Law Enforcement • January 5, 2012
Madison Police Department
• On Dec. 29 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Ramada Lane location after a woman reported that during an argument a woman had thrown a glass at another woman and missed. The glass, however, did strike a window of a motel room and shattered the window. Reports state that the fight started over a text message on one of the woman’s phone. The woman who hurled the glass had left the motel room before officers arrived.
• On Dec. 27 a harassing communication report was filed at a Micha Way location after a man reported that he received 10 threatening text messages from his brother.
• On Dec. 25 a larceny complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road convenience store after a man reported that after he purchased items from the store, he could not remember placing his wallet back in his pocket. The man said the wallet is now missing and contained debit cards and identification cards, $2 cash and a $100 check.
• On Dec. 26 a larceny complaint was filed at an Atlanta Highway location after a man reported that someone took a Kobalt air compressor, two Duralast tool sets and a basket with a variety of tools.
• On Dec. 15 a fraud complaint was filed at a Hancock Street location after a woman reported that someone was making deposits to her bank account and then withdrawing the amounts. According to reports, deposits of $423.98, $479.50 and $488.32 were made and corresponding withdrawls of the same amounts were made two days later.
• On Dec. 19 a shoplifting complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road department store after a man reported that two black males had taken two iPads and fled the store. Reports state that the men requested to see the devices and, when the display case was opened, they each grabbed one and fled. They left the store in a purple Chrysler Sebring with a drive-out tag.
Morgan County Sheriff's Office
• On Dec. 30 an entering auto complaint was filed at a Mergendollar Road location after a man reported that he heard a noise and found someone in his vehicle. The man said he approached the man in his vehicle and the man fled. The complainant said he gave chase. The suspect ran across a field, entered a dark SUV and left the scene.
• On Dec. 31 Sidney Travis Swann, 24, was arrested and charged with speeding, driving while license suspended and tampering with evidence. According to reports, Swann was stopped for allegedly driving 93 miles per hour in a 70-mile-per-hour zone on Interstate 20. Following the stop, reports state, an officer observed suspected marijuana flakes on the floorboard of Swann’s vehicle and noticed suspected marijuana in his mouth. The officer also seized more than $4,500 in cash from Swann’s person and from the glove box of the rented vehicle.
• On Dec. 31 a burglary complaint was filed at a Fawn Field Drive location after a man reported that someone entered his garage and removed three extension cords, a leaf blower, five gallons of gas, a Ryobi cordless drill, a Skill saw and a Craftsman rachet set.
• On Dec. 23 a theft of lost or mislaid property report was filed at an Aqua Road location after a woman reported that she lost a gold loop earrings, a Waterfall Cluster Diamond Ring and a diamond Marquis wedding band. The woman said she placed the items in a green, hard cigarette case and walked to a neighbor’s house with the items. The woman said while at the neighbor’s house she laid down on the couch to watch television and stuck the cigarette case between the couch’s cushions. The woman said she felt the items were secure in the cushions so she left them there when she got up and walked home. However, she said, the next day when she came to the house to retrieve the cigarette case with jewelry, the case was missing. The neighbor said he had not seen the case and both persons lifted the couch upside down to attempt to locate the case. The jewelry is estimated to be worth $4,200.
• On Jan. 1 a burglary complaint was filed at a Greensboro Road location after a man reported that someone entered his house and removed two beers from a cooler. The man said one beer can was discovered on the floor of his bedroom. The offender also left behind a blue jacket and brown hat.
• On Dec. 22 an entering auto complaint was filed at a Weaver Jones Road, Rutledge, location after a man reported that someone removed a 30-30 rifle from his trunk.
• On Dec. 30 a dog bite complaint was filed at an Athens Highway location after a woman reported that her daughter had been bitten by dog. Reports state that the woman said the girl was riding her bike when a neighbor’s dog ran up and bit her.
• On Dec. 31 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Newborn Road, Rutledge, location after a man reported that someone disassembled an air conditioning unit and removed copper tubing, a deep fryer and freezer from the location.
• On Dec. 30 Richard Lowell Messer, 42, Rutledge, and Richard Dylan Messser,18, Rutledge, were both arrested and charged with obstruction after they allegedly told officers that Steven Payne Messer, 26, was not in a residence. Reports state that while deputies were attempting to serve arrest warrants on Steven Messer, both Richard and Richard Dylan Messer told the deputies that Steven was not in the Nunnally Street residence. Deputies located Steven in a bedroom of the residence and he was arrested on probation violation warrants.
Printed in the January 5, 2012 edition.