Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On June 1 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a West Washington Street residence. According to reports, a complainant at EZ Bottle Shop reported that someone in a blue Cadillac Escalade had struck a vehicle in the parking lot and then left. An officer noted he observed a indention on the rear driver’s side bumper of the the vehicle.

On May 30 a discharging firearms within city limits report was filed at a Morgan Circle residence. According to reports,  a woman told officers that on May 28 someone had discharged two shots on the street in front of her residence and, she said, persons were implicating her in the incident. An employee at the complex reported finding two expended shell casings in front of the woman’s residence. Reports allege that a pickup truck with Greene County tags came into the area with people in the back of the truck and someone threw water balloons at the truck. The truck left but returned and when it came back, a second vehicle blocked the truck and then, reports state, people started throwing lawn chairs at the truck. The vehicle blocking the truck moved and the truck left. 

On May 30 Rayshawndria Gardner, 25, Columbus, was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, failure to maintain lane, no insurance, no tag and failure to report striking a fixed object. According to reports, an officer responded to a wreck complaint on Interstate 20 and when he arrived he observed Gardner walking alone up the Exit 113 ramp. The officer said Gardner someone in the wreck needed help. The officer detained Gardner and placed her in his patrol vehicle. The officer then drove to the wreck and witnesses alleged that Gardner was the sole occupant of the vehicle involved in the crash. Gardner allegedly told the officer that she and another person had taken the vehicle on a test drive from a dealer in DeKalb County auto dealership and had not returned. The officer checked on the vehicle and learned that it had been reported stolen out of DeKalb County.

On May 26 Tanja Deanna Trippe, 17, Madison was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports,  an employee at Wal Mart, Eatonton Road, alleged that Trippe and a 16-year-old had taken price tags off items and replaced them with lower price tags in order to pay a lower price. Total value of the items is $302.12, reports state. Trippe was arrested and detained and the juvenile was turned over to relatives.

On May 27 an information report was filed at Ingles, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an officer arrived after a woman stated that her 4-year-old grandchild had locked grandson had accidentally locked himself in the vehicle and had been in the vehicle for approximately four minutes. The officer attempted to open the vehicle using an unlock kit but failed. The officer then forced entry by breaking the driver’s side front window and released the child. Reports state that the child was sweating but appeared unharmed and did not require medical attention.

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