Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Sept. 15 a driving away without paying for gas complaint was filed at Country Store convenience store, Bostwick Highway. According to reports, an employee said a man known to him as a customer pulled up to the pumps. The employee said he turned the pumps on and the man put 15.73 gallons of gas worth $37.43 into his white, 1990s model Chevrolet Tahoe. The man then pulled off, traveling south on Bostwick Highway without paying for the gas.

On Sept. 14 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Head Road residence. According to reports, a pair of brothers said they were notified by their oldest brother that he was not going to renew a hunting lease on the Head Road property all three brothers use. The two younger brothers said when they arrived at the property they observed that someone had cut a foot bridge that crosses a creek and tore the bridge down. A tractor had been used to snatch several apple trees out of the ground, a bush hog and plow are gone. Several tree stands that the brother’s allege belong on the hunting property were also removed. They blamed the older brother for both the damage and the theft and estimated the damage was $1,500 to $2,000. They also said they had no knowledge on why the older brother was angry.

On Sept. 14 a terroristic threats and acts and aggressive driving complaint was filed at Fieldcrest Court, Buckhead. According to reports, a woman said as she pulled onto Fieldcrest Court, a black woman driving in a box-style truck began to tailgate her. The complainant said the woman was yelling profanities out of the window and waving her arms in both a frustrated and angry manner. The complainant said when she slowed to proceed over a construction area, the box truck driver came to within an inch of her vehicle and screamed “I will kill you b***h, I will beat your a**…” The complainant said the angry driver pulled into a driveway next to hers and then left. A deputy found where a package had been delivered to the residence where the angry driver had stopped. The deputy noted that he had a similar incident with an angry driver matching the woman’s description on Aug. 17 on Eatonton Road.

On Sept. 13 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Crawford Road residence. According to reports, a man said someone entered his property and took a 2017 red Dodge Ram 1500 truck. The truck was unlocked and, the man said, there might have been a spare key inside the vehicle. The truck also had an aluminum tool box and camping gear in the bed. The next morning, reports state, deputies were called to the 1400 block of Double Bridges Road regarding a smoldering vehicle. When they arrived they observed a red Dodge Ram 1500 still hot and burned with a melted aluminum tool box in tne bed and a camping coffee pot and tools. A man who lives near the Double Bridges Road location said at 2 a.m. his dog was barking the night before and he thought he had heard gun shots.

On Sept. 13 a terroristic threats complaint was filed at an Oconee Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a man alleged that an incarcerated man had told a woman that he was going to have someone burn the complainant’s 19-year-old son’s pickup truck. The complainant said the incarcerated man was angry because the son had allegedly had sexual relations with the incarcerated man’s girlfriend. The father also alleged that the incarcerated man had threatened to kill his son. Two deputies listened to phone conversations between the incarcerated man and his girlfriend and noted that the incarcerated man did inform his girlfriend he was going to arrange to have the truck burned but never threatened to kill or have the son killed.

On Sept. 13 a cruelty to children and battery complaint was filed at an Athens Highway residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that while she was arguing with a man known to her, the man tried twice to take her phone and on the third try grabbed her wrist and caused a minor abrasion and bleeding. The woman said she told the man she was calling 911 and the man left the residence. The incident occurred in front of two children, the woman said.

On Sept. 12 Ulysses Deandre Fitch, 33, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of ecstasy. According to reports, several officers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Madison Police Department executed a search warrant on a Maple Street residence regarding alleged sale of narcotics. During the search, reports state, officer allegedly located a single ecstasy pill in Fitch’s vehicle. Several other arrests for misdemeanor marijuana possession were also made.

On Sept. 10 Heather Faye Denton, 28, Sandersville was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and acquiring a license plate for purpose of concealing identification of a motor vehicle.  Joshua Whitlock, 32, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, a deputy was dispatched to an Aqua Road residence regarding a fight in progress. Enroute the deputy was told Denton was driving a silver Chevrolet truck from the residence and Whitlock was walking. A deputy located Whitlock who told him he had tried to acquire enough gas for Denton to drive back to Sandersville but when he could not, she had smacked a gas can he was holding and spilled gas on him. An Aqua Road residence told police that the couple had stopped in his driveway and were fighting. Denton later pulled up on the deputy and Whitlock and the deputy ran the truck’s tag and it was returned as belonging on an Impala.

On Sept. 11 an altered mental status report was filed at a an Atlanta Highway, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her son had consumed methamphetamine and since then had been acting erratically. The woman said she left town on Saturday and when she returned the son was “talking out of his head.” The woman said on Monday she located the son in a ditch near the road with scratch marks everywhere. She said he told her he had been directed by God to call President Donald Trump and to stand with him at the White House. The woman said her son is typically taciturn but had been speaking at length. A deputy noted that the son was ducking down while speaking to hide from a non-existent person he said was watching him. The deputy agreed with the woman and transported the man to Morgan Medical Center for treatment.

On Sept. 11 a battery complaint was filed at a Sewell Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man alleged that he went to his estranged girlfriend’s residence and while there a man pointed a pistol in his face and punched him on the nose. The estranged girlfriend said the complainant had, the night before, spit in her face and she decided to end the relationship. She and a second witness, said there was not a gun involved and there might have been a scuffle. Both alleged that the complainant had fallen off the porch and struck his face. 

The complainant also struck a mailbox with his vehicle as he was leaving.

On Sept. 11 a simple assault complaint was filed at a Eatonton Highway residence. According to reports, a man said he has a hunting lease on property beside a farm. 

The man said the caretaker for the farm “has always been overly aggressive in the accusation of alleged trespassing…” The complainant said he and several members were on their property holding a dove shoot when the caretaker arrived in a white Dodge 4×4 truck and threatened one of the club’s members with trespassing. The complainant alleged that the caretaker  was gritting his teeth, clinching his fist and had angry facial expressions and threatened “I swear to God what I will do to you if I catch you on my property.” The man wanted to document the incident, he said, so he could have records for any further action against the caretaker or landowner given the alleged violent nature of the encounter.

On Sept. 10 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road residence. According to reports, a woman said she responded to a Craigslist ad regarding land cleaning and was told by the man who was advertising the service that he could do the work but that the woman would have to rent a skid steer and trailer, which the woman agreed to do. The man picked up the skid steer and trailer from a Snellville Home Depot and drove to the woman’s work site. The next morning the skid steer and trailer were gone and no work had been done. 

The woman called Home Depot and was told that earlier a man had called and reported the skid steer and trailer stolen. The woman said the man no longer answers her phone calls and she can’t find the original Craigslist ad.

On Sept. 10 a fraud complaint was filed at a Crawley Road residence. According to reports, a woman said she gave a man a $6,000 deposit on a manufactured home on Crawley Road for delivery to her Eveline Drive, Eatonton address. 

The woman said she drove by the house on Crawley Road and noted that it was not there. The man told her he had moved the house to Doster Road. The woman said the man was pressuring her for the rest of the money ($14,000) for the house. She said she told the man she wanted her money back and the man said if she did not pay him the rest of the money he was going to keep $3,000. She told him she was calling police and she said the man said there was no need to call the police.

On Sept. 10 an information report was filed at an Apalachee Woods Trail residence. According to reports, a 17-year-old male said he received a call from a person acting as a representative of the Social Security Administration threatening to have him arrested because, the caller said, the teen’s Social Security number was being used to launder drug profits. The teen said he became afraid and gave the caller his Social Security number. 

The teen’s father got on the phone and the caller became aggressive with him, too. The family is concerned because the teen gave the scam caller his Social Security number. 

They were advised to monitor both credit and identity.

On Sept. 10 a damage to property complaint was filed at an Apalachee River Road location. According to reports, a deputy arrived and observed that a section of fence on two properties had been damaged by a white Dodge Journey. 

The Journey also had damage to its front, rear and driver’s side. 

There was no driver present. The deputy ran registration on the vehicle and spoke to its owner. The owner said her 15-year-old son had been driving the vehicle at the time of the incident and that they were at Morgan Medical Center getting treatment. 

The teen told the deputy he had waited until his mother fell asleep and then he took the vehicle to show off to friends because he had just gotten his learner’s permit. 

The teen was cited for hit and run, failure to stop at a stop sign and violation of class CP restrictions.

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