BLOTTER February 26, 2009
Madison Police Department
• On February 20 a larceny from an auto complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a man reported that someone had entered a red Saturn that he was offering for sale and removed a stereo, speakers and several hand tools. Estimated value of the items is $700.
• On February 20 an harassing communication complaint was filed at a Highland Avenue location after a woman reported that a woman known to her had called and left a voice message regarding an allegation that the complainant was sleeping with the complainant’s uncle, who reports state, is allegedly involved in a relationship with the caller. The uncle’s vehicle is currently parked at the complainant’s residence because the uncle is currently incarcerated, reports state.
• On February 17 Catherine N. White, 20, Madison, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after she allegedly changed the price of a pair of boots from $32 to 48 cents. Reports state that White was an employee of a department store and worked in the shoe department. She was questioned after she made the purchase by store officials.
• On February 19 a theft of personal property complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a woman reported that someone had entered the location and removed her M&M jacket that contained her car keys, house keys and a cell phone valued at $485.
• On February 18 Marty Terrell Wyatt, 36, Madison, was arrested and charged with obstructing police, simple assault and hindering a 911 call after he allegedly pushed a woman against a wall at a Madison Avenue location and then destroyed a phone when the woman was attempting to make a 911 call. Reports state that when officers arrived Wyatt initially told them to “take me to jail, I’m ready to go.” However, reports state when officers attempted to take Wyatt to jail he allegedly struggled.
• On February 18 a counterfeiting money complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road grocery store after a man reported that someone had passed a counterfeit $10 bill at the store.
• On February 18 Kendrick Lewis Simmons, 18, Madison, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after he allegedly took a Nintendo DS charger valued at $12 into the men’s clothing section of an Eatonton Road department store, opened the container an attempted to conceal the charger on his person. Reports state that Simmons was confronted by a store employee and did not have the means to pay for the item.
• On February 18 a simple assault complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road gas station after a woman reported that while she was fueling her vehicle, two other women known to her engaged the complainant first in rude stares and later in physical combat. The two women reported that the fight between them and the complainant was “mutual.”
• On February 17 a larceny bicycle complaint was filed at a Penor Street location after a woman reported that someone had removed a 20’ Next bicycle that was under a tarp from the Penor Street location.
• On February 17 Terra Lynn Lynch, 20, Good Hope, and Crystal L. Treff, 17, Madison were arrested and charged with shoplifting after they allegedly took three cans of shaving cream, two packs of razors, one bottle of body wash, two mascara items, two eyeliner items and one home pregnancy test without paying for the items. Estimated value of the items removed from an Eatonton Road department store is $67.89.
• On February 20 a theft by taking warrant was issued for Shanequia Latress Williams, 32, Madison after she allegedly took more than $9,000 from a convenience store in which she was employed as a cashier. According to reports Williams is accused of voiding transactions during her shift and then taking the money that was not processed through the cash register. The alleged theft began in October 2008 and ended in January 2009.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On February 2 Rodney Dean Jenkins, 43, Buckhead, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident in regards to a report filed January 30. According to reports, a deputy had observed a white F-150 pickup truck with extensive damage to the front right side and a Chevrolet Cavalier with damage to the left rear side at the intersection of Bethany Road near Seven Islands Road. There was not a driver with either vehicle. Reports state there were several unopened cans of Bud Light beer in the driver’s compartment of the truck and several open containers around the outside of the vehicle. Both vehicles were towed and impounded at the time. A supplemental report to the January 30 report states that a deputy spoke to Jenkins on February 2 and Jenkins allegedly told him while driving the F-150, which was registered to a construction company, he thought he had “blown a tire so he went to a friend’s house to call a tow truck.” The deputy reminded Jenkins, reports state that Jenkins had spoken to another deputy on the night of the accident and that during that conversation Jenkins had said that his wife was driving the truck and that she had a flat tire According to reports, Jenkins said he did not remember the conversation and said that he had been driving the truck. The person who owned the Chevy said he had run out of gas and pulled the vehicle to the side of the road and when he returned to put gas in the vehicle he noticed his car was gone. He also said he had been contacted by the wrecker service that towed the vehicle and was told that the owner of the F-150 was there and was offering to pay for the damages to the Chevy. The owner of the Chevy said the man at the wrecker service identified himself as Jenkins and said that he had swerved to avoid hitting a cow and struck the Chevy.
• On February 21 an information report was filed at an Apalachee River Road location after a woman reported that while she and her husband had attended a New Year’s Eve party the woman had not consumed alcohol but her husband had. The woman said as the couple was leaving to go home the man refused to allow the woman to drive and while on the way home the man drove through a ditch and struck a bar wire fence. The woman said the man then told the complainant to get behind the wheel and tell police that she had struck a deer. When officers arrived, the woman said she told them the deer story. After officers left the scene the man allegedly forced the woman to drive the car home but the vehicle ran out of oil and quit running. The man then allegedly had someone to tow the car to the residence. The vehicle is currently sitting on concrete blocks and is not operable, the woman said.
• On February 21 a battery complaint was filed at a Lower Apalachee Road location after a woman reported that when she arrived home for the evening a man known to her, who had allegedly been drinking, became very angry and violent. The man allegedly yelled at the woman, grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the ground.
• On February 20 a battery complaint was filed at a Fairplay Road, Bostwick location after a woman reported that she had gone to a relative’s house and entered the bedroom of her brother and asked that the brother make room in the bed so she could sleep. She said the brother refused so she laid down in another bed at which point, reports state, the brother became enraged and allegedly pulled the woman’s hair and struck her in the face until she was unconscious. The woman said when she came around the man struck her two more times in the face. The brother, apparently a juvenile, was arrested and transported to Sandersville Youth Detention Center.
• On February 19 a recovered stolen property complaint was filed at the Shockley Road Cemetery after deputies responded to a report of an abandoned 2000 Nissan at the cemetery. Deputies investigated and determined the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Jacksonville, Florida. According to reports deputies located a loaded revolver, numerous rounds of ammo, a steel spike and a plastic bag containing soda cans and chips.
• On February 18 a simple assault complaint was filed at a Williams Street, Rutledge location after a woman reported that when she came home she was confronted by her husband regarding an extramarital affair. The complainant said when she confessed to the affair and requested a divorce; her husband allegedly struck her on the side of the face. The complainant also said the husband kept marijuana in the house and requested that deputies remove two pipes, a small brown box and two small baggies containing suspected marijuana. A shotgun and a rife were also removed.
• On February 16 an animal cruelty complaint was filed at a Lanius Road, Good Hope location after a woman reported that someone had poisoned her 7-year-old and 9-month-old black Labs. The woman said the older dog became violently ill in November after it ate a rabbit.
The younger dog became ill in January after it ate chicken. The woman said she and other neighbors had been receiving anonymous letters complaining about animals and that she had noticed a white female driving by her house in the evening.
• On February 16 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Greensboro Highway location after a man reported that someone had taken two carburetors from his residence. The complainant said he had been contacted by another man who told him he had heard that a carburetor he had recently purchased from a man might have been stolen. While a deputy was at the scene the man returned the carburetor and the complainant identified it as one of the stolen items. The man who had sold the carburetor arrived with another stolen carburetor and the $50 he had received as payment for the carburetor. He told deputies he had purchased the carburetor from another man but could not remember the man’s name. After two interviews, investigator decided to begin the process of taking warrants for the man who sold the carburetors.
• On February 14 a burglary complaint was filed at a Hightower Road location after a man reported that 15 sheets of plywood had been stolen from a utility shed.
• On February 14 a dog bite complaint was filed at a Cedar Grove Road, Buckhead location after a man reported that his 16-year-old German Shepherd had bit him while the complainant was attempting to break up a dog fight. The dog was not current on shots and the man was told to place the dog in an isolated area until Morgan County Animal Control could contact the man. The man had a small puncture wound in his right hand.
• On February 13 a terrorist threats complaint was filed at a Turner Road location after a man said he went to a rental property he owned to collect rent and that a man at the location allegedly pulled a gun on the complainant during an argument regarding a dog house. The man said the gun accidentally slipped from the waistband of his pants during the argument and fell to the ground.
• On February 13 Frederick Antonio Ruff, 47, Buckhead was arrested and charged with obstructing or hindering law officers after he allegedly gave a deputy false information on two occasions. Ruff was initially stopped by a deputy for having an out-of-date drive-out tag on his vehicle.
• On February 13 Alex Word Comfort, 27, Stone Mountain was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding after a deputy allegedly clocked Comfort driving 90 mph on Interstate 20.
Following the stop reports state, Comfort argued with a passenger in the vehicle because the passenger was having trouble locating Comfort’s insurance card. Comfort told the officer the passenger was having trouble finding the insurance card and said “I had three drinks but I’m not as drunk as (the passenger) is.”
Comfort was later tested on an alcoh-sensor and allegedly failed the test.
Printed in the February 26, 2009 edition.