POLICE BLOTTER: April 9, 2009
Madison Police Department
• On April 4 a threat to injure a person complaint was filed at a North Main Street location after two female juveniles reported that after they left a North Main Street convenience store, several women in a blue Ford Focus pulled aside the two girls and threatened to beat them. The girls reported the alleged threats and identified the women making the threats.
• On April 3 an aggravated assault, criminal trespass and simple assault complaint was filed at a North Main Street location after officers responded to a complaint of a woman brandishing a knife. When officers arrived they located a man who allegedly had been threatened by the woman but the man initially refused to speak with police. The suspect woman then arrived at the location and reported that the man had thrown a rock at the windshield of her vehicle. There was damage to her windshield, reports state. The man reported that the woman had scratched his vehicle. Neither the man nor the woman cooperated with authorities and no charges were filed.
• On April 2 Antonio Jamaal Benford, 22, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after an officer responded to a 911 hang up at a Green Meadows Drive location. When the officer arrived he observed three men in a vehicle and noticed the smell of suspected marijuana smoke. When the officer confronted the men, reports state Benford told the officer he had a small amount of marijuana on his person. The suspected marijuana was confiscated.
• On April 2 Charles Taylor, 53, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of narcotic equipment after officers and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies detained Taylor outside a North Main Street convenience store. Reports state that an officer was aware that Taylor had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Reports state that officers found a suspected “crack” cocaine pipe in a pack of cigarettes on Taylor’s person.
• On April 1 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a North Main Street location after a woman reported that while her vehicle was parked, someone entered the vehicle and removed a Jenson CD player. The woman said that someone might have also taken a debit card from the vehicle. Estimated cost to replace the CD player is $175.
• On April 1 a burglary complaint was field at a Monticello Road convenience store after officers responded to an alarm call. When the officer arrived, reports state, he noticed that someone had shattered the front door of the store and apparently removed cash from the registers. The officers also located a machete and a wallet with two sets of driver’s licenses on the ground outside the store. In a related call, reports state, a Morgan Sheriff’s Office deputy reported a suspicious vehicle at a Seven Island Road, Buckhead location. The deputy reported that the Lexus at the Seven Islands Road store had a license tag that was supposed to be on a Ford Explorer and that the Lexus had been reported stolen out of Bartow County. Inside the Lexus was a black ski mask, a green T-shirt and cold beer. The vehicle’s hood was warm, reports state.
• On April 2 a theft of private property complaint was filed at Wal-Mart after a man reported that someone had taken $135 worth of groceries from the back of his truck. The man reported that he had placed the items in the truck and then returned to the store to continue shopping. A video tape of the parking lot revealed the identity of the man suspected in taking the groceries.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On April 3 a civil matter report was filed from a Jones Wood Road location after a man reported that another man who had purchased the complainant’s house in a bank sale was not allowing the complainant back into the residence to collect personal belongings. The complainant stated that the man who purchased the house had accused the complainant of removing appliances. The complainant said he had not removed the appliances and that the stove, refrigerator and dishwasher in the house did not work.
• On April 5 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a Greensboro Road location after a woman reported that someone had called and left a message threatening to kill her daughter.
• On April 5 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Newborn Road, Rutledge location after a deputy on foot patrol noticed that a Chevy tuck was parked near a business with two evaporator coils loaded in the truck bed. The deputy called for assistance and when other officers arrived they established a perimeter around the location. Two men, including the owner of the truck, were taken into custody. Brad Thomas Edwards, 23, Oxford, was arrested and charged with theft by taking. In a related report filed April 2, a man reported from the same location that someone had been taking aluminum copper coils from the back lot of the business. The man said 12 coils valued at $6,000 had been removed and that he had located some of the coils at a scrap yard in Covington. The man told police that the scrap yard representative had identified Edwards as the customer that delivered the coils.
• On April 2 a theft by bringing stolen property into the state and theft by receiving stolen property report was filed at a Oconee Road, Buckhead location after deputies attempting to serve a warrant noticed a Triumph motorcycle parked behind the house. After deputies ran the California tag on the motorcycle they learned that the motorcycle had been reported stolen from California. A woman at the residence told the deputies that the motorcycle had not been stolen but that her husband had purchased the motorcycle while he was stationed in California with the U. S. Marines. The motorcycle was taken to the Morgan County Detention Center.
PRINTED IN THE APRIL 9, 2009 EDITION