Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 7 a damage to  property complaint was filed at  Rutledge Post Office, Newborn Road, Rutledge. According to reports, an employee reported that someone had struck a handrail on the back of the post office building near the loading dock. The incident, she said, occurred sometime between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

On March 10 a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at an Arbor Lane residence. According to reports, a man said three of his vehicles had been damaged overnight by someone throwing eggs and pouring ketchup on the vehicles. Reports state there was noticeable damage to the paint on the vehicles and paint had begun to peel. The man said he had a party the night before and guests had left at 9:30 p.m. The complainant suspects the damage might have been done by someone angered by not getting an invitation to the party. The complainant estimated repair costs to the vehicles to be between $4,000 and $6,000.

On March 9 a harassment complaint was filed at a Pintail Lane residence. According to reports, a man said he, his wife and children were walking on their property with a builder when a neighbor discharged a firearm in their direction. The complainant said he heard the bullet whistle through the woodline. The complainant said the builder walked up to the neighbor and asked him if he had a problem and the neighbor allegedly told him he had “a problem with people trespassing.” The officer found the neighbor who denied firing a weapon but did allege that the group had been walking on his side of the property line. The man said he had also had problems in the past with people dumping litter on his property. The complainant said he no longer was considering building on the property, however.

On March 9 Clifford Cole Walker, 29, Buckhead was arrested and charged with public indecency. According to reports, an officer was called to Fraction Bottom Road, Buckhead regarding a nude white male running around in the area. When the officer arrived he allegedly observed Walker running naked across a yard at Fraction Bottom Road. The officer gave chase and detained Walker near a woodbine. Walker allegedly told the office he was running dogs and did not know where his clothing was located. Walker was transported to Morgan Medical Center for evaluation. A second officer reported that he had made contact with several neighbors in the area who reported that a white male had been running naked near a church revival.

On March 9 a battery complaint was filed at a Pine Tree Circle residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a man known to her began choking her after the couple engaged in a verbal argument regarding his drug use. The woman said while the man was choking her she stabbed him in the face with a key and the man released her. The man then, she said, took her phone to prevent her from calling authorities and began choking her again. The woman said this time she hit the man with a hammer. The woman said she was holding her 6-month-old child at the time and that the alleged attack occurred in front of her other two children. The woman also said she is currently pregnant.

On March 9 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Sandy Creek Road residence. According to reports, a deputy responded to a complaint of two four-wheelers on Sandy Creek Road. When the deputy arrived a man told him one of the four wheelers had driven behind a nearby residence. The deputy reported he heard the four-wheeler and drove to the residence where he encountered a man standing next to a truck. The man told the deputy he had not seen or heard a four wheeler. The deputy located fresh four-wheeler tracks in the yard that led him to a blue four wheeler. The engine was still hot, reports state. The man again denied knowledge of the four wheeler. The deputy called for and had the vehicle removed by a wrecker service. He also received permission to search the man’s residence for the operator of the four wheeler and he searched every room less one that was locked. The man told the deputy he did not have a key to that particular room.

On March 8 a damaged to property complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road residence. According to reports, a man reported that someone had entered his property and punctured the tires on his son’s Sundowner horse trailer. The man estimated the damage at $200.

On March 8 Johnny Ray Durance, 44, Monticello was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and fleeing or attempting to elude. According to reports, the arrest came after a brief car chase in the Chilton Woods Road, Rutledge area. No other information was available.

On March 8 an identity fraud complaint was filed at a Davis Academy Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a credit collection agency had sent her a bill regarding a Comcast account someone had established in her name in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

On March 6 Marcus Demario Gibbs, 33, Madison was arrested and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, failure to maintain lane, seat belt violation, driving while unlicensed, failure to signal a lane change, failure to obey a stop sign, reckless driving, traveling on the wrong side of the road and failure to maintain insurance. According to reports, a deputy allegedly observed Gibbs driving a white Jeep Cherokee on Bostwick Highway while not wearing a seat belt and failing to maintain lane. The deputy attempt to perform a traffic stop and the Jeep turned onto March Street and turned in a driveway and drove into the resident’s back yard. The Jeep circled the house and exited towards Bostwick Highway, allegedly failing to stop at the intersection of March Street and Bostwick Highway before turning onto Pearl Street. On Pearl Street the Jeep was allegedly reaching speeds of 70 mph in a 25 mph zone. It then turned on Whitehall Street without using a turn signal where it entered another driveway and drove across the front yard of the residence, nearly striking the house. The Jeep drove through that yard and into a yard on Mapp Street and then traveled toward Fifth Street where it almost collided with another vehicle before traveling through another yard and onto Burney Street. From Burney Street the vehicle drove back toward Pearl Street and ran through a tree line near Turner Street. A deputy located the smoking Jeep in the parking lot behind the Canaan Corner Store. 

Several law enforcement agencies responded but could not find Gibbs. A deputy did locate a credit card statement with Gibbs name in the vehicle. The deputy contacted the vehicle’s owner who said the vehicle had been stolen. Later that evening, the vehicle’s owner was stopped for failing to maintain lane and Gibbs was a passenger in the vehicle at which point he was arrested after the woman filed a statement saying she had given Gibbs the vehicle a week prior.

On March 6 a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at a Bostwick Highway residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a relative created key scratches on her vehicle after the relative “popped” the complainant’s 5-year-old child.

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