By Patrick Yost
The Morgan County Grand Jury met last week and, in part, returned several criminal indictments. The following persons were indicted.
• Michael Curtis Nichols, 35, Aiken, S.C. was indicted on one count possession of cocaine, one count DUI and one count following too closely. According to reports, Nichols was arrested on August 24, 2016 by a Georgia State Patrol trooper near the 119 mile marker on Interstate 20. Warrants allege that consequent to Nichols arrest two crack cocaine “rocks” were found in his vehicle.
• James Lewis Wilson, 51, Madison, was indicted on one count sale of methadone. According to the indictment, Wilson allegedly sold methadone on January 24, 2017. A warrant alleges that on January 24, 2017 Wilson sold eight methadone pills to a confidential informant for $40 from Wilson’s Shockley Road residence.
• Willie C. Winder, 54, Madison was indicted on three counts sale of hydrocodone. According to court records, Winder was arrested on July 27, 2016 by a Madison Police Department officer after he allegedly sold “a quantity of pills identified as (hydrocodone)…” to a confidential informant during a controlled buy.
• Allen Michael Rish, 28, Lexington, Ky. was indicted on six counts entering an automobile, one count theft by receiving property stolen in another state, one count theft by receiving stolen property, one count theft by taking, one count criminal trespass, once count obstruction of an officer, one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count giving false information to a law enforcement officer. According to court records, Rish was arrested on January 15, 2017 by both Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Madison Police Department officers. Warrants allege that on January 15, 2017 Rish allegedly entered a Commerce Drive’ auto repair shop’s fenced vehicle storage area and entered several vehicles. Rish allegedly took various items including a speaker, a bag of potato chips, a flip phone and a reverse camera. He also allegedly took a white GMC truck parked at the Chevron convenience store, Eatonton Road, and drove the truck to the rear parking lot of Rite Aid drug store, Eatonton Road where he then exited the vehicle and fled into a wooded area. Rish was later arrested running through the Chick–Fil–A parking lot and allegedly gave officers incorrect information regarding his name.
• Adam Scott McDaniel, 28, Madison was indicted on one count burglary in the first degree. According to court records, McDaniel was arrested on January 9, 2017 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Warrants allege that McDaniel on January 8, 2017 entered an Apalachee Road residence and took a 9mm Springfield semi–automatic pistol and two pistol magazines. In a separate matter, McDaniel was also indicted on four counts of obstruction of an officer, three counts fleeing or attempting to elude, one count possession of an illegal weapon, one count theft by taking and one count burglary in the first degree. Warrants in that incident allege that on December 15, 2016 McDaniel entered a Beaver Dam Road residence and removed a 38 caliber revolver, a .30–.30 caliber rifle, a pellet rifle, two sets of keys and a 2007 Nissan Frontier. Deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants against McDaniel on December 16, 2016 and state that the items removed were located at McDaniel’s residence. Warrants also allege that McDaniel possessed a sawed–off shotgun and that he wrecked the Nissan and fled on foot after a chase with law enforcement officers.
• Samuel John Miller, 20, Covington was indicted on four counts entering an automobile. According to court documents, sometime between November 30 and December 1 Miller allegedly entered four vehicles in the Martha Lane, Rutledge area. Among items taken, warrants allege, were a .20 gauge shotgun, a book bag, bolt cutters, a gold chain, a chainsaw and jumper cables. Co–defendant Jacob Cale Wilson, 22, McDonough was indicted on four counts entering an automobile, one count fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark and one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Court records allege that Wilson also entered the same vehicles as Miller and fled from deputies who attempted to stop a vehicle Wilson was allegedly driving. During the chase, warrants allege, a black box containing a handgun with the serial numbers filed off, was thrown from the vehicle. The vehicle was eventually found at an I–Hop restaurant in Conyers.
• Dewayne Hood, 59, Augusta was indicted on one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. Court records state that Hood was arrested on Interstate 20 near the 114 mile marker by a Madison Police Department officer. Warrants allege that during a routine traffic stop the officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and a consequent search found a .45 caliber handgun in the vehicle.
Arsenio Emory Evans, 27, Atlanta was indicted on two counts speeding, one count possession of a controlled substance, one count possession of cocaine, one count possession of marijuana, more than an ounce and one count possession of drug related objects. Court records state that Evans was arrested on April 25, 2015 by a Madison Police Department officer on Interstate 20. Warrants allege that after Evans was stopped for speeding officers found several ounces of marijuana; with one bag under the driver’s seat and two large bags in the trunk, found 10 brown pills with a mushroom design in a red, white and blue cloth bag; found a bag of cocaine and a key to a lock box under the back seat of a patrol car used to transport Evans to the Morgan County Detention Center; found a scale with marijuana residue on the plates.
• Noah Alexander Trammell, 20, Madison was indicted on one count statutory rape. Court documents state that Trammell was arrested on September 10, 2015 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s deputy. Warrants allege that on sometime between February 14, 2015 and September 10, 2015, admitted to having sexual relations with a 13–year–old female. Officers were called to the juvenile’s residence after her mother reported her missing. Warrants state that Trammell and the juvenile were found together by law enforcement officers inside an Eatonton Road residence.