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Madison Police Department

On May 14 Anthony Levone Benford, 40, Madison was arrested and charged with battery, driving without a license and interference with a business. According to reports, officers were called to Marco’s Pizza, Eatonton Road, after receiving complaints of a man striking a woman outside the store. When officer arrived Benford and the woman had left but the vehicle they were riding in was stopped near Ingles. Witnesses told officers that they allegedly observed Benford strike the woman, the woman slapping Benford and then Benford hitting the woman with such force that she blacked out.

On May 13 a dog bite complaint was filed at an Overlook Drive location. According to reports, a 46–year–old woman alleged that as she was walking on Overlook Street a neighbor’s Beagle attacked her from behind. Reports state that the woman suffered multiple bite marks on her right forearm and underneath her elbow. A wound on her right arm exposed adipose tissue. The woman said she knew the dog belonged to someone on Creekpoint Drive.

On May 12 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Mini Warehouse, Fairground Road. According to reports, a woman said she paid $460 for the contents of a unit. The woman said after she purchased the contents, she purchased a new lock from Wal Mart and then removed a few items from the unit. The complainant said she was then contacted by a Mini Warehouse employee regarding the original owner of the contents wanting to purchase them from the complainant. The complainant rejected the offer. However, she said when she returned to the unit at a later date the lock had been removed and all the contents, less a picture frame, were gone.

On May 11 Kendra Taneka Sheppard, 30, Atlanta and Barrington Omar Garland, 32, Atlanta were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, a silver SUV allegedly driven by Garland was stopped on Interstate 20 for speeding. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer allegedly smelled raw marijuana in the vehicle. The officer located a small amount of suspected marijuana in a purse belonging to Sheppard. Both were cited and released because there were three juvenile children in the vehicle. Garland was also charged with speeding.

On May 11 Leshelle Mitchell, 44, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, a Wal Mart employee alleged that he observed Mitchell attempting to conceal three packs of meat and leave the store. The employee said Mitchell was confronted at the front door of the store and that after the confrontation she threw the meat down and fled and attempted to hide in the back seat of a car in the parking lot. When an officer arrived he located Mitchell in the back seat. He also located more meat in a purse that allegedly belongs to Mitchell.

On May 10 a warrant was issued against George Robert Sims, 55, Duluth on theft by conversion charges. According to reports, Sims allegedly rented tools from Madison Rentals, Eatonton Road, on April 26 and had yet to return the tools. Reports state that since May 2 Sims no longer responded to phone calls from the business regarding the overdue rentals. An officer also made several attempts to contact Sims and has requested that the Gwinnett County Police Department also attempt to contact and detain Sims.

On May 9 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a North Second Street location.

According to reports, a woman alleged that someone took a jewelry bag that contained a gold chain, a nickel sized Krugerrand, a gold ring with six opals, sterling silver and several pairs of gold earrings.

On May 8 a theft of lost or mislaid items report was filed at Main Street Pantry, Main Street. According to reports a man alleged that after he purchased gas at the station, he never saw his wallet again. The man alleged that he had $300 cash, a driver’s license and two debit cards in the wallet.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On May 14 a burglary complaint was filed at a Pine Tree Circle residence. According to reports, a man said he left his residence at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 14 and returned at 4:20 a.m. When he returned he found the front door open. The complainant said that someone entered the residence and removed two Element Flat Screen televisions that were still in the box. The televisions are valued at $242. Reports state that the door appeared to be pried open with a crow bar.

On May 14 Joshua Cartez Robinson, 19, Warner Robbins was arrested and charged with speeding and possession of marijuana. According to reports, a deputy stopped Robinson for allegedly driving 82 miles per hour on the Madison bypass, a 55 mph zone. Consequent to the stop, reports state, a deputy allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Robinson and four passengers were removed from the vehicle. The deputy reported that he found a small bag of suspected marijuana in the center console of the vehicle.

On May 14 a lost property complaint was filed at a Flat Rock Road location. According to reports, a man said while he was getting ready for church, he placed his Smith and Wesson pistol inside a holster on the back trunk of his car. The man said he left the house and travelled on Georgia Highway 83 for about three miles before he realized he had left the pistol on the car. The complainant said he could remember hearing the pistol fall off but couldn’t remember where.

On May 14 Roland E. Vanbeverhoudt, 37, Columbia, S.C. was arrested and charged with theft by bringing stolen property into the state, possession of marijuana, acquiring license plate for the purpose of concealing the identity of a vehicle and theft by receiving stolen property. No other information was available regarding the arrest.

On May 12 a domestic violence incident was filed at an Athens Highway near Shockley Road location. According to reports, a deputy was advised that a person had witnessed a woman striking a man while driving a gray Honda in Oconee County toward Morgan County. The deputy stopped the vehicle and a woman driver said she had struck the man once on the top of his head with an open hand. The man told the deputy that the couple was arguing about money and that he did not want to press charges. The deputy gave the man a courtesy ride to Madison’s Wal Mart.

On May 13 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Reese Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that after her neighbors completed a survey they then hired a clearing company that cut trees on her property. A deputy walked the property line with the woman and noted that one tree appeared to be damaged. The neighbors told the deputy that they had instructed the clearing company to stay on their property and that if something was cut on the complainant’s property it was an accident. The neighbors also said this was the third time the woman had called law enforcement to complain. The woman also alleged that the neighbors dumped hay on her property.

On May 13 an injuring or tearing down mailbox complaint was filed at a Blue Springs Road, Buckhead location. According to reports, a man said sometime between 2 p.m and 5:30 p.m. someone struck his mailbox. The man he has had to replace the mailbox five times in the last two years. The mailbox appeared to have been struck with a blunt instrument. The mailbox is valued at $35.

On May 12 a harassment complaint was filed at a Davis Academy Road residence. According to reports, a man said for the past six months his neighbors had waged a harassment campaign against him after he purchased property from a relative of the neighbor’s. The man said the harassment includes the patriarch of the neighbor’s clan and his sons shooting guns into the air and hitting golf balls onto the complainant’s yard. The complainant also said that his livestock have bled for no apparent reason, he has seen an arrow stuck in the ground on his property and that the neighbor will stand on the property line and stare at the complainant while mumbling.

On May 12 a suspicious activity complaint was filed at a Porter Road, Buckhead location. According to reports, a man said after he had spent a day working in a field he parked his John Deere tractor near a woodline on the property. The man said when he returned the next day he noticed that someone had removed a cap from his air conditioning freon container.

On May 10 a criminal damage to property and theft by taking complaint was filed at a Clack Road residence. According to reports, a woman said that sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. someone entered her property and removed a zero turn mower and a four wheeler. The mower is a Raptor SD 60” Yellow zero turn mower valued at $3,500. The four wheeler is a 2007 Kawasaki 650 Brute Force valued at $2,500.

On May 11 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Brownwood Road residence. According to reports,a man said someone entered his property and removed a single axle Hooper trailer and a double axle Hooper flatbed trailer. A Husqvarna PZ60 zero turn mower was also taken. The items are valued at more than $11,000.

On May 11 a domestic violence complaint was filed at a Fairplay Road residence. According to reports, a deputy was flagged down in Rutledge by a woman who said there was a domestic argument occurring at a Fairplay Road residence. The deputy arrived and observed a woman in a front yard yelling at a man in the house. The woman said the man was the father of their 9-month-old child and that he had been living with her recently but she also alleged that the man also “continually sees other women” and that she wanted him to leave. A deputy provided the man and his belongings a ride to the Rainbow Convenience Store where the man was waiting on a friend to give him a ride to Athens.

On May 11 a theft by deception complaint was filed at a Cox Road residence. According to reports, an investigator opened an investigation regarding the loss of $1,650 from a Madison man to a Lake Charles, La. man. No other information was available regarding this incident.

On May 11 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Old Mill Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that while she and her husband where in the barn drinking alcohol, the husband continued to make reference to the woman’s alleged propensity to perform homosexual acts. The woman said the allegations became a burden so she back–handed her husband in the face. The husband then allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck and body–slammed her to the ground. The husband then left the barn and fled into a wooded area. Several officers arrived and searched the immediate area but could not locate the husband. A deputy called the husband and the husband told him he was not coming out of the woods and that he would be filing for divorce in the morning.

On May 10 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a Newborn Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman said the father of her 1–year–old child was continually sending her text messages in the middle of the night despite her requests for him to stop. The messages, she says, say ‘I hope you die,’ and “me and the baby would be better of if you weren’t around.”

On May 9 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Clack Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that while driving down the road her boyfriend became angry and accelerated the vehicle and threatened to crash the vehicle so that the woman would strike the windshield. The woman said once they arrived at the man’s mother’s house, the man attempted to keep her from leaving the vehicle. The woman called her mother who then called 911. The woman said she wanted to go to her mother’s. The man, reached by phone, said he would not release the woman’s clothing until she pays him $300 she allegedly owes him for prescription medicine.

On February 9 a cruelty to animals complaint was filed at a Cochran Road residence. According to reports, a man said his German Shepherd dog came to the house bleeding. The man said he assumed the dog had been attacked by Coyotes, however, when he took the dog to a veterinarian, the veterinarian told him his dog had been shot with shotgun pellets.

On May 9 a found property report was filed at the Source of Light ministries, Mission Road. According to reports, a woman found two clear plastic bags near a parking lot at the location that contained some type of white powder. A deputy was able to determine that one of the bags contained crushed mint Lifesavers and one bag contained a taffy–type substance.

On May 8 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Confederate Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone had removed a Black and Decker battery operated blower, two batteries and a battery charger from a storage area in his barn. The complainant also said that a Honda gas generator was missing as well as two ball mounts for pickup trucks.

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