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On Aug. 18 William Riley Downs, Jr., 46, Madison was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts. According to reports, Downs allegedly walked from Commerce Street to a Clack Road residence, apparently, to confront a man regarding sexual battery complaint’s Down’s girlfriend had made. Reports state that Downs arrived at approximately 6:30 p.m. with a 40 ounce alcoholic drink in his hand and walked out of the bushes near the Clack Road residence and confronted a man. Witnesses allege that Downs threatened to kill the man, or, have members of a gang kill the man. A deputy pulled over a dark sedan in which Downs had received a ride from the Clack Road residence near the NAPA Auto Parts Store on Eatonton Road. Consequent to the traffic stop, Downs was found in the back seat. Reports allege that while he was being interviewed he allegedly threatened to kill the complainant and the threat was recorded by officers. He was then arrested.

On Aug. 18 a dog attack complaint was filed at a Indian Creek Trail, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman who works with the United States Census Bureau said she honked her horn to alert any dogs in the area when she arrived at the residence but after she got out of the car and walked to the house a large white and brown dog came out from under the porch and chased her. The woman alleged that the dog jumped on her back and scratched her with its claws and caused her to drop a lap top computer. A deputy was able to collect the woman’s belongings and while doing so the dog stayed under the porch. The dog’s owner arrived and pulled the dog out from the porch. Reports allege that the dog lunged at the deputy and lightly scratched his wrist as the man was walking the dog to the house. Animal control was called at that point and determined it was safe to leave the dog at the residence until vaccination records could be collected.

On Aug. 18 an 11-year-old male was charged with battery and released to his mother after he allegedly cut the hand of his 62-year-old grandmother at an Estes Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, the woman alleged that the child came to her house with a white stick and she informed him he was not welcome there, in part, because he allegedly speaks ill of her and uses bad language. As she was attempting to close the door on the child, the child allegedly stuck the stick in the door and at some point in the interaction, the woman’s hand was cut. The woman said she wanted the child trespassed from her residence.

On Aug. 17 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone damaged her mailbox. The woman estimated the damage at $100.

On Aug. 16 a hit and run report was filed at Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge. According to reports, a park employee alleged that at 6:15 a.m. a woman struck a park employee driving a tractor in front of the golf course on Knox Chapel Road. The driver allegedly went to a post at the park and complained to a second park employee that the tractor was difficult to see. She was advised to stay at the post until law enforcement arrived but she said she had groceries in her car that she needed to put away before returning. The woman never returned. The tractor driver said he was driving the tractor on Knox Chapel Road with all lights in working condition when the woman struck him from behind, stopped and asked if he was all right and then left the scene.

On Aug. 16 John Gerald Born, 34, Lawrenceville was arrested and charged with giving false name to a law enforcement officer. According to reports, deputies were called to the Country Store, Bostwick Highway, regarding a suspicious person. When they arrived they located a man meeting the description. The man said his friends had abandoned him at Walmart and he was walking back to their house in Good Hope. The man said he left his wallet in the car and that his name was William Craig Ford. Deputies could not verify the man’s identity after an exhaustive attempt. A deputy took the man to the Good Hope residence and the persons at that residence said the man gave different names to different people. A deputy was able to determine from the man’s laptop computer his actual name and learned that he had arrest warrants against him in both Walton and Gwinnett counties. While the deputy was attempting to arrest Born, Born allegedly attempt to flee and was pulled down by the deputy, dislocating his shoulder. The shoulder was placed back in shape at the Morgan Medical Center.

On Aug. 16 an information report was filed at a West Main Street, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that a neighbor removed a metal stake used to mark property lines and then berated her regarding the length of her grass, made disparaging remarks regarding her deceased husband and commented on health problems the woman was having. An officer talked to the neighbor who said he had moved a metal pipe to mow so he wouldn’t damage the pipe or his lawn mower. He also said the woman had called him stupid.

On Aug. 14 a fraudulent activities complaint was filed at Regions Bank, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a customer told a deputy that a hold had been placed on her account because she had deposited a $2,115.51 and a $2,600 check and both checks were fraudulent. 

On Aug. 13 an information report was filed at a Crawley Road residence. According to reports, a Walton EMC employee told deputies that a $2,500 transformer had been damaged by a construction trailer at the site.

On Aug. 13 an information report was filed at a Godfrey Road residence. According to reports, a woman said she and her husband were currently going through a divorce. The woman said the estranged husband came back to the residence last week and that on Sunday, Aug. 11, she asked him to leave. She said the man left at 10 p.m. but prior to leaving he took a walk at 9 p.m. The woman said after the man left she noticed her kitten was missing. She said last week a rabbit was missing. She said on Aug. 8 a sheep was found dead in a water trough.

On Aug. 12 a criminal trespass notice was written against a 22-year-old woman at a Centennial Road residence. According to reports, a woman said she observed the woman on the property on Aug. 11 at 7:53 p.m. even after telling the woman not to come onto the property. The woman said she called law enforcement then and the woman ran into a wooded area prior to deputies arriving. On the next day, the woman said, she found the woman in a bed sleeping with a man. The woman was escorted from the bedroom and told she was trespassed from the property. She was then transported to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office where a relative came to pick her up. The man in the residence with the woman was told he was not allowed to invite anyone to the residence without the complainant’s approval.

On Aug. 12 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road residence. According to reports, a man said he drove a woman to the Citgo convenience store and left his wallet in the vehicle as he went into the store and purchased some items with loose money he had in his pocket. The complainant said he brought the woman back to his residence and, later, when he went to Walmart he searched for his wallet but could not locate the wallet. The man said he confronted the woman regarding the missing wallet and she allegedly “acted weird” regarding the wallet. The man said he left for work and learned the woman had left his residence and moved to a Madison motel.

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