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Criminal indictments in Morgan County

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A Morgan County Grand Jury Thursday, Dec. 13 returned several criminal indictments in Morgan County Superior Court. The following indictments were issued by the grand jury.

• Marquis Demario King, no age, no address given was indicted on two counts fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer one count theft by receiving stolen property, one count possession of Ecstasy, one count DUI, one count reckless driving, one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, one count hit and run, one count removal of plate to conceal or misrepresent identity, one count speeding and one count possession of firearm by first offender probationer. According to court records, King allegedly on Sept. 6, 2018 fled from a Georgia State Trooper in a vehicle reported stolen after the trooper attempted to make a traffic stop. Indictments allege that King also struck another vehicle during a chase and after he was arrested and detained troopers located three suspected Ecstasy pills, less than an ounce of suspected marijuana and a firearm.

• Melvin Joshua Williams, 24, Lithonia was indicted on one count possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, one count possession of marijuana, more than an ounce, one count possession of Ecstasy, one count theft by receiving stolen property and one count DUI. According to court documents, Williams was arrested on Sept. 4, 2018 by a Georgia State Patrol trooper after Williams was stopped at a road block on Parks Mill Road, Buckhead. Reports state that consequent to the stop troopers allegedly found in Williams possession Ecstasy, more than an ounce of marijuana and a 9mm pistol that had been reported stolen in Rockdale County.

• Joey Andrew Hewlett, 36, Richmond Hill was indicted on one count terrorist threats. According to court documents,Hewlett was arrested July 6, 2018 after he had allegedly been harassing a person via text messages. Reports state that the victim was also a victim earlier in an aggravated assault arrest for Hewlett. Hewlett is currently serving probation on that sentence. Warrants allege that Hewlett also left a voice mail threatening to kill the victim.

• Calvin Lee Chege, 25, Decatur, was indicted on one count possession of heroin with intent to distribute, one count possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, one count possession of oxycocone, one count possession of marijuana with intent, one count crossing guard line with contraband and one count failure to maintain lane. According to court documents, Chege was arrested on Oct. 30, 2018 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy after a traffic stop on Interstate 20. Warrants allege that consequent to the stop a deputy located backpack that contained marijuana and a fanny pack that held small yellow bags and marijuana. In a body cavity at the Morgan County Detention Center, officers also allegedly located two small bags of heroin and four schedule 2 narcotic pills.

• Maurice Antonio Ingram, , Madison was indicted on one count trafficking in cocaine and one count possession of drug related items. According to court documents, Ingram was arrested by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Nov. 30, 2018 after officer served a search warrant on a Green Meadows Drive residence. Consequent to serving the warrant officer allegedly found more than 28 grams of suspected cocaine in Ingram’s possession.

• Katie Elaine Copelan, 23, Madison was indicted on one count sale of methamphetamine, one count possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, one count possession of methamphetamine, one count count unlawful possession of less than 20 ounces of low THC oil, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, one count possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and one count possession of drug related objects. According to court documents, Copelan was arrested on Sept. 12, 2018 by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigator. Warrants allege that Copelan was arrested at the Swords Boat Ramp, Buckhead and consequent to that arrest authorities allegedly located two plastic bags of methamphetamine, two knives, a .410 shotgun, four glass pipes, hypodermic needles, a jar of THC oil and less than an ounce of marijuana.

• Billy Bruce Johnson, Jr. 33, Griffin was indicted on one count burglary. According to court documents, Johnson was arrested on July 13, 2018 after he allegedly entered a residence on Broughton Road and took clothing from the residence.

• Tonya Diann Martin, 37, Monticello was indicted on nine counts financial transaction card theft. According to court documents, Martin was arrested by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Aug. 15, 2018 after she allegedly used a Planation Road woman’s credit cards to make $1,927.87 worth of purchases without the woman’s knowledge or consent.

• Ashley Marie Harp, 27, Rutledge was indicted on one count exploitation of an elder person. According to court documents, Harp was arrested on April 5, 2018 by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigators after she allegedly used an 88-year-old man’s credit cards to make online purchases. 

• Misty L. Young, 38, Madison was indicted on one count criminal damage to property in the second degree. According to court documents, Young was arrested by a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Aug. 23, 2018 after she allegedly poured white paint on a woman’s vehicle at a Cedar Grove Road, Buckhead residence and scratched the word “whore” on the paint of the passenger’s side of the vehicle. She also allegedly smashed the windshield and broke both side mirrors.

• Kelvin Antwan Sanford, 34, Madison was indicted on one count aggravated assault, one count possession of firearm during commission of a felony and one count possession of firearm by convicted felon. According to court documents, Sanford was arrested by a Madison Police Department investigator on Oct. 2 after he allegedly fired several gun shots at a man, striking the man in the leg. 

• Tiffany Amanda Gilbert, 31, Madison was indicted on five counts forgery in the first degree, three counts forgery in the fourth degree, one count theft by taking and two counts forgery in the third degree. According to court documents, Gilbert was arrested by a Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) agent on May 1 after an investigation. Warrants allege that Gilbert forged another woman’s name on a loan document and when the loan was approved Gilbert cashed the check for the loan proceeds. Warrants also allege that Gilbert took $2,609 from a man by forging his name on a loan document and taking the proceeds from the loan.

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