Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On July 8 a theft by conversion complaint was filed at a Hawkins Academy Road, Social Circle location. According to reports, a man alleged that a former employee of his company had driven home a company truck valued at $5,000 after he had resigned his position on April 5. The complainant said he had tried on several occasions to have the truck returned but has had no response. He has now reported the truck as stolen and told deputies that he would press charges against the employee if and when the truck was recovered.

On July 7 a battery complaint was filed at a Double Bridge Road residence. According to reports, an officer responded to a complaint of a naked woman on a porch. When the deputy arrived, reports state, the woman had moved to the front yard and collapsed into a ball and was “hysterical.” Reports state she was crying uncontrollably and was saying “don’t hurt me” and “I just want to go home.” The deputy convinced the woman to get into his patrol car and he noticed marks on her legs and arms and an apparent bite mark on her neck. The woman told the deputy she did not remember anything but walking down the road. The deputy notified the Investigations Division of the Morgan County Sheriff’s. She then told the deputy the name of a suspect of a man who had allegedly attacked her.

On July 7 Larry Adam Bishop, 28, Madison was arrested and charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license. According to reports, a deputy reported that he and other deputies were located on Plum Street at midnight attempting to locate a suspect in an earlier reported case. The deputy noted that he observed Bishop attempting to drive past patrol vehicles parked on Plum Street. The deputy said he executed a traffic stop on Bishop’s truck while the deputy was on foot and requested that he exit the vehicle. Reports state that Bishop and the interior of the truck had a strong odor of alcohol. Bishop refused to perform field sobriety evaluations and refused to allow his blood to be tested.

On July 7 a conspiracy to commit a felony coolant was filed at an Athens Highway residence. According to reports, a couple showed a deputy a back window on their residence were four hand prints were clearly visible on a glass window pane where someone had attempted to break into the residence. All windows were locked, however. The couple said they had been home all evening and had no visitors.

On July 5 a burglary complaint was filed at a Athens Highway residence. According to reports, a deputy arrived at the residence in response to a structure fire complaint. When he arrived, reports state, a woman said a shed on the property had caught fire and she and a good samaritan had extinguished the fire with a garden hose. The woman said when she walked around her house she noticed her garage door was left open. Inside the garage several tools and pieces of equipment were missing. Missing are a Dewalt drill, two drawers of Craftsman sockets, a miter saw, compressor tools, a Ryobi hedge trimmer and a navigator saw. Missing from the shed were one dremel tool, a four-person tent in the box. a large bag with diving equipment including a regulator, weight belt and too wet suits. A Sony underwater video recorder was also taken. In total, the items are valued at $4,200.

On July 5 an overdue motorist report was filed at a Guinn Road residence. According to reports, a woman said her brother had called from Columbia, S.C. at 9:43 p.m. and said he was on his way home and should arrive around midnight. The woman said she had no more communications from the man since the phone call. 

On July 5 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Lake County Church, Reids Ferry Road, Buckhead. According to reports, a woman reported that she noticed a mailbox missing and found the damaged mailbox in a separate driveway. The woman followed vehicle tracks from the mailbox to an abandoned BMW parked in the lower parking lot of the church. When a deputy arrived he attempted to contact the BMW’s owner but had no success. The BMW was towed and ordered impounded until the deputy could speak with the vehicle’s owner.

On July 4 an aggravated assault complaint was filed at a Buckhead Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her estranged husband had run over her in a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ. The woman said she and the man were arguing and the man grabbed the keys to the vehicle, which had been placed in the woman’s custody by a South Carolina judge, and after he entered the vehicle she opened a rear door. The woman said as she was attempting to grab personal items, the man told her to “Get the hell out of the way” and placed the vehicle in reverse. The woman alleged she was drug along the gravel driveway and sustained injuries to her left shoulder, left leg and left ankle.

On July 4 a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at a Pine Tree Circle residence. According to reports, a man reported that when he woke up and walked to his truck to take it to the car wash he noticed all four tires were flat. Reports state that the tires weren’t cut but that all four valve stems were damaged. 

On July 4 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Pine Tree Circle residence. According to reports, a man came outside to go to the car wash and noticed that all four tires on his truck were flat. The man said he also noticed that his neighbor’s tires had also been flattened.

On July 4 Joseph Torres, 44, Orlando, Fla. was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit a crime, loitering, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession of burglary tools. According to reports, a witness told police that he had observed a man walking through the Youngblood Motors Company, North Main Street, on July 4 at 3:30 p.m. with a pair of bolt cutters. A deputy and city of Madison Police Department officer arrived at the scene and allegedly observed Torres in the parking lot. Reports state that Torres fled into a wooded area behind the car lot. Officers were able to capture Torres and allegedly found a pair of new gloves and bolt cutter approximately 20 feet from where Torres was detained. The witness also told officers that he had observed a woman with a white dog near a gray truck in front of the car lot when he observed the man with the bolt cutter. Authorities tracked the woman with a juvenile to a room at the Red Roof Inn. The woman said they had been parked near the business to allow the dog to urinate. She was accompanied by a female juvenile who told officers that Torres was with them and they had been looking for a new trailer since their’s had been damaged in a wreck. 

On July 3 Gloria Kaitlyn Haywood, 18, Hartwell, was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, failure to obey a yield sign and u-turn. According to reports, a deputy patrolling Monticello Highway at 11:30 p.m. alleged that a vehicle driven by Haywood exited Interstate 20 and failed to yield to vehicles traveling north on Monticello Highway then performed a u-turn in front of the Morgan County Detention Center. Consequent to a traffic stop, an officer alleged that he found a glass case with suspected marijuana, a smoking pipe, a vapor smoking device and a vial with a yellowish clear liquid suspected to be THC oil.

On July 2 Donald Torry Beacham, 40, Madison was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. According to reports, a woman alleged that after she refused to provide Beacham with gas money to drive to the Jasper County Courthouse to provide court documents requested for his girlfriend’s case, he became enraged and broke items in the house. The woman alleged that Beacham does not have a driver’s license and took her vehicle without permission. Beacham was arrested by Jasper County authorities. A Morgan County deputy picked up Beacham at the Jasper County Courthouse and drove him to the Morgan County Detention Center for booking. Damage to the items is estimated at $50.

On July 1 Lloyd George Grant, 30, Conyers was arrested and charged with speeding, expired or no license and fleeing and attempting to elude. According to reports, an officer allegedly observed Grant driving an Audi on Greensboro Highway at 73 mph in a 55 mph zone. The officer turned around with emergency lights on but did not see the Audi. The officer observed a man who matched the driver’s description standing near True Gospel Lighthouse Church, Greensboro Road. Reports state the man told officers he worked at Georgia Pacific and his boss had just driven by. The officer said Grant was not “making any sense” and when the officer drove to the rear of the church he observed the Audi and Grant fled on foot. A short while later a second officer located Grant in bushes and he was detained without incident.

On July 1 Cory Fredrick Maxwell, 28, Elberton was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, drugs not in original container, pointing a firearm at another and reckless conduct. According to reports, a deputy was dispatched to Eatonton Highway in regards to a reckless driver allegedly waving a gun at other drivers. The deputy stopped Maxwell near Flash Foods driving a vehicle that matched dispatch’s description. Consequent to the traffic stop, the officer located a Taurus PT 9mm pistol, a prescription bottle containing six “stripes” of suspected Suboxone wrapped in yellow McDonald’s Toy Story 4 promotional tickets and wrapped in electrical tape. Maxwell, reports state, told the officer that others were driving recklessly around him and he lifted his phone to show them he was calling 911. He also said the vehicle belonged to his father and he was not aware there was a weapon in the vehicle. The deputy allowed Maxwell to call a relative to pick up a 2-year-old child that was also in the vehicle before Maxwell was detained and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.

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