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On July 5 an affray complaint was filed at a Fairplay Street, Rutledge, location. According to reports, a woman told officer that she was having a July Fourth celebration but that she and her boyfriend had begun to argue so she asked the participants to leave. Another woman said she received a phone call from the party host and that she said her boyfriend was drunk and she was afraid so she went to the house with her boyfriend to check.

The host’s boyfriend said that he asked a man to leave earlier but that the man had returned with his girlfriend, loud music from his vehicle and a gun. On July 6 a contributing to the delinquency of a minor complaint was filed at a Prospect Road location. According to reports, a woman said that a 25-year-old Madison woman picked up her 16-year-old daughter and a younger daughter at 8 p.m. but did not return with the girls until 1 a.m. The 16-year-old stayed with the 25-year-old, reportedly to go to Madison to eat, and after a call from the mother dropped off the 16-year-old away from the residence at 4:30 a.m. Officers attempted to locate and speak with the 25-year-old that night but were unsuccessful. They did speak with her two days later and she told them she had never been warned regarding returning the girls home.

The officer said that the girls’ mother was in the process of getting a criminal trespass warning against the woman regarding her daughters. On July 6 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Swords Trail, Buckhead location. According to reports, a woman alleged that her husband head-butted her during an argument regarding infidelity in the marriage. On July 6 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road, Bostwick location. According to reports, a woman alleged that while her 13-year-old daughter was playing at a Bostwick Road residence, a neighbor woman came over and grabbed the girl and threatened to punch her in the face. The 13-year-old said the neighbor woman had become upset because she punched the woman’s son after he threw a rock and hit her 8-year-old sister in the forehead. The woman denied touching any children and her son denied throwing a rock.

On July 4 a terroristic threats and acts and harassing phone calls complaint was filed at an Atlanta Highway, Rutledge, location. According to reports, a man alleged that a man dating his step-daughter had called his house and spoke to the complainant’s wife in a rude and disrespectful way. The man said he called the boyfriend back and told him to never call his house again and he hung up. The complainant said the man called back and left a voice mail advising the complainant his address on Copelan Road with an invitation to come to Copelan Road so that the man promised he would “kick (the complainant’s )(expletive) all over the (expletive) yard.” The complainant said the man was once escorted off his property because he was intoxicated on drugs.

A deputy called the man and the man stated that he did threaten the complainant because the complainant had once “put his hands on him.” The deputy reported that the man sounded “heavily intoxicated.” On July 3 a distributing obscene material complaint was filed at a Blue Springs Road, Buckhead location. According to reports, a woman from Texas contacted Morgan County authorities and alleged that her stepdaughter was posting nude pictures of the stepdaughter’s 1-year-old child on Facebook. The woman said she told the daughter that the pictures were distasteful and should be removed but the stepdaughter refused.

On July 3 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Hayes Street location. According to reports, a man said that in early June his Mitsubishi Galant broke down on Hayes Street. The man said he recently got the vehicle running again and when he did he noticed someone had taken the tag decal. On July 3 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Davis Academy Road, Rutledge location. According to reports, a woman alleged that her son had choked her earlier. The woman said she was afraid to return to her residence. Deputies responded to the residence and found doors open and a television on but no suspect. On July 1 a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Dickson Road, Rutledge, location. According to reports, a 71-year-old woman reported that someone called her house and told they were with Publisher’s Clearing House and that if the woman would meet the caller at Wal Mart with $505 he would follower her back to her residence and present her with a $5 million check. The woman said she declined the offer but the person called back. The woman said a similar type activity started on May 8 and that she has filed a previous incident report. On July 1 Donovan Shaw Beal, 18, Madison, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interference with custody.

According to reports, Beal was arrested after he allegedly allowed a 14-year-old girl to enter his room at 6 a.m. Reports state that the girl and Beal allegedly watched television. The girl told officers she left her Mallard Ridge residence at 2 a.m. and walked to Beal’s Greensboro Highway residence, arriving at 6 a.m. The girl’s mother contacted officers at 11:30 a.m. after she realized her daughter was not at home. On July 1 a burglary complaint was filed at Rutledge Crossing convenience store after deputies responded to an alarm activation at the store. Surveillance tape showed two males wearing dark shirts, dark pants, masks and gloves enter the store at approximately 11 p.m. after damaging a door. One of the men went directly to a cash box in an office area and retrieved a small amount of cash and the other man took four packs of Marlboro cigarettes from a display area and both men then left the store.

On June 30 a civil dispute complaint was filed at a Fairplay Road location. According to reports, a man said he had verbally agreed to sell a 1996 white Lincoln Town Car to a friend’s mother and had given the woman possession of the vehicle last November but the woman had yet to pay him any money for the vehicle. The man said the vehicle was registered to him and that he had the title to the vehicle. A deputy told the man that since he had entered into a verbal agreement with the woman, the matter was now a civil matter and he would need to seek resolution in Morgan County Magistrate Court. The woman said she had thus far paid $500 towards ownership of the vehicle but that she had no proof of any of those payments.

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