Cervantes is wanted out of Albany, Ga.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On Nov. 24 Pattie McDevitt, 52, Madison, was arrested and charged with obstruction after she allegedly told deputies that Randy Allen Bates, 32, Madison, was not at her Highland Road residence. According to reports, deputies were at the residence to serve an arrest warrant on Bates. According to reports, McDevitt allegedly told the officers that Bates was not at the residence. Deputies located Bates hiding behind a dresser in a bedroom in the residence.
• On Nov. 29 Karen Helen Owen, 41, Rutledge, was arrested and charged with two counts simple battery and disorderly conduct after she allegedly struck a man with her elbows, scratched the man on the face and pushed another woman to the ground. Reports state that deputies were called to a domestic dispute at a Fairplay Street location. The deputy stated when he arrived he observed broken furniture in the living room and a man with blood streaming down his face. The man told authorities that he had given a neighbor $20 to help her out and that Owen was upset regarding the transaction.
Reports state that Owen appeared to be intoxicated and stated that, “The (expletive) stole my money.” The woman who received the $20 told officers that Owen chased her to her apartment demanding repayment of the money. The woman also alleged that Owen forced her way into the woman’s apartment and knocked the woman onto her bed.
• On Dec. 3 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Little Creek Lane location after a man reported that someone had taken a Garmin GPS unit from his vehicle. A woman earlier called authorities and reported a suspicious man at the location. Deputies checked the area but could not locate the man. The GPS unit is valued at $200.
• On Nov. 30 a battery complaint was filed at a Pine Tree Circle residence after deputies arrived at the residence and observed a man knocked out and laying on the floor. According to reports, a woman at the residence told deputies that she and her boyfriend engaged in a fight and that the man had attempted to stop the fight. The woman said her boyfriend then struck the man and knocked him out. Deputies interviewed the man at Morgan Memorial Hospital and the man declined to tell the deputies the man’s name. The man said he did not want to get his friend in trouble and that he would “settle up with him later.”
• On Nov. 30 Lisa Peters, 43, Madison, was arrested and charged with simple battery after she allegedly slapped her boss on the face. According to reports, the man told deputies that he confronted another employee regarding being late for work. The man said he went to his office and when he came back out three employees argued with the man. The man alleged that when two employees were leaving the store, Peters allegedly struck him with her left hand.
• On Nov. 26 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Brown Lane location after a man reported that while he was logging an area off Brown Lane, someone took a 5x10 Hooper utility trailer from the site. The man said a Honda pressure washer was on the trailer when it was stolen.
• On Nov. 28 a battery complaint was filed at a Buckhead Drive location after a woman reported that her daughter struck her during an argument. Reports state that the woman alleged the daughter struck her several times on the arms and slapped her on her face causing her to fall. The daughter told deputies that the mother became upset because she was away from home for the day. The daughter alleged that the mother threw items at her and struck her with a phone.
• On Nov. 27 an animal bite complaint was filed at a Hayes Street location after a woman reported that while she was leaving her residence, a cat ran up to her and bit her on the hand.
Printed in the December 8, 2001 edition.