Madison Police Department:
On October 21 a check forgery complaint was filed at a Lions Club Road welding shop after a woman said her business account had been closed because of fraudulent activity. Reports state that the woman was contacted regarding a fraudulent $1,369 check that had been created and cashed in Thomaston bearing her business name and checking account number. Reports state that a black male also attempted to cash two more fraudulent checks in Locus Grove and Griffin. The man fled the bank in Locus Grove and left his Georgia identification card on the counter.
On October 23 a larceny from auto complaint was filed at a Monticello Road location. According to reports, a man said someone entered his locked 1995 Geo Prizm and removed a Pioneer CD player. The man valued the CD player at $115.
On October 24 Melvin Navotney Hill, 32, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. According to reports, Hill was a passenger in a 1989 Chevy Caprice parked at Wellington Park at 11:14 p.m. An officer observed the vehicle and walked up to the driver’s side and instructed the driver that it was against city ordinance to be in the park after dark. Reports state that the officer allegedly detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. While questioning the driver, reports state, the officer allegedly observed Hill attempting to hide something in a coat pocket. Hill, when asked, gave the officer a marijuana “blunt” from a coat pocket. He again allegedly attempted to hide something and the officer observed the butt end of a pistol. The officer drew his service revolver and told Hill that if he attempted to move his hand to his pocket he would be shot. A second officer arrived and removed Hill from the vehicle and found a glass baby food jar containing suspected marijuana in Hill’s pocket. The driver was cited for having an open alcoholic beverage in the park.
On October 22 a 17-year-old male, whose name was redacted from the police report, and another male, no age, address information given, were cited with shoplifting. According to reports, both males were allegedly observed on video surveillance at Wal Mart taking a pair of ear buds each and two IPhone case covers without paying for the items. The tape was delivered to a school resource officer at Morgan County High School who recognized and identified the males.
On October 15 Sydney Taylor Wilkerson, 19, Buckhead and Snthony Chris Finney, 23, Madison, were arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, the pair allegedly took items from the Wal Mart automotive and electronic sections without paying. Reports state that the two were apparently arguing during their time in the store to the extent that police were called to the store. The allegedly shoplifting was noticed after the pair had left the store and an employee had time to review video tape.
On October 19 Patrick Traverse Ponder, 27, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, officers were called to a disturbance complaint at a Park Street residence. Officers were told that Ponder had allegedly been cursing loudly. Officers made contact with Ponder and told him and other family members to take the disagreement inside and calm down, which they all did. Approximately one hour later officers returned and allegedly heard Ponder screaming at a family member. He was then arrested.
On October 17 Jarius Laprez Elder, 20, Madison was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, Elder allegedly attempted to take a Sony Playstation 4 wireless video game controller valued at $59.96 from Wal Mart without paying for the item.
On October 20 Loy Hunter Banks, 31, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of synthetic narcotics, drugs not in original container and DUI drugs. According to reports, Banks was stopped at 10 p.m. while driving north on U.S. 441. Following the stop, reports state, an officer alleged that Banks was shaky and had slow speech. Banks also told the officer he had an Ocycontin wrapped in tin foil in a cigarette pack. Banks told the officer that the pill had been prescribed but he had wrapped it in tin foil to keep it safe from his children.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office:
On October 26 an information report was filed at a Pine Tree Circle location after a woman said that someone was coming to her residence and pealing the seals away from around her windows and had put something on the front door to make the wood soft.
On October 26 a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Price Mill Road, Good Hope location after a man said a woman had told him he “better keeps is guns on him” and “better watch himself because she knows people” after he started dating one of the woman’s friends.
On October 26 a sexual battery complaint was filed at a Confederate Road location after a man accused another man of fondling his wife. Reports state that the accused was staying with the couple because he did not have a place to live. After the allegation, the man was forced out of the house and was told not to return, but he returned the following day and was then issued a criminal trespass warning to stay away for a year.
On October 26 a burglary complaint was filed at a Williams Street, Rutledge, location. According to reports, a woman said someone had taken a black Playstation Four, and three games from her living room. The woman said the game station was rented. While an officer was completing a burglary complaint report, the rental company arrived to repossess the game station and a television set and was told that the game station had been stolen.
On October 26 a simple assault complaint was filed at a Old Buckhead Road residence after a woman alleged that her father had recently returned from detox but had consumed a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a can of “Four Loco.” The woman said the man demanding cigarettes and when she refused he threatened to cut her head of with a kitchen knife. While investigating the complaint, a deputy learned that the man had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Madison but that the man first had to have dialysis treatment because of the rubbing alcohol.
On October 26 an accidental shooting complaint was filed at Sandy Creek Road location after a 17-year-old male said while he was attempting to fix a malfunction in a Ruger .22 pistol, the pistol discharged and shot him in the shoulder. The teen said he drove to a neighbor’s house and the neighbor transported him to the hospital.
On October 26 an entering automobile complaint was filed at a Garden Avenue, Buckhead location after a man said someone entered his Chevrolet Suburban and removed a bottle of Oxycodone, a bottle of Zanax and a bottle of Methadone.
On October 26 Madison Kali White, 19, Athens, was arrested and charged with speeding and possession of marijuana. According to reports, a vehicle White was driving was stopped for speeding. Consequent to the stop a deputy allegedly located rolling papers and a device to crush marijuana leaf, and a baggy containing a green leafy substance. A passenger in the vehicle was also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
On October 25 Derrick Rashawn Laguin, 32, Madison, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, an officer was dispatched to a Greensboro Highway residence and observed several vehicles leaving the residence and a group of people fighting in the garage of the residence. The deputy said he advised the participants that he would pepper spray the participants if they did not stop fighting. The group separated and the deputy observed Laguin over a man. Both men refused to cease combating, reports state, and the deputy applied pepper spray to both. The men ceased fighting. An investigation stated that Laguin engaged in a fight with a relative after consuming alcohol at a party organized to mourn the death of another family member.
On October 24 a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Walton Mill Road location after a man said a man with an African accent called and accused the man’s daughter of kicking his dog and demanding money for the incident. The man said he also recently received phone calls from the same person who said he was an IRS agent demanding money.
On October 24 a fraud complaint was filed at an Eatonton Raod location after a man and woman said they had agreed to purchase a four wheeler from a Craigslist seller for $2,000. The woman said they had acquired four $500 Green Dot cards and had transferred the funds to a Google wallet but the funds had gone to the seller and they had not received the four wheeler.
On October 23 a domestic violence complaint was filed at a Fraction Bottom Road, Buckhead, location after deputies were called to verbal disagreement between a man and his wife over Facebook posts the wife had received from another man. Both parties said the situation had become manageable and that they could mediate their differences.