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Madison Police Department

On Oct. 20, a financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at a Citgo convenience store, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman said she had used her debit card at a convenience store in Putnam County and after she had come to her place of employment in Madison she was notified that her card had been used at the Citgo in Madison. The woman said she locked her account and returned to the Putnam County convenience store. The complainant said she was able to retrieve her card but that an employee at the convenience store refused to allow her to review the store’s video surveillance tapes. The woman said someone at that convenience store had used her card to make a charge at the store. She was advised to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

On Oct. 19, an information report was filed at Goody’s, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman alleged that while she was at the store, someone entered a purse she had left on the floor and removed $300 in $20 bills from the purse. Reports state that an officer and the store’s loss prevention employee reviewed several different angles of video surveillance and in all instances the woman’s purse is never touched by another person.

On Oct. 3, a forgery complaint was filed at EZ Bottle Shop, West Washington Street. According to reports, a man entered the store and cashed a $515.15 check using a false name. Officers have been able to identify the man.

On Oct. 19, a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Commerce Street residence. According to reports, a woman said she was removing personal belongings from a residence when a neighbor allegedly cursed at her 9–year–old daughter. The neighbor denied the allegation to police. The woman also said someone had removed  a Cobra .32 caliber pistol from the residence.

On Oct. 16, a criminal interference with government property was filed at Morgan Memorial Hospital after an 11–year–old male being transported to the hospital for evaluation allegedly slammed his head against the rear quarter panel of a police car. Reports state that an officer was called to Morgan County Department of Family and Children Services regarding a juvenile who had been unruly and fled the DFCS office. The officer located the child on Sulgrave Drive and the child allegedly cursed  and kicked at the officer. The child was placed in handcuffs and taken back to DFCS where he again became combative and cursed at employees. He was then transported to Morgan Memorial Hospital.

On Oct. 12 a warrant for financial transaction card fraud was issued against Gregory Mathis, 25, College Park, Ga. According to reports, officers received a telephone call from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office stating that a federal credit union debit card had been used at Flash Foods, Eatonton Road, without the officer’s permission. Reports state that several employees using the federal credit union had their card information cloned and used. The charge was for $114.19 but video surveillance was able to identify Mathis as a suspect in the incident.

On Oct. 13, William Joseph Clark, 30, Madison was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, officers were called to Ingles, Eatonton Road after an employee stated that he allegedly observed Clark conceal six bottles of Killian’s beer in his coat pocket and leave the store. The employee followed Clark out of the store and confronted him regarding the theft. Reports state that Clark returned to the store with the $9.98 worth of beer and waited for police to arrive.

On October 12, Shaquanna T. Bell, 24, Madison was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, Bell was stopped while driving on East Jefferson Street. Consequent to the stop an officer allegedly located a small bag of suspected marijuana under the mirror flap on the driver side sun visor.

On October 13, Jamal Cobb, 17, Buckhead was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, officers were called to WalMart, Eatonton Road after an employee stated that she had chased Cobb out of the store for allegedly attempting to steal four pairs of ladies blue jeans and he had jumped into a Dodge Caravan and remained in the vehicle. An officer located Cobb in the vehicle and was told by the employee that Cobb, after being confronted, had returned to the store but later threw the jeans on the ground and fled. Cobb was then arrested.

On October 13 , an entering auto complaint was filed at Lowes, Eatonton Road. aAccording to reports, a man said someone had entered his secured vehicle and removed a Smith and Wesson pistol from a center console. The weapon is valued at $400.

On October 13 a warrant for forgery in the first degree was issued against Willie Mantrell Jones, 39, Madison. According to reports, Jones allegedly purchased a pack of cigarettes from Pilot Truck Stop using a fraudulent $100 bill. Reports state that the bill has “for motion picture use only” printed on it. Jones was also given $94.50 in change from the store. At 3 a.m. officers were called back to the store with a report that Jones was harassing employees. When officers arrived they observed Jones enter a silver Dodge Nitro. A traffic stop was made near the TA Truck Stop and as the vehicle slowed, Jones allegedly jumped out of it and fled into the woods. He was also allegedly observed near Flash Foods, Eatonton Road at 5:25 a.m. but again fled into the woods.

On Oct. 16, Christopher D. Gibson, 26, Sparta was arrested and charged with simple assault. According to reports, a woman alleged that while she was attempting to put an infant in a car seat, Gibson allegedly grabbed her by the arm, scratched her and spit in her face.

On Oct. 15, Phillipe M. Thomas, 28, Covington and Danny Lewis Scott, 54, Madison both were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after both men engaged in physical combat regarding a disagreement over beer. According to reports, officers were called to a domestic argument at a Maple Street residence at 8:48 p.m. After they arrived they observed Scott walking on the street and found Thomas inside a trailer with one eye swollen shut. Reports state that Scott alleged Thomas arrived at his residence after he had “gotten his (expletive) whooped” in Social Circle and began drinking beer out of Scott’s refrigerator. Scott said he confronted Thomas regarding the beer and Thomas allegedly poured a beer on Scott and then threw a beer at him. Scott left the trailer and found a mop handle and tried to hit Thomas with the handle. Thomas allegedly  parried the blows with a plastic toy found in the bed of a nearby pickup truck. Thomas was transported to Piedmont Athens Regional and will receive a citation for disorderly conduct. Scott was issued a citation for disorderly conduct, however an hour later officers returned and noticed Scott had a blue band aid on a puncture wound on his arm. Reports allege Scott became irrate with an officer and was told he was going to jail to be processed for the charge. Scott allegedly squeezed a beer can in one hand and covered an officer with beer.


Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

On Oct. 22, William Eugene Bacon, 33, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, a deputy was called to Country Boy’s RV Park, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman alleged that Bacon had spent most of the day drinking alcohol and began cursing at the woman and children who resided in a camper. Bacon then allegedly walked outside the camper and shattered a liquor bottle on the ground and then attempted to light the spilled liquor with a blow torch. He then approached the woman while holding a baseball bat and banged the bat on the ground. When the deputy arrived, he stated, Bacon cursed at the deputy and smelled strongly of alcohol.

On Oct. 21, a fraud complaint was filed at a Sugar Creek Church Road residence. According to reports, a woman said someone had used her business information to establish 12 phone lines and to pick up 11 phones from a Sprint store. The woman said a phone was also mailed to her business address.

On Oct. 20, an arrest warrant for theft by taking and forgery was issued against Demacion Marquis Norman, 18, Madison. According to reports, a Dixie Highway resident alleged that Norman took a check from his check book, wrote a $580 to himself and cashed the check. The complainant said he had not given Norman permission to write and cash the check.

On Oct. 20 a found property complaint was filed at a Fairplay Road. According to reports, a man said while he was out running he located a U.S. passport. A deputy determined that the passport’s owner lived in Athens. He contacted Athem Clarke County Dispatch to send an officer to the passport owner’s address but no contact was made.

On Oct. 19, an information report was filed at an Old Mill Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman said she after she filed and received a temporary protection order against her boyfriend, the boyfriend took the woman’s green Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck and has not returned the vehicle. She said attempts to reach the ex–boyfriend have failed.

On Oct. 18, an information report was filed at the Morgan County Public Safety Center. According to reports, a woman said she allowed her 25–year–old mentally ill daughter to fly to Indiana to be met at the airport by relatives to allow the young woman to stay with relatives for two weeks.

After two weeks the daughter allegedly said she was not coming home. The woman fears that the daughter is now being influenced by a 50–year–old man and she fears for her safety.

On Oct. 18, a theft by taking complaint was filed at Fairplay General Store, Fairplay Road, Rutledge. According to reports, a white male in a red Dodge pickup truck pumped $64 worth of gas and drove away without paying for the fuel

On Oct. 18 Gershon Ginsburg, 55, Sante Fe, NM was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and driving while license suspended. According to reports, a deputy was called to a Davis Lane, Buckhead location regarding a suspicious person. When he arrived he observed Ginsburg sitting in a vehicle. The deputy reported he had confronted Ginsberg earlier in the day regarding suspicious behavior because he was at a woman’s house taking photos without permission. The deputy said initially he ran Ginsburg’s license and it came back as valid from New Mexico. The deputy said after he pulled up behind Ginsburg, he was “acting extremely nervous talking fast and mulling.” He said Ginsburg, told him he was in Rockmart or Cedartown Ga. Based on his behavior, the deputy ran Ginsburg’s information through Georgia and was told his Georgia driver’s license had been suspended in August, 2016. After his arrest, a second deputy noted that he had located a bag of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle.

On Oct. 12, Dustin James Funk, 32, Carrolton, was arrested and charged with impersonating a public officer, obtaining or attempting to obtain dangerous drugs by fraud, fraud–impersonation and fraud. No other information was available.

On Oct. 17, a vehicle taken without permission complaint was filed at a Price Mill Road, Bishop residence. According to reports, a woman said a man had been staying with her three or four days a week and repairing a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The woman said just after midnight the man and his son got into the vehicle and left, despite the woman’s protestations that they not take the vehicle.

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