Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On March 8 Quentin Darell Hardge, 25, Madison was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, driving while license suspended or revoked and failure to obey signs or control devices. According to reports, a deputy observed Hardge failing to stop at a stop light at the intersection of Main Street in Madison and Bostwick Highway. The deputy followed Hardge’s vehicle and made a traffic stop. Consequent to the traffic stop, reports state, the deputy allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and found a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana in the center console.

On March 8 Bennie Lee Reid III, 34, Lithonia was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding, failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended and DUI. According to reports, a deputy allegedly clocked Reid driving 102 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 20. Consequent to a traffic stop, the deputy learned that Reid’s license had been suspended for a DUI and child support obligations. The deputy also reported smelling green marijuana coming from the vehicle and allegedly found a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana in the glove box. Reid was arrested at 4:08 a.m.

On March 8 a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at a Buckhead Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a man reported that someone entered his property and broke out the back glass of his John Deere 60G track hoe. The man alleged that neighbors had been disgruntled with him since he purchased the property and began improving the land.

On March 8 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Mergendollar Road, Bostwick residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had taken her mailbox. The woman said she was in the process of evicting a man who lives with her and that as the man was leaving she saw him stop at the end of the driveway and throw something onto his trailer.

On March 7 Charlecia Ravion Reid, 21, Eatonton was arrested and charged with acquiring a license plate to conceal identityof vehicle, driving while unlicnesed, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. According to reports, a deputy on patrol observed a black Nissan Altima near Cox Road and the Madison by-pass, however the license tag was supposed to be on a 1983 Monte Carlo. The deputy conducted a traffic stop at 7:30 a.m. at BoJangles, Eatonton Road. Consequent to the traffic stop the deputy learned that Reid had only a driving permit. The deputy also allegedly found a small amount of suspected marijuana on Reid’s person.

On March 7 Brad Bryan Nelson Holden, 29, Tyron, N.C. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and driving while license suspended. Novia Sinclair Simpson, 28, Wellford, S.C. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, a deputy stopped at the Rainbow Food Store at 8:40 a.m. to check on a vehicle parked at a gas pump. Reports state that both Holden and Simpson were asleep in the vehicle and told the deputy they stopped to sleep. A deputy allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and, consequent to a search, found suspected marijuana in the glove box, a loaded 9mm handgun and a suspected amphetamine pill.

On March 7 Grant Scott Friddell, 20, Rutledge was arrested and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving while unlicensed and two counts failure to stop at stop sign. According to reports, a deputy parked at Centennial Baptist Church allegedly observed Friddell riding a orange motorcycle on Centennial Road. The deputy attempted to stop Friddell, reports state, but Fridell allegedly accelerated and failed to stop at stop signs twice while fleeing. The deputy reported that speeds during the chase exceeded 100 mph. Friddell eventually came to a stop at the 1700 block of Centennial Road.

On March 7 Antonio Mandrell McCrary, 37,  Sparta was arrested and charged with DUI and obstruction. According to reports, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Madison Police Department officers were waiting at a Pine Tree Circle residence after a woman called Morgan County Dispatch and told them McCrary was coming to her residence and she feared for her safety. Reports allege that when McCrary arrived he alleged ran stop sign and when he saw the officers he stopped in the street, exited his vehicle and began to curse at the woman. Officers, reports state, allegedly smelled alcohol coming from McCrary’s person. While attempting to handcuff McCrary, McCrary allegedly struggled against the arrest and was tased.            

On March 5 a 15-year-old male student at Crossroads School was charged with terroristic threats. According to reports, the student allegedly threatened to shoot another student after the second student allegedly made a disparaging remark regarding the student’s cousin.

On March 5 a damage to property complaint was filed at a Fairplay Street, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a deputy responded to a complaint that a tree had fallen on a vehicle. Reports state that a woman reported she was driving west on Atlanta Highway and saw the tree falling but could not avoid the tree. The tree shattered her windshield and large pieces of a broken branch were observed in the windshield. Morgan County Fire and Rescue cut the tree and cleared the highway. The woman was able to drive the vehicle back to her Fairplay Street residence.

On March 4 an information report was filed at a Buckhead Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her estranged husband had left on Dec. 10, 2019 with a 1994 Chevrolet 2500 truck that belongs to the woman. The woman said the husband has failed to respond to divorce proceedings and that his whereabouts are unknown. She also alleged that the truck has a license plate that belongs on another vehicle and that she has canceled insurance and registration on the vehicle. Reports also note that the husband has two felony criminal warrants outstanding in Morgan County.

On March 5 a harassment complaint was filed at a Lower Apalachee Road residence. According to reports, a woman reported that three teens had been firing AR 15 assault rifles near her residence. The woman also alleged that one of the teens had made threatening remarks regarding her on Facebook after an earlier incident. The woman provided a deputy with a recording of the gunshots and the deputy noted that the recording “is not a shot here or there but shots as if a firefight and very loud.” The woman also provided the deputy with a picture taken off Facebook of the teens shooting the weapon and directed the deputy to a shooting area the teens were using. The deputy noted that the shooting area was approximately 125 feet away, in violation of Morgan County ordinance that states shooting can occur no closer than 250 feet from a residence. 

On March 2 Patrick Brian Echols, 33, Rutledge was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. According to reports, investigators with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office performed a probation search warrant on Echols’ Estes Road residence and allegedly found 4.1 grams of methamphetamine and a small bag of suspected marijuana.

On March 2 Joseph Ryder Meadows, 19, Buckhead was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and obstruction. According to reports, Meadows allegedly struck a man at a River Woods Drive residence, causing the man to lose a tooth. A deputy noted that while he was talking with Meadows, Meadows kept asking for the driver’s license of the man he had allegedly punched. After the officer finished speaking with the man and a woman at the residence, he attempted to place handcuffs on Meadows. Reports state that Meadows begin to fight with four deputies and struck one of the deputies in the nose before he fell into a small grill. Meadows allegedly continued to resist and a deputy deployed a taser weapon, eventually forcing compliance.

On March 2 Jordan Dubois Brooks, 29, Grants Pass, Ore. was arrested and charged with following too closely and possession of marijuana. According to reports, a Georgia State Patrol trooper stopped Brooks for allegedly following too closely on Interstate 20. Consequent to the stop, investigators allegedly found three bags totaling 3.5 pounds of suspected marijuana, empty bags and a Glock 34 caliber handgun.

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