Law Enforcement- Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On May 2 Joseph Benjamin Morris, 32, Buckhead, was arrested and charged with cruelty toward children. According to reports, a 5-year-old child’s father told authorities that when he had visitation of his daughter, he noticed several contusions on the child’s buttocks and legs. She allegedly told the man that Morris spanked her. The man said he called the child’s mother and was told not to concern himself with the marks and that was how the couple disciplined the child. On May 3 a damage to property complaint was filed at an Atlanta Highway, Rutledge location. According to reports, a man stated that he noticed a red soft drink can on his driveway and when he retrieved the can he noticed a large hole in his mailbox. The man said his brother also found a red soft drink can in his driveway but did not have a hole in his mailbox. On May 3 an injuring or tearing down mailbox complaint was filed at a Hightower Road, Rutledge, location. According to reports, a man stated that someone had blown up his mailbox. Reports state that the top of the mailbox was across the road from the residence and the back of the mailbox was approximately 15 feet from the post.

On May 4 a computer forgery complaint was filed at an Atlanta Highway location. According to reports, a woman said that she had received text messages to her phone regarding Verizon account information being changed. The woman said she then went to a Verizon store and was told that her information had changed back to the original. The woman said she then received a new Samsung phone and a charge of $173.53. On May 4 a domestic violence complaint was filed at a Magnolia Loop location. According to reports, a man stated that his wife and 17-year-old son were involved in a verbal argument that turned physical after the mother kicked the son’s dip can. Reports state that the son grabbed a beer can, shook it up and opened it, spraying beer around the family’s living room.

The mother then took the son’s Xbox 1 gaming device and smashed it on the ground. The son was making a move toward the family’s 55” flat screen television when the father placed the son in a choke hold and forced him to the ground at which point the son bit the father on the arm. The son later elbowed the television set. The son told a deputy that he wanted to go to jail and was being disrespectful to the deputy and his parents, reports state. The son left the residence to stay at a friend’s house, reports state. On May 3 Larry Adam Bishop, 23, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule one or two controlled substance with the intent to distribute, DUI and expired license. According to reports, Bishop was stopped at the intersection of Deerwood Drive and Hightower Road after he allegedly made an improper left hand turn. Consequent to the stop, reports state, deputies located a nearly empty bottle of Vodka in the vehicle.

They also, reports state, found 99 hits of suspected LSD in Bishop’s wallet, located between the driver’s seat and the center console of the vehicle. Bishop refused any sobriety tests and was arrested. On May 2 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Sugar Creek Trail, Buckhead, location. According to reports, a man said that someone had entered his property and removed two wooden deck chairs and a table from his dock. On May 3 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Sewell Road, Mansfield location. According to reports, a woman said that one month ago she had contracted with a cleaning service. Since then, she said, the family was missing entire bottles of prescription medicine and cash from a savings jar. The woman said an employee with the cleaning company came by the house and said she had lost a charm while working at the house and asked to search for the charm. The employee also said she no longer worked for the company and asked the woman to not report her to the company. The complainant said the former employee became “nervous” as she told her about the recent thefts.

On May 2 a financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at a Monticello Road location. According to reports, a woman said someone used her checking account number to make a $836.99 purchase from Best Buy online. The woman said Best Buy told her that a person named Michael J. Prince had made the order and picked up the item at a store in Atlanta. The woman said she was unfamiliar with anybody by that name. On May 2 a financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at a Fears Road location. According to reports, a woman said when she attempted to use her debit card to pay for breakfast it was declined. The woman said she noticed that five charges worth $914.39 had been made to the account without her knowledge or permission. On May 2 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at Morgan County Middle School. According to reports, an administrator reported that someone had damaged three doors in the administrative area of the school.

On May 1 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Hall Lane location. According to reports, a woman stated that two dogs ran into her vehicle, causing $300 worth of damage to the rear fender. On May 1 a theft by deception complaint was filed at a Hidden Springs, Rutledge, location. According to reports, a man said he had wired $3,000 to a man in Missouri ostensibly as a down payment for a 1945 Indian Chief motorcycle that the man had advertised on Ebay. After the wire transfer went through, the complainant said he could no longer reach the seller and then he noticed the same bike had been sold earlier in New York. He contacted the New York seller who told him that he had sold the bike and that the buyer still had the bike. The complainant said he assumes the man who took his money copy and pasted a picture of the bike on the site to defraud people. On May 1 a financial transaction card theft complaint was filed at a Parks Mill Road, Buckhead, location.

According to reports, a woman said she had received a notice from her bank that her account information may have been compromised during a security breach at Michael’s stores. The woman said after the notification she noticed that four charges had been made to her account in Kentucky and Florida totaling $800 that she had not made. The bank told her several other fraudulent charges were pending. On May 1 a affray complaint was filed at a Buckhead Road location. According to reports, a man alleged that another couple had pulled in front of him and a friend while driving on Buckhead Road and slammed on breaks. The complainant said the man stopped, got out and engaged in a fight that ended when a woman in the car allegedly produced a handgun. The other couple said that they were driving on Buckhead Road when the complainant allegedly began driving closely behind them. The man said he stopped and that the complainant’s friend made an attempt to fight but the man refused and threw the friend to the ground after he charged. The man said they then left. The man said the altercation was due, in part, to the fact that the complainant’s estranged wife was in the car. On April 29 a simple battery and terroristic threats complaint was filed at an Enterprise Road location.

According to reports, a man said his girlfriend’s son became enraged when the complainant questioned why ceiling fans in the house had been left turned on. The man said the son verbally assaulted him, threatened to shoot him with a rifle and then located a broom stick in his truck and struck the complainant on the arm and back with the broom stick. On April 29 adminstrators at Crossroads School, Bethany Road, located a handgun in a black bag in a computer room at the school. The weapon contained two life rounds. The student who allegedly brought the weapon to the school had been arrested earlier that morning at the school for possession of marijuana. On April 23 a theft by conversion complaint was filed at Golden Pond convenience store, Newborn Road, Rutledge.

According to reports, the owner of the store stated that while he was on vacation he witnessed, via video surveillance, an employee take cash for a purchase and then after the customer left void out the purchase and remove the cash from the cash register. The man said he directed his wife and brother to investigate the transaction and that during their investigation the employee became loud and defensive. The man said he reviewed other video tapes and found other questionable voided transactions. The woman initially denied knowledge of the transactions but later, reports state, was offered a deal by the owner to resign without charges if she confessed, which she apparently did.

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