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On October 3 an information report was filed at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greene County. According to reports, an emergency room worker contacted police regarding a man at the hospital receiving treatment for injuries from a physical confrontation. The man told a deputy that he was beaten by a family member at a location on Cochran Road. The man said he was not interested in pursuing charges against his attacker.

On October 3 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Pagett Whetzel Dentistry, Bethany Road. According to reports, an employee at the office stated that someone had broken into two external mailboxes the company maintains.

On October 2 a theft by taking and criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Long Wood Drive residence. According to reports, a man said he woke up after he heard someone start his 1996 GMC 2500 four wheel drive truck. The man said he observed the truck drive down his driveway and then onto Long Wood Drive. Authorities searched the area for the $4,500 truck but did not locate the vehicle.

On October 1 Steven Payne Messer, 31, Rutledge was arrested and charged with DUI, improper starting and reckless driving. According to reports, a deputy allegedly observed Messer driving a Ford F 150 pickup truck in a reckless manner near Bethany Road and East Washington Street. Reports state that Messer allegedly spun the tires on the truck across the intersection of Bethany and East Washington streets. A deputy stopped Messer at a residence on East Washington at approximately midnight. Consequent to the stop Messer produced a stated identification card but not a driver’s license.

On September 30 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road residence. According to reports, a woman said another woman who came to her house to deliver a candy apple, struck her daughter’s car. Damage estimates are $500, reports state.

On September 30 a cruelty to person 65-years-old or older complaint was filed at a Riverbanks Road residence. According to reports, on September 29 a Morgan County detective “initiated an investigation into a report of possible financial elder abuse. Nothing else was available.

On September 30 a damage to vehicle complaint was filed at Eatonton Road near Maddox Road. According to reports, a man said while he was driving his 2014 Audi A4 south on Eatonton Road near Maddox Road a cinder block fell out of a late nineties model maroon pickup truck. The complainant said he ran over the cinder block, damaging a front passenger wheel.

On September 30 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at an Apalachee Woods Trail residence. According to reports, a man reported that at least twice in the past week someone had run over his Donald Trump for President signs. While a deputy was at the residence speaking to the complainant, a juvenile approached and told the deputy and the man that a different juvenile had been running over the sign with his bicycle. A second juvenile approached and told the man that he too had run over the sign with his bicycle. The second juvenile’s mother was contacted regarding the incident and she apologized and attempted to pay the complainant for damages but the complainant refused to accept payment. The sign is valued at $5. A deputy is also seeking a third juvenile who also allegedly ran over the Donald Trump signs while riding his bicycle.

On September 28 a suspicious incident report was filed at a Deer Track Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a man said he noticed a company called Alter Simple Sales, Inc. cashed an electronic check from his Regions Bank checking account for $27.75. The man said he called the company to dispute the claim and was told that he had purchased a web site, which the complainant denied.

On September 28 a verbal dispute report was field at a Williams Street, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman said her children had been staying with their father and that he had not returned some of the clothes that belonged to the children. The father said he had returned all clothing and had included some new clothing when he sent the children back to their mother. The father did state that he had a pair of shoes that belonged to one of the children and that he would return the shoes. The father, according to reports, handed the shoes to the deputy and the deputy in turn handed the shoes to the mother. The woman alleged that the father had withheld approximately $500 worth of children’s clothing from her.

On September 27 a verbal dispute complaint was filed at a Sewell Church Road residence. According to reports, a 16-year-old male met a deputy at the end of the driveway and alleged that his father had been verbally abusive toward him. The juvenile also alleged that both his mother and father stay “intoxicated at all times” and that is when the arguments commence. The juvenile said he attempted to calm the argument by going to his room and closing the door but that angered the father more. Deputies approached the residence and spoke with the father. Reports state that the father “appeared to be highly intoxicated.” The mother, reports state, “…did have an odor of alcohol coming from her person as well…” and her “eyes were blood shot and glassy.” The juvenile was transported to the Golden Pond Convenience store where he was picked up by his sister to spend the night with the sister after he collected some personal items and school items.

On September 27 a battery complaint was filed at a Hough Circle residence. According to reports, a woman said the baby’s father had requested that she give him a ride to Monroe to go to court. The woman said she agreed to give him a ride but told him she did not have enough gas for the trip. The man allegedly agreed to purchase gas but when the woman went to the Sunflower Food Store on Eatonton Road the man refused to purchase gas at Sunflower. The woman then was driving on the Madison by-pass to take the man home and the man allegedly struck her several times in the head. The man told authorities he had not struck the woman. He also said he wanted to wait until the couple arrived at Monroe to purchase gas because he suspected if he bought the gas at Sunflower the woman was going to drop him off at his court date in Monroe and then abandon him.

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