Law Enforcement: Aug. 1, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On July 25 a burglary complaint was filed at a Commerce Street location after a man reported that someone had removed a .380 caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol from a drawer in his bedroom dresser. The weapons were valued at $200. On July 28 Sabrina Katrina Caughman, 31, Madison, was cited for shoplifting. According to reports, Caughman was observed by an Ingles employee allegedly taking a six pack of Bud Light beer from the store without paying for the item. Reports state that the employee provided …

Ga. State Patrol Trooper Prosser hosting teen driving class in Morgan County on Aug. 14: PRIDE Class, through Ga. State Patrol and Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute at the University of Georgia, meant for teenagers and their parents; registration deadline is Wednesday, July 31

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By Patrick Yost Editor Trooper First Class Patrick Prosser wants to save a life. Maybe more. As a Georgia State Patrol trooper, Prosser has seen first-hand the tragic results of poor decisions drivers make on Georgia’s roads. Especially, he says, with young drivers. Prosser, in conjunction with the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute at the University of Georgia, is offering teen drivers and potential drivers from ages 14 to 16 years old, a two-hour Parents Reducing Injuries and Drivers Error (PRIDE) class in Morgan County. The class, which will have …

Law Enforcement: July 25, 2013

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Madison Police Department On July 15 a harassing communication complaint was filed at a Twin Bridges Road, Eatonton, location after a woman reported that a man had called her and told her they had met at a restaurant and that he was impressed with the help the woman and her husband had given the man. Reports state that the man then made several inappropriate comments regarding the woman and her husband. The woman questioned the man’s location and the man hung up the phone. The woman then did a reverse …

Woman arrested after alleged attempt to get contraband to inmate

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By Patrick Yost Editor A woman has been arrested and a jail supervisor has resigned over an alleged attempt to get drugs and tobacco to a prisoner at the Morgan County Detention Center. According to Capt. Chris Bish, Criminal Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Shunise Frenchette Reid, 21, Madison, was arrested on June 28 and charged with possession of marijuana with an intent to distribute and crossing the guard line with contraband after she allegedly brought a pack of playing cards to the Morgan County Detention Center that attempted …

Man stabbed 10 times during argument, survives

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By Patrick Yost Editor A 54-year-old man survived being stabbed 10 times during an argument outside a Budget Inn Motel room. Robert James Higgins, Madison, suffered stab wounds to the chest, left arm, left side and back area after he allegedly engaged in a fight with Butler Heard, 50, Madison. Reports state that officers arrived to a distress call at the motel and found Higgins covered with blood sitting in a chair next to a room. A small fixed–blade knife was at his feet, reports state. Higgins told officers that …

Law Enforcement: July 18, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On July 3 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a South Main Street location after a man reported that someone had entered his unlocked Ford Focus and removed a $850 laptop computer. On July 13 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a Churchill Avenue location after a woman reported that someone entered her unlocked Honda Odyssey van and removed a debit card, driver’s license, $30 in cash and $1,400 in jewelry. The woman reported that someone had used the debit card at four …

Law Enforcement: July 11, 2013 edition

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office On July 5 a disorderly conduct complaint was filed at an East Main Street, Rutledge location after a man reported observing a black male walking on East Main Street waving a pistol. According to reports, a deputy and Georgia State Patrol trooper responded to downtown Rutledge and confronted a black juvenile and white juvenile at the Gazebo. Reports state that a deputy located an air soft gun in the black male’s pants pocket. The weapon had been painted black including over the orange safety tip. Reports …

Morgan County Grand Jury returns indictments

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Staff Reports The Morgan County Grand Jury recently met and returned several criminal indictments to the Morgan County Superior Court for the June session. The following individuals were indicted: Benjamin Clay Porter III, 42, Madison, three counts aggravated cruelty to animals and three counts cruelty to animals. According to an arrest warrant, Porter is charged with the death of three dogs found by Morgan County Animal Control on his former property on Enterprise Road on January 28, 2013. Mary Shannon Porter, 42, Madison, three counts aggravated cruelty to animals and …

Law Enforcement: July 4, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On June 25 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at an Old Post Road location after a man reported that someone entered a silver Honda Accord on Old Post Road and removed a Sony CD players a touch screen stereo laying on the back seat, a grey carpeted subwoofer box containing a 12-inch JL Audio speaker and a 12-inch Infiniti speaker. A 2000 watt amplifier was also taken. Total value of the items is $800. On June 7 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at …

Law Enforcement: June 27, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On June 23 Raphael Vanness Brown, 24, Hephzibah, Ga., was arrested and charged with speeding and felony possession of marijuana. According to reports, a vehicle Brown was driving east bound on Interstate 20 was stopped by an officer for speeding. Consequent to the stop, reports state, the officer reported smelling the odor of green marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle allegedly produced two marijuana cigarettes and a vacuum packed bag of suspected marijuana in the vehicle. On June 19 Pledge Keeley, no age, …