Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On June 24 an information report was filed at Lake Rutledge, Rutledge. According to reports, an employee at the lake said a white male, between the ages of 35 and 40-years-old approached him and said he had no money but if the employee would let him take one of the paddle boats on the lake he would leave behind a white, juvenile female that “would do whatever” the employee wanted her to do. The employee said he became upset with the man and that the man and the juvenile left in a white Honda Civic. The employee recorded a partial license plate and gave the information to law enforcement. Deputies canvassed the area but did not find a vehicle matching the description.

On June 24 a warrant alleging battery, cruelty toward children and obstruction were filed against Marcus Demario Gibbs, 32, Madison. According to reports, Gibbs allegedly struck a woman at her Cox Road residence several times in the face and then pushed two small children down when they attempted to come to their mother’s aid.

On June 24 a Celestia Jean Vega, 39, Atlanta was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, deputies responded to Rainbow Convenience store, Athens Highway in response to a concerned clerk. When a deputy arrived he observed Vega behind the counter holding the clerk’s arm. The deputy requested that Vega come outside to talk and she would only leave if the clerk accompanied her, reports state. Once outside Vega allegedly displayed “extremely paranoid behavior and appeared to be under the influence of a drug,” reports state. Vega asked the deputy to lower his voice “because they were listening” and said bikers at the store were trying to kill her. The deputy noted that there were no bikers at the store. He also noted that the clerk told him that Vegan had been at a convenience store in Oconee County earlier and that a clerk at that store had called Oconee County law enforcement who had allegedly transported Vega to the Rainbow Convenience store. The clerk also told the deputy that Vega told her she had used methampheatmine earlier in the day.

On June 23 a harassing phone call complaint was filed at a Riverwalk Road residence. According to reports, a man said his father had been leaving threatening voice messages and text messages. The messages include, but were not limited to, “If you want to go there then I promise, you we can go there” and “somebody will die for that.” The complainant was advised of the protective order process.

On June 22 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Peppers Road residence. According to reports, a deputy responded to a complaint at the Brown Parkway property on Peppers Road. When he arrived a woman told him she had been living in the clubhouse of the property but had loaded her belongings in her vehicle and was leaving. The woman was issued a criminal trespass warning.

On June 22 Ricky Lane Fitch, 46, Madison was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. According to reports, a man said he and his girlfriend had walked through Gilbert Park off East Washington Street to the convenience store at 10:48 p.m. but turned around when they realized the store was closed. The man said the couple stopped to smoke their last collective cigarette when they were allegedly approached by Fitch. The man said Fitch accused the couple of being police informants and began to search the man. The man said Fitch fondled his private parts and attempted penetration with a finger. The woman said Fitch also fondled her private parts during the search and attempted penetration. The couple said they then left as fast as they could and called 911. They said as he was leaving Fitch allegedly yelled out to them that everyone in the neighborhood called him “Fishtail.” Fitch was arrested at 11:51 p.m. after a deputy observed him riding a bicycle in the area. Consequent to his arrest, Fitch told the officers that the couple had agreed to the search as a prerequisite to a drug transaction. Fitch said the couple had agreed to give him five Adderall pills for a quantity of marijuana. He said he took the pills and told the couple he would return with the marijuana but did not return.

On June 15 Amanda Hullinger, 30, Greensboro, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and crossing guard lines with drugs. According to reports, investigators with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Hullinger while she was an inmate at the Morgan County Detention Center regarding possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Reports state that Hullinger alleged that another inmate had given her methamphetamine in toilet paper and she ate the substance. She also alleged that later the same inmate gave her a book with methamphetamine and marijuana hidden in a compartment. She said she became “paranoid” and flushed those items down a toilet. The second inmate denied the allegations, reports state.

On June 19 an information report was filed at a Greensboro Road residence. According to reports, a woman said someone had thrown 58 roofing nails in her driveway. The complainant said she picked up the nails. She also said after she had ended a relationship with a man at the end of last year, someone had thrown roofing nails in her driveway at that time. The complainant said she has reason to believe the same man might have thrown nails again.

On June 20 an aggravated assault complaint was filed at a Newborn Road location. According to reports, a woman said she was returning from Bible study on Newborn Road towards Rutledge when a white pickup truck with a faded Texas longhorn license plate swerved into her lane, forced her off the road. The complainant alleged that the truck belonged to her estranged husband. The woman said she had initiated divorce proceedings against the man in November and that he knew her travel schedule to Bible study. An officer noted that the man had called the woman 17 times already that day. The woman said the man had made veiled threats about “catching her alone” and “everyone gathering around some chicken and beer” which she said is a family tradition when someone dies. The deputy also noted that the man had left two voicemails with a “menacing” tone stating that the woman was “playing a very dangerous game…” The deputy advised the woman on with the procedure to get a protective order against the man.

On June 19 Clifton Smith, 37, Decatur was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and fleeing and attempting to elude. According to reports, Smith was being pursued by Conyers Police Department and Rockdale County officers on Interstate 20 eastbound  while driving a Toyota Prius. Several Morgan County deputies gave pursuit along with a Georgia State Patrol trooper. The trooper attempted a pit maneuver on the Prius but failed and the Prius drove through the median and travelled west bound before crossing over again and travelling east bound. The trooper then performed a pit maneuver on the Prius and two Morgan County deputies were able to block the driver’s side of the Prius with their vehicles. Smith allegedly exited the vehicle holding a stick and a knife and was tazed. A female passenger in the vehicle refused, reports state, to exit the vehicle and was pulled from the vehicle and was detained.

On June 18 Devin Elon Bailey, 32, Bradenton, Fla. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and failure to maintain lane. Russell Grant, 26, Bradenton, Fla. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and failure to maintain lane. According to reports, a deputy patrolling High Shoals Road, Bishop stopped a black Nissan Versa allegedly driven by Grant for failure to maintain lane. Consequent to the stop, reports state, the deputy allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Grant told the deputy that there was a small bag of marijuana under the driver’s seat. The deputy located the suspected marijuana, however, both men told officers that the marijuana belonged to the other.

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