Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Aug. 10 a battery complaint was filed at a Trimble Bridge Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that when she went to her child’s father’s house to allow the father to visit with the child and to work out prior disagreements, the father, at one point, placed her in a head lock and struck her on the jaw. Reports state that the woman said while she was at the residence the man fell asleep and while she was doing dishes his phone rang. The woman said she opened the cell phone and noted that the call was from a female. She said the father became enraged and attacked her. She said she clawed at the man to break his grip. She also told the officer the child was not in the room at the time of the altercation. A deputy noted that the woman smelled strongly of alcohol and she said both she and the man had been drinking prior to the altercation.

On Aug. 10 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Brownwood Road residence. According to reports, a man said he and his wife had returned from a shooting range with two 9mm handguns and a .38 revolver. The man said the two weapons and ear protectors were placed in a black bag and the revolver was placed in a green bag and both bags were placed in an return air vent. The man said on July 10, his air conditioning unit was serviced, including examination of air vents. He said on Aug. 10 when he and his wife went to retrieve the guns, the black bag contained only the air protectors and the green bag contained both 9mm pistols. The revolver is missing, he said.

On Aug. 8 an information report was filed on Jim Thomas Road. According to reports, a man alleged that another man had taken a 40-year-old cultipicker from property he was renting. The man told a deputy he suspected and individual who had allegedly told another man that the property owner had promised him rights to old equipment before he died. An investigator located the man and the man confirmed that he was under the understanding that he could take the equipment after the property owner’s death. However, he said, he did not realize the cultipicker belonged to the man who was renting the land. The man delivered the cultipicker to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

On Aug. 7 an information report was filed at a Davis Academy Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man said at midnight he went to Waffle House, Eatonton Road, and picked up an order to go. The man said the next morning he could not find his cell phone. He said he used a “find my phone” app and the app indicated that the phone was at a Price Mill Road, Bishop residence. A detective went to the residence and located a Waffle House employee who said she had found the damaged phone the night before in the parking lot and was going to return it that day to give to management.

On Aug. 6 a theft by taking complaint was filed at the Dollar General, Newborn Road, Rutledge. According to reports, an employee alleged that three people had come into the store on several occasions and allegedly took items without paying. The employee said two white males and a white female with red hair had allegedly been observed taking items but left the store before they could be detained. Reports state that the store was able to provide officers with photos and photos of the suspects license tag information. Several officers were aware of the identities of the suspects and were able to determine addresses.

On Aug. 6 a simple battery complaint was filed at a Perryman Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that during an argument a man had slapped her on the face. However, she told officers she did not want law enforcement involved and did not want the man to go to jail.

On Aug. 5 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Fraction Bottom Road residence. According to reports, a man alleged that a live-in girlfriend came to the residence accompanied by two Morgan County deputies and removed more than $1,000 worth of items while the man was not present. The man said the couple is currently ending their relationship. The items include a .22 revolver, a Haskell semi-auto .45, a Sanyo LCD tv, one Boss speaker and a deep freeze freezer.

On Aug. 2 Brian Patrick Smith, 27, Rutlede was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to reports, Smith was arrested during a probation search of his residence on Atlanta Highway after investigators entered the residence and allegedly located a .38 caliber Cobra pistol. 

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