Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On Aug. 9, an unruly juvenile report was filed at a Guinn Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that her 15-year-old son called her disparaging names after she took away a game console to punish the child for not doing chores. A deputy responded and the teen had left. The deputy observed the teen in a relative’s yard and when he pulled into the driveway the teen fled. The teen was located at the mother’s house and alleged that the mother had pushed him into a counter, causing his glasses to fall off his face. The mother said she was pregnant  and was becoming fearful of the teen because he had started fighting back during corporal punishment.

On Aug. 9, a felony theft by taking complaint was filed at a Reids Ferry Road location. According to reports, a man said someone had taken his 6’x8’ trailer. The trailer is painted green and has scratches that reveal black and red paint. The trailer is valued at $3,500. 

On Aug. 8, a relinquished property report was filed at Lake Country Church, Reids Ferry Road, Buckhead. According to reports, a deputy observed an abandoned white Chevy pickup truck in the church parking lot. The vehicle had a Fanning County license plate. The deputy reported a strong marijuana smell coming from the vehicle and located a suspected marijuana pipe with residue. The deputy collected the pipe and left a card and property receipt for the items.

On Aug. 8, Cynthia Ann Bell, 38, Madison was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. According to reports, Bell allegedly took the keys to a man’s vehicle and threw them on the ground. Reports state that deputies had responded to at least two calls of domestic disturbance between Bell and the man in two different locations in the county. The keys  were located and returned to the man.

On Aug. 8, a criminal damage to property complaint was filed at Play Fair Park, Fairplay Street, Rutledge. According to reports, a woman said that several large vehicles had spun donuts in the gravel parking lot of the park and that rocks thrown from the activity had shattered the back window of her vehicle. The complainant estimated repairs to the glass to be $500. Several video cameras recorded the incident, reports state, and authorities are identifying the vehicles involved.

On Aug. 6, Caroline Marie Benkoski, 58, Madison was arrested charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects. According to reports, investigators executed a probation search warrant on a room at the Red Roof Inn where Benkoski was a resident. Consequent to the search, reports state, investigators found a glass pipe in a nightstand with suspected methamphetamine residue. In the bathroom a plastic bag with suspected methamphetamine residue and a second bag with suspected methamphetamine was located.

On Aug. 7, an aggravated assault complaint was filed at a Seven Islands Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that while she was at the residence to pick up a wallet from her ex-boyfriend, the ex-boyfriend ran over her foot with his vehicle. A deputy noted that the woman was walking without pain or problem and that there was a small amount of dirt on her flip flop. Reports state that a warrant for arrest based on the evidence was denied and the incident was closed.

On Aug. 6, an information report was filed at a Prospect Road residence. According to reports, a woman stated that her brother’s ex-girlfriend has her phone and will not give it back. The woman said the ex-girlfriend has had the phone for several months and that she has attempted to contact both the ex-girlfriend and her mother to get the phone back. The ex-girlfriend lives in Athens.

On Aug. 5 an unruly child complaint was filed at a Weaver Jones Road, Rutledge residence. According to reports, a man alleged that his 12-year-old son’s behavior had “gotten out of control.” The man said he told his son to play in the back yard and when he checked on the son he observed that the son had left the residence without his permission. The man said the son went to a next door’s residence. The son told the man, reports state, that he was thirsty and went next door to get something to drink. The complainant said he took the son home but the son went back to the neighbor’s. The man then gave the deputy a list of the son’s defiant behavior. The deputy went next door to locate the son and was met by two women who said the complainant places his son in the back yard with only a hose as water. The complainant told the deputy, however, that he provides a shaded spot for his son and fan and that the son could access him or his mother at any time. The complainant requested that the deputy transport the son to the Regional Youth Detention Center for a short time. The request was denied and the son was returned to the residence.

On Aug. 5, a criminal trespass complaint was filed at the Country Store, Sandy Creek Road. According to reports, an employee reported that a black pickup truck was “doing donuts” in the parking lot near diesel fuel pumps.

On Aug. 5, a stolen vehicle report was filed at a Newborn Road near Elliot Road location. According to reports, a deputy reported that a woman observed an Audi A5 on the side of the road with the hood up. Reports state that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Decatur on June 19. The vehicle’s engine, transmission, stereo and other interior parts were missing as well. The deputy reported driving by the location at 7:30 p.m. and the woman called Morgan County Dispatch at 9 p.m. to report the vehicle.

On Aug. 4, a criminal trespass complaint was filed at a Megandollar Road, Good Hope location. According to reports, a man inferred that his daughter’s ex-boyfriend had struck a mailbox. The man said the ex-boyfriend had previously spray painted graffiti on the road in front of the location and that the daughter currently has a temporary protective order against the man.

On Aug. 4, an information report was filed at a Prospect Road location. According to reports, a deputy responded to a hang up 911 call where dispatch heard a woman say “get him off of me.” When the deputy arrived he was met by a woman who said the situation had abated and she was leaving. The deputy spoke to a man who alleged that the catalyst for the argument was, in part, a disagreement regarding the raising of their infant child.

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