On April 8 a warrant was issued for Leroy Tutt, 30, Madison on charges of aggravated assault and battery. According to reports, a woman alleged that she came to Tutt’s Micha Way residence to spend the night. The woman said she is in a relationship with Tutt and alleged that the couple has a 1-month-old child together. The woman said during the night Tutt allegedly pushed her out of bed and strangled her. The woman said when she started crying Tutt allegedly strangled her harder and demanded that she stop crying. He also allegedly grabbed her arm and dragged her out of the room. The woman gathered the child and as she was attempting to leave Tutt allegedly slapped her on the back of the neck and again demanded that she stop crying.
On April 9 Tonja M. Merritt, 42, Eatonton was arrested and charged with speeding, driving while license suspended or revoked, DUI and possession of open alcohol container. According to reports, Merritt was stopped for a traffic violation while driving on Interstate 20. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer determined that Merritt’s license had been suspended on Nov. 8, 2017. The officer also reported that he found open containers of alcohol under the driver’s seat in the vehicle.
On April 7 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Levi Court residence. According to reports, a woman said sometime between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. someone threw a brick through a bedroom window. An officer noted broken glass on a bed and floor and that the blinds on the window were damaged. He also found a brick on the floor.
On April 5 a forgery complaint was filed at a United Bank, North Main Street. According to reports, an employee reported that at 12:05 p.m. a man entered the bank and cashed a $2,265.90 check. The check was made out to a man with an Atlanta address from a local account holder. The check was returned as fraudulent. At 2 p.m. a second man entered the bank and attempted to cash a $2,298.45 check on the same account but was denied. The man left, however, employees retained his name and personal details from his Georgia driver’s license.
On April 5 a theft by receiving stolen property complaint was filed at Enterprise Rent A Car, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said he received a phone call from a woman who told him that she had returned a vehicle to the Madison location. Reports state that the rental car had been reported as stolen out of Columbia County.
On April 3, a theft of services complaint was filed at a Commerce Drive location. According to reports, a city employee reported that water customers in the area had been complaining regarding discolored water. An employee researched the area and found that someone had rigged a connection to a city fire hydrant to take water. Eventually, an officer was able to locate a man named Zach Lopez who allegedly told the officer he made the connection to get water use during a paving project. Lopez, reports state, told the officer he had used approximately 1,000 gallons. Lopez was cited by the officer.
On April 5 a damage to property complaint was filed at Budget Inn, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee reported that someone had cut two of the tires on his vehicle during the night. The tires are valued at $400, total.
On April 4 a fraudulent telephone solicitation complaint was filed at an Old Post Road residence. According to reports,a woman said she received an email in reference to a $107 dispute on her Apple account. The woman said she had no dispute for the account but called the number provided and spoke with a man with an Indian accent. The man directed her to purchase a $100 Apple I Tunes card and give him the number. The woman said she did so and then the customer service agent then asked for another $500. The complainant said when she questioned the $500 request the caller called her racist.
On March 16 a deposit account fraud complaint was filed at a the city of Madison, North Main Street. According to reports, a detective spoke with a city employee who alleged that a $84.24 utility refund check had been cashed twice. Reports state that the check was processed twice and that the first time there appeared no bank markings on the check. The account holder, reports state, has since moved to Texas.
On April 2 Thomas Elva Mack, 30, Albany, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, no insurance and operating a vehicle with suspended registration. According to reports, officers were contacted to be on the lookout for a green Ford Expedition that had allegedly left the scene of an accident in Putnam County. Reports state that an officer observed the vehicle pull onto the Madison by-pass and initiated a traffic stop. Mack denied having any involvement in an accident but reports state that there was damage to a front bumper and fresh paint transfer. While speaking with Mack, a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigator allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located a Newport cigarette box in a jacket that contained a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana and partially smoked marijuana cigarettes. A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputy also arrived and completed his accident investigation.