Law Enforcement: Oct. 10, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On October 5 a burglary complaint was filed at an Eatonon Road location after a man reported that someone had entered his workshop and removed a 2003 Yamaha 225 dirt bike. The man said that access to the shop had been gained through a window. The bike is valued at $1,800. On October 6 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Sulgrave Drive residence. According to reports, a man told officers that three men had come to his apartment to pick up clothes for a child. …

Law Enforcement: Oct. 8, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On September 28 a larceny from building complaint was filed at the Dollar General Store, Eatonton Highway, after a woman reported that while she was at the store she laid her wallet down and walked away. The woman said when she realized she didn’t have her wallet she returned to retrieve it but it was gone. Video surveillance showed that a woman picked up the wallet and handed it to a man and both then left the store. The woman said the wallet contained $57, a debit …

Woman stabbed over bank card

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By Patrick Yost, Editor An argument over telephone use and a bank card escalated into a stabbing last Sunday afternoon. According to Madison Police Department reports, Jimmy Lee Binion, Sr., 54, was arrested at approximately 2:30 p.m. after he allegedly struck a 50-year-old woman with a glass ashtray and then stabbed her in the left shoulder. Reports state that officers were called to a domestic disturbance at a Maple Street residence and, while en route, were notified that a woman had been stabbed. The officer reported locating the woman on …

Law Enforcement: Sept. 26, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On September 19 a larceny complaint was filed at a North Second Street residence after a woman reported that someone had taken two solar lights and a blue and white garden commode from her yard. On September 18 a burglary complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road business after a woman reported that someone had entered a closed office at the business and removed a .22 caliber Rugar revolver, an extra barrel to the pistol, and extra cylinder and a box of .22 bullets. On September 15 …

Man flees vehicle, leaves children

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A routine traffic stop on Saturday turned into more serious charges after a man allegedly fled the vehicle, leaving behind a 3-year-old male and 2-year-old female child. According to Madison Police Department reports, Corp. Jeremy Hoffman allegedly observed Stephen Christopher Warren, 22, make an illegal pass of a vehicle on Pearl Street at approximately 7:50 p.m. Hoffman reported that he made eye contact with Warren and instructed him to stop the 2001 Mazda Protege he was driving. The reports state that initially Warren slowed as if …

Law Enforcement: Sept. 19, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On September 14 a 13-year-old male was arrested and charged with shoplifting and underage person in possession of alcohol. According to reports, an officer was called to Ingles, Eatonton Highway, after an employee reported observing the male attempting to place items in a bag. Reports state that nine items including alcohol products were discovered in the bag. The juvenile was released to the custody of his mother. On September 14 a burglary complaint was filed at the Budget Inn Motel, Eatonton Road, after a woman reported that …

Woman indicted in fatal accident: Grandmother had eight drugs in her system

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A 51-year-old Monroe woman was indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury last week on two counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree in a Jan. 28 wreck that claimed the life of her 4-year-old grandson. Cynthia Lynn Miller was also indicted for two counts of serious injury by vehicle, one count of drug container violation, nine counts of driving under the influence, one count failure to maintain lane and one count seatbelt violation. According to the indictments, Miller was “then and there under …

Grand Jury indicts Moss, McCullough in beating, robbery of 70-year-old: Moss led officials on two-day manhunt prior to his capture

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Kaleb Jordan Moss, 18, and David Gunner McCullough, 19, were both indicted for three counts of aggravated battery, one count aggravated assault, one count robbery and one count burglary in the beating and robbery of a 70-year-old Bostwick man by a Morgan County Grand Jury last week. Moss, who led authorities on an exhaustive two-day manhunt before his capture in the Mount Perry Baptist Church in Bostwick, also faces indictments one count cruelty toward animals, one count marijuana possession, two further counts of burglary in the …

Chevron in Buckhead targeted by burglars: Burglars knock a hole in brick wall to gain entry, open ATM and safe

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Early morning burglars entered the Buckhead Chevron last Wednesday by knocking a hole in a brick wall and opened both an ATM machine and a safe before fleeing. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, someone knocked open a large hole through an exterior brick wall to the business. Prior to entering, reports state, telephone and power lines had been cut and security cameras on the exterior of the building were disabled. Once inside, the suspects opened an ATM machine at the store and a safe …

Law Enforcement: Sept. 12, 2013 edition

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office On September 6 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Erice Jermaine Williams, 17, Madison. According to reports, Williams was observed at a Morgan County High School football game. A deputy stated that Williams has been banned from all Morgan County Board of Education property. Reports state that he left the game without incident. On September 7 an information report was filed at a Godfrey Road location after a woman reported that her son had taken her vehicle without her permission. According to reports, the …

Concealed weapon leads to police busting up “Salad Patch” party: Officers find Ruger P95 9mm pistol, marijuana on suspect; party-goer chucks bottle at police

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A late night party at the “Salad Patch” building on East Washington Street turned violent after a security guard wrestled with a man with a concealed pistol. According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Johnathon Rakesh Ruff, 29, Eatonton, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana after Lt. Kenny Stewart observed Ruff struggling with the guard near the front door of the building. The report states that Stewart had received information that a “large” party was being held at the …

Morgan County Grand Jury returns latest round of indictments

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By Patrick Yost, Editor The Morgan County Grand Jury last week returned several criminal indictments during their September session. The following persons were indicted. Terry Jason Harley, 29, College Park, two counts identity fraud, one count forgery in the third degree, four counts criminal attempt to commit financial transaction card fraud, three counts possession of false identification, one count possession of drug-related objects. According to arrest warrants, Harley was arrested on June 15, 2013 by TFC Matt Moorman, Georgia State Patrol after he alleged possess four driver’s licenses from Florida, …

Celebrity burglar strikes Madison? Thefts of silver range from Charleston to Belle Meade, Tenn.

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A man dubbed “Burglar to the Stars” may have been involved in the theft of more than $20,000 of antique sterling silver from a Madison resident. According to Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, the recent arrest of Blane Nordahl in Florida due to similar thefts alerted local authorities that Nordahl might also be connected to a March 24 theft at a Dixie Avenue residence. In that theft, Ashburn said, a large window pane was removed from the front of the house and someone entered and removed …

Traffic stop leads to arrest for meth, marijuana

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A traffic stop last Thursday, August 29, led to the arrest of a Madison man for possession of both marijuana and methamphetamine. According to Madison Police Department reports, Richard Scott Smith, 31, was arrested after the 1 a.m. stop on U.S. 441. Reports state that Officer Elliot Kline allegedly observed Scott driving a black 1994 Honda Accord northbound on U.S. 441 near Zaxby’s restaurant without headlights. Kline reported that following the stop, Smith told the officer he had a warrant for his arrest from south Georgia …

Teen arrested and charged with obstruction, possession

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By Patrick Yost, Editor A 16-year-old male was arrested on August 22 after a 200 yard foot chase and charged with receiving a stolen vehicle, giving false information, obstruction and possession of controlled substances. According to Madison Police Department reports, officers were dispatched to the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store, Eatonton Road, in reference to a suspicious male sitting in a pickup truck near employee parking. When officers arrived, they located the juvenile sitting in the truck. The juvenile told officers that he was waiting for his uncle …

Law Enforcement: Sept. 5, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On August 30 Marvin Seetell McCommons, 33, Union Point, was arrested and charged with resisting officer, driving with a suspended license, open container and giving false name. According to reports, a Dodge Stratus McCommons was driving north on South Main Street was stopped for an alleged defective tag light at approximately 12:30 a.m. Following the stop, reports state, the officer noted that McCommons appeared nervous and called for backup. McCommons allegedly told the officer that his name was Benjamin McCommons. The officer reported that dispatch advised his …

Law Enforcement: Aug. 29, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On Aug. 24, an illegal use of credit cards incident was filed at a Highland Avenue location. According to the report, the complainant told an officer that his debit card had been used illegally after midnight in New York City, charging an amount of $304 to the card. Reportedly, the complainant contacted local law enforcement in order to comply with instructions from his bank. On Aug. 19, a burglary complaint was filed at a Porter Street location. According to the report, the complainant stated that someone entered …

Law Enforcement: Aug. 22, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On August 13 a simple battery complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road department store after a woman alleged that while she was waiting to check out, a black male, aged 15-years to 18-years-old, placed his hand between the woman’s leg and rubbed her buttock. The woman said she smacked the male on the arm and the male fled the store and ran towards Budget Inn. On August 17 Kendrick Lewis Simmons, 23, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, …

2012 crosswalk fatality: No criminal charges filed

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Based on the results of a more-than-150-page Special Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) investigation of a fatal crosswalk incident in Madison, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Alison Burleson said Monday that no criminal charges will be filed in the incident. On Jan. 26, 2012, Joan Deaver, 76, was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by Kah’deem Hashawn Chisholm, then 19 years old, at the intersection of South Main Street and Burnett Street, north of Madison ChopHouse Grille. Deaver’s husband, Carl Deaver, 81, sustained serious injuries …

Arrest in fraudulent check scam at Walmart: “Massive theft ring” brought in about $300,000; all checks totaled $498.80

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By Patrick Yost, Editor Madison Police Officer Corp. Phillip Malcom arrested a College Park woman that, reports state, may be involved in a massive theft ring concentrating on fraudulent checks cashed at Walmart. According to reports, Latiffany Taylor, 25, was arrested by Malcom soon after she allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent $498.80 check. The check, Malcom reported, was a payroll check ostensibly from a Nashville, Tenn., medical supply company. After Taylor was apprehended attempting to leave the store by Officer Elliot Kline, Malcom notified an officer with Walmart Global …