Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On April 5, an information report was filed at an Athens Highway residence. According to reports, a woman said her 17-year-old son had gotten into a fight with a 43-year-old man at an Athens Highway residence. The teen told police he was dropping off a friend at his Athens Highway residence and the friend’s father walked outside and yelled at him and became confrontational. The teen alleged that the man swung at him and he ducked the punch and took the man to the ground where they rolled on the gravel driveway. The man told officers that he was, in fact, screaming at his own son for not taking his medication and when he approached his son, the teen allegedly grabbed him by the legs to knock him down. The man said he fell on top of the teen and the teen then managed to get on top and the pair exchanged punches. Both men had cuts on their backs. The father told deputies the teen was a bad influence on his son.

On April 6, Teela Turpen, 32, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. No other information was given regarding the arrest.

On April 5, an information report was filed at a Davis Academy Road residence. According to reports, a man said he had a worker spraying a field when when a woman approached the worker to complain. The worker called the property owner and the property owner arrived and, he said, tried to speak with the woman but the discussion “turned into a shouting match.” The man said he made a disparaging remark regarding the woman’s sanity and then the woman’s husband called him a disparaging term. The man said this was the second confrontation he has had with the neighboring property owners regarding spraying his field and after the first confrontation, he agreed to a 10 foot buffer between his property line and the neighbor’s property line. The woman told a deputy that she did ask the worker to be more careful and that the property owner had hurt her feelings when he made the remark. The husband admitted to calling the property owner a name but said he did so in defense of his wife. The deputy requested that in the future if there are concerns the couple should call the property owner directly and call dispatch so a deputy can be present during the discussions.

On April 5, Randy Michael Pruitt, 23, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession and use of drug related objects, obstruction, possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. According to reports, a deputy was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle complaint at a Mallard Court residence at 4 a.m. When the deputy arrived, reports state, he observed a man and a female teen sitting in a truck on the side of the road. The deputy approached the vehicle and observed a pistol sitting on the dashboard of the truck. When a door opened, the deputy alleged he could smell alcohol and marijuana coming from the truck. After Pruitt exited the truck, reports state, he became “agitated” and reached for the left side of his waistband. A deputy stopped the movement and Pruitt allegedly attempted to pull away and both Pruitt and the deputy fell to the ground. Pruitt alleged as the deputies were attempting to secure his hands that they were abusing him. When they picked him up, reports state, they observed broken shards of a glass pipe on the ground. A search of the vehicle revealed a partially empty Natural Light beer can, a plastic jar with suspected marijuana. a grinder, two packages of rolling papers and a small digital scale. Deputies also allegedly found a pipe in the woman’s purse, a grinder, a small container with suspected marijuana and a small plastic bag with suspected marijuana. Emergency medical services arrived and examined Pruitt and released him. The woman’s grandmother arrived and took her home. 

On April 5, an affray complaint was filed at a Pinetree Circle residence. According to reports,  a woman alleged that she heard two women yell vulgar remarks at her while she was driving from the area and she stopped to investigate what prompted the vulgarity. Once stopped, she said, one of the women hit her and drug her into the roadway. The second woman then assisted in the beating. The complainant said she was able to stand and get away but then both women attacked again and hit her in the face and pushed her into a ditch. A woman exited a residence and informed the women that she was going to call the police if they did not stop fighting. The two women left in a silver Honda and the complainant left in a black Honda. The black Honda was stopped by a Madison Police Department officer who, coincidentally arrested a male passenger for obstruction and outstanding probation warrant after a traffic stop on Vine Street. Deputies reviewed surveillance video of the affray and stated that they observed the complainant pull her car up behind the two women. The complainant then exited the vehicle and she and one of the women began trading blows. A man also exited the black Honda and watched the fight. The second woman  then engaged in the fight and, reports state, pushed one of the women into the ditch. A second man came to the scene and attempted to break up the fight “with no success.” Reports state a crowd formed and watched as the fight progressed. The two women and the complainant left the scene. The complainant was returned to the scene under police officer’s orders, completed a statement and told the officer she wanted to go home “because she was hot and needed to tend to her children.”

On April 5, a neighbor dispute complaint was filed at a Fairlplay Street, Rutledge residence.  According to reports, a woman reported that a neighbor constructed a homemade speed bump on the street that is too high for her vehicle to pass over. The woman said that when her daughter attempted to drive over the speed bump her car “got hung up on it.” The woman then alleged that her neighbor then cursed at her daughter. The neighbor alleged that the daughter then cursed back at him. A deputy told the neighbor that he could not construct speed bumps in the street and that it must be removed.

On April 4, a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Reese Road residence. According to reports, a man said he left his residence at 8 a.m. and when he returned, he noticed that someone had taken his orange 2008 Encore Extreme, 60-inch cut zero turn mower. The man said he purchased the mower in 2008 for $7,000.

On April 4, Arthur Binion, 58, Madison, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. According to reports, a deputy was dispatched to a Holland Springs residence in regards to a man yelling and being aggressive with neighbors. When the deputy arrived, he allegedly observed Binion with slurred speech and having a “difficult time walking.” The deputy requested that Binion go home and Binion allegedly refused the request and was arrested.

On April 3, Michael Everett King, 46, Atlanta, was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property. According to reports, King allegedly threw a concrete block at a military soldier statue at Rutledge’s Play Fair Park, Fairplay Road. Reports state that a deputy reviewed video surveillance that allegedly shows King damaging the statue and a VFW monument with a concrete block. A deputy located King and he was arrested without incident.

On April 3, a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Pintail Lane, Madison location. According to reports, a  man said his daughter said she was at home with a male friend when her ex-boyfriend came to the house. The daughter said her male friend ran and the ex-boyfriend forced open the front door and took her Samsung a10 phone and left with the phone. The phone is valued at $1,200.

On April 3, a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at a VFW Lane residence. According to reports,  a woman alleged that an ex-boyfriend was harassing her via text messages and Facebook posts.

On April 2 an aggravated assault and criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Mallard Ridge Road residence. According to reports, a man alleged that when he went to his former husband’s residence to drop off personal items, he left the items on a back porch and waked to his vehicle. The man said as he was attempting to leave the former husband allegedly pointed a firearm at the man’s vehicle and fired three shots at him, allegedly striking the car one time near driver’s side headlight. The man said he then drove to Elbert County to check on his mother and then returned to Morgan County to file the complaint. A deputy noted a bullet hole in the man’s vehicle and a bullet lying on top of the driver side headlight assembly.

On March 31, a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at a Greensboro Road residence. According to reports, a man reported that his mailbox and four others on the highway had been damaged.

On March 31, an information report was filed at a Clack Road residence. According to reports, a man alleged that the husband of an employee was calling and leaving messages attempting to extort money from the complainant and his business and accusing the employee of embezzlement. The complainant said the employee was a valuable employee and that there were no disparities in his business accounting. The complainant also stated that the man had been arrested for battery and remained incarcerated on that charge.

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