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 license had been suspended. McCommons then fled on foot, reports state towards Williams Street. An officer and a deputy located McCommons in a wooded area behind Williams Street and a struggle ensued. An officer deployed a taser weapon and McCommons was subdued and handcuffed. During an inventory of the vehicle, reports state, an officer allegedly located an open can of beer under the driver’s seat. After McCommons was fingerprinted, officer obtained his true identity, reports state.
On August 29 a larceny complaint was filed at a West Jefferson Street location after a man reported that someone had taken two pink flamingo figures from his front yard. The items were valued at $40 each.
On August 25 a simple battery complaint was filed at a East Jefferson Street location. According to reports, at 12:35 a.m. officers responded to an injured person report at East Jefferson and found a man bleeding from the right side of his neck. Reports state that the man appeared to be “very intoxicated” and told officers that a woman ‘s son had thrown a cup at his neck, causing the injury. The officers located the son and he told officers that his mother told him the man had struck her and in anger he had thrown a cup at the man. After several attempts to locate the mother, including standing outside her bedroom window and yelling for her to open the door, the officers observed that the mother had an injury to her right eye. Reports state that the mother also appeared “very intoxicated” and that she was uncooperative to officer’s questions. Officers observed a small sample of what appeared to be blood on the kitchen floor of the mother’s residence and reports state that the kitchen floor appeared to have recently been cleaned. Later, the man told officers that he had been asleep and the mother came into his bedroom and began beating him. He told officers that he did strike her in the face to protect himself.
On August 26 a burglary and auto theft complaint were filed at a Micha Way location after officers received a report that a 13-year-old male was driving a white Ford Focus. Officers responded and located the male sitting in front of an apartment near the vehicle. The male told the officer’s he had driven the vehicle a few blocks. The vehicle, reports state, belonged to the male’s grandmother. Officers responded to the grandmother’s house and observed that someone had entered the apartment by breaking a rear bedroom window. Two television sets appeared to be missing and drawers in the bedroom had been ransacked. The juvenile told officers that the previous night after his mother had left their apartment, he had contacted friends who went to the grandmother’s house and broke in. The grandmother was out of town. Reports state that the juvenile told officers he stood watch at the rear of the house and another male stood watch at the front of the house and another male juvenile and female juvenile entered the apartment. The juvenile told officers that the pair left the apartment with beer and the key to the Focus and that they took the car for a “joy ride.” The vehicle was later left in front of the grandmother’s apartment.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
On September 2 Jacob Russell Slaughter, 25, Madison, was arrested and charged with battery. According to reports, Slaughter allegedly struck a 17-year-old male in the head with a broom stick. Reports state that both individuals had been drinking prior to the incident and that neither individual remembered what prompted the fight.
On September 1 Derrick Ramond Waller, 37, Madison, was arrested and charged with battery. According to reports, Waller allegedly threw a chair at a woman and, later, held her down by her throat. Reports also allege that when another woman attempted to intervene, Waller allegedly threw her across a room. After his arrest, reports state, Waller allegedly laid down outside a patrol vehicle at the jail and refused to move. He later sat up but then lowered himself again to the ground and did not respond to verbal commands. After an ambulance arrived Waller declared that he was physically fine and was then processed at the jail.
On August 31 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Woodkraft Road location after a man reported that someone had entered the property of Madison Metal Recycling and removed two aluminum wheels and a 50 gallon drum of copper wire. The items are valued at $225.
On August 31 a simple battery complaint was filed at a James Street, Rutledge, location after a woman alleged that her former boyfriend entered her house unannounced and accused her of having relations with other men. The woman said during the argument that the man choked her, broke her bathroom sink and then, after she pushed him out the back door, came back and kicked down her back door. The woman said during the second altercation she grabbed a 12 inch butcher knife and cut the man’s finger. The man then fled the residence and the woman called police.
On August 31 a terroristic threats and acts complaint was filed at a Mergendollar Road, Good Hope, location after a woman reported that her ex-husband had called her and threatened to kill her by running his truck into her house. The woman said the exchange was based on something that had been posted on Facebook.
On August 30 a scam complaint was filed at a High Shoals Road, Bishop, location after a 72-year-old woman reported that she had been scammed out of approximately $8,000. The woman said she had received a telephone call from a man who said he was located in Las Vegas and that the woman had won $2.5 million. The complainant said the man initially told her she needed to send him $300 to “get the process started” and that over the past three months she had sent approximately $8,000 to the man. The woman said she had raised the money by borrowing from family and friends.
On August 30 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Hayes Street location after a woman reported that someone had broken the rear passenger side window of her van. The woman said nothing appeared to be missing in the vehicle.
On August 30 Taurus Antonio Garrett, 30, Rutledge was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, a woman alleged that Garrett had come to her Newborn Road residence and banged on her door and threatened to leave the couple’s 1-month-old baby in the middle of the road. Officers responded to Garrett’s mother’s house and found the baby strapped into a car seat with Garrett’s mother prepared to deliver the child to the complainant’s house. Garrett was allegedly standing in the yard and became verbally abusive with the officers. He was then arrested.
On August 29 Brandon James Peters, 32, Good Hope was arrested by a Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigator on an outstanding warrant. According to reports, the investigator alerted Morgan County officials that he had made contact with Peters at a vacant lot behind Gospel Lighthouse Church in Buckhead. Consequent to his arrest, reports state, the investigator reported that Peters was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, firearms and stolen property.
On August 29 an information report was filed at a Weaver Jones Road location after a man alleged that while he was sleeping his wife entered the bedroom and punched him in the eye. The wife told authorities that she suffered from a bi-polar disorder but that she did not punch the man. She said the man consistently comes home from work intoxicated and goes straight to bed. The woman said she wants the man to take some responsibility for raising the couple’s four children and that an argument had ensued after she requested that the man bring home toilet paper. The woman said the man allegedly told her he was going to call the police and tell them that she had struck him in the eye. A deputy looked at the man’s eye and saw no indication that he had been struck but did report a heavy odor of alcohol.
On August 29 a battery complaint was reported at a Seven Islands Road location after a woman alleged that her mother had bit her on the right arm. The mother reportedly agreed that she had bitten the complainant but only in retaliation for the complainant biting her. Both women were separated and the complainant was advised to leave the residence, to which she agreed.
On August 28 Jerrod Melentez Morgan, 17, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana in a school zone. According to reports, Morgan, while a student at Crossroads School, allegedly had on his possession a plastic bag that contained seven smaller plastic bags of suspected marijuana. An administrator at the school observed the bag in Morgan’s shoe and when confronted regarding the bag, Morgan allegedly walked off school property and threw the bag in a ditch. The bag was recovered by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
On August 26 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Newborn Road, Rutledge, location after a 17-year-old girl alleged that she and her father where in an argument and during the argument the father allegedly pushed her. The complainant also said that when her mother attempted to intervene, the father struck the mother in the face. The complainant said this type of behavior “happens often.” The father and mother had left the scene when deputies arrived and would not answer phone calls.