On July 26 Matthew Compton, 36, Madison, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, shoplifting and open container. According to reports, an officer was called to the Exxon convenience store on Monticello Highway regarding a customer allegedly attempting to steal a gas can. Reports state when the officer arrived he spoke with the store’s owner who alleged that Compton had entered the store empty handed and went to the back of the store and crouched down by the gas cans. He then allegedly left the store empty handed but returned and took the cap off one of the gas cans and entered the restroom. He then allegedly left the restroom, grabbed the gas can with no cap and told an employee that he had already paid for the can. Reports note that Compton was being detained by Georgia State Patrol and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on a traffic matter in the parking lot when the officer arrived. The officer reported that he had difficulty applying handcuffs to Compton and that Compton refused to sit in the patrol car. Compton was forced into the vehicle and allegedly slammed his head against the vehicle’s interior and kicked. When officers were turning Compton’s vehicle over to a relative they allegedly found an open container of whiskey in the vehicle.
On July 31 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a South Main Street residence. According to reports, a man said when he went to his mailbox he noticed that someone had opened an envelope that contained two EUrail Global passes that he had ordered for a future trip to Europe. The complainant valued the passes at $680.
On July 22 a forgery complaint was filed at J&K Fleas Antiques, South Main Street. According to reports, an employee reported that a man entered the store and wrote a $3,010 check for a diamond ring and a $896 check for a piece of furniture. The woman said a clerk recorded the man’s Georgia Driver’s License number. The man left with the ring and said he would return for the furniture but never returned. Both checks were written on a closed account and, reports state, the driver’s license appeared to be false. The complainant said she had learned from other antique shops in the region that the same man had written fraudulently checks at other stores.
On July 27 a theft by deception complaint was filed at JDR Enterprises, North Fifth Street. According to reports, a man alleged that an employee was coming to the business on her days off and clocking in and then returning and clocking out. The man said the employee was generating 36 hours per pay period of income on days that she did not work. Reports state that surveillance video was included with the complaint.
On July 28 Damarcus Treyvone Peek, 25, Madison was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and simple battery. According to reports, an officer responded to a Bramblewood Drive apartment to assist in removing Peek. After Peek was removed from the apartment and placed in the officer’s vehicle to be transported to a truck stop to get a ride, the officer reported that a second woman came forward and accused Peek of abuse. Reports state the woman alleged that Peek had, on July 27, choked her, scratched her neck, punched her on the side of the head and threatened to kill her. She also alleged he would not let her leave the apartment. An officer observed marks on the woman and detained and arrested Peek.
On July 28 Eric Gene Hardwick, 35, Forsyth was arrested and charged with DUI refusal (third offense), driving while license suspended (third offense), failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to maintain lane and concealment of a vehicle by having the wrong tag applied. According to reports, an officer was called to railroad tracks near North Fifth Street regarding a single vehicle wreck at 5:30 a.m. When the officers arrived two witnesses said a Ford Explorer with no headlights crossed over North Fifth Street, jumped an embankment and land on the other side of the railroad tracks. The officer said the witnesses alleged that the vehicle’s driver fled into a wooded area. The officer located Hardwick walking in the road and reported that Hardwick was “extremely intoxicated” and alleged that he was not driving the vehicle during the crash. The officer detained Hardwick and transported him to the Morgan County Detention Center.