Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On June 8 Chad Anthony Eaton, 36, Buckhead was cited for criminal trespass and was served with a trespass notice for the Relax Inn, Athens Highway. According to reports, a deputy was called to the motel regarding someone who had damaged a room. An employee alleged that Eaton had broken a window, damaged sheet rock on a rear wall and damaged a side table. The motel estimated damages at $1,000. A deputy located Eaton walking on Athens Highway and, reports state, observed that he was “extremely intoxicated.” Eaton was cited and transported to Waffle House to await a ride.

On June 5 Blake Steven Shope, 22, Covington was arrested and charged with hit and run, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, driving while license suspended and possession of methamphetamine. According to reports, a woman reported that someone had taken a black Toyota Rav4 from her residence. While a deputy was enroute to the Weaver Jones Road residence he observed a Toyota Rav4 in a single car accident at the intersection of Weaver Jones Road and Reese Road. Debris from the vehicle were in the road and ditch. The vehicle was towed back to the Morgan County Public Safety Center and investigators allegedly located Shope’s identification card in the vehicle along with suspected marijuana residue and suspected methamphetamine. The deputies called the complainant, Shope’s sister and asked her if she knew her brother’s whereabouts and was told that Shope was at the residence asleep. Investigators drove to the Weaver Jones Road residence and located Shope asleep. They observed, reports state, that he had cuts on his chest and left arm. Reports state that deputies also located clothing covered with dirt. The sister told Shope she was sorry and deputies detained Shope who allegedly admitted that he had been driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. The sister was advised that deputies would be taking an arrest warrant for reporting false crime and that she would need to turn herself in at the Morgan County Public Safety Center.

On June 3 Michael Anthony Jones, 30, Monroe was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and possession of methamphetamine. Chelci Leege, 29, Conyers was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and crossing state guard lines with a weapon. Jacop Cody Pickens, 19, Covington was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. According to reports, Pickens and Leege were in a vehicle outside a Shepherd Road residence when deputies were called regarding trespassing. Jones was in a wooded area behind the residence and eventually emerged to talk to deputies. Deputies had responded to the residence a second time regarding criminal trespass by the three suspects. Consequent to a search of the vehicle, reports state, deputies allegedly located a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in a folded $20 bill in the vehicle. 

On June 4 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road residence. According to reports, deputies reported to a stolen tag complaint. A woman stated that as she was pulling away from the driveway her son asked her why there was no license plate on the vehicle. She last saw the plate on June 3, she said.

On June 2 a damage to property complaint was filed at Unique Treasures, Athens Highway. According to reports, a man said someone had damaged a brick retaining wall in the front of the business. The complainant said he believes a large truck struck the wall while turning around in the parking lot.

On June 1 a recovered property complaint was filed at a Prospect Road residence. According to reports, a woman reported that she had found a rifle in her backyard. The rifle is a Glenfield .22 caliber and has not been reported stolen.

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