Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On May 6 Desmond Deneen Harris, 29, Rutledge was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property. According to reports, officers were called to a Hollis Street residence and spoke with a man standing with Harris on the street. The man alleged that Harris had broken all four windows out of a woman’s car and damaged the side mirrors on the car. Reports allege that at the time Harris appeared to be “intoxicated” and had an alcoholic beverage in his hand. The vehicle’s owner said Harris became upset with her because she was at a relative’s house and was not spending time with him. 

On May 4 Mary Shawntell Sellers, 33, Jackson, Ga. was arrested and charged with aggravated talking and driving while license suspended. According to reports, deputies were called to a Three Notch Road, Buckhead residence regarding a woman banging on the door and demanding to be let in the residence. Reports state that there was a temporary protective order in place against Sellers, banning her from the property. When deputies arrived they observed a Kia that allegedly belonged to Sellers blocking the driveway to the residence. A man at the residence alleged that Sellers had been beating on the door at 5:28 a.m. Deputies searched the property and located Sellers in a Coachman trailer near the front gate. She was then detained and her vehicle was towed.

On May 3 a identity fraud complaint was filed at a West Magnolia Loop residence. According to reports, a man alleged that someone using his name and Social Security number had rented an apartment in Dallas, Texas. Reports state that the man received a phone call from movers verifying that they were bringing furniture to the new apartment. The man contacted the Texas apartment complex, spoke with a manager and the information was verified. The manager suggested the complainant file a police report.

On May 2 Solomon Lamar Simmons, 33, Madison was arrested and charged with obstruction and simple assault. According to reports, deputies responding to a domestic disturbance complaint at a Pearl Street residence allegedly observed Simmons at the top of a driveway cursing and yelling at deputies. A man at the scene alleged that Simmons had struck a brother in the mouth, splitting his lip and then had ripped a t shirt off a second brother. When a deputy approached Simmons, he allegedly crawled under a vehicle and refused deputies demands that he come out. Reports state that Simmons was “verbally combative” and “demanded” that the deputy leave. The deputy drug Simmons out from under the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs. While the deputy was attempting to place Simmons in a patrol vehicle, he allegedly kicked at the deputy. Once at the Morgan County Detention Center, Simmons refused to leave the vehicle and, reports state, had to be dragged from the vehicle. 

On April 30 a disturbance complaint was filed at a Double Bridges Road residence. According to reports, a woman said while she was sleeping at 10:47 p.m. she heard her son’s girlfriend enter the house to retrieve medicine for the son. The girlfriend then told a deputy that while she was in the bathroom getting the medicine she heard a woman scream by a barn on the property. The girlfriend ran to the barn and the mother reported that she then began putting on clothes to investigate the disturbance. When the girlfriend arrived she recognized a man and his girlfriend. The man punched the complainant’s son in the face and then mounted the son and pummeled him with a series of punches. When the girlfriend attempted to drag the man off the son, the man punched her in the eye. The man’s girlfriend then jumped the girlfriend, as well. After the mother was dressed and arrived at the affray, the man allegedly poked her in the chest. The girlfriend’s eye was swelling and beginning to close when deputies arrived.

On April 30 Joseph Bonner Huff, 37, Buckhead, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. According to reports, a woman alleged that after an argument regarding Huff’s alleged methamphetamine use, Huff drank most of a large bottle of Fireball brand whiskey and became combative with the woman regarding the timing and preparation of the evening meal. The woman alleged that Huff pushed her across the kitchen, picked her up by the neck with both his hands and simultaneously strangled her, threw a garbage can across the room and dumped grease from the meal on her head. Deputies located a strip tail on the living room floor and grease on the floor of the kitchen which three dogs had consumed.  A deputy located Huff at a relative’s residence and reported that Huff smelled of alcohol and refused to stop moving and had “jerky, rapid and non-stop” movements. Huff alleged that the woman attacked him because he requested time to go to a relative’s house.

On April 29 an animal attack complaint was filed at a Sabrina Lane residence. According to reports, a couple reported that two Pit Bulls were at the property and had allegedly attempted to attack them and their cattle. A deputy reported while speaking with the couple a white Pit Bull attempted to come through a cattle fence. The deputy said when he was walking back toward his patrol vehicle the same dog crawled under the fence and approached him. The deputy said he shot the dog and the dog ran toward cattle. When the dog cleared the cattle, the complainant shot the dog with a .22 rifle and the dog ran toward a barn and was shot several more times, reports state, before it was stopped. The deputy went to a neighbor’s residence to ascertain ownership of the dogs but the neighbors were not familiar with the dogs.

On April 29 a dog fight complaint was filed at a Rehoboth Road, Bishop residence. According to reports, at 5:30 a.m. a woman alleged that her neighbor’s dogs were sticking their heads through her fence, attempting to attack her dogs. The woman said she has had problems with the neighbors before, had been to court over the issue and had another court date scheduled. The neighbor told the deputy he was not familiar with the dogs sticking their heads through the fence and showed the deputy a picture of his dogs taken in his house, he said, at 5:30 a.m.

On April 27 an excessive noise complaint was filed at a Clack Road location. According to reports, a woman reported that at 4:50 a.m. she heard three gunshots and believed she had seen a man near a pond firing a rifle. Deputies inquired at a house near the pond regarding the man but were told the man was not there and that no one had fired shots. The deputy found several .223 caliber casings on the ground near an outbuilding.

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