Law Enforcement • Jnuary 31, 2013
Madison Police Department
• On Jan. 24 a burglary complaint was filed at a Markhams Drive location after a woman reported that someone had thrown a rock through a window and then opened the window and gained access to the house. The complainant said nothing appeared to be missing.
• On Jan. 26 Thomas Bucknell, 22, Newborn was arrested and charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana and drugs not in original container after he was stopped during a license check on Lion's Club Road. According to reports, an officer stated that he detected the smell of green marijuana in the vehicle. Consequent to a search of the vehicle, reports state, the officer allegedly located a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana and several pills which Bucknell told the officer were hydrocodone. The officer also retrieved a bottle of beer, cold to the touch, from the vehicle.
• On Jan. 19 a counterfeiting complaint was filed at Wal Mart after an employee reported that a customer attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase. The customer told authorities that she had received the bill from an ATM machine. The bill was confiscated.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On Jan. 27 a battery complaint was filed at a Seven Islands Road, Buckhead, location after a woman reported that after she and her husband had a verbal argument the husband informed her that he would drive her to the sheriff's office. According to reports, the woman said the husband drove past the sheriff's office and instead drove her to her mother's house and slowed the vehicle down just enough for her to jump out and walk barefoot to her mother's house. The woman said the husband had taken her cell phone and refused to return the phone. A deputy told the woman that after she had some sleep he would accompany her to her residence to retrieve the phone.
• On Jan. 22 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Fairplay Road location after a woman reported that someone had taken a 1997 Chevy Camaro with orange rally stripes from her driveway. The woman said a person had told her the vehicle had been wrecked in Monroe and was at an impound lot. The woman said she had purchased the vehicle from Craigslist and was still waiting for the title to the vehicle.
• On Jan. 23 a damage to vehicle complaint was filed on Interstate 20 near the 103 mile marker after a man reported that while he was travelling behind a tractor trailer debris from the trailer struck his vehicle. The man followed the tractor trailer to a Madison truck stop and made contact with the driver. The driver refused to wait for law enforcement to arrive but provided the complainant with the name of his employer who then gave the complainant the name of the company's insurance carrier.
• On Jan. 21 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a High Shoals Road, Good Hope, location after a man reported that his ex-girlfriend had come to his residence to remove her personal items but also took his items, too. The complainant alleged that the ex-girlfriend removed two flat screen televisions, a Sony Playstation 3, six Playstation games, a baby bed, pots and pans, a meat slicer, a knife set, three cutting boards, 100 DVDs, two 50 pound dumbells, two 20 pound dumbells, two 15 pound dumbells, two 10 pound dumbells, a crock pot and a 14 foot trampoline with net. Total value of the items is approximately $3,500.
• Jan. 22 a financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at a Crawford Road location after a woman reported that her debit card had been frozen by her financial institution because of possible fraudulent activity. The woman said she learned this when she attempted to use the card to purchase groceries. The woman said two fraudulent purchases were made and a third $216 purchase online for clothing was denied. The woman said she suspects a fast food worker took her card information. The woman said she observed the worker take her card to a drive through area, write down information and then return the card after completing the food transaction.
• On Jan. 22 a financdial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at a Beaver Dam Road location after a woman reported that someone had charged $7.99 to Netflix and $39.99 and $59.99 to Playstation network. The woman said she was unfamilier with either Netflix or the Playstation network.
• On Jan. 22 a warrant was issued for Leon Spencer Binion, 34 for battery and cruelty to children after he allegedly struck a woman in front of children and allegedly struck a child. According to reports, a woman alleged that following an argument at a Buckhead Road residence, Binion allegedly followed her into a kitchen area and struck her on the chin. Officers spoke with Binion who advised he was obtaining an attorney and would not turn himself in to authorities.
Printed in the January 31, 2013 edition