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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Nov. 19 warrants for obstruction, driving while license suspended, open container and driving with no tag were issued against Reuben Gary Vandiver, 42, Madison. According to reports, a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy was observing traffic on North Main Street, Madison when a red Ford pickup with no license tag drove by the deputy. The deputy pulled in behind the truck and confirmed that the vehicle had no tag. The deputy then attempted to stop the truck but the truck pulled into a residential driveway and the driver fled. A 45 minute search for the driver failed to locate the driver. The deputy determined that the truck was registered to a Greensboro Road woman. The woman told the deputy that the truck belonged to Vandiver. The deputy pulled up Vandiver’s information and reported that Vandiver’s driving license picture matched that of the driver of the truck that fled.

On Nov. 19 Anthony Thomas Thompkins, 31, Eatonton was arrested and charged with battery. According to reports, Thompkins allegedly pulled a woman by the hair from a vehicle on Pierce Dairy Road and bashed her head into the asphalt. The woman said Thompkins then drove to a residence in Madison where she got out and refused to come out of the residence. The woman said she called her mother and her mother took her to the hospital. The woman said she then called Thompkins and told him she was at the hospital. Thompkins arrived and was arrested. The woman received three stitches to a wound to her head, reports state.

On Nov. 18 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Fairplay Street, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that while she and her daughter were driving home from decorating a house and argument ensued. The argument continued into the Fairplay Street residence and escalated into both pushing and slapping faces. The daughter said that on the way home the complainant was allegedly driving too fast and, since the daughter’s child was in the car, the daughter requested that the complainant slow down. This started the argument, she said.

On Nov. 18 a shots fired complaint was filed at a Newborn Road residence. According to reports, a man alleged that as he was climbing down from a deer stand someone in a nearby wood line fired shots at him. The man said he became frightened and left. The complainant said he had purchased the property earlier in the year and on one occasion as the property was being graded he could hear bullets flying past him, as well. A deputy spoke to a neighbor who reported he had been shooting a rifle that morning but he had fired into an embankment and not towards the man’s property.

On Nov. 16 a theft by taking complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone had taken his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado truck. The man said the truck was primarily used as a farm truck and is valued at $2,000. He also said the truck had damage on the driver side from a deer collision.

On Nov. 16 a trespass complaint was filed at a Davis Academy, Rutledge farm. According to reports, a man said an employee had alerted him that the girlfriend of a another employee had been on the property, despite warnings from the property owner to not return after the the girlfriend allegedly took a power drill. The girlfriend drove away from the property when the employee arrived. The employee stated that she located a small purse with the girlfriend’s identification inside the purse. Inside a black sock in the purse a deputy located a spoon with burn marks on the bottom, a syringe and a small packet of suspected heroin. The items were taken to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to be destroyed.

On Nov. 14 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Nolan Store Road residence. According to reports, a couple said that while they were eating dinner they observed a small pickup truck stop by their mailbox. The couple said the truck backed up, revved up and then drove through a ditch and struck their mailbox. They could not identify the color of the vehicle but said it had a very loud motor.

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