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On February 3 April Katrese Purkiss, 26, Madison was arrested and charged with theft by taking. According to reports, Purkiss was arrested after she allegedly told management at Rite Aid that she had taken more than $1,000 from the store by doing fraudulent returns. Purkiss and employee Lacy Cooper allegedly told officers that they had conducted fraudulent returns. An arrest warrant was issued for Cooper who, reports state, turned her self in to Madison authorities on February 3.

On February 2 Erin Terez Untalan, 24, Asheville, N.C., was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, Untalan was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Eatonton Highway at 8:36 p.m. for a broken headlight. Consequent to the stop, an officer reported smelling marijuana in the vehicle and told the driver and Untalan that he was going to search the vehicle. Untalan then  allegedly handed the officer a blue pipe with marijuana residue in the pipe’s bowl.

On February 2 a cruelty toward animals complaint was filed at a Billups Street residence. According to reports, an officer went to the residence in regards to a complaint concerning a junked, inoperable vehicle in the yard. The officer walked behind the house and observed a white SUV that appeared to be inoperable. He also observed five dogs tethered with a chain, which is against Madison Animal Control ordinances. The officer also noted that the dogs appeared to be malnourished. The dogs’ owner was contacted and met a detective at the residence. The dogs were taken to a local veterinarian to be examined.

On February 1 a forgery complaint was filed at a Commerce Street residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had taken her checking account number and bank routing numbers and created four fraudulent checks. Each fraudulent check was for $2,899.33. All four checks had been endorsed to four different people in different parts of the United States but had been denied.

On January 31 an information report was filed at the Budget Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said her uncle had left his South Main Street residence to go to the Corner Stone Church, Main Street, Madison. The woman said that the man did not return from church. A pastor at the church verified that the man had attended a service at the church. Reports state that the man returned to the Budget Inn a day after the woman filed the complaint.

On January 31 a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Unzell Court residence. According to reports, a man said his daughter’s estranged husband had called him several times and used derogatory names against him. The complainant said he had previously had a protective order against the man and that the man was banned from Morgan County. He also said the man had alleged that by marrying the complainant’s daughter he “legally gained equity” in the complainant’s real estate.

On January 30 a theft of service complaint was filed at Travel Centers of American, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee at the truck stop said a man had $419.19 worth of work done to his truck and then left the truck stop without paying the bill. The employee said he had made several attempts to contact the man but he had no response. An officer also attempted to contact the man but failed.

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On February 5 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Shakerag Road, Bulkhead residence. According to reports, a woman reported that the door to her outdoor shed had been been opened. She also said she observed damage to a window to the residence. A deputy observed that a screen frame on the house had been damaged.

On February 5 a simple battery complaint was filed at a James Street, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman said while  she was at a Super Bowl party a man entered the party and began talking loudly and using profanity. The woman said the man was asked  to leave by the party’s host and that as he was leaving he slapped her on the face when he was trying to strike someone  standing next to her. The woman said the man was forced to the front yard of the house where a physical confrontation with several people ensued. A second report filed by the man from Morgan Memorial Hospital alleged that during the altercation between himself and two other men, someone struck him in the head with a beer bottle. The man received eight staples at the Morgan Memorial Hospital emergency room.

On February 4 an information report was filed at a Brownwood Road location. According to reports, a deputy observed a man walking on Brownwood Road near McNair Lane. The deputy stopped and identified the man, who said he was trying to hitch hike to Moultrie from his home in Roswell to find work. The deputy gave the man a ride to the Pilot Truck Stop, Eatonton Road and called Roswell Police Department to determine if the man was missing. Reports state that initially there was no report on the man but, later, Roswell Police contacted Morgan County Dispatch and reported that the man’s mother was classifying him as a missing person. The deputy located the man at the truck stop and told him he needed to call his mother and that he had been listed as a missing person. The man told the deputy that he was 53-years-old and did not want to return to the Roswell residence of his mother. The man was then transported from the Morgan County Detention Center to McDonald’s and released on his own recognizance.

On February 4 a fraud complaint was filed at a Braswell Road, Bostwick residence. According to reports, a man said he was contacted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding four non employee compensations that had been filed in his name. The compensations included $222,505 to AAA Auto Club in Tampa, $282,665 to the same AAA club and more than $2,000 to two insurance companies. The man said he previously worked for a towing company and believed that the company was using his name and Social Security number to file tax papers. The owner of the towing company was contacted and verified that the complainant had once worked with the company  but insisted that the man was paid as a contract employee.

On February 4 a terroristic threats and acts complaint was filed at a Pine Tree Circle residence. According to reports, a woman said her intoxicated boyfriend entered her residence and demanded the key to his truck. The woman said she gave the man the key and he left. The man then allegedly returned and demanded clothing. The woman said she told the man to wait outside and she would bring him clothes. The woman said the man then raised his fist as if to strike her but did not strike her. The man then left and spun the tires in the vehicle as he was leaving, she said.

On February  4 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Flat Rock Road residence. According to reports, a man said after he told his neighbor two times that he was not going to give him a ride to work, he believes the man scratched the driver’s side door of  the complainant’s vehicle with a key.

On February 4 Michael Wynn, 34, Greensboro, was arrested and charged with DUI, operating a vehicle with suspended registration, driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of open alcohol container and possession of schedule one substance. According to reports, Wynn was stopped at 10:08 p.m. at a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Greensboro Road and Woodcraft Road. Consequent to the stop, reports state, deputies noted a strong smell of alcohol coming from Wynn’s vehicle. Reports also state that during an inventory of the vehicle following Wynn’s arrest on DUI charges, a deputy allegedly located three “Ecstasy” pills in a cigarillo package in the vehicle.

On February 2 Jeffery Scott Almand, 42, Buckhead, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects. According to reports, a deputy observed Almand alone in a 2003 Dodge Stratus parked in the rear of the Buckhead Cemetery at 8:18 p.m. The deputy reported that when he approached the vehicle and identified himself as a law enforcement officer, Almand started the vehicle and began to drive away. The deputy stopped the vehicle and during a pat down search of Almand allegedly located a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine in the bowl. Reports state that Almand told the deputy he was in the cemetery for some “alone time” before he went home.

On February 3 a simple battery complaint was filed at the 125 mile marker on Interstate 20. According to reports, a deputy said he responded to several 911 calls regarding a man beating a woman on the side of the interstate. When the deputy arrived at the reported location no one was at the scene. He was, however, contacted by authorities with the St. Mary’s Hospital in Greensboro and told that a citizen had driven a woman to the hospital who had been beaten and pepper sprayed. The deputy interviewed the woman at the hospital. The woman said she was traveling with her husband back to North Carolina after the couple had decided to get a divorce. The woman said she was sitting in the back seat and that the man continued to berate her and she believed he was going to attack her. The woman said the man stopped the car and pulled the complainant from the car and began beating her on the chest. The woman said she produced pepper spray and attempted to spray the man but missed. She said the man took the pepper spray from her and sprayed her in the face. A concerned citizen picked up the woman and drove her to the hospital. The man had left the area and a search for him and the vehicle was unsuccessful.

On February 3 a domestic disturbance complaint was filed at a Doster Road residence. According to reports, a woman said her 17-year-old son had thrown out her sweat tea. The woman said she entered the teen’s room to take the teen’s MP3 player as a punishment. While in the room, the woman said, she also located a missing electronic cord. The two argued and the teen began walking around the house in a “menacing” manner the woman said. She left the residence and retreated to her vehicle and called police. She parked the vehicle in front of the house so she could observe the teen while she waited for a deputy to arrive.

On February 2 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Fairplay Road, Bostwick residence. According to reports, a woman said she and her husband were arguing on the way home from the movies. She said she decided that she and her children would stay at her mother’s house for the night. The woman said as she was dropping her husband off at their Fairplay Road residence, the husband grabbed the car keys and threw them into the woods. He also allegedly threw the woman’s purse against a barn and pushed her to the ground. He then left on a green motorcycle.

On January 30 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Prospect Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her intoxicated husband pushed her and balled his fist as if to strike her. The woman said she walked outside and the husband attempted to lock her out but he was too intoxicated to operate the door lock. Deputies arrived and reported that the man had trouble standing and almost fell several times as they were talking to him. The woman said she would spend the night with relatives and would return to check on the husband because of his state.

On January 31 Charles Michael Ruark, 58, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. According to reports, Ruark allegedly stabbed a woman when she attempted to wake him up. Reports state that when deputies arrived at a Prospect Road residence, they found Ruark passed out and sitting up on a couch. The deputy was able to wake Ruark up and he denied stabbing the woman. The woman said she must have startled him and that he stabbed her in one arm as she threw her arms up to deflect the pocket knife.

On January 30 Shannon Sasha Williams–Mason , 21, Greenville, S.C. was arrested and charged with DUI and driving while license suspended. According to reports, a concerned citizen called Morgan County Dispatch and reported that Williams–Mason was circling the gas pumps at 6:12 a.m. at the Golden Pond Convenience Store, Newborn Road, Rutledge. The caller also reported that while Williams–Mason was driving in circles around the gas pumps, a woman jumped from the car and ran into the woods. When officers arrived a woman was walking out of the woods and told officers that she was contemplating suicide. The woman was transported to a hospital. Williams–Mason told the deputy that the woman had earlier tried to jump from the car and she was driving around the gas pumps in an attempt to prevent the woman from harming herself. Williams–Mason said she was driving to Fulton County for a court date and that she had last had a drink at 3 a.m. before she left South Carolina.

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