Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 4 a larceny from mailbox complaint was filed at a Seven Islands Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that any items placed in her mailbox that appear to be a check are opened and gone through. The complainant said at this point the behavior was more of a nuisance than criminal but recently her daughter sent her a check and the envelope had been opened and the check had been removed.

On March 3 Craig Andre Burke, 25, Covington was arrested and charged with operating without lights and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, a deputy patrolling Burney Street stopped Burke at 5 p.m. for operating a white Mustang without headlights. Consequent to the stop, reports state, the deputy reported smelling green marijuana coming from the vehicle. The deputy searched the vehicle and allegedly located a bag of suspected marijuana in the center console and a .45 caliber handgun under the driver’s seat. Burke was then arrested and detained.

On March 4 Whitney Amber Hewitt, 31, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, a deputy was called to an unmarked farm house near the 2000 block of Little River Road in regards to a domestic disturbance. Reports state that when the deputy arrived he allegedly observed a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on Hewitt and also dried blood around her nose. Hewitt alleged that her husband had struck her during a domestic argument that was prompted, in part, when the husband’s mother and the husband came to the residence and observed dogs in the residence, which was forbidden. Hewitt alleged that the man had grabbed her by the arms, pushed her down and rubbed her face against the ground. She said the fight had begun after the man’s mother had berated her for allowing the dogs to stay in the house. A deputy spoke with the husband who displayed scratch wounds on his hands and the webbing of his fingers. The husband said that during an argument between Hewitt and his mother regarding the dogs, Hewitt allegedly took an aggressive physical stance against his mother and he stepped in to prevent the attack and was attacked himself. The husband also alleged that Hewitt got past him and attacked the mother, possible breaking her hip. The deputy spoke to the mother who confirmed that she was struggling to walk but thought she might have a broken femur or knee during the altercation but declined any medical assistance. A deputy returned to the original house and forced Hewitt to help him locate the mother’s cell phone, which she had allegedly thrown into a field. After the phone was located and given to the deputy, Hewitt was arrested.

On March 2 a fight complaint was filed at a Old Mill Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man said he was at the residence with two women when another man arrived and began to berate one of the women, accusing her of “cheating” on him. The complainant alleged that the man threatened everyone present, stating “I will blow y’all’s heads off and I have a gun in the car.” The man said he went inside and watched the man yell at a woman through the window. One of the women yelled at the complainant to call 911. The woman later told the deputy that she was afraid that the man was going to attack the woman. A deputy noted that the woman had a greenish/yellow bruise on her face. The woman told the deputy that the bruise was from an earlier beating the man had given her. The woman said she did not want the man arrested but desired to be out of his life. The aggressive man had taken the woman’s vehicle keys and efforts to get them returned failed. The woman said she would meet with a counselor to get a Temporary Protective Order filed against the man. 

On March 1 an abandoned vehicle complaint was filed on Interstate 20. According to reports, a deputy observed a black Honda Civic, empty, on the shoulder of the east-bound lane. The deputy reported that inside the vehicle were two empty tall boy Schmitz Malt Liquor cans. A license plate on the vehicle came back as belonging to a 1999 Mack truck. The vehicle was registered to a Conyers woman and had valid insurance. Attempts to reach the owner failed and the vehicle was towed.

On March 1 Douglas Claude Turner, 30, Eatonton was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and possession of marijiuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, a deputy allegedly observed a vehicle driven by Turner fail to maintain lane near the area of Eatonton Road and Sunlight Court. Reports state, that consequent to a traffic stop, the deputy observed that Turner smelled of green marijuana, alcohol and some cover-up spray. The deputy allegedly located a small amount of suspected marijuana in the seat crease of the vehicle, a cup of suspected alcoholic beverage and a bottle of liquor. The deputy also, at Turner’s urging, located a small amount of marijuana in the pocket of a pair of shorts Turner was wearing under his pants. 

On Feb. 28 a medical call report was filed at Morgan County Courthouse. According to reports, a deputy reported that while court was in session, an inmate waiting on a hearing was sequestered in the jury room outside the courtroom. Reports state that the inmate collapsed and appeared to have some type of seizure. Several deputies responded to the inmate who was taken from the  courthouse by Morgan County Fire/Rescue and National EMS personnel. 

On Feb. 28 a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a Arbor Lane residence. According to reports, a woman reported that her 14-year-old son had received an Instagram message from a person who allegedly wrote “when I find you it will be bad.” The juvenile responded asking who was sending the message and he then received a message that said “Let’s have a shoot out, I’m ready to die.” Authorities were able to track the messages to a 13-year-old male who told them he did not know the teen but had randomly sent the messages.

On Feb. 27 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Davis Academy Road residence. According to reports, a man said he had put out several signs advertising a church revival. The complainant said eight of the signs valued at $80 were missing.

On Feb. 27 an information report was filed at a Newborn Road location. According to reports, a man alleged that someone had been dropping trash into his private dumpster. The man said he had attempted to locate an item with an identifying name but had no luck.

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