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Madison Police Department

On September 4 a burglary complaint was filed at a Burney Street residence. According to reports, a woman stated that at 5:30 a.m. her son alerted her to the fact that someone had kicked open a front door. The woman said she had been asleep at the time of the home invasion and did not hear or see anyone. She also said nothing appeared to be missing.

On September 3 a burglary complaint was filed at a Madison Avenue residence. According to reports, a woman said a relative had called and told her that someone had broken into her apartment. The woman said she asked her 11-year-old son, who was in the apartment during the burglary, what happened and he said a black male came to the door and asked the child if he knew the whereabouts of the child’s uncle. The man then entered the apartment, got a 32” LG flat screen television and then left in a red SUV.

On September 3 an information report was filed at the Morgan County Detention Center. According to reports, a 38-year-old woman said that while she and friends were driving from Covington to her home in LaGrange, her friends drove to a cemetery in Madison and forced her from the vehicle. The woman said she walked for about 30 minutes until and elderly couple picked her up near Steve’s Place, West Washington Street and took her to the Morgan County Public Safety Center. Reports state that the woman appeared disoriented as she explained what happened and that she smelled strongly of alcohol. The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m.

On September 3 James Calvin Thacker, 27, Atlanta was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and brake lights violation. According to reports, Thacker was stopped while driving on Interstate 20 with no working rear lights. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer allegedly found a small amount of suspected marijuana in a plastic bag on Thacker’s person.

On September 4 Rodriquez Thompson, 29, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and interference with a business. According to reports, Thompson was arrested at Waffle House, Eatonton Road, at approximately 2:30 a.m. after officers were called to the restaurant because of a disturbance. When they arrived they observed Thompson arguing with a waitress among a group of people. When officers attempted to separate Thompson, he allegedly said “(expletive) white people” to the officer. After he was handcuffed he continued to be belligerent towards the officer, reports state. He said that the waitress had pulled a knife on him in the restaurant and out of self defense he had swiped everything, including sale and pepper shakers and sugar from his table. However, the officer noted that the waitress would have been standing behind a tall counter and Thompson swiping the items of the table would not have served as a defense. Thompson also accused the officer “of racism and excessive force.” He also smelled strongly of alcohol, reports state.

On September 1 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Hough Circle residence. According to reports, a woman said she had counted her probation money prior to taking a shower. After she got out of the shower, she said, her money and a man who had been in the house were gone. The man then allegedly called the woman and joked about the theft, she said. She had counted $103.

On September 1 a criminal damage to property was reported at the Jaz Mart, Monticello Road. According to reports, someone created a 2’ by 2’ hole in an exterior brick wall. Nothing was reported missing, however, and entry was not made.

On August 29 Antwian Antonio Johnson, 34, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and driving while license suspended. According to reports, an officer familiar with Johnson’s license status observed him driving a Dodge Nitro on West Washington Street and followed Johnson to a residence on Pearl Street. When Johnson exited the vehicle the officer attempted to stop him but he fled into the house. The officer followed and attempted to handcuff Johnson and threatened to use a taser weapon. Johnson allegedly continued to resist and a second officer helped the arresting officer drag Johnson out of the residence.

On August 29 Sanquan Vertez Sims, 22, Augusta was arrested and charged with speeding and possession of marijuana. Sims was stopped on Interstate 20 for allegedly driving more than 90 mph in a 70 mph zone. Consequent to the stop, reports state, Sims told the officer he was hurrying to get from Atlanta to his home in Augusta because the previous night his vehicle and a rear passenger in the vehicle had been shot in Atlanta. An officer found a small amount of suspected marijuana in the vehicle.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On September 4 Wesley Rasun Bell, 27, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, battery and cruelty toward children. According to reports, a deputy responded to a domestic dispute complaint at an Eatonton Highway residence. When the deputy arrived a woman alleged that Bell had assaulted his wife. The wife said she was struck in the head with the wooden portion of a broom stick. A deputy observed blood-matted hair on the wife. The wife said the argument was initiated by a text message she had received.

On September 3 an information report was filed at a Godfrey Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her husband had left with her brother-in-law and that the brother-in-law intended to sail a boat out of the country. The woman alleged that the brother-in-law has an active probation violation against him. The deputy confirmed that Morgan County had a probation violation against the brother in law. The probation violation occurred, reports state, when the man was charged in White County, Ga. with intent to commit child molestation. Authorities notified Chatham County authorities to be on the look out for the brother-in-law.

On September 3 a battery complaint was filed at a Doster Road residence. According to reports, a deputy arrived and was told by one of four people outside a residence that earlier a woman “was here tearing up my trailer.” The complainant said the woman had arrived at the residence and tried to take three guitars and that two of the guitars don’t belong to her. The woman’s efforts were thwarted, however, and she then allegedly began trying to tear large portions of the trailer’s siding off in order to gain access. The woman also allegedly cursed at the occupants of the trailer during the incident.

On September 2 a fraud complaint was filed  at a Keencheefoonee Road residence. According to reports, a 91-year-old woman reported that she had received several calls from someone claiming to be with Publisher’s Clearing House and that she had won money. The woman said on all three occasions the person on the phone said she could collect her “winnings” after she paid a processing fee of $199. On the last call, the caller dropped the fee to $99 and said if the woman needed transportation to a bank they could provide transportation. At that point, the woman said, she feared someone may come to her residence so she called authorities.

On September 2 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Newborn Road, Rutledge location. According to reports, a man said an unknown subject drove onto his property and refused to leave. The man said the subject said he was attempting to take shelter from an on-coming storm.

On September 2 at approximately 4 p.m. Kerol Kern Coram, 29, was arrested and charged with DUI, crossing the gore and driving on the wrong side of the road. According to reports, a deputy was called to a collision on Interstate 20 When the deputy arrived he observed Coram sitting in the passenger seat of a wrecked vehicle. Witnesses to the incident alleged that Coram’s vehicle crossed the median of the interstate and nearly had a head-on collision with another vehicle. A woman with Coram alleged that she was the driver. However, several witnesses disputed the claim. Witnesses also alleged that they observed the woman carry glass containers to the woods and returned with no containers. A deputy retrieved a glass container of alcohol from the vehicle and also found two bottles of alcohol in the woods near the collision.

On September 1 a dispute complaint was filed at an Apalachee Road location. According to reports, a woman alleged that a 16-year-old female had been disrespectful to a 81-year-old man who lives at the residence and she refused to leave. A deputy talked with the teen who said she had done nothing wrong. The deputy told the teen to gather her belongings and he would transport her away. The teen told the deputy that she had too many things to take. The deputy then forced the teen to leave the residence and transported the teen to the Morgan County Detention Center until the teen’s grandmother arrived to take her home.

On August 30 Andy Burnette Martin, 40, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule IV drug and failure to maintain insurance. According to reports, Martin was stopped in the parking lot of the EZ Bottle Shop, West Washington Street after an officer determined that the vehicle Martin was driving did not have insurance. Consequent to the stop, the officer searched Martin and allegedly found 13 Cyclobenzaprine pills in a shirt pocket.

On August 31 a simple battery and criminal interference with government property complaint was filed at a MLK Drive location. According to reports, a school bus driver alleged that when she stopped to pick up students, a student who had recently been suspended for a previous incident, threw rocks at the bus and gave the driver an obscene gesture with his finger. The woman said when she opened the bus doors to load the students, the suspect threw a football at her and struck her in the leg. He then allegedly made an aggressive move toward her but was subdued by family members.

On August 30 at approximately 1:30 a.m. Eric Gene Hardwick, 32, Bishop was arrested and charged with driving while declared a habitual offender, DUI, taillights violation and driving while license suspended or revoked. According to reports, Hardwick was stopped  for driving with no tail lights near Price Mill Road, Bostwick. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer detected the smell of alcohol and performed a series of sobriety tests. Hardwick told the officer he had consumed two beers and some cough syrup. He also refused a request to provide a breath sample. Reports state that Hardwick was also charged with two outstanding arrest warrants.

On August 30 a suspicious incident report was filed at the Interstate 20 west bound rest area. According to reports, a deputy was told that homeless people were living at both the east bound and west bound rest areas. When a deputy arrived and spoke with a man and woman who said their five children were all enrolled in the Newton County school system, that they both had jobs but that the family had been evicted and they were trying to save enough money to rent an apartment. The deputy informed the woman that the family could not stay at the rest area. A maintenance employee at the rest area said the family was using the rest area’s bath rooms to bathe and wash clothes for the past month. While the deputy was at the rest area he encountered a second homeless woman at the rest area who became “very frustrated” when she was told to leave.

On August 30 an assault complaint was filed at a Mallard Ridge Road residence. According to reports, a woman said she was the legal guardian of a 9-year-old male and that the child had been attacked by another child while riding the school bus. The child said he and another male child fought after arguing over whether or not the complainant was “southern” or not.

On August 29 a 10-year-old male student was arrested and charged with disruption of the operation of a public school and obstruction. According to reports, a deputy was called to Crossroads Alternative School, Bethany Road regarding a 10-year-old male that had fled the school. He observed the child in the parking lot of the P.J. Mini Mart across the street and the child fled from the officer. The officer eventually was able to convince the child to get into his car so he could return him to school. When the child got out of the car he allegedly kicked the back bumper hard enough to leave a dent. He then kicked and punched a Crossroads administrator and also kicked the deputy and spit in the deputy’s face. The child’s father was contacted to take control of the child and when the father arrived he told the deputy he could not control the child and asked for assistance.

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