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Madison Police Department

On January 27 Horace Jones, 37, Madison was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and violation of handicap parking. According to reports, Jones was stopped by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy at 1:40 p.m. at the Golden Pantry parking lot, North Main Street after he allegedly failed to maintain his lane while driving. The deputy called a Madison Police Department officer who conducted a series of sobriety tests which, reports state, Jones failed. A half empty bottle of vodka was located in the vehicle. When Jones was stopped by the deputy he parked in a handicap space in front of the store, reports state.

On January 28 Deborah Lynn Vickery, 54, Madison was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and windshield violation. According to reports, Morgan County Dispatch received a call from a citizen stating that a red Pontiac Grand Prix traveling toward Madison on Georgia Highway 83 was not maintaining its lane of travel. An officer observed the vehicle pass his stationary vehicle and, reports allege, he observed the vehicle fail to maintain its lane of travel. The officer stopped the vehicle, driven by Vickery at 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the BP gas station. Reports state that Vickery refused sobriety tests and at one point “became irate and began cussing and kicking the windows of the back door…” of the officers patrol car.

On January 25 a lost or mislaid property complaint was filed at the Citgo Convenience Store, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an Aiken, S.C. man said he stopped in Madison at the Citgo store to buy a drink enroute to the Atlanta airport. The man said when he arrived at the airport he realized he did not have his wallet. The complainant said the wallet contained a driver’s license, $100 cash, gift cards and a NAACP membership card.

On January 25 a deposit account fraud complaint was filed at Olde South Wine and Spirits, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee stated that a customer cashed a $210 check and initially the check was returned for insufficient funds. Two days later the account was closed, the complainant said.

On January 23 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Green Meadow Drive residence. According to reports, a woman said her sister came to the residence and initiated a confrontation that became physical and that the complainant’s mother was pushed to the ground during the confrontation. The complainant said after the initial parry, the sister left the residence and retreated to her vehicle. An hour later the sister called officers to report the altercation and told them that she did, in fact, go to the residence to confront her sister regarding allegations that her sister had a sexual encounter with her ex-husband. The woman said she was attempting to show her mother a text message that would validate the allegations when her sister pushed her down and attacked her. She alleged that when the mother was knocked to the ground the complainant continued to beat her and picked up a picture frame to use as a weapon. The sister said the complainant then dropped the picture frame  and told the sister “she had something else for her.” The complainant then, the sister alleged, procured and brandished a knife at which point the sister retreated to her vehicle for safety. The complainant continued to the vehicle however, she said, and stabbed tire, hit the driver’s side window and hood with the knife all the while describing her sexual encounter with the sister’s ex-husband.

On January 23 a burglary complaint was filed at a Poplar Street residence. According to reports, a man said that at 3:53 p.m. he received  a notification on his cell phone from his alarm company that his home alarm had activated. The man said when he arrived he observed that someone had gained entry into the house by throwing a rock through a glass door. The man said the television set and sound equipment for the television was taken.

On January 20 Brian Patrick Maxwell, 44, Loganville was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, driving without a license, suspended license plate, affixing a tag to conceal the identity of a vehicle and suspended registration. According to reports, Maxwell was stopped while driving a Ford Crown Victoria on Lions Club Road. Consequent to the stop Maxwell told the officer he did not have a license, reports state, and that he was attempting to drive his girlfriend to the hospital because of chest pains. The officer contacted EMS and had them enroute. The officer also discovered that the tag for the vehicle had been reported stolen from a Ford truck. Maxwell was taken into custody. The girlfriend was cleared by EMS and did not request further treatment. The girlfriend’s mother arrived, reports state, and verified that Maxwell was taking the girlfriend to the hospital for chest pains and that the couple had left the house approximately one hour before the traffic stop.

On January 22 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at an East Washington Street residence. According to reports, a man said that after he and a friend watched a football game, the friend asked for money. The man said he told the friend he did not have any money and the friend then accused the man of taking $4. The complainant said his friend left but then returned and threw a brick through his glass front door.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On January 29 India Farmer, 33, Fulton County was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. According to reports, Farmer was allegedly speeding on Eatonton Road at 2:36 p.m. when a deputy made a traffic stop. According to reports, the deputy reported a strong smell of perfume masking a marijuana coming from the vehicle. Farmer allegedly told the deputy she had loaned the vehicle to her brother who smoked marijuana. Two minor children where in the vehicle. An officer obtained permission to search the vehicle and allegedly found a red grinder in a purse in the vehicle. Farmer told the officer she had found the grinder in the vehicle and put it in her purse. She was arrested and the children were transported to the Morgan County Detention Center where an officer allowed Farmer to be released on a recognizance bond because of the children. The three were then transported back to the vehicle.

On January 26 Eric Jayson Bell, 41, Madison was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving and obstruction. According to reports, a deputy was in the area of the Buckhead Chevron convenience store when he was alerted that a second deputy was attempting to make a traffic stop on a gray and white Honda. “This vehicle is known to local law enforcement and law enforcement agencies in surrounding counties to be routinely driven by Mr. Eric Jayson Bell, who not only possesses a suspended Georgia driver’s license but has another vehicle’s Georgia license plate attached to the car,” reports state.

The deputy said he passed the Honda driven by Bell on Bethany Road going in the opposite direction. The deputy turned around but said the high speeds and winding roads forced him to lose the Honda. At 10:30 p.m., reports state, Bell was located at a Holstein Road residence. The Honda was also at the residence, reports state. He is also being held for arrest warrants out of Watkinsville, Oconee County and Putnam County.

On January 25 a burglary and theft by taking complaint was filed at Spears Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man said someone entered a barn and took a Gator 825i all terrain vehicle. The complainant estimated the value of the vehicle at $11,200.

On January 25 a burglary and theft by taking complaint was filed at a Pennington Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone took a $100 table stand from a building on the property.

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