Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

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On Sept. 23 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Price Mill Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her boyfriend slapped her in the face with an open hand and then kicked her while she was down. The woman alleged that the man had been drinking and became upset because she was no longer cooking. A deputy transported the woman to a convenience store in Bostwick and then EMS transported the woman to Morgan Memorial Hospital. Officers attempts to contact the boyfriend failed.

On Sept. 22 Tonya Nicole Mauldin, 34, Walton was arrested and charged with failure to obey stop sign and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, a deputy alleged that he  initiated a traffic stop on Davis Academy Road near Newborn Road after a Honda driven by Mauldin failed to stop at the four-way intersection of Davis Academy Road and Old Mill Road. Consequent to the traffic stop, a deputy reportedly smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle and used the smell as probable cause for a search. A search of the vehicle allegedly found a small plastic bag with suspected marijuana and rolling papers in a small handbag that Mauldin said belonged to her.

On Sept. 21 an assault complaint was filed at Morgan Memorial Hospital. According to reports, a deputy was called to the hospital regarding a man with injuries. When the deputy arrived the man told him he did not want to file a report regarding his injuries. Reports state that the deputy observed swelling and bleeding on the left shoulder on the man. The man eventually told the deputy that while he was attending a family function at a Rivers Wood Drive residence a verbal confrontation among family members turned physical and the man was struck four times with a wooden 2×4. The man refused to provide any more information.

On Sept. 20 LaGregory Burke, 20, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, deputies responded to a verbal argument complaint at a Williams Street, Rutledge residence. At the residence, deputies located Burke inside on a couch and a 16-year-old girl standing at the door. Both told deputies that the argument had been verbal. The girl’s mother arrived and advised deputies that she wanted Burke removed from the property and issued a criminal trespass notice to not return. While a deputy was preparing to escort Burke from the property, Burke requested permission to retrieve personal items. While the girl was gathering items, reports state, she allegedly attempted to hide a marijuana grinder and pipe. Burke told the deputies, reports state, that both items belonged to him. In the grinder, a small quantity of suspected marijuana was located.

On Sept. 20 an unruly child complaint was filed from a Morgan County school bus on Fairplay Road near Rutledge. According to reports, the juvenile female was allegedly beating on the windows of the bus to cause a disruption in an attempt to get off the bus. The child was removed and was then transported to Crossroads School. Once at the school, a school administrator requested that the child be removed from the school for the day. The child was then returned to her Williams Street, Rutledge residence.

On Sept. 19 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Bostwick Highway location. According to reports, a man alleged that someone had taken a bucket that attaches to skid steer that the man had left on the property. The complainant estimated the bucket was worth $2,500.

On Sept. 19 a stolen property complaint was filed at a the new Morgan County High School. According to reports, a woman said she left her phone on a table in a lab area and when she returned the phone was gone. The woman said she noticed a spot in the dust on the table where her phone had been. The woman said she questioned workers at the site and requested that they empty their pockets in her presence. Reports state that the woman said one man became defensive and refused. A deputy asked the man to empty his pockets and patted the man down and did not locate the phone. The phone is valued at $170.

On Sept. 20 an information report was filed at Centennial Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a man who had moved in her residence in 2016 had taken advantage of her. The woman said in February, 2018 the man brought 21 calves onto the property and that was when the trouble began. The complainant’s son alleged that the man had, on one occasion. pulled a knife on him during an argument revolving around the son’s dog killing one of the man’s chickens. The woman said at that point she gave the man 30 days to leave and the man has left but still returns to feed animals he left on the property.  The woman also alleged that the man owes her $500 for rent.

On Sept. 19 Keba Laschelle Rhodes, 44, Eatonton was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and operating without lights. According to reports, a vehicle driven by Rhodes was stopped at 9:24 p.m. on Georgia Highway 83 near Sandy Creek Road because the passenger side headlight was not working. Consequent to the stop a deputy alleged that he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Rhodes allegedly told the officer there was a small bag of suspected marijuana behind the passenger seat in the vehicle and the officer retrieved the item.

On Sept. 18 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Pine Tree Circle residence. According to reports, a man said when he walked his daughter to the school bus stop, he noticed that someone had taken the daughter’s pink Barbie bicycle. The man said he last saw the bike the night before at 10:30 p.m. when he returned home from work. The man valued the bike at $70.

On Sept. 18 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Little Creek Lane residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her son is addicted to methamphetamine and alcohol and has repeatedly burglarized her house to support his substance abuse. The woman showed officer a video tape of the son entering her property and entering a barn.

On Sept. 17 an information report was filed at a Parsonage Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her 16-year-old daughter was skipping school, smoking marijuana and not coming home at night. The complainant said the juvenile is dating a 22-year-old male and that she believes the juvenile is receiving suspected marijuana from her boss at work.

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