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Madison Police Department

On June 14 Richard L. Yerian, 39, Jackson, Ohio, was arrested and charged with interference with a business. According to reports, an officer was called to the Exxon convenience store, Monticello Highway at 8:45 p.m. in response to a man stating that someone was trying to hurt him. When the officer arrived he observed Yerian in a “highly intoxicated” state. Yerian could not tell the officer how he had gotten to the store but said he had been beaten by a group of people. The officer noted there were no marks on Yerian. Witneses said a blue van with blue wheels dropped Yerian at the store and left.

On June 15 a simple assault and discharging firearms complaint was filed  at a Green Meadows residence. According to reports, a father stated that he and his son had engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical. The father said that he feared for his safety from the son so he fired a shot into the floor of his residence to warn his son. The son retreated from the residence and dropped his pistol into a bush. Both weapons were confiscated until a pre-warrant hearing can be completed.

On June 5 a theft by deception complaint was filed at Wal Mart, Eatonton Road after an employee reported that a white male came into the store, selected a pair of hedge trimmers and then returned the hedge trimmers for a refund without ever paying for the item.

On June 14 a theft  by taking complaint was filed at a Green Meadows drive residence. According to reports, a woman stated that the previous evening her son had left a BTX bicycle on the lawn  and the bike had been stolen. A neighbor located the bike behind apartments on Vine Street.

On June 13 a fraudulent telephone solicitation complaint was filed at a Porter Street residence. According to reports a 72-year-old woman stated that on May 2 she received a “pop up” ad on her computer stating that the computer was at risk of being hacked and needed support and security. The woman said she contacted the company, Break Logic, and was sold a $299 security plan. She said a few days later she got the same “pop up” ad and called again and this time a person from Break Logic attempted to sell her another security plan for $249. She said she asked a friend to inspect her computer and the friend said no security software had been added to her system.

On June 18 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at the Chophouse restaurant, South Main Street. According to reports, a  woman stated that  someone had scratched a derogatory word above the driver’s side handle of her Ford Ranger.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On June 19 a gas drive off complaint was filed at the Fairplay Store, Fairplay Road, Rutledge. According to reports, a woman said that a black male, approximately 5’9” driving a bronze SUV paid for$10 worth of gas but pumped $18.70 and then left without paying the difference.

On June 17 an abandoned property report was filed at a Holstein Road residence. According to reports, a man said a woman drove a white 2002 Ford Explorer Sportrac on his driveway and parked the vehicle. The woman told the complainant that the vehicle’s owner had been arrested and that she only had her learner’s permit and did not feel comfortable driving the vehicle. The complainant said he asked the female several times not to leave the vehicle on his driveway but the young woman’s only response was that she would tell the vehicle’s owner where the vehicle was parked. She also said the vehicle’s owner would be out of town for two days and would come and get the vehicle later. The man said he did not feel comfortable with the vehicle staying on his property so he called 911. A wrecker was called and the vehicle was removed.

On June 17 a fraud complaint was filed at a Spears Road residence. According to reports, a man said he was contacted by Verizon in regards to his purchase of four IPhone 6 smart phones. The complainant said he advised Verizon that he had not made the purchases and he declined the charges.

On June 17 an illegal dumping complaint was filed at a Bethany Church Road residence. According to reports, a man said when he arrived at leased property he observed a single tire near a driveway to the property and then further up the driveway he observed approximately 50 tires. The man said he has no suspects on who would have dumped the tires on the property.

On June 15 Willie Frank Smith, 69, Madison was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. According to reports, Smith had allegedly been issued a no trespass notice on property on Prospect Road on June 5.

The property owner reported that he observed Smith tampering with a front gate to the property. A deputy drove to Smith’s Flat Rock Road home and placed him in handcuffs and arrested him.

Reports state that Smith told the deputy he had gone to the property to check on his cows and that “God gave him that property.”

On June 16 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Greensboro Road residence. According to reports, a man reported that four mailboxes from the neighborhood had been damaged. One of the residents reported that at 4 p.m. a grey Chevrolet truck had avoided striking her vehicle in the rear by running over a mailbox. The woman said the maneuver ejected the male’s lawnmowers and that the man stopped, picked up the lawnmowers and left.

On June 14 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Fears Road residence.

According to reports, a man said his ex-wife had entered his property and removed his grey in color 12 foot John boat.

The boat is valued at $800.

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