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Madison Police Department

On March 3 a forgery complaint was filed at a Bank of Madison, North Main Street. According to reports, a black male wearing blue jeans and dark shirt, approximately 6’3” entered the bank with a $1,846.20 check from a local insurance company made out to the suspect. The man presented an identification card and Social Security number and the check was cashed. However, the bank learned that the insurance company had not issued the check. The check was produced using a check number that had already been used. Thirty minutes after the first man a second man entered the bank and attempted to cash a similar check but snatched the check back and fled when the teller told him that the check had to be verified. Thirty minutes after that a third man entered the bank’s Eatonton Road branch and attempted the same fraud but also snatched the check back and fled when a teller attempted to verify the check.

On February 27 Julian D. Ramirez, 35, Lawrencevillle was arrested and charged with false report of a crime. According to reports, units from the Madison Police Department, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to a call to dispatch alleging there was someone shooting inside the Travels Centers of America truck stop, Eatonton Road. Reports state that all the law enforcement units arrived and began a sweep of the building when a clerk called dispatch and told them that there had not been any shooting at the business. Officers located Ramirez outside in the truck parking area and he allegedly told them he had falsified the call and he did not know why. A day later, reports state, the charges against Ramirez where dismissed.

On February 2 a theft by taking complaint was filed at EZ Bottle Shop, West Washington Street. According to reports, the owner of the business alleged that an employee who has worked for the store for 16 years is accused of taking more than $50,000 from the business. The owner alleged that he has video of the employee paying for a snack with a $20 bill but giving himself change for a $100. The owner also alleged that the employee had taken lottery tickets without paying for them.

On February 28 an information report was filed at Anthony, Sovis Road. According to reports, an employee called officers after he allegedly found a smoking device in the cab of one of the company’s trucks. The employee said the driver of the truck had come back to the business unusually late and was “acting strange and… would not give a straight answer concerning his tardiness.” The officer shattered the pipe and subjected crystalline substances in the pipe to field test and the test came back positive for methamphetamine.

On February 28 a burglary complaint was filed at an East Jefferson Street apartment complex. According to reports, offices where called to the complex in regards to a stolen washing machine. According to reports, a woman alleged that as she was in the process of cleaning out her apartment in order to move out, an employee at the complex allegedly entered her unit and removed a washing machine. The woman said she was planning on selling the washing machine and a dryer. Reports state that initially the employee denied knowledge of the washing machine but later told the complainant that he could get the washing machine back. Later, reports state, a representative of the apartment complex told an officer that the employee had money to pay for the washing machine. At the time of the report, the employee had not been located by officers.

On February 26 a shoplifting warrant was issued against Demander Stephen Mathis, 30, Madison. According to reports, Mathis allegedly took a Bud Ice beer and placed it in his pocket and left the store without paying. Reports state that the theft was captured on the store’s video surveillance and that Mathis was positively identified as the person taking the Bud Ice beer without paying for the item. The beer is valued at $1.

On February 26 Melinda Gail Whitton, 51, Madison was arrested and charged with failure to maintain lane and DUI drugs. According to reports, officers received a call from Morgan County Dispatch regarding a black Nissan traveling towards Madison on Georgia 83 that was failing to maintain its lane. The vehicle was stopped at the parking lot of Variety Works, West Washington Street after an officer allegedly observed the vehicle crossing over the centerline. Consequent to the stop an officer reported that Whitton allegedly failed a field sobriety test. The officer also noted that Whitton allegedly told him she had taken Xanax and Neurontin pills. The officer noted that a prescription pill bottle was sitting on top of Whitton’s purse. The officer noted that several other pills were found in Whitton’s pockets after her arrest.

On February 25 Jeremy Jermaine J. Shaffer, 29, Madison was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended, fleeing or attempting to elude, no insurance and operating a vehicle with no registration. According to reports, an officer attempted to stop Shaffer near the intersection of Hancock Street and East Washington while Shaffer was driving a white Impala. Shaffer did not stop, however, and turned onto Pine Street and near the Pine Street and Johnson Street intersection Shaffer allegedly jumped from the vehicle and fled. An officer was able to, later, talk to Shaffer on the phone and Shaffer returned to the scene and was arrested.

On February 24 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Madison Family Medicine, Main Street. According to reports, an employee reported that a woman came to the office with a grocery bag full of the office’s outgoing mail, including insurance claims. The employee said that the mail had been placed in the company’s mail box in front of the office. The employee said the insurance claims include sensitive private patient information.

On February 25 a fraudulent telephone solicitation complaint was filed at a South Main Street location. According to reports, a woman said she had received a letter regarding a long distance number she used to sell tickets. The woman said the letter stated that the person had paid $70 for two tickets but had not received the tickets. The letter also stated that during the call, a man with a foreign accent answered the phone. The woman said the organization had recently changed long distance carriers and apparently the calls were now going to a foreign account who, apparently, was collecting money that was rightfully meant for the organization.

On February 21 Oscar Alfredo Valdivieso, 42, Atlanta was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. According to reports, Valdivieso was stopped on Georgia 24 for allegedly failing to maintain lane. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer allegedly located several marijuana cigarettes in the vehicle and a marijuana crusher with suspected marijuana residue.

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On March 5 a theft by taking complaint was filed near the intersection of Davis Academy and Fears Road. According to reports, a man stated that someone had taken 12 Pecan trees from his property. The man said the trees were rootless saplings when they were planted and had not developed a strong root system so they could easily be pulled from the ground. The man valued the trees, and the labor to plant them, at $1,200.

On March 5 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Fears Road residence. According to reports, a man stated that someone came onto the property and damaged a 1983 Porsche by throwing a hydraulic device through  the windshield. The perpetrator also kicked the side mirrors of the car off and kicked the side of the car. They also tipped over a refrigerator.

On March 5 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Mcfadden Lane, Newborn residence. According to reports, a woman said someone had damaged an airstrip by digging circles and skid marks on the air strip. The woman said a week prior she had spoken to a man who was riding a four wheeler in the neighborhood without permission.

On March 3 a fraud complaint was filed at a Hawkins Academy Road residence. According to reports, a man said he was attempting to sell a Chevrolet torque converter kit on Craigs List. The man said he received a text from a potential buyer and then a check for $2,600 from the buyer. The man said the buyer, via text, told him his secretary had made a mistake and to keep the $600 for the convertor and send the extra $2,000 back via cashier’s check. The complainant said he felt the situation was fraudulent and had his bank run the check and his fears were confirmed that the check was fraudulent. The man said he continued to receive text messages from the fraudulent buyer who also threatened FBI intervention.

On March 3 Jason Dewayne Garrison, 40, Porterdale was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and expired or no registration. According to reports, a deputy responded to a car in a ditch complaint near Fears and Peppers Road in Bostwick. After arriving, reports state, the deputy observed Garrison and another man attempting to extract the vehicle from the ditch. Garrison told the officer a tire had come loose from a wheel and forced him in the ditch. He requested no report be done for insurance purposes. The deputy called the vehicle in and learned that the vehicle’s insurance had been suspended. He also learned that Garrison was on probation for a possession of methamphetamine conviction. The deputy informed Garrison that he was invoking a fourth amendment waiver right and searched both the vehicle and Garrison. A 1.8 gram piece of suspected methamphetamine was found in a flash light key chain on Garrison’s person, reports state.

On March 2 Audrea Rosella Williams, 29, Madison was arrested and charged with speeding, less than the minimum and possession of methamphetamine. According to reports, a deputy allegedly clocked Williams driving 35 mph in the left lane on Interstate 20 at 3:30 a.m. Consequent to a traffic stop, the officer reported locating two beer cans, a small amount of suspected marijuana and an amount of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle.

On February 28 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Indian Creek Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that after her boyfriend came home from work, he walked upstairs and confronted the woman regarding water on the kitchen floor. The woman alleged that the man then slammed her against a wall and then left the residence when she told him she was calling police.

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