Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On May 8, Bonnie Eugene Hawk, 20, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and safety belt violation. Skylar M. Sharp, 20, no address given and Demaury Zyshawn Heard, 22, no address given were also charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, a deputy allegedly observed Hawk operating a vehicle while not wearing a seatbelt at the intersection of Ward Road and Atlanta Highway. Consequent to a traffic stop, a deputy allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and located three bags that contained suspected marijuana in the vehicle.

On May 11, Otis Jay Turner, 41, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, a deputy responded to a Bethany Road residence regarding a suspicious man walking in the roadway. When the deputy arrived at 6:45 a.m. they could not locate the suspect. At 7:15 a.m. calls began again to Morgan County Dispatch regarding a man in the roadway. A deputy located Turner walking on the road and offered him a ride to a relative’s house on Guinn Road. Turner initially agreed but then asked to be dropped off at the Pit Stop convenience store, Seven Islands Road. A deputy left and stopped on the Interstate 20 bridge and watched as Turner walked over the bridge and then allegedly began walking in the middle of the road with his thumb out when traffic would approach, forcing the drivers to change lane. He was then arrested and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.

On May 10, a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road residence. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had taken several jewelry items from her residence. The complainant said she noticed the theft when, during Bible study, she remarked to a friend that she had a ring similar to the one the friend was wearing. She walked into a bedroom to retrieve the ring to validate her assertion but the ring was missing. Also missing was a silver bracelet, her husband’s graduation band and a small yellow gold solitaire wedding ring. The complainant believes a former disgruntled employee may have taken the jewelry, in part, because when she was fired the former employee alleged that she was owed more money than her final check.

On May 10, a burglary complaint was filed at a Peppers Road residence. According to reports, a woman said someone had forced entry into a vacant house and removed new appliances, cabinets that where still in boxes and air conditioning units. All coper wire had been ripped out, as well.

On May 9, Nara-titi Shebreana Key, 37, Morrow was arrested and charged with improper passing, following too closely, driving while license suspended, possession of a schedule 1 drug, pills not in original container, giving false name and possession of marijuana, less than one ounce. According to reports, a deputy was contacted by a probation officer that he was driving to Morgan County from Oconee County and a vehicle had been tailgating him and then, after passing had sped up and passed a truck using a turn lane. A deputy located the vehicle on U.S. 441 by pass near Bethany Road and engaged emergency lights and performed a traffic stop at the intersection of Eatonton Road and the by-pass. Consequent to a traffic stop, a deputy allegedly found a glass bottle with a white powder in the vehicle, a partially smoked marijuana cigarette and a plastic tray containing suspected marijuana. Reports allege that Key initially gave a deputy a false name.

On May 8, Billy Earl Nicholson, 48, Covington was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. According to reports, a deputy went to a welfare check at an Apalahcee River Road residence and allegedly observed Nicholson walking from the side of the residence. Reports state that Nicholson had been served a criminal trespass notice earlier to stay off the property. 

On May 8 Joshua Newsome, 36, Menton, Ind., was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, a deputy was dispatched to the Pit Stop convenience store regarding a man who refused to leave the property. When the deputy arrived, reports state, he spoke with an employee who alleged that Newsome had been dropped off at the store by a Greensboro Police Department officer and he was currently sleeping on the side of the store and would not leave. The deputy observed Newsome sleeping under a tarp. The deputy attempted to wake Newsome and asked him to stand up and Newsome allegedly “became very loud…” The deputy detained Newsome and called Greensboro Police Department and spoke with the officer who had dropped Newsome off at the store. The officer said that he had an incident with Newsome but did not want to pursue charges and wanted him out of the city of Greensboro city limits. 

On May 8, an information report was filed at a Guinn Road residence. According to reports, a deputy arrived at the residence and a man demanded that the deputy “lock his wife up for assault.” The man then allegedly demanded that the deputy leave his property. Reports state that the deputy arrived regarding a dispute between a 75-year-old woman and a 15-year-old male. The man’s wife said she was telling the 15-year-old to do his chores and the teen “got an attitude.” The woman said she began arguing with the child and the 75-year-old woman became involved and pushing and shoving ensued. The deputy asked the teen to walk with him to the street to get his side of the story and the father began filming the deputy and became, reports allege, argumentative with the deputy because he was not social distancing himself from the teen. At one point the deputy had to demand that the father stop using curse words in front of the teen. Reports state that the woman and man have nine children and “some differences as far as parenting.”

On May 6 a financial transaction card fraud complaint was filed at a Prospect Road residence. According to reports, a man alleged that his stepson and girlfriend had taken more than $3,000 from a checking account using his debit card information. The man said a week prior he had kicked the couple out of his house and recently had received a pipe shaped like a small saxophone that he believes would be used to smoke marijuana in the mail. A further review of the man’s account showed that, including fees, someone had taken more than $4,000 from his account.

On May 6, James Daniel Blalock, 60, Good Hope was arrested and charged with burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and possession of drug related objects. According to reports, an investigator was at a Price Mill road, Bishop residence investigating the theft of a single barrel shotgun when Blalock arrived. Reports state Blalock exited his vehicle and the investigator allegedly observed a meth pipe sticking out of his front pocket. Reports state that the observation gave the investigator probable cause to search Blalock’s vehicle and the search found a small clear plastic baggie of suspected methamphetamine in a cigarette box and a small bag of suspected marijuana. In the back seat the investigator located two shotguns, including one that had been reported missing from the residence. 

On May 5 a failure to report striking a fixed object report was filed at a Hilsman Road residence. According to reports, a complainant said he observed a vehicle leave the Monticello Highway and then run through a ditch near his property on Hilsman Road before striking the complainant’s wooden fence. The complainant said the driver of the vehicle then backed out, waved at him and drove south on Monticello Road. A deputy located a damaged dark blue Lincoln Continental locked and unoccupied in a driveway south of the incident location. The vehicle is registered to a Eatonton man but no driver was located. The vehicle was towed.

On May 5, an battery complaint  was filed at a Doster Road residence. According to reports, a man said he was cutting hay on Hestertown Road when he accidentally cut a small area of hay on another man’s property. The complainant alleged that the other property owner approached him and began hitting him on the leg and was attempting to knock the hat off his head. A deputy went to the disgruntled property owner’s house and the man told the deputy that if the complainant would pay “his wife, not him, $50 for the hay that was cut the problem would be resolved.” He also could not recall striking the man or trying to knock his hat off, reports state.

On May 5 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Nolan’s Store Road residence. According to reports, a man said when he was checking two bank accounts he observed that someone had attempted to take more than $32,000 from the accounts. The man said he was able to have the charges reversed except for a $9,449 charge to American Express.

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