Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Patrick Yost Law Enforcement

On Dec. 30 a cruelty toward animals complaint was filed at a Rehoboth Road, Bishop residence. According to reports, a man said his Beagle-mix breed dog went missing and he located the deceased dog behind a neighbor’s house. The dog, which the man said had been a family pet for more than eight years, had apparent shotgun pellets in its leg. The complainant said he was helping a neighbor when, at approximately 11 a.m., he heard a shot. The neighbor’s dog came running up. At 4 p.m. the man searched for and found his dog. The owner of the house near where the dog was found reported that she had not heard a shot and that it was normal for the complainant’s dog to come on her property and play with her dogs without problem.

On Dec. 30 Donald Torry Beacham, 40, Madison was arrested and charged with battery. According to reports, a woman alleged that Beacham struck her twice in the face during an argument. Beacham told authorities that the woman had been up for two days and had come home “angry causing the two of them to start arguing…”

On Dec. 28 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Centennial Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man reported that sometime between Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 28 someone took a red pressure washer from his back yard. The man said the pressure washer has a new carburetor and is valued at $375.

On Dec. 27 an unattended vehicle report was filed at a Price Mill Road at Apalachee Road location. According to reports, an officer responded to a suspicious vehicle report and located a 2004 Hyundai Elantra on the side of the road. The officer ran the vehicle’s information and was told that it was both non registered and without insurance. The officer located the vehicle’s owner who told the officer that she had loaned the vehicle to a man but that the man had not returned the vehicle. The vehicle had then been reported stolen out of Newton County. The vehicle was impounded.

On Dec. 27 Garett Stephen Treadwell, 18, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and following too closely. According to reports, a vehicle Treadwell was driving was stopped on Bostwick Road for allegedly following a vehicle and not leaving two car spaces in between. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, a deputy allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. Reports state that Treadwell told the deputy there was a small quantity of marijuana in the center console of the vehicle.

On Dec. 25 a damage  to vehicle complaint was filed on Interstate 20. According to reports, a deputy responded to a complaint of a hand truck on the road. When the deputy arrived, reports state, he observed a woman in a Toyota with disabling damage to the front left side of her vehicle. The woman told  the deputy she had struck the hand truck. 

On Dec. 24 an information report was filed at a Bostwick Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her husband had pawned her .22 caliber pistol without her permission. The complainant said she had originally given the pistol to her husband to store in his gun safe.

On Dec. 24 an information report was filed at a Fairplay Street, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man said he had gone by his estranged wife’s residence to wash clothes and while at the residence noticed the smell of marijuana. Reports state he located a small amount of suspected marijuana in a jar in a backpack. The amount, reports state, is less than an ounce. The marijuana was confiscated and secured in an evidence locker.

On Dec. 22 a damage to vehicle complaint was filed at the intersection of Georgia Highway 83 and Mallory Road. According to reports, a man said a tire came off a trailer pulled by a pickup truck and the man then struck the tire with the front driver’s side of his Toyota. Reports state that the tire caused extensive damage to the vehicle. 

On Dec. 22 a harassing phone calls warrant was issued against Valerie Nicole Johnson, 41, Watkinsville. According to reports, a deputy received a call regarding a welfare check for two children from Johnson. Initially, reports state, Johnson alleged that her husband had taken her two daughters and accused the man of molesting the children. Johnson told the deputy that the man was with the children at a relatives residence on Eatonton Road in Morgan County. At approximately 4:22 a.m. a Morgan County deputy spoke with an Oconee County deputy who reported that Johnson had been calling Oconee County 911 “for hours” alleging that the man had taken the children while she napped. She could not provide an address but provided a vehicle description. A deputy searched for the vehicle on Eatonton Road but had no success. At 5:09 a.m. Johnson allegedly called Morgan County 911 and reported that she had talked to the man’s relative’s and was told that the children were fine but sleeping. 

Dispatch advised the deputy to call Johnson to inform her of his status and he made three attempts before reaching her. Johnson allegedly told the deputy she was drafting an email to her attorney and wanted to conduct a conference call with herself, Oconee County Dispatch and the deputy. At 5:22 a,m, the deputy went to Morgan County Dispatch and dispatch workers handed the deputy a phone where Johnson allegedly accused the deputy of “attacking” verbally and allegedly said he was “type that likes to shoot up black folks…” The deputy said he warned Johnson that if she continued to verbally harass him he would take an arrest warrant against her. At 5;50 a.m. the deputy turned the case over to a day-shift deputy. When the deputy returned to work at 5 p.m. he was given a packet from Morgan County Dispatch that allegedly contained system entries where Johnson had called Morgan County Dispatch multiple times during the day and “got rude with (the deputy) and all the dispatchers. She also allegedly made racially disparaging remarks against one of the dispatchers. Reports state that deputies had checked on the children and reported to Johnson that the children were fine.  

Reports state that Morgan dispatch received a final call from Johnson at 7:23 a.m. and that phone line stayed open until 8:12 a.m. when she was arrested by Oconee County officials for harassment against the Oconee County Dispatch Center.

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