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On May 31 a theft by taking complaint was filed at the Madison Aquatic Center, East Avenue. According to reports, a woman stated that someone took her son’s Apple I phone 6 from a black bag he had stored in the locker room at the pool. The woman said the phone is valued at $629 and that the theft occurred sometime between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

On May 31 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a South Main Street location. According to reports, a woman said a male had called her several times regarding lower credit card rates. The woman said she asked several times for the calls to stop and after the last call the male made sexual comments.

On May 31 a runaway juvenile complaint was filed at a Harper Street residence. According to reports, a man said his 13-year-old son had left the house abruptly after he argued with his mother regarding his cell phone. The juvenile returned to the house approximately two hours later and said he had been sitting in the woods.

On May 31 Juan Silva, 33, no address given, was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property. According to reports, an officer received a “Be On The Lookout” notice from Greene County regarding a Cadillac Escalade that had been reported stolen from North Carolina and was traveling toward Morgan County on Interstate 20. Officers observed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at  the Chevron gas station on Eatonton Highway. Reports state that officers approached the vehicle with service weapons drawn and arrested Silva without incident.

On June 3 a fraud complaint was filed at a Bell Circle residence. According to reports, a woman stated that she had met a male on the dating site BADOO. The woman said the man claimed to be in the U.S. Army and stationed at Camp Leatherneck, Indianapolis, Ind. The woman said after exchanging several text messages with the man, she felt that they were good friends. The man then asked to borrow money and the woman supplied him with her debit card numbers to facilitate a loan. The woman then noticed that someone had withdrawn $1,300 from her account and had made four more attempts to withdraw money but those attempts had been stopped by Regions Bank because of unusual activity on her account.

On June 3 a runaway juvenile complaint was filed at a Arby’s, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said after an argument, her juvenile son left the restaurant on foot. The women said they were travelling from South Carolina to Columbus, Ga. An officer reached the juvenile via telephone and the juvenile reported he was walking back to the restaurant on Amtico Road. The officer located the juvenile and escorted him to his mother at the restaurant.

On June 4 a juvenile was arrested and charged with simple assault at a Micha Way residence. According to reports, a male juvenile allegedly called two of his sister’s friends’ “hoes” after a sleep over and mutual combat ensued in front of the residence.

On June 5 a theft by taking complaint was filed at  a North Main Street residence. According to reports, a woman stated that someone had removed approximately $350 and an EBT card with a $200 value from an envelope lying on her bed. When the officer asked the woman to show him the location of the missing money she told him she could not show him because the money was gone.

On June 3 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Cracker Barrel, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said during a custody exchange of her 2-year-old child with the child’s father, the father allegedly pushed the woman in the Cracker Barrel parking lot. No charges were filed.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On June 5 a dispute complaint was filed at a Seven Islands Road residence. According to reports, a man reported that his 15-year-old son had been disrespectful towards his wife and the juvenile’s sister.

On June 5 a trespass notice report was filed at a Prospect Road residence. According to reports, a deputy arrived at property near the 1900 block of Prospect Road and observed a man in a blue Dodge Caravan leaving the property. Reports state that the deputy told the man he was no longer allowed on the property. The man told the deputy that “God had purchased the property for him.” The deputy told the man that, regardless, if he returned to the property he would be arrested.

On June 4 Norman Paul Bessette III, 35, Madison was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, and driving with suspended registration. Reports state that a deputy is also going to seek warrants against Bessette on charges of possession of methamphetamine and drugs not in their original container. According to reports, a deputy was called to Monticello Road dairy farm operation after a property owner called regarding a suspicious person. When the deputy arrived the property owner told him a white male was sleeping in his vehicle. The property owner said no one knew the man and that they had tried to wake him up several times. The property owner said he first noticed the vehicle on the property at 5 a.m. A deputy arrived at 7 a.m. Reports state that when the deputy arrived he observed Bessette sitting in a blue Dodge Durango. The driver’s side door was open and the vehicle was still running. The deputy also observed Bessette sitting in the open vehicle wearing only shorts and socks and that he was covered with flies. The deputy shook Bessette several times and eventually forced him awake. Reports state that Bessette seemed “disoriented.”  After his arrest for DUI, reports state, officers at the Morgan County Detention Center allegedly found a small black box on Bessette’s person that contained a small amount of suspected marijuana, a small bag containing suspected methamphetamine and a half a blue pill.

On June 3 Deontaz Nicole Gipson, 34, Atlanta was arrested and charged with failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended, drugs not in original container, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and possession of open container. According to reports, Morgan County deputies were alerted to be on the lookout for a Mercedes Benz on Interstate 20 failing to maintain its lane. A deputy stopped the Mercedes after he allegedly observed the vehicle failing to maintain its lane. Consequent to the stop, reports state, a small bag of suspected marijuana was located in a wallet belonging to Gipson. Further search of the vehicle also allegedly found a second bag of suspected marijuana and two Zanax pills. After a deputy placed Gipson in a patrol car, he later took her out to allow a female deputy to search her for weapons and observed an open bottle of vodka under the back seat of the patrol car in which Gipson had been sitting.

On June 2 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Sewell Church Road, Mansfield location. According to reports, a man said a day after he purchased a Troy Built 6250 portable generator, someone took the generator from his property.

On June 2 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Wildflower Way residence. According to reports, a man said he believed a small dent on the passenger door of his truck was caused by a high-powered pellet rifle.

On June 2 a theft by deception report was filed at Reese Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a 78-year-old woman reported that someone called her home phone and pretended to be her grandson.

She said the fake grandson told her he was at a wedding in Miami and had gotten into a car wreck and needed money. The phone was then transferred to a man who said he was the manager of National Car Rental and he instructed the woman to go to Lowe’s and get three $500 I Tune gift cards. The woman did and the man called again and got the numbers from the cards. The woman said she later talked to her grandson and he told her he was fine and had not been involved in a wreck. The woman said she then realized she had been scammed out of $1,500. The woman said each time she received a call from the fraudulent callers, no caller ID every appeared on her phone.

On June 1 Taylor Lee Robbins, 20, Newborn Road, Mansfield was arrested and charged with possession of alcohol by a person under legal drinking age, possession of marijuana less than an ounce and possession of drug-related objects. According to reports, officers were called to a Newborn Road residence after an allegedly intoxicated Robbins was dropped off at the house. While at the house, a small amount of suspected marijuana and pipes were found in a back pack belonging to Robbins.

On June 1 an identity theft complaint was filed at a Pinetree Circle residence after a man said someone used his name and Social Security number to secure an account with Georgia Power. The complainant said he has received a $603 bill from Georgia Power for service to a Greene County residence.

On June 1 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Prospect Road residence. According to reports, an investigation into the theft of prescription drugs was launched.

On June 1 an identity theft complaint was filed at a Norris Lane residence. According to reports, a man stated that he received a credit card from Target in his mailbox. The man said he called Target and said he had not requested the card. The man said he then received credit cards from JC Penny, Belk and Amaxon.com that he had not applied for either.

On June 1 Pamela Renee Johnson, 36, Athens was arrested and charged with failure to maintain insurance and possession of marijuana. According to reports, Johnson was stopped for driving a vehicle that allegedly had no insurance. Consequent to the stop, a deputy located a brown bag in a center console that allegedly contained marijuana.

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